Capita Kazu review
The Capita Kazu is Kazu Kokubo’s powder and all mountain board. A cambered, smooth turning machine – a solid board all over the mountain.
Features of the Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro
Like a few of the higher end Capita boards, I think that that the flex rating is lower it feels in real life.
Alpine V2 Profile
Although this name has changed a little since I originally made the first video, the features stay the same. Overall, the board has a large camber section, with a reverse camber nose.
Panda Hover Core
A lightweight core, with added bamboo rods.
Skinless Core Ash Woodgrain Topsheet
Amplitex V-Tech Amplifier
Magic Bean Resin
A high density, sintered base material.
The board comes from the factory with a stone ground structure. I think that this is a great feature for any board to have. Separate from the performance jump that having a base with structure gives you, it also proves that the board is well made.
You can’t put a nice structure on a board that isn’t flat edge to edge, so it means that it will ride well, and is technically well made.
This is the printing process used to get the detailed graphics on the base of the board.
360 Degree Steel Edges
Nothing special about this, it just means that the edges run the full way around the board. Almost every brand does this, except for Lib Tech and GNU.
Stainless Steel Inserts
How the Kazu Rides
Board size: 157cm 2019 model
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa SJ (Size 9.5/27.5)
Bindings: Salomon District set with a 22.5″ stance width, at +15 and -9.
I weigh around 70kg, and am 6 foot tall.
I rode the 157cm Kazu, in Australia and Japan.
In Australia, I was riding in late spring conditions. Hard, fast and frozen in the morning, turning to soft slush in the afternoons.
In Japan I had a combination of hard packed cold snow, a little bit of soft fresh, with some warm slushy days.
Overall, the Alpine V3 (now called the Alpine V2) rides just like a traditional camber board. The rocker on the nose does take away a little of the aggressivness that you normally find on full camber boards, and makes the start of turns quite smooth and easy.
Overall the majority of the board is camber, so the board has a stable or solid feel when riding fast.
Flex and Pop
To me the Kazu had a stiffer flex than the 6.5 rating the Capita give it. There is plenty of power to smash through chopped up snow, and the board doesn’t throw you around.
The tail is quite stiff, so I found that I could land quite tail heavy, and the board wouldn’t want to wash out. Like you would expect, with a stiff tail, you could get a good ollie out of the board.
The board I was riding was fairly “broken in”, and the camber section is fairly low overall. In general I wouldn’t describe it as a super lively or poppy board.
Edge hold is really good, very close to the feel you would get on a full traditional camber board. Through the middle and end of a turn, I could push the edges hard into the snow, and was always confident that the board wasn’t going to slide out.
Even though they change the name of their bases all the time, the Kazu has one of Capita’s fastest base materials on it. I freshly waxed the Kazu before riding it, and on cat tracks and flat section you really noticed the speed. There was no problem at all keeping the speed up, maintaining the speed took no effort at all.
- Good edge hold
- Very smooth turns
Overall, the Kazu is a very solid choice as an all mountain board. Although it is aimed at pretty advanced riders, I think it would still be a good choice for an intermediate rider. The camber profile with the rocker nose takes away that “catchy” camber feeling, and makes turns very smooth and easy. It is one of the nicest turning boards that I have ridden, edge to edge feels super quick, and it still rides well switch.
For all mountain riding, drops and jumps it has a very solid feel, and the tail is strong enough to save you if you don’t land perfectly. The price is pretty high, but you get a very fast and smooth riding board for the price.
Where does the Kazu sit in the Capita line?
- 5.5/10 Flex
- Resort V2 Directional Profile
- Hover Core
- Powder Drive Base
The Navigator is a cheaper option that does what the Kazu does, in a softer and easier riding package.Read more
- 6.5/10 Flex
- Alpine V2 Profile
- Panda Hover Core
- Hyperdrive Base
A high end, fully featured powder and all mountain board.Find prices
|Size (cm)||Waist (mm)||Edge (mm)||Sidecut||Tip / Tail (cm)||Taper (mm)||Weight Range (kg)||Weight Range (lbs)|
|151||251||1170||8.00||29.6 / 28.9||6.3||45 – 68||100 – 150|
|154||253||1206||8.20||30.0 / 29.2||8.2||45 – 72||100 – 160|
|157||255||1222||8.40||30.4 / 29.5||8.4||59 – 86||130 – 190|
|160||257||1254||8.60||30.7 / 29.7||8.6||63 – 90+||140 – 200+|
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