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Capita Snowboard Tech Features - Construction

Welcome to the Tech Features section of our website. If you’re reading this, you’re the type of snowboarder that cares about details and we can assure you that details make all the difference. At CAPiTA we use only the highest quality materials available though a partnership with the most respected factory in snowboarding. Our boards have an exceptional reputation for quality in design and production as well as ride-ability. Our standards for quality control are the highest in the industry and our performance in relation to price is simply unmatched. For the all-new 2012/13 CAPiTA collection, we have refined our technical designs while implementing innovative new shaping theories and materials, once again, setting the standard for freestyle specific snowboard construction.

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Tech Features - Core

  • P2 SUPERLIGHT™ CORE
  • The Core of a snowboard is just that, the core, the heart, the soul, and the foundation for everything else that goes into a board. This very important element in large, will determine the overall characteristics of a given snowboard, even before one sheet of fiberglass is laid across it. Each CAPiTA deck starts off with a wood core, tip-to-tail, rail-to-rail, allowing for uniform flex, greater control of turn initiation, and incredibly fast response. Different species of wood along with engineered core profiles help give each deck a unique feel and targeted flex. We’ve engineered a series of core compositions, each with unique and specific characteristics, to ensure that no matter what your riding style we have your ideal snowboard.
  • P2 SUPERLIGHT™ CORE
  • The P2 SUPERLIGHT core was built for a high performance return of energy in a lightweight and versatile core. From razor sharp turns on demand, to huge ollies, this core was engineered with all-terrain technical freestyle riding in mind. Comprised of an even mix of poplar and paulownia wood, it is strong enough to meet the needs of the Black Death customer while saving considerable weight.
  • RFC SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO DUAL CORE
  • With Dan Brisse’s riding style in mind, our newest core was designed to perform when it’s all on the line. Ollie power, strength, dampening and reliability were terms emphasized in the design room. This poplar based core has been beefed up with bamboo stringers through the inserts as well as along the edges. This increases the energy throughout the board making it more responsive and powerful. Since bamboo is one of the strongest woods available, durability goes through the roof allowing you to go bigger, faster, and jib with confidence in even the sketchiest of scenarios.
  • DS SELECT RFC SUSTAINABLE CORE
  • The DS SELECT core was built for next level performance. It’s lightweight, with no irregularities or finger joints which provides the most uniformly flexing core available. The DS core is constructed with the highest quality poplar and beech woods available. Beech is placed along the rails, enabling the rider to hold a solid edge while carving, eliminating chatter at high speeds and contributing more power to ollies and landings. Poplar strips are fused with the beech sections for increased strength and vibration absorption. The DS SELECT offers a consistent, comfortable, and powerful ride in a certified sustainable full wood core.
  • RFC SUSTAINABLE CORE
  • The RFC SUSTAINABLE core is the original eco friendly core. Its proven track record offers an environmentally conscious consumer a sustainable alternative without sacrificing any of the energy or stability expected from a CAPiTA. These cores have been reforestation certified by a leading environmental agency for nature and habitat sustainability and made with a single species poplar grain for a smooth, consistent ride. Extending from edge to edge and tip to tail the wood grain has no knots or irregularities enhancing response and providing a completely uniform flex pattern.
  • SS SELECT CORE
  • Engineered for ‘anytime, anywhere’ performance reliability, the SS SELECT provides a perfect balance between energy, stability, and pop. Vertically laminated poplar is lightweight and has a long grain orientation. There are no irregularities allowing for consistent uniform flex throughout the deck.
  • WDT ENGINEERED JIB CORE
  • The WDT core was designed to give jibbers and park riders the softer flex patterns they want without sacrificing durability. Short for ‘Wood Derived Technology,’ the patented process of pressure bonding wood composite material retains the classic feel of a full wood core board while increasing flex values. Engineered for freestyle, park, and street rail boards the WDT core has high elasticity characteristics surrounding low-density wood fibers. This balance provides a new realm of lightweight, soft flexing boards, with a damp ride and dependable durability.

Tech Features - Fiberglass

FIBERGLASS CONFIGURATIONS

Fiberglass combined with a specialized resin is used on the top and bottom of the wood core to protect it from water damage and is also a very important component when controlling the torsional and longitudinal flex of our boards. When applying the resin, we use a mechanized dispensing system which accurately provides a calculated amount of resin per board to ensure the proper resin to glass ratio is achieved. This process eliminates potential dry spots, preventing delamination and ensures no weight is added from excess resin. All CAPiTA boards are made this way and feature one of the following glass and resin configurations.

CUSTOM WEAVE – BASALT

The CUSTOM WEAVE – BASALT configuration features a resin and glass application borrowed from the marine industry which yields much stronger and more rigid qualities allowing us to decrease the wood core thickness. This means you get a lighter board while achieving higher energy return. For The Black Snowboard of Death and the DBX, we’ve also added basalt wings from the inserts to the contact points for retained power and pop. Originating from solidified volcanic lava, basalt is an abundant resource long known for its thermal properties, strength, and durability.

CUSTOM WEAVE – E CLASS

The E CLASS configuration also utilizes the exclusive CUSTOM WEAVE epoxy resin system which allows us to save wood core weight by leveraging increased resin performance. The Stairmaster EXTREME retains the same high energy Park Perfect™ longitudinal and torsional flex it’s known for, while the Totally FK’N Awesome series features dual 30mm carbon fiber wings from the inserts to the contact points for retained power and pop.

SPECIAL BLEND EVO TECH

SPECIAL BLEND EVO TECH is a wet lay-up process that uses a polyurethane based resin component requiring lower consumption of energy and yielding higher technical properties. This adhesion process improves the factory’s working environment, as it does not contain some of the same harsh chemical characteristics used in resins at other factories around the world.

This configuration is an optimum blend of biaxial glass weaves laminated in conjunction with dual “black fleece” additives on top of the core. Underneath the core, this glass is beefed up by multiple shape specific 30mm carbon fiber beams to increase power output.

Form 6-C

The FORM 6-C glass configuration consists of 612g/m2 biaxial fiberglass laminated with the SPECIAL BLEND EVO TECH resin to increase energy and durability. This progressive glass configuration is laid up wet by hand during the lamination process. The Charlie Slasher also features 30mm carbon fiber beams to strengthen the nose area of the board’s unique shape in order to power through deep powder.

Form 6-K

The FORM 6-K glass configuration consists of 612g/m2 biaxial fiberglass placed on both the base and topside of the core at zero and 90 degree angles. This configuration results in a board that initiates turns easily, while retaining the pop necessary to handle variable conditions. The FORM 6 glass configuration is laid up wet by hand during the lamination process. These boards feature carbon kevlar stringers to further increase ollie power and response.

PRE-CURED 420

Engineered to compliment the WDT core construction, the PRE-CURED 420 configuration consists of 370 grams of e-glass in the zero direction and 50 grams of e-glass in the 90 direction. It’s pre-cured for consistency and exits the mold with a high yield of energy memory.

Tech Features - Base

Base Materials

There are two basic types of base material used in our industry: extruded and sintered. If you don’t like to wax often, but you do repair your base when necessary, extruded is for you. If you are more interested in going faster longer, sintered is your base.

 

Wax Infused Rotation Sintered Base

These bases are created by taking pellets of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene and compressing them through heat and pressure. The miniscule spaces left behind absorb wax and allow for extended periods of high speed shredding as the wax wicks to the surface while you ride. This prevents your base from drying out and keeps the surface feeling freshly waxed throughout the day. Properly maintained sintered bases are fast, durable, and the overwhelming choice of pro snowboarders worldwide.

HMC Extruded (High Molecular Composition)

We use a classic, time proven, extruded base material for a range of boards including some of our most trusted shapes along with our most exciting new releases for 2012/13. True to all extruded bases, the HMC bases are low maintenance, user-friendly bases that perform well with or without your constant waxing and attention. The HMC Extruded is a special “high molecular concept” base that is denser, more durable, and more abrasion resistant than standard extruded bases. The result is a hard, fast, and reliable base that will get you where you want to go fast.

HTP Extruded

The High Transparent Extruded base features an altered molecular composition allowing more vibrant graphic options while maintaining the low maintenance and technical benefits of extrusion.

Extruded

Extruded base material responds differently than sintered due to its lower molecular weight. This type of base is the easiest to maintain and excels in park attacks and urban jibbing. It repairs easily and when waxed, extruded base material provides excellent performance.

Tech Features - Sidecut

SIDECUT

This attribute is the arc on which your board turns. All CAPiTA boards are made with one of four sidecuts.

 

Progressive

A true progressive sidecut consists of two or more radii blended together to accommodate the three stages of a turn. They provide easy turn initiation, while offering greater control and stability throughout the turn and maximum power when exiting.

New Age Directional

Our New Age Directional sidecuts are Progressive sidecuts, which also incorporate Death Grip™ – a reverse sidecut arc in the midsection of the board. Due to a reduced effective edge as a result of hybrid camber shapes, this reverse camber arc provides a point of contact to retain control and consistency throughout the turn.

Radial

A radial sidecut is a single radius design causing your board to start and finish a turn on the same arc.

Radical Taper

Engineered specifically for deep powder riding, this radial sidecut is complemented by a tapered tail. This narrower tail section naturally sinks in the powder while wider nose section floats above the snow line. The result is less work and more fun as the board surfs on one smooth continual arc.

 

Flex Ratings

Technology integrated into snowboard construction affects many characteristics of a board’s performance. Flex, along with weight, stability, energy and other factors come into play when considering whether a board is right for you. Flex may also be the most important because it will determine how you will be able to manipulate your board on snow. Soft, flexible boards are great for jibbing and making your snowboard do what you want, when you want. They’re easy to ride and very forgiving. Stiffer boards have more pop, more energy, and more stability at high speeds but they require more effort and skill from the rider as well.

All boards in this catalog are rated on a scale from 1 to 10. The number given is the estimated resistance the board would provide to the average customer.

1 would be the resistance of a noodle, 10 would be the resistance of a tree trunk.

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Flat Kick Technology

With the level of hype surrounding reverse camber, it’s clear that this snowboard design theory is here to stay. However, it’s how that theory is actually applied that will differentiate board designs and make one ride better than another.

With Flat Kick design technology we’ve tightened the profile radius that blends the shoulders of the board into the tip and tail height. This is a key area that influences the tempo and feel of turn initiation. With traditional larger tip and tail arcs, the loaded camber contributes to a board’s acceleration into a turn. On reverse camber boards the contact points are elevated, removing this camber contribution. As a result, the same traditional tip and tail radii would make the board feel sluggish. Specialized Flat Kick tip and tail arcs combined with elevated reverse camber contact points achieve the ideal tempo into turns. This allows you to have the shorter effective edge of a forgiving, easy to ride, reverse camber snowboard that is still responsive and quick edge to edge.

 

Tech Features - Camber Done Right

CAMBER DONE RIGHT!

Reverse camber is the hottest trend our industry has seen in a long, long time for one simple reason: It makes snowboarding easier.

How is this possible? With traditional boards, energy must be exerted to flex the board to a point where the camber is flattened before a turn is initiated. At this point the board can turn along its natural arc, sidecut, and the loaded camber puts pressure on the contact points of the nose and tail allowing them to cut through the terrain guiding your turn. The loading and unloading of camber creates energy and acceleration into and out of each turn while providing stability and control in the mid-section.

Cambered boards are awesome because they give you power and control. If you’re a competitive pipe rider, a true all terrain variable condition rider, or a balls to the wall speed demon, odds are you’ll want a time tested cambered snowboard.

But let’s get back to the new alternatives. If you are riding hard pack, groomed runs, or terrain parks, cambered boards can kick your ass, especially if they’re too stiff for you.

Our assortment of reverse camber FK boards makes your life better by reducing or eliminating the need to load camber. The base shape and amount of rocker varies depending on the version and intent of the board. The contact points are elevated, and each Flat Kick tip and tail radius provides effortless turn initiation.

For beginner to intermediate hard pack riders this means an easy to ride board that turns on a dime, and never catches an edge.

For advanced to professional level jibbers this means no catching an edge on your way to that scary double kinked handrail, and a board that’s pre-positioned for pressing and progressive rail tricks.

For the all mountain rider our new Hybrid FK is the best of both worlds. You can load the camber for fast and powerful riding while stomping powder landings with ease because of the rockered nose and tail.

Whatever your style we have you covered. For 2012/13 we offer both cambered and reverse camber Flat Kick boards at multiple price points. Basically, if your riding style generally includes going bigger and faster we recommend the time tested cambered version. If your riding style usually involves either a great deal of jibbing, powder riding, or you’re just looking for a more forgiving easy to ride board, we recommend the reverse camber Flat Kick version.

 

Traditional Camber

  • Stairmaster EXTREME
  • Outdoor Living
  • Stairmaster
  • Saturnia

Tried and true, traditional camber elongates your effective edge and provides more power in your nose and tail. Boards pop harder and have more high- speed turning stability with this design.

 

Hybrid FK Camber

  • Defenders of Awesome FK
  • Birds of a Feather FK


Our newest camber profile takes full advantage of the benefits of traditional camber, zero camber and reverse camber. This next generation design allows you to get all the pop and response you get from a cambered board but with all the predictability and easy ride from zero camber or reverse camber shapes.

 

Zero Camber

  • Outdoor Living
  • Mid Life Zero

Flat camber from contact point provides a slightly looser, easier to ride feel, without reducing the effective edge that results from full rocker shapes.

 

Urban FK

  • Horrorscope FK
  • Space Metal Fantasy FK

Twin Dual reverse camber FK jib and park machines. Whether you’re in the streets on at the resort, they’re pre-positioned for pressing and never hang up.

 

Freestyle FK

  • Indoor Survival FK


Dual reverse camber FK freestyle shape. Flat based from insert to insert provides stability at high speeds on groomed runs. Elevated contact points turn on a dime and float effortlessly while stomping in powder.

 

Freeride FK

  • Black Snowboard of Death
  • DBX
  • Totally FK'N Awesome!


This revolutionary all-mountain shape provides the best of both worlds. It has a raised camber platform to retain high-speed edge hold through variable terrain, and elevated contact points to land and float in powder.

 

POW FK

Charlie Slasher FK


Mono reverse camber FK for powder allows your nose to float above the snowline, while retaining power throughout the tail to stomp landings and slash the hell out of everything.

 

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