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Capita Birds of a Feather Review

A twin board for aggressive riders but definitely isn’t for everyone
Capita Birds of a Feather
Photo: Capita
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Price:  $460 List | $390.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Fast, fun to ride
Cons:  Not the best edge hold, struggles to float on the deepest days
Manufacturer:   Capita
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 28, 2021
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RANKED
#7 of 13
  • Edge Hold - 25% 7
  • Powder Performance - 20% 7
  • Stability - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 9
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Capita Birds of a Feather is a camber-centric snowboard that feels at home across the vast majority of the mountain. This all-mountain freestyle board has a true twin shape, providing decent edge hold and float. It's the perfect companion for the lady snowboarder out there with an aggressive riding style that wants to send it across the mountain in all snow conditions without needing a quiver full of boards to do it.

Updated Graphics

Capita refreshed the topsheet for the Birds of a Feather board since we purchased our test model. The current graphic is pictured above.

January 2021

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Pros Fast, fun to rideFantastic all-around board, great in powderUnmatched pop, great edge hold, supremely stableWell-rounded, great edge-to-edge transition, fastGreat value, supremely stable at high speeds
Cons Not the best edge hold, struggles to float on the deepest daysNot the best beginner boardNot the best board for powderNot the best for jibbingNot as much pop as other boards
Bottom Line A twin board for aggressive riders but definitely isn’t for everyoneIf you want the best of the best all-mountain board, it’s hard to find a better optionEarning the highest honor, it did exceptionally well in all our testsA versatile all-mountain board for intermediate to advanced riders with a more aggressive riding styleA fantastic all-mountain snowboard that won’t break your budget
Rating Categories Capita Birds of a F... Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady West GNU Klassy
Edge Hold (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Powder Performance (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Stability (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Playfulness (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Pop And Jumping (15%)
9.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Capita Birds of a F... Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice Never Summer Lady West GNU Klassy
Shape True Twin Directional Twin Asymmetrical Directional Twin Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Fusion Rocker Camber Hybrid
Flex 5/10 7/10 4/10 3-5/10 6.5/10
Tested Length 152 155 148.5 153 155
Measured Weight (Tested Length) 5.6 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 5.6 lbs. 5.8 lbs. 6.2 lbs.
Available Lengths 140, 142, 144, 146, 148, 150, 152, 154 146, 149, 152, 155 142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5 144, 147, 149, 151, 153, 156 145, 148, 151, 155
Core Material Poplar and beech wood Poplar, paulownia, and bamboo wood Aspen, Colombian Gold, and poulownia wood NS SuperLight Wood Core Aspen and paulownia wood
Waist Width 24.4 cm 24.4 cm 24.2 cm 24 cm 24.7 cm
Radius 7.8 7.3 8.2/7.9 7.42 8

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Capita Birds of a Feather may be a true jack-of-all-trades, it holds to the phrase and is a master of none. This versatile snowboard does well across the mountain but fails to hold its own against more niche boards in certain conditions, like exceptionally steep and icy hardpack or the deepest powder days.

Performance Comparison


The Capita Birds of a Feather has decent edge hold but can start to...
The Capita Birds of a Feather has decent edge hold but can start to slip if you hit an icy patch on steep terrain.
Photo: David Wise

Edge Hold


The Birds of a Feather got off to an alright start in our first and most important testing metric. Unfortunately, it can't quite compare to the top-tier boards when it comes to edge hold, which is responsible for 25% of the overall score.


This board has a little more flex and lacks the newer serrated edges prevalent on many of the newest boards on the market. It springs in and out of turns decently well, but we found it to be a little shaky and skid a bit if we were going fast on particularly steep and icy snow.

This board floats alright but we would probably leave it behind on...
This board floats alright but we would probably leave it behind on the deepest days.
Photo: David Wise

Powder Performance


After edge hold, our next metric focused on how well the Birds of a Feather flew through the deepest snow. This metric accounts for 20% of the final score for each snowboard, with the Birds of a Feather delivering somewhat lackluster results.


This camber twin snowboard can take some practice to get used to in the deeper snow, and we generally found that it couldn't hang with the directional boards with setback stances on the biggest powder days. However, experienced riders who are very familiar with this type of camber can still have fun but we usually would opt for a different board for pow days.

While it isn't the best at speed, we were pleasantly surprised with...
While it isn't the best at speed, we were pleasantly surprised with how this board handled when we gave it some gas.
Photo: David Wise

Stability


After riding both powder and ice, we had a fairly good idea of how stable each of these boards is at speed and how well they did when riding through crud or other choppy snow. While we might not have been incredibly enamored with the Birds of a Feather when it came to powder or edge hold, we were pleasantly surprised with how it handled itself when we opened up the throttle.


This board is a great companion for ladies with a fast and aggressive riding style. The Birds of a Feather is stiff enough that we didn't have too much of an issue with it fluttering or flapping when we gave it the gas, contrary to its name. It doesn't have too much of an issue when the snow gets tracked out, cutting through rougher snow without too much chaos. However, it can get a little turbulent if you go through some really rough patches, failing to punch through like a directional setback board might.

The Birds of a Feather gives a super fun, comfortable ride.
The Birds of a Feather gives a super fun, comfortable ride.
Photo: David Wise

Playfulness


The Birds of Feather continued its upward flight in the scores with a strong performance in our playfulness metric, which also accounts for 20% of its final score. We awarded points based on how fun, nimble, and maneuverable each board is, as well as its overall feel while riding.


We found the Capita has plenty of spring and does alright with short radius turns but we feel the flat section does hinder as you are going edge to edge. It's flexy enough that you can butter without too much effort, but we overall felt that the flat sections of this board put a little more of a damper on our fun than we would have liked. Don't get us wrong, it's still a super fun twin board, just not quite the best.

True to its name, we could tell this board wanted to take flight...
True to its name, we could tell this board wanted to take flight with zero hesitation.
Photo: David Wise

Pop and Jumping


Our final round of tests looked at how well the Birds of a Feather did at taking flight, which is responsible for the residual 15% of the final score. This board delivered another solid performance, earning one of the better scores of the entire group.


While the flat sections of this board with zero camber were definite hindrances in our mind for most of our other metrics, these sections give this board plenty of pop whenever you go to ollie. It feels great off jumps and in the air — flying just as well as the owl on the top sheet — and is stiff enough that stomping the landing isn't too bad. It wouldn't be our first choice for a park board but can handle the occasional box or rail without too much of an issue.

Value


This board typically retails for a bit less than most of the other boards. It's a fairly attractive option if you are shopping on a budget and are looking for a board that leans a bit more towards the freestyle side of snowboarding (compared to the freeride side of things).

Conclusion


While the Birds of a Feather might not have been our favorite board when it came to big mountain riding, it is quite fun to ride and feels great once it takes flight. It's a good choice for anyone who wants an aggressive twin board and knows how to handle its camber-heavy profile. It isn't necessarily our quiver killer of choice to recommend if you aren't already very familiar with this style of snowboard.

Marissa Fox