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Capita Defenders of Awesome Review

2017/18 Capita DOA 158
Price:  $420 List
Pros:  Looks rad, super light, spins well, floaty, inexpensive.
Cons:  Hybrid-rocker profile lacks the best pop, didn't float as well as others.
Bottom line:  If price is your main concern, then you absolutely will not be disappointed in this board.
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Shape:  Twin
Camber/Rocker:  Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex:  Medium
Manufacturer:   Capita

Our Verdict

With eye-catching graphics and a modern shape, the Capita Defenders of Awesome simply looks like a fun day out. Delivering snappy turns and fast edge to edge response, it was pure joy right out of the gate, especially when you consider its low price of $420. The hybrid-rocker profile helped it float better than its fully cambered competitors, though it didn't perform as well as all in our fleet. Its longer sidecut made sure it didn't hold back at high speed on groomers. It feels light in the air, as it should, because along with the Rome Agent, it was the lightest board we tested.

Graphics Update
For the new season, the Defenders of Awesome board received a fresh, hip, and (we think) much classier look. Pictured above is the new graphic for the size we tested (158), but each size has a slightly different and unique take on the new artistic theme.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris Edmands

Last Updated:
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February 9, 2017

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This was the first board in the test to be ridden and our tester thought his job was done after his one run on it. It was super fun, nimble, and capable throughout a turn — all while feeling light. The graphics and shape were the first thing to catch his eye, as they were a mix of cool and somewhat strange. Nine runs later, on different boards, he realized his work was merely beginning. Its hybrid-rocker/camber profile was difficult to notice, especially when compared to other hybrid profiles that claimed to have a similar shape. The Defenders of Awesome performed more like a fully cambered board than a hybrid.

Capita DOA (Defenders of Awesome) -- Frontside Air
Capita DOA (Defenders of Awesome) -- Frontside Air

Performance Comparison


Eye catching graphics on the Defenders Of Awesome board.
Eye catching graphics on the Defenders Of Awesome board.

Edging and Carving


The Defenders of Awesome scored an 8 out of 10 in this metric. The longer radius sidecut slowed down the edge-to-edge transitions, but made for nice long turns. Its the second narrowest contender of the boards we tested. This meant we were not able to push it too far while carving without slipping out due to toe or heel drag, which is a bummer. If edging and carving is your jam, we'd recommend looking over the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, which scored the only perfect 10 out of 10, followed by the Jones Explorer, our Best Buy winner, and the Burton Flight Attendant.

Detailing of the narrow edges.
Detailing of the narrow edges.

Float in Powder


The narrow waist, combined with the more camber than rocker look and feel of the board contributed to this contender not performing as well in the pow as other rocker-hybrid rides like the Never Summer Proto Type Two, Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, and the Rossignol One LF. The "flat kick technology" of the nose and tail want to float more than a tip that is tightly curved throughout, but it isn't enough to score higher than 6 out of 10.

Stability at Speed


The DOA was quite stable during testing. There were no serrated edge bumps to catch while riding straight and the longer sidecut produced pleasant, long turns. Contrary to what their website claims, its base profile is (hybrid). The overall strength that is associated with camber helped it score an 8 out of 10. The Burton Flight Attendant scored the only 10 out of 10 in this metric, taking the cake while providing the rider with a stable ride when achieving high speeds.

Playfulness


A fun graphic will keep you smiling.
A fun graphic will keep you smiling.

The Defenders of Awesome is a lightweight twin tip board with a bit of rocker in the nose and tail; it seemed like a no-brainer that it was going to be fun. However, it wasn't quite as quick to maneuver because of the longer sidecut, which bumped it down to an 8 out of 10. The Never Summer Proto Type Two was our best overall all-mountain board, earning a near perfect 9 out of 10 for Playfulness, while the Arbor Wasteland, and Burton Custom Flying V earned the same, rising to the top in this metric and outperforming other contenders.

Pop


Once again, camber comes to the rescue, placing the Capita DOA right up there with the other top scoring boards in the pop category, with the exception of the Burton Custom Flying V, which scored a 6 out of 10. The snap this competitor displayed off of park and backcountry powder jumps was terrific, earning it another worthy 8 out of 10.

Best Applications


The DOA seems to be most comfortable on groomers and while bouncing through the park.

Value


The board is a great deal if you don't want to break the bank and want to add the difference to a new pair of goggles. However, you can take home a better all-around performer for just a little more. The Jones Explorer, $479, took home our Best Bang for the Buck Award.
Defenders Of Awesome base graphics.
Defenders Of Awesome base graphics.

Conclusion


This is the least expensive board we tested. If you're looking for low cost, combined with a decent ride, then look no further.

Other Versions


Comes is standard width and wide widths. We tested wide.

Chris Edmands

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