The Capita Kazu Pro is an eye-catching and great performing board. In our testing, this model was incredibly well rounded. If you're looking for a good turning board, the hybrid profile and width provide enough flex create playful or driven turns. Our testers had no toe or heel drag which can be attributed to its mid-wide waist width and the camber is right where you need it to provide stability when things motion blur in your sight. As showcased in Kazu's video parts this board has great pop. Well, Kazu knows how to pop a snowboard but the Kazu Pro will help us get there.
Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Review
Cons: Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstances
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Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro
|Price||$560 List||$600 List||$589.99 at Backcountry||$479.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playful||Floaty, precise edging, good construction, playful||Lightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USA||Great value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic||Great value, versatile, nimble, fun|
|Cons||Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstances||Tricky to size, unappealing graphic||Below average float||Can slip on hardback||Below average float in powder|
|Bottom Line||Built for riding every condition with power and finesse in a playful style.||"That was totally wicked." -The Incredibles||Snowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.||Porsche performance at Honda prices.||The Fury has everything you need and nothing you don't for the sunny everyday board.|
|Rating Categories||Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro||Yes. Optimistic||Never Summer Proto Type Two||Jones Explorer||Nitro Quiver Fury|
|Float In Powder (20%)|
|Stability At Speed (20%)|
|Pop And Jumping (15%)|
|Specs||Capita Kazu Kokubo...||Yes. Optimistic||Never Summer Proto...||Jones Explorer||Nitro Quiver Fury|
|Camber/Rocker||Hybrid- Rocker/Camber||Hybrid-Rocker/Camber||Hybrid-Rocker/Camber||Hybrid-Rocker/Camber||Hybrid- Rocker/Camber|
|Weight||5.4 (lb) / 86.4 (oz)||6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz)||6.2 (lb) / 99.2 (oz)||6.4 (lb) / 102.4 (oz)||6 (lb) / 96 (oz)|
|Available Lengths||151, 154, 157, 160||151, 154, 157||152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X||152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W||157, 163|
|Core Material||Wood||Carbon-wrapped wood||Wood||Wood||Wood|
|Waist Width (cm)||25.5||26.6||26.3||26.2||25|
|Radius (m)||8.4||6.5||7.6 toe/7.3 heel||7.5||9/5.6-7/4.1|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Capita Kazu Pro is one of the companies all mountain freestyle board offerings. Built for your favorite snowboarder's favorite snowboarder this model is supportive and versatile. It can handle anything from small side hits to big lines in AK.
The Kazu Pro has a medium flex pattern that supports short and long radius turns. Considering the 8.4-meter sidecut, its performance with short radius turns was pleasantly surprising. User-friendly camber allowed for explosive turns at all speeds. When the flex and sidecut were properly engaged, our testers could accelerate out of turns. If we got too far over the nose of this board, we could feel the back half of the heel edge start to disengage. This was an inconsistency in edge engagement that was not felt with other models in the same turn. The wider waist width mitigated toe and heel drag without comprising the board's ability to roll edge to edge. It was nimble enough to move through bumps when riding without feeling like it had to be thrown around. Collectively, this board has a user-friendly edging style that can be driven or ridden relaxed and laidback. The Kazu Pro scored an 8 out of 10 in this metric.
Float in Powder
This rockered nose of this model kept us floating when others would let us down and tomahawk. It seemed at home in all types of terrain such as trees, open slopes, and natural powder hits. That being said there were others that floated better. The Kazu scored an 8 out of 10 in this metric. We would feel comfortable and have a great time taking it out on any powder day.
Stability at Speed
Even though this model has a medium flex, its mostly cambered profile made this board feel like a precise bullet at high speeds. We could either be straight lining on the balls of our feet or quickly moving edge to edge. The Capita didn't dominate this field with an 8 out of 10 but had great performance especially given its playfulness.
We found Kazu Pro to be incredibly playful given its edging and stability performance. Our testers enjoyed buttering, turning and slashing around on this well-made board. We were also surprised at its versatility and the number of situations this board excelled in.
Pop and Jumping
The first time our tester hit a jump on the Kazu Pro, he sent it to the depths of the landing. There is plenty of pop in this board. The camber dominant profile produced strong pop that doesn't require significant pre-loading. This model received and 8 out of 10 on this metric.
The Kazu Pro is best suited for riding groomers in those everyday variable conditions, hitting jumps, and accessing the hike-to terrain at your local resort to get first tracks.
There is something to be said about companies that just do things right. This board is produced with 100% hydro-power in Capita factory that is leading the industry in sustainability. This sticker price on the board is $539. When you factor in the performance, quality and unique manufacturing of this board it's a great value.
The Capita Kazu Pro is for the environmental conscious rider who demands performance in every attribute but doesn't like to sacrifice a playful experience.
Other Versions and Accessories
There are wide versions available. We tested the regular version.
— Isaac Laredo