Updates to the Kazu Kokubo Pro
Capita revised some aspects of this board since our test period. In addition to new graphics, the board now boasts a HyperDrive base. This base is sintered and custom engineered with high-density polyethylene, and Capita claims it's best for speed junkies!
Check out the updated board (first photo) next to the board we tested (second photo).
Hands-On Review of the Kazu Kokubo Pro
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. It's 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.
Incredible graphics designed by Kazu's tattoo artist.
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.
A highspeed heelside supported by the Kazu Pro.
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.
The Kazu Pro feels at home in powder.
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.
Zach Weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the Capita Kazu Pro.
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. 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.
Topsheet of the Kazu Pro.