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Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Review

Built for riding every condition with power and finesse.
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Price:  $580 List | $579.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playful
Cons:  Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstances
Manufacturer:   CAPiTA
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 20, 2019
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#13 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 7
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 7
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

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.

Product Updated

The Kazu Kokubo Pro has been tweaked for the upcoming season. Details below.

October 2019


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Pros Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playfulFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic
Cons Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstancesTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatTop sheet scratches easyCan slip on hardback
Bottom Line Built for riding every condition with power and finesse."That was totally wicked." -The IncrediblesSnowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.Has a playful merit to its high-performance abilities.Porsche performance at Honda prices.
Rating Categories Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Edging (25%)
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Float In Powder (20%)
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Specs Capita Kazu Kokubo... Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid- Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Soft-Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 5.4 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.44 (lb)
Tested Length 157cm 151cm 157 156cm 159cm
Available Lengths 151, 154, 157, 160cm 151, 154, 157cm 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.5cm 26.6cm 26.3 25.6cm 25.4cm
Radius 8.4m 6.5m 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5m 7.5m
Taper 9mm 6m 0 20mm 0mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.
Incredible graphics designed by Kazu's tattoo artist.

Edging


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.
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.
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.

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.
Zach Weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the Capita Kazu Pro.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.
Topsheet of the Kazu Pro.


Isaac Laredo