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Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Review

Built for riding every condition with power and finesse
Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro
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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  ⋅  Dec 29, 2020
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RANKED
#4 of 16
  • Edging - 25% 8
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 7
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Capita Kazu Pro is an eye-catching and great performing board; this model is incredibly well rounded. If you're looking for a good turning board, the hybrid profile and width provide enough flex to create playful or driven turns. Our testers had limited toe or heel drag which can be attributed to its mid-wide waist width. 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. The Kazu Pro is an excellent choice for riders who want a well rounded all-mountain freestyle board that has a playful yet stable flex pattern.

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

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Pros Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playfulFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulResponsive, snappy, maneuverable, durable topsheet, powder performanceLoads of pop, stable, fun turning experience
Cons Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstancesSwitch performanceTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyBackseat landings, switch ridingAverage powder floatation, pop is less user-friendly
Bottom Line Power meets finesse for performance in all conditionsIf we could only buy one, this would be itHigh performance embedded with a consistently playful charterAgility meets stabilityA board fit for those sunny all-mountain laps filled with turns, methods, and straight lines
Rating Categories Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Weston Backcountry Backwoods Jones Mountain Twin
Edging (25%)
8
10
8
9
8
Float In Powder (20%)
8
9
8
8
7
Stability At Speed (20%)
8
7
8
8
8
Playfulness (20%)
7
8
9
7
8
Pop And Jumping (15%)
9
7
8
8
9
Specs Capita Kazu Kokubo... Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Weston Backcountry... Jones Mountain Twin
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid- Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Directional Multi-Radial Camber Rocker CamRock
Flex Medium Stiff Medium Medium Stiff Medium Stiff
Weight 5.4 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.63 (lb) 6.1(lb)
Tested Length 157cm 151cm 156cm 157cm 157
Available Lengths 151, 154, 157, 160cm 151, 154, 157cm 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 152, 152 wide, 157, 157 wide, 160, 160 wide, 163, 163 wide, 167, 167 widecm 151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 160, 161, 162, 164, 167
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Slayer (bamboo, poplar) FSC Mountain (dual-density wood, hardwood bamboo stringers)
Waist Width 25.5cm 26.6cm 25.6cm 25.6cm 25.3cm
Radius 8.4m 6.5m 7.5m 7.5/6.8/7.8m 7.8 m
Taper 9mm 6m 20mm 18mm 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! It also has a new topsheet and ash woodgrain.

Hands-On Review of the Kazu Kokubo Pro


The Capita Kazu Pro is one of the company's all-mountain freestyle 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 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.

Incredible graphics designed by Kazu's tattoo artist.
Incredible graphics designed by Kazu's tattoo artist.
Photo: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Kazu Pro has a medium flex pattern that supports short and long radius turns. When on edge, its performance with short radius turns was pleasantly surprising. The 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.

A highspeed heelside supported by the Kazu Pro.
A highspeed heelside supported by the Kazu Pro.
Photo: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


The 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. That being said, we would feel be more than happy 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.
Photo: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

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 ratio of stability to playfulness on this model is very impressive.

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 on this board. The camber dominant profile produced strong pop that doesn't require significant pre-loading.

Zach Weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the Capita Kazu Pro.
Zach Weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the Capita Kazu Pro.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

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 for large scale brands. 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 environmentally conscious rider who demands performance in every attribute but doesn't like to sacrifice a playful experience.

Topsheet of the Kazu Pro.
Topsheet of the Kazu Pro.
Photo: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Isaac Laredo