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Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Review

Built for riding every condition with power and finesse
capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review
Credit: Capita
Price:  $650 List
Manufacturer:   CAPiTA
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 7, 2022
77
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RANKED
#10 of 17
  • Edging - 25% 7.0
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8.0
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8.0
  • Playfulness - 20% 7.0
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 9.0

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. If you've seen any of Kazu Kokubo's video parts, you'll see that this board has great pop. Kazu undoubtedly knows how to pop a snowboard, but the Kazu Pro can help you get there, too. 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.
REASONS TO BUY
Manufactured with 100% hydropower
Beautiful graphic
Playful
REASONS TO AVOID
Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstances
Editor's Note: We updated this review on December 7, 2022 to showcase the current topsheet graphic for the Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro.

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Pros Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playfulGreat edge hold, lots of pop, incredibly stable, torsional flex patternFloat, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, pretty easy to ride, versatile, stable, beautiful graphics
Cons Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstancesNarrow waist width, hard to butter, suited toward advanced riders, limited size offeringsSwitch performance, harder to control in uneven terrainTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyPlank-like feel, decent edge hold in hardpack
Bottom Line Built for riding every condition with power and finesseOur first pick when we demand exceptional performance anywhere on the mountain and won't accept many compromisesOur board of choice for advanced riders on groomer and deeper powder daysHas a playful merit to its high-performance abilitiesA great value option for those looking for an engaging ride on a budget
Rating Categories Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Edging (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Float in Powder (20%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Stability at Speed (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Playfulness (20%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Pop and Jumping (15%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro K2 Alchemist Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier
Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle Big mountain Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid- Rocker/Camber Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Stiff Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 5.4 lbs 6.8 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.22 lbs 6.44 lbs
Tested Length 157 cm 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 159 cm
Available Lengths (cm) 151, 154, 157, 160 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163, 164W 151, 154, 157, 161 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W, 165, 167W
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Bamboo, Carbon, Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.5 cm 25.0 cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.4 cm
Radius 8.4 m 7.8 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.5 m
Taper 9 mm 6 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm

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.

capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review - incredible graphics designed by kazu's tattoo artist.
Incredible graphics designed by Kazu's tattoo artist.
Credit: 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.

capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review - a highspeed heelside supported by the kazu pro.
A highspeed heelside supported by the Kazu Pro.
Credit: 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. There were other boards that floated better, but we would be more than happy and have a great time taking the Kazu Pro out on any powder day.

capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review - the kazu pro feels at home in powder.
The Kazu Pro feels at home in powder.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

Stability at Speed


Even though this board has a medium flex, its mostly cambered profile made it 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 in 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 where this board excelled.

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.

capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review - zach weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the capita kazu pro.
Zach Weed showcasing all-mountain freestyle on the Capita Kazu Pro.
Credit: 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.

capita kazu kokubo pro snowboard review - topsheet of the kazu pro.
Topsheet of the Kazu Pro.
Credit: Ryland West, Isaac Laredo

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