Capita Jess Kimura Pro

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Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Heather Hendricks

“This is the best off-mountain, all-mountain snowboard in the test,” said one Good Wood gal, referring to the way Jess rides everything from the backcountry to the streets on this deck. The profile starts with positive camber between the feet, zero camber up to the contact points, and switches to reverse camber in the tip and tail. This made it load up and launch nicely, and was forgiving on landings. New for 2015, the JKP boasts a Canadian maple dual core and enhanced Dynaweave fiberglass inlays for a snappier, responsive ride. It now comes in a 138, and you can thank Peter Line for the kickass kitty graphics.

From the testers: “This board was fun when laying out slushy carves, but also very fun in the park. The flex is ideal for an All -Mountain shred stick. Hi-fives to Jess K.”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

138 — 6.40 — 22.30
142 — 6.80 — 22.90
146 — 7.20 — 23.50

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (regular camber past inserts, zero to reverse to tips)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $450.00
Length

138, 142, 146

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.