CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro

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Kazu Kokubo is among the most prolific snowboarders in existence, so it's logical that his genius carries through to the board he rides. Kokubo's pro model is a no-nonsense freeride stick--traditionally cambered, with mild taper, a mid flex pattern, and a narrow waist. Regardless of the conditions in which they tested it testers were stumped when pressed on what they would change about the Kazu, responding with sentiments like, "If I owned one," or "I'm trying really hard to come up with something, but it almost perfect," and "absolutely nothing," though one finally offered up a suggestion: "more size options." Watching Kazu ride is evidence of what the board below his feet needs to behave like. Massive stepdowns, six-story pillow stacks, and double overhead slashes--his pro model is designed to handle all of the above. As put by one tester: "It sends it to the moon and rides away bolts. It makes large jumps feel tiny. This board is a serious all-mountain freestyle machine that’s ready for anything."

Length (cm) -Waist Width (cm)

151 -- 25.1

154 -- 25.3

157 -- 25.52

160 -- 25.71

Flex: 7/10

Camber: Directional hybrid--setback camber with rocker in the nose

 

 

Base: Sintered

Shape: Tapered directional

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

Price: $550.00
Brand Name

Capita

Gender

Mens

Style

All Mountain

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

151, 154, 157, 160

Manufacturers URL

https://www.capitasnowboarding.com/

Rad-Bad

Tester quote: “This board is the perfect blend of freeride and freestyle. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Gallery ID

1000328633

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester quote: “This board is the perfect blend of freeride and freestyle. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.