TGR Tested: Capita Equalizer
The Equalizer felt like a solid all-rounder . Good for the lady shredder who isn't riding super aggressively, but wants to explore the whole mountain and get a little airtime. - Izzy Lazarus
New to the CAPiTA lineup, and endorsed by all-around ripper Jess Kimura, the Equalizer was meticulously designed to suit everything from the urban to the backcountry riding style that Kimura has impressively built her career upon. Whether she’s hiking an out-of-bounds booter or scouring the streets for new spots, the Equalizer is along for the ride. Featuring a directional, hybrid camber profile in a medium-flexing package—as well as a number of new tech features devised by CAPiTA—this all-terrain board attempts to blur the lines between freeride and freestyle. It’s a women’s specific snowboard that doesn’t wish to be classified, much like Jess Kimura herself.
Constructed around a custom-designed hybrid camber profile, the Equalizer features positive camber in its midsection that extends five centimeters past the inserts. In the rear, you’ll find a flat tail to provide plenty of pop, while the rockered nose increases float and performance in deep snow conditions. An all-new core design, which CAPiTA labels their Dual Blaster Ashpop, increases durability and control, while the new Quantum Drive Base improves upon the brand’s existing high-end sintered construction. And with a flex pattern that lands right in the middle of the spectrum, the Equalizer possesses a stable yet versatile feel across any conditions or terrain.
Although advertised as being an equally-balanced board for all terrain types, testers found the Equalizer to actually lean closer to the freestyle end of the spectrum. “It felt stable airing off of cattracks and hips,” said Izzy Lazarus, “But the Equalizer wasn’t necessarily a charger.” Instead, the softer flex and overall poppy demeanor seemed to lend itself more toward jumping and jibbing applications over anything. However, tester Jaime Vincent did manage to see some of its freeriding personality shine through. “I was psyched to start the morning out carving on the groomers with the Equalizer. I did wish I took it off jumps and hit some rails, but this board was worthy of a hike. I took it down a corn chute and it crushed on wide turns, but still seemed a little loose at high speeds in the chunder.”
Who's it for?
The Equalizer proves to be a versatile board for the freestyle-first rider. While it can handle the duties of performing as an all-mountain board to an extent, there’s still a bit to be desired, especially for the hard-charging freeriders out there. With that in mind, the Equalizer would shine as a daily driver or resort board for the gal who sees inbounds terrain as one giant terrain park. After all, poppy, playful, and forgiving are all outstanding qualities to have in a board, so long as it’s under the feet of the right individual. Ultimately, the Equalizer succeeds in capturing Jess Kimura’s style, and would be a viable option for those with like-minded approaches to their riding.