Watch the Exclusive Source On Snow Staff Review of the Capita 2016 Mercury
<<radio static>> Station X, this is Test Pilot Capt. Zane of the Mercury Project. Over.
Station X, I report successful activation of the Hyper Vortex Blackhole Drive, but we’re experiencing instrumentation problems. Computer, please read our current speed and coordinates. Over.
(Computer): Current speed unable to calculate and accelerating. Current coordinates 08h 48m 48.76s +44° 55’ 49.6” in the Lynx Arc.
Computer, how far is the Lynx Arc from Earth? Over.
(Computer): 12 billion light years.
Station X, WTF!? We just left five minutes ago. Just a quick speed test my ass! This place isn’t even on Google Maps, how are we supposed to get home?!
My wife made her famous meatloaf for dinner, and If I’m not home on time, my ass is grass! Over.
Do you copy Station X?
Moral of story: Happy wife, happy life is one undeniable truth. In order to have a happy wife, you need to be home on time. If it’s one thing that wives and girlfriends hate, it’s when their man says they’ll be somewhere at a certain time, and then we show up an hour or two late. The Mercury snowboard is next level awesome. Like spaceship awesome. If you buy this snowboard, you must first understand that it is so fun, you will not want to stop snowboarding. In turn, you will not be home on time, and as a result you will be in trouble with said girlfriend and/or wife.
When it comes to all-terrain versatility, the Mercury series has little competition. The Freeride FK hybrid camber configuration is designed for power when you want it and float when you need it. Featuring Pre-cured Carbon V-Tech reinforcements and a bomber Panda Core™ with Bamboo Power Rods in the tip and tail, this board’s durability and ollie power is unmatched. From pow and kickers to narrow chutes and laps around the park, this all-terrain monster will get you into and out of every possible situation.
The classic. Nothing is quite like the crispness, power and precision of camber at higher speeds. Ideal for aggressive riders and traditionalists.
The all-round performer. Far and away, this is our best-selling platform. Ultimate versatility comes from blending both rocker and camber traits to get a balance that offers both the stability of camber and the easy ride of rocker. Some boards in this category fall closer to a camber feel, while others ride a little looser like a rocker board. Find your balance and get a board here that does it all.
Flat from contact point to contact point for control and stability with a catch-free feel
Like waking up at noon on summer holiday. Rocker boards feature a reverse camber lay-up that is less-catchy, turns easier and sends the fun factor/high-five frequency into the stratosphere. These boards generally offer a more forgiving ride which is ideal for newer/casual riders, jibbing and easy style pow hounds alike.
ALL MOUNTAIN FREESTYLE
Do it ALL. Wanna grab some pow turns up top, scream down a mid-mountain groomer and then hit the park at the bottom? THESE are your boards. Our best-selling configuration. Generally an all-mountain twin-tip, directional twin or minimal directional shape that’s poised to do it all.
Tech freestyle supremacy. These twin tip boards generally feature a slightly softer flex and shorter contact points which make for boards that are slightly more maneuverable but still have the landing gear you need to grease park laps day-in and day-out. If park laps and hit runs are your jam, then this is where you live. If that last sentence didn’t make sense, it’s best not to look here.
Parks are where I walk my dog, the mountain is where I snowboard. Pow/Freeride boards quite often offer a distinct directional shape, featuring a tapering shape designed to provide the smoothest ride out on the mountain—whether it’s first chair on a pow day or late afternoon when it’s all bombed out. With options that range from resort freeride, slackcountry through to backcountry, the pow/freeride category is your go-to for riders not looking to ride the park and capitalize on the rest of the mountain.
Narrower widths mean lightning fast edge transfers and less fatigue for riders that have smaller feet. Suggested for all women’s sizes and Men’s 8.5 and below. Look for waist widths that are below 25cms.
Regular widths offer only critical measurements that will kill toe-heel drag, but also maintain proper response to keep turns quick and agile while not tiring you out. Ideal for rider with US Men’s 9-11.5 feet. Look for board widths that are 25-25.5 cm wide, going wider as foot sizes get bigger.
Anyone with a size 12+ boot can tell you—toe/heel drag sucks. Kill the culprit with a wider waist board and get the freedom to turn as hard as you want. Riders with 12+ boot sizes will want to look at boards with waist width of an absolute minimum of 25.6cm and go up from there—going wider as foot sizes get bigger.