The weather is looking pretty sweet for Hogtoberfest. XSS and Octane Sport have organised a DH skills workshop, Girls workshop and, Giant Slalom, Downhill Freeride and Mini-Moto racing. With prizes from people likeÂ Dangerous Decks,Octane Sport, and Newton’s Shred, it promises to be a pretty sweet weekend of longboarding!
We’ll be there with this small collection of 2012 protoypes for you t play on…
We went to the deepest darkest Southwest for some downhill fun with Devonians Matt Elver,Chris Vanstone, Jesse Tighe and Charlie Mason this weekend. It was basically everything you could hope for in a road trip, and a bit more.
Both these boards are sweet for sliding and freeride – but if you can’t decide which one you’d rather, read on…
If you prefer topmounts and want a directional shape with a little flex, the Elevator is the one. A little rocker, subtle directional shape for sweet back foot placement, this is what we’re talking about when we say “refined longboard manufacture.”
If you’re fully on the new-school sliding tip,* then you need a Symbian, laden with all the features and shaping you need for shuvits, switch riding and dancing moves. Deep rocker and concave, symmetrical shape, mini-kicks, bomber 9ply construction and adjustable drop-through mounting – freeride doesn’t get a lot better than this.
Available for pre-order now in the UK, USA, Canada and USA, as deck and complete (with Sabre trucks and Cult wheels).Â They should be in stock with dealers and distributors in other countries by the end of October.
*and you can ignore that you’re stealing all your tricks from eighties skate videos…
So then… we’ve been making slide gloves for quite a while now. About a decade, in fact. And early last spring, we wondered what would happen if we tried to make a no-holds barred, no-expense spared, price-is-not-an-issue version of our world-famous Race Gloves. And we came up with this – the Deluxe Race Glove.
(ok so the name isn’t very imaginative… sorry.)
Basically it’s a standard Race Glove with the following improvements:
Kevlar fingers and thumbs instead of the extra leather patches. If you didn’t know it already, Kevlar is really, really strong, and especially good under abrasion. Skating these gloves is a bit like skating with finger pucks in that you don’t have to worry about dragging your fingers anymore, but you still have full dexterity, allowing various abusive hand gestures, sending of text messages, easy rail grabs, etc.
We made the puck thicker – it’s 15mm not 12mm now. Still from super-slidey Delrin.
We added some silica/amara wrist patch. The wrist area was identified as a possible weak point in the Race Gloves, so we beefed it up.
They’ve been skated for a whole summer and the protos are still going strong. They are not cheap, but we don’t think you’ll find anything better out there.
These gloves, they will make you very happy. Like Darren here.