Review Of Original Arbiter DK

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Since their humble beginnings in 2002, Original Skateboards have become one of the largest and most involved names in the industry who definitely know what they are doing when it comes to skateboard design. Owners Scott and Brad Imbrie have been building up the brand since the beginning, using their college funds to get their business off the ground. Twelve years on, through continued innovation in all aspects of longboarding, the whole team at Original Skateboards are still striving to deliver you top quality products across their entire line-up.

In 2012, Original really stepped it up a notch in the downhill department with the release of the Original Arbiter. This deck really garnered a lot of attention from the whole longboard scene due to the simplistic design and cheap price point. This new addition showed us all that Original meant business with their first real entry into the downhill race board market.

Two years on, you asked and Original delivered. Fast forward to the middle of this year and Original Skateboard have just dropped the Arbiter DK (DK meaning ‘double kick’). Weighing in at 36.5 inches long, 9.5 inches wide with wheelbases from 18” to 21”, this deck is built to do it all. Sporting a symmetrical 9-ply construction, huge wheel wells, progressive tub concave and just a hint of rocker, this no-frills deck is designed to keep you feeling locked in and secure at all times, no matter what type of terrain you’re tackling.

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Review of the Tierney Rides Board

Recently, a couple of unexpected packages came in the mail--two Tierney Ride boards. A while back I spoke with the people at Tierney, who mentioned that they wouldn't mind sending over some boards for us to test, over the holidays, I had all but forgotten about them until they arrived today...

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BMW Streetcarver Review

"God has sent me a gift from Heaven." -Steven Puente.

We've had the BMW Streetcarver for about 24 hours now and we've put it through the motions...

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Newton Trucks Review: Have we hit a new level of low?

 

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They say variety is the spice of life and stagnation is its poison.  If that’s true, the cast truck market is comprised of spicy poison, with too many offerings and too little differentiation.  A change in angle geometry here, nano-precision pivot cups being held up by booth babes there.  So where does Newton Skate fit into the equation with their new 180mm ultra-low RKP trucks?  The former or the latter, and more importantly – are they worth your hard earned cash? Read on to find out if we’ve hit a new low, and if we mean that in a good way...or bad.

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Review Of The Earthwing NLS 38 Drop Through


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This week our reviewers are taking a look at the Earthwing NLS 38 drop through. Founded in 1998, Earthwing Skateboards has continuously pushed the bar in skateboard technology, and the NLS line of skateboards is the pinnacle of Earthwing’s progression. Ranging from the vertical-laminated Mystery Model and Boomerang in 2008 to the NLS 38 in 2014, Earthwing is always on the cutting edge of skateboard technology.

Consisting of 4 plies of maple sandwiched between Earthwing’s aptly named “unbelievium,” the NLS 38 is Earthwing’s first drop through in the NLS (Next Level S**t) construction.  Unbelievium is a heat-activated composite that is applied to the board by a process known as crush welding. Crush welding uses intense heat and pressure to press the board without glue. Simply put, the NLS series uses a high-tech construction and a high-tech build process to create extremely strong boards with 360° concave.

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Review of the Loaded Overland

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Throughout the last couple of years, the trend of large double-kick decks and “hybrid” skateboards has really taken a hold in the market. This trend promotes versatility and the “skate everything” mentality that has emerged in the new breed of skateboarders, and large double kick decks fit the bill perfectly for this type of riding. Bombing, pool, park, street, freeride… you name it, these decks are becoming the board of choice for your ‘do it all’ skater.

Loaded Longboards have been paying close attention to the desires of the community and have been chipping away at creating a more versatile range of skateboards for quite some time now. Loaded’s newest freeride/downhill/do-everything offering to the community, the Overland, combines aspects of the Kanthaka and the Tesseract to bridge the size gap and form one very, very intriguing deck that sets it apart from other hybrid-style deck in the market. At the Longboard Consortium, we got our hands on the Overland and took to the streets to see what it’s really made of.

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Review of the Nexus from Pantheon

 

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Modern downhill skating made a gigantic leap forward when people started doing innovative things with how truck are mounted on a deck. Whether it was the extra-delayed response from the decks, the coolness factor that simply it’s never been done before, or simply because it looks way cooler to passers-by, the dropped platform deck is one which revolutionized downhill skateboarding. It may have fallen out of the “cool” in recent years, but let’s not forget what got you youngsters rolling down hills: those who paved the way before you.

Taking an updated and ergonomic approach towards a good old friend of a longboard is Pantheon Longboards, with their offering the Nexus. We sent our riders down hills and all over most things a skate wheel can roll over, and then documented our results. The Nexus Pantheon impressed us in more ways than one. With no further delay, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Review of The New Olders Helmets Cannonball and Fit

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The thing of 2014 seems to be downhill-specific. Whether you reside in Southern California, or the flattest flat plains of the world, it seems there’s becoming more of a desire for them. The pro circuit, and even amateur circuit, has gotten more and more aero-dome’d and without a doubt skaters are taking notice. It’s rad that there’s more and more companies out there are making downhill skating-specific fullface helmets, because skating safe is a smart idea. While some of these lids may be more or less than safe than others, it’s good to see folks skating in a lid that’s designed for going skating down hills in. Besides, if you wrap yourself around a guardrail at 50mph, you’re probably screwed anyway, right?

Well, the helmets under the spotlight today are the new offerings from New Olders, the Cannonball and the Cannonball FIT. We love helmets because let’s face it, we like to looks fast just as much as we like to go fast. Oh yeah, and something about being safe too. Anyhow, we went and did tons of shredding all over and came back to you guys with all the good news. So let’s have at it.

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News Flash

  • Ian Tilmann died after crashing out on a fun longboard run in Florida. Ian wasn't wearing a lid and never regained consciousness.  We lost a brother.
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    The Ian Tilmann Foundation  created the Helmet for a Promise program, where people are able to pledge to always wear a helmet and the foundation will provide one at no cost.  Click the logo or the text. Read More +
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