Review Of The Bustin Hollow Core EQ



In a market dominated by topmounts with sub-26” wheelbases, Bustin continues to diversify their lineup with the addition of the new 2014 Hollow Core EQ. The Hollow Core EQ is the successor of the original Bustin EQ that was released in 2012.

The Bustin Hollow Core EQ uses a honeycomb core that, according to Bustin, is not only stronger but also reduces weight. The new 2014 EQ is a complete overhaul of the original EQ, adding not only W concave but a new shape, drop and construction. The 2014 EQ’s .25” microdrop uses Bustin’s “lunar drop” to create a mellow, comfortable drop platform. Bustin also includes subtle wheel flares at the ends of the standing platform to accentuate the lunar drop’s pockets.

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Deville Race Glove Review


As far as protection for us longboarders goes, slide gloves are essential when it comes to safety. Whether you’re just learning to slide, an average freerider or an avid downhill racer, you are definitely going to want a solid, durable and comfortable pair of slide gloves on hand (ha, get it?) any time you’re on your board. This is where Deville Skateboards come in. The guys over there have cooked up the Deville Race Gloves as part of their latest line-up to keep your hands free of road-rash and safe at all times.

With origins in Ventura, California, Deville Skateboards were once known as Navigator Trucks. Determined to present themselves as a viable presence in the skate industry selling only quality, American made products, the trucks had to be put aside for a while due to market saturation. Slowly but surely, the company made the shift away from being only known as Navigator Trucks and eventuating into what we now know as Deville Skateboards.

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Review of the Kebbek Max Erwin



Kebbek Skateboards, founded in 1992, is one of the few remaining longboard companies that went against the trend of microdrops and short wheelbases to produce large, durable downhill and freeride boards. Returning from hiatus in 2011, Kebbek re-entered the longboard scene with their Stain Series of boards, many of which were 30”+ wheelbase drop decks and drop throughs. Here we take a look at a favorite in the lineup the Kebbek Max Erwin.

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Review of the Seismic Defcon Formula Speed Vents and Hot Spots


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One of the truest and most trusted names when it comes to skating fast is Seismic. For years, Dan Gesmer and crew have been creating some of the fastest, most high performance skateboard wheels available. Seismic began in the wheel industry in 2004 (and the truck market a decade earlier) and has been at the edge of speed ever since. Wheels produced by Seismic include the 3dm line which offers some of the relied upon slalom wheels to ever navigate cones. Any beyond the slalom market, Seismic has been in the downhill game for years now. Seismic Hot Spots and Speed Vents can be seen dominating race courses worldwide.

Previously, Seismic’s Black Ops urethane was known as the fastest on the road (not to mention setting an IGSA speed record or two). The urethane is lightning fast and corners like a vice, but the biggest criticism is how the urethane slide on the unpredictable side. All too often skaters found themselves riding what felt like a bucking bronco through a predrift.

The days of Black Ops are not over, but there’s a new neighbor in urethane town. Seismic’s new Defcon urethane is promised as smoother sliding, ultra-high rebound, and ridiculous acceleration. We received 2 sets of wheels, a set of 69mm 78.5a Hot Spots, and a set of 73mm 81.5a Speed Vents. We went fast and slow, forwards and sideways, and put the wheels through a workout on a few of the most unapologetic corners that we know of, and wrote up all our findings. How did the new Defcon ‘thane hold up? Fast and resilient, just like we hoped for.


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Review Of Original Arbiter DK


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?



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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