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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Review OF The Five Mile Widowmaker

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The shapes and concaves which people have been skating are changing. Despite how much we’ll be attached to the standard, boring radial concave that we learned to go fast on, there are more ergonomic designs to better fit our feet. The ones who have been pushing the envelope further than anyone else in the last few years: Five Mile Skateboards. The Tacoma, WA based builders have twisted and tweaked concave into just about everything one could imagine but still find a way to craft it into something which way more comfy than what we were previously skating. Featuring the signature middle-drop to the wood, the deck up for decision today: the Five Mile Widowmaker.

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Landyachtz Boss Hawgs 78a Review

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Since being founded in 1997, Landyachtz have established themselves as one of the forerunners in the sport of longboarding today. You could even go as far as saying that without the innovation that Landyachtz has provided for the past 17 years the sport of longboarding would not be where it is right now. Whether it be hosting events, coming out with awesome new products for you to roll around on or putting out rad media for you to drool over, Landyachtz delivers and then some.

In this year’s 2014 factory line-up, Landy have given us the new 70mm Boss Hawgs among others freeride and downhill offerings. Sporting the large KMFSU core, a slender contact patch and durometers of 76a, 78a, and 80a, the Boss Hawgs wheels are sure to bring some new and exciting things to the table. We’ve seen how the popular Kyle Martin Pro Model KMFSU Hawgs are for going fast and getting sideways, so we were very interested to put the Boss Hawgs through their paces for fast freeride and a touch of downhill. We recently got our hands on a set of the 78a Boss Hawgs for testing here at the Longboard Consortium and we certainly didn’t waste any time in putting in some work on these wheels.

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