Hi5ber Overtaker Review

 

Back in the days of Wefunk, high-end, ultralight carbon foam-core decks were primarily accessible to those with plenty of discretionary income. Things have changed aplenty thanks to Hi5ber - a company offering a wide variety of carbon foamcore decks at prices comparable to higher end offerings from well known manufacturers such as Rayne and Moonshine. Hi5ber recently released two brand new models - the Overtaker and the Limelite. This review covers the Overtaker, which is Hi5bers first microdrop speedboard, so feel free to read more and discover if it's worth your hard earned scrilla.

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Braden Boards Womack Pro Model First Impressions



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A few months ago the mad geniuses behind Rojas Trucks launched a deck lineup under the Braden Boards brand.  Amongst the decks was microdrop which caught our attention in a post last year  – the brainchild of team riders Cody Womack and Keaton Tomlin.  Unsurprisingly, the deck is called the Womack Pro-Model and it boasts some unusual specs.  At 29 3/8 inches long and 9 13/16 inches wide, it’s probably the smallest microdrop on the market.  A board of this size can fit in your large suitcase, hiking backpack etc...but is it practical?  Read on for our first impressions!

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Pantheon Asura Review

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When we say the words ‘drop deck’, what do you think of? We bet you thought of era circa 2012, where every man and his dog were freeriding a large wheelbase with huge drops, and the topmount speedboard that is common place in our sport today hadn’t quite taken over as the deck of choice. Though these bigger decks have been slowly making a comeback in the past year or so, still not a lot of companies are pumping out new drop decks for us to shred. Looking to buck the trend however, are Jeff and the team over at Pantheon Longboards.

Incase you’ve been living under a rock, Pantheon Longboards is a small company out of Pennsylvania who specialise in downhill, freeride and LDP skateboards. Run by long-time downhill community member Jeff Vyain, Pantheon have a wide variety of decks to suit almost every discipline you could skate, offering up some awesome creations. As a lot of you may know, Jeff is pretty good at pushing a skateboard a long way, making him one of the best long distance pushers around right now. He’s also a knows a thing or two about designing a skateboard, starting in shipping for Bustin Skateboards in 2010, leading him to a role in marketing and design of their shapes and moulds. Eventually, Jeff decided to branch out on his own and create what we know today as Pantheon Longboards, a company in which you can really tell he takes pride in running.

We were lucky enough to be hooked up by Pantheon with the new Asura, a nice little drop deck that’s designed for nimble racing and freeride. Featuring some enticing features and compact form factor, we couldn’t wait to put this dropped shredstick to test and bring you guys some info along the way.

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Review of the Moonshine, the County Line

 

 

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The downhill market sees innovation after innovation now a days. We understand this, as clearly there’s a more competitive field for the downhill game. It’s no surprise to us that we see new gear dropping week after week claiming to revolutionize the downhill work. So when we saw the new release from Moonshine, the County Line, we were glad to see a tried and immaculately proved idea from the downhill world, being brought to the dancing/commuting world, namely top notch construction which was previously not focused on quite as much.

We went through our rituals and trials and got to the bottom of the new release from Moonshine.

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Review of the Bustin EQ 36 Hollowcore

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Blending of scenes and cross over between crews is how we as a community grow to bigger and better things. We know and love California as the unofficial home of the downhill community, but that’s not to say there aren’t radical things taking place all around the world. One of the skate companies to call New York City home is Bustin Boards. They’ve been crafting and refining new boards for over a decade now which question how we think about skateboards. While we know the downhill community’s heart is firmly planted in California, but seeing Bustin take shots at how downhill skateboards look makes us psyched for how they can impact the skate community.

The newly tweaked and tuned version of the downhill vision is their EQ 36” Hollow Core. We took the East coast crew’s version of a speedboard through our local spots to see how it would fare outside of its New York state natural environment.

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Buddha Wheels Review The Lotus and Fukyo

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Big or small? Grippy or slippery? Wider or skinnier? As a downhill skater, we can guarantee that you have experienced the eternal indecision when it comes to picking a set of wheels in today’s saturated market. We know this because we have experienced what it is like to be constantly tossing up which wheels we want to pull the trigger on next time around. Here at the Longboard Consortium we don’t mind having choices, the more wheels on the market the more wheels we can shred.

Queue Buddha Wheels, a company hailing from Spain coming from the guys at Hydroponic who hooked us up with the Dragon for testing a little while back. Buddha Wheels are a brand-new company with a few options to choose from, bringing you a wheel for just about any application you could want. In our case, we were lucky enough to test out the new Fukyo and Lotus wheels, which are two of the more freeride-oriented options in the lineup.

Both the Fukyo and the Lotus look like a ton of fun from what we have seen so far, making us excited to hit the hills on these two sets of wheels and bring you the info on these bad boys from another continent.

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Hydroponic Dragon Review

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It seems that now so more than ever that small, indie longboard brands are sprouting up left, right and centre. With new and innovative designs, construction methods and features, these up-and-coming companies are looking to rival the best in the business, giving us even more options to choose from than ever before.

Hydroponic Longboards is a prime example of this type of brand, hailing from Barcelona, Spain. Since their beginnings in 2002 as an urban clothing brand geared towards surf, skate and snowboard culture, Hydroponic have branched out into the longboard and skateboard markets over the past 5 years. With the longboard division headed up by team manager Miguel Porte and various former Original Skateboards Team and Flow riders, it’s evident that Hydroponic are a force to be reckoned with in longboard game.

In their newest 2014 Summer range, the guys at Hydroponic have manufactured some new moulds and shapes under the guidance of team riders to bring us, the riders, some truly awesome new boards. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Dragon, a brand-new directional topmount speedboard from Hydroponic’s latest lineup, to bring you guys some info on what’s good with these new guys on the block.

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TSG Pass Review

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It wasn’t  so long ago that the downhill skateboarding community lacked any kind of mass-market helmet which was specifically catered towards its riders.  Many skaters turned to Icaro paragliding helmets due to their aerodynamic profile, light weight and good looks while others took a cheaper, more safety focused approach by adopting and modifying mountain bike helmets such as the Bell Drop.  The landscape today is totally different, with readily available offerings from companies such as Triple 8, Predator, New Olders, ZGSkate and more recently TSG - with their Pass helmet.  Developed in collaboration with Martin Siegrist (three time world downhill champion and overall badass) the Pass is quickly gaining adoption at events worldwide.  Join us as we take a comprehensive look at the Pass in our review below, and whether it (pardon the pun) passes with flying colors.

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  • Not all skate shirts are black!   Check out the Silverfish Gear Page .  There are new men's, women's and kids' shirts!  (Some are even black.)

     

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