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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Review Of The Black Dog Spacko

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Skateboarding means many things to many people. We didn’t get into skating for the hyper-testosterone fueled power glances that are occasionally shared at a skate park. We got into skating because, like art, there is no perfect way to do it. We like the little guy, we like the underdog, and most importantly, we like the folks who are doing it because they love it.

We first heard of the folks at Black Dog longboards years back. They’ve been crafting decks since 2006 and they’ve stayed considerably under the radar for the period since. Despite creating a rather influential speedboard a few years back (the Butterfly), Black Dog stayed small in the Pacific Northwest and has been continuing the craft of manufacturing these beautiful skateboards.

We got a board from Black Dog called the Spacko. It’s a lean, mean little deck which looks like it could tackle quite a wide variety of terrain. We spent a few weeks sending the Spacko through as much and as little terrain as we could to find out what it’s really made of. With much joy we report back that we were not disappointed by the deck shaped by the OG folks over at Black Dog Longboards.

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The Rolling Tree Nimbus

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We get boxed into our realm of downhill skating day in and day out. And let’s not deny the truth here: bombing the biggest hill we can find is really, really awesome. But that’s not to say that we shouldn’t get out and skate any kind of terrain we can. Here at the Silverfish Consortium, we skate hills, we skate slalom, we skate pools, we skate stair sets. We skate as much as we can because frankly, life is short and we’d rather be skating.

We got an opportunity to review a board that we could take just about anywhere with us. The brilliant minds over at Rolling Tree sent us a sharp looking deck called the Nimbus to shred all over the place. We’ve put a few double kicks through the review process before, but there’s always room for improvement in the skate game so we took on the challenge with complete enthusiasm. What did we find out? Double kicks are still a blast, skating is still the best, and we came home extremely stoked. The Nimbus had way more to offer than we expected.

Rolling Tree skateboards are a brand centered on community-driven design. They get inspiration from ideas submitted from the skate community and design boards on those ideals. It’s a skater-owned brand driven by the skate community itself.

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Lanparte GoPro Stabilizer (Handeld Gimbal) HH-01 Review

 

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Have you ever filmed what you thought was a fantastic edit, went home, reviewed footage, and shook your head in contempt at what turned out to be a shaky mess?  Shaky footage is a videographers worst nightmare as it can render awesome moments practically unwatchable, and while post production software has made great strides at stabilizing such footage - it’s not a panacea.  We’ve come across the video stability issue many times, and have thrown a lot of money at stabilizing handles such as the Opteka SteadyVid, the Steadicam Curve, and the Smoothy.  None of them have left us impressed – they require fine calibration and camera sway is still a major issue.   We figured it was time to up our game and check out an electronic stabilizer that supposedly performs better than anything we’ve tried before, so we picked up the Lanparte GoPro HH-01 Stabilizer.

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Zero Gravity Skate Vector M-6 Review

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As a community, it’s evident that we as downhill skaters are a pretty safety-savvy bunch. Protective gear such as a good helmet and gloves are a MUST if you’re doing any kind of downhill skating, and we always recommend the use of knee and elbow pads to minimise road rash and make your next shower a little less painful if you do bail. Your helmet is arguably the most essential piece of safety gear that you’ll own, because while skin and bones heal, your brain doesn’t. This makes picking the right helmet a very important decision.

Cue Zero Gravity Skate Systems and their brand-new Vector M-6 helmet. ZG Skate have been making downhill-specific fullface helmets for a while now, starting with the original M-4 way back when, and the subsequent M-5 that many skaters will be familiar with. Proving themselves as a leading helmet manufacturer, Zero Gravity weren’t messing around when designing the newest addition to their lineup. Working directly with the community, the Vector M-6 is said to be jam-packed with a heap of new features that should make the newest Vector the best one yet.

We’re always happy to weigh-in with our opinions on new gear, so we were very excited to get up close and personal with the Zero Gravity Skate’s Vector M-6.

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Sabre Trucks : Forged Precision Review

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A few months back, Sabre pleasantly surprised us with its introduction of a new flagship model - the cold forged precision Sabre 38 truck.  Created using an engineering process that results in a lighter, stronger product - the Sabre forged precision truck looks fantastic, and simultaneously hits a price point that doesn’t break the bank (it runs around 200 bones).  But what about response and performance?  Does the low degree baseplate render it a one trick pony, or is the Sabre more than the sum of its parts?  Read on to find out!

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Arsenal Trucks Review

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As the year comes to a close, it’s safe to say that 2014 was the year of the precision truck. From the big names in the industry, to skate enthusiasts just scratching the surface of skateboard truck design, we saw many new and innovative design and manufacturing processes used this year. We welcome this as an insight into what may be the next big innovation in years to come, something we’re always stoked to report on here at the ‘Fish.

Hailing from notorious Sierra Nevada Mountains of Central California, Arsenal Trucks have emerged as a relatively new player in the precision truck game. Arsenal Trucks are brand-new set of CNC’ed trucks designed in-house using 3D Parametric CAD technology, and constructed in the USA with aircraft grade materials. Due to where they’re based, the team at Arsenal have amazing testing opportunities in both the freeride and downhill departments, providing us, as skaters, with what should be a top-notch set of trucks. Yeah, these trucks practically have us frothing at the mouth.

The guys at Arsenal were nice enough to hook us up at the Longboard Consortium with a set of their trucks shed some light on what these billet-cut beauties have to offer. Of course, we wasted no time in getting down to business.

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Review of the Moonshine MFG Rum Runner and Hooch

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Budget boards are the life blood of the downhill skating world. We know that decks sell for pocket change from your local mall “skate store”, but what is one skater to do if they’re looking for something more? Something different from the standard, 7-8-9 ply maple layup? Sure it’s tried and true, but room for innovation is what makes our sport grow.

We here at Silverfish try to follow these innovative crafters with hope that they’re doing something right, pushing skating further, and changing how we have fun. We’ve seen plenty of gimmick-y garbage roll through the downhill world in the last few years.

So who’s next in terms of doing something outside the norm? Moonshine MFG sent us some new gear that we went down hills on to see how it fares. We got a couple of decks and sets of wheels from the Washington-based company to shred, and shredding was done! Here’s what we got from sessioning the gear.

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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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