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Riley Hawk Pro Shoe Review And Video

First Impression

New Riley Hawk Lakai Shoe

My first impression of the new Riley Hawk pro model shoe from Lakai was that it looked very similar to the Lakai Owen, except it had an upper that included laces.  The shape of the toe is almost exactly like the Owen.  The Riley includes an added toe bumper that the Owen doesn’t have though.  When you first put the shoe on you notice that it is a bit stiff.  The reason behind that is because the back of the shoe around the heel is made of a tough canvas.  Depending on how your feet fit in ther shoe this could cause discomfort for the first day or so.  The LUX-LITE insole provides a decent bit of cushion and support.  The shape of the toe is a bit wider than I’m used to, but I don’t think it will have a negative effect at all.

One Week Of Skating

After a week of skating in the Riley’s, the break in process was finally over.  The bulked up sole and added toe bumper are great for making the shoe last longer, but the downfall is that it takes longer to break them in.  The insoles are holding up strong and have yet to pack down from taking impact.  The only major wear area is around the collar of the shoe.  The stitching ripped in the first couple of days and the foam padding around the collar is now exposed.  The laces that come with the shoe are thin, and the first one ripped pretty easily.  Once these shoes are broken in they start to skate very well.

Three Weeks Of Skating

Riley Hawk Shoe Ripped Up

After another week there really isn’t a huge difference in wear.  The most obvious area for concern is the collar and the lacing area.  At this point I had ripped all the laces, and the collar began to fall apart more.  An easy fix to all this would be to put a new lace in.  These issues did not affect the way the shoe skated though.  To be completely honest I was not a fan of this shoe at first, but the more I skated the shoe the more I began to like it.  This is the kind of shoe that gets better with time.  Pack a couple extra laces and these bad boys are good to go.  It has been three weeks and the Riley’s have more life left in them.  If I were to rate the shoe, I would give the Riley Hawk’s first pro model a 7 out of 10.

Find the Riley Hawk shoe right here!

 

 

Get Ready for Vans’ New Video ‘Propeller’

Vans Propeller

Vans has been trying to make a video for quite some time.  Their team is a perfect blend of the last couple decades of skateboarding including riders like Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, and Rowan Zorilla.  They have just recently announced and dropped a trailer for their new video called Propeller.  Rounding up the whole team and getting them all on the same page, as far as filming for the video goes, was a huge ordeal alone.  Not only that, but they have teamed up with Greg Hunt, the filmmaker behind some of skateboarding’s most iconic videos including Alien Workshop’s Mindfield and Transworld Skateboarding’s Sight Unseen, to make the video.  If that isn’t enough to get you stoked, we have laid out some pretty memorable video parts from Vans team riders over the years to hold you over until Propeller comes out.

Anthony Van Engelen – The DC Video

AVE is known for putting out really strong video parts.  While most of you may relate to his Mindfield part, we would like to shed some light on his part in The DC Video.  It’s worth mentioning that Greg Hunt also made this video.  AVE and Greg Hunt have worked on numerous parts together so we can’t wait to see what they come up with for this new one.

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Marc Johnson Sponsor Me Tape

This ladies and gentlemen is what you call Internet GOLD.  Bask it all its glory that is Marc Johnson from 1993.

How to break the internet

The highly anticipated video from Shane O’Neill titled “Shane Goes” literally did just that.  Once it was put on Thrasher magazine’s website a very select few were able to watch it before hundreds, thousands, millions of people hit the site at the same time.  What happens to a website when it gets flooded with people?  You guessed it – the servers crashed.  Thankfully Thrasher was able to get the problem fixed and now you can enjoy what is arguable the best web edit we’ve seen this year.   Sit back and watch Skate Mental’s very own go just that….Mental.

This Week on the Web: February 6th, 2015

The internet never turns off, or sleeps, making it hard to catch all of those great skate videos coming out daily.  In an effort to curb your relentless search for that video somene told you about we’ve compiled some highlights from skateboarding on the web this week.

1.  Superstar 80’s By Gonz

If you skate, you love Mark Gonzalez, or “The Gonz.”  This dude is definitely old enough to be most of our fathers, but he still knows how to rip on that plank of wood.  He has found his home at Adidas, and this commercial features a retro shoe breing brought back to life by Mark Gonzales.  While this is technically a commercial for a shoe, the video also showcases a good bit of skate footage from the street skating god father himself.  Spoiler Alert: that boardslide off the ramp was nuts!

2.  Behind The French Fred Scenes Are Back On Thrasher Magazine

Fred Mortagne, more commonly known as French Fred, has been in the trenches and filmed some of skateboarding’s most iconic videos including Flip’s Sorry, and Es’ Menikmati.  In the last year or two he has slowly been releasing the raw and sometimes unseen clips from the time period in which he filmed those videos.  Fred’s releases on Thrasher Magazine have been dormant for a couple months, but this week have resurfaced featuring Arto Saari and Kerry Getz in in Barcelona.

3.  Postcard 3

The Magenta Skateboards movement has been on the rise the last couple of years, and for all the right reasons.  Hailing from France, these dudes have brought new light to the creativity and fun of skateboarding within a major city center.  This 9 minute video features some of the most recognizable Magenta heads while also highlighting most of the Bourdeaux scene.  Worth noting, there is a little over a minute of footage from a since deceased french spot in the mid 90’s, and it is dope.

4.  Chris Joslin Plan B-Roll

Highlighting videos of the week wouldn’t even count if Chris Joslin’s crazy ass was not included.  The first three videos have had an unconscious retro theme, but this one is a perfect showcase of where skateboarding stands today.  Chris Joslin is full speed ahead after a “Welcome To Etnies” part, and his break-out part in Plan B’s latest video True.  This footage is all of the stuff he stacked that somehow didn’t make the cut for True.  This guy is a footage machine that con’t be  stopped.  Sit back and hang on to your breeches, this is another wild one.

Lakai’s Picture Me Eurollin’ – The Movie

Lakai has one of the most diversely talented skate teams in skateboarding.  Check the crew out as they tour Europe and hit multiple countries and skate every rad street spot and skatepark!  Make sure to watch till the end as there are some pretty heavy lines that didn’t make the original cut.

Lakai’s trip to Europe featuring Daniel Espinoza, Jon Sciano, Sebo Walker, Vincent Alvarez, Riley Hawk, Stevie Perez, Rick Howard, Danny Brady, Nick Jensen and Sylvan Tognelli.

All City Showdown | Chicago

One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen is this All City Showdown done by Uprise & Converse.  Labeled “A Real Street Contest” the idea was 84 skateboarders were invited to skate the streets of Chicago for 8 hours with a chance to win a portion of $11,000.  Now we all know money talks so you can imagine the things that go down in this video.  The judges highlight their favorite riders and or tricks so make sure you pay close attention.  Chicago is defiantly on the bucket list of places to visit and skate.  Chi Town Stand Up!

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