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
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.
The SPoT crew recently came through our hometown for the Damn Am South and decided the opportunity was ripe to hit the streets of ATL with renowned local, Travis Glover. Check it out as the crew hits some famed Atlanta spots before making their way over to Kayo Corp hideout, Da Playground.
At this point, you already know Aaron “JAWS” Homoki is not afraid to jump off big stuff will jump off damn near anything. His newest part, A Happy Medium III does nothing to refute this. Seriously, I feel for the dude’s knees because this part is madness.
Provoked by Daewon Song, skateboarder Branson Chubbuck went out and stuck a flawless darkslide down a triple kinked rail in what looks to be only two tries. I have to admit, I’ve never even considered this possible until now. Now I’m eager to see the darkslide get taken to new heights.
So let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than being out skateboarding and breaking a board. It always seems to happen on those perfect days; blue skies, good vibes, and even better spots, when disaster strikes. As a seasoned skateboarder, I typically keep a spare deck in my car for myself or a friend in need, but I always fall victim to the “no-skate-tool blues”. This means one of two things; either I don’t have a skate tool on-hand or have a skate tool minus a screw driver (I’m looking at you Unit Skate Tools).
Recently I was stoked to be given the opportunity to test out the new Leatherman Grind Skate Tool. Generally I am always be skeptical of any outsider companies entering the skateboard arena; however, the Leatherman brand is synonymous with quality craftsmanship. I knew their product would probably be awesome.
The Grind Skate Tool doesn’t disappoint and it features eight tools; a Grip Tape File, 9/16” Open End Wrench, Bottle Opener, Truck Key, ¼” Hex Bit Driver, ½” Open End Wrench, 3/8” Open End Wrench, and a #1-2 Flat/Phillips Screwdriver. These eight tools are divided into two separate pieces, which snap together to make one compact tool. This bad boy weighs in at a little under two ounces and is a hair longer than a credit card, so it’s not bad skating with it in your pocket.
After using it for an entire day, my only complaint is the #1-2 flat/Phillips screwdriver tends to slip if your mounting hardware is slightly worn out, so turn slowly and you’ll be fine. Other than that this tool is essentially flawless and should last for forever. Hell, it’s back by a 25 year guarantee. So whether you are setting up a new board or looking to open a road soda, Leatherman has got you covered with the Grind Skate Tool.
Skateboarding and animation have enjoyed a budding relationship for a long time. After all, it’s a very creative way to portray creativity…following me? Just watch this light-painting-animation by artist Darren Pearson and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Although the shoe has been out for a minute, SUPRA Footwear just released this product edit featuring Jim Greco stomping a couple new tricks. Switch flip dark slide to boardslide transfer? Fakie tre flip from flat over a picnic table? It may be worth it to see what the Hammer is all about. Here’s what SUPRA has to say.
“It’s the best shoe I’ve ever skated in,” Jim Greco said when his fifth signature shoe, the Hammer, came out earlier this year. And it shows. Ever since, Jim has been on a mission. He’s on fire. Quite literally in this video. You’ll see. And because the tricks have never been done before, it’s appropriate to caption them here: switch flip dark slide to boardslide transfer and a fakie tre flip from flat over a picnic table.
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