Posted by:on August 25th, 2006
Remember Santa Cruz’s ill-fated foam core decks? After they sat on the shelf for months, our local shop basically sold them for the cost of Naked Decks to get rid of them. Let’s go back to the future. Somehow I ended up on the CCS email list. I don’t know how or why. I’ve never bought anything from them. I save all the catalogs becasue I like the pretty pictures of all the skateboard graphics. They even got me on email. The newest email is all about Hi-Tech Decks. Since I’m still waiting for that scan of the Wheelieboard I need to amuse myself with current wacky skateboard technology instead of retro chic. Besides, I’m gunning for a Gizmodo.com comments invite. They have a skateboard category for crying out loud.
Element has something called the Helium series. Hmm.. sounds light, but not too strong. Better go back to the focus group on that. Anyway, it’s got a five chamber air-frame it, basically corrugated ply that is supposed to reduce weight while adding strength. Element also has something called Fiberlight construction that is somehow not a trademark infringement on the old G&S Fiberlite, who was still in business or at least a brand name last time I checked. Fiberlight adds a fiberglass beam down the middle to reduce weight and provide unparalleled response to the Ollie. This is an old idea with a new marketing twist. The Rodney Mullen Conglomeration (Almost, Enjoi, Darkstar and Blind) offers Resin construction which near as I can tell, just replaces the water based glue with resin. Sounds toxic. Darkstar’s Armorlight construction has extra thin plys with a carbon composite fiber in the middle to increase stiffness, pop and durability. Err… If it looks like Bonite and smells like Bonite… Maybe it tastes like Bonite.
Mostly these processes seem to add to the costs and that’s about it. There’s a company making a deck from a 100% carbon fiber or some other composite material, but they have not even acknowledged my requests for a review board, so I’m not going to dignify them with a link. So let’s hear it. Does anyone out there use these alternative technology decks? Does anyone out there read this?
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