Posted by:on November 1st, 2007
Which came first, the (Steve) Bacon or the frog? €179 ($258 as of publication) will buy you a 4size magnet skateboard setup with shoes, the French Equivalent of the ex-Magnatron. It’s a bit more sophisticated than the Magnet Skateboard, the magnets are designed to be removable in case you have to walk across a field of hard drives and floppy disks at work or don’t want to get your feet sheared off in an escalator. They’ve even designed a special box that is supposed to make sure you never touch two of the magnets together. Apparently they are strong enough to be a pinching hazard. Hey man, did you break your finger landing that ten set? Nah, I did it putting on my skate shoes.
4size Magnetic Skateboard Technology
4size seems to have done a more sophisticated job of integrating the magnet into the shoe, for what it’s worth. I guess you could carry the box-o-magnets in your backpack if you wanted to have them on hand for a session. It looks like the recess in the magnets might be able to be used to help pry them off of anything they might inadvertently become stuck to, like a manhole cover, electrical box, each other or your sister’s braces.
This illustration is confusing. The picture above clearly shows the magnets being placed inside the shoe, but the picture below makes it look like the magnet sticks out on the bottom. Proprietary shoes may be the most elegant implementation, but it’s also going to be the biggest factor against buying these, besides the whole “I have a magnet skateboard” aspect.
You can star in action photos like a pro, as this guy demonstrates by his superfluous grab, tuck knee nonetheless. Any style points for the tuck knee are negated by the magnets, so it evens out. Might as well “frontside indy.”
4size seems to be marketing this for use in tricks as well as making urban transportation more easily navigable. From a purely functional standpoint, it kind of makes sense if you are just a casual skater who wants to skate in the city for transportation and you aren’t good enough to control your ollies.
Technical information: “Sticked” vs. “unsticked.” Click to enlarge.
What’s next in product development, longboards and snow skates. All photos are from 4size Magnetic Skateboard Technology.
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