Loaded Boards – Basalt Tesseract

Available in select shops worldwide on May 16, we are two days away from the release of Loaded’s latest, the Basalt Tesseract.

 

The Basalt Tesseract builds on what Loaded learned from the venerable Loaded Tarab. Besides the facts that the new construction makes the deck lighter, more damp and freestyle-oriented, it is also environmentally friendly thanks to the basalt based construction.

The fabric in the new deck is derived from the fine fibers of Basalt, a volcanic rock that is found in many parts of the world. It shares many of the beneficial properties we’ve come to admire in fiberglass while being significantly less destructive to produce. There’s some truth in Loaded’s ‘Four Dimensional Lava’ slogan. Now you can have high performance and eco-friendly in a do-it-all package.

The decks are available in 4 colorways to match your personal flavor:

Measuring 39 x 9.5″ (99 x 24cm) and together with the symmetrical shape, you’ll have plenty of room for a multitude of styles and disciplines. If you’re heading out for the day and you’re not sure what to bring, the Basalt Tesseract is an excellent companion no matter what you find yourself doing.

Loaded used a light basalt weave to sandwich two bamboo cores and a bottom cork for additional dampening. Suffice to say that Loaded is on another level in their materials-science department and the combination works well here. After a year of testing in their crew, they’ve determined that the combination of the basalt weaves contributes to the boards freestyle capabilities without sacrificing any of it’s freestyle component.

Welcomed niceties on the Basalt Tesseract include rocker, wheel well flares, W shaped concave, kick-tails and 6 different wheel base configuration options.

Keep an eye on your favorite skate shop for a new Basalt Tesseract on May 16th. Check the specs below and the link to order one from Loaded on release day.

Specs:

Length: 39” / 99 cm
Width: 9.5” / 24 cm
Wheelbase: 24.5” and 26” / 62.2 cm and 66 cm
Nose & Tail: 7.25” / 18.4 cm (tip to inner bolt on 24.5” wheelbase)
Concave: 0.30” / 0.76 cm (at W peak), 0.39” / 0.99 cm (at W trough)
Rocker: 0.33” / 0.84 cm
Wedging angle: 3.5°
Weight: 4.5 lbs / 2.0 kg (with grip)

Deluxe Cruiser Back

DeLuxe Cruiser – Hurtle Skateboards

Hurtle is prepping their new DeLuxe Cruiser for a release later this year. They’ve been kind enough to provide a look of what’s to come!

Hurtle drew inspiration from the the style and character of the Sixties while designing this new skate. They’re made from a piece of solid, European Oak and topped with a sheet of joined veneer. Each deck is shaped by hand and features a color pattern unique to each deck. The deck you get is sure to be the only one like it. To reinforce this idea, Hurtle is individually numbering each deck as well – your deck will be only yours.

The DeLuxe measures 25″ long x 7″ wide. They feature laser engraved markings and are drilled for old-school truck mounts. Truck options include the Gunmetal Pistols or the Tracker Midtracks. In keeping with the old-school-cool theme, Hurtle has chosen 56mm 78a Cadillac Classics for the wheels. They are a reproduction of the first urethane skateboard wheels made available in 1973. Finally, bolts and bearings courtesy of another British brand, Sabre.

If you are searching for a truly special, hand crafted skateboard with some oldschool ‘sidewalk surfer’ flair hit the link to check out Hurtle and keep any eye out for availability later this year.

King Lui 2017 Wächter Belly

2017 Wächter – King Lui

2017 brings a welcomed update to one of King Lui’s most popular rides, the Wachter. Translated as The Guardian, new features include a drop-thru/topmount option, shorter wheelbase and a double-kick on either end. Designed with freeride in mind, the Wachter’s symmetrical shape work keeps you comfortable in either direction.

The King Lui team added a tail on either end for a little extra fun – kick it up on a curb, nose manual or a just dance a little. The updates make the Wachter more versatile for rider’s who like their boards to do a little of everything. Other new features include a double micro drop and just a bit more than a 1/2″ of concave. They’ve removed the rocker on the drop-thru version so ride height should be just right. It weighs in at 4.5 pounds with a wheelbase of 25.5 inches.

King Lui expects the drop-thru version to be available in roughly two weeks (beginning of April) but the top-mount is still in development. Hit the link to visit King Lui and check back here for more news when the top mount is available!

Loaded Boards 2016 Tan Tien Complete

Tan Tien – Loaded Boards

New from Loaded is the 2016 Tan Tien! A refresh of one of the most iconic decks from Loaded is welcomed as we near the close of 2016.

Blending lines between the disciplines of cruise-carve and advanced trick riding, the Tan Tien holds it’s own for riders who enjoy more than just a commute. The deck measures 39″ long x 8.75″ wide with a 27″ wheelbase. The weight of the deck ranges from 3.1 – 3.5 pounds depending on your choice of flex. Flex options range from 1-3 and accommodate riders 170-270+, 130-210+ and 80-170+ pounds respectively. The new, engineered wood bottom veneer and an updated grip design add to the aesthetic of an already eye-pleasing deck. Drop through truck mounts, kick tails, concave and camber round out the features of the Tan Tien.

Loaded drops the updated Tan Tien on December 7th. Hit the link to pick one up and enjoy the ride!

 

Fresh Joypulp

IKO, W.I.L.D, Zeno’s Bane Updates – Joypulp

Joypulp returns with updates to their 2016 lineup, incorporating both aesthetic and functional improvements in all the right places. These refinements illustrate new manufacturing processes, community feedback and all around passion for building great decks. Less than six months after their release, all three Joypulp decks in an already great lineup see some action: IKO, W.I.L.D. and Zeno’s Bane.

Updates to the Zeno’s Bane include a new profile that features a waist, and colored plys that accentuate the tapered construction. Designed for downhill and freeride, the taper keeps the deck rigid and light despite the smaller amount of material. An 11-ply center tapers to 7-plys at the edges, meaning no wheelbite and a full ply across the entirety of the belly. It measures 35″ L by 9.75″ W with a 29″ foot platform and a 27″ wheelbase. Features include a micro-drop with W concave, razor sharp top edges, a slightly sunken back foot contour. Graphics courtesy of Edmonton/New York based designer Steph Hsu and applied via screen printing.

The IKO now features tapered construction! The light, yet rigid construction lends itself very well here because the IKO can be used as a hybrid of both downhill and push disciplines. 10 center plys taper to 6-plys at the edge in this application. It measures 37″ L by 10″ W and features a 29″ wheelbase. Features include forked drop-thru or top mounts, razor sharp top edges, and a micro-drop into W concave. The especially cool Jellyfish graphic courtesy of Edmonton Artist Chaisi Glover and applied via screen printing.

Updates to the W.I.L.D. include a redesigned shape with a wider tail and nose and an extra ply. The extra ply adds some rigidity while the tail makes it a comfortable cruiser, both improvements making the W.I.L.D. better suited to handle a mix of disciplines. Construction features the same 10-ply center that tapers to 6-plys at the edges. It measures 33.875″ L by 9.25″ W with a 22.25″ wheelbase. Features include a large, round-lipped kicktail, W concave and razor sharp top edges. Graphics are courtesy of New York based artist Wellington Sun and applied via screen printing.

Hit the link to head to Joypulp and pick up a new deck!