Posts by Sam Arrington

Currently a university student that survives by the adrenaline that skating gives me.I love to try new gear or talk about it, so you'll hear a lot about what I think about the newest gear!
Photo of the Seismic 73MM BlackOps Speed Vent lineup

Seismic Speed Vent BlackOps Review

Most people know Seismic Speed Vents as the number one long distance pushing and pumping wheel, but did you know that they are also efficient downhill and freeride wheels?

The 73mm Seismic Speed Vent was first seen around July of 2008. Over the years it’s been available in an assortment of sizes and urethane formulae. The 73mm size, BlackOps urethane and Energy Conversion core make a great allrounder.

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Seismic x Harfang Grooved Rain Alphas

Harfang x Seismic Wheels

Seismic and Harfang have come together in a new collaboration to create a series of race wheels specially-grooved for better traction and speed on wet road surfaces. Seismic technology combined with Harfang’s tread preparation make wet-weather rippers that are now available direct from Seismic or Harfang.

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Bustin Shotgun in the Canyon

Bustin Shotgun Review

The Bustin Shotgun was designed by Max Ballesteros over a three year period with help from Jonanthan Neuman aka Bubbles. Luckily Max gave me a prototype about 8 months before its release so I’ve spent a lot of time on it. The Shotgun comes in two different layups: Thermoweave Hollow Core or Thermoweave Maple. The Hollow Core is both lighter and more expensive than it’s Maple counterpart. As Bustin’s premiere layup, I’ve found Thermoweave to be a durable composite that’s both resilient against abuse and stays very stiff.

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Powell-Peralta Kevin Reimer Pro Original Core

Powell-Peralta Kevin Reimer Pro Wheel Review

After three sets and countless hours on Powell-Peralta’s Kevin Reimer Pro Wheels, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a freeride wheel you could downhill with enough experience.

Powell-Peralta Kevin Reimer Pro

Powell-Peralta Kevin Reimer Pro

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Sanctum Collective – Stratos Review

Construction:

Sanctum Collective is based in Colorado and with that comes the Colorado style. Their Sanctum lineup features some of the most unique construction and concaves on the market. The Stratos is made with the signature Alloy Construction that features 8 plies of maple with a single ply of aluminum on the bottom. This creates a very stiff, durable deck ready for the abuse that comes from downhill and freeride.

I’ve been skating the Stratos for about two months now and it has taken quite a few beatings; however, the crew at Sanctum make boards to last. The Alloy Construction has kept the board as stiff as the day I got, it has saved the Stratos from curbs and not surprisingly, it’s still immaculate looking!

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