Subsonic Longboards – Blackout Series

When it comes to manufacturing longboards, not many companies have taken on the endeavor of making custom longboards with custom concaves and custom shapes for the customer- most companies engineer a diverse lineup of boards and sell them throughout the year. This means that in many cases, the rider’s style comes to match the board- not the other way around. Now you might think that it should be that the board is made to the style of the rider, and the guys and gals at Subsonic Longboards feel that way! Since 1999, Subsonic has been creating boards of all kinds for all different people.

This year, they emerged with a new, sexy line of boards that are pre-made, but nonetheless incredible. The Blackout Series features a high-contrast graphic made of a white overlay on a black background. The graphics are then accented by colored side-rails of various bright colors, which really gives the boards a futuristic look.

The catch on these boards is that they’re extremely cheap- that’s because they’re actually cosmetic blems that Subsonic has repainted and refurbished to sell as their Blackout lineup- and if I may comment, that sounds like they’re reducing waste and making sure each longboard goes to a loving place!

This year, they have many variants of two boards- the Shadow 37 and the Talon 37. All boards come with the signature black and white graphic, but are stained on their sidewalls and wheel wells.

The Shadow 37 is 37 inches long with a hefty kicktail on the rear end. The board features slight rocker on the front end to give it a +4 degree wedge, and has Subsonic’s proprietary tri-plane radial, which is a smart mixture of large tub and radial concaves. There’s a small, half-inch microdrop at the front and the board is overall, 9.5 inches wide.

The Talon 37 is a board of the same length, with a unique wedging scheme going on for pumping, dh, and long distance pushing. The +12/-12 degree wedging scheme is extremely powerful when it comes to dh and pumping, and it doesn’t have a bulky drop like some other wedged drop decks. There’s also a slight taper, which is comfortable to stand on. It’s great for drfting, as your back foot doesn’t have to move as much between rails.

 

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Whip it good with Rayne's new freestyle longboards

Whip – Rayne

You can hit the ground rolling with a few stylish dance moves or carve and flow to your own freestyle with Rayne’s new Whip! New sizes and refinements remind us that Rayne has love for all disciplines of longboarding.

The 2016 Rayne Whip is offered in three lengths: 41″, 44″ and 47″.

  • Whip 41: 41″ x 9.5″ – WB: 25.5″ 26″ 26.5″
  • Whip 44: 44″ x 9.5″ – WB: 27.5″ 28″ 28.5″
  • Whip 47: 47″ x 9.5″ – WB: 30.5″ 31″ 31.5″

If you’ve had experience with the Mike Fitter pro-model you might recognize some characteristics of the Whips. They’re built in a similar mold as the Mike Fitter but differ in the double kicks and flex.

All three are constructed using a custom blend of vertically laminated Bamboo and triaxial fiberglass. Both materials contribute to a light, flexy deck while retaining lots of pop. Artwork is tatooed on so you can be sure it will last as long as your deck does. A feature unique to the Whip in terms of Rayne products are the rounded rails. No worries about a sharp edge cracking your shin during a flip or spin maneuver.

Other features include a symmetrical shape, rocker, micro-drop and 3D wheel wells. The last detail there is pretty cool- Rayne mills material from the core and then presses the wheel wells into the bottom sheet. The result is an extra durable and resilient construction that ensures lots of life from the Whip.

One last detail that will really appeal to the dance and freestylers is Rayne’s Leverage Concave. It features a narrow, flat center that turns up at the balls of the feet in an even, linear direction. Your toes will have a little extra leverage and you’ll have a better idea of foot placement.

If you wanna Whip it good, better hit that link and pick one up!

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