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!
Powell Perlta and Kevin Reimer designed a beast of a board that features: microdrops, flat top w-concave, ultralight construction and polyurethane bumpers. The board is incredibly light for its size due to its construction, but carrying a light board up the hill is the best. Now urethane bumpers aren’t new to the game, but Powell Peralta has the best implementation of them. The bumpers on the Powell line up are just <i”>thicc, while a company like Moonshine has them more flush with the deck. I also appreciate Powell taking the bumper all the way to the flairs, rather than stopping just at the nose. The board has a simple w-concave that flows through the whole deck, somehow they managed to make the first w concave that isn’t uncomfortable to push or stand on for an extensive period.
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.
Dark Blue Shadow 37
A Variety of Shadow 37s
Shadow 37 Concave
Shadow 37 Kicktail
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.
Rayne’s been busy for the new year! These past few weeks have been hectic at the factory, and the work has only just slowed down enough for our Rayne Representative to get back to us with a report and wrap-up of everything that’s happened at the headquarters this holiday season.
First off! For Black Friday in 2016, Rayne gave to us 4 boards in Quad-Beam Deelite Technology, the latest and greatest in Rayne’s special constructions! The new construction is hand-made in the Rayne factory, with 4 foam cores meticulously placed into tight chambers CNC’d in-house. Then, it is saturated with bonding agent, and laid over with a sleek carbon topsheet which reduces torsional flex and increases the longevity of the deck. The 4 boards offered in this construction come with a sleek rainbow graphic, newly designed by Rayne artists! As always, these graphics are sublimated under durable topsheets.
The 4 decks currently offered in this Quad-Beam Deelite Technology are the Demonseed, the Darkside V2, the Exorcist, and the Genesis. They are made to order, so you know they’re of top-notch quality.
Rayne Carbon Deelite Genesis
Rayne Carbon Darkside
Rayne Deep V Graphic
Rayne Carbon Deelite Exorcist
Rayne Deelite Demonseed
For Boxing Day, Rayne revealed two very exciting prototype boards- the Rayne Ego and the Rayne Deep V, two incredibly shapes that Rayne’s never tried before- pre-wedged downhill decks.
The Ego is a +7/-7 wedged drop-through board which pays homage to the original days of downhill, when everybody rocked downhill boards with gnarly wedges to them- they’re making a comeback, and Rayne’s new board is a top contender.
The Deep V is a front-wedged deck that gives the rider a nice +12 degree wedge, creating both a large pocket for tucking and a turny front truck to really dive into corners like you mean it. The shape of the board also creates a front-leaning board, which helps relieve muscle aches and pain during long tucks, which many riders will find to be a plus.
Rayne Deep V Nose
Rayne Deep V Perspective
Rayne Deep V Side
Check all of this out at Rayne.com! Some boards may be sold out.
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.
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Nose
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Back
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Profile
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Belly
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.
Joypulp IKO Belly
Joypulp IKO Profile
Joypulp IKO Back
Joypulp IKO Forked Truck Mount
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.
Joypulp WILD Nose
Joypulp WILD Belly
Joypulp WILD Back
Joypulp WILD Profile
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