USD Aeon 72 Aggressive Skates

The USD Aeon 72 Powerblade Skates - the newest game changer from USD!

The USD Aeon 72 Powerblade Skates – the newest game changer from USD!

It started with a concept – SIMPLIFY THE BOOT.  First came the Legacy, then the Thrones and all it’s offshoots, followed by the Carbon and Carbon Free.  But now, with the Aeon, USD has produced a skate that’s clean, capable, and ready to go right out of the box!

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REVIEW – USD Throne Allstar XV ’98

The USD Throne Allstar XV 98 Skates - throwback to the first Throne skates and still a great choice for any skater, regardless of skill level.

The USD Throne Allstar XV 98 Skates – throwback to the first Throne skates and still a great choice for any skater, regardless of skill level.

For the 2015 USD Spring release, we get an homage to one of the most influential skate designs, in the form of the USD All Star XV ’98.  This skate features all the new features you’d expect from USD, with a throwback color to memorialize the original Throne skates from 1998.

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REVIEW – Razors Yuri Botelho Pro 2 Inline Aggressive Skates

IW Team Rider Nate Brown showing off some steez against the AZ sunset.  Nate's riding the Razor Aragon 6 Pro skates in this shot, similar to the Yuri's he reviewed.

IW Team Rider Nate Brown showing off some steez against the AZ sunset. Nate’s riding the Razor Aragon 6 Pro skates in this shot, similar to the Yuri’s he reviewed.

For our first blog post of the year – we wanted to get something up that snuck under the radar – Razors Yuri Botelho Pro 2 Skates.  These came in before (and during) the holidays, so if you were lucky enough to get one from Santa this past Christmas, we are jealous.  Thankfully, our own IW Team Rider, Nate Brown, got his hands on a pair and wrote up a nice little review.  Click to read!

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REVIEW – Razors Aragon 6 Pro Skates

A pair of slightly custom Razors A6 Skates.

A pair of slightly custom Razors A6 Skates.

WAYYYY back in 2002, this young gun from Brighton, Colorado, named Brian Aragon was shredding it up across the US and just became a Pro after qualifying Top 10 in the ASA Amateur Finals.  By 2004, he was sponsored by Razors and given his first pro skate, the Aragon1.  By 2010, there were 3 other reiterations of the Aragon pro skate, and each time, something new was brought to the table and standardized, making the A-Pro models industry standards examples that many imitated, but few duplicated.

Fast forward to 2014 and we have the SIXTH release of the Aragon Pro Skates.  Let’s take a look-see….

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The Xsjado Collection – 2014

 

xsjado 2014 dustin werbeski chris farmer sean kelso pro aggressive skates boots

Xsjado 2014 Pro Models – Quick Look

The purveyor of unique skate design, Xsjado, has released new Pro models and a new base model.  The first Sean Kelso Pro Model has a muted camouflage trim, the 5th Chris Farmer Pro Model with white leopard accents and stylish leather foot wrap, and new Xsjado Team member Dustin Werbeski got a pro model in a powerblade format, featuring some cool earth tone colors and a faux wood grain soul plate to match.  Finally, the Avant 3 is re-imagined in a navy blue boot and wrap with white trim.  Let’s take a look at each model:

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REVIEW – Razors SL1 and Jenna Downing Pro Skates: A Baseless History

Razors SL1 Jenna Downing Pro Skates

Razors new releases – the SL1 and Jenna Downing Pro Skate

Way back in 2008, when skates were beginning to look more like shoes and less like snow boots,  Razors Skate Co. did something different.  They wanted to offer a skate that improved grinding and stability, while still maintaining a lightweight boot and maximum control.  Razors removed all excess plastic to decrease weight, removed the bottom of the shell and combined the boot into the soul plate.  With these simple changes, the baseless boot design was fabricated and the SuperLight (SL) skates were born.  Since this was a new type of boot, Razors wanted it tested and skated mercilessly to make sure that it was the best design possible, and it was under this clause that the Razors Aragon2 was released, the first SL skate ever.  Since then, there have been 14 SL models, including the first women’s pro skate by Razors, the Jenna Downing SL1, and the epitome of the SL series, the recently released Razors SL1.

 

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