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!
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!
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….
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.
The USD Carbon Franky 2 Boots are finally here! Long anticipated since the release of the first version Carbon 3 models, the Frankys are back, still representing the Nike Air Jordan Spizike inspired look, but make no mistake – this boot isn’t made for ballin’, it’s made for shredding!
It’s been a decade since Valo became an official skate company lead by one of the most influential skaters and innovators in the blading community, Jon Julio. Since 2003, Valo has been working hard to become a leading skate manufacturer and is considered one of the best brands in the blading community. Over the years, Valo skates have evolved from the standard plastic skate boot design, to something more stylish and representative of the brand as a whole and the bladers who blade for them.
Scribe Industries has been around the blading community for a long time, ever since they made metal grind plates for your frames. Chances are likely that if you bladed in the 90s, you used something from Scribe. Now they have re-invented themselves and are providing some awesome wheels with quality urethane.