Our editors curated and personally tested some of the most exciting, innovative, stylish and just plain fun products that Summer 2017 has to offer. Here are our top picks for skate gear.
Why we chose it: We wanted something to ride to the beach on those warm summer days. We wanted to test the Sizzler BC board in particular to see how the eco-friendly materials would change the feel when comparing the glide of this skateboard to other cruisers.
Why we liked it: This board is the definition of smooth. If you' re looking for a board that glides like a longboard but is still capable of making sharper turns, this is it. It's durable, has wide tires that can withstand bumpy terrain and has an eco-friendly deck made of bamboo and water-based sanding sealers.
Tester Tip: Careful, this board has an effortless glide that can cause you to unexpectedly gain more momentum on the downhill than you might anticipate.
Why we chose it: Helping keep the oceans free of fishing nets while sidewalk surfing: Bureo makes this happen by using recycled fishing nets to build their skateboards.
Why we liked it: Bureo teamed up with Carver to bring a skateboard made from 50 square-feet of recycled fishing nets to the next level of street surfing. Carver's reverse kingpin truck system allows for riders to pump on the boards like they're pumping on a wave. The result is one of the closest feelings to surfing you'll find on land.
Tester tip: By offering just two small sections of grip tape, the Ahi is definitely a board you can skate barefoot.
Why we chose it: Everybody needs a slim pair of mesh trainers that you can throw on with ease in the summer months.
Why we liked it: Etnies was one of the first skate shoe companies to jump on board with the mesh trainer trend, and we're glad they did. Featuring an incredibly comfy STI foam insole, midsole and outsole, they offer more support than most trainers out there. Also made of a breathable mesh upper, it’s a shoe that provides a lot of dryability (yep, we made that word up) whether you're working up a sweat or running errands in damp weather.
Tester tip: Animal lovers rejoice, as the Scout checks off the vegan box.
Why we chose it: Because it's always a good idea to wear a helmet while you shred the park. It's the responsible thing to do.
Why we liked it: We wanted something that looked good and simply felt nice. Triple Eight's urban-styled Gotham helmet has a subtle brim and adjustable Fit Dial System for additional comfort. Its patented EPS liner breathed well, and it features Triple Eight logo vents for added style points.
Tester Tip: It's always important to be a positive role model to the grommets at the park. Always wearing a helmet is "Role Model 101."
Why we chose it: During summer time, you want a pair of shoes you can slip on and take off as easily as possible, without dealing with the bother of laces.
Why we liked it: Vans is known for their unique prints and styles while keeping to their classic style. These are most definitely statement shoes with their fun floral print, yet perfectly casual for summer. They're extremely comfortable, need no breaking in, and bonus: will most likely get you lots of compliments while wearing.
Tester Tip: We found these shoes to be true to size but run a bit narrow. Those with wider feet: Check in the store to make sure these won't be too snug.
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