Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Agenda NYC 2011: DC edition

Okay, it's been a busy fucking week but we've got more sneak peeks for you from Agenda: NYC. We're going to get into some crazy shit. We've never featured DC on the site before so I'm overwhelmed and feel super important or something. Why? I don't know, DC just has this insane amount of money and I could smell it on them, I swear.

So, not to long ago, I received an email from Agenda saying that DC was going to be revealing/debuting pro models from Chris Cole and Steve Berra. Needless to say, I was excited to see what DC had to bring into the mix. I didn't find any Berra signature shoes but I did find new colourways of the DC Chris Cole S. Behind these Chris Coles' were a crazy tech looking shoe. The DC Cole Lite S! All of a sudden, my wet dreams of a 90's reminiscent shoe came back to me. I cleaned up my drool and gathered my thoughts.

The Cole Lite S has a very unique style; lately everyone has been complaining about the lack of creativity in skate shoes and I know exactly what they're talking about. I can honestly say that I have never seen a skate shoe that looks like the DC Cole Lite S and that makes me feel all tingly inside. I feel like skateboarding and designing skateboarding shoes at that, has gone from something completely sacred and full of expression into a direction where you're given a couple of silhouettes and then you choose 1 of lets say 3, slap your name on there, add a couple of different colors and volia! Here's your pro shoe.

Fuck that, take some chances. Yes, we all want to make money and sometimes that involves playing it safe but this is the specific reason of why I'm so excited about the debut of the DC Cole Lite S. It's a breath of fresh air. I'm not saying create another D3 because that shit just wouldn't work for kids nowadays, let alone grown men who use to skate them. But if you're given the opportunity to create something that truly represents you, then why not add a couple of bells and whistles to it?

From Left to Right: Tan/Gum on Canvas, Red/White on Super Suede & Black/Black with Super Suede. Dropping: Spring 2010
Anyways, I'm going to quit ranting and get into it. The first shoe to be featured in our Agenda NYC: DC Sneak Peek is the DC Chris Cole S (photo above). A performance cupsole with a vulc feel and a simple design featuring Super Suede to tear the fuck up. I've seen the outsole go to work in this model and it doesn't go out easily. It's also amazingly grippy; it reminded me of a less aggressive hiking boot outsole because of it's sharp herringbone tread pattern. I'm feeling that Black on Black model on the right, so I can be on my ninja stealth assassin shit.

DC Cole Lite S featuring UNILITE technology, debuting Spring 2012
 Above, what you're looking at is the new DC Cole Lite S pro model (photos above, click to enlarge). It's Chris Coles' new pro model from DC and I'm extremely looking forward to it. I know that this has a lot of specific features and I don't want to screw it up, so lets take it slow.

First and foremost, what you need to know is that DC has some new technology that they intend on changing the skate game with. Their new technology is called "UNILITE", it's lightweight, comfortable and durable. Pretty much everything you could ask for in a skate shoe.

Here is some additional information for any sknerd looking to find out more about UNILITE directly from the catalog:

"The UNILITE outsole starts life as an injected liquid, then we blend it and mold it until it becomes a high-performance polymer foam. UNILITE is naturally super light; it's super flexible so it moves with your foot, it provides long-lasting cushioning and impact protection, and because it's outsole-grade, we can use less rubber on the bottoms of the shoes without compromising performance. 

We mapped the critical outsole wear areas with our athletes test shoes, then took out rubber and excess weight from all the UNILITE shoes and kept it only in the most critical areas of the forefoot and heel for extra traction and durability.

UNILITE technology in the midsole for the ultimate in comfort and protection, with little added weight. The internal shank gives you support where you need it most, adding torsional stability under the critical arch area."

Okay, wow....that was a lot to take in. You got it?....Good, cause there's more. Aside from UNILITE, DC has incorporated other critical aspects into the Cole Lite. Some other features are Super suede throughout, including a heavy suede upper. A foam padded tongue and an articulated collar foam for heel lock, this will prevent any unnecessary heel slippage during skating. Ortho lite sock liner for increased comfort and support. A strategically place rubber outsole for long lasting durability and a unique designed multifunctional tread pattern for durability and grip. That was really a lot of information to take in but I'm sure it'll be worth it when you're picking them up from your local skate shop or zumiez or wherever the fuck you shop.

DC Lennox S featuring IMPACT technology, Debuting Spring 2012

The DC Lennox S (photo above) isn't Cam'ron's pro model shoe but maybe it should be.... Wouldn't that be fucking amazing though? Seriously....? Anyhow, the Lennox S features a first for DC shoes. It marks the debut of IMPACT technology. This new technology has a high-performance polyurathane insole engineered for maximum impact protection. It's ideal for high impact skating, such as stairs or your local dairy queen loading dock. DC's custom insole system isolates the heel and forefoot landing zones, bringing comfort and protection to the areas of your feet that take the most abuse.

Those features lay on the inside of the shoe but on the outside is what catches my eye the most. The 3 piece layered suede looks like it could take some damage without blowing out within 4 weeks and looks great from a design point of view. The first layer of the toe piece is traditionally triple stitched and has double stitched layers throughout. This performance cupsole should most definitely give you the support you need to skate all day and it comes with a PU insole for even more support. The Lennox S could potentially be one of the most comfortable and by the looks of it, durable shoes of 2012.

DC Cole Lite S, 48 CORE SHOP LIMITED. Details below
We may have covered this shoes features already but I did leave it last on purpose. This colourway is a 48 core shop limited model. As far as I know, you'll only be able to find this model in 48 finer skate shops around the U.S.A. I was explained that this is a limited model from the DC collection and that will be "in store only". This is definitely the shoe you want to be looking for. It has a classic 90's clear sole feature with orange UNILITE technology on the side to give it that extra detail and flavor. I believe that this is some sort of Nubuck/Synthetic upper and is extremely limited. Please try to find these asap because they're not going to be in your zumiez, word to motha.

I'll be attending Agenda: Huntington Beach next week, so you can expect more sneak peeks from your favorite brands. Around tuesday next week, I'll hit you with another sneak peek from Agenda NY, till then, I'm knocking this.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Agenda NYC 2011: eS edition

As promised and on time, here is your Agenda: eS sneak peek. Our DVS sneak peek was our most viewed Agenda article to date so lets see what you guys think of what eS has to offer.

We're going to start things off with a bang. Some photos have already been leaked on SLAP by yours truly but here are some official photos of the new eS Mike Anderson pro model shoe. Below you have our overview of all the colourways that are scheduled to hit shelves throughout February 2012. From left to right is as follows: Black/Gum in Canvas, Black/White/Gum in Suede, Dark Grey in Suede and the Navy/Grey colourway in Suede/Canvas. I'm fucking hyped for all of them and even more excited that the shoe is dubbed The "Manderson". It's your low profile skate shoe with just enough cushioning. The Manderson has a small bumper ollie area that is becoming so popular nowadays. We'll wait and see if the final touches are going to include fabric over the ollie area or if the Manderson will just stick it out with some stylish stitching. Check out the photos below & click to enlarge.

The Manderson from eS, Dropping Feb 2012

Click to enlarge, Mustache detail on the tongue.

Next to be featured is the new eS Square Two with fusion technology. I know that the Square Two's have hit shelves already and have become a big favorite for anyone who's skating a pair. What I wanted to show you is the new colourways that are coming out for Spring 2012. I have yet to test the fusion technology but do intend on getting around to it.

The styles of the Square Two fusion are as followed: (left to right) Black/Blue with Synthetic Nubuck, Red/White/Black in Suede, and Dark Grey/Black with eSuede/Suede.

All three of these models offer something completely new and different to the eS catalog, let alone skateboarding. eS continues to push the envelope with their technology and awesome collaborations. The red model is a Enjoi collaboration; it's Ben Raemers personal colourway for the Square Two and it features the Enjoi panda on the heel of the shoe. Keep an eye out for these babies to drop.

Square Two fusion, Spring 2012

The next and last shoe to be shown in our Agenda: eS sneak peek is a new model from eS called the "Bedford". As I stated before, eS isn't the shoe company to fuck with when it comes to this technology shit. The Bedford is the next generation of light weight shoes from eS. Now, I do not know how light weight this shoe actually is but when I picked it up, I was like "Dammmmn!" It's actually quite remarkable. I don't know what evil communist scientist eS has shackled up in their lab but he's working his ass off. If you're looking forward to this light weight shoe but aren't feeling the low profile style, no worries, the Bedford is also being released as a Mid during Spring 2012 as well. In my eyes, what makes this shoe stick out more than anything, even more than it's light weight features, is the eS OG Logo. I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw this. If they fully bring it back, Imma slap my momma, .......two times.

The Bedford, Black/Grey colourway in Wax-off leather/Canvas. Dropping Spring 2012

Hope you like what you've been seeing so far, there is definitely more to come, including another DC Chris Cole pro model. No, I'm not talking about the ones that you see all of the dunnies rocking, I'm talking about a full on new pro model from Chris Cole. If you want to see more exclusive photos of shoes you ain't neva seen before, check back on Wednesday for our next Agenda sneak peek.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Agenda NYC 2011: DVS edition

Earlier this year we attended Agenda for the 1st time and popped our cherries. Sure enough, we were excited as a "little girl flicking her bean for the first time" to get this opportunity and to be rubbing elbows with the finer companies in skateboarding.

This year was no different. Sure, this little girl has a deeper voice and some hair on her lips but we still get as tingly as ever when Agenda comes to town. If you've been checking out this site/blog/shitter, you'll know that we had a number of Agenda articles in the beginning of this year. They all had a number of photos leaking what you could expect from these companies in the coming season. that you're all caught up, let's give you sknerds what you've been waiting for. We're starting off with DVS. After dropping Lakai from Podium this year, I'm sure DVS is as concentrated as ever to bring the brand back where it needs to be. The booth had a very uplifting catalog this year but my main focus was on a huge contender for S.O.T.Y., Torey Pudwill.

The Torey 2, dropping Spring 2012

The Torey 2 is a completely different and refreshing look from DVS. Compared to his first shoe, the Torey 2 is a low profile shoe with maximum boardfeel and flexibility. This particular model is a DVS/PLAN B collaboration. It features custom artwork, suede/canvas upper and round cotton laces to give the Torey 2 a nice polished look. A nice new fad in skateboarding nowadays is bringing back the "bumper" patch. The Torey 2 follows suit but should offer something more considering it's extremely lightweight. The shoe finishes with a Non-slip vulcanized outsole and a molded EVA footbed. I have yet to review a DVS shoe but this one look's like it'll be our first.

DVS/The Berrics collaboration, The Torey. dropping Spring 2012.

Above is a shoe that has already been released but with this kick-ass colourway. You might have a recollection of seeing this one, it's from TPud's Battle Commander. Apparently, DVS and The Berrics received so many emails about this Torey colourway that DVS went along and collaborated with The Berrics to release this once sample shoe to the public. If you skated the Torey's and loved them, be sure to pick this one up because it'll go fast.

Along with a bunch of others, I've got the Agenda: eS sneak peek for you this week so be sure to check back in.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Vans TNT 5 review

Here we are at last with the review of the Vans TNT 5. It's not often that I get sentimental with a review or attached but this is a first. I feared the day that I had to write this review, Why?

Is it because the shoe was a piece of shit and you fear the results of any slander towards the corporate giants at Vans?
"Nah man"

It is because you're lazy and fat?

Granted, I can continue to skate these shoes at my leisure and not stress anymore about the review but the truth of the matter is that the TNT 5 has one of the best performances I've come across and it's kinda tough to sum that up into words. Lets try.

Testing info: This review was done using our "1 hour-a-day/5 day work week" data system.
Assuming that everyone has a job/life and sometimes can only find 1 hour per day to skate, we've compiled the tests to simulate around your work week. I skated the TNT 5, 1 hour a day for 5 days a week. This review is the result of a 20 hour/4 week test.

Vans TNT 5 details:
  • Vulcanized skate shoe.
  • Co-Molded PU3 Footbed With Impactsorb: dual-density foams tuned to support and lessen shock, Impactsorb™ eliminates heel bruising.
  • Triple-stitched toe-piece adds increased durability in high-wear areas.
  • Classic waffle grip outsole 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Glance: Supra Skytop III

So, I have been twitting, facebooking and anything else I can think of to spread the word about this Supra Skytop III review. The only thing I haven't done is run around naked with the same idea written all over my body. Don't test me, I'm pathetically inclined to do so because I look like this. The Supra Skytop III is a strange and amazing review to get. Lets really analyze this.

If the review comes out to be as successful and amazing as I want it to be then AWESOME. And even if it does come out amazing, will you buy a pair? I don't know how much power I possess through this computer but we'll see. The shoe is definitely on the expensive side but for those pretty boy/ scenesters/ ghetto fab skaters out there, this is definitely the shoe for you. I couldn't really categorize myself in any of those categories. The truth of the matter is that I don't wear skinny jeans, baggy jeans or waxed G star jeans, I'm an average joe. I wear fitted straight pants, a regular tee and now, Supra Skytop III's. Who knows, maybe by the end of this review, you'll see heshed out dudes, skating a bowl in Skytop III's?

I went as far as asking my girlfriend what she thought about them on me, which is completely ass backwards considering that woman don't have opinions or actual rights to vote....right? She said "they stick out with you just wearing a tee shirt and regular jeans." I actually think they look great. With regular pants, the extra fabric is sure to cover over the strap in the back, if it really bothers you that much. The jeans also fit comfortably over the side panels and keeps the tongue out. For those that already have their mind made up about not purchasing a pair, I think you're forgetting who you'd be supporting and backing. THE MUSKA. And honestly, you could just wear them out and just rock them on special occasions or to pick up some of that becky. After you've grown sick of them or if you can't get any snatch, my suggestion would be to then skate the shit out of them. But we'll just have to see how they hold up for this review. I'm debating whether to keep the review short with a 2 week review or the full 4 weeks. I don't know yet. I just want to get this review out and show you all the power of the "Muska Skytop III."

Friday, July 1, 2011

First Glance: FP Foam King Insoles review

It's 11:30am and I'm sitting in my living room, minding my own and getting some RL's work done. Suddenly I was woken up out of my work "daze" to find a yelling man at my window. This wasn't the scariest shit in the world considering I've lived in the ghetto for over 14 years and have seen crack fiends throw tv's out the 5th floor window but it was surprising to find that this person yelling was Asian.  Now, I'm not much to judge but as far as I know, most people of Asian decent happen to be peaceful and full of chi, or something like that. As I got up from my chair and looked out my window, I saw him whacking a large yellow package at my window.

"I'm talking to youuuuu, you no listen!" He yelled.

When I got to the door, I asked him "What's up?" to which he responded "Is this you?", he was pointing at an envelope that read "Attn: Ripped Laces." He gave me the package and quietly faded into the sunset. This was my introduction to my new FP Foam King insoles. Kind of a large and unforgettable introduction at that. I'm wondering, was the Asian man cranky because the people at FP sent this man walking from their offices in California to NY or was he cranky because he wants me to get this review done as soon as possible and inform the readers about how good these insoles really are?

Asian people aren't particularly cranking so either of the two situations seems plausible.  This review should be done in 2-3 weeks. It'll be featured after the Vans TNT 5 review so stay posted.

Click to enlarge and read details.