Longboard Wheels: The new Seismic Alpha 80.5 mm wheels for DH and LDP

Seismic Skate- New 2019 ALPHA Longboard Wheels

Seismic Skate releases new 80.5 mm tall ALPHA Wheels in two widths – the 60 mm wide DH Race for fast downhill skateboarding and the 55 mm wide LDP Trim created for long distance pushing.

Both wheel models feature DEFCON™ high-rebound urethane formula in either 76A or 78A durometer and Seismic’s Fusion™ core. Let’s take a look at the specs…

The 2019 Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels

The ALPHA Longboard Wheels are technically two different wheel models that share the same components but a different shape adapted to the discipline of longboarding they are best used for.

Seismic Skate - ALPHA Longboard Wheels 2019 for DH
Seismic Skate – ALPHA Longboard Wheels for downhill skateboarding in 76A and 78A

The ALPHA DH wheels are 80.5 mm high with a 60 mm running surface, a 6.5 % offset bearing seat, square outside edges and a straight-cut inside edge. Each wheel weighs 9.125 oz. or 258.689 grams.

Seismic Skate - ALPHA Longboard Wheels for LDP
Seismic Skate – ALPHA Longboard Wheels for long distance pushing in 76A and 78A

The ALPHA LDP Trim wheels with an 80.5 mm height and a 53 mm contact patch feature the same 6.5 % offset bearing seat, beveled edges and a weight of 8.75 oz. of 248.058 grams each.

Seismic Skate - Fusion™ core and DEFCON™ urethane
Seismic Skate – Fusion™ core and DEFCON™ urethane

What joins these two models is Seismic’s pride and joy, their core, and urethane formula. The Fusion™ core is a 46 mm tall x 44 mm wide supportive hub with 8 hollowed-out support beams and a robust bearing lug made from durable 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and surrounded by their DEFCON™ urethane in one of the two durometers mentioned above.

In an interview at the ISPO Longboard Embassy Seismic claimed their new DEFCON™ is faster than their BlackOps™ formula and proudly mentioned Pete Connolly’s Guinness World Record where he reached 146.73 km/h (91.17mph) rolling down on Seismic wheels at the L’Ultime Descente in Canada.

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Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels - 75.5mm - 77a Blue

Seismic Alpha 75.5mm Longboard Wheels 77a Blue
Fastest Urethane formula in skateboard industry, Straight-cut inside edge, Predictable handling
Stout S-Shaped edge profile, DH/Cruising wheel.
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Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels - 75.5mm - 77a Mango

Seismic Alpha 75.5mm Longboard Wheels 77a Mango
Fastest Urethane formula in skateboard industry, Straight-cut inside edge, Predictable handling
Stout S-Shaped edge profile, DH/Cruising wheel.
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For more info about the Seismic ALPHA Longboard Wheels visit seismicskate.com.

Seismic releases new Race and Freeride Slide Gloves

Seismic releases new Race and Freeride Slide Gloves

Seismic recently released their new longboard slide gloves for both freeride and racing. These high-performance slide gloves are described to be made from advanced materials with an ergonomic design for a snug, yet comfortable fit.

With a closer look at these new models of slide gloves, one can immediately notice a robust goatskin exterior and an added layer for a much-needed reinforcement of the fingertips and other high-stress zones.

These well thought out reinforcements are also placed right underneath the puck and on the Purlicue, better known as the space between the thumb and the index finger. This especially comes in handy in both disciplines at times where you need to grab rail or act quickly by putting your hands down.

Another feature that we find interesting is the cuff design paired with industrial-strength Velcro. This form-fitting goatskin/neoprene hybrid features a pull-on extension on the bottom of the wrist for easier use and bigger coverage of the palmar side of your wrist.

The differences between these two longboard slide glove models are mainly in the outer design. The Freeride slide gloves feature a breathable synthetic material on the back of the hand that is paired with a stretchy neoprene knuckle accordion. This keeps the gloves light, breathable and flexible, perfect for freeride sessions.

Their Race gloves offer a bit more durability and protection as the back is made from perforated goatskin with an integrated Kevlar® knuckle bar.

Last but not least, Seismic also replied to the common nuisance known as seam placement. The seams are strategically placed for a better wearing comfort and durability, while the Velcro split is positioned so it compliments the natural palm crease.

For more info visit www.seismicskate.com.

Loaded Boards Freeride Longboard Slide Glove Version 7.0 (Large)

Loaded Longboard Slide Gloves
Poron XRD® palm padding and viscoelastic foam knuckle pad for protection, Cordura®, Kevlar®, synthetic suede and Lycra® outer construction for durability.
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$49.50

Rayne Idle Hands Leather Slide Gloves XL, Longboard Skating Slide Gloves with Perforated Leather Fingers and Adjustable Neoprene Wrist Cuff, Delrin Dish-Shaped Puck

Rayne Idle Hands Longboard Slide Gloves
Superior fit & knuckle safety so your hands never get thrashed. High wear areas are reinforced & critical seams are double layered for maximum toughness.
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$32.48

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.