Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clip of the Week : Matt Berger's Pro Part

Skip back 4 months ago. Thrasher started putting out their annual "King of the Road" episodes with 3 teams that left everyone thinking.... eh. KOTR is normally reserved for the grimiest, heshiest, dirt baggiest of the skate industry. This year instead they asked element, flip, and birdhouse whose team's were a who's who of street league finalists (apologies to birdhouse, they don't fully apply to this stereotype). After a few episodes, however, I found myself getting stoked on dudes that I always thought were too robotic and mechanical. I was won over by nearly all of them, except Nyjah, and the Flip team didn't only convince me that Louie, Curren, and Alec were way radder than I previously thought, they also introduced us to Matt Berger. After the 3rd episode I found myself looking the dude up after seeing a few random clips during the KOTR webisodes. By the time it was done, Matt Berger ended up being one of my absolute favorite dudes that was on the come up. I again apologize for my ignorance, I am sure those in the know were well aware of Matt and his absurdly tech skills that somehow comes across as raw but to me this was his coming out. After all of that its no wonder the dudes at Flip decided to make him pro and that his pro part was mind numbing.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Shoe of the Week : HUF Classic Lo Canvas Pack

Company : HUF
Skater : Any Animal Friendly Skater Who is tired of blowing out shoes
Construction : This limited release version of HUF's extremely popular classic lo is an all vegan/vegetarian canvas upper with the same vulcanized sole and rubber toe cap that has helped make the suede version of this shoe such a crazy trend setter and awesome skateable option from the HUF line. Since this shoe was released over a year ago the reemergence of the rubber toe cap has exploded back onto the skate scene and it was no coincidence. Sure companies were already doing different things to reinforce the blowout spots in shoes but they were all just small subtle difference to help slightly prolong the life of the shoe while not hurting the shoes aesthetics. HUF took this and turned it on its head with this throwback look and instead of trying to hide the reinforcement they made it the shoes focal point. Even if HUF's fashion forward and unique styles aren't exactly your thing you have to respect a company who is the one leading and setting trends instead of following them. Now as always is a clip of the HUF guys getting it done as a thank you to all who took to the time to listen to my ramblings about a company I am pretty passionate about.