The Skiffs is something new from the folks over at Orangatang Wheels.
Like everything these guys do, the video is very creative and the press release humorous and irreverent. It’s good to know that no flamingos were harmed in the making of this wheel.
The wheels was designed for all-terrain use. It is a utilitarian alternative to a traditional street wheel for riding faster, steeper, rougher, and longer.
The pink AF core increases speed to blinding proportions and is specifically designed to annoy friends, family, and passersby. The 35x38mm core with a deep valley-shaped cross section keeps the rounded lips firmly supported, promoting smooth, consistent slides and even wear. The stone-ground contact patch ensures predictable and buttery slides right out of the box.
The Skiff is poured in our tried-and-true Happy Thane for a balance of high speed, comfortable roll, reliable traction, and clean slides.
How did you come up with the idea of Gorilla Palms?
I started skating at around 8 years old, but by the time I graduated college I had gotten away from it for a while, mostly just skating through campus with my dog. But I started to get back into it, and new concrete parks were popping up everywhere. So there I was skating; I don’t go huge, but I love the beauty of the tricks.
Slams were painful, but most notably on my hands and I work with my hands. So I was trying to be smart and protect my hands from the bruises. Wrist guards didn’t have any padding and wearing two of them was obnoxious and restricting. Wrist guards also slid on the concrete, which I didn’t want because I couldn’t catch myself like I normally do. So I would wrap my hands up in an Ace bandage but those got disgusting.
Then, one day at the skate park, I had the idea to make my own product and I started trying to figure out how to make Gorilla Palms. I came up with the name instantly – it just seemed to make sense.
I personally don’t go that big, or skate vert, so I don’t really want to wear a normal wrist brace unless I have an injury. But I do like to put a little padding between my palms and the concrete. I think if they made a wrist guard with padding I might have just bought them, but no one did that I knew of. The main thing I dislike about typical wrist guards are the plastic splints; they always jab into the back of my hand, and don’t cushion the impact. There are a few good pair of wrist guards out there now, but no real options; they are all basically the same design.
Why do you call Gorilla Palms “the anti glove”?
I like to call them the anti wrist guard because they are designed for your palms and not as much for your wrists. Gorilla Palms don’t actually restrict the wrists from motion, they’re smaller and more low profile and give you a little cushion over the palm of the hand. They’re great for people who already have a palm injury, cuts or bruises, and those people normally aren’t looking for a wrist guard.
I know that you’re a proficient art director. How has skateboarding influenced your art and your work as an art director?
Skateboard art has been a major influence for me artistically and professionally. The bright graphic printing and the subject matter have definitely influenced my art. As an art director, it’s great to be able to follow the art and trends of skateboard graphics. The photography also has been a major influence. Skateboard lifestyle photography and trick shots are all really inspiring action-oriented works that I try to interpret and borrow in my own work.
It seems like skateboarding is at an odd place at the moment. Penny is the largest skate– the constant social media, images and videos. Does anyone have time to actually skate?
Yes, it’s crazy! You go to the skate spots and see everyone is trying to film on their phones, or with GoPros – there is so much out there now. I try to focus on only watching the most creative stuff. There are a couple of cool Instagram accounts that I follow, like Skate Crunch Mag, and Shralpin. They usually show the clips that are fun, creative, and different, not just huge, death-defying stunts.
I think I’ve fallen away from the Thrasher mentality, and am much more of a fan of the beauty of technical tricks, and the feeling of smooth concrete under my wheels. I make time to skate, but it’s hard, and never enough. The hardest part is trying to skate and having all your homies say, “Film this trick for me”. Then it takes an hour of tries before you maybe get something on tape. It really does show how good the guys were back in the day, to put down on expensive tape, with huge clumsy cameras.
One thing that is true for skateboarding now is that the tricks have become so technical. I think that is awesome. Flip in and flip out of ledge tricks was something of a legend back in the day – and now your average skater does tricks like that on his or her Instagram account, and it’s clean. More people filming also means more inspiration, and it’s that old fact that once someone does something and everyone finds out, more and more people start to be able to do that thing, and then do it better.
Lastly, I think pump tracks and flow sections are coming back to parks, and that too is awesome. If you’re going to build a million dollar skatepark, don’t just put stairs and ledges – we can find that on the street. But the flow bowls and pump tracks are fun! And they can even broaden the range of skaters who participate. It’s like a revamp of the 70’s style snake runs, but more evolved.
Current #1 downhill skateboarder in the world, Max Ballesteros, is always charging and looking to go faster. The RAD Team worked closely with Max to develop a proprietary high rebound urethane formula to increase roll speed without compromising grip. After over a year in development, they finally found the wheel Max has been looking for.
This Pro-model features a proprietary high rebound urethane to maximize roll speed. While the shape is based off the Advantage, the unique urethane changes the ride characteristic to suit Max’s go-fast style of riding. After finalizing the urethane formula, Max settled on the softer 77a durometer to maximize grip with the higher rebound urethane. It features the crown Core with a 74mm diameter and 61mm Contact patch. This wheel is designed to have fun in the fastest way you can.
Check them out on YouTube.