-Durometer Options: 78a, 80a (pictured above)
-Wheel Width: 48mm
-Contact Patch: 33mm
-727 urethane formula
-SOC exclusive urethane energy core™
Looking to make a wheel in the category of freeride/downhill realm, a few rounds of prototypes were given to Kyle Reimer and Byron Essert to test out before the final product that is now avaliable to the public was arrived upon. All of the mathematical specifications are perfectly derived to equate to a ride that is very lively and active under the riders feet. The SOC exclusive urethane energy core™ is chemically bonded to the encasing urethane that is formulated to produce an incredibly high rebound that contributes to an equally incredible roll speed. The end goal for these wheels was the afford the skater with a product that rolls faster, slides smoother, and lasts longer than other wheels on the market.
"Much like Bones Wheels(which are also poured in our factory), our wheels are also WAY more resistant to flatspotting than other wheels"
-Darryl Miya, these wheels brand manager
To test all the claims made about these wheels, all aspects of downhill skateboarding were addressed from simply pushing between locations all the way to mobbing down scenic mountain runs. What was found was that this wheel provided a fun, enjoyable ride in all the testing paces that it was rolled through. In order to break off the mold release to reach the butter beneath requires some hands down slides but this is task can be accomplished in a timely fashion to get you skating these wheels the way they were intended to be rode. The 727 formula paired with the shape of the wheel and energy core made for a very soft slide that had that "in the ground" feeling, rather than just sliding over top of the pavement resulting in a very easy initiation into the slide as well as an easily maintainable, controllable slide throughout the maneuver. We found the 78a duro to be a great slip to grip ratio that would slow you down adequately during a slide for open road skating while the 80a to have more slip and less grip making it a fantastic free riding slipper for you sled.
Although this wheel offers an insane number of positive points, there were a few cons that the B.O.O.B. Crew stumbled upon during their testing of these wheels. During previous encounters with these wheels, it was found that they were prone to not thaning, making their life span double, maybe triple other wheels on the market but with the Essert's, thane was definitely left behind wearing the wheel at a quicker rate than we were expecting. Also during this wear process, once you wear past the initially rounded lip and they become more sharp-lipped, making them become noticeably more grippy and a bit snappy. We noticed the initiation and hookup to be much more abrupt at this stage of the wheel making the wheel feel more picky on the type of pavement being ridden as well.
Over all this set of wheels is a radical collection of urethane that will absolutely leave the rider happy with the performance delivered during their time atop these babies. Despite finding a few aspects that didn't exactly align with our expectations certainly does not take away from the quality of this product. This is a product that does not fail during critical maneuvers and will deliver top notch performance through out the entirety of its life span. The B.O.O.B. Crew would absolutely recommend the these Byron Essert pro models to any skater looking to go fast and experience what it feels like to be a part of the terrain as you are descending inclines with intentions of slipping sideways.
JAH Bless and a huge thanks goes out to Darryl Mira, all the homes at Skate One, Brady Kock, and also to you for taking the time to visit this site..... Now get out and skate!