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Review: New Bones Easy Street

Recently Bones Wheels sent us a set of their new Experimental Formula Easy Street wheels. Team rider Tristan is a Bones Wheel fanatic and these were right in his size range, so he took them out to put through the ringer. Here’s his report back:

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I’ve been riding Bones STF’s exclusively for about 7 years. Honestly, I thought it would be hard to one-up the seemingly perfect wheel. That being said,  I was eager to test the new Easy Street formula and see how it compared.

December in Maine is rough. The cold weather and worn roads make street skating challenging. Portland is pretty crusty; a lot of old brick, and rough pavement. I took to the streets to see how the wheels handled the harsh environment. 

Right after I set them up, I could tell the wheels are subtly softer than the original STF’s.

The wheels handled the roads really well, and gave me a great amount of traction when I needed it. The slight softness provided me with a noticeably smoother ride. I was equally impressed with how well they handled impact, and didn’t slow down my ledge tricks.

Tristan - hippie jump, Photo - Allyssa Prather

Control is important to me, and being able to hold power-slides is essential. The Easy Street formula performed excellent in both categories. The wheels rode super smooth, and still gave me that same slick powerslide. Most importantly - no flat spots! These wheels are a great happy medium between grip and slide. 

Overall I’m super satisfied with the new formula; A new favorite for sure! 

Big thank you to Tom Long, and all the guys over at Bones! 

LBS Team in CA

Every year we head out to Long Beach CA in January to see the coming year's skate gear and footwear. i'm not sure which part i enjoy more: geeking out over the new decks, wheels, sneakers, pros, or getting to actually walk around in a t-shirt in January eating Pizzanista.  After all the trade show activities were done the crew at Skate One (Bones and Powell Peralta) invited us up for a tour of their factory/headquarters and were kind enough to let us come skate their local indoor private park.

My 1st board was a Powell Peralta skull & sword and i have ridden more Bones bearings and wheels over the decades than i can count. Understandably i was too busy being a nerd watching the boards get pressed and the wheels get poured to take the camera so phase one - factory tour images are all Sarah's pics (below).

Since LBS team riders Tristan and Jake have moved out to the greater LA area they joined us for the tour. As luck would have it team rider Gabe was out visiting while we were there so Maine was rolling in force, including Tristan's roommate (and fellow Mainer) Eamon. The guys at Skate One generously gave everyone in the crew a new Flight board and a place to test them out: Orchid Skatepark. The lighting was low this rare rainy day in CA and i didn't have a flash but i'll just call them stylishly effected. So here are Tom's Pics (below).

Big thanks to the whole crew at Skate One! You guys are great!

LBS at New England AM

The LBS team made it's 4th appearance at the New England AM at Skater's Edge. As always, a lot of great skating went down. Big thanks to Shetler, Girard, Barley, and Westgate for making this great New England event go off.