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Streets is Talkin’ – Carlos Iqui in Simplesmente Sintonia #3

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Carlos “Iqui” Henrique is one of the ILLest of the new generation of Brazilian skaters that have been making the skateboard industry sit up and take notice. You might have seen him kill it at #JKwon with that switch frontside flip over the freaking block going about Mach 10, if you haven’t, dude you’re seriously slippin’!

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With a smooth style that is equal parts tech and multiple line combos, Carlos’ skating is easy on the eyes and filled with NBDs that will make you re-watch his parts with a mix of disbelief and head scratching “what the hell?” Always taking a refreshingly different approach to skating, Carlos’ part lays to rest the notion that everything that can be done has already been done.

This little known gem of a part from João Pedro Romero‘s 2011 Brazilian video Simplesmente Sintonia #3 has plenty of Carlos’ signature textbook tech and a reminder to all of us that skating fast just makes everything look so much better. And yes, that was a switch flip frontblunt. Peep the video for some of Carlos’ magic! Brasil STAND UP!! – HK

Carlos rides for Boulevard Skateboards, Thunder Trucks, Gold Wheels and DC Shoes.

Review

Review: DC Nyjah 2

For each of our reviews we try to sift through the hype and give you our honest feedback on products before you shell out your hard earned cash on something you’ve never tried before. For this installment, we review the DC Nyjah 2.

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This shoe was released in 2014 and is Nyjah Huston’s second pro model with DC Shoes.

Overview

With Nyjah’s dominance of the contest circuit, it came as no surprise that his second pro model shoe had a bold, futuristic look reminiscent of the skate shoes of yesteryear. I was definitely was curious to see how these shoes skated with its Unilite outsole and athletic runner aesthetic (with the exception of the runner’s toe). A futuristic high durability thermo-mesh material also graced the upper panels giving an unconventional paneling in the shoe’s upper coupled with DC’s super suede durability. The sole is extremely grippy when new and and offers above average cushioning when coupled with the right aftermarket insoles. The ventilation in the shoe is also amazing, with probably the best air flow I’ve experienced in a skate shoe. Definitely going some way to starving off the dreaded stank foot during the summer months.

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Feel, flexibility, flick and stability

The Nyjah 2 has an extremely flexible sole, definitely sitting on the more flexy end of the cupsole spectrum. The ortholite insoles while comfortable, offer little in the way of any arch support and cushioning and pack out very quickly, requiring their replacement with aftermarket insoles almost immediately.

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The shape of the toebox as apparent in the photos lends itself excellently to kickflips, giving amazing flick, and the overall slimmer silhouette as is the norm in current skate shoes ensures that the shoe doesn’t feel in the least bit bulky. The lace placement is also sufficiently recessed into the shoe’s upper to stay out of the way from griptape damage. The toe wall is extremely thin so you really feel every flick of the board, which also means that the wear on the toe is somewhat rapid in both the toebox upper as well as toe bumper. You certainly won’t get much protection from a board landing on your toes.

The heel cup is moderately firm when new and softens quickly with wear, so there was some appreciable loss of  lateral stability in the ankle as the shoe continued to be skated.

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Score: 7/10

Breathability

As mentioned in the overview, the Nyjah 2 has amazing breathability, with airflow through perforations in the toe box keeping your feet extremely cool as the session progresses. Definitely one of the most breathable shoes I’ve skated.

Score: 9/10

Cushioning and impact absorption

The Nyjah 2 falls into that category of cupsoles that has pretty amazing flexibility in its sole. This flexibility being mainly attributable to the material of its outsole which is a combination of DC’s Unilite technology combined with a soft polyurethane outsole. The outsole still lasted an average amount of time before packing out completely, which was surprising given the soles’ extreme flexibility. Nevertheless, while the shoe is definitely pitched as one for jumping down big stuff, the cushioning is still not the most protective for the heavier stairset and handrail crowd, with some appreciable (but not complete) loss of the soles impact resilience occurring relatively early in its use (around the 5 hour mark). Bottom line, the Nyjah 2 is suited more to medium impact skating.

Score: 8/10

Durability

Wear pictures after 1o hours of skating.

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The Nyjah 2 had average durability overall, with the wear rate in the toebox at about what you’d expect given DC’s super suede combined with the moderately pointy toe silhouette. One aspect of the shoe that didn’t seem to hold up was surprisingly the sole, where portions of the ribbing in the region under the arch started to tear within the first 3 hours of skating (see picture above). This was unusual given it’s deliberate design, as you’d imagine that this would have been tested in the design stages. This might have been a one-off experience on the part of my pair but nevertheless took us by surprise. This unfortunately definitely detracted from the shoe’s performance, as the sole quickly developed uneven wear and added instability from the other portions of the sole that were now progressively coming loose. Another feature of the durability of the shoe that should be mentioned is that the seam between the super suede and thermo-mesh in the upper also seemed to be under a fair amount of stress and started to come apart towards the end of the 10 hour test mark.

Score: 6.5/10

 

Overall conclusions

The Nyjah 2 is a shoe with a bold design that strives to bring flexibility to the cupsole skate shoes while still offering impact protection for jumping down stuff. With moderate cushioning and the flat stock ortholite insole, this shoe is definitely more suited to medium impact skating. With the $110 MSRP, this shoe definitely sits on the more expensive end of the skate shoe spectrum. Probably not quite the shoe for those looking for an extremely durable, long-lasting skate shoe but there certainly will be a category of skaters looking for an extremely flexible cupsole that may find the Nyjah 2 appealing. – HK

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO VAULT: Brian Wenning in Photosynthesis

In each edition of Video Vault, we revisit and re-introduce a video part of yesteryear that has had a resounding impact on modern skateboarding. In this first edition, we feature Brian Wenning’s classic part in the Habitat section of Alien Workshop’s Photosynthesis (2000) video.

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When Photosynthesis first dropped back in 2000 (on VHS no less), in addition to the epic skating from the entire Alien Workshop crew(if you haven’t you should also peep the whole video), there was a short Habitat section which served to also formally introduce the brand to skateboarding.

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Brian Wenning closed out the Habitat section with a mind blowing part that is still talked about to this day. Still influential to this day, this part might single-handedly be responsible for popularizing the OG DC Lynx back in the day. With an effortless style, lines for days, ridiculously controlled backside nosegrinds with the proper pop out, and properly caught nollie backheels against the Mr Dibbs beat, Brian’s impact on modern skateboarding is undeniable. And with the backdrop of skating Philly’s Love Park in its heyday, this short part was key in re-introducing technical multiple trick lines back into the skateboarding lexicon. That Brian had switch backsmiths and switch backtails like that obviously didn’t hurt either. To put this part in perspective, this came out in 2000, so most of the footage predated this. The boards skated during this era were in the 7.4″-7.6″ range, and we definitely saw a far greater variety of concaves and shapes among decks. The emphasis then was on clean technical lines(lots of switch and nollies) but without the late-flips of the early 90s. And that switch tre at the Brooklyn Banks 9 stair was certainly an ender to remember. Definitely a part to re-watch, we present to you, Brian Wenning.