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I wanted a baclava that had a bit more contour than the traditional ones. I like this one for the following reasons:
1. Mouth hole uses a very porous mesh that will not get too saturated from your breath.
2. Top part behaves like a hood, so when you take your helmet off, it will flip off w/o any constriction.
3. Top part is adjustable such that you can tuck it into your goggles for maximum protection, or leave as it, acting like another layer of insulation for your dome.
4. When wearing it, you look like a safari guide (see pic).
I got these in 54mm and have no complaints. I've had them about a month and see no flatspots, but I don't powerslide excessively and can't bluntslide (yet...). They do dirty up pretty quickly if you skate street so if you don't like that I would stay away.
I gave them 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for incredible products.
I didn't buy these through DogFunk.
I got these ones (http://emerica.com/shoes/hsu-12/grey/), and the material is different from those offered on DogFunk. It's more of a canvas-like material that showed wear within an hour of using. I'm a bigger guy, so as a result probably kick/drag my feet harder on the griptape, so that may be a factor here, but I was not very satisfied with the durability of these shoes. Maybe if I had some Shoe Goo and started patching the holes when they were still small this wouldn't have been an issue. Oh well, we learn new things everyday.
They are really comfortable though, and provide great ankle support without being too bulky, so for that reason I have to give them 4 stars.
Seriously. I'm 190 lbs, so most decks feel kind of flexy underfoot, this one included, but it pops like a mother.
EDIT: I've had this deck for a few weeks now, skated it pretty hard, and it is wearing pretty quickly. This is my first deck since starting skating again, so I have nothing to compare it to, so I'll edit this review again when I know more. I would still definitely recommend this.
Just like they've always been made: indestructible. A bit heavier than the competition, but if you have the extra leg power defintely worth it in my opinion. The speed and nature of how they flip is great too.
I liked the idea of having padded shorts to protect again stupid hip bruising etc from skiing east coast snow and doing rails, so I picked these up.
I am 6', 185 lbs with very large quads (34x34 pants0 and these fit well around the waist but still have some room around the legs, so you may want to go a size smaller than you usually do.
The padding itself leaves something to be desired. After a few crashes it certainly mitigates some of the impact and may have prevented some bruises, but falling isn't painless :(
Great bag. Functional, simple, and looks durable. Rolly wheels are legit (and replaceable!)