Ravenstorm

Specializing in Pedestrian Slalom, Fun Freeride, Light DH

Bio:

  • AKA: One Slow Boi
  • Age: 23

Product Reviews:

6-Month Update
Posted on 2020-01-19 Verified Purchase
The Hindsight is markedly light for its size, and the fiberglass being insulated with wood plies has kept the deck looking and feeling good in my hands even after six months of flips and curbings. The concave is supremely comfortable, and despite the compact wheelbase, the standing platform feels expansive. Unlike many other downhill decks that I've ridden, the tops of the mounts on the Hindsight are flush with the platform and blend in seamlessly. The tail, instead of coming up at an angle, is a further extension of the platform, pushing the standing room out all the way from nose to tail. This cruiseresque platform is the most notable feature of this deck, and I think this point is undersold. It's so dope. I mean, there's definitely a loss of leverage relative to a board with a more steeply angled kicktail, but the added versatility and comfort of the long, rockered platform is a completely worthwhile trade-off. Having the freedom to position my feet however, wherever, is valuable to me as a rider. Speaking of which, the concave up front is super gentle, and combined with the microdropped flush mounts it's actually feasible to cruise comfortably on this deck. It's pretty low, for a topmount. The W-concave that runs down the middle of the board is mellow, but very functional—especially when re-gripped with your favorite coarse griptape. I like Lokton, personally. Speaking of favorites: It's important to note that this deck seems designed for use with Caliber RKPs, but I've gotten the most fun out of it on 46 degree Aera RF-1s and 69mm Powell-Peralta Snakes. As a heavier rider, I have found that bringing in the trucks as close as possible feels the most solid, and at an effective 23" WB the deck feels nimble enough to cruise but still solid enough to handle hills. I'm happy to say that it's my go-to board at the moment and is proving to be a true quiver-killer.
Everything a DH wheel should be
Posted on 2019-11-04
"We want GIRTH!” The downhill community demanded, “We want GRIP, we want SPEED!" "We want a wheel that can carry enough speed to kill us instantly!" Don't worry, downhill community, the Phat Boyz are here to fulfill your dark desires. Poured in sticky, creamy, MuirSkate-exclusive Phat Deanz thane, the sheer grip and inertia in these things is unreal. The urethane is soft, bouncy, and supremely sticky-icky. Once broken in a bit, they provide smooth feedback backed up with a whole lot of braking force. When sliding, some wheels scrub into the pavement. Some wheels slither over it. Some wheels glide on top of it. Once at a reasonable speed (~30mph), these wheels PEEL just barely into the pavement in a creamy, satisfying smear. Even when fresh, the transition between grip and slip is predictable and forgiving for a wheel with so much stopping power. It's not mellow, by any means. Hookup is still super snappy and precise, but the wheels go where you put them and don't fight you when you take them sideways. Phat Boyz are the real deal. They feel like a true successor to the OG Podiums and perform like a modern downhill wheel should through and through. I trust them with my life. Buy some now. Go fast. Feel good.
The Joy of Mids
Posted on 2019-08-20
These are some of the most fun wheels I own. They're disproportionately difficult to ice out on, considering how easy the kickout is. The slide is thaney enough to feel stable, but they're durable enough to hit curbs, roll over cracks, and handle the occasional 90° blast. They're marketed as street wheels, but they're really fun for schlub and scrub freeride on any board.
Hot Takes
Posted on 2019-08-20
TKPs are the most fun trucks to cruise on. SpeedVents are the greatest LDP wheels in the world right now. The Pranayama is thoughtfully sculpted to accomodate both at the same time. If the P in your LDP stands for "push," this is your board.