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  • Posted in on May 23, 2017 by Kyle Chin.

    Loaded Labs Interview with Longboard Envy

    We recently had the chance to chat with the folks at Longboard Envy about the Loaded Labs Menopause project. Check out their introduction below, and be sure to read the full interview here!

    "Product research and development has usually been a highly secretive thing—companies would produce prototypes within their factories, and only reveal the products to inside members. This is a totally founded strategy—many products, in the early days of the development, are flawed and can tarnish the reputation of a company if revealed to the mass public. Sometimes, prototypes are released to the public in the last few months of development, but this is mostly as a marketing strategy and hype-building exercise. That means that realistically speaking, the consumers don’t have a direct influence on an end product.

    Many of us dream to partake in this secret research and development that happens behind the scenes at many skateboard companies- I know that when I was a wee little grom, I slobbered at the thought of being let in on company secrets. If only companies would tell us what happens in their secret Area 51 warehouses…

    Oh wait, Loaded does."

    Read the full interview at LongboardEnvy.com.

    If you missed the results of the Loaded Labs Menopause project, check them out here.

    Loaded Labs Menopause Interview with Longboard Envy

  • Posted in on April 14, 2016 by Kyle Chin.

    Loaded Labs: The Orangatang Menopause

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    Estrus is over; it’s time for our 75mm race wheel to enter Menopause.

    View the feedback results of the Menopause project here.  Continue reading

  • Posted in on September 22, 2015 by Kyle Chin.

    Limited Edition CARBON Tesseract

     

    Loaded Boards Carbon Tesseract

    Loaded's ambassadors love the Truncated Tesseract, but a few wanted to see if a slightly stiffer board would get them going faster. After months of testing at the Hadron Collider beneath the Franco-Swiss boarder, we concluded that applying a future-forward, hi-tech layer of carbon fiber made the Tesseract look totally badass... and perfectly rigid and agile for skateboarding fast.

    We have produced a very limited run of 300 individually numbered modified boards and are offering them one-time-only on our site. Loaded is donating a percentage of proceeds from each board to the awesome non-profit STOKED whose mission is to inspire low-income teens and help them succeed through action sports. These funds will be used exclusively to get kids on skateboards in the Los Angeles area, and our team will be on hand to help along the way. Loaded has been involved with STOKED for over a decade and has witnessed thousands of smiles and seen how much learning a new skill can change a life.

    The boards will be available October 1st at 9AM PST and will go fast.

    Go to www.loadedboards.com to add some carbon fiber to your diet and check out www.STOKED.org to sign up, volunteer, and make a difference.

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  • Posted in on August 6, 2014 by Kyle Chin.

    Orangatang Wheels | For Your Health

    Doing some research on longboard wheels? Let the Orangatang team of shred scientists walk you through everything you need to know to choose your next urethane quartet!

  • Posted in on September 26, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    Orangatang Centerset Freeride Wheels

    Orangatang Wheels is bounding with joy to announce the release of our brand new line of centerset freeride wheels! With an all-star cast of sizes and duros, these peachy gobs of urethane will provide a once-in-a-lifetime performance every time.

    “The Cage”
    73 mm diameter  |  50 mm width  |  41.4 mm contact  |  187 g/wheel  |  centerset bearing seat

    Tall and charming, The Cage holds it together with an air of calm and collected charisma… but is always prepared to lose its shit and get wild. The Cage is here to deliver when the script calls for inordinate momentum, firm yet pliable grip, and high-speed slides. Step away from the bike… and get your downhill fix on four wheels.

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    “The Kilmer”
    69 mm diameter | 48 mm width | 39.5 mm contact | 159 g/wheel | centerset bearing seat

    An ace at both supersonic speeds and tight, hairpin-riddled dogfights, The Kilmer keeps it cool like ice in any freeride-focused mission. The Kilmer is the star student with a size and personality that everyone can love. Just say, "You can be my wingman anytime." Come on, baby, bite my wire.

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    “The Keanu”
    66 mm diameter | 46.5 mm width | 38 mm contact | 139 g/wheel | centerset bearing seat

    With a diminutive presence and quick, bullet-time reflexes, The Keanu is a skilled and adaptable master of all terrains. Adept at slashing the asphalt point break as well as keeping up the speed for technical freeriding. Choose the red core. Whoa.

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    The centerset freeride wheels feature gently bevelled sidewalls, rounded edges, and stone-ground contact surfaces. A newly designed 38x38mm core with a deep “valley”-shaped cross section keeps the lips firmly supported like a burly botox injection, promoting smooth, consistent slides and even wear. This core uses the same high-strength, high-stiffness, and heat-resistant material that we developed and implemented in the “blue” cores now seen across the entire Orangatang lineup... only now they're red hot.

    The Cage, The Kilmer, and The Keanu are all poured in our new Peachy Thane formula. Slightly grippier than Euphorethane yet slipperier than Happy Thane, Peachy Thane offers a balanced blend of buttery speed control, long slides, and a cush ride. Peachy Thane is formulated for high longevity and to meet the demands of the discriminating high-speed powerslide connoisseur.

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  • Posted in on August 27, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    Orangatang Kegel

    Orangatang Kegel

    80mm diameter | 56mm width | 56mm contact | 8.1 oz/wheel | offset bearing seat

    The Kegel is your ticket to high-speed steamroller action and the obliteration of a variety of small mammals. The large 80mm diameter generates high roll speeds while a moderate width of 56 mm allows for a versatile balance of traction and slide response. A cantilevered outer lip with a straight profile is pliable enough to hug the road for grip while also ensuring consistent performance as the wheel wears. The shorter inner lip features a subtle inward bevel for race-worthy traction and predictable drifts.

    A fully-exposed 46mm core with a deep “valley”-shaped cross section reduces weight while providing good acceleration, lots of momentum, and crisp slides. This core uses the same high-strength, high-stiffness, and heat-resistant material we developed and use in the entire Orangatang product line.

    The Kegel is poured in our Happy urethane formula. Tested and proven over the years in our 75mm In Heat and 70mm 4President race wheels, Happy thane has the ideal blend of grip, buttery slide consistency, and vibration damping for controllable and intuitive downhill performance.

    Now available in select shops worldwide (find a dealer near you).

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  • Posted in on July 8, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    Tesseract Review on Skate the East

    Visit the link below to hear what the crew at SkateTheEast.net has to say about the new Loaded Tesseract!

    http://www.skatetheeast.net/2013/07/review-loaded-boards-tesseract

  • Posted in on May 22, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    Moronga Review on Skate the East

    The crew at SkateTheEast.net braved inclement weather to test all three durometers of the Orangatang Moronga and bring you the lowdown. Check out their review at the link below!

    Skate the East - Review: Orangatang Moronga

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  • Posted in on April 11, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    The Poke

     

    The Ceviche is dead. Long live the Poke.

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    Continuing the evolutionary legacy of the Fish and Ceviche, the Poke is the newest performance-driven stage of a timelessly delightful tradition. Featuring highly functional kicktails and a comfortable platform with concave, rocker, and wheel well flares, this versatile city commuter keeps up with your every whim and makes each outing a creative, dynamic adventure.

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    History and Inspiration

     

    The Ceviche was a beloved member of the Loaded family since its birth in 2008 and, like its ancestor the Fish, has inspired us and others to dart about on many a lightsome adventure. But over the years our ever-protean riding styles and tastes in equipment continued to metamorphosize, and by late 2011 we decided that the Ceviche, too, needed to evolve.

     

    As we designed and tasted several rounds of prototypes, we quickly realized that even unidirectional change wasn’t enough to satiate our appetite for new flavor. On one hand, we wanted to see the genealogy of the Fish and Ceviche take a new yet familiar form as a pumpable, agile, and trick-capable city commuter with just the right amount of flex. On the other hand, we also lusted after a stiffer, street-ready double-kick with inclinations toward freeriding and technical sliding.

    The latter, as you may have guessed, materialized as the Kanthaka which we released in late 2012. And the former, led by our personal Beagle expedition to explore the origin of this species, has spawned as the Loaded Poke. The Ceviche has been discontinued, and Darwin is rolling in his grave.

    The latest reincarnation of the Fish and Ceviche, mellow-mannered cousin of the Kanthaka, and little sibling to the Fattail, the Poke is driven by performance, ergonomics, and accessibility. With backgrounds in surf, street, and freestyle, the team of Adam Stokowski, Pablo Castro, and Danny Carper propelled the development of this new staff favorite.

    The Poke will be available in select shops worldwide on May 1st at $169 (deck) or $299 (complete).

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    Design

    Specifications

    Length: 34” / 86 cm
    Width: 9.125” / 23.18 cm
    Wheelbase: 20.75” / 52.71 cm
    Tail: 7.625” / 19.37 cm (tip to inner bolt) @ 18°
    Nose: 5.625” / 14.29 cm (tip to inner bolt) @ 13°
    Concave: 0.5” / 1.3 cm (radial)
    Rocker: 0.1” / 0.3 cm (centered)
    Weight: 2.8 lbs / 1.3 kg (deck only)

    Features

    Concave

    The Poke features 0.5” of radial concave for solid and quick transitions from rail to rail while pumping, carving, and slashing. Aggressive enough for spirited performance riding yet comfortable enough for the casual commute or boogie through town.

    Rocker

    The Fish and Ceviche were both designed with cambered profiles to promote a lively and responsive ride that helped to spring the rider out of hard, aggressive carves. While camber did achieve this goal, we decided to go with a nominal rocker on this incarnation in order to promote a more locked in feel and comfort in a broader range of riding styles. 0.1” of rocker in the Poke’s standing platform complements the subtle flex of the board and allows you to sink into a comfortable hammock-like interface for both leisurely and aggressive riding. The rocker helps freestyle tricks feel more natural and also creates a solid platform for pushing and commuting.

    Wheel Well Flares

    Slight concave flares on either end of the standing platform provide tactile reference for your feet, locking you in for quick maneuvers and promoting a high level of board awareness. Additionally, these complex contours enhance the torsional stiffness of the deck and promote better stability and control.

    The Poke’s flares are much more subtle than those on the Kanthaka, allowing for a more comfortable interface for an equal mix of thrashing and commuting.

    Kicktails

    The Poke sports an ample tail for assertive surf-style slashing and plenty of freestyle trickery. The kick angle has been tweaked from the Ceviche’s design to facilitate a quicker and more functional pop.

    Moving up to the front of the board, the Poke’s nose has also been widened to create a more comfortable platform for manuals and shuvits. The neck areas between the standing platform and both the nose and tail have been broadened to provide more flexibility and security in foot placement.

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    Construction and Production

    The Poke is built with a vertically laminated bamboo core with triaxial fiberglass top and bottom skins and a bamboo base veneer. This construction allows for a strong, lightweight deck with responsive flex.

    As this board is intended to spend plenty of time both under the feet and in the hands of longboarding freestylers and commuters, we decided to take this opportunity to experiment with new textural characteristics on the deck. The bottom bamboo veneer is sealed under a thin layer of hydrogenated bee pollen cured in a honeycomb pattern that lends a unique tactile quality to the Poke and can fight allergies. Conceptually, this is also a subtle allusion to fish scales and the Poke’s chordate lineage.

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    Graphics and Griptape

    The Poke’s graphic was designed by Tomás Guereña, a.k.a. Screw (www.screw.mx). Conceptually, the seafaring creatures illustrated represent lively organic chaos. The fish continues to embody the fluid, whimsical, and dynamic riding style we love to embrace on this board. And like a happy school of fish (or a big bowl of poke), this board is all about sharing in the experience and riding together with your closest companions.

     

    The griptape pattern is cut with an aqueous pattern to subliminally instill an unhealthy obsession with the sea in the mind of the rider, thereby inspiring a surfy and fluid riding style.

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    Setup Recommendations

     

     

    Carver CX.4/C2.4 Combo

    The combination of the extremely pumpable and maneuverable soon-to-be-released (version 4) CX front truck and the tall standard geometry of the C2 back truck creates a fluid and energetic turning sensation. Easy to pump up speed from a standstill and unbelievably agile, the Carvers are our preferred truck setup for achieving an aggressive and surfy ride. But keep in mind that this is a very directional configuration that can be somewhat unforgiving for fakie riding. We stock our Carvers with Orangatang Nipple double-barrel bushings: soft (orange) in the front CX and medium (purple) in the rear C2.

    We recommend 80a (orange) Orangatang 4President race/slalom wheels in conjunction with the Carver CX/C2 combo to ensure maximum traction and energy in hard carving and pumping.

    Paris 150

    The tried and true 50° reverse kingpin geometry of the Paris 150mm truck lends itself to a wide variety of styles including freestyle, pumping, and slashy freeride. Tweakable through bushing and washer setups, the Paris always deliver a lively yet linear turning response that encourages versatility and accommodates speed more readily than the Carvers.

    The Paris 150s are more inviting to an assortment of wheel styles. We suggest 4Presidents for a grippy and pumpy setup, Stimulus for a slash-friendly balance of traction and drift, and Fat Frees for weight reduction in trick-heavy freestyle riding.

    Other Truck/Wheel Options

    As always, we encourage exploration and have found that this deck works well with, for example, Paris 180s and Morongas, Tracker RTS/RTX with high-rebound bushings and Fat Frees, or Indys with an assortment of wheel styles.

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    Poke Recipe

    2 lbs fresh ahi tuna
    1 small onion, julienned
    3 green onions, diced
    1/2 tsp grated ginger
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1 tsp sesame oil
    1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1 tsp chili sauce
    1 tsp Hawaiian or kosher sea salt

    1. Cut tuna into 1/2” cubes. Refrigerate.
    2. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Toss tuna with sauce mixture.
    4. Serve on a chilled platter and enjoy.

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  • Posted in on April 1, 2013 by Kyle Chin.

    Dervish Sama Review on Boardside

    Check out this review of the Dervish Sama by our Hungarian distributor Balazs!

    http://boardside.kinja.com/teszt-loaded-dervish-sama-californication-458685830

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