Even though the only place you can skateboard to right now is the grocery store, we can all still look forward to a nice summer day when we will be able to hit the streets again…of course, still staying 6 feet away. While admiring my board that is now resting under the couch, I came across the Rustek skateboards and longboards which got me all excited about the future summer day. If you skateboard, you are always on the lookout for a cooler, newer board, and Rustek’s latest ones are exactly what a responsible outdoor enthusiast should have!
The Rustek team prides itself on hand-selecting the highest quality natural materials which are then shaped into an aesthetic, durable, and superior board by experienced craftsmen. Since natural materials are used, each Rustek board is one-of-its-kind which adds to the appeal and the general persona of skateboarders which always stands out from the crowd – now you have a board to reflect it! The brand ethos and product design is clearly inspired by nature and is showcased in their commitment to the environment, they only use FSC certified sustainably sourced wood and responsibly sourced textiles.
From their versatile range, I love the Tesselate Longboard – it features a drop through truck that mounts for easy pushing, smooth commuting, and intuitive response. The footbeds coupled with medium flex provide extra stability, control, and a bump-free ride. My other favorite is the Burnside Hybrid Skateboard because it is the classic concept of an all-star shred-everything deck. Hop, drop and cut curbs around town, this board can do it all with you. I know exactly what I am doing post quarantine – sharpening my skills as a sustainable skateboarder!
In today’s day and age, Skateboarding is not only considered a sport but a recreational activity, an art form and a method of transportation! It’s turned into a trend that is taking over the millennial world. With the popularity this action sport is gaining, it’s no shocker that designers are coming up with more and more advanced concepts for skateboards. One such concept is by South Korean industrial designer Jaehyuk Lim. He says “A lot of people [are] using Personal Mobility. But when you [are] not using Personal Mobility, it’s very hard to carry around. I designed the Personal mobility device, which is easy to carry and charge at the same time.”
Lim believes that skateboards are efficient devices of personal mobility, but when not in use, riders are relegated to carrying them around in their hands, which can be quite tiresome. Hence, he came up with the concept of the Nike Electric Cruiser Board; an electric personal transportation device that is user-friendly and easy to carry around. The board comes along with a “Cruiser backpack” where you can dock the board once it is not in use. The backpack “recharges the board”, prepping it for your next skateboarding adventure! So, instead of carrying around these heavy boards in your arms, they can now rest (and recharge) in a comfy and might I add super stylish backpack!
Sleek with a futuristic appeal, the Electric Cruiser is embossed in black and white, but it also comes in a darker grey color. The wheels are slighter larger and more grooved than your usual skateboard wheels, but that will only allow smoother transportation from one spot to another. Boasting Nike’s iconic Swoosh on several spots including the center of the wheels, at the nose of the skateboard and on the center of the board platform, this Nike Cruiser Board concept is a device I’m sure all skateboarding enthusiasts would love to get their hands on someday!
Designer: Jaehyuk Lim
Originating from the Mediterranean basin and dating back to almost 66 million years ago, Cork is one of the most versatile materials, not to mention it is sustainable and recyclable, allowing it to be transformed into a number of new products. Winemakers have been turning to cork as the perfect raw material for bottle stoppers for centuries, and it seems like the sneaker industry has jumped into the madness as well- or more specifically Nike.
A trend that sparked off with the Nike LeBron X, Nike has finally dedicated its latest edition of Nike SB (Skateboarding) entirely to cork! The Nike SB Dunk High Cork features a light tan colored cork-based upper, which is contrasted beautifully by black suede panels on the mudguard and the eye stay. The black suede also extends to the iconic Nike Swoosh. The sneaker finally finishes up with a full-length EVA midsole in white, accompanied by a grey outsole.
Picked for its elasticity, impermeability, insulting properties and low density, cork is an exceptional choice for sports footwear- especially for Skateboarding. Leather, on the other hand, tends to be a bit heavy, whereas synthetic foams aren’t durable at all. Hence with its ability to be lightweight and durable Cork seems to be the optimal option. And of course, the SB Dunk High Corks promise to look super cool while you’re drifting along on your skateboard!