Grip taped the Zenit

Finally got some real black grip-tape to use on the Zenit and, importantly, mirror the carbon-fibre underside. I say “real black” because most of the grip-tape I have found to date has actually been various shades of grey; which is annoying when it is universally sold as “black”.

 

Finally fond real black sold by the ever-excellent and helpful Skate Deluxe (Monster Grip Tape Heavy). It is heavy grip which a little too rough for my liking, but as ever is if form over function. Also being heavy grip it is more difficult to cut and trim, but the end result is not bad and confirms the single mirrored top and bottom design works well.

I will stay on the lookout for ‘real black’ lighter or medium grip-tape, but for now, it works.

Hecs Decks Fish Arrives

My Hecs Decks Fish, well that’s my name for it until Hector comes up with a real name.

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Beautifully made with a bubinga topping and bottoming, with two walnut layers (yes, I am watching great British Bake Off right now). Lovely balance of stiff over flex.

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Walnut in the beautiful layering

I put on some spare 180 Paris V2s and my Hawg Mini Monsters. The 180s are a little too wide and will get some 165s for it long term. Will also Lucid spray-grip it.

Very pleased; thanks, Hector.

Ordered: Kaliber Wild Africa Affe

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I had a moment of weakness seeing the discounted Kaliber Wild Africa Affe38″ (96cm) deck at SkateDeluxe (great service and online shop – German retailer, but no issue and shipping for the UK). I have been after another drop-through since my older son appropriated my original Atom 41 Green. Loved the dark wood on it and the distinctive shape. Not sure on the trucks and wheels for it, will get it and see what the flex is like before ordering some.

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