REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner

Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…

REKD Ultralite helmet

Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.

Good helmet for longboarding?

Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.

In-Mold Fusion Technology

REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.

Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and  310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.

The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni

Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding

Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.

You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni

For more info about REKD, visit https://rekdprotection.com.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Simon Lechner throwback to the Island trip #steepthroatrip4two

Do you ever think about past skate trips and remember all the good times and the steep roads you’ve skated? Well time sure flies and it’s been almost over three years since we dropped out Steep Throat trip video featuring Simon Lechner, Mariano Conti, Eugenio D’Alò and me, Mirko Paoloni.

We had so much fun on the island that we couldn’t resist going back a second time after a year.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Endless roads with super smooth pavement and unique turns were surrounded by amazing landscapes that made every run we had unforgettable.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Although skating and generally having fun was our main interest, we also found some time to stack some clips and create new awesome shots that never saw the light of day.

Now two years later, Simon Lechner decided to make a small recap of our trip out of those shots. The footage may be considered old now, but there are some shots that just needed to be shown.

For the trip Simon chose his top mount the Javelin by Sector 9 paired with Gullwing Reverse trucks. And although the Island’s pavement offers smooth slides with almost every wheel, he chose to go sideways even smoother with RAD Glide 82a and Advantage 80a wheels.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

What made the whole trip even better was the fact that we were travelling with a professional photographer Felix Pirker, who made us look good in every shot he took. Besides that, he also shuttled tons of runs!

Check out the video and enjoy the Island vibes with us!

*If you  couldn’t get enough also check out our first video here.

Cloud Ride Wheels - Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico in the Eternal City

This summer I stopped in Rome for a few days to spend some time with the homies from the Majanal Crew. I met up with Claudio Jerico, a member of the crew and together we spent an afternoon testing the Cloud Ride Slusheez wheels Claudio received a week earlier.

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Claudio turning left through the cracks in Rome. Photo by Mirko Paoloni.

We picked up Mariano Conti right after he finished school and drove to the only spot they have in town. The spot offers a pretty mellow run with a few hairpins with f****ed up concrete, a metal gully and numerous cracks on the road. But as Rome skaters say – skate it or hate it!

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Pushing sideways through a nice neighbourhood. Photo by Mariano Conti.

Check out the video and enjoy the amazing landscape and flow of our beloved Majanal Town a.k.a Rome.

Mirko Paoloni – Hunter’s Spot

Mirko Paoloni – Hunter’s Spot

I currently live in Austria but sometimes I like to take a break for a few days and visit my favourite place in Italy, Lake Garda. In the past, I’ve spent a lot of time in Garda, discovering and skating different spots with my buddy Patrick Lombardi.

I discovered this road a long time ago but never had the chance to skate it, until now. It’s quite challenging with a constant decline and one steep curve following the other. The road itself is narrow, but that’s what I like most about it.

Sponsors: Cloud Ride Wheels, G-Form, easygoinc. Longboards, Urethane Burners, Moreboards.

Filmed by Patrick Lombardi.

Cloud Ride Wheels welcome Mariano Conti

Mariano Conti joined the Cloud Ride Wheels team

The Cloud Ride Wheels team just got a new gun in its arsenal. Mariano Conti, a 17 year old Italian from Rome, recently joined their family of international shredders.

Mariano is currently in his 4th year of high school and lives with his family not far from the beach. Besides going fast and pushing his board sideways, he also spends quite a lot of time in the water catching the waves.

A few weeks ago Mariano Conti teamed up with his friends Mirko Paoloni, Edoardo Barbi, Andrea Pedrotti (the filmer) and Felix Pirker (the photographer). They got on a plane and headed to Tenerife for a week of pure longboarding.

According to Mariano they had 7 days of solid shredding on the black tarmac, leaving behind massive thane lines, cored wheels and coming back home with tons of amazing footage. You can find their trip under the hashtag #putoslocostrip both on Facebook and Instagram.

His favourite choice of wheels and the ones he’s shredding in the video are the Cloud Ride Slide 70mm 80a and 83a, teamed up with a DB Longboards Keystone 37” longboard deck.

Cloud Ride Slide wheels

According to Mariano, the Slide wheels are really fun to slide. He described the slides as nice and powdery, meaning they leave lots of thane lines.

This was also the goal at Cloud Ride when they were developing their ‘’Cloud Thane’’ formula, to enable a buttery and smooth slide, leaving behind thane. I guess, they are a freeride wheel worthy of their name … ‘’Slide’’.

Cloud Ride Wheels - Slide 70mm, 83a
Cloud Ride Wheels – Slide 70mm, 83a

The Cloud Ride Slide wheels are available in 4 different durometers: 77a (Indigo), 80a (Green), 83a (Blue), 86a (Purple), all featuring a diameter of 70 mm. With a contact patch of 45 mm, these offset freeride wheels also give a dash of grip which you need when skating.

When new, the Slide wheels have a 45 degree edge which provides a super easy slide even with the first sideslip.

With a perfect union of grip and slip, the Slide wheels by Cloud Ride can handle any crack, debris or and everything else your slide trajectory takes you over, giving the feeling of a comfortable slide to the rider.

As they wear down, the contact patch increases and allows the rider to impart the same amount of force on the slide, as when they were new.

The Slide wheels are merely amazing! When you’re riding them you feel the comfort under your feet. Seriously, I have tried many freeride wheels and in my experience these perform very well considering factors like quality, performance and value. Every time you slide, you feel the wheels smearing thane around. And that’s awesome! They roll fast and give you some grip even at higher speeds. But if you want to have a solid downhill sesh, where you need more grip, you should go for the Cloud Ride Storm Chasers instead. They roll fast and give you some solid extra grip even at high speed. ~ Mariano Conti

We’re sure we’re going to see a lot more action from Mariano and we’ll keep you posted, but you’re also welcome to follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

To learn more about the Cloud Ride and their wheels offering, check out their website at www.cloudridewheels.com.

Mirko Paoloni & Majanal Crew

Mirko Paoloni meets his homies from Majanal Crew for some grip n rip fun

During the summer holidays Mirko Paoloni (@pinguz23) had the chance to hang out with his homies, the Majanal Crew from Rome, Italy. Andrea Cararo, Lorenzo Carosi and Mirko spent most of their time scouting Rome’s surroundings for some new hills and found amazing downhill runs they’ve never skated before. Watch the guys rip and grip while enjoying a classic day up on the hill.

Featured skaters
Mirko Paoloni (Atlas Truck Co, Cloud Ride Wheels, G-Form, Easygoinc Longboards, Moreboards, Falla)
Andrea Cararo (Majanal Crew, Kahuna Shop, Knog)
Lorenzo Carosi (Majanal Crew, Kahuna Shop, Knog)