ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.

TSG 2017 Joint Knee Guards

The new TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads

Primarily made for all-mountain bike riders, the new Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads by TSG will most probably be picked up by the longboard community in the same manner as other mountain bike gear, one of which are the G-Form Pro X Knee Guards.

The TSG’s Joint pads feature a washable slip-on Lycra sleeve with a Softshell construction and an articulated PU foam which provides protection.

TSG added a vented mesh back and cut-outs at the back of the knee with the addition of an anti-slip silicone laminate on the Lycra sleeve for the guard to stay in place when riding.

At first glance, the TSG Joint  knee pads might looks similar to G-Form protective pads, but before I started judging, I did a short search to see which similar products are available on the market.

I found out that a brand called Demon has in the past introduced it’s Demon X D3O Smartskin knee pad, similar to the shape of G-Form back in 2015. Also SixSixOne, another mountain bike brand, did their own take on the shape with their Recon knee pads in 2016.

Despite the common shape and technology, the difference between the brands are that they are not so commonly marketed in the longboarding world.

Because G-Form is so popular amongst longboarders, I decided to make a side-by-side comparison of their Pro-X Knee Guards and the new TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads. Let’s have a look shall we…

G-Form Pro-X  vs. TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads

Both pads share a design of a slip-on knee guard with protective panels placed on the front of the knee to provide flexibility and protection. Although both feature and elastic compression fabric, the difference is that the G-Form Pro-X include a RPT Impact protection, while the TSG Joint Knee-Sleeve Pads include a Softshell construction with added PU Foam.

 

Both can be machine washed and have a mesh back panel which provides extra breathability and moisture-wicking properties. However, the TSG design also includes a cut-out at the back of the knee.

The difference is also the weight. A pair of large G-Form’s weigh 170 g, whilst a pair of TSG Joint’s weigh a bit more, 520 grams to be exact. This is due to its Softshell construction and extra padding on the lover sides of the knee.

Price wise, the G-Form Pro-X cost 75 euros on their official site, while a pair of the new TSG Joint Knee Pads will save you 5 euros, with a price of 69,95 euro.

For more information about the TSG Joint Knee Sleeves visit https://www.ridetsg.com.