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Flight - New Powell deck contruction

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slob-air
Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:54 pm Reply with quote
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FLIGHTâ„¢ decks are:

Thinner - as thin as your phone
Lighter than a similar sized 7-ply
Stronger - more than twice as strong in our tail break tests
Longer lasting - The epoxy infused, fiber reinforced structure of the Flight deck is extremely resistant to breaking, and this structure gives Flight decks "everlasting pop" that doesn't fade as your Flight deck slowly wears.
Ollies higher because of greater rebound and snap.

Team testing suggests that Flight decks will last several times as long as a 7-ply, making them a great value as well as a superior performing skateboard.

http://powell-peralta.com/blog/Flight_Deck_Construction

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strohsbro2
Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:25 am Reply with quote
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I'm interested to see one of them in person. Socal already sold out of the 8 1/2 width.

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slob-air
Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:34 am Reply with quote
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strohsbro2 wrote:
I'm interested to see one of them in person. Socal already sold out of the 8 1/2 width.


PM me your shipping address and I'll see if I can one shipped out to you.

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4hammond
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:38 pm Reply with quote
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I'm waiting for my local shop to get some in so my son and I can try one out.
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EastCoastBP
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:31 pm Reply with quote
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Interesting- hopefully they have improved on the SC NuWood concept and ironed out the problems.
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ultraphage
Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:30 pm Reply with quote
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Top looks like carbon fiber weave.
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Colin05
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:50 am Reply with quote
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Anyone tried one out yet?
What wheelbase do they come in?

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slob-air
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:59 am Reply with quote
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Got Powell to send an 8.5" out to strohsbro2 and EastCoastBP. They should have them in a week or so... I'm sure they'll report back.

Looks like there are some similarities to the SMA Blackbird construction which was also very light, near indestructible. It appears to have a similar weave that was neither fibreglass nor carbon fiber but rather some stuff NASA developed for the shuttle that Skip at SMA came across a number of years ago.

He brought it to Watson to do the Blackbirds but they kind of screwed him by then offering it to other brands. Its availability is limited.

I have a couple SMA's with the blackbird construction which they no longer offer since leaving Watson and they are rather killer.

If it is the same stuff these new Powell Flights will be sic!

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Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:16 pm Reply with quote
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The SMA blackbirds and the others they made with the fiber construction are the best boards ever made... Have a whole stash of them that will last me the rest of my skating life. Will buy one of the Powells right away.

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rochambo
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:24 pm Reply with quote
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Can't wait to try one out.
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