We have just received the first shipment of the 2012 Earthwing SuperModels! (Notice I did not say "our first shipment"... I'm talkin' about the first shipment. Woo!)
For the year 2012, Earthwing has created four versions of the SuperModel to grab your attention, get your toes a-twitchin', and make your wallets wiggle in your pockets. (Good thing they're all coming in at under $100 per deck!) As you see above, there are three drop through models: two 40" in 8 & 9 plies of top notch maple, and one at 38" in 8 plies of the good wood. But, wait, what about the one without the cutout? Is that — No, it couldn't be... Yes! It is! It is a drop platform SuperModel measuring in a 40" by 10" and 9 plies thick.
Here we see the shoulder of the drop platform SuperModel. Notice the foot notch on the left and the routered channels to the bottom right. The foot notch will help keep your feet from moving down the rail during a slide and the routered channel serves as a convenient early grab support brace for all you launch ramp fanatics out there. All four version of the SuperModel feature these same details along with the rad-nasty intestinal Earthwing graphic.
"The drop!" you say. "Show me the drop!" Ok, fine. Here you go! As you'll see it's there, but it's not enough to stop you from flipping those 360 shove-its with ease. The placement of the drop and the low angle involved give the ends a feeling of rocker without actually having it present. (This helps keep your knees in alignment... You know, for when you get old and stuff. Unless you already are... Then it's just good in general!)
And here we have the concave shot. As is mentioned at the Earthwing site, "There is a deep elliptical concave that is deeper near the trucks". This concave gives a really locked in feeling, and because it's gradual (and doesn't change dramatically at any point) it will be a great choice for riders of all shoe sizes.
And last, but certainly not least, the nose has been extended for the drop through versions of the 2012 SuperModel. This may not matter much to some of you reading this, but for those of us who enjoy trying to manual our entire parking lot, this is kind of a big deal. Not only does this change mean easier to manage manuals, but the wheelbase has become slightly shorter, too, giving the board a more responsive feel than the older models.
Alright, that's it for the photos! If you've got some questions about setups (As far as we know, the 2012 SuperModels still accept the same configurations as previous models) or other specs not mentioned here, click over to our Facebook page! We're always on there clicking around, answering questions and discussing gear.
- The MuirSkate.com Crew