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The 데미언 윌슨(Damien Wilson) 샤도(Xsjado) Pro Skate - 09/05/11 // 데미안 윌슨 Review / 사용기 & 인터뷰



I do have some criticisms of the first round of Powerslide produced Xsjados. First, the Velcro straps—especially the ones around the upper ankle—wore out quickly and I found my ankle frighteningly at risk.  Further, the plastic seemed to ‘shit-out’ much too soon leaving the skate after a few months feeling floppy.  Luckily, with the new Damien model, Powerslide has made immense progress on correcting these problems.  The new Velcro lasts at least twice as long and is made of sturdier materials.  Although I do think that the straps could still be stronger!  Second, I am not sure if the plastic is actually stronger but the floppiness issue has been corrected by the stiffer padding around the ankle and instep. In particular, the piece of white material that covers the laces or instep of the skate is very stiff and thus provides much more support and ‘in-a-boot’ feeling, without losing the intrinsic fluidity and responsiveness of a Xsjado. 


초기 파워슬라이드에서 생산한 샤도(파머2, 제프2 등)에 대해서는 불만이 있었다. 첫째로, 벨크로 스트랩 -특히 탑 스트랩-이 너무 빨리 닳아서 발목 부상의 위험이 있었다. 게다가, 플라스틱이 'shit-out(탄성을 잃는 거? 접히는 거?? -o-a 뭔소리지??)'이 너무 빨리 되서 몇 달만 타면 헐렁헐렁해졌다.

다행스럽게도 새로운 데미안 모델에서는 이러한 문제점을 수정하여 많은 발전이 있었다. 새로운 벨크로는 예전 모델에 비해서 두 배 이상은 긴 수명을 보여주고, 재질도 튼튼한 걸로 바뀌었다. 개인적으로는 스트랩이 더 튼튼했으면 하면 바람이 있긴 하지만 말이다!

둘째로 플라스틱의 재질이 더욱 단단해진 건지는 몰라도... 발목 주변과 인스탭(instep; 발등 덮개?)의 뽕이 딱딱해짐으로써 발이 헐떡거리는 문제점이 개선되었다. 특히 하얀 색으로 된 부분의 재질이 매우 딱딱(or 뻣뻣)해서 큰 지지력을 선사하고 진짜 부츠를 신은 느낌이 들게 한다.



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The Damien Wilson Xsjado Pro Skate - 09/05/11
The Damien Wilson Xsjado pro-model is the first pro-skate to come out of my favorite crew—or perhaps ‘family’ is the better term—in rollerblading.  So cheers to Santee, and Damien in particular.  I’ve known Damien for a long time now and watched his blading progress year after year. In his own words, he has ‘shifted into his own’—that is, he has carved out a niche of unique blade possibility, mastered it, and stylized it to his own taste and conception.  Fuck eloquence: Damien rules.  So congratulations my friend, you deserve what you have received. 

What about the skate?  I am obsessed with Xsjados, I have been skating them continuously since Salomon was making them, I bought and bartered for used Xsjados in the dark times after Salomon stopped making them and before Powerslide started making them.  After getting used to Xsjados, full hard-boot skates feel like a prison cell without a single call to the outside world.  That is, I have become addicted to the responsiveness of the skate, how my pinky toe wiggling sends a pulse through the skate in order to subtly interact with the ground, a rail, a ledge, etc… Of course this sounds like an advertisement, but these are my true feelings—and to each foot its own feeling! 

I do have some criticisms of the first round of Powerslide produced Xsjados. First, the Velcro straps—especially the ones around the upper ankle—wore out quickly and I found my ankle frighteningly at risk.  Further, the plastic seemed to ‘shit-out’ much too soon leaving the skate after a few months feeling floppy.  Luckily, with the new Damien model, Powerslide has made immense progress on correcting these problems.  The new Velcro lasts at least twice as long and is made of sturdier materials.  Although I do think that the straps could still be stronger!  Second, I am not sure if the plastic is actually stronger but the floppiness issue has been corrected by the stiffer padding around the ankle and instep. In particular, the piece of white material that covers the laces or instep of the skate is very stiff and thus provides much more support and ‘in-a-boot’ feeling, without losing the intrinsic fluidity and responsiveness of a Xsjado. 

Everyone’s feet are shaped differently and that is the largest determining factor as to which skates will be comfortable and which skates will be uncomfortable.  I find Xsjado’s to be a perfect fit, although, for others the mold of the skate creates pressure points in their feet.  This is the reason why every crew has members skating different skates.  It is important that boot companies stay different in order to accommodate populations of specific needs that stem from specific physiologies and personal styles.  So try out the new Damien Wilson pro model for yourself! And if you happen to see him, buy him a drink for me and kick him in the balls.

- Kevin Yee

Photo: Powerslide





참고로, Kevin Yee 이 친구는 샤도를 스폰서 받아서 타고 있는 걸로... -_-