Remember Hoots Longboard Test Setup:
Maxxspeed Garuda V2
Remember Hoots come in 3 colors: Avocado (green), Lemon (yellow) and Bubblegum (pink). They are 70mm and centerset meaning you can flip them when they start coning for longer wear, always a bonus. Hoots have durometer of 80a (if you are interested in a slightly softer version of these wheels, Epic Distributions sells blank 78a wheels with a slightly different lip shape, you can find them here). They have a very pretty picture of an owl on them and they are soooo smooth. So far, they look pretty damn good and for $33.95...it almost sounds too good to be true. Let's see how they ride.
Every time I put new wheels on my deck, I'm like a kid on Christmas day. It's always a very exciting time. There's the sensation of the new wheels, that soft stone ground surface, the smell of polyurethane chemicals...definitely some sort of high. Remember Collective had told me their Hoots were a great freeriding wheel, but I'm always skeptical. I like to try wheels on my own before stocking them at Thane Store, which is why we don't carry 300 + wheels. Pushing on the Hoots was normal, nothing jumped out at me. As I was walking up the hill, I always think; "this is a pain, but it'll be worth it". As I started going down, I wasn't sure what to expect of the Hoots. Would they be slidey? Grippy? 80a is a pretty standard durometer and it's amazing how wheels with a supposed 80a durometer all feel different. Into my first coleman's slide I realized the Hoots were definitely a slidey wheel. I looked behind me to see what the thane situation was and the result was this:
Not bad for a first slide. As I continued riding, the wheels maintained their slipperiness. My friend knows that I like to ride wheels with a smaller contact patch, so he was surprised to see these on my deck. I'm a shorty at 5'3" so a contact patch over 40mm is too much for me. Hoots have a contact patch of around 38mm but have little resistance when initiating slides. Like I said with the Remember Pee Wees, they remind me of shredding mounds of fine fine powder - just such a unique feel to them. I'd almost describe it as icy - but a good icy. Hard to put into words but I'm convinced that most who try these wheels will absolutely love them. Remember Collective could have certainly sold Hoots for $49.95 like other companies and they would still be a competitively priced wheel.
Another very interesting aspect of the Hoots. They leave some thane (and I am 120 pounds) but not so much where the wheel will die in a few hours session. For me, Hoots will last all month. For maybe heavier riders, they will still last a decent amount of time. No criticisms on wear.
Same criticism as on the Remember Pee Wees. Once you ride Hoots, you won't want to go back to your other wheels!
Some may say "your wheel reviews don't have a lot of negatives". To that I'd like to say that I don't stock just any wheels at Thane Store - only ones I thoroughly enjoy riding.
Thanks for reading, and if you'd like to buy a set, go here :)