Seismic Cry Baby Review (80a vs 88a)
Yellow 80a test setup:
Omen Sugar Kick
Blue 88a test setup:
With pastel colors and cartoon baby diaper graphics, Seismic doesn't seem to feel the need to force your respect for this wheel. I like that...let the performance speak for itself. Beyond that, the wheels were well formed...if there were a few bubbles they didn't seem to be in places that would cause problems. Plus, I like that I can tell other skaters the 88a version are my "Baby Blues" and then wink at them and do kissy face (it makes them skate faster). The one concern I had was that the mold release seemed slick and even a little sticky...gimmicky or not, I've grown accustomed to stone ground freeride wheels and wondered how this might affect the breaking in period.
Ok so...first slide in, and I was already proved wrong. I'm ok with that, we're all the victim of good marketing from time to time. Though one could definitely argue that the mold release was pretty sticky, because after just one slide it had already stuck to the ground in thick lines of thane. Both duros broke in quickly, the 88a settled into the pavement a little later than the 80a...but still a one-run break in either way.
Yellow Seismic Cry Baby 80a:
The yellows are really smooth and slide like green olive hummus. Hmm...maybe that's a bad analogy, not everyone likes hummus. How about this: remember when you were little and you dropped Play-dough on the sidewalk, and when your mom told you to clean it up you just smeared it with your new shoes instead? Yea...That's a WAY better analogy. It's kind of exactly like that.
Blue Seismic Cry Baby 88a:
The blues are a little different; the hardness is more apparent than some other 88a wheels I've tried. They roll like skateboard wheels on rough surfaces but tend to go a little faster on smoother ground. Couple that with an icy slide that feels like sidewalk chalk and you have a wheel that's begging for some concrete. More advanced riders might embrace the techy feel this wheel gets on the hill...but when riders of all levels ask if there's a wheel that slides well in parking garages or ditches, I immediately tell them all about my baby blues.
Like the slide characteristics, the wear also changed drastically with the durometer. The yellow wheels are like performance mids. They last a little longer than you'd expect and wear more consistently, but at the end of the day, they still dump thane. You can't have it both ways. On the other hand, the blue version lasts a bit longer but still leaves nice lines on the hill. In a parking garage, you'll feel them thane, but won't see lines...instead your trucks will be covered in dust at the end of a good session. Either way it has quite a bit more longevity compared to its softer brother/sister.
It's hard to complain about these wheels without sounding silly, but I'm going to do it anyway...they aren't for speed. Neither version has a crazy good roll speed and your brand new wheels will break in the second you even try to grip a corner. The yellow version don't last long and while I don't mind saying that the blue version are probably the best wheels you can use in a parking garage...I can also admit how limited of a need that is. So unless you live in Florida or Albuquerque you might not even need to worry about a concrete-specific setup.
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Review by The Longboard Critic Jonathan King