Skate Boarding Italia http://skateboardingitalia.com/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 08:00:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 http://skateboardingitalia.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/profile.png Skate Boarding Italia http://skateboardingitalia.com/ 32 32 All Need for Speed ​​Unbound Brand Collabs Revealed So Far http://skateboardingitalia.com/all-need-for-speed-unbound-brand-collabs-revealed-so-far/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/all-need-for-speed-unbound-brand-collabs-revealed-so-far/

With Unlimited need for speed, the series appears to be returning to its street racing roots. With graffiti-style graphics, music influenced by hip-hop and electronica, and plenty of fast cars, it’s got everything it needs to please the crowd. Criterion Games seems to be going the extra mile with Unlimited need for speedbecause it also offers many collaborations with street fashion and luxury brands.


The collaborations underscore that the upcoming game isn’t just about speeding up urban environments. It’s also about the style and aesthetics of street racing culture. Players will be able to fully immerse themselves in it with over 17 brand collaborations that will not only allow them to wear the trendiest clothes, but also have the coolest car on the streets.

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Need for Speed ​​Unbound Brand Collaborations

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Of course, cars are at the center of the concerns of Unlimited need for speed. But there’s a whole lifestyle and culture around vehicles, and the game takes care to document that as well. To achieve this, the developers have teamed up with more than 17 brands that will appear through clothing, accessory and car customization options. The brands on offer will include luxury labels such as French fashion house Balmain. Players will be able to don designer Balmain jeans and jackets. One of the game’s characters, Eléonore, will also be seen wearing a dress from the designer’s Fall 2022 line.

Likewise, luxury fashion brand Versace will have its own in-game character named Medusa. There will be various Versace apparel available, including jackets and shoes. The upcoming game will also borrow from street and skateboarding culture. The skateboard brand Palace Skateboards will have a significant presence, which is also marked by the Palace edition of Unlimited need for speed which contains many additional goodies. Streetwear from Namilia, Puma, Danielle Guizio, Alpha Industries, Born x Raised, Brain Dead, Champion, Edwin, Fila, GCDS, KhrisJoy, MKI Miyuki-Zoku, Napapijri and Vans will also be available. The main collaboration announced is Unboundwith rapper A$AP Rocky and his creative collective AWGE. Not only will the rapper be making an appearance in the game, but he’s also recorded original music for the upcoming title.

Style in Need for Speed ​​Unbound

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Brand collaborations will allow players to dress their character in the trendiest clothes. However, Criterion Games hasn’t forgotten about cars, and players will be able to make their vehicles look as pristine as they look. Some rivals will also be able to display their style through these brands. For example, Eléonore drives a Balmain-themed Lotus Emira, while Racer Chase has a custom Puma-wrapped Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Style is a big part of Unlimited need for speed, and players will also have to express it during their races. In Takeover races, featuring A$AP Rocky, crossing the finish line first isn’t everything. Players must also drive in style – drifting around turns, gaining airtime, using NOS, breaking barriers – to rack up points. For gamers who dream of being the coolest racer on the street, this is a title you can’t miss.

Need of speed is a franchise with a long history, and as such it has had many ups and downs. Thanks to its stellar playlist and interesting brand collaborations, Unbound perhaps just one of the series’ memorable entries. Still, while the emphasis on style is appreciated, Unbound will have to provide good playability if it wishes to stand out from its predecessors.

Unlimited need for speed is set to release on December 2 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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]]> Skate City introduces brand new location in Venice, Los Angeles http://skateboardingitalia.com/skate-city-introduces-brand-new-location-in-venice-los-angeles/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:10:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/skate-city-introduces-brand-new-location-in-venice-los-angeles/

Built by SnowmanSkate City’s darling indie hit Skate City has announced its latest update, which will see players hit the streets of Venice, Los Angeles as they pull off tricks and look great while doing it. This new update introduces a whole new location as well as free skating and new challenges to complete, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Los Angeles neighborhood.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Skate City is a side-scrolling 2D simulator that lets you roam the streets of various locations while performing crazy tricks and tackling a variety of challenges that will require you to do certain things in specific locations, as well as a very nice suite of customization options. Think something like the old Tony Hawk games or the aptly named Skate series, but wrapped up in a more digestible arcade experience.

This new location is based on an actual hotspot for skateboarders. Venice, Los Angeles is home to plenty of real-world spots that see a ton of skateboard traffic, and the in-game version is also filled with spots and places to show off your skills. From steep hills to crushing bars to ramps galore, there are plenty of places to test your skills.

Venice is also not a place for someone who isn’t quite used to Skate City yet, as some of the jumps and other tricks you’ll need to pull off can be a little mechanically tricky, so make sure sure you understood some of them. the most beginner-friendly places before hitting this one.

In the meantime, if you want to try Skate City yourself, you can grab it for free as long as you subscribe to Apple Arcade at the link below! Give the Official Twitter have a look while you’re there for more information!

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Cincinnati’s Skate Dad Team Distributes Skateboard Gear to Make “Christmas a Little Cooler” for Kids in Need http://skateboardingitalia.com/cincinnatis-skate-dad-team-distributes-skateboard-gear-to-make-christmas-a-little-cooler-for-kids-in-need/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/cincinnatis-skate-dad-team-distributes-skateboard-gear-to-make-christmas-a-little-cooler-for-kids-in-need/

Greater Cincinnati The Dads Skate Team trying to make “Christmas a little brighter for local kids” this year.

The group of more than 40 skater dads (and sometimes their kids) started riding together weekly during COVID with the goal of “spreading positivity and good vibes to our communities and bringing smiles to people’s faces.”

They do just that during the holidays by transforming into the “Santa Skate Squad”, donating new skateboards, skate shoes, helmets and other accessories to children in need.

Co-founder Robbie Reider says over email that the Dad Skate Squad started after he and his friend JonBob Willis grabbed their kids’ longboards and “pushed our way down the street” for a drink at a resort – local service. Reider says the duo realized that after being friends for almost two decades, they had never really skated together – so that’s exactly what they did. The following week, they invited a friend to join them for a ride.

“Every Wednesday more dads showed up until it was a ‘thing,'” Reider says. “So why did we find DSS? Because being a dad can be tiring, isolating and sometimes it’s great to skateboard with old and new friends.”

In terms of how dads decided to give back?

“One of the team’s fathers, Jason Margerum, mentioned that skateboarding was a big part of his childhood and it kept him out of trouble and gave him a sense of fun when many other things weren’t fun. Maybe he thought the dads on the team could buy a board or two for some kids in town,” says Reider.

Margerum posed the holiday campaign at Dad Skate Squad this fall and it took off. So far, the crew has raised $3,000 via GoFundMe and Facebook campaigns, as well as direct donations, to get skate swag. Dads also received support from locals Boardshop blacklist, Westwood Skateboard, Galaxy Skate Shop, Never seen, Cincinnati Cruiser and national brand DC shoes.

Right now, Reider says they have 26 boards, helmets, pads, shoes, and “heaps of shirts and swag for the kids,” with donations still rolling in.

The Dad/Santa Skate Squad will distribute their skateboards and accessories to CityLink Center Christmas Market (800 Bank St., West End) from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 16 and 17.

“We partner with CityLink because of the ongoing work they do to help families move out of poverty and live sustainably,” says Reider. “They are best in class at equipping people with dignity. Graduates of the CityLink program have the skills to weather the storms life throws and change systemic poverty in their family lines.”

Reider says they’ve also partnered with the Brighton Center in northern Kentucky, as well as other outlets, to donate boards.

“These are kids who like to skateboard but maybe can’t afford new equipment,” Reider says. “Between community and youth service organizations and our relationships, we’re connecting kids who will appreciate a sweet new platform and a bit of skate swag.”

You can always donate to help their cause gofundme.com/f/santaskatesquad.

“In the midst of all the effects of the pandemic – isolation, anxiety, cabin fever, etc. – skateboarding with friends has been an incredible gift. We adults have more control over our lives and sometimes better coping mechanisms than children. For a lot of us, skating is as good as a good therapy session and it’s also a lot cheaper,” Reider says. “To quote Willy Wonka speaking to Charlie towards the end of Charlie and the chocolate factory: ‘Thus shines a good deed in a weary world. We hope the skateboards bring some goodness to the tired world of a good boy.”

Follow the Dad Skate Squad on instagram.com/dadskatesquad for more information.

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Cariuma Is The New Trendy Footwear Brand You Need To Know – Check Out Their Top 10 Sneakers http://skateboardingitalia.com/cariuma-is-the-new-trendy-footwear-brand-you-need-to-know-check-out-their-top-10-sneakers/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/cariuma-is-the-new-trendy-footwear-brand-you-need-to-know-check-out-their-top-10-sneakers/


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Cariuma is a new eco-friendly sneaker brand founded by two shoe industry veterans who came to believe there was a better, more sustainable way to make shoes. They knew shoppers wanted sneakers that were comfortable, affordable, and eco-friendly. Just as important, the sneakers had to look cool, and Cariuma was founded on the principle that you really can have it all.

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And that’s how Cariuma was born. The company was founded in Brazil, where it sources materials such as sugar cane, organic cotton and rubber sustainably and employs workers in ethical factories. Plus, like other popular gifting brands, the company promises to use its customers’ money for good. Cariuma’s website states, “For every pair of sneakers sold, we plant a pair of trees in the Brazilian rainforest.”

For sneaker shoppers who are tired of fast fashion, quality can be the deciding factor in deciding whether to buy a pair of shoes. Perhaps that’s why Cariuma has gone viral again and again. Not only are Cariuma sneakers stylish, but you can travel multiple continents and keep going. Ever since we discovered Cariuma, the brand’s shoes regularly feature in our guides to the best men’s sneakers. On top of all that, these shoes are also affordable. A pair of these well-designed eco-friendly sneakers can be had for less than $100, and they’ve been so popular that some of their models end up with a waiting list of 5,000 people.

The unisex sneaker brand has a devoted following. Pete Davidson carried Cariumas on SNL and off. Other famous fans include Robert Downey Jr, Helen Mirren and John Hamm. Professional surfers and skaters like Jack Freestone, Gustavo Ribeiro and Leandre Sanders wear them in competition, or in the case of Jack Freestone and other Cariuma-clad surfers, leave them on the beach during events.

We can verify that not everything is hype. SPY editors have tested and worn Cariuma’s most popular styles, and they’re one of the most exciting shoe brands of 2022.

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What makes Cariuma unique

Cariuma is a plant-based unisex sneaker line and a certified B company based in Brazil. Owners Fernando Porto and David Python believed that creating an ethically made sneaker could help change the world. The duo said on the Cariuma website, “We also felt it was our duty to take a stand against the wasteful practices of fast fashion. It was vital for us to reinvent the sneaker game. J

Instead of chasing trends, the founders wanted to create classic sneakers that transcend them. From production to shipping, the company tries to have a positive impact on the environment. The company uses durable materials in its shoes, including a unique EVA cork sole that makes these shoes so comfortable.

What are Cariuma sneakers made of?

Cariuma sneakers are made with organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The rubber comes from the extraction of sap from the hevea brasiliensis tree, so they will stand up for years. They also use bamboo certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, OEKO-TEX and the Organic Crop Improvement Association. They also use recycled materials and leather and suede from Leather Working Group gold-rated suppliers.

And yes, they also make vegan sneakers. The members of the Cariuma skateboard team have just won the SLS 2022 championship tour with the brand’s shoes.

Beautiful, incredibly durable and stylish, Cariuma sneakers are lightweight and easy on your wallet. Most of their styles are also easy to clean – throw them in the washing machine, then let them air dry.

The best Cariuma sneakers for 2022

We’ve rounded up the 10 best Cariuma sneakers, so scroll down to find a pair you can wear now and all winter long. The brand is particularly known for its sleek canvas shoes, and SPY editors have worn (and loved) several Cariuma styles.

THE CLASSIC

Cariuma Oca low-top sneakers

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That’s it: the classic Cariuma sneaker. On the style side, it features a classic canvas upper, a weighted rubber sole and a reinforced toe. This stylish sneaker is available in 16 colors: from classic white to magenta. The canvas upper is made from organic cotton and the cork-based memory foam insole is the brand’s hallmark. With a clean design, it’s dressy enough for work, but you can also wear it while hiking.

Pro Tip: We learned from painful experience that these shoes should be broken in slowly! Extremely comfortable once the EVA sockliner and upper hug your feet, it takes a bit of breaking in.

Coming in all white, they’re some of the best white trainers in the world right now, but there are tons of other colorways to choose from. And while we prefer the classic canvas design, you can now pick up Cariuma Oca Low sneakers in suede and leather.

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Off-white/black vintage eraser

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In our roundup of the best sneakers for men, this model makes the list. We love the vintage old skool skater style married to durable construction. Designed with a tipping point and providing stability and ankle traction on a skateboard, these skate shoes are worn by their team. The upper is made with premium organic cotton canvas and suede. They’re lined in cotton canvas, feature a cork and Mamona oil patch, and are handmade vulcanized trainers with a stitched outsole. They are available in 14 color combinations: from neutrals to bright primary hues.

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Cariuma Ibi sneakers

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Earlier in the article, we mentioned that Cariuma sneakers are so popular that they have created waiting lists. Check out the sneaker that broke the internet with its waiting list of 5,000 buyers. This unisex sneaker is available in 17 colors, and the knit upper is sourced from bamboo, while the lining, laces, and threads are made from recycled polyester. It has a removable memory foam insole that was created with cork and Mamona oil. And the outsole is made of sugar cane. Because it has built-in arch support, you can rack up miles walking on it and your feet will feel comfortable.

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Cariuma Oca Therma sneakers

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Cariuma’s new style loves the cold weather. The padded high-top sneaker has a water-repellent vegan suede exterior and is lined with vegan sheepskin created with GRS-certified recycled materials. It has a natural rubber sole that has been stitched to the upper for durability. Like the other Cariuma sneakers. it has a memory foam insole made with cork and Mamona oil. Currently, the Oca Therma is available in camel or black.

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Cariuma Caturi sneakers

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Recently released, this is Cariuma’s first sneaker boot. Looking like a cross between a high-top sneaker and a hiking shoe, this vegan suede sneaker is water-repellent and ready for adventure. Lined with thick, warm vegan shearling, it laces up with D-rings and speed hooks. And like their new Oca Therma, it has a vegan memory foam insole and is winter proof.

THE SLIP-ON SKATEBOARD

Cariuma Slip-On Skate Pro Trainers

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This high-performance skateboard sneaker has it all, it has style and comfort. This slip-on sneaker has a padded upper and heel collar and a tear-resistant toe box. The grippy outsole keeps you on your skateboard and absorbs shock when walking. It also exists in solid colors.

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Cariuma Ibi slip-on sneakers

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Made with the same bamboo knit as the shoelace, this slip-on also has the same construction, right down to the candy cane outsole. Made in bright primary colors and classic shades, wear these casual sneakers on your next trip out of town.

THE BEST ELEGANT TOP

Cariuma Catiba Pro High Top

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Built for great boardfeel, this high-top sneaker features a grippy outsole, ankle stability and lateral traction. Like all Cariuma sneakers, it features an organic cork memory foam insole and uses organic cotton canvas for the upper. The reinforced trigger point is triple stitched. The Catiba Pro High is available in four colors.

THE PRO SKATE SHOE

Cariuma sneakers The Valley

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It is named after professional skateboarder and Cariuma team member Mike Vallely. The other team members also wear this sleek and sturdy skateboard shoe when competing. It’s also 100% vegan, from its vegan suede upper to the recycled strap and insole. It has a reinforced trigger point, a grippy outsole and is inspired by basketball sneakers from the 80s. The sneaker is available in 10 color combinations.

TENNIS BASKETBALL

Cariuma Salvas sneakers

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This classic design sneaker looks like a stylish and much more expensive tennis shoe. The leather upper comes from LWG (Leather Working Group) certified tanneries and has a recycled mesh lining. The sole is non-slip and made of natural rubber. The laces are a mix of organic cotton and recycled plastics. It is available in white with a choice of seven different color accents.

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Best Lost Judgment Gear http://skateboardingitalia.com/best-lost-judgment-gear/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 20:45:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/best-lost-judgment-gear/

Judgement was fun, but his mortal wounds weren’t. If Yagami was hit by bullets or other heavy attacks, his life bar would be permanently shortened until the player uses a med kit or goes to the doctor for a checkup. Fortunately, RGG Studio got rid of it in favor of Yakuza: like a dragonRPG elements for judgment lost.


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Enemies can now inflict status effects such as agony, stun, bleed, etc. However, Yagami can equip Gear to reduce these effects while boosting his own stats. Some are better than others, so which items are the best of the bunch in judgment lost? Here are some suggestions.

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7/7 EX-4

Gear of Lost Judgment - EX-4

The equipment is divided between inner tops, inner bottoms and two accessories. Each has its own stats and they stack when combined. So even if an item is relatively average, they are worth combining for the overall stat boost. Still, if players can get a decent item like the EX-4 early, they’ll be ahead of the competition.

It’s an Inner Top that increases Defense by 4%, increases EX Charge by 20%, and extends EX-Boost duration by 20%. In other words, players who like to use EX-Actions or power-up will want to research this item as soon as possible. All they need to get it is wait Squirrel search is available (Chapter 5 and following), then look in The New Hama in Ijinchō.

6/7 SS combat support

Lost Judgment Gear - Battle Support SS

If needed, players can opt for the Battle Support SS Inner Top instead. While it doesn’t offer any EX-Charge and Boost benefits, it will come in handy if they’re having trouble with enemies inflicting agony. It reduces its duration by 50% and increases Attack and Defense by 7% for good measure.

It’s also free, provided the player has Squirrel Search and looks around. near Kyushu No.1 Star to Kamurochō for the squirrel photo. If they don’t, they’ll have to settle for the usual Battle Support. It only offers a 3% attack and defense buff and 10% agony reduction. But he’s available from Coming Boon for ¥15,000 from the start of the game, so he’ll keep Yagami in good shape until the Squirrel Hunt starts.

5/7 SS Fighter Innerwear & SS Fighter Boxers

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These items share a spot because they offer the same benefits, come from the same store at the same time, and cost the same amount each. They increase attack and defense by 12%, which is a tidy number for players who prefer using standard Yagami combos over EX-Actions. They may be flashier and fancier, but players can easily juggle enemies if they master Yagami’s moveset.

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Then they will go down even faster if players equip these two items for this attack buff while also making Yagami more robust. They just need to reach Chapter 10 of the main game, head to Coming Boon, and then cough up ¥30,000 for each item. Although this is quite late in the game, players will need this overall 24% increase to deal with these final encounters and boss fights.

4/7 Multi Booster 2

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Props aren’t as imperative as tops and bottoms, but they can add a little boost to their skills or pep up Yagami’s gait. For example, the Multi-Booster 2 adds a 3% attack and defense buff and improves EX Charge Rate and EX-Boost Duration by 10%, which is pretty nice on its own.

But when combined with the aforementioned EX-4, it will make Yagami an EX-Powerhouse for anyone who goes all out on offense. It also comes at the perfect time: available from Chapter 6 on Coming Boon for ¥39,800. Players will then either have already picked up the EX-4 via Squirrel Search, or be ready to track it down to add to Multi-Booster 2’s effects.

3/7 Resistance Shirt and Resistance Pants

Lost Judgment Gear - Resistance Shirt

It’s good to go on the attack. However, there is always a chance that an enemy could flank Yagami with a cheap shot that stuns him, knocks him back in place, or drains his life bar. At best, it’s annoying. But at worst, it can leave Yagami at death’s door. Especially in later chapters when enemies get more aggressive and pull out more weapons. Fortunately, some Gear can help you.

The Resistance Shirt and Resistance Pants make Yagami more resistant to status effects (hence the name). They negate the duration of stun, agony, and bleed by 30%. Combine the two together and Yagami will recover much faster. However, they come at a cost. The Resistance Shirt is available at Coming Boon, and the Pants are at La Chatte Blanche. Both cost ¥289,000 and won’t be available until Chapter 10.

Lost Judgment Gear - Hemostasis Booster 2

Still, these outfits take up the top and bottom slots, which may be better suited for offensive boosts. Are there accessories that provide the same benefits while leaving the clothing slots free? Well, yes, provided players don’t mind dealing with the agony themselves (the Ranpo skill and enough dog food can save the day once per battle). Hemostasis Booster 2 will reduce Bleeding by 70%, and Anti-Stun Contacts will increase Defense by 3% and reduce Stun by 30%.

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The former can be picked up at Kinka Pharmacy for ¥25,000, or swapping skateboards for 40,000 skate points. The latter is from Welcome Pharmacy for ¥18,900. Anti-stun 2 contacts are better, reducing stun by 70%, but the player must beat The Gauntlet’s 100-man Conqueror mission to get it. Regular stun contacts should do the trick until the player has mastered the game enough to take on this mission.

1/7 Multi-Top 3 And Multi-Leggings 3

Lost Judgment Gear - Multi-Leggings 3

So if these props can handle status effects, what’s the best top and bottom set for everything else? In terms of stats, it’s hard to argue against Multi-Top 3 and Multi-Leggings 3. They both increase attack and defense by 10% and add 15% to EX charge rate and EX boost duration. Combine the two together and players have a set that effectively covers all their bases. That’s probably why they costs ¥200,000 each to Coming Boon and are only available in the finale.

Leggings can also be unlocked by complete parallel case #51, but this is a DLC case. If players stick with the base game, they can pick up Multi-Top 2 and Leggings 2 from Coming Boon and Ebisu Pawn Kamurochō respectively for ¥100,000 in Chapter 7. They are weaker with attack boost and Defense by 5% and a 10% EX-Boost Duration and Charge Rate advantage. Still, they’ll do the trick until the Finale or Adventure Premium arrives.

judgment lost is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Amazon Luna.

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2024 Volvo EX90: Familiar design meets future technology http://skateboardingitalia.com/2024-volvo-ex90-familiar-design-meets-future-technology/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:07:06 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/2024-volvo-ex90-familiar-design-meets-future-technology/

Volvo plans to fully convert its fleet to battery power by 2030. Although it has already launched a few all-electric models, including the C40 Recharge, no product will be more critical to this transition than the 2024 Volvo EX90.

As the Swedish automaker’s new flagship, the three-row SUV adopts a unique new platform. Eventually, an assortment of advanced technologies will also be shared with other Volvo products.

GearJunkie flew to Stockholm for the all-new Volvo EX90 launch to get the info from the source.

A Crystal Ball: 2024 Volvo EX90

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The new Volvo EX90 serves as something of a crystal ball, offering a glimpse of the Swedish automaker’s plans to convert its entire range to battery power by 2030. But the seven-seater also introduces a range of new features from high-tech safety that the Swedish automaker expects to significantly reduce the number of accidents, fatalities and serious injuries involving Volvo vehicles.

Although Volvo has not confirmed when it will phase out its current flagship, the XC90 crossover, the EX90 will soon serve as its replacement. It will also pave the way for an assortment of additional battery electric vehicles.

2024 Volvo's EX90 Rowan launches the EX90 in Stockholm
Volvo Cars CEO Jim Rowan; (photo/Paul Eisenstein)

“The Volvo EX90 is a statement of where we are and where we are going,” said Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars, at the launch of the new model in Stockholm.

It is designed, Rowan added, “to raise our safety standards even further, the first Volvo car to be truly software-defined and part of a larger ecosystem, connecting to your home and other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”

A familiar design language

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Unlike some competing battery-electric SUVs, Volvo took a relatively conservative approach when designing the EX90. Motorists familiar with the current XC90 won’t be surprised, even though it was clearly designed to cut through the wind more easily. Aerodynamics play a vital role in reducing drag which, in turn, improves range and performance.

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The crossover features Volvo’s now familiar “Hammer of Thor” headlight design, but LED lights frame a sealed grille. With the EX90’s motors and battery relocated to the new skateboard-style SPA2 platform, there’s no need to move air into the engine bay.

The new model, however, finds space for a “frunk” or medium-sized front trunk under the hood. A smaller grille under the bumper provides just enough airflow to cool the powertrain.

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A slight roll on the roofline gives the Volvo EX90 a sportier look, enhanced by the creases in its silhouette. Distinctive turbine-style aero wheels further reduce drag, the automaker noted. Robin Page, Volvo’s global design manager, also told us that the EX90 will have 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheel options.

Several electric powertrain options

Volvo SPA2 electric vehicle platform
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As with today’s XC90, the EX90 will offer different powertrain options, albeit fully electric. At launch, it will be available in standard and performance models. The standard powertrain option will have 408 horsepower; the performance model will have an all-wheel-drive package using two motors, one on each axle. They will produce a combined output of 496 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque.

The powertrain will be powered by a 111kWh lithium-ion battery, which the automaker estimates should provide a range of around 300 miles. And the pack can go from a 10% to 80% state of charge in as little as 30 minutes using a high-speed public charger.

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Volvo did not disclose charge times using a slower 240v Tier 2 domestic system. But, depending on pack size and what comparable models require, it will likely take 8-10 hours to a completely empty pack.

The Volvo EX90 will offer two-way charging. Its pack can provide external power – perhaps for a TV at a tailgate party or a fridge at camping. In the event of a power outage, its useful power could still run household appliances.

A Scandinavian vision of high technology

Interior EX90 2024
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In keeping with Volvo tradition, the EX90 makes extensive use of environmentally friendly materials. About 15% of its steel and 25% of its aluminum are recycled, as are 105 pounds of its plastic. This includes many parts and panels found in the cabin of the crossover. The interior of the EX90 will also be completely leather-free.

A new “illuminated wood” interior option should be breathtaking. And an all-glass roof should also improve headroom over Volvo’s current SUV/crossover offerings.

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The interior sticks to Volvo’s traditionally subtle Scandinavian approach to design, but with a more high-tech twist. A reconfigurable gauge cluster is visible through the steering wheel. A vertically oriented 14.5-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard. The infotainment system now uses Google maps and apps. And the automaker says the revised system will be both faster and more intuitive for motorists to use.

The Google voice assistant is the infotainment control. Although Alexa functionality is not available at this time, Rowan told us that he will “continue to investigate this option”. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

A software-defined vehicle

Volvo EX90 screen
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Volvo’s in-house software team also worked closely with technology providers Qualcomm and NVIDIA to update the touchscreen operating system and other vehicle systems.

“You can also stream your favorite music through the new Bowers & Wilkins reference-quality sound system with Dolby Atmos as a Volvo first, plus built-in headrest speakers for immersive sound,” said the automaker in a press release.

A smartphone-style over-the-air update system will allow Volvo to revise the software (as needed) while introducing new vehicle features in the future. This is true even with vehicles that may be several years old. And the EX90 will become one of the first vehicles to use a 5G cellular system, which will greatly improve its operating speed, whether updating a map or downloading new software.

According to Volvo, the vehicle’s smartphone key feature can detect a driver approaching the vehicle from up to about 30 feet away.

LiDAR will add new features and improve security

Launch of the Volvo EX90 in Stockholm
(Photo/Paul Eisenstein)

The 2024 Volvo EX90 will be one of the first vehicles to add LiDAR to its suite of five cameras, 16 radars and eight ultrasonic sensors. This 3D laser system will look up to 800 feet in front of the vehicle. This equates to a 7.5 second delay for a vehicle traveling at 60 mph.

Combined with the rest of the sensor suite, it will provide “an invisible security shield,” Rowan said. Volvo expects this suite of sensors to reduce serious crashes by at least 20%.

2024 Volvo EX90 launched at Stockholm lidar sensor
Volvo LiDAR sensor; (photo/Paul Eisenstein)

The automaker has previously hinted that it’s working on a hands-free driving system, something LiDAR can help support. But Volvo officials did not provide specific details when the EX90 was launched.

The EX90 will not only keep an eye on the road (to avoid accidents and minimize injuries), but also on the driver. Two cameras focused on the motorist ensure that they remain alert and capable. If the motorist becomes drowsy or even incapacitated, the system will issue an alert and then slow to a stop. If necessary, he would then call for help.

In addition, there is a radar detection system in the cabin which monitors passengers. Apparently it’s sensitive enough to detect a baby’s breathing under a blanket. This makes it possible not to leave children or pets in the car unattended.

2024 Volvo EX90: Schedule and Pricing

Volvo EX90
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The automaker’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, will assemble all versions of the 2024 Volvo EX90. Prospective customers can make reservations now and will be asked to configure their vehicles by fall 2023. We can expect deliveries to begin in early 2024.

Volvo said “well-equipped” versions of the 2024 EX90 should cost “less than $80,000”.

The final price will be published closer to the on-sale date.

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Honda EM1 unveiled as the brand’s first electric moped in Europe http://skateboardingitalia.com/honda-em1-unveiled-as-the-brands-first-electric-moped-in-europe/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/honda-em1-unveiled-as-the-brands-first-electric-moped-in-europe/

Honda traveled to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today to unveil its first European model with electric drivetrain, the Honda EM1.

The Honda EM1 unveiled in Milan

Electrek was on hand at the show to visit Honda’s stand and see the new electric model in the flesh.

In a storm of creativity, Honda has named the new electric two-wheeler using an abbreviation of Electric Moped 1. The EM1 will become the brand’s first electric model in Europe when it is released next summer.

It’s the first of 10 new Honda electric motorcycles that the company has promised to unveil by 2025.

If you can’t wait that long and want to hear the specs now, you’ll be deeply disappointed. Honda plays the EM1 close to the vest and hasn’t released many tech specs yet. The two main pieces of information we have are that it will use the Honda Mobile Power Pack as the battery and that the scooter will have a range of 40 km (25 miles).

I was able to take these photos of the new bike at the Honda stand, but no one shared many details.

With just one of Honda’s MPP batteries, the scooter shouldn’t be very powerful.

The range of 40 km (25 mile) is also likely to be figured at low speeds. In fact, it is highly likely that the scooter will hit the European market with a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) to be classified as an L1e-B moped.

We can also glean some information just by looking at the scooter. There’s a rear hub motor that’s probably a nod to affordability, a seat big enough for a second rider with matching footpegs, and a rear rack that should come in handy for adding cargo or a rear trunk.

Although we don’t know much about the technical side of the scooter, Honda has made it clear that the company will be using the EM1 to target younger riders.

As the company explained to the press:

The model is resolutely aimed at a young population, looking for easy and fun urban transport. It is compact, with a flat floor, with a smooth style which marks its difference and its unique identity within the Honda range. Perfect for short city trips and for making commutes to work or college efficient, quiet and emission-free, the EM1 e: perfectly syncs with modern expectations for urban mobility.

What’s less clear is whether Honda plans to bring its battery swap stations to Europe or whether riders will simply charge the scooter’s MPP battery at home.

Honda has developed a Gogoro-style battery charging station that can provide quick swaps for depleted batteries. That would be ideal for the young audience Honda is targeting, which includes apartment dwellers who often lack ground-level charging at home.

Honda has recently caught up with the rest of the electric motorcycle industry.

While the brand has been late to the game, a series of interesting patent applications have revealed several designs for new electric mopeds and even shared electric scooters.

With several more electric motorcycles set to be unveiled in the next few years, Honda will likely soon offer a series of electric scooters, larger electric mopeds and fully electric motorcycles.

These models could join Honda’s existing small-format electric scooters that are currently available in Asia, but have so far failed to penetrate Western markets.

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]]> Grindline and Enumclaw meet to discuss skatepark design http://skateboardingitalia.com/grindline-and-enumclaw-meet-to-discuss-skatepark-design/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:50:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/grindline-and-enumclaw-meet-to-discuss-skatepark-design/

Correction: The print version of this article incorrectly reported that the meeting took place on October 18; it was actually October 25th. The article has been updated.

“The sky is the limit” when it comes to designing the new Enumclaw skatepark.

Well, as long as the sky doesn’t cost more than $300,000.

The city and Grindline Skateparks hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, October 25 to introduce the skate park design/build company and spit out some ideas for what the new skate park should look like.

“How can this skateboard park say ‘Enumclaw’?” said project manager James Klinedinst. “We want to go beyond that.”

Grindline might be a name you already know – the Seattle-based company built Bacon and Eggs Skatepark in Wilkeson earlier this year, Muckleshoot Skatepark in Auburn in 2011, Sumner Park in 2001 and dozens more. Across the country.

This project is still in its infancy and Grindline still needs to take a close look at the local skatepark before it can come up with any concept designs.

That said, there are goals that Kiledinst wants to stick to.

First, the skate park should be good for experts and beginners; second, the park should incorporate various “crime prevention through environmental design” strategies (no dark corners, clear sight lines, etc.); and third, the park should be Enumclaw only.

It’s not too clear yet what that will look like, though a skateable Mt. Rainier has been suggested, or a concrete structure that looks like a 4×4 truck or a hotrod (think Cruise Enumclaw). Sasquatch images have also been launched there.

The budget for this project, according to board members, is approximately $300,000. Although the money is not yet earmarked, as the 2023 budget has yet to be officially passed, officials at the meeting said that amount was unlikely to change.

Klinedinst said that would be enough to build a Buckley-sized skatepark (about 13,000 square feet), “which is decent.”

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.

SOME SUGGESTIONS

Only a dozen members of the public, plus some staff and city council, attended the meeting, but Grindline came away with several ideas to incorporate into their preliminary designs.

One of the most popular was lighting, given that Dwight Garrett currently has none.

“Having done this for a long time, if you have a lighted skatepark, the kids will go there,” said attendee Moses Hansen, who said he was there when the original Enumclaw skatepark was built. “These kids will skate as long as the lights are on. If you want the kids to get out of the house and be active, that’s huge.

Unfortunately, adding lighting to the skate park project could cost the budget a lot of money.

“It’s one of those things where when you’re doing outreach to the community, you can try to see if there are any business owners who are willing to donate time and materials,” said said Anthony Wright, Council Member, mentioning that this is how the city was able to illuminate the new First Responders Monument outside of City Hall.

Klinedinst said Grindline could set up conduits for future lighting, if the community wants to take some time to fundraise.

Other ideas include and suggestions include a pool type skating bowl, half pipes, the need for a maintenance plan, skateable art, an emphasis on skating flow, a hand pad, the need for additional parking and traffic control, rails, native plants for landscaping and on-site drainage.

MORE INFORMATION

If you weren’t able to attend this meeting, that’s okay – there will be another meeting in the near future, when Grindline presents preliminary designs.

You can also visit the project’s Facebook page at tinyurl.com/enumclaw-skatepark-project to post or send Grindline your suggestions and receive project updates.

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Volvo EX90 exterior design revealed http://skateboardingitalia.com/volvo-ex90-exterior-design-revealed/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 12:24:00 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/volvo-ex90-exterior-design-revealed/

It will be a streamlined evolution of Volvo’s vehicle design

  • Volvo’s new flagship electric SUV will be unveiled on November 9.

  • Its body will present smooth and elegant surfaces, with a design inspired by yachts.

  • Volvo claims a low drag coefficient value of just 0.29 for a large seven-seater SUV.

  • The EX90 has short overhangs and a long wheelbase to maximize cabin space.

  • Expected to come to India by 2024 as a rival to Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

The new era of Volvo cars is approaching and the first model in the current lineup to be replaced will be the XC90 full-size SUV. Its successor will be called the EX90 and Volvo has unveiled the first teasers of its exterior design ahead of the official debut scheduled for November 9.

Trailer of the Volvo EX90

The EX90 design combines incredible aerodynamic efficiency. Based on the overall teased silhouette, it will retain typical SUV proportions but every surface will be as smooth and rounded as possible. Volvo says it took inspiration from yacht design to make the car look sleek while having a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.29. The Scandinavian automaker has managed to achieve this by introducing a new lidar system mounted in the front and center of its roofline.

Volvo EX90 lidar

In terms of visible design details, the EX90 appears to retain the now-iconic Thor’s Hammer headlights and wheel covers for its large alloy wheels for improved aerodynamic efficiency. The body shape features short overhangs with a wheelbase optimized for cabin space. It has a skateboard layout with the batteries housed under the flat floor of the seven-seater SUV.

Battery Volvo EX90

Previous teasers for the EX90’s interior have revealed the updated dashboard layout. It’s an evolution of Volvo’s current design with a larger, vertically oriented central touchscreen for the infotainment system, along with a simplified widescreen for the digital driver display.

Dashboard Volvo EX90

The new layout aims to provide only the most relevant information in front of the driver and the rest from the central display. It also has a new, modern-looking steering wheel with touch controls.

Technical specifications for Volvo’s next flagship SUV are pending, but we know it will be well-equipped with advanced safety and autonomous driving features. It should offer more than 600 km of range, even with a powerful dual electric motor powertrain. The EX90 is expected to arrive in India by 2024 as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

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City of Lompoc Seeks Community Input for Design of New College Park Skate Park http://skateboardingitalia.com/city-of-lompoc-seeks-community-input-for-design-of-new-college-park-skate-park/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 02:16:10 +0000 http://skateboardingitalia.com/city-of-lompoc-seeks-community-input-for-design-of-new-college-park-skate-park/

LOMPOC, Calif. — The redesign project is funded by $3.6 million from the California Parks Development and Community Revitalization Program.

The current skate park is old and needs some changes. Skaters say a revamped skate park will mean a lot to the community.

“Skateboarding is a huge thing for the community and no matter where you’re from, whatever your background or whatever, skateboarding is super inclusive and that’s huge for the community,” said Kolten Austin, a skateboarder.

In addition to reworking the skate park, the college park proposal will also include a playground, security lights, basketball courts, restrooms and more.

“It really is the community park. We want to make it a skate park where skaters are proud to use it, and it really speaks to them and the rest of the community. Just a great place and proud to have it here in the town of Lompoc,” said Samantha Scroggin, public information officer for the town of Lompoc.

Residents of Lompoc have until Friday, November 11 to complete the online survey available on the city’s website.

Some skaters who responded to the survey say they hope the skatepark will be designed for skaters of all skill levels.

“Hopefully they include a mini ramp section much like we have here because it’s cool to have a gentle incline,” said Aaron Wilson.

Click here for the link to the survey.

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