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Ohlingsrus
October 31st, 2011, 07:12 AM
I love to skate outside but after my last skate in damp conditions I left wondering what wheel works for damp conditions. I currently have Zombie Hawgs that I cut down and they are not so great in the wet. I also have some old Krypto Roadrunners. Anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone cut grooves in their wheels to remove water? You can see from my skates that it was fairly dirty and wet.

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Shankeesnoodle/Skates/100_0599.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/Shankeesnoodle/Skates/100_0598.jpg

I had to shorten my strides considerably with the Zombies. They are a bit hard at 84a, so maybe a softer wheel?

ursle
October 31st, 2011, 02:00 PM
78a might help some. I would think it would be like snow tires, thinner would push less water around, a 38-40mm wheel might track better, like a thin snow tire vs a big fat sucker that just piles snow up under itself. As far as grooves for removing water, there comes a point where you gotta join em' take off the skates and go swimming.

Gero
November 1st, 2011, 10:24 AM
Hi Ohli,

when you like the zombie hawgs like me and you want to have an alternative for wet roads, why don't you try these without changing the brand?


http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/Landyachtz/aqua-hawgs.html

http://skateslate.com/wheels/86-landyachtz/206-landyachtz-aqua-hawgs

http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/longboard-skateboarding-wheels-bearings/103169-aqua-hawgs-vs-lush-stealth-bombers-vs-diy-rain-wheels.html

http://www.longboardshop.de/shop/product_info.php?cPath=50_148&products_id=853&language=es

http://www.bongloardshop.de/products/de/Rollen/Hawgs/Landyachtz-Rain-Hawg-85mm.html

yedaki_de
November 1st, 2011, 09:56 PM
My feeling is that the sharper the lip the better is the holding in the wet.
And also the formula of the PU infuences the grip.

My Abec11 Retro BIGZIG with 86a and a very square lip hold a lot better then the Flywheels 81a when they are new and have a rounded lip.
But when they was used and had a sharp edge, the Flywheels had been a lot better.

With the grooves the rainwheels simulate more lips, that might be the positive effect.

But aquaplaning is not a issue with our "low" speed.

Johannes

Ohlingsrus
November 2nd, 2011, 05:36 AM
Hi Ohli,

when you like the zombie hawgs like me and you want to have an alternative for wet roads, why don't you try these without changing the brand?


http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/Landyachtz/aqua-hawgs.html

http://skateslate.com/wheels/86-landyachtz/206-landyachtz-aqua-hawgs

http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/longboard-skateboarding-wheels-bearings/103169-aqua-hawgs-vs-lush-stealth-bombers-vs-diy-rain-wheels.html

http://www.longboardshop.de/shop/product_info.php?cPath=50_148&products_id=853&language=es

http://www.bongloardshop.de/products/de/Rollen/Hawgs/Landyachtz-Rain-Hawg-85mm.html

I did not know that Zombie had some Agua wheels :)

Has anyone tried them? I was thinking of taking some 78a wheels and putting grooves in like intermediate racing tires for cars.

Gero
November 2nd, 2011, 09:17 AM
I was thinking of taking some 78a wheels and putting grooves in like intermediate racing tires for cars.

That's exactly what they did (just with 80a durometer). :D
I have no experience with them, because I generally don't start skating when it rains outdoors. Just in case I need to start in rain (marathon races) than I would not buy a special wheel for it because I can't go for best times in rain on 80a wheels. :frown:

Ohlingsrus
November 3rd, 2011, 04:41 AM
I think I am going to cut grooves in my old worn out Krypto Roadrunners to see how well the grooves work.

78a might help some. I would think it would be like snow tires, thinner would push less water around, a 38-40mm wheel might track better, like a thin snow tire vs a big fat sucker that just piles snow up under itself. As far as grooves for removing water, there comes a point where you gotta join em' take off the skates and go swimming.

Ursle, my zombie hawgs are only 36mm wide and they are still incredible slick in the wet stuff.