Last week I got invited to the weartest/ launch event of the Nike SB Blazer Low Grant Taylor in Amsterdam to gain some more information about the model. The following pictures are intended to give you a small glimpse of what went down this weekend.
Meeting point was Amsterdam’s finest skateshop – BenG. The whole shop was decorated with Grant Taylor’s Blazer and made a good impression of what the shoe is about.
The bus ride to the skatepark took about 20 minutes. On the bus, we got a presentation of the shoe with an explanation of the features and design inspirations. To sum up, the Blazer GT is a modern classic skate shoe.
After arriving at the skatepark, Nike provided everyone a pair of the GT Blazer.
The skatepark is private-owned. Ten friends rented a warehouse in an industrial area a bit outside of Amsterdam and built a skatepark with some chill out areas. After three weeks of hard work the park has been finished only two days before the weartest and so we were able to skate a brand new private skatepark for one time only.
They built up a projector showing a best-of edit from Grant Taylors parts over the last years. So a skate break could be used for watching tricks from his Chronicles, Alien Workshop and Debacle parts. In addition, there was small Grant Taylor exhibition.
Food and drinks were served all evening. A special hotdog stand from Holland had one of the best hotdogs I have ever tried – also approved by Tim Zom.
The crowd watching the skating and Grant Taylor’s parts. Nike SB teamriders like Youness Amrani, Oskar Rozenberg, Tim Zom, Wieger van Wageningen and Fernando Bramsmark added some more flavor to the session.
First feedback of the shoe:
- Very grippy sole – a balanced mix between boardfeel and grip.
- Slimmed down form, the shoe fits closer to the feet compared to the original SB Blazer.
- The swoosh is positioned more towards the heel area. It helps to protect the swoosh from detaching.
- Breathability and weight are still average.
- All in all the shoe makes a solid impression, it has a good craftsmanship and I definitely an improvement of the original SB Blazer!
All in all it was a great evening with a nice after party at some good bars in Amsterdam. Thanks to Nike SB for the invitation, the shoe and a great weekend!