This past Monday we had the luck of being invited to the Gilbert Crockett Pro model wear test over at the House of Vans. You could say that being overly obsessed with the performance of skate shoes has its perks. The park recently got a facelift with some new obstacles, all of which weren’t nearly as hard as we thought they would be. The flow of the park was perfect. Whether you were trying to impress the guys at Vans in hopes of being sponsored or if you just wanted a simple slappie session, the choice is yours. The HOV park caters to every type of skater. As if that wasn’t enough, Vans proved that they know how to host a wear test by serving up some amazing food. So good that it might deserve its own post down the line. Spin off skateboarding food reviews anyone? In other words, it was a good fucking time at HOV.
Back to the main point though. We were lucky enough to skate the new Gilbert Crockett Pro for four hours while at the HOV and the shoe didn’t let us down. Out of the box you can immediately feel the awesome Wafflecup technology go to work. No, it’s not all hype. In fact, we felt another level of comfort and confidence due to its stable sturdiness. It definitely wont hurt to walk around in the shoe for a day or two, but you can definitely skate the Gilbert’s right out of the box with no problems. In proper Vans fashion, the sole and flick were supremely grippy but after an hour of skating, the sole wore through enough to properly land some flip tricks. The UltraCush HD insole felt great as always, and there was even some cushion in the tongue, which is always welcomed and appreciated.
Initial thoughts after skating them:
- True to Size fit
- Works well for those with a wide or skinny foot
- Those with flat-feet will prefer this shoe due to little arch support
- Narrow shape will make for Gilbert-like kickflips
- Break-in time is immediate
- Tried and true WaffleCup construction gives great cupsole support, while keeping the flexibility and boardfeel of a vulc.
- Duracap underlay (under the vamp) increases durability and stops the suede from getting all flimsy
- The ever durable WaffleCup outsole never disappoints and should outlast the traditional formula
- No bullshit UltraCush HD insole really feels great and adds support value where needed
We’ll be putting the Gilbert’s through our review in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info on the shoe and if you have any questions regarding the Gilbert’s, let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to answer them.