When we revealed that the Centric S was leaving too soon, it came as no surprise to see consumers upset. The shelf life of Centric was fair but seeing as how he is one of skateboarding’s most respected contributors, we still whimpered at the fact that his pro model was no more. Adding only insult to injury, Kalis also brought back one of our most beloved technologies in skate footwear- the Airbag, only to have it taken away so quick.
Where we find the rubber toe cap and runner toe being embraced by most major skate brands, the airbag stands alone. This once fundamental aspect of skate shoes is by no means obsolete, especially when considering how well the Centric’s performed during our review. If anything, the airbag may stand to gain more infamy at its newfound home (DC Shoes). While other brands have tried to bring back the airbag in their own fashion, it simply didn’t work. The last example that we can think of, before the Centric, has to be the Supra Avenger by EE. Next to Kalis, EE has every right to bring back the nostalgic airbag because it was one of the key components of his very first pro model at Emerica. Whether it was the paneled toe on the Avenger that scared skaters away or its bulky demeanor during Vulc’s stronghold over the market, it wasn’t suffice to bring back the Airbag. Like a heavy weight title match, it looks as though DC is the only brand that can resurrect the Airbag. With their historic catalog and a worthy candidate to carry the airbag flag, it’s no wonder we’re being introduced to an old friend though Kalis’ new Wolf pro model.
As one of the many surprises at the Agenda trade show, The Wolf put us to ease after hearing of the Centric’s disappearance. Kalis’ newest model brings together all of the best elements in the Centric while sporting an updated look. One of the biggest complains with the Centric S was the paneled stitching. Depending on your preferences when skating, the stitching would either just miss the grip tape or be completely blown out within a number of sessions. Nonetheless, the complaints were few and far between. We can only imagine more so with the Wolf. The stitched paneling is pushed back even more than the Centric and has our beloved Airbag system. After all the abuse we put on it, between heel drags and heelflips, the system never popped or went flat. Seeing as how that was a constant worry/problem back in the early 2000’s, we’re glad to see that this Airbag system is perfected at DC.
Expect this cupsole model to blow minds in 2015 for a reasonable $85 price tag.