Remember in Welcome to Hell the look that Brian Anderson gave Hubba Hideout before he front blunted it? I had the same look on my face when I opened the Nike SB box to reveal Brian’s new colorway of the Bruin Hyperfeel.
First impression: Even the sun gets mad at you when you use this much yellow.
Saying you’re a fan of Brian Anderson and his skating is like saying you’re a fan of breathing; everyone is. I knew that when I was assigned the task of reviewing this shoe by the powers that be at Ripped Laces, I couldn’t just go down to the park for a few hours. No, Brian deserves better. So, I boarded a flight to the marble mecca that is Valencia, Spain to meet up with John Valenti and the boys who are neck deep filming a new project.
The yellows in this colorway Brian utilized give you the power to have Autumn foliage on your feet. Tourists will fly thousands of miles to go on Color Tours and take photos of your feet. Border Patrol in both countries I traveled through to get to Spain were sweating me. Asking me to take them off “just one more time” in New York and “Uno mas tiempo” in Madrid. They wanted to see the shoe up close and personal. They knew the powers it possessed and how within just a few hours of disembarking the aircraft I’d be dancing so hard in these little pieces of art. Whoa, dancing? Dancing?! Yes, dancing. You thought this was going to be a review on how these shoes skate? When you’re over 30, 4% of skateboarding is actually skateboarding.
This is a shoe review based on real world skate scenarios.
As someone with a history of countless broken and rolled ankles, I’m looking for something stable when I mount the dance floor or, even better, when the dance floor mounts me. The Hyperfeel technology offers this and more.
If by “boardfeel” you mean the boards on the dance floor, I could feel everyone as I established my dominance nightly on the dance floor of the Monterey Bar (Shout out to Rufio the bartender).
Ask yourself a serious question: Have you ever done a slappy on a Spanish marble curb? For me to try and describe the feeling of how Spanish marble grinds would be like me trying to explain what the ocean looks like to someone who has never seen it. If I had to describe it in just two words I would call it “Lateral Skydiving.”
Running from Police: 14/10
When you face police harassment in another country and in another language on a daily basis, you have to be light on your feet. It’s war and when you go to war you need the right equipment. The Bruin Hyperfeels are like a Sherman Tank fueled by Meth Amphetamine. No Spanish porky will get within 40 meters of you when the chase is on.
This shoe is a shoe that needs to be lived in. The more you wear it, the more you’ll love it with the exception of when you have a hangover and bright, shiny glimpses of yellow bounce off the sun and stab you in the deepest part of your eyeballs. The yellow lifestyle scared me at first, but after a few days I realized it was nothing to fear; it was something to embrace. By the time this review comes out you’ll have less time to get a pair of these Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeels than B.A. was out and single.
Big thanks to Premier for hooking me up with the shoes and all of you RL readers.
Max White is a New York City-based comic, skateboarder and the host of the Max White Presents… podcast in which he talks to, you guessed it, comics and skateboarders.