Emerica Herman G6 Review

Emerica G6 is a shoe that has been promised to consumers since a long time. The communication between production and consumers has required a mediator to get the message across. Thankfully, the consumer feedback was heard and the final product is exactly what we wanted. Skaters suggested that they make a deeper outsole. Emerica researched higher quality suedes and used different oils to treat them. We were then able to use the 3 piece cupsole to abuse our shoes and have a lot of fun with it.

After all the back and forth, the final result is the Herman G6. It couldn’t be better. It is everything we wanted from Emerica, and it was released months before its original 2013 release.

Review information The review was done in our month-long format. The shoe was skated for 20 hours. You can see the grading system below for each section. Our ratings are based on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the best, 1 being the worst. Enjoy.

Sizing:
The G6 fits true to size, as usual. The shoe is very well-made and has no awkward gaps or spaces. It will slip on easily and can be ready for shredding in minutes.

Comfort and Cushion:
This 3 piece midsole is a great choice for comfort. You will notice a significant difference in flexibility and feel after the first session. This is due to its thin, flexible insole. Many people will be confused about how the G6 isn’t a vulc-shoe because it breaks in so easily for a cupsole.

Emerica’s high rebound impact material Emerica is used in the 3 piece midsole. This adds to its comfort and cushioning. Two of the three pieces are made from a high-density impact material that bounces back constantly, and the third is the foundation layer which is basically your sturdy and weight bearing outsole. This impact system has been designed with so much thought that you can bet it is the best you will find in a support impact system. We have no concerns about it breaking down after putting it through 20 hours on a new board with fresh grip. The sole of the three-piece shoe was unaffected by this. The shoe’s incredible comfort performance is due to the fact that all the materials used are extremely light and thin.

Comfort Grading: 10 We have found that the three-piece midsole is more comfortable than any other. It is incredibly comfortable.
Cushioning Grading: 10. Although the G6 doesn’t have any memory foam or other fancy materials, it has all the right proportions and padding in the right places. This perfect chemistry will make your feet feel comfortable and not too hot or cold.

These are the results of a G6 skated outsole. Weeks 1 through 4 (left to right).

These are the results of a G6 skated outsole. Weeks 1 through 4 (left to right).

Boardfeel & Grip
We are sure that you will not be surprised to learn that the G6 has a great boardfeel and grip. Before you can get all the benefits from the shoe, it is important to take off the silicone lining on the outsole. This applies to all shoes, but the G6’s are especially affected. You might want to replace the deck on this shoe with a new one. This will allow you to adjust the grip to your liking, both on the board as well as in the shoes.

You can see how great the boardfeel is by looking at the triangular outsole. It is also why the shoes can be broken in by simply putting your foot in and following a few simple steps. Once you remove the slippery lining, your grip will be accelerated. This should take no more than an hour of skating. After that, you will feel the chemistry between the tread pattern and flex grooves. This combination allows you to adjust your foot in any way you want, making certain flip tricks much easier.

Boardfeel Grading: 9. Although it’s a cupsole, you can still move your feet in any position you like.

Grip Grading: 10 Once you’ve gotten past the silicone lining, it’s easy to get to gripgrading. The combination of the flex grooves and triangular tread is perfect. The perfect outsole for skating is the Triangular grip pattern.

A tested G6 toe. From 5 hours (top), to 20 hours (bottom).

A tested G6 toe. From 5 hours (top), to 20 hours (bottom).

Durability
We have seen Emerica’s different levels of durability and we are blown away at the G6’s endurance. It’s not only impressive, but also a testament of Emerica’s new “Higher Qualityā€¯ campaign. The G6’s seem to be durable enough to withstand 20 hours of skating. The G6’s toe and upper performance are amazing. However, the G6’s most notable feature was the intricate outsole. You can see how much thought and effort went into the outsole by just looking at it. You can also see how much life the shoe has by looking further.

Because of the quality of the suede and the height of its toe, the G6 is extremely durable. The smooth suede glides effortlessly across the board and is easy to use. It doesn’t require too much adjustment and actually helps to add precision to most tricks. This could explain why Herman is so amazing.

Durability Grading: 10 G6 was a phenomenal performer and managed to keep in place for 20 hours of skating. We’re now curious …? how long they will last.

Summary:
We’ve never seen anything quite like it from Emerica, and it’s a refreshing change of pace compared to the rest of the market. The products are exceptional and keep up with the current standard of durability. If not, the G6 is setting new standards.

The cupsole is durable and easy to use. They also kept the design simple and attractive. They didn’t include any extra bells or whistles, and made a shoe we will continue to skate, despite other reviews.