What is old is new again. The "C-Series" Kryptonics are an old friend to many of us and these are the Kryptonics Star*Trac Wheels reissue. Three duros and three sizes, in shapes that are spot-on to the OG 1970's world-changers. The original red 78A's from the 1970's are why many of the wheels you ride are the shape and durometer they are. Now, whether this is a legitimate continuation of the Krypto lineage or another cashing-in attempt by a long-gone brand is easy to determine: skate 'em. We have, and with the help of a crew of grom shredders, gear-sluts and a few crusties familiar with the original stuff, we've nearly cored all three duros. If you're not talking about these, or skating on them, we have two reasons you should be:
1) Our skate crew loved them. We've carved 'em, slid 'em, rolled the skate park with 'em and cruised 'em. The reds are fast and smooth, the blues are fun and the green ones are all on-order from a shop local to the groms and gear-sluts that put down cash to get their own sets. The Kryptos roll smooth, slide fast and are durable. They're fun to skate on.
2) They're the first wheels not poured in California that are this good, and they're damn good. Look, we've skated wheels from Italy, China, Australia and "elsewhere", and we've skated crap from California. The deal here is that the wizards of urethane formulas and the best 'thane houses in the skateboard world have all been right in SoCal for decades and attempts by others to make great stuff has always fallen short --sometimes a little, often by a lot-- of the best urethane wheels, all of which come from California. The Kryptonics Star Tracs shatter the paradigm: they're excellent wheels and these are the ones we see marking the next evolution of wheel manufacturing. It's not without a tear or twinge of bruised nationalist pride that we tell you wheels are gonna blow-up in '14.