Sin City/Sure-Grip Sugar Wheels
With warm weather and outdoor practices suddenly upon us, I wanted to try out a set of Sin City Skates' exclusive hybrid indoor/outdoor Sugar wheels. I asked Predator-in-Chief to tack a set onto one of her orders and pestered her every day with text messages until they arrived. ("R THEY IN YET? R THEY IN YET? R THEY IN YET?")
The wheels are made by Sure-Grip, and come in 8-packs for $59 and 4-packs for $29.50. They look good enough to eat, and I felt compelled to take a couple of shots of them on my balcony before they got all dirtied up. They remind me of something you'd find in a Japanese confectionery.
Up until now I'd been using 8 Atom G-Rod 1.0s. These were a necessary upgrade for a big guy like me. The too-soft Radar Caymans that came with my Riedell R3s were turning into dirt magnets after five minutes on our floor (15 year old sport court that's way past its prime). I swapped them out for the Sugars and was impressed by the results.
They're pretty darn grippy on our floor. Comfortable on the straightaways, no skidding at all when doing cross-overs on turns, and t-stops (the best stop I can do at this point) went smoothly. I deliberately didn't clean them between my first two practices with them and found there was very little "rink crud" sticking to them afterwards.
So how did they do outdoors? Click on the next picture to continue reading the review.