|Almost Mullen Tonal Impact 8.0 x 32|
|Almost Mullen Double Impact 8.0 x 31.9|
for a very responsive deck that, when paired with low trucks, is extremely close to the ground. This makes these decks a good choice for me in winter, when my body is not as agile as it is in the summer. Small movements are all that're necessary to get these decks to react. I started off skating them with Tensor trucks:
|Tensor Magnesium Response 5.25" lows, with hard Tensor Bushings|
Next up were Thunder 147 high trucks:
|Thunder 147 hi Night Lights|
Next up were Independent 139 lows:
|Independent 139 Lows|
The Impact deck had a lot of flex in it. It was a little distracting to see it flex so much when I was getting ready to do a rail flip. It made the deck feel soggy a bit, but it performed pretty well anyway. My ollies were lower than normal with this deck, I really had to pop them to get them up. Flip tricks were, at first, a little difficult, because the deck spun so fast it took me a while to recalibrate my feet to not flick it so much. Heelflips were easier than kickflips with this deck. Nollie heelflips were easier, too, than on other decks. Varial tricks were nice, the board rotates well and is easy to catch. Boardslides were difficult, the board really flexed and grabbed the rail a lot. Manual tricks felt standard, the boards were easy to control and easy to hold in a manual. Crooked grinds were very easy with these decks. I ground a really nice crooked grind lock into my front truck because I was doing crooks so much with these decks.
|Indy 139 lows after the winter of skating. Front truck on the lower right. Note crooked grind lock. Awesome trucks.|
The Impact lasted about a month of winter skating before it got too soggy to skate anymore - a disappointing lifespan even for a 220 pounder like me.
The Double Impact had all the good attributes of the Impact deck and none of the bad. It was stiff as can be, and incredibly strong. This made the kickflips more predictable, while the heelflips were still as nice. Boardslides were more pleasing with this deck, as you can tell from the wear marks in the pictures, because the stiffness helped it stay where I put it on the rail. My ollies were closer to normal height, but still not as high as normal. Ultimately I think the ollie height thing was a factor of the boards' size - I think the wheelbase was just too short for me to get my feet in the right positions. Even so, the ollies I did do were easily controlled if not as high as on my summer decks (I skate 8.75" decks in the summer). The Double Impact board lasted me through the rest of the winter, and it was still going strong in March when I eBayed it to its next owner.
In summary, I recommend the Almost Double Impact decks. They are strong and responsive. I do not recommend the standard Impact decks. Even if you're short on cash, don't get tempted by the too-flexy Impact decks, just go for the all wood Almost decks and use the extra money to get better trucks or bearings.