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Product Toss: My Set Up with Eddie Belvedere

A peek at Death Skateboards rider Eddie Belvedere's current set up

We’re taking it across the Pennines for the second instalment of Product Toss to catch up with one of Manchester’s most productive sons and pint sized ATV, Eddie Belvedere.

After a lengthy stint in Cornwall, Eddie returned to the north towards the end of last summer to man a spot working behind the counter at The Black Sheep and joined the Death Skateboards team shortly thereafter.

Able to make noise on any terrain, be it big or small, rough or ripe – Eddie’s nimble feet currently push an 8.5” ‘OG Black Skull’ Death Skateboards deck.
Although simple – this hazard emblem is one of the best known graphics in UK skateboarding and has endured as trends have come and gone, circulating around skate shop walls for two decades.
This Death skateboard brand OG Black Skull deck comes in a standard popsicle form, (also available in pool shape if you’re that way inclined), provides a shallow concave, and an equally rounded nose and tail, albeit with a little more pop towards the back end of the board.

In terms of skate trucks , if you prefer a lightweight undercarriage like Eddie, then the Raw Theeve CSX V3 you see above are one of the nicer priced options available. Utilizing a titanium alloy yields a lighter truck at a price substantially lower than other models that rely on hollow axles and kingpins to compensate for weight.

Eddie rides a set of 6.5” Theeve CSX V3s, a model on the larger end of the spectrum equivalent to an Independent 159 or Thunder 151 for easier reference – as don’t we all love the inconsistent sizing systems of skateboard truck brands across the board?

These crispy white pieces burning into your retinas are the New Balance Numeric Quincy 255 – an updated take on one of New Balance Numeric’s debut models, the Quincy 254. The development is discreet and the Quincy 255 retains essentially the same silhouette and lines as its predecessor. However, the shoe’s overall construction is a little more robust with extra padding in the tongue and around the collar for improved comfort and support.

The most prominent aesthetic change from the 254 is the heel area which has been raised slightly to ensure your foot is cradled (further aided by a built in heel counter). Despite the overall increase in cushioning, the Quincy 255 maintains a streamlined fit and minimal tweaking to the lace-stay, coupled with a responsive vulcanised sole for a more refined toe box, which is a treat to flick fliptricks with. Final touches include more distinguished New Balance Numeric branding on the tongue and heel counter.

Rounding this off, here’s a little reminder of Eddie’s power midget skills from the first of our Sidewalk Sessions video series, filmed at Blackburn’s excellent indoor skatepark ‘Junction 4’.

Eddie is one the most motivated skateboarders we know and a true embodiment of the skate rat mentality, so expect him to have pulled no punches for Death’s upcoming video, ‘Enter the Void’, set for release at some point this year to mark the company’s 20th Anniversary – celebrated at The House Skatepark on May 12th. In the meantime we recommend you re-watch his welcome to Death clip below or enjoy his output from a plethora of Manchester-centric videos by clicking here!

All photos by Farran Golding.
Product Toss logo by Megan Gregory.


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