Skateboarding Product Reviews

Fourstar: Rick Howard Cords

You’ve got to love the ever changing faces of skate fashion. If you said 10 years ago that you could go down the local spot and see skaters wearing skin tight bird jeans and shin high Velcro patent leather shoes people would have laughed until their flexfit cap fell off… But lo and behold here we are.

Thankfully, there are still some options out there for us regular normal folk, verging on the wrong side of chubby that don’t want fertility threatening legwear and shirts that wouldn’t look out of place in a German rave…

Fourstar Clothing have been steadily holding it down since 1996, clothing a team made up of a healthy selection of regular looking dudes with stylish, instantly wearable kit. The skaters on the team aren’t exactly known for their jazzy ensembles so you know you’re off to a good start with their signature line of denim, knits & shirts.

I was recently sent a pair of Rick Howard Signature Cords in Khaki, and have been rocking them more or less ever since. One of the highest regarded skaters Canada has produced, Howard is more likely to be remembered for nearly 20 years of solid video parts on Industry leading companies as opposed to “what the fuck is he wearing” calamities that haven’t escaped the likes of the Muska & Greco

The cords themselves are like all the other Fourstar gear I’ve had, well made with some nice attention to detail with minimal Fourstar branding throughout. The embroidered signature logos and custom printed pocket liners are thoughtful touches and the black studs and buttons contrast nicely with the khaki which gives the feeling that a bit more thought has gone into them instead of just slinging Howard’s name on a rebranded pair of Walmart cords. It’s all about the details.

The only thing I would point out is that they are 100% cotton, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I would probably not skate in them as I have found that cords without that special 2% Lycra have a tendency to rip in the most unfortunate places at the most inopportune times. Like 5 minutes into a 4 hour session which presents the less than thrilling option of “skate with my arsehole hanging out” or “sit down.” What a lovely image to leave you with…

Check out the Fourstar site and talk to you local about ordering them in.