Ever so often, someone invents something that's so shit...it's good. And, of course, for every invention that's so shit...it's good, there's an invention that's so shit...it's, well, shit.
With that in mind, Mpora wonders whether it's possible to take a shit invention and, through sheer willpower, take it above the parapet of shitness and turn it into something, dare we say, cool.
This video of some dudes riding around, and pulling gnarly little tricks, on 'freeline skates' has given us a bit of a headache. The lads' ankle dexterity and all-round skill is, undoubtedly, highly impressive. As are the numerous moments when the pair coordinate their talents, like a pair of well-synchronised figure skaters.
That being said, we can't help feeling that if you rocked up at a skatepark with a pair of these bad boys on your feet, you'd be chased away by angry, Vans-wearing, villagers...holding pitchforks.
Believe it or not, some online commentators have hinted that these foot-gadgets could be the skateboards of the future. Call us crazy, but we always thought that skateboards would be the skateboards of the future (or, at a push, hoverboards).
So, where do you stand on 'freeline skates'? Good, bad; a rollerblader's wet dream? Better than those trainers with the flip-out wheels, or much, much, worse? Are they set to become a legitimate part of the action-sports landscape, or are they just one of those passing fads?
As always, please do get in touch and let us know your thoughts.
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