Blackriver-Ramps Pocket Quarter Review

Here's a ramp that many people made DIY versions of themselves, and after much speculation BRR finally took it upon themselves to listen to the masses and bring this out - the pocket quarter! The question though, what's it like? Well, here's my review. Pictures?

Shipping as always from BRR was crazy quick, a day or so Germany -> UK. Sorted. 10/10

First impressions
I was soo stoked, however I will admit to thinking it looks tall. Which if you measure it, it isn't, but do expect that on first sight. It's because of the steep feel of the transition, but it's a perfect size really. Great looking craftsmanship too, that's hard to fault when it comes to BRR from my experience at least. 10/10

I pretty much covered in the last section but I want to go into detail on it here. For the most part this has the same great transition/shaping/rounding you'd expect from any BRR ramp, with super smooth riding surface, not a single bump riding up to it, and smooth coping. However a flaw with the concept of the ramp rather than the making of it means that the very thin bottom bit of the ramp is a bit fragile. Not to a point that it's going to flake off, but as you can see from the picture with excessive use over months and nothing done about the bottom, I feel one of the small pieces could chip. I'll explain that more in the next section though. 9/10

of this ramp is soo nice. For anyone who's used the Pocket Winkler, this is exactly the same transition, just obviously only one side and without a bottom piece. For the most part you'll be throwing down nice tricks on it effortlessly, whether you use it as a grind box with a quarter side, or simple for stalls and air tricks. Like the pocket winkler you have to get used to the transition as it's steeper than many miniramps, however once you're used to it (which doesn't take long, maybe a day max; but I've been riding pocket winkler for years so I didn't need any time at all) tricks feel soo nice to ride.

It does, unfortunately, have two small problems, but both of them are very easily fixable, and they're something a lot of ramps/rails have. Much like you wouldn't sesh a rail without expecting it to fall over in fingerboarding, this can topple over due to the weight being mainly towards the back piece of it. The obvious and simple solution, is a bit of tape - same as you'd do to a rail, so it's not so much a problem as a thing to note. Slightly more significant is the issue I mentioned of the thin bottom piece of wood. There's obviously no way around that without making the ramp not smooth, but one very effortless and simple solution, which is also the solution to the first 'problem', is to put a piece of tape along the bottom of the ramp keeping not only the wood in perfect condition, but keeping the ramp on the table. Simple! 9.5/10

this ramp is great, and one of the most fun ramps you can pick up if you're looking for a smaller ramp. It also fits in a small space so is perfect for fingerboarding even on the the tiniest of decks - a great addition to box 1 or box 7. That said you should definitely be ready to buy a roll of some tape to stick your ramps down, but when that's clearly less than £1 pretty much everywhere and is something most houses have, it's hardly a problem. It's a shame that that's the nature of quarterpipes, but it's the same with any wooden quarterpipes like it, and with wood quarters in skateboarding too. However, fixable as they are, it does stop this ramp getting a perfect score. But you should remember in terms of having fun on it it's definitely almost perfect, and fully recommended because of that. 9.25/10

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