I was trying to explain what " Bonite " was to a guy yesterday. It kinda got me thinking about bad design ideas we lived with in the 80's. Here are a few off they top of my head:
1) Wheel Wells - Every board I had that had wheel wells cracked across the wheel wells. I can see the design team discussion, " It will cut down on wheel bite, but will cause the deck to fail much quicker. Sweet! Let's roll them out!"
2) Tracker Ultra - Lite Trucks - plastic baseplate and metal hanger. I lived in Colorado and if the board was cold, you had a pretty good chance of cracking the baseplate. Tracker must have made a fortune selling replacement baseplates for these things. As I remember, they made the slightly different so their normal metal baseplates would not work with them. I got a set in a trade and they may have been the worst trucks I ever skated.
3) " Bonite " - " Hey, lets put some roofing paper in between the layers of maple. Why? Why not!" These decks were so bad that skate shops were selling out of every PP deck that was not Bonite. I think that may have been how I started skating mini's for street. They were the only decks that were non - Bonite and not sold out. I literally broke a Cab Chinese Dragon board the second day I had it going off a 2' launch ramp. Once you dinged the board and then got any moisture in between the Bonite and the maple, you were done for. De - lam was in your future for sure. To top it off, the decks were crazy heavy, even for the 80's.