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Q&A: Josh Kalis of Plus Reserve Hardware

September 12, 2017

Josh Kalis needs no introduction. The thing is he’s not only the awesome skateboarder who put Philly’s Love Park on the map (and on his arm with a nice tattoo of the Love sculpture designed by Robert Indiana). He’s also a great entrepreneur and developed the most innovative hardware on the market today: Plus Reserve.

Plus Reserve Hardware features a custom head that works easily with both an allen key and a phillips screwdriver.

Josh nicely gave us some bolts last year when we were skating out at Jkwon in Los Angeles and we never stopped to use them ever since. High quality we can assure you.

Age: 39
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Number of years skating: 27 years
How did you start: saw a kid skating in the 6th grade. Mowed lawns all summer to buy my first board and took it from there.
Skate setup: DGK 7.8, Silver 8inch lows, gold 50mill, mob grip, plus reserve bolts, fkd bearings.

Josh Kalis

Josh Kalis, switch crook. Photo: Kirk Rocha

When did you launch Plus Reserve: About 1 year ago
How did the idea & this original design come up: I couldn’t find an Allen key when I needed to change out boards. So I thought it’d be sick to create a bolt that gives you either option: allen/phillips. I brought the idea to my buddy in the car world who does CAD design. He did some measurements and BOOM. The idea became reality.
Who’s on the team: I have been giving them to whoever wants them… And haven’t really locked down a actual team. Dane Vaughn, Mike Hoag, Morgan Smith, Dylan Sourbeer, a whole bunch of people are rocking them across the US.1 anecdote since the brand creation: My patent went through… So I won’t be nice to copy cats any longer.

Plus Reserve skate hardware

Plus Reserve skate hardware

Last video you watched: Sabotage 4
AM who should be pro: hard to say… I don’t make those choices, you know.
Favorite trick: 360 flip
Favorite spot: currently Jkwon. All time, LOVE PARK.

This interview was originally featured in the printed KrakMag issue 6 that shipped with KrakBox in February 2016. Want to get your hands on a copy of the next printed KrakMag? Want to receive epic skateboarding product every two months? Check out the KrakBox now!

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