Best Surf Skate

Today’s article is on the best surf skates in the market.

I go over a few options and describe to you which are best for beginners and people getting into it. Check it out below.

Best Surf Skate

FLOW Swell Surf Skate

The FLOW Surf Skate Swell 32 is a pretty all-around great option. It isn’t too expensive and comes with quality components.

It’s the best choice on my list.

The Swell comes in at 32 inches in length and 10inches in width. It has 69mm wheels and has a deck made of 7plys of maple with a kicktail at the rear.

It has a slightly longer wheelbase than you’d find on standard mini-cruisers at 19inch WB. This puts the trucks directly under your feet giving you better leverage and control over the board.

The Swell has a torsion truck upfront and a normal TKP truck in the rear.

The torsion truck in front uses a spring system, where the resistance is controlled by how tight the spring is – you can adjust the tightness of the spring to have a tighter or looser feel to the ride.

This system is unique and doesn’t work the same way an RKP truck or TKP would.

It allows for even deeper, and quicker turns than normal trucks would allow.

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Penny Australia, 29 Inch Ocean Mist High-Line Surfskate

Not too affordable, not too expensive, the Penny surf skate is a decent option. It doesn’t use a true surf skate truck as the other options do, but it makes it work.

Coming in at 29inches in length and 10inches in length, the Penny comes with its world-famous waterproof plastic deck.

As with all Pennys, the deck has a waffle pattern on top to give you the grip you need when you ride it, and because it has no rough griptape, you can also ride it comfortably barefoot – but I advise you don’t do that tbh.

Components wise, the Penny has normal TKP trucks but features a surf adapter on the front truck. This allows the front truck to articulate deeper than it usually would, allowing you to take very tight turns as you would on any other surf skate.

It also comes with a shorter wheelbase (14inches) allowing for tiger turns.

The Penny is a solid option, I think its greatest strength is that you can ride it barefoot.

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Z-Flex Bamboo Surfskate

Another surf skate with a surf adapter, the Z-Flex bamboo is one of the more expensive options on my list. But is it worth the money?

Coming in at 31inches in length and 7.875inches in width. It’s made with 7plys of maple. It features a functional kicktail, that has an attractive tail cutout in the shape of a swallowtail. If you do use the kicktail (doing ollies and slamming it down), expect the swallowtail to wear away.

In terms of components, the Z-flex has 63mm tall wheels and TKP trucks. It does feature a Waterborne surf adapter on the front truck to give you those quick deep turns.

For the price, I feel like you’re not getting the best deal. It goes for about $200 whereas other options cost about $30.

The Z-flex doesn’t have anything special so I feel that price isn’t justified.

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Razor RipStik Ripsurf

The most affordable and unique surf skate on my list, the RipStik is certainly different. Whilst other surf skates have 4 wheels, this one gets the job done with only 2.

The RipStik comes in at 32.2 inches in length and 10.7inches in width – the standard length for most of these surf skates.

What’s unique about it is that it uses two wheels instead of four – something common among Ripstiks.

It has the same 360degree turning caster wheels that you get on a normal Ripstik, but unlike the normal Ripstik, this deck flexes and turns closer to where your back foot goes, and this aids in getting the front to turn more.

Whilst it is cheap and affordable, it does have quite a steep learning curve.

It’s also not the most relaxing of rides as you have to actively work it to keep it steady.

It’s not a great option for people looking to ride for long periods (+10 minutes). The Ripstik simply won’t be a great fit for all.

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How to Pick the Best Surf Skate

What is a surf skate exactly?

A surf skate is a type of cruiserboard that has been fitted with a really turny front truck and a stable back truck to help simulate the feel of surfing on land.

The turny front truck allows you to take very tight turns and dive into them, the way you would on a wave.

Is a surf skate exactly like surfing a wave?

No quite, but close. You can do a lot of the same things, like pumping to gain speed as you would on a surf board, and take really tight turns.

It’s very fun, but it’s not the real thing at the end of the day. It’s just something fun to do when there’s no surf.

Finally, if you do fall, the pavement isn’t as forgiving as the water.

The above said, surfers and skaters looking for a new way to enjoy skateboarding would absolutely enjoy using them.

How do they work? Why is it different from a longboards?

Longboards use the same trucks front and back. Surf skates use different trucks front and back.

Surf skates usually use a very turn front truck. And the type of front truck used is different across different brands.

Some of trucks have a spring loaded front truck that allows you to turn very deeply, others use a high-angle RKP truck with very tall bushings.

You’ll find a lot of diversity in the trucks different brands use.

The rear truck is typically a TKP truck, which doesn’t turn very quickly.

It does a good job of following the front truck, allowing you to take tight turns without the back suddenly slipping out because of lack of grip.

How much should you expect to pay for one?

You should expect to pay upwards of $150 for one. You can get some for less, but those are the low-tier options. They usually don’t feel the best underfoot.

The higher quality ones are more expensive, but they turn smother and react to your input better.

They offer a better overall experience and tend to last longer too. If you have the money, they are worth getting. Buy once or buy twice.

Can you just use an adapter?

If you already have a cruiser board, you can simply use an adapter to convert it into a surf skate.

The adapters typically go on your front truck and allow it to turn a lot more, giving you the quick turn that you need for that surf-like feel.

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However, this doesn’t mean your cruiser will automatically become a great surf skate.

Most surf skates are designed from the ground up, and their components are adjusted to give them the right feel. An adapter will make your cruiser more turny, but it won’t necessarily perform as well as a proper surf skate would.

But they are a great option if money is tight and if you’re on a budget.

Which surf skate is best for you?

Surf skates are a fun way to enjoy skateboarding. They’re very playful boards and would put a smile on any riders face.

If you’re still on the fence the Flow Swell is a great all-around option for a beginner.

Best Longboard Trucks – Performance and Control at a Good Value

Today I’m looking at the best longboard trucks on the market. If you want to learn which are the best for dancing, freestyle, downhill, and freeride, check it out below.

Best Longboard Trucks

Paris V3 trucks

The Paris V3 trucks are considered some of the best all-around trucks by most riders.

You name it, whether you want to do downhill, freeride, freestyle, or dance, they have options suited to each style.

Paris trucks are very turny but stable. They also have a smooth, consistent, controlled lean. This makes them good for all sorts of riding.

The stability and good turn make them great for downhill. You can go fast on them but you’ll never feel as though they lack for turn (or stability).

For dance, the smooth controlled lean will allow you to hold the turn for long without the truck ever suddenly twitching or turning too deeply.

Finally, the V3 trucks are super strong. For freestyle, this means the trucks will simply hold up to slams and abuse without bending.

That said, a minority find them to be too turny and too reactive to input, and prefer the stiffer feeling Caliber trucks below.

Stock, they come with either a barrel and cone bushing combination or a barrel/barrel combination if you choose to go with the 50* or 43* options respectively.

With the Paris V3s, you can pick hanger widths from 150mm, 165mm, and 180mm. You can also pick baseplates between 50* and 43*.

If you’re doing downhill, the 43* trucks are best. And for anything else, the 50* is better.

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Caliber II Trucks

Caliber trucks are runners up for the best all-around truck category.

They’re pretty good trucks in their own right, but they haven’t been updated since like 2012 and are a little outdated in today’s market. They still feel good though.

Caliber trucks don’t have rake (the other trucks – Bear Gen 6 and Paris V3 do).

The Calibers are rakeless, this gives them the feeling of a linear turn, where the trucks only turn as much as you lean on them.

They also sit lower than the other trucks on the list. Because of these two features, the Calibers have a stable feeling ride. The linear turn gives the rider a feeling of control and stability – as the trucks to do exactly what the rider intends them to do.

Finally, sitting lower makes these trucks feel a little bit more stable and calm at speed.

However, these features make the trucks feel very dead and unreactive. Whilst they are stable and have a consistent feeling turn, a lot of people feel like they don’t turn enough – which is why a lot of people don’t like them too much.

When you have options like the Bears and Paris that are both stable and turn great, why go for the Calibers?

That said, at 50* they are both stable and turny enough.

Stock, they come with a barrel/barrel combination for the 44* trucks and a cone/barrel combination for the 50* trucks. You can pick between two hanger widths – 180mm and 159mm.

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Bear Gen 6 Trucks

Bear Gen 6 trucks are some of the best you can buy on the market today. Updated for 2020, these trucks far surpass the old Bear Gen 5 trucks – which a lot of people disliked.

These trucks feel like a hybrid between the Calibers and the Paris. They have the quick, deep turn of the Paris, but the solid consistent like lean of the Calibers.

They are surprisingly stable at speed and have a solid, calm feel. When it comes to turning, they feel even turnier and carvier than the Paris. They’re in my opinion the best trucks on the market.

That said, they do tend to dive into the turn. Whilst I think this is ok and kinda nice, some beginners may find that they dive too quickly into the turn, and they might some trouble getting accustomed to that.

Stock the Bears come with a broad variety of options. You can pick baseplate angles from 50, 40, and 30 degrees. For hanger widths, you can pick between 180mm, 155mm, and 130mm’s.

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Runners Up

Arsenal Trucks – great for downhill

Arsenal trucks come in two main sizes, you can pick between a 50 and 44-degree baseplate and a hanger width of either 160mm or 180mm. They have a tall bushing configuration.

They’re gonna be good for downhill – a lot of people have said they’re their favorite cast truck for downhill. They’re both turny and stable, whilst also having a deep lean – thanks to the tall bushings.

However, the tall bushing makes them feel awkward for other types of skating. A lot of people don’t like them for casual cruising or dancing as the tall bushings makes them feel a bit sluggish. They’re best used for downhill and freeride.

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Gullwing Sidewinder – great for a surf style setup

The Sidewinders are a double kingpin truck designed by Gullwing. They articulate and turn a lot. When it comes to turning, they are one of the best trucks around.

The Gullwings were designed as a land surfer truck, to articulate quickly and turn as quickly and as tightly as a surfboard does on water. They do this well.

However, though they turn great, they often make boards not designed for them break.

They put a lot of stress on the necks of drop-through boards as they change where the stress is strongest.

Most boards are designed for regular trucks and aren’t going to be good for them. So yeah, only use these on the boards built for them (often by sector 9).

Finally, because they are so turny, they often wobble when you take them to any sort of significant speed. They’re not stable.

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Atlas Trucks – great for slow speed carving

If you want an RKP truck that turns very deeply, Atlas trucks might be right for you. Though not regarded as the best all-around trucks and not good for speed, these things have a great turn.

They have a unique ball-pivot which allows them to articulate deeper and have a deeper turn than other trucks.

When it comes to speed, this leads to them wobbling and twitching pretty often as the truck wants to turn deeply for the slightest input. But yeah, they are great for those slow speed turns.

They are also very strong and are quite lightweight. They’re a good option if you want a truck for slow speed skating.

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How to pick longboard trucks?

What type of trucks are there?

There are two main types of trucks. You have traditional kingpin trucks (TKP) and reverse kingpin trucks (RKP). They are both suited to different styles of riding.

What are TKP trucks?

Traditional kingpin trucks are trucks that have the kingpins facing each other. Or rather, the kingpins are on the inside.

This design makes them excellent for turning at slow speeds, excellent for doing tricks, and great for smaller wheelbases.

They’re great for tricks because the kingpin sits lower than the hanger. This allows a skater to do grinds on coping without messing up the kingpin.

If the kingpin is too tall, it will get scratched and messed up, the nut could also get damaged and you could have trouble removing it from the kingpin.

The hanger is also a lot thicker and stronger allowing them to withstand repeated slams without bending easily.

You’re mostly going to see TKPs on skateboard decks and smaller cruisers. For wheelbases under 20inches, TKP trucks are the go-to option. A lot of people find that RKPs are too turny under that wheelbase.

That said, TKPs aren’t the best for skating very fast. They have a progressive turn that makes them react very quickly to your input instead of gradually. RKPs are better for skating quicker.

Finally, TKPs usually sit quite low. If you’re gonna be running huge wheels (bigger than 60mm), you’re likely going to need some riser pads. Wheelbite is very easy to get on TKPs.

What are RKP trucks?

Reverse kingpin trucks are trucks that have the kingpin facing away from each other, or rather outwards.

They are based on the design of the traditional kingpin truck, but they’ve been adapted so they are better for higher speeds and offer more control.

They’re not gonna be the best for tricks and stuff. Most of them can’t withstand repeated slams without bending a little, and their kingpins usually sit quite high so they’re not good for grinds either (but some have been designed to be good for this stuff too).

However, they excel at cruising and stuff where you want to simply keep going straight.

Yes, RKPs are quite turny – even turnier than TKPs. But with their design they are more stable – you have more control and have a more forgiving lean to turn ratio. This is why you’ll see most longboards built for speed with RKPs.

Finally, you’re going to be seeing RKPs on most boards with a wheelbase longer than 20inches.

You have to pick the right truck for what you want to do

When it comes to picking trucks, you have to pick the one for the type of skating you want to do. There are so many different options out there and they are all suited to different styles of riding.

For example, the trucks you’re gonna use for downhill skating aren’t going to be the same as the trucks you’d use for longboard dancing. There have some differences that make them suited to either type of skating. The main difference is gonna be the baseplate angles.

I explain what the baseplate angles are and all the parts of a longboard truck below.

What are the parts of longboard trucks and how to pick them?

This section talks about the different longboard truck parts. Understanding them and what they do will help you pick the right truck for your needs.


This is the part of the truck that holds the axles. It bears most of the rider’s weight. The hanger’s width is usually indicated in millimeters.

The hangers also have a bushing seat where the bushings will interact with the hanger. They also have a pivot, which will go into the pivot cup located on the baseplate.


This is where the wheels and bearings go. They go on the axles and are then bolted on by an axle nut.

The axle to axle width is often measured in inches – you typically want to match the width of your axles to the width of the deck you want to use. This should you allow to make the most out of your trucks and get the best performance out of them.


This is the part of the truck that sits on the deck. It is bolted on to the deck. The baseplate supports the truck. It has a kingpin passing through it. It also has a hole in it to accommodate a pivot cup.

What is the baseplate angle?

The baseplate angle is the angle that the hanger will sit at, in relation to the ground. The higher the angle, the more turny a truck will be. The lower the angle, the less turny a truck will be.

Most companies will disclose the angle of their trucks (mainly applies to RKP trucks). If not, it is safe to assume the angle is 50*s.

A 50* truck is gonna be great for cruising, dancing, and most types of longboarding. A 45* and less truck is gonna be great for things going fast – it’ll be good for downhill, freeride, and if you just want a bit of stability in your ride.

You can also mix baseplate angles (a higher one in the front and a lower one in the back), for stability at higher speeds without sacrificing the turn too much. But that brings some complications and you might have to get different bushings and such.

If you want to skate faster than 45mph regularly it’s something you should look into. Overkill for most beginners though.


The kingpin is a long bolt that goes through the baseplate. It allows the bushings and hangers to be attached to the baseplate to form a complete truck.

There is a nut at the end of the kingpin that is tightened down.


These are the little barrels or cones of urethane in a truck. They have holes that will allow them to slide on to the kingpin. A truck is going to have two – one is going to be between the baseplate and the hanger, and the other between the hanger and the kingpin nut.

You’re also going to also have two washers – one that goes between the bushing and the baseplate and another that goes between the kingpin nut and the bushing.

Pivot cup

The pivot cup is a little cup that sits in a hole in the baseplate. The pivot cup holds the pivot from the hanger and it dictates how smoothly the pivot can rotate.

What do you think? Which truck is right for you?

It can seem intimidating but taking the time to pick the right truck is worth it. Trust me, you’ll be thanking me (or rather yourself) later.

If you’re still having trouble settling on a truck, I highly recommend the Paris V3s.

They’re honestly the best all-around truck and will feel great for most people and most types of riding.

Best Commuter Longboard

Today’s article is on the best commuter longboards.

Whether you’re looking to quickly zip down to your coffee spot or push as fast as you can across the city, there’s gonna be a right board for you.

Check it out below to find out more.

Best Commuter Longboards

Landyachtz Dinghy

The Landyachtz Dinghy is easily the most popular cruiser after the Penny board. If you’re in the market for a mini-commuter longboard, this might be the right one for you.

The Dinghy is quite small. It comes in at 28.5inches in length and is 8inches in width. It has a single kicktail and an upturned nose.

In terms of concave, it has a very mellow, comfortable shape. For components, it comes with high-quality Bear trucks, Bear Spaceball bearings, and 63mm tall Fatty Hawgs wheels.

Like all mini-cruisers, the Dinghy has been designed with portability and maximum storage capability in mind – which is why it is as small as it is.

If you have to carry or put it away anywhere, it’s going to be easy. It’s small size and shape make the Dinghy discrete.

The portability is the Dinghy’s strongest feature. But when it comes to riding it does pretty well too. But because of its small wheels and shape, it’s a board that is best for shorter rides.

The small wheels pick up speed quickly but don’t coast for long. You’re going to end up pushing a lot and exhaust yourself if you have to skate a considerable distance.

If you’re riding for over 3miles, you’re going to want a bigger, comfortable board (with bigger wheels) like the Sola Bamboo.

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Sola Bamboo Longboard

The Sola Bamboo is a great budget cruiser. Whilst you get exactly what you pay for, you can’t complain – the board has both great looks and a great price!

The Sola longboard is made out of 7plys of maple and bamboo.

The bamboo gives the board a lot of strength and durability and adds to that nice “surfy” look. The Sola is a drop-down longboard. This just means that the standing platform is lower than where the trucks are fixed on.

This makes the board more stable and easier to push – which is what makes this such a good commuter longboard. You can push for longer without getting as tired as you would on a pure top mount board.

When it comes to components, the wheels are 70mm tall, 78a wheels, the bearings are cheap Chinese bearings and the trucks are 7inch aluminum trucks. Out of all the components, the trucks and the bearings are the worst.

The trucks won’t turn the smoothest, but that’s what you get on a budget complete.

This board is great for those looking for a commuter board on a budget.

It doesn’t break the bank but it has important features that you need if you want to commute on a longboard.

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Loaded Tan Tien

Now, this is a high-quality premium board. Coming from Loaded boards, the Tan Tien is one of the best commuter longboards you can pick up. It is a bit pricey, but what you’re getting is absolutely quality.

The Loaded Tan Tien is 39inches long and 8.75inches wide. It’s made from vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass. This allows for an ultra-thin and lightweight deck. But despite being super thin, the deck can hold a ton of weight.

You can choose from 3 flex options, with the heaviest one being good for riders as heavy as 270lbs and more.

The deck is also drop-through, which brings it closer to the ground, adding a bit of stability and making it easier to push too.

Finally, the deck has a bit of flex too. This means it flexes under your weight, and this allows it to “bounce”. This essentially acts like suspension when you go over cracks and rough bits in the road and adds to the smoothness of the ride.

Components wise the Tan Tien does not disappoint. It has high-quality Paris trucks and big 70mm Orangatang Stimulus wheels.

It comes with great Loaded Jehu Bearings as well. The Paris trucks are strong and durable. They have high-quality bushings and pivots to ensure a smooth controlled turn.

The above said the Tan Tien is quite expensive. If you’re on a budget, a board like the Drop Cat below would be a cheaper option.

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Landyachtz Drop Cat 33

The Landyachtz Drop Cat 33 is a pretty small board. It bridges the gap between the large commuter boards and mini-cruisers. If you want a low to the ground, easy to push commuter, that is also a bit more portable – this is a great choice. It’s good for kids and smaller riders too!

The Drop Cat comes in at 33inches in length and 9.6inches in width. It has a drop-through board that features rocker. This just means that the Drop Cat rides quite low to the ground – it only sits about an inch off the ground when you stand on it.

This combination of features makes the Drop Cat easy to push, stable, and easy to footbrake on. It’s a board that requires little effort to ride which is exactly what you want in a commuter.

When it comes to components, the Drop Cat has quality parts. It comes with 72mm tall Plow King wheels, Bear Gen 6 trucks, and Bear Spaceball bearings.

Like the Paris trucks in the Tan Tien, the Bear trucks are strong and come with high-quality bushings and pivots to ensure a smooth lean and turn.

If the Tan Tien is too expensive for you, the Drop Cat is your next best choice. It’s quality at a more accessible price.

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Minority Downhill Longboard

This is the board that heavier riders with smaller wallets should go for. It’s been designed to be strong and affordable.

The Minority comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width. Its deck is made with 8plys of maple.

This makes it a bit stiffer – which means it’s great for heavier riders. Because it is stiffer, heavier riders can be confident it will hold their weight without breaking. If you’re 200lbs+, you can ride this board with full confidence.

Finally, the Minority is a drop-down board. It works similarly to a drop-through board. You’re gonna be closer to the ground, and the board will be more stable to ride. It will also be easier to push and footbrake on it.

As for the components, they aren’t so good. It is a budget board after all and you can only expect so much. The wheels are pretty ok but the trucks and bearings are bad. The 7-inch aluminum trucks aren’t that great.

They use low-quality bushings and they are prone to bending after use. I recommend you replace the trucks if you can with higher quality ones.

For the price, you pay you can’t complain. If you’re a heavier rider on a budget, the Minority board might be the commuter longboard for you.

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How to Pick a Commuter Longboard

This next section talks about commuter longboards and what you should consider when you’re looking to buy one.

Are mini cruisers good for commuting?

Mini-cruisers aren’t the best for commuting. They’re great for short rides and if you need one to help you get over a short distance quickly they’re pretty great.

For example, if you need a board to get you from the bus station to your workplace, a mini-cruiser could be ideal.

However, for rides over 10minutes or over 3miles long, mini-cruisers start to not feel so great. They usually come with small wheels and these are exhausting to push over a distance.

Yes, these pick up speed quickly, but they also lose speed quickly. They don’t coast for very long and you have to keep pushing to keep a significant speed up.

Finally, mini-cruisers are super nimble. This is nice for obstacle avoidance and a fun ride but it also means that you have to actively work to keep them going straight.

You might not consciously be doing it, but after a while, your ankles/feet just get exhausted. And to add to that, not all of them are the most comfortable to stand on for too long.

So yeah, in summary, mini-cruisers are ok for short distances but aren’t good if you’re gonna be skating far. You’d be better off with a board that is lower to the ground and has bigger wheels.

What boards are best for commuting?

The types of boards that are best for commuting have the following features (but are not limited by them):

  • A flexible deck
  • Big wheels 70mm+ (the bigger the better)
  • A long, wide comfortable (deck) standing platform
  • A low to the ground (deck) standing platform
  • Quality components.

A longboard that has these features is going to allow you to commute distances upwards of 3miles/5kms with ease and comfort. Some people even use these sorts of boards to skate 50km distances. They’re built to be comfortable and efficient for long distance rides.

What makes a board good for commuting?

A flexible deck

The flexible deck is gonna allow for a comfortable ride. It will cushion you from a lot of road vibration, smoothening out the ride.

This comfort will just mean you can ride for a long period without being affected much by what’s on the road surface. It’s gonna allow you to ride comfortably on a ton of different road surfaces too.

Big wheels

The big wheels are gonna coast for longer. Because they’re larger, they can also roll over all sorts of things (pebbles, small rocks, cracks), whilst also providing a smooth ride. Perfect for urban environments where the conditions are unpredictable. And if they’re large enough, they can even allow you to roll up small curbs and such.

A long, wide comfortable platform

A long and wide enough deck is simply going to be comfortable. And if it has a simple, mellow concave, that is going to make it comfortable too.

A long and wide enough deck is going to allow you to stand in a comfortable shoulder-width position with your feet across the deck.

If you’re standing on a deck for miles upon miles of skating, you don’t want something that will make your feet hurt.

Low to the ground

A board that is low to the ground is simply going to be easy to push. The lower the board is, the less of a distance you have to reach down to push it. It’s that simple. And this translates to you saving a lot of energy when skating a considerable distance – it actually makes quite the difference.

Finally, the board will be more stable because of the position of this standing platform. It’s likely going to sit lower than the trucks.

This just means the board won’t be twitchy and reactive. It will be smooth and react slowly to your inputs.

Boards that are low to the ground are:

  • Drop down boards
  • Drop through boards
  • Boards with rocker
  • Platform boards made to be used with brackets.

Quality components

Quality components just mean better overall performance. A smooth ride, smoother turning, more control, etc.

You might be able to get away with one or two cheap components but for the most part, quality components are going to give the best performances.

At the very least, get quality trucks and wheels. High-quality trucks ensure maximum control and balance – they come with high-quality bushings and pivots which allow for good control.

You can also buy aftermarket bushings (tuned to your weight) and pivots for better performance from your truck.

What do you think? Are you going to pick up a commuter longboard?

Longboarding is a great way to get anywhere, but of course, every longboard has its best and worst uses and you need to be careful what you use it for.

Not every longboard is going to be great for commuting, so you gotta pick the right one.

I hope this guide has been useful and you’ve found a product to suit your needs.

How to paint your helmet with spray paint

Today I’ll be talking about how to paint your skateboarding helmet with spray paint.

The process sounds straightforward but there is quite a bit of preparation and steps involved if you want to get it right. Check it out below.

Are you sure you want to paint your helmet?

As much as having a custom helmet is cool, painting it does present some challenges and it’s very easy to get wrong if you’ve never done something like it before.


And if you’re thinking of painting a half-shell, I would discourage you from going through with the process – you’d be painting a $50 helmet and spending a good amount of effort and money on materials for it.

Half shells have to be replaced after an impact, so any accident that happens would put that helmet out of commission. I’d say the effort isn’t worth it in most cases. 

But, it is a different story with full faces and Aerodynamic helmets. Those are usually more expensive and I’d say the investment is worth it if you’re looking to make some changes. And they do make excellent bookshelf items when they’re out of commission.


Have you looked around and not found a helmet you like?

Have you looked around and not found a readily available helmet design that is to your style and liking? There are many cool-looking helmets out there.


When it comes to half-shells, S1 helmets has quite a variety available with loads of different shape and color helmets. They have easily the most broad line up of color options out of any helmet manufacturer out there. Just check out this retro style helmet with racing stripes here on

TSG, New Olders, S1, and Triple 8 all have pretty cool full face options available too and they’re all worth checking out. The TSG Pass pro has some pretty cool carbon options to choose from, check out the racing stripe version here on


Consider sending it to a professional

Finally, consider sending it to a professional. It will cost you a bit more but you’ll be able to get exactly what you want from a specialist who will get it right the first go. They’ll also be able to paint any complex designs you want to be done. No guesswork!


Here is a list of artist who can paint and have painted longboard helmets in the past:

How to ACTUALLY paint your helmet

OK, now let’s get into how to paint your skateboard helmet. 

Find a design you like

The first step is to figure out the design you want: is it going to be a complex pattern or just a simple coat of paint so you can have a custom color? Check out the Instagram pages linked above for some cool helmets you can draw inspiration from.


Figuring out what you want is key. It’s going to dictate how you go about this and what method of painting you’re gonna use. 

Figure out how you want to paint the helmet (best method)

There are two main methods of painting, you can either use paint markers or spray paint. Paint markers are gonna be better for intricate details – you can freehand and draw in great details with a lot of different colors. 

Spray paint is gonna be better for covering more ground – it’s gonna be easier to coat the whole helmet. A combination of painter’s tape and spray paint will allow you to make more complex patterns. For example, you spray a coat of white underneath, tape it off a design when it is dry and then spray a coat of black on top. You’d then be left with a pattern in white when you take the tape off. 


You can use either however you want, but following the recommended process will make things easier.

Prepare the helmet

The next step is preparing the helmet to be painted. You’re going to want to:

  • Take off the visor and any trim – any plastic parts, anything removable.
  • Mask off the interior with painter’s tape. This is key as the solvents from the paint can’t damage the protective EPS foam essentially rendering your helmet useless.
  • Now you’re going to sand the helmet to get the gloss off. You’re going to want to use 400 grit sandpaper or higher. You’re going to simply want to take the gloss off and not sand into the shell material.
  • Once you’ve sanded and rinsed your helmet, it’s ALMOST time to paint.
  • Stuff a material (maybe newspapers) inside your helmet to protect it against the paint.
  • If you have a white helmet, you don’t need to prime it. With other colors, you will need a flat white primer. Prime your helmet following the painting steps below. Then repeat with the actual color/design you want once the primer has completely dried.
  • It can take a while for the primer to dry, so be patient! You might also have to do more than one coat of primer.

ACTUALLY painting the helmet

After priming, you can now begin painting. You’re going to want to find a well-ventilated area that has no objects, or objects you don’t mind getting paint on. Some paint can fly and stick to random objects and you wouldn’t want to permanently damage anything valuable.


In the case of spray paint, you’re going to want to make broad strokes from about a foot (or 15inches) away. This will allow the coat to apply evenly to the helmet. If you’re too close, the paint could bunch up and start running off – you’d end up with drips on your helmet which you absolutely want to avoid.


Keep applying the paint in short, light, broad strokes and you’ll end up with an even coat. You’re going to want to repeat this a few times to get excellent coverage and so that the paint looks good.


Allow the paint to dry and repeat the process to get a nice coat.

Here’s an example of an octopus design on a full face helmet:

Note: the process should be fairly similar with paint markers. You might not have to paint as much to reinforce the colors though.

What to do after painting?

The final step is to apply the clear coat. The steps are fairly similar as above – you’re going to want to apply clear coats in light, broad, even strokes. You’re going to do this a few times, letting the coat dry each time. Do this 3 times and you should have a fairly great finish.

What do you think? Are you gonna paint your helmet?

Painting your own custom helmet can sound like a great idea for sure – you’ll stand out from the crowd and you’ll get to wear something you actually like. But the process is difficult and it’s easy to make mistakes – it’s not for the faint of heart! I’d highly recommend you send your helmet to someone who knows how to do it. They’ll get it right the first time and you won’t face any challenges.

If you insist on doing it yourself, get something to practice on – a spare helmet maybe? I would allow you to get ready for the real thing.

Longboard Bushings- A Deep Dive

Today’s article is on longboard bushings. These little things can make or break your ride – they’re the suspension of your longboard, controlling how they lean and turn feels. It’s worth investing in and learning about them if you want to make your board feel just right. Check it out below. 

What are longboard bushings?

First, let’s talk about what longboard bushings are. Longboard bushings are made out of urethane. Urethane is a rubbery-like springy compound. It bounces and compresses the same way rubber would, but it is stronger, maintains its elasticity for longer, and it is more resistant to wear and affects the environment (and things like oils). 

What do bushings do?

So yeah, bushings act like little springs. They go in your trucks between your hanger and the baseplate and the kingpin nut. They are there to control how your truck leans and turns. Because they are springy, they provide some resistance when the trucks are being engaged. It’s like they provide a counterforce to your input.


Bushings come in different levels of hardness. The scientific (and widely used) metric for this is “durometer”. Durometer is a measure of how hard or how stiff a given piece of urethane is.

Most stock urethanes that come in most trucks will be 90a. 


The higher the number is, the harder the given bushing is. The lower it is, the softer a given bushing is.


Another thing to keep in mind is that whilst a piece of urethane might be 90a, it’s formula and amount of rebound will ultimately determine how it feels. So not all 90a bushings will feel the same. The feel will vary between bushings and bushings from different companies at the same durometer will feel different.

How a bushing feels is affected by your weight 

So now that you know what a durometer is, it’s time you learned about how your weight affects the behavior of the bushing. 

Just like a normal spring, the more pressure you apply, the more squishy a given bushing it will be. So yeah, the more force you apply, the more squisher a bushing will feel. And in this way, a bushing compresses and deforms more the more you weigh – simply because you are applying more force on it, the more you weigh.


So yeah, for the same bushing, it’s gonna feel stiffer if you weigh a little and it’s gonna feel squisher and looser if you weigh a lot. This is one of the main reasons people choose to get aftermarket bushings, as they can get specific ones suited to their weight.

Should you get aftermarket bushings?

Most experienced longboarders get after-market bushings. This is mainly because the stock ones in most trucks are made from low-quality urethane and aren’t appropriate for their weight.


Getting aftermarket bushings can improve how the ride feels – they can make the lean and turn to feel a lot smoother and more controlled. 

Are stock bushings bad?

Stock bushings are often made from low-quality urethane formulas. These stock bushings don’t allow your truck to lean and turn very well. They often don’t have any rebound and just allow the truck to flop into the turn. They also have no return to the center, so they don’t help you bring back the truck from the turn. They just don’t feel good – that said, some trucks do come with decent bushings though.


Caliber trucks come with fairly decent stock bushings. Check them out here on

You can also get weight specific aftermarket bushings

Finally, getting aftermarket bushings will allow you to get ones suited to your weight. If you’re lightweight, this means you can get softer bushings for a more flowy ride – you’ll actually be able to turn! If you’re heavier, you can get harder bushings which will support you better and make the turn feel more controlled.


In summary, yes get aftermarket ones, just be careful with what you pick as there are many options out there.

What should I consider when getting aftermarket bushings?

The main things to consider are (in order of importance):

  • Truck type
  • Truck bushing type
  • Your weight
  • Your riding style


Your truck type and bushing type is important. Different trucks have different bushings suited to them. Traditional kingpin trucks have smaller shaped bushings, whilst RKP trucks have larger bushings, with a broader variety of shapes available for them. 


As I highlighted above, weight is important. It will determine the durometer of bushing you get.


Finally, your riding style will be key. For example, if you want to do high-speed downhill skateboarding you’re going to want, stiffer, double barrel bushings. If you want to carve around, you’re going to want a barrel cone bushing combination – it is going to allow the truck to turn quicker, giving it a nimbler more carvy feel. 


Let’s talk more about the different shapes of bushings available

What type of bushings are there?

There are a ton of different sizes and shapes of bushings available. For the most part, if you just get the same size and shape bushing your current truck has you should be fine – that’s an easy way to make this process a lot less complicated.


But let’s talk about the shapes available. The main shapes are:

  • Cone 
  • Barrel

Those are the main shapes of bushings – but those also come in different sizes. TKP trucks have shorter barrels and cones. RKP trucks tend to have taller barrels and cones, and finally, some RKP trucks come with super tall bushings. Rogues, Arsenal, and Ronin trucks are some common tall bushings trucks.


Finally, other shapes you can get are – venom freerides, venom eliminators, venom super cones, Riptide fatcones, Riptide magnums, etc. There is quite a number to choose from and they all have their purpose. It can get quite confusing so connect with some experienced longboarders through Facebook groups or Reddit to get a guiding hand if you choose to deviate from the simpler bushing shapes.  

What bushing should you get for your weight?

This will largely be determined by the brand. Most will have guides which will tell you what is best for your given weight. For example, the Venom bushing chart should help you get the right bushings for your weight. Riptide also has a weigh chart for their bushings.

What bushing brands are good?

The best bushing brands right now are:

  • Venom skate bushings
  • Riptide bushings
  • Hardcore bushings
  • Khiro bushings
  • Orangatang

Check out the Orangatang Knuckle bushings here on

A set of bushings from any of those brands will work well.

What do you think? Are you going to pick up some bushings?

There are quite a number of bushings to pick from and yes the process can seem quite complicated, but if you take the time to figure out what you need and what works for your trucks, you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time. Investing in aftermarket bushings is a very rewarding process – it can bring new life to your trucks, and even go as far as giving you the confidence you need to hit new top speeds.


Best Downhill Trucks- Maintain Control and Flexibility with Our Top Picks [2020]

Looking to get into downhill skating? Well, today I’ll be talking about the best downhill trucks for beginners. Trucks are one of the most important parts of your setup and must not be overlooked – a good set means less chance of wobbles at speed. Check it out below.

Best downhill longboard trucks for beginner skaters

Paris 43 trucks

Paris trucks are the best all-around trucks in longboarding. You can use them for dance, freestyle, cruising, and everything else. And yeah, they’re great for downhill too.

They turn a lot and do so very smoothly. You can set them up for them to be stable or for them to be very turny. The Paris V3 43* trucks, in particular, are impressively smooth, stable, and strong – they’re quite the upgrade from the old V2. They are also some of the strongest cast trucks ever made. They’re made with a proprietary process which makes them lighter and stronger than other cast trucks.


For downhill, you’re going to want to go for the versions with 43* baseplate, paired with the  180mm, or 165mm hangers. These will give you the most stability and control when you start picking up speed.  


However, the Paris trucks might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some people find them to be a bit harder to control as they can get twitchy at speed. I didn’t enjoy them for speed too much when I was a beginner, I preferred the Caliber trucks below as they felt a bit more stable. The Paris will be best for all-around riding though – great when you aren’t going downhill.

You can pick up a set of the 165mm, 43* versions here at

Arsenal 44 degree trucks

Arsenal trucks are considered by many as the best beginner truck for pure downhill skating. A lot of people say they’re both stable and turny – which is desirable in most trucks. They also use tall bushings (as opposed to standard bushings like the Paris and Calibers), so they have very deep lean. You’re never gonna feel like your setup is too stiff and like you can’t engage your bushings. Finally, some people have said that they feel like they turn more than Paris and Calibers – which is saying something.


They come in two mains sizes. You have the 50* and 44* baseplates, with 165mm and 180mm hangers. For downhill, you can go with either the 165mm or 180mm hangers, as both will work fine but your choice will be determined by the width of your board. Anything under 9.5inches will work best for the 165mm, and for anything over that width, the 180mm trucks will be better suited.


One major drawback of these trucks is that they cost a little more than the others, this isn’t good if you’re on a tight budget, but worth it if you want an all-out downhill truck.

Check out the Arsenal trucks here on 

Caliber 44 180mm longboard trucks

Caliber trucks are one of the most popular longboard trucks on the market. Most people starting downhill and freeride will opt to get a set of them. Because of their geometry and how low they are to the ground, they are stable and feel super safe when you take them up to speed (around 35mph). When I started learning downhill I picked up a set of Caliber trucks. These trucks gave me a lot of confidence and I become a better skater because of them. I think they’re the most beginner-friendly option for downhill skating.


But because they’re super low to the ground, it’s easy to get wheelbite on them. And because of their geometry and the tight bushing seat, they can feel dead and unlively at low speeds – they’re not a very good all-around truck. The Paris trucks above will feel better outside the downhill skating environment.


For downhill, they only have the 180mm, 44* trucks available. Though they have 160mm trucks available, you can’t get a pairing with the 44* baseplates. In short, you have to pick the 180mm trucks which only work well with boards 9.5inches or wider. 

Find out more about the Caliber trucks here on



Bear Gen 6 40* trucks

New for 2020, Bear trucks have improved upon their generation 5 trucks to produce what they claim to be the best cast truck they’ve ever made. After skating them for a few weeks, I have to agree with them. They are great.


The Bear gen 6 trucks skate like a hybrid between the Paris and the Caliber trucks. They are quite stable and solid in a straight line like the Calibers, but dive and turn hard (like the Paris) when you start leaning on them. I’d even say they turn deeper and have a carvier feel than the Paris. 


I think these are the best cast trucks on the market at the moment. However, it’s not easy to get your hands on them – especially for people based in the USA. Covid-19 has put a big damper on people getting these trucks as the supply lines are messed up. Hopefully, that is fixed soon.


For downhill, you should pick the 40* version with either the 155mm or 180mm hanger. They also come with a 30* plate (not available to all yet), which will add a ton of stability when placed in the rear. They’re a cast truck that you can use to work your way up to fast 50mph+ speeds. 

Check out the Bears here on

Gullwing Reverse trucks

These are the least popular trucks on my list – but I think they are extremely underrated. They have a smooth turn but remain stable at speed and some riders even prefer them over the Paris and Calibers. Not sure why many people don’t use them (mainly cause of lack of marketing), but they get the job done well.

Louis Pilloni – a downhill skateboarding legend had a hand in designing them. He regularly skates them up to really fast speeds (50mph) and rips on them.

They’re also the only truck that is good for all types of riding. And I mean ALL. They have a thicker hanger that sits higher than the kingpin and a 47* baseplate angle. This allows them to be turny enough for riding and cruising at slow speeds, and the thick hanger allows you to do grind tricks. Yes, that’s right! You can grind these, do tricks on coping, and slide down rails on them. 

On most RKP (reverse kingpin) trucks, the kingpin sits higher than the hanger and you can’t use them for grinding. These were designed with grinds in mind.


However, whilst they’re great for all-around skating (with downhill as the main focus), they only come in the 180mm hanger width and 47* baseplate. They’re only gonna be good for decks 9.5-10inches wide. Check out the Gullwing reverse here on


Rogue cast trucks

Rogue cast trucks are the creation of Zak Maytum. Zak is one of the best all-around skaters in the world – He’s great at slalom, great at downhill skateboarding, and rips at pool and transition skating. He made the Rogue cast trucks.

These trucks work with a urethane insert that goes between the hanger and the kingpin. These serve to reduce slop and give the trucks a precise turn and stability at speed. They reduce slop which is an unwanted movement of the hanger which can cause speed-wobbles when you fast. 


The insert makes these great trucks for going fast. They’re very stable at speed and have a solid center feel. Because they have tall bushings and an open (basically flat) bushing seat, they lean VERY deeply whilst having good turning – and it can sometimes feel like there is an “extra turn” where short bushing trucks don’t have any.


Like the Arsenals above, these are an all-out downhill truck. And like the Gullwings, these only come in one size, 186mm with a 47* baseplate. You don’t have a lot of choices with them. Another big drawback is its limited availability – Covid has been hard on most companies and you can’t get these too easily at the moment.


How to pick downhill longboard trucks

Reverse kingpin trucks are usually best

With skateboard trucks, you can choose either the traditional kingpin trucks or reverse kingpin trucks. 


Traditional kingpin (TKP) trucks have a thick hanger and an inward-facing kingpin. The kingpin sits lower than the hanger and it is designed to be beefy enough to take repeated slams without bending – this is one of the things that makes them good for doing tricks, they can take impacts. You can also grind on them safely without damaging the kingpin because of the hanger height. Finally, TKPs have a progressive turn and turn quite nicely at slower speeds. However, this progressive nature makes them unstable at higher speeds.

So whilst you’ll see TKPs on skateboards, you won’t see them on most longboards built for speed and downhill. 


On the other hand, reverse kingpin trucks (RKP) have an outward-facing kingpin. The kingpin is usually taller than the baseplate because RKPs use taller bushings than TKPs. 

RKPs have a linear sort of turn – they don’t turn suddenly or dive too hard at the end of the lean. This makes them suited for speed as you have direct control and input over your board.

You’ll see most longboards built for downhill with reverse kingpin trucks.

Get the correct angle baseplates

Not all baseplate angles are going to be good for downhill. The higher the baseplate angle, the more the truck will turn. The lower a baseplate angle, the less a truck will turn. So a truck with a 50* baseplate will turn more than a truck with a 44* baseplate.


More turn is bad at speed. If you have too much turning available, it will be easier for you to get wobbles at speed. This is because your inputs/motions on board are amplified at speed. Every small shift you make has an impact on how the board steers. So it’s very easy for a beginner to get wobbles at speed.


Thusly, trucks around the 44* angle that turn less are best. You can still downhill with 50-degree trucks, but the 44 are best.

Pick the right size trucks

Make sure you pick the right size trucks for your board. As I mentioned briefly above, you want 150mm trucks for a 9inch board, 165mm for anything between 9-9.5inch, and 180mm for anything 9.5-10inches.


Getting the wrong size won’t change how the board performs way too much, but you get the best results with the right size trucks.


Most beginner trucks are going to be in the $50-$70 range. This is best and they should perform appropriately for your level of skill. 

If you’ve looked around a bit, you’ll know that some trucks go for $150 and even $400. Most of the trucks that are $150 are forged trucks, finished in a CNC. The trucks that go for $400 are precision trucks, cut out of a block of aluminum by a CNC machine. 


These trucks have improvements that make them better suited for downhill and speed. Whilst they are better, most beginners aren’t going to be able to make the most out of them. And will be paying a lot for trucks they can’t make the most of. Best to stick to the $50 trucks and work your way up with time.

Get name brand trucks

If you pick any of the trucks on my list you will be ok. Knock off trucks aren’t gonna perform as well, and they’re gonna have slop which is gonna make them perform inconsistently and will likely lead to wobbles at speed. Off-brand trucks (and generally low-quality equipment) should be avoided if you want to do downhill skating. In summary, any truck on my list will do.

What do you think? Which truck sounds right for you?

Whilst I think the Bears are the best truck on the market right now, the Paris are the safest option you can buy – the majority of people like them. Calibers if you want the easiest time for riding and Arsenal if a truck that turns very deeply sounds good to you. I hesitate to fully recommend the Bears because the majority of people haven’t tried them yet – thanks to covid. But if you can get your hands on them, you won’t regret it.


Finally, this guide mostly focuses on affordable, cast trucks for beginners. There are certainly more expensive options that would certainly be more stable and turny, but those start at $150. That price isn’t reasonable for most people just getting into the sport, but they will be covered soon enough. Until then, happy skating.


Wheelbite: What is It and How to Prevent and Fix

Wheelbite is one of the worst things that can happen to you on a skateboard. The fun comes to a literal screeching halt …

Today I’ll be talking about wheelbite and what you can do to prevent it. I go over a ton of solutions so you should be able to find one that works well for you. Check it out below.

What is wheelbite?


Wheelbite is basically when your wheels touch your board.

This happens when you turn/lean too much and it could result in your board completely stopping and throwing you forward. 

Because of wheelbite, a lot of skaters end up getting hurt. Because the stopping is often so sudden, you end up falling awkwardly when you fall forward. I’ve been lucky enough to end up with a few bruises, but some people walk away with some nasty injuries (think skinned palms).


So yeah, wheelbite can be a real vibe killer, and skaters try to avoid it most of the time. But how does it actually happen?

How and why wheelbite happens


As I said earlier, wheelbite happens when your wheel touches your board. It can happen because of a few reasons:

  • Your trucks are too loose and they articulate to the point your wheel can touch the deck.
  • Your wheels are too big. When wheels are big, the wheel clearance is less and you don’t have to lean too much to get wheel bite.
  • You don’t have any wheel wells. Wheel wells increase the distance between the deck and the wheels (basically clearance). No wheel wells mean less clearance, making it easier to get bite.

So now that we’ve established why we get wheelbite, let’s look into how we can prevent it altogether.

Why should you prevent wheelbite?


Not getting wheelbite will allow you to cruise and carve with confidence. You can turn and dive as hard as you want, without worrying about your board suddenly stopping. It’s a good confidence boost and it makes skating a bit safer.

It also will increase the durability of your deck and wheels, saving you money.


How to prevent wheelbite on your longboard

Get smaller wheels


Getting smaller wheels is an easy way to prevent wheelbite. Small wheels increase the clearance between the wheel and the deck. You’ll be able to lean pretty hard without worrying about the wheel touching the deck.


Also, be mindful that going for a smaller wheel has its disadvantages. Namely, they won’t be able to roll over cracks and pebbles as easily as bigger wheels and they won’t smoothen out the ride quite as much …


If you have reverse kingpin trucks (RKPs), you could probably go for 65-70mm wheels and skate them without the worry of bite. If you have traditional kingpin trucks (TKPs), you could get 55-59mm wheels and skate it without worrying too much about bite. Of course, trucks also have different heights and that affects how easy it is to get bite.

Change the trucks


Longboard trucks aren’t all the same. Some are tall and others are short. The taller ones will give you more wheel clearance whilst the shorter ones will get bite easier. You can typically split them into two categories, RKPS vs TKPS.

Traditional kingpin trucks (TKPs) are usually super low.

TKPs are designed for normal skateboards. They’re designed to run wheels between 50-60mm in height. You can usually get TKPs in 3 different heights:

  • Hi
  • Mid
  • Low

The “Hi” trucks will have more clearance than the low ones, and they’ll be better for wheels about 55-60mm in height. They’re the TKPs to go for if you want to avoid bite.

Reverse kingpin trucks (RKPs) have more clearance.

RKPs have a different geometry to TKPs. Because of this, they tend to be taller and have more wheel clearance. You can run wheels between 60-72mm on most RKPs without the worry of bite.

Like TKPS, different brands will have different heights, but most of the time they should decently tall. Our current recommendation:

Risers are an affordable solution


Ok, so what if you like the trucks you have and don’t want to change them around? You can simply use risers.

Risers are these little plastic pads that go between your trucks and the deck. They increase the height of the trucks and increase wheel clearance. They’re pretty cheap and you can buy some for under $5. They will allow you to run huge 75mm+ wheels.


They come in heights from ⅛inch, ¼inch, to 1/2inch in size. Just remember to buy longer bolts, as some bolts might be too short to go all the way through them.


Though they’re an easy solution, they change how your trucks feel. Because they increase height, they can make the ride feel more divey, and more unstable at faster speeds. They will also make it feel super carvy, so you can lean in and turn deeply even at slower speeds.


Risers are, in my opinion, the best solution to wheelbite in this article. Here is a super affordable model that works great:

Harder bushings


Ok, what if you don’t want to change your trucks or add risers? You can simply get harder bushings.

Bushings are the little things in your trucks that control how you lean and turn. They squish as you lean left or right, and depending on how hard they are, they either squish a lot or a little.


So yeah, they come in different durometers (hardness) and they determine how much your truck will lean. So if your truck leans too much and gets bite, you can get slightly harder bushings and it won’t lean as much.


Of course, this also means you lose some flow and carvyiness. Your truck won’t be able to turn as quickly and won’t feel as nimble.

You can also tighten your trucks – the easiest solution

You could also simply tighten your bushings. Tightening the kingpin nut down a couple of times will restrict how much your trucks turn and lean. This kind of works in a similar way to getting harder bushings. But now, you significantly restrict the articulation of the truck …


This isn’t the best method. It will destroy your bushings with time and you will lose a lot of flow from the truck. However, it is a pretty simple solution and should work well if you need something short term.

Get a board with wheel wells and wheel flairs


Wheel wells and wheel flairs essentially increase the distance between the wheel and the deck.


Wheel wells are cutouts on the deck where the wheels are expected to touch the board. They’re made by either sanding that part of the deck down, or by cutting out it with a CNC machine or a wood router.


Wheel flairs are a bit different. The part where the wheelbite should occur is raised. This is made by pressing the board in a certain way, resulting in a bump/raised bit about where the wheels are. This increases clearance by a bit too.


Some decks have only wheel wells, whilst others have both.

Sand in some wheel wells to your current board

If your deck doesn’t have wheel wells, you could always sand them in yourself. It will require some jerry-rigging, but it is a good solution. You won’t have to change anything about your trucks/wheels and you can turn deeply without the worry of bite. Just be careful about sanding composite decks as carbon and fiberglass dust is nasty stuff.

Final Thoughts

So, What do you think? What solution are you going to try?

If you need a quick fix, simply tightening your trucks will work well. Buying some risers will be the next easiest solution, but I ultimately recommend get a board with deep wheel wells or sanding them in yourself – if you’re up to the challenge.


4 Best Longboard Slide Gloves

You don’t always have to slide when you’re cruising downhill, but it helps that when you do have to, you have the best longboard slide gloves helping you out.


However, if you’re new to longboarding, finding out the best ones isn’t easy. Some will offer too little padding, others won’t allow your hands to breathe.


Even veterans and those who’ve been downhill longboarding for years struggle to find the best longboard slide gloves, especially since the market is full of pairs of gloves whose manufacturers claim that they’re the best.


Lucky for you, we’re here to help.


Cherry-picked specifically to help you make those sharp turns and snappy stops, these are some of the best longboard slide gloves out there on the market today.


1.   Triple 8 Sliders Longboard Gloves

Manufactured by New York City-based, Triple 8, the Sliders are made out of some high-quality stuff. This includes, among others, tough Kevlar fingertips on top of its full-grain leather make, allowing it to survive in any kind of weather.


The Sliders also come with fully replaceable pucks and finger bars made out of polyurethane material. It also comes with Velcro wrist closures that wrap-around the entirety of the gloves itself. This helps guarantee a snug and tight fit, which shouldn’t present a problem when being worn or taking off thanks to the EZ-Pull loop design.


Be it hot weather, rain, or shine, the Sliders won’t disappoint you.


  • Top-quality full-grain leather material
  • Kevlar fingertips
  • EZ-Pull loop design
  • Wrap-around Velcro wrist closures


  • Requires a bit of time breaking in for the gloves to fit better

2.   Sector 9 BHNC Slide Gloves

Whoever said that high-quality longboard sliding gloves need to cost you a lot of money?


The Sector 9 BHNC Slide Gloves is proof that, sometimes, the best things in life can come cheap.


Featuring a neoprene knuckle panel and cuff for added comfort, as well as an anti-vibration foam, tucked just right under its palm puck, these sliding gloves will be very comfortable to wear. But, that’s not all. They also come with Kevlar fingertips to help guarantee that they last just as long as they are comfortable as well.


As an added bonus, these slide gloves even comes with a terry cloth that’s conveniently located on its thumb panel.


Because, you know, you’ll never know when you’ll need to wipe the sweat off of your forehead.


  • Affordable
  • Terry cloth thumb panel
  • Anti-vibration foam
  • Fits well


  • Doesn’t provide as much protection

3.   Andux Land Slider Glove HBST-05

Another affordable alternative that won’t compromise you in terms of quality, protection, and fit, the Andux Land Slider Glove HBST-05 is the best longboard slide gloves for casual longboard riders who don’t want to spend more than they need or can afford to on proper hand protection.


Make no mistake. Even if they’re affordable, these gloves are not cheap.


The round slider pucks are replaceable and the Velcro wrist strap is built for heavy-duty use. You can even feel the protection and durability that you’re going to get from these gloves just from your first touch.


Sure, these gloves don’t scream premium quality, but they won’t disappoint either.


Capable of protecting your hands from longboard road rashes, and more, beginners and even experienced riders alike would love to have a pair of these for themselves.


  • Budget-friendly
  • Excellent protection, especially for its price
  • Slider pucks are removable and replaceable


  • Not ideal for advanced users

4.   Loaded Boards Freeride Longboard Slide Glove 7.0

When we’re talking about proper protection from high heat, extreme friction, and fast speeds, you can’t really afford to not spend money. Otherwise, you could find yourself in some serious pain, or worse.


If you’re an advanced longboard rider, you might want to spare no expense and get yourself a pair of these.


The Loaded Boards Freeride Longboard Slide Glove 7.0 are made out of abrasion-resistant, top-quality materials that are capable of keeping your hands comfortable, cool, and safe. This is due to the combination of materials. The exterior is made out of Kevlar, Cordura, and Suede panels. Meanwhile, the Coolmax lining inside helps keep the gloves warm.


These gloves come with Poron XRD padded palm pad for added protection while the Velcro straps made out of neoprene material provide excellent security.


As the icing on top of the proverbial cake, these freeride gloves have impact-resistant ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) polyethene pucks.


Anyone who tells you that you can’t put a price on safety and comfort definitely hasn’t had a chance to wear a pair of these when riding downhill yet.



  • Uses the ideal combination of modern materials for superior protection and abrasion-resistance
  • UHMW thermoplastic pucks
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive

Leather vs Kevlar vs Cloth vs Canvas

It doesn’t matter if it’s kevlar, cloth, or canvas. These three are the more affordable material options when you’re shopping for longboard slide gloves.


Because you get what you paid for, the quality won’t exactly be the best.


These materials are more than adequate enough to give you proper protection for casual rides though. But, one thing to keep in mind is that Kevlar, in particular, is a lot more tear- and abrasion-resistant compared to cloth and canvas.


Being that they’re cost-effective, we recommend them to casual riders and beginners.


Remember, all of that friction and heat doesn’t really bode well for the longevity of the gloves. This means that you’ll be going through more than a couple of good pairs faster than you’d think, and you’re better off with something more affordable if you’re new to longboard.


If you’ve been longboard for a while though, nothing really beats leather.


Leather is a good material because it’s more durable. Plus, it doesn’t really stock to the pavement. Rather, it simply glides off, and because it’s more abrasion-resistant, they’re more likely to last longer. However, a common issue with leather longboard slide gloves is that they take a while to break in, so fit won’t be ideal on your first few tries.


Not to mention, in warmer climates, the leather material can get hot and uncomfortable rather quickly.

Final Thoughts

Longboarding is a great sport and/or hobby to take up, but it’s always best to keep yourself protected when riding downhill.

Wearing slide gloves is part of that.


Of course, not every slide glove will do. Otherwise, you might end up buying one that doesn’t provide enough protection and will leave you with more burn marks than you would prefer, which definitely isn’t good.


With that said, our list of recommendations definitely won’t disappoint.

The 4 Best Longboard Skate Wall Mount

Take good care of your longboard by buying a wall mount for it today.


Sure, you can always go the DIY route, but who has the time to do that? Not to mention, there’s really no guarantee that the one that you make yourself will be just as good of a quality, especially if you’re not the handyman yourself.


With that said, we’ve gone out and rounded up the 4 best longboard skate wall mounts available today.


This way, you can go and get yourself a cool skateboard wall mount without breaking the bank.


1.   COR Surf Bamboo Skateboard Wall Rack

Take your eco-friendly lifestyle to the next level by buying yourself a longboard wall rack made out of environmentally-friendly and naturally grown bamboo.


The COR Surf Bamboo Skateboard Wall Rack is some quality stuff, and it’s something that the manufacturers are willing to stand by. In fact, they gave it a lifetime warranty on top of a 100% guarantee that you’ll receive your moneyback, with postage included, if you’re not satisfied with the wall rack.


What makes this longboard skate wall mount so great is that it’s versatile.


You can fit anything from Penny Boards to skateboards and longboards on the wall rack, and its classy design means that, you not only get to show off your longboard, but you’ll be able to do so in a way that it won’t stand out in a bad way.


The bamboo backing also helps make sure that the dirty wheels of your longboard doesn’t mess up your walls.


As an added bonus, all of the mounting hardware is already included with your purchase.



  • All mounting hardware included with the purchase
  • Versatile
  • Made out of 100% natural and eco-friendly material
  • Classy and elegant design
  • Lifetime warranty with 100% money-back guarantee


  • Larger or wider longboards might not fit

2.   Pro Board Racks Longboard Wall Rack Mount

If you’re an avid rider, you know that a single wall mount just isn’t enough. However, buying multiple wall mounts isn’t exactly an economically sound decision either.


So, what do you do?


Well, for starters, you can take a look at the Pro Board Racks Longboard Wall Rack Mount.


This wall mount can fit up to 5 different longboards, skateboards, or Penny Boards, as well as other types of rideable boards. But, perhaps more importantly, despite being able to fit as many boards, it’s not as expensive, and its pacific southwest redwood construction guarantees durability.


The said wood material has already been sanded to a smooth finish so you can use it as it is right out of the box. However, you can also add your preferred finish if that’s what you prefer.


This skate wall mount is also made in Colorado, USA, which means that you’re not only getting yourself a great way to showcase and store your boards, but you’re also helping out the local economy by doing so.


  • Easy to mount and install
  • Fits up to 5 boards
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Made in Colorado, USA


  • Rather expensive

3.   Sk8ology Hanger Rack

Other wall mounts might just be a place for storage for your longboard, but the Sk8ology Hanger Rack will let you turn your longboards into a piece of art.


If you’ve ever wished to make your room or the walls of your house like that of a skate shop, this is for you. Because, unlike other wall mounts where the mounting hardware is visible, the Sk8ology Hanger Rack means that the longboards will just float off of the walls to the point that the racks are pretty much invisible unless you look behind the boards.


Quick and easy to install, with its very own drywall anchor included, the hanger rack is perfect for retired decks and active boards alike.


  • Quick and easy mounting
  • The rack is not visible to the naked eye
  • Affordable


  • Fit might be an issue

4.   StoreYourBoard 3-Board Wall Storage Mount

Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, the StoreYourBoard 3-Board Wall Storage Mount can hold up to as many as 3 longboards. More importantly, it can also hold other boards and stuff as well. This includes everything from water skis to razor scooters, snowboards, and more.


You can also get extra hangers for the wall storage moutn so you can hang other stuff like headphones and backpacks as well.



  • Versatile
  • Cheap
  • Comes with extra hangers
  • Heavy-duty design
  • Made in Virginia, USA


  • Pricey
  • Could have used more wall anchors out of the box

Can You Make a DIY Skate Wall Mount?

The answer is yes, you can make your own skate wall mount.


The only question is, is it worth the money, time, and effort?


You see, designing a skate wall mount isn’t easy. You have to make sure that it can store and organize your longboards neatly and be able to hold it properly so it doesn’t fall off. More importantly, you have to have a bit of know-how when it comes to construction. Otherwise, you might end up damaging your drywall completely.


Of course, you’re free to try making your own DIY skate wall mount yourself.


However, if we were asked if we’d recommend it, we won’t.


Between having to design your own skate wall mount, sourcing the right materials, and spending money, you’re better off buying a skate wall mount that’s already been designed for this very purpose.


Not only will you have plenty of mounts to choose from, but you’re guaranteed that they were made specifically for your longboard.

Buy Your Own Longboard Skate Wall Mount Today

Longboard skate wall mounts definitely have a place at home and other establishments. In fact, many parks and schools, for example, have started installing them for a more organized storage area.


With that said, we do see skate wall mounts as a good investment for storing your longboards in style.


Hopefully,  with out recommendations, you’ve found the right one that suits your tastes and preferences. If not, then we’re hoping that we’ve at least given you an idea on what separates the best longboard skate wall mount from the others that are just trying to rip you off of your hard-earned money.


Longboard Types

Types of Longboards

Longboards come in many shapes and forms. They can be accelerated to insane speeds, show the most effective tricks and can let you experience unrealistically cool sensations.

Here, the most important thing is to choose the right board, deciding which is more important to you – speed or manoeuvrability.

Every experienced rider at first glance will understand what a board is capable of, and our advice will help you understand all the other nuances of the choice.

The Best Manufacturers of Longboards – Which Company to Choose

If you are looking for a longboard as a gift for a friend and do not want to study longboards in-depth, just choose a model that bears the name of a famous company. You do not need to go into the nuances of design and deal with the quality of materials – the long life and good performance of the board will be guaranteed if you chose a good manufacturer.


The best companies that produce longboards are, in our opinion:

Rayne; Yocaher products; Madrid; Beetle; Oxelo; Sector.

The class models of the “long skates” of these manufacturers are presented in our rating. You can simply choose one of them or set a goal and find the perfect tip by following the tips given below.



Types of long boards

Cruiser Models

Among the various types of longboards, these are some of the most comfortable and stable. The decks are of medium hardness, have the shape of an elongated oval and their length can be from 70 to 130 cm.


The wheels are often installed soft, with a diameter of up to 76 mm, which allows you to easily overcome small bumps in the asphalt. They, in turn, are equipped with bearings type ABEC 7 – reliable and mobile, which help to develop high speeds.


The models of about 70 cm are more suitable for lovers of tricks and carving, and the long and wide boards will perfectly cope with the role of cruise ships.



  • Great manoeuvrability for their size;
  • Suitable for commuting long distances;
  • You can develop a speed of up to 100 km / h;
  • Abbreviated models are good for doing different tricks;
  • The wide and soft wheels are suitable for a soft ride on uneven asphalt.


  • Quite generic;
  • There are difficulties in performing tricks, as even the shortest model exceeds the size of a standard skate.



Slalom models

slalom skate


These longboards are designed for tricks and manoeuvres. The length of the deck here does not exceed 60-70 cm, the front is significantly narrower.


The wheels are of low or medium hardness, 69-72 mm in diameter, on the slalom boards. As a rule, they come with straight edges as to not allow the board to drift for a long time.




  • Excellent manoeuvrability;
  • Ability to perform tricks;
  • You can Develop a high enough speed;
  • You can spread the board without pushing your feet, ie. pumping.


  • They are not designed for long rides and descents;
  • Less stable than other models.



Descent models


The characteristic features of these longboards are the long and hard decks (about 1 m) and the strong routes. The board is designed for high-speed descents so its design excludes the “twisting” of the board.It has a good thickness of 9-11 layers of wood and a hard indentation.


The wheels here have a diameter of 70-75 mm, the width of the tracks corresponds to the dimensions of the deck and for reliability, they are screwed with bolts that are sewn through the board.



  • Allows acceleration up to 140 km / h;
  • Stable on the track;
  • Strong and reliable;
  • Always equipped with good ABEC 7 bearings.



  • Due to the low manoeuvrability, it is difficult to turn around the corners;
  • Not suitable for tricks.


Sliding models


These models of longboards are designed for a disciplined riders, with an abundance of technical turns and slides – slides (hence the name). The length of such boards starts from 90 cm, the platforms themselves are characterised by hardness and a fairly large thickness, reaching 1.3 cm.


The wheels of the sliders are small and solid, with mandatory bearings ABEC 7, the tracks match the size of the board. Such longs have a symmetrical shape, so that during the descent it is possible to “deviate” in any direction and rotate in motion.



  • Easy to reach speeds up to 100 km / h;
  • You can place the board in a controlled deviation;
  • Safe and stable enough;
  • They are characterised by good manoeuvrability;
  • Robust and durable.



  • They take up a lot of space;
  • Narrow “specialisation” of boards.


Surf style boards


Surf Style Longboard


These longboards can not be mistaken for  anything else, as they reach a length of 1, 5-3 meters and are aimed at surfers.

On such boards during the trip you can walk, sit, lie down or ride in pairs. The deck here is always very hard, up to 2 cm thick, the diameter of the wheels reaches 100-120 mm. Tracks must also be strong, reliable and the same size as the board.



  • Unrealistically stable and reliable;
  • During skating, you can move on the board, sit and even lie down;
  • Great for long distances;
  • Great for practicing surfing.



  • Huge size and weight;
  • Minimal manoeuvrability;
  • They require good surfaces.



Dancing Longboard Models


Such boards are designed to perform various dance tricks. The length of the deck varies from 80 to 150 cm, the width is about 8-10 cm. The board is quite elastic and thin (not more than 1 cm), which makes it slightly more mobile in the middle when riding.

The wheels are set to a medium diameter (70-75 mm) with minimal stiffness. And since the high speed of dancing is not important, there is an opportunity to save on camps – “dancing” longboard is enough three or five.



  • A variety of tricks that can be performed on such a board;
  • Very good stability;
  • Excellent manoeuvrability (adjusted for the length of the deck), and if the board itself is well handled by the owner;
  • Really unique appearance.



  • Problems with long distances;
  • Short-lived.


Mini Cruiser (Padding)


Mini Cruiser Longboard


Strictly speaking, these longboards are really small, with a deck of only 57 cm – they are considered the younger brothers of more traditional longboards. But the urban youth like the bright models of this longboard because they can travel for hours in the city and, if necessary, it is easy to put them in a bag or attach them to a backpack.

On the other hand, the growing popularity of these plastic deck boards is forcing manufacturers to seriously expand the range of sizes of mini cruisers. Now their length can reach 115 cm, which automatically makes this board jump into another category.


These models always come with a curved tail, a wide range of trains, and small (up to 70 mm) wheels made of PU with medium hardness, which makes it comfortable to ride even on bad asphalt.



  • Light and easy to carry;
  • Wheels and a plastic deck dampen vibrations and “absorb” road roughness;
  • Bright, recognisable design;
  • Suitable for both cruises and simple tricks;
  • Good manoeuvrability;
  • Relatively affordable price.


  • Classic mini cruisers (22 “) are not stable enough;
  • Plastbordy has restrictions on the weight of the rider.

Best Shoes for Longboarding




Our Rating


DC Men’s Anvil TX SE

Sole: Rubber
Shoe: 100% Textile
– Clean and Simple Design
– Pill Pattern Tread
– lightweight and breathable yet secure
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DC Tonik

Sole: Rubber
Shoe: Suede and rugged textile
– Triple-stitched seams
– Seamless toe
– Reinforced front bumper
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DVS Men’s Comanche Skate Shoe

Sole: Rubber
Shoe: Leather and Synthethic
– Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
– Bulky skate design
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Vans Mens LXVI Graph

Sole: Rubber
Shoe: Faux Leather
– Synthetic nubuck and mesh upper
– Molded rubber foxing and sole
– Super lightweight and breathable shoes.
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Adidas Originals Top Ten Hi Sneaker

Sole: Synthetic
Shoe: Leather and suede
– Leather upper with padded collar and suede toe bumper
– Lace Closure
– Herringbone pattern rubber cupsole
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Osiris Clone

Sole: Synthetic
Shoe: Leather and suede
– Leather upper with padded collar and suede toe bumper
– Lace Closure
– Herringbone pattern rubber cupsole
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DC Court Graffik

Sole: Synthetic
Shoe: Leather
– Lightweight mesh tongue
– Foam padded collar and tongue
– Cup sole construction
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Having a strong opinion about longboarding shoes is a god-given right for a longboarder. But how do you know which longboarding shoes are good and which are trash?

There are several ways to decide which longboard shoes are good and which should be thrown in the nearest rubbish.


Nowadays, sneakers have become popular in the street and sports style of dress and are worn by people who do not do longboard or skateboard.

These shoes are designed to withstand heavy loads and are extremely strong due to the special materials from which they are made. In addition, they are also a major protective accessory for longboarders and skateboarders alike.


There are ways to find out what a pair of GOOD longboard shoes look like.


Here are some things to look for in longboard shoes to find out if they are worth your money:



A lot goes into looking for a good Longboard shoe, so now that you know the basics, we have chosen a few models that you may like:


Best Longboarding Shoes:

1) Osiris Men’s Protocol Skate Shoe

The Protocol is generally speaking a skate shoe; however, these shoes are terrific for commuting and freestylers as they are light, fashionable, and pretty durable. What separates the Protocol from other longboarding shoes is the fact that they sport a reinforced rubber sole.

Protocol skate shoes are made of the synthetic sole and rock a low-top design; even though it offers minimal ankle support, they’re completely unrestrictive in terms of free leg movement. On top of that, they’re dirt-cheap and are available in a plethora of color styles and variations.

2) DC Tonik

In the middle between Adidas Skate and Converse Star Player in terms of bulk and protection, The DC Tonik is perfect for technical longboarders. That said, it has a ready-to-wrap cap that helps reduce heel clogging, and the outer one is made of several layers of DC Supersuede, so it takes a long time to wear out the shoe. The only real problem here is its rather bleak design – this is a shoe for those who are more concerned with function than shape, although in my opinion a lot of people will like its dark color scheme.


3) DVS Men’s Comanche Skate Shoe

DVS’s Comanche skate shoes are quite bulky, but they’re as versatile as can be. Just like their name implies, these are ‘skate’ shoes that are perfect for both skate and longboarding.

These shoes are made of a combination of synthetic and rigid leather materials; this combination provides a perfect balance of durability and flexibility, which evens out the drawbacks of being slightly heavier than average.

Comanche shoes come supplied with a textured rubber sole that is thicker and sturdier than average. Just like our previous pick, the Comanche Shoes feature a hi-top design and offer increased ankle support. Keep in mind that they’re pretty big, though, so you might need some time to get accustomed to how they feel.


4) Vans LXVI Graphics

The Vans LXVI really stands out for its futuristic and clean design.

But, once you get into it, you quickly realize that it has all the features (and then some) that make the brand one of the top manufacturers of skate and longboard shoes.

The responsive waffle sole allows for an even better feel on board thanks to the cross-twisting bend, this is a super-light, non-lifting Rapidweld construction, which means the outer one doesn’t break, after a bit of repulsion and additional softening and the raised heel offers protection.


5) Adidas Originals Men’s Top Ten Hi Sneaker

Next up is another pair of Adidas shoes called the Originals Men’s Top Ten hi-top sneakers. This is another fine example of the style, elegance, and functionality, as these shoes both look and perform the part.

What’s different about these shoes is that they feature a slightly larger shaft while still being within the borders of average hi-top models. This means that they offer superior stability and unparalleled ankle support, but they also restrict the movements of the wearer somewhat in turn.

The Originals Top Ten shoes are made of ultra-robust synthetic materials and feature a synthetic sole. They also sport various tiny vent holes for better airflow and air circulation.

6) Osiris Men’s Clone Skate Shoe

Next on our list of the best shoes for longboarding is Osiris’s Men’s Clone Skate Shoe. Most riders already know that not all skate shoes are so comfortable for longboarding, but the Clone actually is; these shoes are remarkably light, they’re exceptionally resilient, and they look pretty rad, for all it’s worth.

The Clone Shoes are made of a combination of leather and synthetic materials; they sport a super-light and padded tongue, as well as a reinforced collar with the Clone graffiti on it. Speaking of style and fashion, you might want to know that these shoes come in over 10 color styles, including green, gray, black, brown, pink, and more.

What makes these shoes so great for longboarding is the fact that they’re easy and very comfortable to wear for extended periods; all the while they’re also built like a tank, only they don’t weigh as much.


7) DC Men’s Court Graffik Skate Shoe

DC is the go-to brand for skaters and longboard riders, mainly because their shoes offer a great balance of sturdiness, stability, and comfort. The Court Graffik Skate Shoes are an excellent representative of their quality.

These shoes are made of leather and feature a high-quality rubber sole. They also sport vent holes that provide increased breathability and sport a foam-padded collar that offers extra support.




8) Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker

While skaters tend to avoid Converse sneakers, longboard riders have millions of reasons why they love them. The Chuck Taylor All Star is a pair of high-top sneakers in which you’ll feel as relaxed and natural as you were barefooted.

They’re incredibly light, nearly weightless some would say, but they’re incredibly robust, at least for Converse sneakers. All-Star shoes are made of high-quality canvas, and even though they’re not resistant to ripping and tearing, they’re pretty much impervious to scratching.

On top of looking classy, these shoes feature a thick reinforced sole that will come in quite handy during ‘manual’ braking. Traditionally as all Converse sport vent holes on the sides, the All-Star Chuck Taylor model features them as well.

One of the best things about these shoes is that you can find them in pretty much every color you can imagine. Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Charcoal, White, Navy, Tangelo, Pink, you name it and they have it. Furthermore, there are tons of multi-colored and even multi-styled models for you to choose from.

The only thing that most longboard riders don’t particularly like about these shoes is that they don’t offer nearly as much ankle support and stability as other hi-top shoe types. The canvas basically covers the skin but that’s pretty much it. On a brighter side, at least you’ll be safe from scratches and bruises should you stumble or fall.



9) DC Men’s Anvil TX SE Skate Shoe

Our last pick is DC’s Men’s Anvil TX SE Skate Shoe. This is a classy-looking pair of shoes that features textile construction, a rugged rubber sole, and a low-top design.

These shoes sport numerous vent holes that grant excellent breathability and ventilation while the mesh lining and textile upper provide a dramatic boost to the already-superb durability. Anvil also looks great and is available in sixteen different color styles.


Buying Guide


Sewing – Inspect the shoe and make sure they are actually sewn together. Not just glued. And they should be largely double-stitched or even tripled together. Quality Longboard shoes should be sewn together tightly.


Material – Good Longboard shoes are usually made of leather or suede, or something synthetic that is just as strong. But be careful – Fallen is the only brand that makes good strong synthetic leather.


Weight –  All this reinforcement is great, but if the shoes are as heavy as concrete blocks, you won’t pull a lot of tricks with them.


Grip – The sole must be made of rubber (caoutchouc rubber). Not just ordinary rubber for outdoor shoes. The biggest brands of longboard shoes will be good enough, but not all shoes made by companies are made the same.


Style – This is the least important feature when it comes to longboarding, but most longboarders put it at the top of their lists It doesn’t matter if you think about the style – you have to like your shoes! But she should be down the list, sitting in the back seat of some other concerns!


Padding – It’s a matter of taste. Some Longboarders like padded tongues, as well as a good cushy sole pad. But it doesn’t matter as much as you think it matters. Padding is all about comfort.


Lace Protection – This is a small thing that many longboarders miss when looking at shoes. Are the lace holes reinforced with metal? If not, you can easily tear them. Does the shoe come with caps for the lower holes of the lace, which will protect your ties when you do tricks? If not, you will probably burn your beauties too soon.


Breathability- Active people know that you can cool off virtually every part of the body except your feet unless you take off your shoes or if you’re wearing sandals or slippers.

Unfortunately, neither of the two are viable options for longboard riders, which means that you’ll need a pair of breathable, ventilated shoes if you don’t want to drench your feet and socks in sweat.

Features that improve the breathability factor of a shoe are vent holes or the construction material itself. For instance, certain shoes are made of mesh, textile or canvas, all of which are very breathable on their own.


Comfort- Even though it’s pretty self-explanatory, you’ll want to sport a pair of comfortable shoes, regardless of whether you intend to use them for riding a longboard or for walking.
Certain models trade comfortability for sturdiness or aesthetics, and you don’t want to sacrifice either of the two.

The ideal and easiest way to determine whether a certain model is comfortable or not is by trying it out. However, that’s not always possible, especially if you’re ordering online,
so your best bet is to either check what verified customers had to say or by the choice of material.

For example, shoes made of canvas (such as Converse models) are not comfortable for everyone while most people seem to feel pretty fine in a pair of leather-made shoes.


Support- Your legs need the extra support when you’re riding a longboard, mainly since you will be putting extra stress on your legs and feet. If you have weak knees or ankles, we recommend using hi-top shoes and sneakers rather than low-top ones.


So after reading this, and looking at our recommendations, which shoe did you like?

Let us know in the comment section below 🙂



Longboard Deck Types

There’s barely a sport or an activity that’s as exciting and adventurous as longboarding. Of course, longboarding itself is a broad term as well, since there are different styles to consider here. We have anything from just casual cruising, over downhills, and up to free rides and freestyle longboarding. This all comes down to personal preferences and what an individual is looking for.

But like we said, longboarding is a broad term and it includes different types of activities.

With this in mind, it’s only obvious that you’re going to find a few different types of longboards. After all, different types of ride require specialised boards so that the activity would not only be more pleasurable, but also more effective and, in some cases, even safer.

So we have longboards coming in many different sizes and shapes. If you’re just getting into this sport and are planning to buy your first longboard, there are some things you need to consider first.

You’ll need to have an overall idea of what exactly do you want to do. And according to this, you’ll need to choose the right longboard type for you. This is the only way you’ll be able to make your experience more enjoyable.

In case you’re having trouble finding the most suitable longboard for you, don’t worry – we’re here to help you out. If you’re new to longboarding, we’ve come up with a brief but helpful guide that will introduce you to all the different longboard deck types and give a little info on how they’re designed. So let’s get into it.


Longboard deck types by use

The first division we’d like to discuss comes down to longboards by use. This is usually the main concern of everyone who wants to get into longboarding. There are four main types we’ll mention here – cruising, downhill, freeride, and freestyle.


Cruising boards

As the name suggests, cruising boards are, obviously, intended for regular cruising. The design of these longboard decks is accommodated for longer, steady rides.

They’re designed in such a way to fit into crowded areas and to ensure comfort and “smooth sailing.” In most cases, they have wider trucks, and the overall design of the deck is conceived in such a way to provide stability and balance.

At the same time, these are not as mobile as some other decks. But this is not their main goal. Cruising boards are recommended either for beginners or just those who enjoy smooth casual rides without any specific thrills or tricks in mind.


Carving longboards

Carving is, in many ways, similar to regular cruising. However, it’s a more advanced technique that requires a lot of practice and skill.

The technique is also used in many other longboard riding styles, but can also be used as a style of its own. From the point of an observer, the carving style looks so smooth and effortless, but it requires a lot of balance and coordinated movements in order to do it right.

By carefully leaning back and forth, carving longboard riders move forward, but in a smooth “S”-shaped trajectory. By doing these movements, they keep the speed and momentum and keep “pushing” forward.

Although very similar to standard cruising boards, carving decks have their own traits. They’re designed in such a way to ensure easier ways to alternate between leaning back and forth.

downhill longboard

Downhill boards

While riding your longboard downhill might not seem like a very complicated idea, there are some important things to consider.

Firstly, you’ll need a specialized board that will, in the end, keep you safer in these settings. But these boards are also designed to have reduced wind resistance, while also keeping the focus on stability.

Again, these boards are similar to cruising ones. However, downhill riders will often be either in crouching or tucked positions. The longboard decks also accommodate to these settings and provide more stability and comfort for downhill rides. They’re usually a bit shorter compared to cruising or carving longboard decks.



Now, freerides require more skill and practice. In fact, the freeride style encompasses pretty much all of the different techniques, and combine cruising, downhills, and other techniques.

These longboards are designed to keep up with the speed and stability, while also being able to do curb hops and slides. You can regard them as “jack of all trades” in the world of longboards.


And finally, we have the freestyle longboards and longboard decks. While these other types mostly focused on regular rides. freestyle is all about… Well, it’s about doing whatever the hell you want on your longboard! Different board tricks, sliding, fooling around, jumping, even dancing – it’s all fair game in the freestyle mode.

Of course, the freestyle boards are specific and are designed in such a way to favour mobility over stability and speed. You can’t expect these to be sufficient enough for cruises, carving, or downhills. And, at the same time, they’re also not the safest option for these settings.

In some ways, freeride is a separate art of its own, since it’s a completely different style of longboarding.

Longboard deck styles

While the main division of longboard deck types comes to their use, there’s a more detailed classification with all the different shapes and sizes. And every longboard shape has its own implementation in practice for these four categories we mentioned above. After all, it’s the shape that has a huge impact on the overall stability, mobility, speed, and performance for whatever technique you may need it. Below, we have the main styles that you can find on the market today.



When speaking of top-mount longboard decks, we’re thinking of the “conventional” board shape. It’s pretty widespread and it’s, in most cases, the most affordable one. The deck on these types of longboards is mounted on top of trucks, and the center of gravity is a bit higher compared to the other deck styles.

Although this configuration is not that stable, it provides more mobility for different techniques and you’ll also get more turn leverage.

But overall, top-mount deck types are the most versatile, which makes them a good choice for any style. But given that they’re multi-purpose, it’s a pretty good option for the freeride longboarding style.


The so-called drop-through decks have a pretty interesting design. The main thing that you can notice is that the trucks go through the board itself. This way, the height is decreased approximately by the thickness of the board. At the same time, the boards narrow down where the wheels come, and they look “exposed” when you look at them from above.

With such a setting, you get an increase in stability and more comfort for those long cruising rides. Therefore, these are the perfect choice for cruising, although they can also be used for downhills and freerides.


Similar to the drop-through type, you also have the design with wheel cutouts and trucks that go through the board. However, the main difference here is that double-drop longboard decks are even lower. This is, arguably, the most stable longboard deck type. On the other hand, these are difficult to come by, as they’re pretty difficult to construct. At the same time, they’re pretty expensive as well. With all this said, they have a more narrow scope of use and are quite popular among the downhill fanatics.

Drop deck

The drop deck also features two main traits that we mentioned above. You have both the wheel cutouts and the deck that goes below the trucks. Of course, such a design is what lowers the center of gravity, making them very stable. You’ll also notice that you’ll use way less effort when swinging back and forth. So you’ll find this particular style used for freerides, although it’s also pretty common among fans of downhill rides.

Variations in shape

To make this guide even more detailed, we’ll need to go into other variations in shapes. We already mentioned some, but here, we’ll see to explain some traits that you might see with longboard decks.

Wheel wells or wheel cutouts

We’ve already mentioned the wheel cutouts, which are also known as “wheel wells.” The board narrows down sharply at the wheels, exposing them and giving them space to “breathe.” These are usually found on longboards with lower deck settings. When turning sharply, your wheels can make contact with the board, ultimately making damages and even throwing you off the board. So, in short, these cutouts allow you to turn sharply without potentially falling off the board.

Kick tail

The so-called kick tails are found on one or both ends of some boards. This design feature lets you lift the board for any kind of jumps or tricks. Since they allow easier and quicker turns, they’re quite useful in crowded places, or anywhere where you need to make a quick turn. This is why you’ll find kick tails on many freeride or cruising longboards.

Concave decks

Concave longboard deck designs come in handy if you need a stronger grip. Your feet will take this shape and will increase the overall contact area of your shoes. This is usually something that you find on downhill and carving longboards. There are also modifications of this shape, with the slightly flattened middle part, or the so-called “W”-concave boards. The profile of these “W” boards has two concave sections, resembling the flattened “W” letter.

Longboard deck types: a brief buying guide

With all this information being thrown in your face, you might feel a little confused. But it’s not that complicated really, and there are a few things to consider when buying your longboard deck.

The first choice comes down to what exactly do you want to do. So we once again come back to the main four riding styles – cruising, carving, freerides, and freestyle. After all, the preferred style is what you’re aiming for, and all the boards are designed with a specific style in mind.

If you’re looking just for a cruising board, then you can go with a simple drop deck board.

If you need more manoeuvrability, then it’s a good idea to have a concave board.

Top-mounted decks can be a good choice as well, and with an addition of a kicktail, you’ll be able to do narrow turns in crowded places.

Similar rules can apply to those who are looking for carving longboards. A concave shape, in this case, can be a good addition.

As far as the basic shapes go, it’s always a better idea to go with a drop deck rather than a top-mounted board. Having wheel cutouts just works better in these settings.

Freeriders can also go with drop through longboard decks or drop-through decks. In many cases, freeride-oriented longboards are noticeably “deeper” than those intended for cruises or carving rides.

Downhills can be a little tricky, as you can reach some head-spinning speeds. Like we already mentioned, the double-drop longboard decks are perfect for these settings. However, these are pretty expensive, so you can go with drop-through or drop-deck since they provide more stability.

As for freestyle riders, you’ll need as much mobility as you can. Top-mounted boards are what you’re looking for here. It’s also mandatory that you have at least one kick tail, as this kind of configuration will significantly increase your mobility.

Best Longboard Wheels for Cruising

When it comes to longboarding, the type of wheels that you are using will have an immense impact on your overall experience.

Whatever is that you’re aiming for, you always need to find the most suitable wheels for the occasion. Unfortunately, many longboard manufacturers don’t always care about an individual rider’s preferences.

This is why some stock wheels are kind of a letdown for many riders.

In this guide, we’ll be focusing on the best longboard wheels for cruising. Aside from the list of the best options, we’ll also do a brief buying guide so that you can get a better understanding of the issue.

Here’s a summarized version of our choices:


Type / Features



Sector 9 Nine Ball

– 78A Top Shelf Urethane,
– 38 mm contact patch,
– Center set core
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Orangatang in Heat 75 mm

– Available in 77a (blue), 80a (orange), 83a (purple), and 86a (yellow) Happy Thane Formula,
– 56 mm contact patch,
– 75 mm diameter,
– High strenght, high stiffness core
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Orangatang Caguama 85 mm Longboard Wheels – Available in 77a (blue), 80a (orange), and 83a (purple) Happy Thane Formula,
– 56 mm contact patch,
– 85 mm diameter,
– Includes Loaded Jehu V2 bearings with integrated spacers and speedrings
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Shark Wheel Sidewinder 70mm 78A – 78A durometer,
– 70 mm diameter,
– Sine wave pattern design
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Sector 9 Nine Ball


Sector 9 is a company that’s pretty well-known at this point for its quality longboards and other appropriating gear and components. So it’s not a wonder that they’re popping up in pretty much every longboard-related rundown.

For this little rundown, we are including Sector 9’s Nine Ball wheels.

We are looking at the 70 mm wheel diameter, along with the 78A durometer.

This is a relatively softer configuration, making those longer cruise rides more enjoyable and comfortable.

The contact patch is at about 38 mm, and we also have a center-set core.

In essence, all of these properties make them a pretty solid choice for those who are looking for the best cruising wheels.

Overall, they’re a pretty good deal for the money. The one downside that we’d mention is that they might be a bit too rough on some sidewalks. But if we’re talking about standard asphalt and regular roads, these will turn your ride into smooth sailing.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Good deal for the price
  • Made from top-shelf urethane
  • Relatively softer (78A), making them a good option for long comfortable cruising rides
  • Centerset core


  • Nine Ball wheels might feel a bit more rugged on some sidewalks


Orangatang In Heat 75 mm Downhill Longboard Skateboard Cruising Wheels


Orangatang is a company that specializes in making longboard wheels. And so far, they’ve been getting mostly positive reviews by longboard riders.

Their focus is on simplicity, great quality, and specific aesthetics and design.

You could say that these wheels look like something flashy from the 1990s.

Anyhow, for the list of cruising wheels, we have theirs In Heat series.

So let’s start with the basics. These are wheels that are 75 mm in diameter.

Now, their width is significantly bigger compared to the previous product. We have 56 mm as well as the same size for the contact patch.

As far as the durometer goes, there are three versions – 77A, 80A, 83A, and 86A. As you can see, there’s a variety of choices here, but it’s a better idea to focus on softer models.

When it comes to the urethane formula, we have the happy thane on our hands here. It has that “buttery” smoothness to it, yet it provides enough grip on different surfaces.

Overall, these are balanced and fast, definitely a good addition in case you’re coming up with your new cruising setup.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Very balanced and fast
  • Happy thane formula
  • Great grip on many different surfaces
  • Very smooth feel, great for cruise rides


  • Some have complained that they can wear out in a relatively short period compared to some other wheels


Big Boy 70 mm Gel Solid Skateboard Wheels


Going deeper into the world of cruising longboard wheels, we’d also like to think of some budget options you might want to consider.

Of course, this is a bit of a slippery slope, as many can be misled into buying cheaper stuff, and then end up buying something new not long after.

However, if you’re on a budget and just can’t, or won’t, look into anything mid or high price level, then the Big Boy 70 mm wheels can be a good option for you.

What’s more, along with four of these simple wheels, you will get all the bearings and spacers as well.

Generally speaking, these Big Boy 70 mm Gel Solid wheels are intended for multiple different purposes.

They’re intended for general cruising, downhill rides, and other purposes.

However, we’d argue that they’re most suitable for cruising.

To be fair, they’re not the super-quality ones but are more than a good solution if you don’t feel like spending a lot and just need something to do the job right.

Other than that, you’ll probably need to invest a bit more.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Cheap yet quite reliable for this price level
  • Multi-purpose wheels
  • It also comes with spacers and bearings


  • Not the most quality product out there
  • Might not be comfortable on some rougher surfaces


Blood Orange Liam Morgan Pro


Now going over to some of the mid-level price gear, we decided to include one of Blood Orange’s products.

Once again we have a company that specializes in longboard wheels and has been making some good stuff for quite a while now.

The one particular set of wheels that we’re interested in is the Liam Morgan Pro. Since they bear the name of one of the most famous longboarders, then they’re by all means worth checking out, right?

Going into these signature wheel series, there are three basic models here.

There are 60 mm, 65 mm, as well as 70 mm diameter options. All three of these can be used for regular cruising purposes. However, we’d mostly recommend the 70-millimeter version for this purpose. This one also comes in handy for downhill rides.

The contact surface is a bit of a narrower one, with only 32 mm. The offset is at the 2.5 mm mark.

As far as the material composition goes, we have the so-called Liam Morgan Formula or LMF. This particular formula is intended for many different purposes or settings.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Special Liam Morgan Formula for multi-purpose use
  • Very comfortable rides on a variety of surfaces
  • Can be useful for downhills as well



  • None for this price level


Orangatang Caguama 85 mm Longboard Wheels for Cruising


Since they have such a great reputation for their different longboard wheels, there’s no way not to include at least one more Orangatang product on this list.

So up next, we’re including their Caguma 85 mm wheels.

But first, we need to note that these are a bit more expensive, going over into the higher-end price level.

Nonetheless, the price is pretty much justified.

Their main purpose is for cruising, but you’ll see these wheels in some other settings as well as they’re pretty versatile. What’s more, they are often used for eBoards and regular skateboards.

Going over to their main features, the Caguma wheels are designed to be smooth on almost any type of surface where you can ride.

With them, you don’t need to worry about some of the weird sidewalks or uneven roads.

This is also due to a wide contact patch which is 56 mm.

For this model, Orangatang uses the Happy Thane formula, which combines great grip and smooth rides.

You’ll be able to achieve higher speeds and still have a very comfortable cruise.

In addition to all this, they’re pretty much very durable. These wheels also come in three different durometer versions – 77A, 80A, and 83A.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Very versatile, can be used for more than just cruising
  • Wide contact patch
  • Larger diameter, making rides more comfortable even on rougher surfaces
  • Happy Thane formula provides both the grip and smooth rides



  • They’re a bit expensive


Shark Wheel Sidewinder


Maybe it’s not a priority, but some might prefer to have a set of aesthetically pleasing wheels.

After all, looking unique is all part of the game as well. We’re pretty much certain that everyone will be turning their heads for these.

But, of course, we’re mostly interested in features and performance.

After all, we need something that will provide awesome cruise rides. So if you’ve been into longboards at least for a while, you’ve likely heard of Shark Wheel.

They specialize in making rather unusual wheels. We know that it might sound crazy to some, but they don’t rely on the conventional round shapes.

Instead, their wheels have a few interlocking rings of square and spherical shapes. Not to get too much into physics, but the resulting performance brings a very unique experience. Although they haven’t been around for a long time, they’re still pretty popular.

Combining these unique shapes with the high-rebound polyurethane material, you’ll be able to go over pretty much anything along the way.

The 78A durometer also provides a very soft ride and is capable of absorbing shock.

So these are fast, versatile, very comfortable, and look great. What more would you need?

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Great deal for the price
  • Unique design
  • High performance, including both speed and comfort
  • Very versatile


  • Their unique design might not fit everyone’s taste

Cal 7 97mm


Now, here we have another great option for those who love the larger diameter wheels. Cal 7 might not be as flashy and high-end as some other products listed here, but they’re still well worth the price. These wheels have a 97-millimeter diameter. To add to this, they’re 52 millimeters wide and have a contact surface of 47 millimeters. So that’s all pretty big and wide. And this is exactly why they can be a great choice for cruises. And they’re also relatively soft, with the durometer sitting at 78A.

Going over to other features, we also have 19.05mm PU depth and 44.45mm center-set hub. With these wheels, you’ll also get al the bearings and spacers.

Similarly to Big Boy 70 mm wheels that we mentioned, the Cal 7 aren’t exactly the most prestigious wheels. At the same time, they aren’t exactly the most versatile ones either, so don’t get your hopes up too high for these. However, they’re still more than great for the price level. We’d advise checking these out if you’re operating on a budget.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Cheap but reliable
  • Larger diameter and wide contact patch
  • Durometer is 78A, meaning that they’re pretty soft
  • Very comfortable rides


  • Not very versatile

Bigfoot Cored Classics

Bigfoot is another company we can’t avoid mentioning on this list, as they’ve been making some great stuff over the past years. One of their good solutions for cruising is the company’s Cored Classics series. While some are satisfied with their Mountain Cruisers, Cored Classics offer larger diameters.

Here we have three options. The smallest one is 83 mm, and the medium one is at 90 mm. However, the big surprise comes with the largest version that is at the 97 mm mark. If you want to go big and don’t care about anything else, then you just can’t go wrong with Bigfoot’s Cored Classics.

But aside from the diameter of almost 10 centimeters, these wheels are pretty soft, with the durometer at 78A.

So aside from cruising, these wheels can also be a pretty great option for downhill rides.

They also feature a center-set core, making them very easy to control in both downhill and cruising rides.

They also come in a few different color options. Their design might not be that flashy and aesthetically pleasing, but the main focus here is on the performance.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Very large diameter, the largest version has 97 mm
  • Very soft, durometer is at 78A
  • Centerset core
  • Good for downhills as well



  • Not the most aesthetically pleasing design


Fireball Beast 76mm

Lastly, we would also like to include one set of wheels by Fireball called Beast.

They make plenty of great skateboards and additional hardware, so there’s no doubt that these wheels are worth checking out. This is the company’s first-ever wheel series.

So the Fireball Beast wheels have a diameter of 76 millimeters and an offset core with fat lips.

This kind of design offers enough grip on surfaces, especially when carving or cornering.

Now, what’s unusual is that these are harder wheels, with three durometer rating versions – 81A, 84A, and 87A.

Nonetheless, they have enough urethane compared to the core size, which results in smoother performance. Their width is 65 mm, but the contact patch comes at 49 mm.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Great quality
  • Wide contact patch
  • Great control
  • Aesthetically pleasing design



  • Some would not like the harder durometer rating


Longboard wheels for cruising: Buying guide


When getting the right set of wheels, you should first focus on doing a bit of research. Whatever the kind of performance you’re aiming at, there are a few important things to consider.

Here are the most important specs to look at:

  • First, we’ll need to think of the size. While you’re free to choose what works best for you, it’s usually the larger diameters that are recommended for cruising and downhill riding. While 70 mm is about the average size, cruising wheels are usually over 75 and even above 80. Some examples we mentioned, like Bigfoot Cored Classics, are over 90 mm in diameter.
  • The contact patch should also be a bit wider. The narrow contact surfaces are usually intended for freerides and have significantly less grip.
  • When it comes to the shape, it’s recommended for cruising wheels to have thicker and square edges. This way, you will retain the much-needed grip over the surface.
  • As you can probably tell by the above recommendation, there’s a lot to say about hardness of the wheels, which is measured by durometer ratings and expressed on the Shore A scale. It is recommended that you go softer with cruising wheels, somewhere between 75A and 85A. Some slightly harder versions can be used as well if the wheel diameter and shape are more suitable for this purpose.
  • The Urethane formula can tell you how well the wheels will perform in practice. Wheels do not perform the same even with the same durometer rating. When it comes to cruising and downhill rides, you should look for something that has a better grip.
  • Finally, the wheel core design is also an important issue. The most recommended types are those with center-set core, meaning that the cores are exactly at the very center of the wheel. You also have side-set and offset cores, but they’re harder to control since they have less grip.



Before getting onto the longboard for any kind of ride, safety should be your biggest concern. A part of that also comes down to your choice of wheels. The ones that we mentioned here come as a good choice, mostly due to their good grip over surfaces.

In the end, we’ve included something for everyone’s taste and everyone’s budget level. Ultimately, the right choice comes down to your preferences. We hope this guide was of use to you and that you now feel more confident about getting the best longboard wheels for you. Cruise smoothly and stay safe, guys!

Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer 72mm Longboard Wheels

New on the market are the Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer Purple 72 mm longboard wheels that will most probably quickly become Powell’s yet another freeride favorite.

Following the success of Powell’s Snakes, the new Kevin Reimer  Purple longboard wheels feature their SSF (Soft Slide) formula but poured in a freeride wheel with square lips.

The new Kevin Reimer 72 mm tall longboard wheels have a 57.5 mm width and contact patch. In a 75a durometer, these should be much easier to slide. Powell Peralta describes the new Kevin Reimer wheels as more durable but with the same reliable smooth slide and grip as its predecessors.


Compared to their other wheel models, these should be grippier than Byron’s but less grippy than the 72 mm Green Kevin Reimer longboard wheels. The Purple Kevin Reimer skateboard wheels are best for downhill and freeride on smooth surfaces.

The price for a set is $47.95 on the official Powell Peralta website.

Best Full-Face Helmets For Longboarding

Ever wondered what Full-Face helmet is best for longboarding? Well, there’s no unbiased answer to this. However, here’s a collection of Full-Face helmets from trusted brands that are the most recognized and most commonly worn in the longboarding scene.

We’ll look at the features and certification of each helmet and you make the choice on which one you like the most style-wise.

Here’s a hint: These two stood out throughout our research and testing process.

The most popular Full-Face longboard helmets for downhill and freeride are:

Please note, this list is not in a best-to-worst order but should serve as a guide to help you make an informed decision. This is your first step to find yourself the best Full-Face helmet for your downhill and freeride needs.

Let’s check out which Full-Face helmets are the best and most popular in longboarding…

TSG – Pass, Pass Pro and Pass Pro Carbon Full-Face Longboard Helmets

It’s safe to say that the TSG Pass helmet is one of the most popular Full-Face longboard helmets worn on any given freeride or race.

With the design help of Martin Siegrist (three-time World Downhill Skateboard Champion in the early 2000s) TSG’s first longboard helmet ‘’The Pass’’ hit the market back in Spring, 2014 and has been a staple in the community ever since.

Currently, this downhill skateboarding helmet is available in three models; The Pass, The Pass Pro and The Pass Pro Carbon. Certification wise, there is no difference between them as they all provide protection with NF EN 1078+A1:02 2013 and ASTM F1952 safety standards. However, the major differences are weight and price.

Related: What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

The cheapest and the heaviest is the Pass Full-Face weighing in at 1060 grams with a price tag of  250 €. Next is the Pass Pro with 940 grams at 350 €.

The lightest and the most expensive is, of course, the Pass Pro Carbon. This one weighs 10 grams less than the Pass Pro probably because it includes Carbon Fiber instead of Fiberglass. The price for a Pass Pro Carbon longboard helmet is 450 €.

Because they have so much in common, we’ll have a look at the OG, the Pass helmet. Even though the Pass Pro usually has more color options.

The TSG Pass Full-Face Helmet for Downhill Skateboarding

The Pass Full-Face helmet features a hard shell Fiberglass Construction with EPS foam and a fabric liner in a compact and aerodynamic shell design.

As opposed to Half-Shell helmets, Full-Face helmets feature minimal venting to preserve the aerodynamic performance. The Pass includes two nose vent ports on the chin guard to prevent fogging, as well as small ear slots for ambient noise.

Because Full-Face helmets tend to be a lot ”hotter” the Pass also includes an Air Flow vent system that pulls fresh air over and around the head while forcing stale air out.

A Pass longboard Full-Face helmet normally includes spherically curved visors (clear and tinted) with both scratch and anti-fog coating. In an effort to further minimize fogging the Pass helmet includes what TSG likes to call an exhalation-fogging-blocker. This means an inside soft foam available in two sizes that is placed around the nose area.

When closed the visor on The Pass Full-Face helmet is completely sealed so consequently, there’s no whistle sound or air coming in the helmet when you skate.

The interior includes TSG’s washable comfort liner and removable cheek pads that are available in different sizes for a snug fit a helmet needs to have.

The design of the Pass downhill skateboard helmet is rounded off with a secure double D-ring closure which you can, with some practice, buckle even with your longboard gloves on.

Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet

The next most commonly used helmet for downhill and freeride is the Triple 8 T8 Racer longboard skateboard helmet.

With a streamlined profile and an aerodynamic design, this Full-Face helmet caters with a distinctive logo-stipe on the top and lettering around the ear area. On the back, this helmet has a higher cut for less neck restriction and a more comfortable tuck position.

Triple 8’s T8 Racer complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM F-1952  safety standards. Its construction is a mix of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and an EPS foam liner with a velvet lining.

It includes a multiview flip-up visor made from a shatter-resistant material. The visor for the T8 Racer comes in two options; clear or tint. If you’re looking for that nice mirror look TSG has, you’ll be disappointed.

As opposed to a double D-ring, this helmet has a plastic buckle.  We could debate about the pros and cons of both but a buckle allows you to snap it into place easier than the former.

The T8 Racer Full-Face longboard helmet includes two sets of fit pads that let you customize the fit. And the price? The Triple 8 T8 Racer Full-Face helmet goes for around 270 Euro or $299.99.

Predator Helmets – DH6-Xg Full-Face Longboard Helmet

With the success of its predecessors, the DH6 and DH6-X full-face helmet models, the DH6-Xg is a fairly new longboard helmet model on the market.

The DH6-Xg helmet design presents the evolution of Predator’s previous models with a more rounded off shape. The DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is as minimalistic as it gets. The only exterior embellishment is the logo lettering on the sides.

This helmet is available in Gloss Gold, Matte Gunmetal Grey, Matte Black, and Gloss Whitegold colorways.

With a pre-preg fiberglass shell, a large visibility window, internal ventilation and an air vent on the chin, the DH6-Xg weighs only 900 grams. It is the lightest of the helmets listed in this article.

The DH6-Xg meets CPSC standards and is CE-1078 certified but doesn’t have an ASTM certification.

It includes optically correct curved tinted and clear visors and a nice fleece-lined carry bag. Predator also offers additional visor options such as silver mirror, color mirror, black, and others.

The DH6-Xg is available in one size only. It accommodates head sizes in a range of 58 – 61 cm (22.9″ – 24″) with three cheek pad thickness options. This means there is no XL size, but only the range from small to large.

As per usual, the DH6-Xg buckles up with a Double D-ring buckle and a padded strap.

The price for a new Predator DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is around 350 Euro or $380.

S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet

Another Full-Face helmet that is commonly used by longboarders is the S1 Lifer Full-Face helmet for downhill skateboarding and freeriding. At S1 they made their well-accepted Lifer Half-Shell into a Full-Face model that shares quite some similarities.

Related: Best Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

S1’s Lifer Full-Face has a deep fit design with a shorter front profile to prevent excessive head whip upon impact. Inside it features S1’s EPS Fusion Foam that can withstand multiple low force impacts as well as a high impact.

Its ABS outer shell is paired with protective EPS Fusion Foam in a hard-shell construction and inner sizing pads. This helmet is certified as CPSC for High Impact and ASTM for Multiple Impact.

The field of view on the S1 Lifer Full-Face is wide for good peripheral vision. It’s paired with a removable visor with tilt mobility. The visor is mounted on the helmet in a way it potentially prevents fogging and allows proper airflow.

The Lifer Full-Face has ear holes so you can hear outside noise but does not have additional external venting. It relies on the shape of the inner foam to redirect stale air out from the bottom of the helmet.

Normally, a Lifer Full-Face longboard helmet offers an option to choose 2 visors. It can be either Clear, Tinted, Iridium or a Mirror model. S1 also includes a helmet bag, three cheek pads for size adjustment and two extra sizing liners.

There you have it, we’re at the end of this article. You now know what are the most commonly used and trusted Full-Face helmets for downhill and freeride. Skate safe, until next time …

New Longboard Deck Pro-models 2019

New pro model longboard decks you need to check out in 2019

During this year’s pre-season quite a few new pro decks hit the market. It looks like the brands are getting back into designing and developing their boards closely with their pro riders.

Pro model deck development is more complicated and expensive considering that the boards are built according to the rider’s specification which normally requires more prototyping and testing. That is why generally pro model decks are considered to be of higher quality in terms of design features and are expected to have a better performance.

This kind of collaboration between brands and pro riders also provides with an opportunity for the riders to grow their travel budget by getting a share from the sales.

Normally the price of a pro deck is expected to be higher but nowadays you can pick up one at a price of a ”regular” longboard deck.

In this article, we will have a closer looks at new pro model decks by Moonshine MFG, Alternative Longboards, Pantheon Longboards, and Rocket Longboards designed by some of the currently most popular riders like Brandon DesJarlais or Patrick Lombardi.

Let’s check out the decks…

Proscrito –  Brandon DesJarlais pro longboard deck by Moonshine

The first deck we’re going to check out is Proscrito by Moonshine from the United States, developed with Brandon DesJarlais. Brandon is an internationally well-recognized rider due to his versatile and unique skating style combined with good media creation and longboard scene involvement.

Last year he took 2nd place at Red Bull No Paws Down and was featured on Red Bull social media outlets on multiple occasions during the past few years of regularly attending the race.

Brandon DesJarlais Pro Model Longboard Deck - Proscrito by Moonshine MFG

Brandon’s first pro model ‘’Proscrito’’ is built after Moonshine’s Outlaw, his deck of choice until now. As the basis set, he imagined a slightly shorter and narrower version with a redefined neck and grab rails.

By maintaining a directional shape, the Proscrito features a 96.5 cm (38 inches) length, a 24.1 cm (9.5 inch) width and 59.7- 65.4 cm (23.5 – 25.75 inch) wheelbase. All this is packed into a total weight of 1.76 kg (3.9 lbs). The slimmed down design includes a medium concave and rocker as well as a subtle w-concave. The board is completed with a kicktail.

As for the look goes, the Proscrito is surrounded by a full carbon fiber wrap for protection, stiffness, and pop that also doubles as a base for the recognizable graphic on the bottom.

Lombardi PRO – Patrick L. Lombardi pro longboard deck by Alternative Longboards

The second board we’re going to check out is Lombardi PRO by Alternative Longboards from Poland, developed with last year’s winner and two-time Red Bull No Paws Down Champion, Patrick L. Lombardi.

Related: Patrick L. Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2018 at KnK Longboard Camp

His high speed freeride runs and one-off style made him into one of the most recognizable longboarders in the World who was ready to form his experience into the design of the Lombardi PRO.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, Patrick is recovering from an injury he suffered in a bad crash in autumn of last year. While his recovery is going well he is not expected to be protecting his RBNPD Champion title at KnK 2019.

Patrick L. Lombardi Pro-model - Lombardi PRO by Alternative Longboards

The Lombardi PRO longboard deck has a directional shape with a symmetrical platform. It’s designed for downhill, freeride and anything in between thanks to the addition of a kicktail.

With a 93.4 cm length (36.77 inches), a 25 cm (9.84 inches) width and wheelbase options ranging from 62.23 – 66.23 cm (24.5 – 26.07 inches) this board also caters to riders with bigger shoe sizes.

For stability during high speeds, the platform includes a comfortable medium to mellow concave with centered rocker and a 8 mm (0.31 inch) micro drop.

As a novelty in Alternative’s DH and Freeride range, the Lombardi PRO also features integrated ABS protective sidewalls on the wheel wells, nose and tail for added durability and edge protection when the board flips over.

Chiller Pro – Chase Hiller pro longboard deck by Pantheon Longboards

The third board in the spotlight is the Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards from the United States. The deck has been designed and built according to Case Hiller’s specification.

His new pro model is a well-deserved result of his consistent top positioning on IDF races so far. At the time of writing, Chase is ranking 1st in IDF on the World Ranking in Open Skateboard category.

Chase Hiller Pro-model - Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards

Chase’s pro model longboard is a revamped Scoot deck model from Pantheon with slight modifications to fit his riding style. The new board kept the original platform size but with a different wheelbase. It includes new drop elements, a w-concave, and a kicktail which the ‘’original’’ board didn’t have before.

The Chiller Pro is 92.2 cm (36.3 inches) long and 24.4 (9.6 inches) wide and offers wheelbase options ranging from approx. 61.6 – 66.6 cm (24.25 to 26.25 inches).

Purple urethane bumpers cover the nose and tail to help guard this deck against impact damage while the side rails are hand-rubbed with an oil finish to keep out the elements.

Phoenix – Tristan Cardillo  pro longboard deck by ROCKET Longboards

In March ROCKET Longboards welcomed Tristan Cardillo to their growing team of riders. Dedicated to racing, Tristan became a junior European IDF champion back in 2017, however, he got his first ever pro model in the present year named the Phoenix.

Tristan Cardillo Pro-model - Phoenix by Rocket Longboards

The Phoenix is an 83.7 cm (32.9 inches) long and 22.5 cm to 23 cm wide (8.85-inch front, 9 inches back) longboard deck with a 56 to 64 cm (22 – 25.2 inch) wheelbase. It features a somewhat aggressive concave with a 2-step drop profile including a micro drop and a w-concave.

To fit with Tristan’s riding style, the Phoenix also provides good wheel clearance for big race wheels even on narrow trucks.

ROCKET kept is simple with the graphics this year but included an embossed ABS top sheet through which you can see the central carbon fiber strip and inner natural flax fiber paired with bamboo components.

La Barou & La Barouquette – Lillian Barou pro longboard decks by Alternative Longboards

Lillian Barou, another Alternative Longboards team rider, got a chance to design his signature deck and not just one, but two!

Related: Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

Lillian is a French downhill skateboarder who’s been with the brand for many years now. Last year he visited multiple freerides and IDF events and had a decent chance to step on the podium at KnK’s Red Bull No Paws Down but got wiped out in the consi finals.

His first pro model decks are an answer to the whole ordeal of longboarding on narrow trucks and short wheelbases. As opposed to the other models Alternative put out this year, Lillian’s boards feature a minimalistic wooden finish.

Lillian Barou Pro-model- La Barou & La Barouquette by Alternative Longboards

The major difference between the two signature deck models is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.

At a closer look at the specs, both decks have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).

Finish line

There you have it – six new longboard deck models that debuted in 2019 thanks to the brands and riders mentioned above. Which one is your favorite?

Top 5 Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

Best Half-Shell Helmets For Longboarding

It will take more than just a set of good longboard bearings to keep you going. That’s why we made a list of top recommended half-shell skateboard helmets for you to check out.

If you already have a helmet for more than 3 years, you should consider replacing it with a new one. The reason is that even if it never received a hit, other factors like UV-rays, heat, and sweat can compromise its protective properties.

The following helmet models can be used for cruising, freestyle, longboard dancing or even freeriding.

To learn more about the different types of helmets for longboarding and certification criteria have a look at What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

Triple 8 – The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet

The Certified Sweatsaver longboard skateboard helmet by Triple 8 in one way presents a combination of a soft-shell and a hard-shell helmet. It includes both high-impact EPS foam and a dual-density soft foam in an ABS hardshell construction.

The most inner soft foam is surrounded with a Sweatsaver™ Liner and resembles a similar type of protection you would find in a soft-shell helmet without EPS. This also serves as fit pads but in a noticeably thicker design as in standard skateboard helmets, which potentially offers a more snug fit.

Triple 8 - The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet

An important feature of a skateboard helmet is the venting system as you tend to overheat during strenuous skating. The Certified Sweatsaver helmet includes two vents in the front and back, as well as six vents on top in a similar design to Triple8’s logo.

With the word ‘’certified’’ included in the product name, we also need to point out what certification it has. As stated on their official website, the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is best used for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating/roller skating, and scooters, as most of them are.

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Baja Teal Rubber, Medium

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Black Rubber w/ Red, Large

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.

It is marketed as dual-certified, and yes it is. It complies with US CPSC Bike and ASTM (ASTM F-1492) Skate Safety Standards.

The Certified Sweatsaver is available in standard matte or glossy solid colors, and even two rainbow sparkling models. What’s also ”cool” about this helmet is that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation as stated on Triple 8’s website.

TSG – The Evolution Helmet

Next on the list is the TSG Evolution Helmet that has become widely accepted in both cycling and skateboarding. In downhill skateboarding their Pass full-face helmet is widely recognized but that’s a topic for later…

The TSG Evolution longboard skateboard helmet features an ABS hardshell construction with inner protective EPS foam and fit pads in two sizes. TSG’s Low Fit design means it sits low and fully protects the entire back and sides of your head.

TSG - The Evolution Helmet

For somewhat maximized venting, the Evolution Helmet includes altogether 14 vents, just like the Certified Sweatsaver but distributed differently. It has two vents in the front, six in the back and 6 vents on the top.

As stated by TSG, the Evolution helmet is one of the slimmest hardshell designs available and weighs 460 grams which is OK for a half-shell helmet although there are lighter ones out there (even from TSG).

TSG - Skate/BMX Injected Color (Injected White, L/XL 57-59 cm) Helmet for Bicycle Skateboard

TSG Hardshell Helmet
HARDSHELL CONSTRUCTION: For maximum safety, TSG’s hardshell construction combines a super strong injection moulded outer shell and a shock absorbing EPS inner shell.

TSG Superlight Skate & Bike in w/Snug Fit | CPSC & EN1078 Certified | for Cycling, BMX, Skateboarding, Rollerblading, Roller Derby, E-Boarding, Longboarding, Vert, Park, Urban

TSG Superlight Helmet
IN-MOLD CONSTRUCTION: The protective EPS is foamed directly into the shock resistant polycarbonate shell, for a super light, yet extremely stable helmet construction.

An added bonus to TSG products is that you can find their certification test reports on their website. Based on the reports, this helmet complies with CPSC, ASTM1492, and NF EN 1078 + A1:02 2013 which one could interpret as the French standard for CE EN 1078.

TSG’s Evolution helmet is available in quite a wide array of styles that cover anything from solid colors, various graphic designs, different colored EPS foam and diverse color combinations of their nylon adjustable straps and plastic buckles.

S ONE – Lifer Helmet

Moving on we’ll check out the S-One Lifer longboard skateboard helmet. This one stands out because it checks off all of the certification marks we want to see in a helmet for longboarding. But let’s start with the features first…

The S-ONE Lifer helmet features an outer high-rebound ABS shell with S-ONE’s own FUSI1ON EPS foam consisting of low, medium and high-density beads. To help with size adjustment it includes color-coded sweat absorbing fit pads.

S1 - Lifer Skate Helmet

As for the venting system goes, the Lifer helmet includes only 11 vent holes with five circular and six teardrop shaped vent holes distributed throughout the deep fitting design of this helmet.

S-ONE Lifer CPSC - Multi-Impact Helmet -Moxi Leopard Print - XXX-Large (23.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.

S-ONE S1 Lifer - Black Matte - Medium (21.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.

Most importantly, the Lifer is a certified multi-impact and a certified high impact helmet for skateboarding, longboarding, BMX, scootering, roller skating, and roller derby. As such, it is marked with 4 certification marks: CPSC, ASTM F-1492, CE EN 1078 and the AS/NZS 2063:2008.

Second, to plain color designs, the Lifer is also available with double glitter paint jobs and even fun designs like watermelon and leopard.

Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet

The Predator FR7 skate helmet is less used in Europe than the US but still well worth its place on the list. This is also the only one of the listed longboard helmet models that is marketed for longboard freeriding.

Longboard Helmet: Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet

With a somewhat different look, the Predator FR7 skate helmet features a high-density protective shell with an EPS foam liner accompanied with fit pads. Venting is somewhere in the middle with a total of twelve air vents, but what makes it special is the stylish front visor.

Predator Certified Skate Helmet FR7 - Black, Small

Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet
Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection.

Predator FR7 Certified Skateboard Helmet Matte Red Size M/l

Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet
Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection.

The Predator FR7 longboard helmet is available in multiple color options with a standard fit and weighs about 500 grams. That’s 40 grams more than the TSG Evolution helmet, but it makes up with its style points.

If we have a look at the certification, it complies with the American CPSC and the European CE EN 1078 safety standard.

Nutcase helmets for Adults

We’ll end this list with a  wild card that is the Nutcase helmet for adults. What got them to the list is the various funky graphics and color designs that make them interesting to look at and also provide certified protection.

Longboard Helmet: Nutcase helmets for Adults

Nutcase helmets are the only helmets on the list that feature an in-mold construction of a PC shell and inner protective EPS foam. Some of them have a dual-position spin dial fit system which lets you further adapt the fit, as well as 3M reflective straps and a Fidlock™ magnetic buckle.

Related: REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni…

On some models, the shape is a tad shallower but includes a snap-in visor similar to the fixed one on the Predator FR7 longboard helmet.

The Nutcase helmets for adults are mainly marketed for urban bicycle riding, however, you can use them also for skateboarding.

With a CE EN 1078 certification, these are appropriate to use for longboard cruising and longboard dancing, however, we wouldn’t recommend them for freeriding as we would suggest at least an ASTM certification for that.

There you have it, our pick of best longboard helmets for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle and even freeride if you chose to not wear a full-face for that.

We hope this article will help you choose the right helmet for you and your riding style or at least provide you with information about what to look at when taking the step towards your safety.

Longboard Helmet - Best longboard helmets

Longboard helmet – What kind of helmet is best for longboarding?

Longboarding is all fun and games until you crack your head open like a watermelon on hard asphalt. Many have learned this the hard way but there’s no need for you to join the club.

Whether you’re going to only cruise on a longboard or if you’re planning to skate downhill, you have to consider that sooner or later you will fall and slam your head. The right longboard helmet will help you walk away without having serious head injuries or even save your life.

In this post, you will learn what kind of helmet is the best for longboarding, which ones aren’t good and how to choose the best longboard helmet for your needs.

For a summarised version, check out the table below:



Best For




S1 Lifer

Half Shell Freestyle and cruising, entry level helmet Weighs 0.8 lbs
Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC)
14 sizes available
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Triple 8 Sweatsaver

Half Shell Freestyle and cruising, entry level helmet Sweat saver liner
Under 1 lbs
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Triple 8

Full Face Downhill and Freeride- Advanced riders Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC)
Hand-laid fiberglass shell & Shatter-resistant flip-up visor
EPS foam liner with velvet lining
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Fox Head Rampage Comp Imperial Helmet
Full Face Downhill and Freeride- Advanced riders Channeled EPS allows air to pass through
Made of fiberglass
Poured PU Chinbar construction for added protection
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There are two main types of longboard helmets you should consider depending on what skateboarding discipline you (plan to) practice:

  • FULL FACE and
  • HALF SHELL helmets.

Half shell helmets are best for cruising, dancing, slalom, and freestyle. They generally offer less protection compared to full face helmets. Full face helmets provide more protection and are best for fast downhill skateboarding and freeride.

Full face helmets are more expensive than half shell helmets, so it’s very common practice for beginners to start with a half shell helmet and then buy an additional full face helmet later when they start skating down hills.

1. HALF SHELL longboard skateboard helmet

As a standard helmet in skateboarding, a half shell helmet (also known as “bucket”) offers basic protection suitable for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle, slalom, street skateboarding and similar activities like roller skating or cycling.

However, a half shell helmet is not the best option for downhill skateboarding or longboarding. The classic bucket shape protects the top and back of your head, as well as the forehead, but it doesn’t protect your face, eyes, ears or jaw.

Hard-shell vs Soft-shell helmets

Most half shell longboard skateboard helmets have a “hard-shell”, which means that they are made of an outer ABS molded shell that cradles the inner lightweight EPS foam liner designed to disperse and minimize the impact. Definitely, avoid “soft-shell” helmets as they have a more flexible external layer and a softer multi-density foam liner which doesn’t provide the same level of protection as hard shell helmets with EPS do.

Longboard Helmets- Hard-shell vs Soft-shell helmets

Related: The Holy Grail of Comfort and Protection – The Certified Sweatsaver

Another somewhat less popular shape of half shell helmet is a retro full cut which covers your ears as well. In addition to the safety aspect of it, a full cut helmet will also keep your ears warm when skating during wintertime. What doesn’t fall into the full cut category are half-shell helmets with removable ear pads you most often see in snowboarding or skiing.

Two types of Hard-shell helmet construction

There are two construction types of hard-shell helmets if we look at how the EPS liner is bonded with the outer shell: these are called a hardshell construction and an in-mold construction.

Longboard Helmets - Hardshell vs In-Mold Construction

Related: REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding

A Hardshell Construction means that the outer shell and the inside EPS shell are not directly bonded together but rather glued on various contact points. If you’ve ever had a skateboard helmet wherein both pieces came apart due to longterm wear, this is the reason why.

S-ONE S1 Lifer - Black Matte - Medium (21.5

S-ONE Lifer CPSC – Multi-Impact Helmet
Specially formulated EPS Fusion Foam, Certified Multi-Impact (ASTM) and High Impact (CPSC), 5x More Protective Than Regular Skate Helmets.

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Liner Skateboarding Helmet, Black Rubber w/ Red, Large

Triple Eight Sweatsaver Helmet
Classic skate helmet for kids, youth, and adults, with ABS outer shell and stink-free, moisture-wicking Sweatsaver liner.

An In-Mold construction means that the EPS is foamed directly into the outer shell. This results in an extremely stable bond between the components that are not dependent on the glue strength otherwise used in the hardshell construction.

Multi-impact vs Single-impact helmets

When a helmet receives an impact, the EPS foam liner gets deformed or cracks in order to disperse the energy of the blow but with this, it becomes structurally compromised. Some helmets can take more than others…

Helmets can be multi or single-impact which indicates how many impacts they can withstand before they should be replaced with a new one. As the name suggests, the single-impact helmets should be replaced after they’ve received a single hit while the multi-impact helmets can withstand multiple impacts.

However, it’s also important to understand that multi-impact helmets are made to withstand a single high impact hit and/or multiple low impact hits before they need to be replaced. This means that if you’ve used your helmet for a longer time period, it’s more likely it received multiple small impacts due to handling and transport, potentially resulting in loss of protective properties.

2. FULL FACE longboard skateboard helmet

Compared to the half shell helmets, the full face longboard helmets provide more protection as they cover the entire head and protect your eyes, face, jaw, and ears.

Also read: Best Full Face helmets for longboarding

Most of the full face helmets come with a removable visor in different tints that protects your eyes from dust and bugs, as well as sun rays blinding you while you skate. They are built pretty much the same way as all other hard shell helmets; with an outer ABS molded shell, an inner EPS foam liner and additional foam padding for a better fit.

Also, a full face helmet is required at almost all downhill skateboarding/longboard events, so if you want to participate at racing or freeride events, you will have to have it.

TSG - Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors Included | for Downhill Skateboarding, E-Skating, E-Onewheeling, Longboarding

Predator DH6 Downhill Helmet
Top choice for many pro and amateur riders looking for the ultimate in lightweight protection and style.

TSG - Pass Full-face Helmet with Two Visors Included | for Downhill Skateboarding, E-Skating, E-Onewheeling, Longboarding

TSG Pass Downhill Helmet
Hardshell fiberglass construction: Multi-layered glass fibre for strong, light full-face head protection.

Designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, full-face helmets don’t have many vents but it all comes down to what’s the safest for you.

Unfortunately,  full face helmet manufacturers share very little information about how big of an impact or the number of impacts their helmets can withstand. To make sure that you’re getting the best level of protection with your helmet, you should also check for certification marks the helmet might have (more information below).

Longboard helmet certification marks

When buying a longboard skateboard helmet it is extremely important to choose one that obtained the right certification marks. This ensures that the helmet was properly tested and that it met the required safety standards for this sport.

An example are the Icaro helmets used in DH some years ago…well the brand had to warn customers that that’s not really what they were made for…

Warning: There are shops out there that are selling paragliding helmets like Icaro SkyRunner and claiming that these are “ideal for downhill skateboarding”. That is not correct. Do not use Icaro helmets for downhill skateboarding or longboarding because they have EN 966 certification for free flight and microlight sports, not for skateboarding. You’ve been warned and the folks at Icaro are saying the same thing:

Anyone selling a helmet has to ensure that it is certified for the sport in which it will be used. Selling an uncertified helmet is an offence liable to criminal prosecution! Source

Here are the certification marks that your longboard skateboard helmet should have…

ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials (USA)

ASTM is an international standards organization that develops technical standards for different kinds of materials, products, systems, and services.

When you want to buy a half shell helmet for cruising, dancing, and freestyle riding, you should look for an ASTM F1492 certified helmet. This is a standard specification for helmets used in skateboarding and trick roller skating. Helmets that comply with this standard are designed to protect your head for more than one moderate impact, but for a limited number of hits.

Another mark you may find is the ASTM 1447 for use by recreational bicyclists or roller skaters. These helmets, however, provide less protection than those with an ASTM F1492 mark.

If you want to buy a full face helmet for downhill and freeriding look for ASTM F1952; this is a standard for helmets used in downhill mountain bicycle racing, which also provides performance criteria for chin bars on full-face helmets.

CSPS U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USA)

As an American government standard, a CSPS certification means a helmet is safe for bicycle use. Currently, the CSPS does not have a standard specific for skateboarding helmets, but they are tested and marked with the CPSC 1203 certification for bicycle helmets.

CE certification mark (EU)

If you’re buying a helmet in Europe, it should have a CE certification, which means it meets the health, safety and environmental protection requirements of the European Economic Area (EEA). For longboard or skateboard helmets the most common is the CE EN 1078 certification.

This standard specifies the requirements to withstand a single high impact and a few puncture impacts for bicycling, skateboarding or in-line skating.

Warning: Pay attention to the CE mark if you’re buying a cheap skateboard helmet from China. Chinese manufacturers apply a logo similar to the CE mark, which actually means China Export and has nothing to do with the CE certificate.

AS/NZS 2063:2008 (Australia)

Longboard skateboard helmets which have this certification mark meet the current Australian Standards certification to withstand a single high impact in non-motorised recreational bicycling.

So that’s it…

When buying a longboard skateboard helmet make sure that it’s a hard shell helmet with an EPS liner and that it’s certified. If you hit it hard, replace it to keep skating safely 🙂

How often should you change your longboard helmet?

Depending on what kind of certification your helmet has, a single or multiple impact, you should replace it if you went through a hard slam or a serious crash.

Even multi-impact certified helmets that went through numerous hits don’t offer the same amount of protection as when they did when they were new. With each slam, even these helmets provide less and less protection. If you don’t know if the helmet still offers good protection, you should replace it.

If you’ve been wearing your helmet for a few years now and never experienced a crash, you might also want to consider replacing it. The materials of the helmet can age and lose their protective properties more rapidly when exposed to sweat and heat, meaning they will not offer the same protection. Because of this, it is advised to replace a helmet after 3 years, even if you never exposed it to a fall or a crash.

Are other helmets like cycling or motorcycling helmets also good for longboarding?

Any helmet is better than no helmet but to maximize your safety it’s best to wear a helmet that is certified for the sport you’ll be practicing.

If you can’t get your hands on a skateboarding helmet, use whatever you have but be aware of the following downsides;  Cycling helmets don’t offer enough protection, motorcycling helmets are too heavy and paragliding helmets (like Icaro SkyRunner) are not really made to be smashed against the asphalt and do not have certificates required for skating.

Longboard helmet alternative - POC mountian bike helmet

The best alternative to a longboard full-face helmet would be a mountain biking helmet. An example is the POC Coron Air Carbon SPIN mountain bike helmet on the photo which includes all of the certification mentioned above.

However, these are bulkier, feature lots of vents which means that they aren’t as aerodynamic as you want them to be. The downside is also that they don’t come with a visor, so you would probably have to make one yourself.

Do you really need a longboard helmet?

You may have heard about skateboarders not being fans of helmets and that they take away the freedom. In case you need convincing, especially after seeing many street skateboarders hatin’, you should know that the stats are not on your side.

Check out these results from the research done in 2014:

Longboarders suffered twice as many injuries to their heads and necks (23.3% vs. 13.1%, p < 0.000) and twice as many severe neurological traumas (8.6 vs. 3.7%, p < 0.000) while skateboarders suffered more injuries to their lower extremities (33.7% vs. 24.7%, p < 0.002). Source

Keep it safe out there!

Seismic Skate- New 2019 ALPHA Longboard Wheels

Longboard Wheels: The new Seismic Alpha 80.5 mm wheels for DH and LDP

Seismic Skate releases new 80.5 mm tall ALPHA Wheels in two widths – the 60 mm wide DH Race for fast downhill skateboarding and the 55 mm wide LDP Trim created for long distance pushing.

Both wheel models feature DEFCON™ high-rebound urethane formula in either 76A or 78A durometer and Seismic’s Fusion™ core. Let’s take a look at the specs…

The 2019 Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels

The ALPHA Longboard Wheels are technically two different wheel models that share the same components but a different shape adapted to the discipline of longboarding they are best used for.

Seismic Skate - ALPHA Longboard Wheels 2019 for DH
Seismic Skate – ALPHA Longboard Wheels for downhill skateboarding in 76A and 78A

The ALPHA DH wheels are 80.5 mm high with a 60 mm running surface, a 6.5 % offset bearing seat, square outside edges and a straight-cut inside edge. Each wheel weighs 9.125 oz. or 258.689 grams.

Seismic Skate - ALPHA Longboard Wheels for LDP
Seismic Skate – ALPHA Longboard Wheels for long distance pushing in 76A and 78A

The ALPHA LDP Trim wheels with an 80.5 mm height and a 53 mm contact patch feature the same 6.5 % offset bearing seat, beveled edges and a weight of 8.75 oz. of 248.058 grams each.

Seismic Skate - Fusion™ core and DEFCON™ urethane
Seismic Skate – Fusion™ core and DEFCON™ urethane

What joins these two models is Seismic’s pride and joy, their core, and urethane formula. The Fusion™ core is a 46 mm tall x 44 mm wide supportive hub with 8 hollowed-out support beams and a robust bearing lug made from durable 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and surrounded by their DEFCON™ urethane in one of the two durometers mentioned above.

In an interview at the ISPO Longboard Embassy Seismic claimed their new DEFCON™ is faster than their BlackOps™ formula and proudly mentioned Pete Connolly’s Guinness World Record where he reached 146.73 km/h (91.17mph) rolling down on Seismic wheels at the L’Ultime Descente in Canada.

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Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels - 75.5mm - 77a Blue

Seismic Alpha 75.5mm Longboard Wheels 77a Blue
Fastest Urethane formula in skateboard industry, Straight-cut inside edge, Predictable handling
Stout S-Shaped edge profile, DH/Cruising wheel.

Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels - 75.5mm - 77a Mango

Seismic Alpha 75.5mm Longboard Wheels 77a Mango
Fastest Urethane formula in skateboard industry, Straight-cut inside edge, Predictable handling
Stout S-Shaped edge profile, DH/Cruising wheel.

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New Alternative Longboard Decks for 2019: Lombardi PRO, La Barou and La Barouquette

Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

With a fresh take on longboarding, Alternative Longboards 2019 lineup features three new pro-models including Lombardi PRO by a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down winner Patrick L. Lombardi and two trendy speedboards, La Barou and La Barouquette designed together with their French team rider Lillian Barou specifically for narrow trucks.

Improved construction and sidewall protection

All decks now include an improved construction featuring more responsive flex and a new sidewalls integration to make the decks last longer.

Until this year, Alternative only used the sidewalls protection on their dancing decks but this year almost all of their downhill decks have it as well. The only two decks that are an exception are La Barou and La Barouquette.

Other than that, the new changes include higher kicktails for better pop, slightly stronger concave and the new graphics made by a polish artist Tomasz Leśniak.

Finally a pro model deck by Patrick L. Lombardi

In July 2018, Alternative Longboards welcomed to their team one of the best riders in the world, a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down champion Patrick L. Lombardi and developed a longboard deck according to his specifications.

RelatedAlternative Longboard’s Patrick L. Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2018

Unfortunately, in September last year, Patrick had a bad accident and had to undertake surgery which set him off the 2019 season. He is expected to recover and get back on his board only after this year’s season. In the meantime, his deck will have to be promoted by other Alternative team riders.

Lombardi PRO deck features

The Lombardi PRO longboard deck for downhill and freeride features a wider platform to accommodate riders with bigger feet sizes. It measures 25cm (9.84”) in width and 93.4cm (36.77”) in length, including the kicktail and a slightly upward curved nose. Next to the Fantail, one of Alternative’s most popular decks, it is the most versatile deck in the line up right now.

The Lombardi PRO deck boasts a symmetrical stiff platform and a features 8 mm (0.31”) micro drop, 2 mm (0.07”) rocker and a mild 12.23 mm (0.48”) concave.

The price for the Lombardi PRO decks is 190,00 Euros via Alternative Longboards website.

La Barou & La Barouquette for narrow trucks

Recently many downhill skateboarders started skating on narrow trucks and a shorter wheelbase. Alternative team rider from France Lillian Barou is one of them. Following the rising trend, Alternative released two new additional longboard decks built according to Lillian’s specifications; La Barouquette and La Barou.

Both decks feature a beautiful wooden finish which makes them stand out in Alternative’s 2019 lineup. The La Barou and La Barouquette both have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).

The biggest difference between the decks is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.

The price for both is 190,00 Euros.

Check out all Alternative Longboards 2019 decks via their official website.

REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner

Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…

REKD Ultralite helmet

Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.

Good helmet for longboarding?

Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.

In-Mold Fusion Technology

REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.

Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and  310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.

The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni

Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding

Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.

You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni

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New Aera RF-1 Longboard Trucks

Aera Trucks presents new RF-1 Longboard Truck for DH, Freeride and Carving

Aera Trucks, the synonym for precision and response just released their newest Aera RF-1 Trucks. After years of development, these bad boys finally hit the market and longboarders from around the globe are already putting them to the test.


Aera Trucks RF-1 DownhillCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
129,95 € per truck


Aera Trucks RF-1 NarrowCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
139,95 € per truck

The RF-1 Aera Trucks feature cold forged hangers and bases with CNC cut axle holes, permanent kingpins, and bushing seats. These are said to be stronger than other machined or CNC varieties with nearly the same level of precision.

Cold forging is the process of stamping a hardened aluminum material with 30,000lb of pressure – this nets a very precise part, and also one that is stronger since the material flows into its final shape.  ~ Aera Trucks

The unique pivots on the RF-1 are paired with in-house poured urethane pivot cups that allow deeper carves, more lean and greater stability.  Aera’s RF-1 are completed by Hardcore Bushings and Grade 8 hardware.

Furthermore, the Aera RF-1’s are available in three models in two colors and sold individually so riders can mix and match:

Aera RF-1 DH (Downhill)  feature 46˚ bases and a 176 mm width, paired with 93a Bushings. As the new go-to truck for downhill at high speeds or heavier riders, these feature the hardest Hardcore bushings of the bunch.

Aera RF-1 FR (Freeride) provide 46˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 90a Bushings. Known as the all-arounder in the lineup, these can be used by the majority of riders for intermediate downhill and freeride.

Aera RF-1 Carve (Dance or Commute) consist of 50˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 88a Bushings. Designed for the masses as great trucks to start with, these can be used for all varieties of longboards thanks to its versatile baseplate. This set-up is promoted to be easy to carve, have fun in the city or do some easy freeride and downhill.


Aera Trucks RF-1 CarveCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production longboard truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and sold fully assembled.
136,50 € per truck


Aera Trucks RF-1 FreerideCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
129,95 € per truck

Seismic releases new Race and Freeride Slide Gloves

Seismic releases new Race and Freeride Slide Gloves

Seismic recently released their new longboard slide gloves for both freeride and racing. These high-performance slide gloves are described to be made from advanced materials with an ergonomic design for a snug, yet comfortable fit.

With a closer look at these new models of slide gloves, one can immediately notice a robust goatskin exterior and an added layer for a much-needed reinforcement of the fingertips and other high-stress zones.

These well thought out reinforcements are also placed right underneath the puck and on the Purlicue, better known as the space between the thumb and the index finger. This especially comes in handy in both disciplines at times where you need to grab rail or act quickly by putting your hands down.

Another feature that we find interesting is the cuff design paired with industrial-strength Velcro. This form-fitting goatskin/neoprene hybrid features a pull-on extension on the bottom of the wrist for easier use and bigger coverage of the palmar side of your wrist.

The differences between these two longboard slide glove models are mainly in the outer design. The Freeride slide gloves feature a breathable synthetic material on the back of the hand that is paired with a stretchy neoprene knuckle accordion. This keeps the gloves light, breathable and flexible, perfect for freeride sessions.

Their Race gloves offer a bit more durability and protection as the back is made from perforated goatskin with an integrated Kevlar® knuckle bar.

Last but not least, Seismic also replied to the common nuisance known as seam placement. The seams are strategically placed for a better wearing comfort and durability, while the Velcro split is positioned so it compliments the natural palm crease.

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Loaded Boards Freeride Longboard Slide Glove Version 7.0 (Large)

Loaded Longboard Slide Gloves
Poron XRD® palm padding and viscoelastic foam knuckle pad for protection, Cordura®, Kevlar®, synthetic suede and Lycra® outer construction for durability.

Rayne Idle Hands Leather Slide Gloves XL, Longboard Skating Slide Gloves with Perforated Leather Fingers and Adjustable Neoprene Wrist Cuff, Delrin Dish-Shaped Puck

Rayne Idle Hands Longboard Slide Gloves
Superior fit & knuckle safety so your hands never get thrashed. High wear areas are reinforced & critical seams are double layered for maximum toughness.

Icone Attacks Longboard Deck

Icone attacks with the new Icone Attacks!

Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.

Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.

So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.

Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.

Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.

The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.

Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.

Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.

I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.

The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.

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