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.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Paris V3 trucks here on Amazon.com.

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They’re pretty good trucks in their own right, but they haven’t been updated since like 2012 and are a little outdated in today’s market.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

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Caliber II trucks here on Amazon.com.

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.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Bear Gen 6 trucks here on Amazon.com.

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.

Check out the Arsenal trucks here on Amazon.com.

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.

User Reviews:

Find out more about them here on Amazon.com.

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.

User Reviews:

Find out more about them here on Amazon.com.

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.

Hanger

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.

Axles

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.

Baseplate

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.

Kingpin

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.

Bushings

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.

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.

 

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.

 

Wall Ride skate rack by Zanocchi & Starke

Save space with the Wall Ride skate rack by Zanocchi & Starke

Zanocchi & Starke, a design studio founded in Turin, Italy created their own skate rack know as the Wall Ride. It is a practical and versatile wall mounted rack, great for those who want to keep their home organised and their walls clean.

Wall Ride skate rack by Zanocchi & Starke

As opposed to standalone skateboard racks which we often see in stores and trade shows, this wall rack can be safely screwed into a wall saving space and doubling as a shelf. With Wall Ride the wheels of the skateboard never risk dirtying the walls and the graphic of the deck is always in plain sight. Three hooks and two shelves allow to hang and host anything else used in everyday life.

Wall Ride skate rack by Zanocchi & Starke

Furthermore, the same slot used to slide the longboard or skateboard into the rack serves as a handy bottle opener.

If you are in need of more space and want to keep your home organised, you can get a Wall Ride skate rack for 125 € directly from Zanocchi & Starke.

A history of skate shoes

Killer Kicks: A history of skate shoes

Certain skateboarding shoe designs defined skateboarding. It’s through particular designs that you can chart the history of the sport itself; from the early days of the multi-purpose Converse All-Stars to the highly-specialised Nike SB Koston 3 Hyperfeel.

It’s not just the names that became more elaborate. When the Randolph Rubber Company, a small, Massachusetts-based outfit, created the Randy 720, the first ever purpose-built skate shoe, it would signal the beginning of the race to design the best skate shoe.

50 years later, the pinnacle of skateboarding shoe design comes from multi-billion dollar companies, by way of years of innovation, testing, the input of professional skateboarders and amateurs alike, and pure experience. Whilst the sport’s popularity has ebbed and flowed, a loyal community has encouraged the evolution of tricks, boards, technology and, of course, shoes. Sock-like collars and new, more versatile materials show us the industry’s development.

Simple Footwear’s History of Skate Shoes charts how we went from the 720 to the wild aesthetics of the Osiris D3, and everything in between. As skating developed its own specialities, shoes followed suit; DC’s collaboration with big-air specialist Danny Way being a great example. A 10-foot drop out of a helicopter onto a ramp propelled not only himself through the air but DC’s global profile through the roof. Similar celebrity skater endorsements fuelled design inspiration.

Reinforced mid-soles, high-top ankle support, big-air modifications, vulcanised rubber soles, varied lacing technology… what happens below the surface is just as important as what happens above. The variety of visual design is testament to the diversity inherent to skateboarding culture. Wild colours and patterns serve as expressions of the influences within skateboarding, and the popularity of skating shoes in culture in general is just as telling.

A history of skate shoes

No Sweat - Helmet / Hat liner

NoSweat disposable liners for helmets or hats

In the past, I’ve seen some black snapback hats with white salt marks, guys squeezing sweat from their helmets and have spent a lot of hours travelling in a car smelling of skaters. Although this liner might not be helpful for people who hardly break a sweat while skating, I think some of you might find it interesting.

About the NoSweat helmet liner

NoSweat is a replaceable liner for hats and helmets mostly used in mainstream team sports, but it can also be applied to skateboarding.

NoSweat disposable liners for helmets or hats

It consists of 5 thin and lightweight layers of fabric that breathe and absorb sweat, while simultaneously reduce odour. Furthermore, it also eliminates fog buildup, making it a good add-on to a full face helmet.

Application to any head gear is super easy. First you peel off the label covering the adhesive, then you place it inside your helmet or hat and finally firmly press it along the edges to make it stick.

Designed to not damage the interior of your headgear, it’s also easily replaceable. The brand offers two grades of adhesive, standard for helmets, and extra strength adhesive for streetwear hats.

NoSweat offers two grades of adhesive, standard for helmets, and extra strength adhesive for streetwear hats.

Depending on how much you sweat while skating, NoSweat recommends replacing the liner after every use, but you can probably use it for maybe 2-3 sessions.

Currently they only ship to the US and Canada, but the brand wants to expand internationally. For more into, visit the NoSweat website.

In conclusion, I like the idea and the easy application. Making a helmet less stinky is always great and avoiding sweat burning your eyes is welcomed. But I didn’t really find any info regarding the price and how much sweat it actually absorbs. All in all, if it works, it ain’t stupid.

What do you think about NoSweat liners?

Do you find this product useful or do you think it’s totally unnecessary? Would you use it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tuck Yeah Longboard Travel Bag

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah Apparel – Product Release

Tuck Yeah Apparel recently announced the release of a longboard travel bag and I immediately ordered one for myself. Fairly priced and sized conveniently for the smaller local trips, it’s big enough to carry the board and all the essentials. Read through to find out more about the bag’s features.

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah

Tuck Yeah Apparel is a brand run by the rad brothers from Milan, Stefano and Simone Barbizzi. As a part of their family business, the Barbizzi bros also produce a cool skateboarding themed apparel, like t-shirt and hats. You can check out all the stuff they do on their Facebook page if you’re interested.

Tuck Yeah longboard travel bag features

While waiting for the bag to be delivered sometimes in April, I talked with Stefano to find out more about the longboard bag and it’s features. He told me all about it and gave me a nice video tour of one of the prototype models. The bag looks very functional and has really cool features. Let’s check them out.

Longboard travel bag by TuckYeah Apparel

#1 Compact size makes it handy for local trips

I like it how the Tuck Yeah longboard bag is more compact comparing to some other bigger and more expensive longboard bags. Stefano and Simone didn’t design the TuckYea bag to fit a helmet and due to its smaller size, it’s more convenient for transport, especially when travelling with a smaller car. Longboard travel bag by TuckYeah

#2 Two extra pockets for all the essentials

The Tuck Yeah longboard bag features 2 extra pockets. One bigger pocket on the inside and one smaller pocket on the outside. The bigger pocket is big enough to carry at least 3 sets of wheels, some spare grip tape, nuts and bolts, bearings, bushings and a skate tool. I see no issues with fitting my G-form pads and slide gloves in the bag as well. I guess that’s all that I might need on a session, right?

To have that skate tool more accessible, I will probably carry it in the smaller pocket on the outside, along with some other stuff, like my wallet, phone, keys and similar. Damn! Now everyone will know where I’ll keep my wallet 🙂

#3 Two carrying options + it’s foldable

The TuckYeah bag features a nice handle for carrying with one hand and the additional straps for carrying on the back as a backpack. It doesn’t have wheels like some other bags, but I don’t think that I’ll miss them.

As it’s foldable, you can make it smaller and more comfortable to carry when there’s no board in it. It’s not water proof, but the material looks thick enough, so few drops of rain should not do any real damage.

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah

Where to buy the Tuck Yeah longboard bag and how much it costs

At the time of writing this article the TuckYeah longboard bag is available through the pre-order only for 60 Euros. The pre-orders are expected to be fulfilled in April this year and from that point on, you will be able to order the bags via the BDS Ricami online shop.

Compared to other longboard travel bags, the TuckYeah bag comes at a half of the price. This makes it a great option for those on budget or for those who are looking for a decent entry level longboard bag.