If you have decided to purchase yourself a new longboard this year, you may find that you are overwhelmed with choices. There are different styles, sizes, colors and custom features to consider when selecting your new board. Don’t let this deter you from finding the perfect longboard to meet your needs and get you on your way. With this easy to read guide, you will see some of the best longboards for 2016 and you can then decide which board is best suited to you. Pass it on to your friends and help them decide which board to buy next!
One thing you will want to consider when purchasing a new longboard is how it will stand up over the test of time and your riding habits. If you tend to ride a little rougher than the next person, you will want to ensure the board you choose has a good, solid construction. You want to look for materials that are known to be hardy and rugged, such as bamboo or solid wood construction. The wheels and trucks should also be of a higher quality if you plan on spending many hours longboarding.
In the case of longboards, size does matter. The longest of boards is geared more towards those who wish to cruise or use their board for travel from point A to point B. These are the boards you want if you are looking to leisurely ride around the neighbourhood or try your skill at freestyle tricks. The shorter boards are great for picking up lots of speed and downhill riding. The shorter the board, the more experienced the rider should be since it will require more stability and skill to stay on the deck safely. Mid-length boards, around 32 to 42 inches in length, are perfect for all skill levels and can be used for a variety of purposes.
This is not a trendy dance move—it is referring to the “give” each longboard has. This flex helps with stability and function of the board. The more flex a longboard has, the better the rider can handle bumpy or rough terrain without falling off the board. The stiffer boards are great for downhill speeds and just leisure cruising along the neighbourhood streets. Decide what you will be using your longboard most for and this will help you determine how much flex you should be considering, if any at all.
The board itself is well-made and solid with a really shiny gloss finish. The grain of the bamboo really stands out and the graphics are beautifully done. It is a very aesthetically pleasing longboard, with a black sleek design on the underside and high-quality grip tape on the upper side to stabilize your footing. It is best suited towards beginners and those looking for a longboard to travel from place to place with ease. More experienced riders may enjoy a different longboard more.
With the low center of gravity, riders will feel very stable and secure riding this longboard, which makes it perfect especially for beginners. The soft wheels can take the bump out of the everyday ride along the city sidewalks. The Atom Drop Deck looks very cool and other longboarders will notice and compliment you on your choice since it is very unique. The deck is built to last since it is made from a solid laminate maple, which can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Riders with shorter legs will find it easy to push this longboard since it brings your feet and legs closer to the ground.
This longboard definitely has a “cool” look and vibe with graffiti-like graphics on the underside and sleek stripes on the upperside. The wheels can easily handle riding over bumps, bits of sand and small cracks in the sidewalk without interrupting your ride. This board is great for commuting and even downhill riding at higher speeds. The strength of the Rimable board means riders 200lbs.+ can enjoy longboarding without worry of breaking the board too.
This is an overall good longboard for the general public. It can pick up fast speeds without wobble, which means the rider will feel stable and secure on the deck. With just the right amount of flex, riders of many different sizes will enjoy riding this board. The grip tape design also helps keep footing in place. The drop down design reduces stress and strain while riders push their longboard along. If you loosen the trucks upon receiving your board, you should be totally fine—some were arriving just a little tight.
A nice looking and very stable board, the Atom Drop Through is perfect for riders of all skill levels. It has great footing grip to make riders feel secure as they freestyle, cruise or downhill carve. The graphic will last longer than other boards since the heat transfer process works very well. The drop through design of the trucks looks super cool and allow for easier freestyle riding. The amount of flex allows riders up to 275lbs. to enjoy a great longboarding experience without fear of breaking the deck. It is a little higher in price than other longboards.
Overall, you are going to love any of these five longboards, which are definitely amongst the best longboards of 2017. If I had to choose just one, however, I would definitely go with the Atom Drop Through Longboard (40-inch) for the design, the durability of the bamboo and maple deck and the amount of flex. It may cost a little more, but you should never compromise on quality if you want your longboard to last. The size of this longboard makes carrying it on the bus or on campus a breeze and pushing it along while you cruise is easy and stress-free. You can select from tonnes of graphic choices, one of which is sure to match your personality.
Be sure to check back for a guide to and reviews on the best longboards for 2017. You will love what is new and trending on the market!
My name is Vincent Quinn, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my lawn mowing business. My wife and I have 3 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and and to try and help some people out. Enjoy!
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