The Best Longboards for 2017—Making the Decision Easier

Longboard Reviews

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!

Durability

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.

Size

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.

Flex in the Deck

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 Best Longboards for 2016 Reviewed

1. Quest Skateboards Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard

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.

Quest Skateboards Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard

PROS

  • Multiple layers of maple hardwood with a bamboo overlay
  • Comes with a kick-tail
  • Aluminum trucks, which are very durable
  • Great for beginners and those who just want to cruise

CONS

  • Very little flex in the deck
  • Wheels and bearings are mid-level, may need to upgrade
  • Can be a little heavy and awkward to carry

2. Atom Drop Deck Longboard (41-Inch)

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.

Atom Drop Deck Longboard (41-Inch)

PROS

  • Extremely low deck creates stability
  • Great for downhill carving
  • Easy on the legs, knees and joints since less pushing
  • Lightweight for easy transporting
  • Deck is made of quality laminate maple
  • Aesthetically very pleasing
  • Mid-size length

CONS

  • Wheels are soft, not good for freestyling or sliding
  • Trucks may need upgraded
  • Very stiff deck, not much flex at all
  • Better suited to beginner riders

3. Rimable Drop-through Longboard (41-inch)

Rimable Drop-through Longboard (41-inch)

CONS

  • Wheels are soft, not good for freestyling or sliding
  • Trucks may need upgraded
  • Very stiff deck, not much flex at all
  • Better suited to beginner riders

PROS

  • Extremely low deck creates stability
  • Great for downhill carving
  • Easy on the legs, knees and joints since less pushing
  • Lightweight for easy transporting
  • Deck is made of quality laminate maple
  • Aesthetically very pleasing
  • Mid-size length

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.

4. Yocaher Professional Speed Drop Down Stained Complete Longboard

PROS:

  • Made of durable 9 ply laminate maple which is super durable
  • Drop down feature means less strain on joints and back
  • Great for beginners to more experienced riders alike
  • Freestyle, downhill and cruising are all possible on this longboard
  • Available in many stain colors for personalized preference
  • Just the right amount of flex to accommodate most riders
  • Mid-length
  • Affordable price point
  • Soft wheels to take on bumps, cracks and small rocks without interrupting the ride

CONS:

  • Trucks will likely need loosening as they come assembled fairly tight
  • The board is heavy, making transporting awkward
  • Bearings are standard and will likely need upgrading over time
  • Wheels may need frequent lubrication
  • A little on the higher end of pricing compared to others
  • No kick-tail for tricks like other boards

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.

5. Atom Drop Through Longboard (40 Inch)

​PROS:

  • Deck is constructed of a maple and bamboo hybrid, which is ultra-strong
  • Graphic is placed on using heat transfer for longevity
  • Entire deck covered in coarse grip tape for stability
  • Can hold up to 275lbs. which accommodates most riders
  • Perfect mid-size length for all riders
  • Good amount of flex
  • Soft wheels take shock of rocks, dirt and cracks

CONS:

  • Bearings are basic and will need replacing to get longer use of your longboard
  • Turning radius not that tight
  • Ends of the board can split easily due to bumping curbs
  • Screws seem to come loose easily
  • Price point a little higher than others

Atom Drop Through Longboard (40 Inch)

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!

About the Author

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!