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Best Longboards Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best longboard for the money? Read on as we review all the top options with Pros & Cons.

If you’re looking for the best longboard possible, no worries; we’ve got you covered! We’ve taken the liberty of doing the researching for you to find a collection of the highest quality, most thoughtfully designed longboards currently available on the market.

We spent hours scouring the Internet and reading through the descriptions of dozens of longboards from the best manufacturers in the industry, as well as countless customer reviews. Based on our assessments, we’ve narrowed down the options and have included our picks for the best longboards in this handy guide.

Below, you’ll find detailed reviews of our top picks for the best longboards currently available. We also include a buyer’s guide, which highlights the key features you should take into consideration when you’re shopping for a longboard to help you determine which one will best suit your needs.

We round out the guide by answering some of the most frequently asked questions consumers have about longboards. With all of the information presented in this guide, you should be able to select the perfect longboard so you can enjoy hours of fun skating the streets, the parks, the sidewalks, or wherever you plan on using it.

Our Top Picks

We put together this section, which highlights our top three picks for the best longboards on the market, including the best overall, best premium, and best budget models.

Best Pick: VOLADOR 40 Inch Maple Longboard – Basic Cruiser

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VOLADOR 40inch Maple Longboard - Basic Cruiser (Arrow)
  • The 40inch drop through cruiser was designed to meet basic needs for longboard beginners, or transport needs for on campus.
  • 8-ply natural hardrock maple and epoxy glue make the board strong enough to handle most riders.
  • Genuine alluminium 7-Inch reverse kingpin trucks are adjustable as 50 or 45 degree, and take to you great maneuverability.
  • Durable 70mm 80A PU wheels work with ABEC-7 presion bearings, letting you enjoy an unsurpassed smooth ride.
  • Geometric graphic makes you board stands out from crowds.

For the best longboard overall, we chose the VALADOR 40 Inch Maple Longboard – Basic Cruiser. The deck is constructed of 100 percent 8 ply natural hardock maple and epoxy glue, so you know it’s incredibly durable and can easily withstand all types of wear and tear. Specifically designed to meet the needs of longboard beginners, experienced riders can certainly enjoy using this longboard, too.

Premium Pick: Elifine Youth Electric Longboard with Wireless Remote Control

elifine Youth Electric Skateboard Electric Longboard with Wireless Remote Control, 12 MPH Top Speed, 10 Miles Range, 7 Layers Maple Longboard for Adult (Black)
  • [Safety & Protection] - This skateboard is very robust and consists of 7 layers of canadian maple boards with a maximum load of 220 lbs. Our skateboard made of waterproof design, it can keep luster long time.Recommended For Ages 8 And Older
  • [Wireless Remote Control] - Intelligent designed remote with great function of acceleration or deceleration, forward or braking. It has 2 mode and speed for beginners or advanced skaters.The wireless remote control can be quickly and easily paired with the skateboard, you can start your journey right away.
  • [LONG RANGE & HIGH SPEED] - Fly down the streets with confidence and style on this electric skateboard with remote. Powered By A 250-Watt Motor,providing Lithium-Ion-Powered electric skateboarding action at speeds up to 12 Mph. It has a range of 6-8 miles once it is fully charged. It’s equipped with a secured 29.4V, 2000Ah Lithium-Ion battery pack (battery included) which can be fully charged within two hours.
  • [High-Grip Urethane Wheels] - Durable, shock-absorbing 7.5cm/2.9inch wheels provide an unbelievably smooth riding experience. Even in high-speed, It could keep sufficient stability and balance to ensure the safety and a good riding experience.
  • [No Assembly Required] - Come with completed 35.4"* 8“ profession skateboard, and we provide excellent after-sale service. Please contact us if you have any question,we will reply you immediately.

If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line, really unique longboard, the Elifine Youth Electric Longboard with Wireless Remote Control is a fantastic option. Equipped with a 250 watt motor that’s powered by a lithium-ion battery and a remote control, it’s one of the most revolutionary longboards on the market.

Budget Pick: DINBIN 41 inch Drop Through 8 Ply Maple Complete Longboard

DINBIN 41 Inch Drop Through 8 Ply Maple Complete Longboards Skateboard,Cruising,Freeride Slide,Freestyle and Downhill Freestyle Cruiser for Teens or Adults
  • 🛹DURABLE SAFTY --- DINBIN Longboards skateboard High density 8 ply flex hardwood maple deck with max load weight 220 LBS(100 KG). Easy to ride for beginner,teenagers and adults.
  • 🛹TRUCKS & BUSHINGS --- Rugged and lightweight 7-Inch aluminum trucks and ultra high rebound bushings,providing control and stability.
  • 🛹WHEELS & BEARINGS --- Durable 70x51mm 85A PU wheels work with ABEC-11 presion bearings,letting you enjoy an unsurpassed smooth ride.
  • 🛹GREAT MANEUVERABILITY --- DINBIN longboard is unbelievably perfect for,cruising,freeride slide,freestyle and downhill.Developing your strength,balance and reaction while enjoying fun.
  • 🛹If there are any quality issues, we will refund the full amount for 60 days. This skateboard is suitable for downhill taxiing or daily mobility, and is not suitable for violent use. During the skateboard production process, the truck bracket or wheels may be too tight or too loose. You can adjust it according to your needs. This is not a quality problem of the skateboard .

For skaters who are looking for a durable, reliable, safe, and smooth ride but don’t want to spend a lot, the DINBIN 41 Inch Drop Through is the choice for you! This cost-effective longboard is made of 8 ply flex hardwood maple that can support a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds. Rugged and lightweight 7 inch aluminum trucks and ultra-high rebound bushings provide reliable stability and control.

Longboard Reviews

Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at our top three picks for the best longboards on the market, let’s dive in a little deeper. In this section of our guide, we take a closer look at our picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget longboards. We also include a handful of other high-quality and reliable options to provide you with a list of well-rounded options so you can find the perfect option for your specific needs.

VOLADOR 40 Inch Maple Longboard

The construction of this longboard is impeccable. The deck is made of 8 ply natural hardrock maple and epoxy glue for extreme durability, yet excellent flexibility. Genuine aluminum 7 inch reverse kingpin trucks can be adjusted to either 45 degrees or 50 degrees so that you can achieve the perfect maneuverability.

Seventy mm 80A PU wheels with ABEC-7presion bearings will let you enjoy the smoothest ride possible. This 40 inch longboard has undergone extensive testing to ensure it avoids wheelbite from all angles, and it has passed every single one.

The slight concave design is perfect for riders who like powerful paddling and acceleration.

All of the hardware on this longboard are forged from the highest quality materials, including genuine aluminum alloy trucks, carbon steel bolds, chrome steel bearings, and high rebound PU wheels. It’s available in 10 different designs, all of which feature attractive and attention-grabbing graphic prints and vibrant colors, too.

What We Liked
  • Made of 100 percent 8 ply hardrock maple and epoxy glue for extreme durability
  • 40 inches long that’s specifically designed to meet the needs of longboarders
  • All hardware components are forged of the highest quality materials
  • Offers a super-smooth ride and great maneuverability
  • Available in 10 different colorful and attention-grabbing graphic designs

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Elifine Youth Electric Longboard with Wireless Remote Control

For skaters who are looking for a unique and reliable longboard, the Elifine Youth Electric Longboard with Wireless Remote Control is a great choice. It’s constructed of seven layers of Canadian maple wood and can support a maximum weight capacity of up to 220 pounds.

What really sets it apart from the crowd is that it’s equipped with a 250 watt motor that’s powered by a 29.4V 2000Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can reach up to 12 miles per hour and can run for up to 8 miles on a single charge.

A wireless remote control allows you to accelerate, decelerate, and stop the skateboard. A strap on the end of the remote allows you to it wrapped around your wrist for convenient toting.

Durable, shock-absorbing 2.9 inch wheels offer an exceptionally smooth ride, even when you’re going at the highest speeds. The deck features a built-in handle, too, for easy transport, and there are three different colors to choose from for the wheels: black, red, and orange.

What We Liked
  • Made of seven layers of Canadian maple boards
  • Max weight capacity of 220 pounds
  • Equipped with a 250 watt, lithium-ion powered motor that’s controlled by a wireless remote control
  • Can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour
  • Runs for up to 8 miles on a single battery charge
  • High-grip urethane wheels are shock absorbing and highly durable

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DINBIN 41 Inch Drop Through 8 Ply Maple Complete Longboard

Our pick for the best budget longboard is the DINBIN 41 Inch Drop Through 8 Ply Maple Complete Longboard. The deck is constructed of eight ply flex hardwood maple that can support a maximum weight capacity of 220 pounds.

The seven inch aluminum trucks and ultra-high rebound bushings are rugged and offer exceptional control and stability.

The wheel bearings measure 75×51 mm and are made of 85A PU and work with ABEC-11 presion bearings so you can enjoy the ultimate in smoothness, whether you’re on the sidewalk, street, or at the park and is great for freeriding, cruising, freestyling, and downhill riding, which makes it an excellent option for beginners who need to learn their balance, as well as experienced skaters.

Available in five different color and style options with vibrant graphic designs, you’ll be able to choose the look that best suits your needs.

What We Liked
  • Features an 8 ply flex hardwood maple deck
  • Can support 220 pounds
  • 7-inch aluminum trucks and ultra-high rebound bushings offer great control and stability
  • 70×51 mm 85A PU wheels and ABEC-11 presion bearings offer a smooth ride
  • Available in five different and vibrant graphic designs
  • Affordably priced

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MBS All-Terrain Longboard

For skaters who are looking for a durable, well-constructed, and reliable longboard that can take on all types of ground, the MBS All-Terrain Longboard is an excellent option. The drop deck is made of 10 ply top-quality maple for extreme durability.

What really sets this longboard apart is the 100mm treaded longboard wheels, which can take on any type of terrain with ease, and the 190mm navigator drone trucks offer guaranteed precision turning for exceptional maneuverability.

The drop deck design keeps your center of gravity low so that you can easily push and propel yourself. Rubber-shielded ABEC 9 bearings round out the features, and the black design with neon green wheels and graphics are sure to call attention.

What We Liked
  • All-terrain, super high rebound 100 mm treaded longboard wheels
  • 10 ply maple drop deck is exceptionally durable
  • 190mm navigator drone trucks offers guaranteed precision turning
  • Can take on all types of pavement with ease
  • Low profile design allows for easy propelling

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OUDEW Longboard Skateboard

The OUDEW Longboard Skateboard is well-constructed, reliable, and offers a smooth ride; it’s highly attractive, too. The longboard measures 41 inches by 9.5 inches, which allows you to have better control and easier braking, which make it a great choice for skaters of all ability levels, from beginners to pros.

Made of 8 layers of Canadian maple wood with an emery non-slip surface ensures you’ll keep your footing and offers more powerful grip while you’re skating. Fifty-mm anti-shock PU wheels with ABEC-9 precision bearings and PU bushings offer a super-smooth ride. High-quality, heavy-duty, thick seven-inch aluminum alloy trucks and steel axle offers reliable and sturdy operation.

It comes with five different vibrantly colored, interesting, and visually appealing graphic designs that will be sure to catch your attention. The design of this longboard is ideal for people of all ages and all experience levels, from kids who are just starting out to adults who have been skating for years.

What We Liked
  • Made of high-density 8 layers of Canadian maple wood
  • Measures 41 inches by 9.5 inches
  • Can support up to 250 pounds
  • 50mm anti-shock super-smooth PU wheels with ABEC-9 precision bearings and PU bushings for a smooth ride
  • Features 7 inch heavy-duty aluminum alloy trucks and a steel axle
  • Reliable and smooth ride that’s ideal for skaters of all ability levels
  • Available in five vibrantly colored graphic designs

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Eggboards Mini Longboard Bamboo Wood

The Egbooards Mini Longboard is one of the most unique options on our list. Unlike traditional longboards, this one measures 19 inches long and 9 inches wide and has a 12 wheelbase, for a compact design that is easy to tote around; it’s so compact that you can even tuck it into a backpack, locker, or in the overhead compartment on an airplane or a train.

Despite the small size, it’s extremely durable, as it’s constructed of all-natural bamboo, so it won’t chip or crack like Canadian maple can; the bamboo is eco-friendly, too! The aluminum trucks measures seven inches and the wheels measure 69mm and feature 76A with ABEC-9 bearings that will spin for a good long while, which means less time kicking and more time riding.

It won’t flex under your weight and is easy to control. The soft wheels make for a smooth ride over cracks in streets and sidewalks, too. There are three different color options to choose from, including peeled red, ocean blue, and street red.

What We Liked
  • Unique compact size is highly portable
  • Constructed of natural, highly durable bamboo; won’t chip or crack, and won’t flex under your weight, either
  • Features ABEC-9 bearings and 69mm 76A wheels
  • Soft wheels easily glide over cracks in the ground
  • Solid aluminum trucks
  • Available in three attractive colors

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Atom 95X Mountain Board

Rounding out our list of the best longboards currently on the market is the Atom 95X Mountain Board. What sets this one apart from the crowd is that it’s specifically designed for boarding on mountains; think snowboarding, but with a longboard!

It features all-terrain skate (ATS) trucks and F1 bindings, which are ideal for smaller feet. The 8-inch diamond treaded tires can easily take on all types of conditions, and it features tri-spoke hubs, too.

Overall, this longboard measures 43.2 inches and has the axle to axle length is 43.2 inches. The deck measures 38.3 inches long and is made of highly durable maple laminate material with a 20 degree deck tip angle and a 15.5 inch truck width. The OD axles measure 95.mm and the bearings measure 9.5x22mm.

It even comes with a V4 brake kit for easy and reliable control. The deck is covered with 46 grit aluminum oxide grip tape, so you can have confidence knowing that you’ll keep your footing.

What We Liked
  • Maple laminate deck is covered with 46 grit aluminum oxide grip tape
  • ATS trucks are made of die-cast aluminum
  • Chromoly axle
  • Tri-spoke hubs
  • F1 foot bindings
  • Has a 20 degree deck tip angle
  • 8 inch diamond tread pneumatic rubber tires with tire-spoke hubs
  • V4 brake kit

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
The Magneto 44 inch Kicktail Cruiser Longboard Skateboard | Bamboo and Hard Maple Deck | Made for Adults, Teens, and Kids … (Blue)
  • GREAT FOR BEGINNERS The Kicktail Cruiser is a great option for beginners and pros alike! The deck is nice and stable without much flexibility making it easy and safe to ride. The wheels are nice and soft for extra grip while turning and a super smooth ride over rougher roads.
  • VERSATILE BOARD 44-inch Longboard Skateboard designed for cruising and skating around town. Kicktails make this board super functional for all sorts of riding styles. It’s a great starter board for someone looking to get into longboarding!
  • QUALITY DECK The deck is made with bamboo veneer on top and bottom with a maple core to add strength and stiffness. This makes the deck super durable and beautiful. Our logo is laser etched directly into the bamboo. The sand grit finish provides grip for your feet and shows off the beautiful bamboo design
  • SMOOTH TRUCKS This board features Paris Style trucks with a 7 inch hanger and kingpin angle of 50 degrees.The trucks are made from gravity cast aluminum which makes them strong and durable. They have a tumbled finish and are great for smooth cruises. The bushings are SHR (medium stiffness) which adds to the cruising experience.
  • WHEELS FOR CRUISING A 78A soft high quality urethane is used for the 70mm wheels. With a cool translucent look, the wheels are sized perfectly for the cruising this board excels at.
Bestseller No. 2
42 Inch Longboard Skateboard Complete Cruiser,The Original Artisan Maple Skateboard Cruiser for Cruising, Carving, Free-Style and Downhill(Jungle)
  • 42-inch Longboard Skateboard designed for cruising, made of high-quality Canadian maple. Suitable weight and lighter weight makes freestyle slalom easier and dancing more stable.
  • Sturdy and Stable--Super durable deck is made of high-quality Canadian maple,durable to withstand riders up to 330lbs,offers perfect balance between toughness and weight.Equipped with genuine alluminium 7 Inch alloy trucks add more comfort to your skateboarding experience.
  • Smooth and Speedy Ride--Reactive and smooth gliding reverse kingpin trucks with precision abec-11 bearing, PU casted bushing-95A.Built for an unsurpassed smooth ride in the neighborhood,skate parks,ramps,pools and other smooth surfaces or even rough ground.
  • The fashionable appearance and graceful streamline design give skateboarders a comfortable and eye-catching experience.High density waterproof anti-skidding diamond emery paper brings more friction between your shoes and the board for keeping you riding steadily and safely.
  • No Assembly Required--A big convenience is that the seething skateboard is completely pre-installed.Just take it out of box and use it directly,save you the time and hassle of assembling,an ideal gift for festivals,birthdays, and graduations.
Bestseller No. 3
Hawkeye 41 inch Freeride Longboard 8 Layer Canadian Maple Wood Skateboard Complete Cruiser, Cruiser for Cruising, Carving, Freestyle and Downhill
  • 【SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVEL SKATERS】 41 x 9 inch full size design, this Skateboard is ideal for Beginner and Pro doing some basic stunts and other tricks.
  • 【DURABLE & STABLE】 High density 8 layer grade natural maple wood skateboard with emery non-slip surface provides a stable and more powerful grip during skating; Max supporting weight 330lbs, suitable for adults and kids.
  • 【SMOOTH & SPEEDY RIDE】 Super smooth 70x52mm HR82A anti-shock PU wheels with super smooth degree ABEC-7 Chrome steel and SHR95A supper soft bushings deliver a very smooth ride. Comes with All-in-One Skate T-Tool, has everything you need to tighten up or repair your skateboard. If you do not receive the tool, please contact me and I will send you a new one.
  • 【STURDY & STRONG】 Our skateboard made of High Quality Thick Aluminium Trucks 7" Heavy-Duty Aluminum Alloy Trucks and steel axle, making them reliable and sturdy, safe for beginners and professional.
  • 【COMPLETE】 No assembly required, this skateboard is a ideal gift for boys and girls. If you encounter any quality problem, please contact me in time, and I will make a full refund for you.
Bestseller No. 4
OUDEW 41-Inch Longboard, 8 Ply Artisan Bamboo and Maple Longboard , Professional Complete Skateboard Bamboo Longboard for Youth Adults Girls Boys Kids
  • PURSUE DETAIL AND ART - Our 41" Longboard is the perfect size constructed in a Multi-ply Hardwood Maple and beautiful artisan bamboo deck shaped to perform and the extra detail.
  • STURDY AND STABLE - 8 Ply Super Flex Bamboo and Hardwood Maple Deck,durable to withstand riders up to 330lbs,offers perfect balance between toughness and weight.
  • AUTHENTIC COMPONENTS - Genuine ABEC-7 speed bearings, PU casted bushing-95A, 7-inch aluminum trucks, This 41"" Artisan Bamboo Longboard, Better components = Better performance.
  • DARE TO COMPARE - Not all longboards are the same, OUDEW longboards are made with better materials and components if you are looking for a pro style longboard at a great price.
  • NO ASSEMBLY RRQUIRED - Just take it out of box and use it directly,save you the time and hassle of assembling,an ideal gift for festivals,birthdays, and graduations.
Bestseller No. 5
Hawkeye 41 inch Freeride Longboard 8 Layer Canadian Maple Wood Skateboard Complete Cruiser, Cruiser for Cruising, Carving, Freestyle and Downhill
  • 【SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVEL SKATERS】 41 x 9 inch full size design, this Skateboard is ideal for Beginner and Pro doing some basic stunts and other tricks.
  • 【DURABLE & STABLE】 High density 8 layer grade natural maple wood skateboard with emery non-slip surface provides a stable and more powerful grip during skating; Max supporting weight 330lbs, suitable for adults and kids.
  • 【SMOOTH & SPEEDY RIDE】 Super smooth 70x52mm HR82A anti-shock PU wheels with super smooth degree ABEC-7 Chrome steel and SHR95A supper soft bushings deliver a very smooth ride. Comes with All-in-One Skate T-Tool, has everything you need to tighten up or repair your skateboard. If you do not receive the tool, please contact me and I will send you a new one.
  • 【STURDY & STRONG】 Our skateboard made of High Quality Thick Aluminium Trucks 7" Heavy-Duty Aluminum Alloy Trucks and steel axle, making them reliable and sturdy, safe for beginners and professional.
  • 【COMPLETE】 No assembly required, this skateboard is a ideal gift for boys and girls. If you encounter any quality problem, please contact me in time, and I will make a full refund for you.

Longboard Buyer’s Guide

Kids, teens, adults; longboarding is an activity people of all ages enjoy. It’s not only a great form of physical activity, but it’s also just a whole lot of fun! It’s an eco-friendly way to get around, too.

Whether you’re a novice who’s interested in taking up the activity or you’ve been participating in this activity for a long time and you want to add a new board to your collection, the type of longboard you choose will make all the difference in the world. If you want to have the most enjoyable, successful, and safest experience possible, you’re going to want to choose a high-quality, well-designed longboard.

Since longboarding is such a beloved pastime, there are so many different longboards on the market to choose from. While having a lot of options is certainly a good thing, it can make the process of trying to choose the best longboard for your specific needs seem like a bit of a daunting task.

Now that you’ve read through the descriptions of our picks for the best longboards currently on the market, you’re probably wondering which one to choose. While each model featured on our list is well-constructed and offers key benefits, you want to be sure that the model you pick will best suit your specific needs.

In order to determine which one will work for you, you’re going to want to take some key factors into consideration. In this part of our guide, we highlight the most important factors that you are definitely going to want to consider when you’re shopping for a longboard.

The Shape

As you read through our list, you probably noticed that there longboards come in different shapes. There are two main shapes: directional and twin (symmetrical).

A directional board is good when you’re going fast and forward, which makes it a good choice for cruising and downhill skating, as well as some freestyle skating. The twin or symmetrical shape is better for freestylers and freeriders. In order to determine which shape will work best for you, consider how you’re going to be riding the board and how you will feel most comfortable on it.

The Trucks

Tricks are the axle of a longboard. They control the way you turn, grind, and ollie, and they also translate your body’s movements into the movement of the skateboard. Trucks can be thought of kind of like the “middle-man” between your wheels and your deck, which is why sizing them properly is crucial.

The width of the deck will dictate the width of the deck. If they are too narrow, you’ll be unstable, but if they are too wide, your shoes can end up making contact with your wheels while you’re pushing. Additionally, you’re want to make sure that the trucks are constructed of high-quality material, as they need to be durable.

Deck Style

The deck style of a longboard has a huge impact on the stability of the board, how easy foot-braking is, and how easy pushing it on flat ground will be. As a rule of thumb, the higher the board is from the ground, the higher the center of gravity is going to be; in other words, the less stability you’re going to have and the faster you’re going to tire out when pushing and braking.

In contrast, the lower the board is to the ground, the less leverage you’re going to have to do quick carves and the great the chances are that you’re going to bottom out on those tight turns.

There are two main types of deck styles:

  • Top-mount. This is the most traditional style; it’s the most economical, too. The deck is mounted on top of the trucks, and as such, the center of gravity is higher, which makes this style a little less stable, but more nimble. A top mount board is the most versatile style, as it can be used for carving, cruising, freeriding, downhill, and freestyle.
  • Drop through. With a drop through long board, as the name suggests, the trucks are mounted through the board, thus lowering the height of the deck. Mounting the trucks through the board increases stability and minimized fatigue while you’re pushing on the ground and food braking, as you don’t have to drop your foot as much in order to make contact with the ground. Drop through boards are ideal for commuting (long distance rides), downhill, and freeriding.
  • Drop deck. Drop deck longboards are a bit funky looking. That’s because during construction, they are molded in a way that the part where your feet sit positions them lower than the trucks. It’s a highly effective way lower the center of gravity, which increases the stability and reduces fatigue. This style board Is mounted to the trucks and is usually used for downhill and freeriding.
  • Double drop. The lowest of all longboards is the double drop style. It features both drop through trucks and the style of the deck gets your feet down as close to the ground as they can possibly go. Because of the low stance, this type of board offers the most stability; however, because they are so difficult to build, double drop longboards are hard to find, which, coincidentally, also makes them the most expensive. Double drop longboards are only used for downhill skating.

The Flex

You’re also going to want to consider the flex of the board; that is, how much it moves underneath your feet. There are a few different elements that will impact the flex of a longboard, including the material it’s made out of and the amount of concave.

These factors allow for three different kinds of flex: soft, medium, and stiff. Soft is best for mellow cruising and board tricks, while medium is best suited for carving, easy cruising, and commuting, while the stiff is ideal for bombing hills at high speeds and freeriding.

The Length and Wheelbase

The length of the longboard, or rather, the length of the wheelbase, impacts turning and stability. Longer boards – or wheelbases – will offer more stability when you reach speed, but can’t turn as quickly or as tightly as boards that has a shorter wheelbase.

The Construction

Another crucial factor you’re going to want to take into consideration is the construction of the board. The least expensive boards are made of several veneers, or thin sheets, of wood, such as maple or birch.

The veneers are glued and then stacked on top of one another, and then they are pressed into shape. The amount of veneers used on a longboard varies from board to board but generally speaking, the more veneers that are used, the stiffer and heavier the board will be.

Bamboo has become a popular material in recent years, too. With this construction, a sheet of bamboo is vertically laminated and wrapped in a composite material, such as fiberglass, which creates a board that’s medium to lightweight and has a medium to soft flex, as well as powerful springiness.

The Wheels

The wheels, obviously, play a huge part in how a longboard’s performance. Wheels provide grip between the rider and the road and impacts the speed and the ability to corner. There are a lot of different factors that will impact how the wheels will perform; shape, height, and width, for example.

Longboard wheels can be round, which creates less traction as you’re going through turns, and square, which offers better contact with the road and offers even more traction and sliding resistance. The width of the wheels is the distance from the outer to the inner edge of the wheel. The wider the wheel, the more grip it will offer; however, wider wheels are usually slower, as they make more contact with the ground.

The height of the wheels is the distance between where the wheel makes contact with the ground to the top of the urethane. Longer wheels offer a smoother ride, as they don’t require as much effort to roll over cracks; however, they do reduce the amount of time it takes to accelerate. Smaller wheels are faster, but if you hit a crack that’s big enough or a rock, there’s an increased chance that you will be bucked off the board.

Longboard FAQs

What is a complete longboard?

A complete longboard is fully assembled, so it’s ready to ride when you receive it.

Should I customize a complete longboard?

No, you don’t have to customize it; however, if you decide that you do want to customize it, you certainly could after you receive it.

What type of wheels are best for a longboard?

The best type of wheels will depend on two things: how you are planning on riding and your skill level. Beginners would do better with soft, wide wheels, as the offer more grip and a softer ride, while hard and narrow wheels are better for more experienced riders, as they allow for higher speeds and faster turns.

Conclusion

Longboarding is an enjoyable pastime and a great way to stay in shape; it’s also an eco-friendly way to get around (if you aren’t traveling too far). Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been riding for a while, with the information presented in this guide, you should be able to choose the best longboard for you.

Adrienne is a traveller and blogger with many years experience of the outdoors life. An adrenaline junkie at heart she loves to try different sports and activities all year round. With a degree in journalism she combines her love of sports with writing here at BeActiveOutdoors.com Contact adrienne@beactiveoutdoors.com

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