From wooden boxes with roller-skate wheels to today’s modern Longboards, Skateboards have come a long way since the first “sidewalk surfers” appeared in the 1940’s. If you’re in the mood to upgrade to a newer board, or want to treat someone special to a gift, following are 10 of the best Amazon has to offer. All were chosen on the basis of durability, function and high customer satisfaction ratings.
This Longboard has way more to offer than impressive Aztec graphics. Its 7 ply hardwood maple deck is built for endurance, and at 10″ by 40″ the Native Spirits’ wide kick tail will add to your vertical experience. Featured are precision ABEC7 bearings, hollow 4mm risers and 70mm PU wheels. This is the kind of board wherever you take it, it will get you noticed and get you there in style.
2. SCSK8 Natural Blank & Stained Assembled Complete Longboard Skateboard
Here’s a good Longboard that’s popular with both professionals and amateurs. 7-layers of hard rock maple make it durable, and SCSK8 Abec-9 red bearings give it precision. 70mm PU wheels are high bounce and flat-spot resistance. Add pro black grip tape and 7″ aluminum trucks to all the above and what you have is a highly functional board built to last with a lot of eye appeal. Function and durability are good, but looks that make other skaters envious never hurts either.
3. Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40″
The Lion God is 9 layers of maple with a Rasta design that makes you feel good just looking at it. Good looks aside, what really counts with this Longboard is its extreme durability and function. Trucks are Road Rider 180 and wheels OJ Thunder Juice 75mm/78a. You’d have to look a long time to get a better deal on Drop Thru Longboards like this Santa Cruz beauty and its ready to ride straight out of the box!
4. Volador 42inch Freeride Longboard ( Drop Through Camber Deck )
Made of 8-ply hard maple, this Longboard is definitely built to last no matter how far and fast you ride it. Graphics are heat transferred, and the symmetrical camber deck easily absorbs most ground shock so long rides are more of a pleasure than an endurance trial. Responsiveness and turning performance are excellent and Volador 70mm wheels make this board a good one for fun or surfing your way to work.
5. The Bomb Board Complete 41″ Double Drop Longboard
The Bomb Board is definitely built for the long haul with 9-layers of good maple, ABEC9 bearings, 70mm high rebound wheels, and 7″ aluminum trucks. If you’re thinking of competing or just need a fun way to get around, this Longboard is popular from grammar school kids to senior citizens. With a double drop design you have the safety, control, speed and durability to enjoy every mile you coast on it.
6. Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard Skateboard Cruiser
The ZED Longboard is a tough yet attractive 8-ply combination of bamboo and maple with that California look you’d recognize anywhere. The roomy kicktail will help you coast through neighborhoods and cross busy streets without hesitation and you can trust the durability of its 70x51mm 85A PU wheels. Here is 44″ worth of cruising fun you’ll find it hard to walk away from at the end of the day.
7. Sector 9 Green Wave Lookout II Drop-Thru Bamboo Complete Downhill Longboard Skateboard
For cruising or carving, the Green Wave features a 5-ply vertically laminated bamboo deck with dropthrough trucks and a wheelbase of 31.50″. Quality wheels feature PDP Abec 5 bearings and if what you’re looking for is flexibility with rigidity, this Longboard has it all. It’s not uncommon to see someone in a suit sidewalk surfing their way to work, and if you look close at the happiest faces they will be on a board like this one cross-stepping and sliding all the way.
8. Rimable Drop-through Longboard (41-inch)
As far as drop-through Longboards go they don’t come much better than this. Its tight turning radius makes getting through crowds or other obstacle courses a smooth, easy thing to do and low deck height gives you a lot more distance for your push. Durability is a given when you consider its deck is made with 9 layers of cold pressed maple and 70X51mm PU wheels don’t disappoint either. For responsiveness, durability and fun you can depend on, you’ve found it in this freerider shaped Longboard.
9. Penny Skateboards Complete Longboard
The deck formula for this Longboard has been reformulated for more strength and added flex control. It’s going to fly downhill just as easy as it cruises flat areas and with a classic waffle top and granular textural grip, your ride will be a much safer one. Reverse kingpin trucks, a pintail shape and premium Abec 9 v-channel bearings add to the appeal of this board. One ride down the sidewalk is all it takes to convince most people they made the right choice.
10. Atom Drop-Through Longboard
Here’s a Longboard that’s great for learning on. It features a durable, laminated Maple deck with top quality 8OS grip tape to help you keep your balance. Also featured are ABEC 5 bearings, 70x46mm super high rebound wheels made from urethane for toughness and reverse king pin trucks (245mm axles.) You don’t have to put this one together, just open the box, get outside and enjoy!
Now that you know where to find 10 of the best Skateboards or Longboards on the market, all you have to do is choose between them. They are all worth taking home but some do have a bit more popularity than others. You already know why you need a new board but choosing isn’t always easy. Following are two from the above list that may make your decision easier.
# 1, Native Spirit, has those beautiful Aztec graphics, is built to last and is also extremely maneuverable. # 5, the Bomb, does have those 70mm rebound wheels and though it doesn’t match the Native Spirit on graphics, it is perfect for skaters of any age due to its responsiveness.