Loaded Longboard Buyer's Guide
Picking your first or even second longboard can be an overwhelming decision
Compared to traditional skateboards, longboard have several subtleties in their design and setups that can drastically change the riding experience from one board to another. With this helpful guide, Loaded is happy to help boil down your options into easily digestible categories to give you the knowledge you need to choose your next ride and get you on board.
Hybrid longboards combine elements of traditional skateboards and modern longboard design and construction. Hybrid boards provide the user with the ability to snap ollies or do other street-skating tricks but also provide a longer wheelbase to make commuting and standing on board more comfortable. For those looking for something small and easy to carry, check out the Loaded Poke. If you want a more robust yet modern take on the traditional skateboard, check out the board page for the Kanthaka. For a truly unique hybrid experience using old-school designs combined with moderate flex, be sure to look into the Loaded Overland.
Dancing longboards feature a spacious standing platform and longer length to give the rider maximum space for skating with friends or doing fancy foot work maneuvers. Though most larger sized longboards can feel heavy and cumbersome, the Loaded Bhangra and Loaded Tarab are designed to give you an agile ride and unique riding experience thanks to their different flex patterns. Be sure to check out their board pages to make sure you are getting a dancing board that fits your preferences.
Carving boards are designed with flex in mind. Using unique concaves and outline shapes, these boards offer the rider a high performance ride that makes every trip to the store or around your neighborhood an adventure.
The Loaded lineup offers two different types of carving boards.
Top-Mounted carving boards offer a blend of traditional longboards and high performance flex patterns usually found in snowboards. A top mounted carving board provides the user with responsive turning and a spacious standing platform to move around on. If this sounds like your style, then check out the board pages for Loaded Vanguard and Fattail for more details on which one fits your needs.
Drop-Thru Carving boards are designed to give the user the most comfortable and efficient ride for pushing and commuting. Sharing many similarities in performance to the top-mounted carving boards, drop-thru carving boards differ by being significantly lower to the ground to reduce ride height and fatigue from pushing. The Loaded Icarus, Dervish Sama and Tan Tien all feature drop-thru mounting. Find out what makes each one unique by visiting their board pages.
DOWNHILL / FREERIDE BOARDS
Downhill/Freeride Boards are designed to be stable and safe at high speeds. Compared to the rest of the Loaded lineup, these boards focus on being stiff and keeping the user glued to the top of the board. All of the boards are top mounted for ideal leverage and control, but also feature a rockered platform to keep you slightly lower to the ground and craddled, wheel flares to fit larger wheels and give you a reference point for your feet, and W concave that provides a lump running through the center of the board to aid in slide control.
The Tesseract family, which include the Cantellated and Truncated versions, as well as the Loaded Chubby Unicorn BloodSlayer are the ideal boards for experimenting with going fast and busting out big slides. You can find which one best suits your style by visiting their board pages.
We hope these categories will help you make your decision in which board to add to your quiver or which board to start you longboarding adventure with. If you want to find out more information on each specific board, visit the board page to grab the specs and a closer look at what makes it unique. Though we like to design our boards to excel in a certain style of riding, many of them can cross over into other styles, expanding your versatility and riding experience. The Blood Slayer is stiff for downhill, but its spacious platform makes for a fun dancing experience. The Bhangra is long and flexible, but the stiffer flexes make for a fun sliding experience. Don’t feel confined to ride a certain way, explore what styles you like the most and you might just find yourself having more fun than you originally intended.