Skateboarding can be fun but also frustrating if your board isn’t up to par. A great skateboard should be lightweight yet durable with a deck that provides the right balance of flexibility and rigidity for tricks. When shopping for one, first consider how you’ll be using it. Will you be doing tricks, or just cruising? If the latter is your answer, a longboard with a wide, stable platform and large wheels is likely your best bet. Penny boards are also a great option for beginners. Like longboards, they have large wheels for cruising, but offer a more compact design that’s easier to transport while you’re not on the board. If you plan to learn or finesse some tricks, a classic skateboard silhouette with smaller wheels is your go-to. With all this in mind, we did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite skateboards on the market to fit any need.
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1. WhiteFang Skateboard
This board features a seven-layer maple deck, high rebound PU wheels, ABEC-9 precision bearings and 5-inch alloy trucks with PU bushings, which make it easy to turn.
Pros: It can hold up to 330 pounds and is available in five designs.
Cons: Some may find the trucks a tad big.
2. White Wave Bamboo Longboard
Measuring 40 x 9.5 inches, this longboard featuring nine-ply construction delivers plenty of room for your feet for better stability and control.
Pros: The deck features multiple layers of maple and bamboo wood, offering an optimal combination of flex and firmness. The mild concave and symmetrical shape allows for more precise turns and makes it easier to maneuver.
Cons: The trucks may need to be tightened occasionally.
3. High Bounce Complete Skateboard
At just 22 inches long, this compact model, often referred to as a penny board, is ideal for travel use. It features a grippy plastic deck, adjustable trucks and ABEC-7 bearings for enhanced speed.
Pros: It can support up to 187 pounds and comes in two vibrant colors, plus a fun jelly bean print.
Cons: Some users may find it too flexible.