Best Skateboards

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 14, 2017
Skateboarding nowadays is one of the most popular sports on the streets. Impress your friends and random passersby by performing awesome tricks with a good and stylish board. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Size Weight
Deck Material
Wheels
Bearings
 
PROS
These cruiser skateboards have a highly durable board with good road adhesion.
CONS
With Penny Skateboards, you should only start to accelerate on a smooth asphalt road with no people or cars around.
OUR VERDICT
Penny Skateboards are perfect for high-speed riding and riding with obstacles. Can be handled by a rider of any level. Can be used as means of transportation for riding to school or university.
detailed parameters
Type
Cruiser
Size Weight
7 x 22 x 7 inches 4.2 pounds
Deck Material
Hard plastic
Wheels
Soft, diameter 59 mm
Bearings
ABEC 9
PROS
A very light multifunctional board, suitable for both slalom racing and performing tricks.
CONS
A fairly big diameter of the Santa Cruz skateboards wheels puts restrictions on maneuverability.
OUR VERDICT
Santa Cruz skateboards are marvelous skateboards for high-speed riding, riding with obstacles, and for urban riding. Mostly they are considered pro skateboards but they are also useful for the novice. The board has smooth acceleration and easy-to-use design.
detailed parameters
Type
Cruiser
Size Weight
4.33 x 27.56 x 9 inches 1 pound
Deck Material
Hard maple, 7 layers
Wheels
Soft, diameter 65 mm
Bearings
ABEC 5
PROS
Board's wide deck makes landing after performing tricks more comfortable.
CONS
It will be more convenient to carry this skate board in a bag.
OUR VERDICT
This is one of the best skateboards made for riding on ramps, curbs, and for performing tricks. Allows good and fast acceleration.
detailed parameters
Type
Trick skateboard
Size Weight
8 x 31 x 9 inches 7 pounds
Deck Material
Hard maple, 5 layers
Wheels
Soft, diameter 52 mm
Bearings
ABEC 5
PROS
360° inclined casters trucks and slip-resistant concave deck platform allow Ripstick better maneuvering on the road and add stability at high speed.
CONS
At first, it can seem hard to handle this two-wheeled Ripstick board, as it is not very steady and requires some skills and a good physical coordination.
OUR VERDICT
Ripstick is an extravagant board for riding in style and will attract all eyes around to its owner.
detailed parameters
Type
Waveboard
Size Weight
4.5 x 34 x 9 inches 7.5 pounds
Deck Material
High-tech polymer
Wheels
Soft, diameter 76 mm
Bearings
ABEC 5
PROS
For such a light weight, this skate board's deck is surprisingly firm. It will last even after hard landings. The Black Grip Tape can keep your feet steady during tricky maneuvers.
CONS
When used actively, the paint at the skateboard' edges may start to peel.
OUR VERDICT
An awesome balance makes the KPC Pro Skateboard a safe toy for kids. Owing to the design, it is easy to perform tricks on it. It is a great skateboard for beginners as well as pro skaters.
detailed parameters
Type
Trick skateboard
Size Weight
3.9 x 31.5 x 7.7 inches 1 pound
Deck Material
Hard maple, 7 layers
Wheels
Soft, diameter 52 mm
Bearings
ABEC 7

What is a Skateboard

Skateboarding is an extreme sport and every year it gains more and more fans. Both teenagers and adults are drawn to it.

The first thing needed for skateboarding is a skateboard, a special board (deck) set on small wheels (rollers). There are many skateboard types. A skateboard can be used as a transport, or as a sports equipment for performing tricks. If you are a complete stranger to skateboarding, there are simple complete skateboards, and pro riders can obtain boards with a special design that affects speed, allows jumping and performing tricks.

Do not forget that skateboarding is an active and at times unsafe sport. For small children, you can choose from best tricycles.

What Features to Compare

What matters when selecting a new skateboard is your level in skating. There are different models for beginners and for experienced riders.

Today a few types of skateboards exist. Mountainboards, hybrids of skateboard and snowboard for extreme riding on cross-country terrain are very popular. If you prefer urban extreme riding - look for the waveboard, a two-wheels skateboard to ride in wave-like motions. You can perform any kinds of jumps, turns, and tricks with it. But keep in mind that before starting to ride a waveboard you better forget any experience with the four-wheels board, for there are major differences between them. One more type of pro skateboards is a cruiser. This board is the best choice for those loving speed riding, it ensures a good acceleration. With a cruiser, you can freely ride a curb, a ramp, and perform cool tricks.

Close attention when purchasing a new skateboard must be paid to a deck (board) material. It is the part most prone to damage. A good deck is made of 7-8 layers of heavily pressed hard maple veneer. There are also plastic decks, they are less manoeuvreable; polymer, aluminum, or fiber optic ones, they are more expensive.

Also, the deck size is important. If the only thing you are going to do is just ride a board, choose longer models, for example, Penny Skateboards. For tricks performing wider deck boards are better, they are convenient for landing after a jump.

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Penny Classic Complete Skateboard

Type

Cruiser is a skateboard for speed riding. Its shape kind of resembles a 'fish' and this type of skate board is used to ride in fast 'zigzags'. With such a skateboard you might be able to accelerate to a rather high speed and travel great distances. Penny Skateboards is one of the skate brands that make wonderful kids skateboards, these boards are good for skateboarders with any level of training.
Review of Penny Classic Complete Skateboard

Deck Dimentions and Material

This mini skateboard is made of hard plastic, and it will help you to better feel the road. The deck has a kicktail, which allows the skater to control the skate board without fail during the ride, especially when flying. The skateboard is offered in a wide variety of color schemes, and each of them will find its own fans.
Penny Classic Complete Skateboard in the use

Design

Very soft and rather wide wheels of this skateboard will make you feel much more confident on the road. They will be smoothing the roughness and irregularity of the road surface. ABEC 9 bearings help to build up maximum achievable speed on the way, and you will be able to reach your destination very quickly.
Detailed review of Penny Classic Complete Skateboard

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Penny Classic Complete Skateboard
Penny Classic Complete Skateboard
 

Santa Cruz Skateboards Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards

Type

Santa Cruz skateboards are skateboards that are able to move fast and smooth. With one of them you can take part in slalom competitions, perform tricks, and ride long distances. Small asphalt defects will not be even noticed by you, no rumbling noise heard. This skate board is very stable, and the deck's kicktail make it a lot easier to perform any tricks you like. Can be used by skaters of any level.
Review of Santa Cruz Skateboards Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards

Deck Dimentions and Material

A wide and firm deck of Santa Cruz skateboards is made of 7 layers of hard maple. This deck will not become run down quickly, for its material is strong enough and has a very high density. This type of wide and reliable decks are the most convenient to land on after you perform your good and beautiful jump.
Santa Cruz Skateboards Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards in the use

Design

The wheels of this mini skateboard have rather big diameter, they are known for their softness and good adhesion to the road, they do not make almost any noise and do not ever make vibrations. The Santa Cruz skateboards have bearings that are extremely reliable, and will not break when you land after performing a trick that involves height.
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Santa Cruz Skateboards Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards
Santa Cruz Skateboards Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards
 

SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete

Type

These absolutely awesome and cheap skateboards will not only be helpful when you are in need to travel from point A to point B while simultaneously saving time and having a lot of fun, but also when you want to conquer curbs and various obstacles that happen on your way. This skate board is a perfect choice if you want to ride in a ramp.
Review of SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete

Deck Dimentions and Material

A very stable and reliable skateboard, convenient to put in the bag when it's not needed, for example if you use other means of transportation or stay in one place for some time. The deck is made of 5-layer hard maple wood with increased durability, thanks to which you can fearlessly land on it after performing jumps and various trick elements. A variety of colors will make you the most noticeable person on the road (one of the reason they make awesome girl skateboards).
SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete in the use

Design

The design of this skateboard will allow the rider to easily perform riding with obstacles, 'flying' down a slope at a high speed, and do tricks. The skate board has soft wide wheels and durable bearings which will smooth all the roughness of the road and add to the feeling of self-confidence of its rider.
Detailed review of SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete

SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete
SCSK8 Pro Skateboard / Crusier Pre-Assembled Complete
 

Razor RipStik

Type

A waveboard is a unique type of skateboard with a double concave platform and only two wheels. This type of skate board has a much higher ability to perform manoeuvres and will allow an experienced rider to achieve a whole new level of impressions and feelings one can only get from an extreme skateboard riding.
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Deck Dimentions and Material

The Ripstick deck is carried out in a high tech polymer. It is the newest material which do not get ruined with time, is durable and has a long life. The unique shape of the deck allows for better manoeuvering on the road. Do not fear extravagance and novelty of Ripstick, you will get used to this two-wheels type of skate board rather quickly.
Razor RipStik Extreme Grinding Machine in the use

Design

Ripstick have wide and soft wheels that provide a possibility to perform wave-like movements which are necessary for a skater to start his or her ride. ABEC 5 bearings that Ripstick skate boards have belong to the speed standard preferable for extreme riding. This is one of the reasons more and more fans of active sports start to pay attention to this board.
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Razor RipStik
Razor RipStik
 

KPC Pro

Type

KPC Pro is a great trick skateboard. If you love extreme riding and never flinch seeing various obstacles or uneven asphalt, if you enjoy conquering curbs and ramps, then this is one of the best skateboards you can get. You are the one it's been designed for, no doubt. Even the rookie rider or a kid will find this pro skateboard perfect because of its high durability, tight bearings, and awesome balance.
Review of KPC Pro Skateboard Complete

Deck Dimentions and Material

The deck of this KPC Pro skate board consists of 7 hard maple layers. Hard maple has two extremely valuable qualities — it is highly durable and yet flexible. The skate board deck is covered with a special Black Grip Tape that makes the shoes-to-deck grip absolutely perfect. The sizes here are 3.9 x 31.5 x 7.7 inches, meaning the deck is quite wide. Be sure that you will land on this deck just fine after performing your favorite tricks. Yet the KPC Pro skate board weighs only 1 pound, being light enough for a kid to carry in the bag. The manufacturer offers 6 different colors to satisfy any taste.
KPC Pro Skateboard Complete in the use

Design

The mild concaves on the nose and the tail of this pro skateboard help the rider perform various tricks that involve the skateboard lift-off from the pavement or ramp. Moreover, the wheels are wide and soft, so they will smoothen the road unevenness and provide you with a comfortable relaxed riding experience in addition to maneuvering and tricks. The bearings comply with the ABEC 7 standard, meaning they are designed to make the fast acceleration safer.
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KPC Pro
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4. Steve Cave Buying the Right Skateboard for You, About Sports. Updated July 31, 2015.

5. Jessica Gezon Choosing the Right Skateboard Deck, Overstock.

6. How to Choose Your Skateboard? DECATHLON.

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