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Best Longboards 2018

So you want to buy a longboard and you are wondering what type to get. The answer is what type of longboarding do you want to do? There are a lot of ways and places you can ride a longboard and a lot of different styles of longboards. So let’s have a look at a few of these first.

Where can you ride a longboard?

The answer is pretty much anywhere where you can ride a regular skateboard. After all a longboard is just that – a long skateboard. The most common place to ride a longboard is in the streets. They make the perfect vehicle for commuting from A to B on roads and footpaths. They generally are set up with larger softer wheels that give you a much smoother ride than smaller ‘regular, double or trick boards’ as they are often referred to. They also have a much longer wheelbase, which offers a bit more stability when you pick up some speed.

Downhill, Freeriding & Racing

Longboards are great for bombing hills and going really fast. If you are looking at getting involved in racing and going very fast downhill, selecting the right board is crucial. Downhill racing boards are made for mostly going very fast in a very straight line. They use a very stiff deck with a long wheelbase. They are also designed with the deck to be very low to the ground to reduce your center of gravity. They are set up using a much larger wheel and a truck that is very stable at high speeds.

Freeride boards are used for carving and sliding on big hills. They may use a slightly harder wheel and a truck that is better for turning and carving.

For all these types of skateboarding you will need extra protective equipment such as a helmet, knee, elbow and other pads for impact protection. Slide gloves to protect your hands and assist in low sliding maneuvers.

Freestyle, Street Skating and Dancing

These types of longboarding are most common and are really just riding around the streets, bike tracks, waterfront boulevards, local basketball courts or car parks. It’s easy to get going, just open your front door and off you go.

Freestyling and street skating boards often have a kicktail at the rear and sometimes the front of the board to help you do tricks and control the board in a similar way to a regular skateboard.

A dancing board is generally a longer and flatter board that allows for fancy footwork and ‘dancing’ while rolling around.

Can you ride longboards ‘off road’?

Yes you can. If there is a well-worn path through a grass field or a hard packed dirt track you want to take a short cut over, no problem. The larger wheels and a bit of speed will handle it with no problem. Dirt and sand however are your skateboard bearings worst enemy, so it should really be kept to a minimum.

There are some special longboards and mountain boards that are made for off road use. Like the difference between a road bicycle and a mountain bike, they have a special set up and components for off road use. These special skateboards have much larger wheels often with pneumatic tyres and other specific weatherproof components to resist damage from mud and water.

How much does a longboard cost?

We have a great range of longboards you can buy ready to roll straight off the shelf. With a couple of minor adjustment we can have it tuned perfectly for you straight away.

Our most basic entry level complete is only $182.00 and our completes range in price from $182.00 up to around $550.00 for most ready to roll completes. We have a lot of great complete longboards for under $250.00

If you are setting up a custom complete for a specific purpose such as racing then our decks range between $149.00 and $449.00. Depending on which components you choose to set your board up, a custom complete is generally priced between $250.00 to $699.00.

I have seen longboards cheaper online and at the local department & sports stores. Why are they cheaper and are they any good?

The short answer to that question is – NO! Like all things in life if you buy cheap, you buy twice. To the untrained eye they look very similar to good quality board, but the quality just isn’t there.

The timber they make the decks out of is usually a much softer, cheaper timbers and glues that will split and delaminate easily. The trucks are usually cheap die-cast metal instead of the aircraft grade alloys you get with good quality trucks.

The wheels and bearings are also much lower quality, the wheels are not made with good high rebound urethane and will feel ‘chattery & plasticy’ under your feet instead of the smooth ride you get from good quality urethane wheel. When it comes to bearings, unless you really like pushing a lot more than your friends, go for a good quality precision bearing option every time.

When buying a board you are doing it for your own enjoyment. If you buy something that is not nice to ride you are only ripping yourself off. When you buy a cheap board you will be replacing most of the parts and spending money just to make it ride a little bit better.

You won’t enjoy your skateboarding and a likely to stop doing it in order to do something more enjoyable. What’s worse is you’ll have a bunch of old sporting equipment you’ll have to get rid of. So remember when buying a skateboard - good skateboards aint cheap and cheap skateboards aint good!

Do I need a helmet or protective gear for longboarding?

We always recommend wearing a helmet for all types of skateboarding. If you are sliding then gloves with special plastic ‘pucks’ are fantastic and make your skateboarding a whole lot more fun. Wrist guards, elbow pads and kneepads are all worthwhile when starting out. If you are going to be downhill racing, as we mentioned, you will need more specialized protective gear. A full-face helmet, special protective padding and racing leathers are a must.

So what longboard should I buy?

We have years of experience selling longboards so you are in good hands with Basement Skate. The good news is that in the last few years the longboard companies have really lifted their game when it comes to quality and diversity in what they offer. We don’t waste our time with lower end B grade boards and neither should you. We have compiled a list of our top 5 best selling complete longboards and longboard decks below for 2018.

Top 5 Complete Longboards of 2018

1. Sector 9 Mini Lookout 

Sector 9 Longboards

Sector 9 Mini Lookout Complete Longboard is a bamboo carve machine, ideal for surfing the hills, cruising the streets and commuting to work in style and comfort. Complete and ready to skate straight out of the box with premium Gullwing charger trucks, Top Shelf wheels and precision steel bearings. This drop-through directional carving long board is low to the ground, giving you a super stable and comfortable ride that is very easy to push longer distances. The wheel cut-outs help you avoid wheel bite and open up your turning range to you can carve super hard all over town. Check out the full range of Sector 9 Longboards.

2. Prism Revel Mulga Series

The Prism Mulga Series artwork is from Sydney based artist 'Mulga' aka Joel Moore. He has gained international recognition for his unique and colourful cartoon style artwork that has brought smiles to so many faces! The Revel 39 Complete Longboard is a nice Bamboo / Maple Dropthrough Cruiser, low to the ground and easy to ride. This setup will feel super smooth, stable giving you lots of control while your gliding on any terrain, great for those long distance trips. It also comes setup with the best longboard components in the market. A good suggestion for a perfect complete board for any beginner looking for a first time board to cruise and commute. All assembled and ready to skate with everything you need to carve those hills, glide down to the beach and do a bit of freestyle and dancing in between. The perfect commuter longboard. A small amount of flex seals the deal giving you a nice surfy feel. Check out the full range of Prism Complete Longboards.

3. Arbor Mindstate Series

Arbor Longboards

The Mindstate Flagship Complete Longboard by Arbor Skateboards is a stylish drop-through cruiser designed to glide any surface. A directional board that combines the original pintail shape with a drop-through mount a pleasant concave to be your favorite board to commute, carve and cruise setup with the best components in the market. These features in this board makes it perfect for anyone looking to learn how to ride or would like to get a perfect style commuter. The drop-though mount will make you feel so close to the ground and in perfect position to control your moves while rolling away and easier to push. The magic stability coming from the Drop-through boards will give you confidence to accelerate the process of learning how to ride and will increase the comfort while pushing so you can move and commute for kilometers away. This Mindstate Walnut not only has great features but it also has a unique shape and style , with Arbor's sustainable design. An all terrain setup perfect for long distance travellers. Check out the full range of Arbor Longboards Completes and Decks.

4. Bustin Nobach E-core

Bustin Longboards

Introducing the much anticipated love-child of our previous-edition Nomad and Ibach models, the perfect setup for that easy cruise or long commute, this baby is super low-slung push-monster with a little flex to give you a responsive and smooth ride for almost every type of longboarding.

The deck is symmetrical 10" wide with a mild/medium flex, has a large pan with an easy mellow concave and is designed as a double dropped deck (both drothrough truck mount and dropped pan) to lock your feet in the right position also to bring you lower to the ground which is easier for long distance pushing, cruising and freeriding. The massive 1" response drop ensures a low down commute for ultra efficient pushing for kilometers and kilometers.

The Nobach 38 Construction is a hybrid Maple and Triaxial glass layup with sustainable grade-A wood top and bottom veneers sandwiched around a fiber infused core with strategically placed cross-grains for torsional support so you get a lively and responsive ride. Laid up with Bustin's new (E)Core™ construction, the new Nobach is LIGHTER and STRONGER with an increased torsional stiffness and more responsive flex pattern for more locked-in slides and more powerful cross-town pushing. Check out the full range of Bustin Longboards Completes and Decks.

5. Globe Pinner Evo Series

Globe Longboards

The Globe Pinner Evo Coconut Black 40" Longboard Complete is the new style Blazer that Globe Boards is introducing to this year's Cruiser collection. The Pinner is that beach longboard for trimming the nose and surfing the crete. With a nice usable tail kick its just as at home in the urban space as the beach so you can get your way around town carving and sliding the back alleys or just pushing the flats on your way to work or uni. However you use the pinner your gonna have a lot of fun, catch the bus uptown & surf the streets to downtown.

The construction and attention to detail on this Handcrafted and Eco-friendly Blazer Coconut is next level. The top and bottom have been built with Coconut fiber to use less Maple for an eco-friendly design that leaves less foot print and also has a great look with the clear resin broadcast grip so you can show it off.  If your into the slide you will like the stone ground finish on the wheels that will be smooth and grippy straight off the bat but predictable if your want to drip it sideways. Check out the full range of Globe Complete Longboards.

 

Top 5 Longboard decks of 2018

1. Rayne Darkside Version 3

Rayne Longboard Decks

The Rayne Darkside V3 Skull Blue Longboard Single Kick Freeride Longboard Skateboard brings a swag of features including full rocker pan, back kick, multiple wheelbase options, three stage concave and molded truck mounts for that perfect geometry. The darkside is one of Rayne's super rad skate everything designs from downhill racing, ditch riding, wicked power slides or just cruising the streets. 

A Comfortable, stable and very responsive downhill deck that you can pop up curbs around town with the usable kicktail. Constructed with a vertical laminated bamboo core wrapped with fibreglass giving you a light, stiff and super strong board for all terrain. Designed with 3d wheelwells and 3 stage rocker to lock your feet in and the multi wheelbase options will help you dial in your set-up. The graphic is is a sick artistic skull that is sub laminated so it doesnt scratch off. Check out the full range of Rayne Longboard Decks.

2. Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer Samurai Pro

Powell Peralta Skateboards

After a few years of experimenting and testing the Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer Samurai Pro Longboard finally made it's way to Australia.  If you know a bit about Downhill Skateboarding, you will know this name: Kevin Reimer has the record for winning several  Downhill World Championships and any race he enters. This Samurai 10" x 36.75" was designed and developed by Kevin himself with Powell Peralta , as a deck for all:  Race and Freeride Skateboarding.

The aim behind this design was to develop the easiest and fastest downhill board available today.  This Samurai has a 3/8 inch micro drop front and back that will hold you in the right position  for sliding, drifting, or freeriding. It also features a flat-topped W concave that is meant to be subtle enough to not effect pushing, but noticeable enough to hold your foot on toeside corners and slides. 

With a  mellow concave, more gentle and round than other concaves which allows for more foot contact with the board, meaning more grip, more control, and less feedback that can slow you down. Many of todays downhill and freeride boards have intense concave that hurts your feet and in fact hinders your skating, and the Samurai has the opposite of these extremes. Built to be super light using the least amount of material possible, and allowing the use of large race wheels 75mm and above without wheel bite. Check out the full range of Powell Peralta Decks.

3. Loaded Chubby Blood Slayer

Loaded Longboards

Loaded Longboards are known for quality and epic designs, with so many missing the Old Chubby Unicorn they decided to bring a new Chubby design and raced the Gnar Bars!

Welcome Loaded Chubby Blood Slayer Longboard, their new Downhill, Freeride Machine that came with some super technical features to just blow your mind. If you are a fan of longboarding, well then you must try this board: 

A monstrous reincarnation of the classic Chubby Unicorn, the Blood Slayer boasts rocker, wide W concave, functional wheel well flares, and nose and tail kicks to create an ergonomic platform for downhill destruction and freestyle fury. Built-in grab rails and recessed, angled truck mounts shave weight, lower your center of gravity, and keep your steering geometry true. Urethane sidewalls and new truck hole inserts, a basswood core, and a UHMW base provide abrasion resistance, durability, moisture resistance, and vibration damping.

Rocker cradles the outer edges of your feet and creates a subtle locked-in sensation, keeping your feet firmly planted in slides and providing a steady and natural platform for foot movement. Rocker also slightly lowers your center of gravity for enhanced stability. Recessed truck mounts drop your truck baseplates deeper into the deck for a lower ride height, increased stability, and improved sliding performance. They are angled to neutralize the wedging effects created by the rocker, keeping your steering geometry true. Flared wheel wells rise above the top surface of the deck, increasing wheel clearance while also creating ergonomic features that provide lateral support and extra leverage for your feet. These flares promote board awareness and keep your feet locked into contoured pockets while sliding, cornering, and tucking. An intuitive W concave enhances rider control in all toeside maneuvers. The central hump is tall yet wide, providing strong lateral support near the transitions without compromising arch comfort. The W runs along the entire length of the standing platform to ensure maximum control in any stance. A fully symmetrical shape ensures optimal ergonomics for any maneuver and any style in every orientation. Beefy nose and tail kicks provide ample leverage and a comfortable surface for catching tricks and balancing manuals. With a geometry designed to generate a usable "pop", the Blood Slayer is ready to ollie, no comply, and shuvit to your little heart's content. Two sets of CNC routed grab rails on the deck's underside shave weight and act as chubby wubby love handles for predrifts and early grabs of all varieties. Generous application of medium-coarse griptape ensures ample traction and confidence. At the heart of the Blood Slayer is a basswood core that balances rigidity at speed with just enough compliance to dissipate energy from vibrations and impacts. The belly of the beast is sealed with a layer of UHMWPE, the material commonly used in slide pucks and snowboard bases. This dense material helps filter out some of the higher frequency road vibrations while also providing a layer of protection against abrasion and moisture. A sidewall of high durometer urethane is poured around the board's perimeter. Bonded to the wood and fiberglass skins, the sidewall protects the lightweight core and provides vibration damping throughout the entire board. The urethane formula has been carefully selected for its exceptional abrasion resistance, crisp pop, and resilience against hard impact. For the Blood Slayer we added urethane truck hole inserts for added damping and durability. Check out our range of Loaded Longboard Decks and Complete

4. Seismic Codex

Seismic Longboards

Seismic Skate brings a double kicked symmetrical top mount deck for many styles of longboarding, like freeride, urban cruising or a bit of downhill. This deck is constructed of maple and fiberglass with a medium - stiff flex. The kicks are perfect for snapping big ollies, the concave is strong enough to hold your feet in place for fast slides (and even makes flip tricks easier), and the grab rails make finger flips & tiger claws seem telekinetic. An awesome all round longboard deck to shred everything! Check out the full range of Seismic Decks

5. Sector 9 Ripped Series

Sector 9 Skateboards

 

The Ripped 36.875" is the Jackson Shapiera Pro Model from the Sector 9 Downhill Division. A classic Sector 9 Downhill Division shape with aggressive, race-inspired varying W concave for epic grip and lock in for railing super fast corners and laying down huge stand-up slides. The W concave shape is most pronounced throught the mid pan, and mellows out at the front and rear foot positions, allowing for an epic back foot position when your in full tuck! The CNC wheel Wells allow you to run bigger wheels and the pronounded front foot pocket means you don't really need a foot stop to keep your front foot planted. The Sharp rails will lock you in for mega toe side slides with solid grip and allow for slightly more deck width to increase your board feel and control. Dialing you Ripped Jacko in is a dream with 3  wheel-base options at 24.25" - 25.25" - 26.25", so you'll always have the right board for the right style of riding. 

This deck is the culmination of several different iterations and prototypes made at Sector 9 headquarters. Jacko has been critical on the finer points of the deck shape. Apart from the shape, Jackson also explored several concave molds. He finally landed on one with humps in the at the front for your toes to push against and keep you locked in, a non-intrusive W in the middle for the added strength and smaller humps at the back to help with the board feel. Check out the full range of Sector 9 Decks and Completes.