The 10 Best Longboards

Updated June 22, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Longboards
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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. It's time you cruised around town with style and grace, and the best way to do so is on one of these killer longboards. Faster than a regular skateboard because of wheel size, these longboards are ideal for cruising, downhill racing, slalom racing, sliding, and personal transport. Find the perfect design for you from our comprehensive selection. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best longboard on Amazon.

10. Krown Rasta Freestyle Elite

The entire top deck of the Krown Rasta Freestyle Elite is coated with black grip tape, so you can put your feet in virtually any position and not have to worry about slipping. It has attractive graphics on the bottom, but the included wheels aren't meant for sliding.
  • lightweight deck is easy to handle
  • good quality for the price
  • gets nicked up pretty easily
Brand Krown
Model KREL-109-2
Weight 7.3 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. White Wave

If you like boards that have a natural look, then you'll appreciate the White Wave. It has a bamboo board with drop through trucks and a symmetrical shape with small kicks. It comes with fast and durable Abec7 bearings and ultra high rebound bushings.
  • lots of deck shapes to choose from
  • bamboo feels good underfoot
  • trucks are a bit squeaky
Brand Whitewave
Model pending
Weight 8.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. EIGHTBIT 41 Inch

The EIGHTBIT 41 Inch has a drop down deck designed with a low center of gravity to give you more stability, better turning control, and an easier push off. Overall, it's a good board for commuting, but it isn't great for areas with a lot of obstacles.
  • deck has a good amount of flex
  • steady and easy to ride
  • doesn't roll far with stock bearings
Brand Eightbit
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Atom Drop Deck

The Atom Drop Deck has a full maple board laminated with heat transferred graphics for a stylish look that won't get rubbed off. It is a versatile board that is just as good at cruising around town as bombing down a hill at high speeds.
  • aggressive concave shape
  • foot pockets to lock you in
  • may need to tighten the trucks
Brand Atom Longboards
Model 40009
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Sector 9 Faultline

The Sector 9 Faultline is the ideal downhill board for riders who like to go fast. It has a bit of flex, but not so much that it feels unsteady, & it has a slight concave aspect to the board, which keeps your feet locked in place and offers better toe-heel energy transfer.
  • available with red or green trucks
  • 9-ply cold-pressed maple deck
  • a wide wheelbase
Brand Sector 9
Model PF153CGreen
Weight pending
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Rimable Drop-through

The Rimable Drop-through comes at a low price that makes it good for beginners who are unsure how long they will stick with riding. It has a tighter turning radius than many other drop-throughs, while still keeping a low deck height for easy pushing.
  • easy to weave through crowded areas
  • smooth riding 70 mm pu wheels
  • ultra low rolling resistance
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Atom Pintail 40013

With the stylish Atom Pintail 40013, you'll always look your best. The classic shape allows for smooth, easy street riding on its slide-friendly wheels and genuine Navigator 50-degree reverse kingpin trucks. Plus, it can support riders over 250 lbs.
  • 80 grit aluminum oxide grip tape
  • gets low in tight turns
  • bearings have a high-speed lubricant
Brand Atom Longboards
Model 40003
Weight 9.2 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Sector 9 Fractal

The Sector 9 Fractal comes with specially designed wheels and trucks that give unmatched control when it comes to sharp downhill carving. It features an 8 ply maple board that is dropped down for easy pushing and pumping, making it great for long rides.
  • sidewinder trucks are very carvey
  • offers great traction while turning
  • wide wheels and a flexible deck
Brand Sector 9
Model SF124C
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Quest Super Cruiser Artisan

The Quest Super Cruiser Artisan has a beautiful multi-ply hardwood maple and bamboo deck that will turn heads as you cruise. It holds up well through a few tumbles and makes a good beginner board, plus it's a steal at less than $70 dollars.
  • rides really nice out of the box
  • trick board-style truck mounting
  • very precise turning response
Brand Quest
Model QT-NSC44C
Weight 7.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2

The highly responsive Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2 handles tight cornering with ease and offers smooth downhill runs. It comes equipped with premium Orangatang Stimulus 70mm wheels, and it has eye-catching bottom decals with a modern design.
  • makes it easy to slide
  • high-traction deck grip tape
  • comes ready to ride
Brand Loaded
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

A Brief History Of The Longboard

While it's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the modern skateboard was born, the origins of the sport are well known, and nearly mythical. By the mid 20th Century, surfing had become a popular sport, and the cradle of the American surf movement was the coast of California. In the last years of the 1940s and in the dawn of the 1950s, a number of Los Angeles surfers began to adopt a new wheeled platform that they used on land when the waves were too flat for proper surfing.

For a number of years, these new wheeled boards were seen as little more than an enjoyable alternative as a surfer waited for better water conditions. By the 1960s, however, skateboarding was well on its way to becoming a distinct sport. 1964 saw the short-lived publication of a magazine called The Quarterly Skateboarder and the first sponsored contests and skating events took place at around the same time.

It was not until the 1970s that skateboarding began to catch on with a more mainstream audience. The development of durable, stable polyethylene wheels made skating safer and easier, and soon a range of standardized axles -- called "trucks" on a skateboard -- made control and stability even more reliable.

Modern skateboards feature many minute variations, but there are two basic classes of board, which can be referred to as the skateboard and the longboard. While skateboards are shorter, have smaller wheels, are more nimble, and are often used for trick skating, longboards tend to have larger wheels and, of course, a longer overall design. These two factors make the longboard both fast and stable (in fact records show riders atop longboards moving at more than 80 miles per hour), and for this reason it is the go-to choice for people who use a skateboard less for trick skating and more for long distance cruising.

Choosing The Right Longboard For You

The length of a longboard can vary greatly. Most are longer than 33 inches from end to end, though many longboards have much longer decks, with sixty inch boards not an uncommon sight. Most longboards measure somewhere in the 40 to 50 inch range. The deck shape of the longboard can come in variations known as pintail, swallowtail, drop-through, and flat-nose, to name a few, and many longboards still closely resemble the surfboards that inspired the first skaters all those decades back.

Choosing your longboard's length should be primarily informed by your own size, and even your own preference; you may want to go longer based on your height, but in turn, the length also dictates maneuverability. If you're into doing tricks, a shorter board might work best for you. A shorter board translates to quicker turns; a longer board is best for cruising at high speeds.

As for the deck shape of the board you choose, that should be predicated on how you will use your board. A "top mount" deck provides extra control during turns but less stability during downhill speed, for example, while a "drop through" deck makes turning slightly more difficult but allows for stable speed riding with reduced wobble.

Beginning riders should opt for a longboard with plenty of grip tape covering its surface, and should also consider a board with foot kicks, which are raised sections of the board that help keep the rider's foot nestled in place. Almost all longboards are made from plywood, with materials ranging from bamboo to maple to hardwoods used in the layering.

Different deck constructions offer varied levels of flexibility, and your experience level might also dictate which deck type is best for you. More flexible boards allow for better speed each time you push off with your foot, but their movement may destabilize a rider not yet steady on his or feet.

Longboard Upkeep And Maintenance

One of the simplest ways to keep your longboard safe and stable is to frequently check and tighten its bearings. The wheel bearings can be securely tightened without compromising fluidity of motion, while loose bearings can lead to increased board wobble and reduced control and safety. Check the bearings regularly if your ride regularly, and take the time to tighten them whenever needed.

Some longboards come with lubricated wheels, but it's a good idea to apply your own from time to time. Just make sure to pick a lubricant that won't corrode the wheels, axles, or any other components, and try to choose one that won't stain or damage the deck, either. And know that lubrication is not necessary for most boards; what is needed for safe and proper longboard riding are bearings that are as clean as possible. Dirt and debris caught in your board's wheel bearings can lead to a dangerous lack of stability.

Replacing any worn or damaged element on your longboard is important for safe and proper use. This includes worn down wheels, scuffed or torn grip tape, or even an entire axle if need be. You can rotate longboard wheels just the same as you do with a car's tires, but as with a motor vehicle, this can only be done once or twice before they need to be replaced.

And of course one should always wear a helmet when riding. Safe longboarding should also involve gloves, and even knee and elbow pads for good measure. This is especially true both for younger and for older riders -- while riding a longboard is enjoyable, it can also cause serious injury without proper precaution.

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Last updated on June 22, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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