The 10 Best Longboards

Updated January 06, 2018 by Johnny Woodard

10 Best Longboards
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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Look beyond the routine challenge of a standard-length skateboard to one of these stylish longboards. Faster than a regular board because of wheel size, these are ideal for cruising, downhill racing, slaloming, sliding, and personal transport. With designs that vary from vintage and basic to modern and aggressive, there's sure to be a model that suits your taste and skill. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best longboard on Amazon.

10. Atom Drop Deck

The Atom Drop Deck has a full maple board with heat transferred graphics for a stylish look that won't get rubbed off. Unique in its versatility, this model performs just as well cruising around town as it does bombing down a slope at high speed.
  • 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 4.0 / 5.0

9. Krown Freestyle Elite

The entire top deck of the Krown Freestyle Elite is coated with black grip tape, so you can put your feet in virtually any position without slipping. It also has attractive graphics on the underside, but note that the included wheels aren't ideal 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 3.9 / 5.0

8. White Wave

If you like boards that have a natural look, then you'll appreciate the White Wave. It boasts a bamboo construction with drop-through trucks, and a symmetrical shape with small kicks. It comes with fast and durable ABEC 9 Hellion bearings and ultra-high rebound bushings.
  • lots of deck shapes to choose from
  • bamboo feels good underfoot
  • trucks are a bit squeaky
Brand Mammoth Distribution
Model pending
Weight 8.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Bomb Board Complete

The Bomb Board Complete has a drop-down deck designed with a low center of gravity to give you good stability, better turning control, and an easier push off. Overall, it's a good board for commuting, but isn't great for areas with many obstacles.
  • flexible enough deck
  • steady and stable ride
  • doesn't roll far with stock bearings
Brand Bomb Board
Model 5031
Weight 8.4 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Rimable Drop-Through

The Rimable Drop-Through is a rugged value option for beginners who aren't looking to make a massive financial commitment to 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
  • made from laminated maple
  • ultra-low rolling resistance
Model pending
Weight 7.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Atom Pin-Tail

With the stylish Atom Pin-Tail, 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 heavier riders.
  • 80 grit aluminum oxide grip tape
  • gets low in tight turns
  • bearings have a high-speed lubricant
Brand Atom Longboards
Model 40013
Weight 8.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Sector 9 Fractal

The Sector 9 Fractal comes with specially designed wheels and trucks that give unmatched control in sharp downhill carving action. It features a multi-ply maple board that is dropped down for easy pushing and pumping, making it great for long rides.
  • high-quality sidewinder trucks
  • lengthy but capable of tight turns
  • underside covered in unique wave art
Brand Sector 9
Model SF124C
Weight 7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Quest Super Cruiser Artisan

The Quest Super Cruiser Artisan has a multi-ply hardwood maple and bamboo deck that will turn heads as you cruise. It holds up well to tumbles and scrapes, and thanks to both its stability and value, it makes a good beginner board.
  • rides nicely without adjustment
  • aluminum trucks
  • precise turning response
Brand Quest
Model QT-NSC44C
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Ten Toes Emporium Zed

With a style all its own, the Ten Toes Emporium Zed is a cruiser made from a gorgeous bamboo and maple hybrid. Designed in the skateboarding mecca of Los Angeles, it has a laid back quality that invites use. But don't let the casual look fool you, because this deck flies.
  • reverse kingpin trucks
  • cool vintage appearance
  • available in multiple colors
Brand Ten Toes Board Emporium
Model 2502
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 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 wheels, and it sports eye-catching bottom decals and a modern design in several combinations.
  • makes sliding easy
  • high-traction deck grip tape
  • arrives ready to ride
Brand Loaded Boards
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 January 06, 2018 by Johnny Woodard

Johnny Woodard fled the sweltering South and a career in journalism to pursue comedy and edit a popular comedy/sports website in Los Angeles.

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