New on the market are the Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer Purple 72 mm longboard wheels that will most probably quickly become Powell’s yet another freeride favorite.
Following the success of Powell’s Snakes, the new Kevin Reimer Purple longboard wheels feature their SSF (Soft Slide) formula but poured in a freeride wheel with square lips.
The new Kevin Reimer 72 mm tall longboard wheels have a 57.5 mm width and contact patch. In a 75a durometer, these should be much easier to slide. Powell Peralta describes the new Kevin Reimer wheels as more durable but with the same reliable smooth slide and grip as its predecessors.
Compared to their other wheel models, these should be grippier than Byron’s but less grippy than the 72 mm Green Kevin Reimer longboard wheels. The Purple Kevin Reimer skateboard wheels are best for downhill and freeride on smooth surfaces.
The price for a set is $47.95 on the official Powell Peralta website.
Ever wondered what Full-Face helmet is best for longboarding? Well, there’s no unbiased answer to this. However, here’s a collection of Full-Face helmets from trusted brands that are the most recognized and most commonly worn in the longboarding scene.
We’ll look at the features and certification of each helmet and you make the choice on which one you like the most style-wise.
Please note, this list is not in a best-to-worst order but should serve as a guide to help you make an informed decision. This is your first step to find yourself the best Full-Face helmet for your downhill and freeride needs.
Let’s check out which Full-Face helmets are the best and most popular in longboarding…
TSG – Pass, Pass Pro and Pass Pro Carbon Full-Face Longboard Helmets
It’s safe to say that the TSG Pass helmet is one of the most popular Full-Face longboard helmets worn on any given freeride or race.
With the design help of Martin Siegrist (three-time World Downhill Skateboard Champion in the early 2000s) TSG’s first longboard helmet ‘’The Pass’’ hit the market back in Spring, 2014 and has been a staple in the community ever since.
Currently, this downhill skateboarding helmet is available in three models; The Pass, The Pass Pro and The Pass Pro Carbon. Certification wise, there is no difference between them as they all provide protection with NF EN 1078+A1:02 2013 and ASTM F1952 safety standards. However, the major differences are weight and price.
The cheapest and the heaviest is the Pass Full-Face weighing in at 1060 grams with a price tag of 250 €. Next is the Pass Pro with 940 grams at 350 €.
The lightest and the most expensive is, of course, the Pass Pro Carbon. This one weighs 10 grams less than the Pass Pro probably because it includes Carbon Fiber instead of Fiberglass. The price for a Pass Pro Carbon longboard helmet is 450 €.
Because they have so much in common, we’ll have a look at the OG, the Pass helmet. Even though the Pass Pro usually has more color options.
The TSG Pass Full-Face Helmet for Downhill Skateboarding
The Pass Full-Face helmet features a hard shell Fiberglass Construction with EPS foam and a fabric liner in a compact and aerodynamic shell design.
As opposed to Half-Shell helmets, Full-Face helmets feature minimal venting to preserve the aerodynamic performance. The Pass includes two nose vent ports on the chin guard to prevent fogging, as well as small ear slots for ambient noise.
Because Full-Face helmets tend to be a lot ”hotter” the Pass also includes an Air Flow vent system that pulls fresh air over and around the head while forcing stale air out.
A Pass longboard Full-Face helmet normally includes spherically curved visors (clear and tinted) with both scratch and anti-fog coating. In an effort to further minimize fogging the Pass helmet includes what TSG likes to call an exhalation-fogging-blocker. This means an inside soft foam available in two sizes that is placed around the nose area.
When closed the visor on The Pass Full-Face helmet is completely sealed so consequently, there’s no whistle sound or air coming in the helmet when you skate.
The interior includes TSG’s washable comfort liner and removable cheek pads that are available in different sizes for a snug fit a helmet needs to have.
The design of the Pass downhill skateboard helmet is rounded off with a secure double D-ring closure which you can, with some practice, buckle even with your longboard gloves on.
Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
The next most commonly used helmet for downhill and freeride is the Triple 8 T8 Racer longboard skateboard helmet.
With a streamlined profile and an aerodynamic design, this Full-Face helmet caters with a distinctive logo-stipe on the top and lettering around the ear area. On the back, this helmet has a higher cut for less neck restriction and a more comfortable tuck position.
Triple 8’s T8 Racer complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM F-1952 safety standards. Its construction is a mix of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and an EPS foam liner with a velvet lining.
It includes a multiview flip-up visor made from a shatter-resistant material. The visor for the T8 Racer comes in two options; clear or tint. If you’re looking for that nice mirror look TSG has, you’ll be disappointed.
As opposed to a double D-ring, this helmet has a plastic buckle. We could debate about the pros and cons of both but a buckle allows you to snap it into place easier than the former.
The T8 Racer Full-Face longboard helmet includes two sets of fit pads that let you customize the fit. And the price? The Triple 8 T8 Racer Full-Face helmet goes for around 270Euro or $299.99.
With the success of its predecessors, the DH6 and DH6-X full-face helmet models, the DH6-Xg is a fairly new longboard helmet model on the market.
The DH6-Xg helmet design presents the evolution of Predator’s previous models with a more rounded off shape. The DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is as minimalistic as it gets. The only exterior embellishment is the logo lettering on the sides.
This helmet is available in Gloss Gold, Matte Gunmetal Grey, Matte Black, and Gloss Whitegold colorways.
With a pre-preg fiberglass shell, a large visibility window, internal ventilation and an air vent on the chin, the DH6-Xg weighs only 900 grams. It is the lightest of the helmets listed in this article.
The DH6-Xg meets CPSC standards and is CE-1078 certified but doesn’t have an ASTM certification.
It includes optically correct curved tinted and clear visors and a nice fleece-lined carry bag. Predator also offers additional visor options such as silver mirror, color mirror, black, and others.
The DH6-Xg is available in one size only. It accommodates head sizes in a range of 58 – 61 cm (22.9″ – 24″) with three cheek pad thickness options. This means there is no XL size, but only the range from small to large.
As per usual, the DH6-Xg buckles up with a Double D-ring buckle and a padded strap.
The price for a new Predator DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is around 350 Euro or $380.
S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
Another Full-Face helmet that is commonly used by longboarders is the S1 Lifer Full-Face helmet for downhill skateboarding and freeriding. At S1 they made their well-accepted Lifer Half-Shell into a Full-Face model that shares quite some similarities.
S1’s Lifer Full-Face has a deep fit design with a shorter front profile to prevent excessive head whip upon impact. Inside it features S1’s EPS Fusion Foam that can withstand multiple low force impacts as well as a high impact.
Its ABS outer shell is paired with protective EPS Fusion Foam in a hard-shell construction and inner sizing pads. This helmet is certified as CPSC for High Impact and ASTM for Multiple Impact.
The field of view on the S1 Lifer Full-Face is wide for good peripheral vision. It’s paired with a removable visor with tilt mobility. The visor is mounted on the helmet in a way it potentially prevents fogging and allows proper airflow.
The Lifer Full-Face has ear holes so you can hear outside noise but does not have additional external venting. It relies on the shape of the inner foam to redirect stale air out from the bottom of the helmet.
Normally, a Lifer Full-Face longboard helmet offers an option to choose 2 visors. It can be either Clear, Tinted, Iridium or a Mirror model. S1 also includes a helmet bag, three cheek pads for size adjustment and two extra sizing liners.
There you have it, we’re at the end of this article. You now know what are the most commonly used and trusted Full-Face helmets for downhill and freeride. Skate safe, until next time …
During this year’s pre-season quite a few new pro decks hit the market. It looks like the brands are getting back into designing and developing their boards closely with their pro riders.
Pro model deck development is more complicated and expensive considering that the boards are built according to the rider’s specification which normally requires more prototyping and testing. That is why generally pro model decks are considered to be of higher quality in terms of design features and are expected to have a better performance.
This kind of collaboration between brands and pro riders also provides with an opportunity for the riders to grow their travel budget by getting a share from the sales.
Normally the price of a pro deck is expected to be higher but nowadays you can pick up one at a price of a ”regular” longboard deck.
In this article, we will have a closer looks at new pro model decks by Moonshine MFG, Alternative Longboards, Pantheon Longboards, and Rocket Longboards designed by some of the currently most popular riders like Brandon DesJarlais or Patrick Lombardi.
Let’s check out the decks…
Proscrito – Brandon DesJarlais pro longboard deck by Moonshine
The first deck we’re going to check out is Proscrito by Moonshine from the United States, developed with Brandon DesJarlais. Brandon is an internationally well-recognized rider due to his versatile and unique skating style combined with good media creation and longboard scene involvement.
Last year he took 2nd place at Red Bull No Paws Down and was featured on Red Bull social media outlets on multiple occasions during the past few years of regularly attending the race.
Brandon’s first pro model ‘’Proscrito’’ is built after Moonshine’s Outlaw, his deck of choice until now. As the basis set, he imagined a slightly shorter and narrower version with a redefined neck and grab rails.
By maintaining a directional shape, the Proscrito features a 96.5 cm (38 inches) length, a 24.1 cm (9.5 inch) width and 59.7- 65.4 cm (23.5 – 25.75 inch) wheelbase. All this is packed into a total weight of 1.76 kg (3.9 lbs). The slimmed down design includes a medium concave and rocker as well as a subtle w-concave. The board is completed with a kicktail.
As for the look goes, the Proscrito is surrounded by a full carbon fiber wrap for protection, stiffness, and pop that also doubles as a base for the recognizable graphic on the bottom.
Lombardi PRO – Patrick L. Lombardi pro longboard deck by Alternative Longboards
The second board we’re going to check out is Lombardi PRO by Alternative Longboards from Poland, developed with last year’s winner and two-time Red Bull No Paws Down Champion, Patrick L. Lombardi.
His high speed freeride runs and one-off style made him into one of the most recognizable longboarders in the World who was ready to form his experience into the design of the Lombardi PRO.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, Patrick is recovering from an injury he suffered in a bad crash in autumn of last year. While his recovery is going well he is not expected to be protecting his RBNPD Champion title at KnK 2019.
The Lombardi PRO longboard deck has a directional shape with a symmetrical platform. It’s designed for downhill, freeride and anything in between thanks to the addition of a kicktail.
With a 93.4 cm length (36.77 inches), a 25 cm (9.84 inches) width and wheelbase options ranging from 62.23 – 66.23 cm (24.5 – 26.07 inches) this board also caters to riders with bigger shoe sizes.
For stability during high speeds, the platform includes a comfortable medium to mellow concave with centered rocker and a 8 mm (0.31 inch) micro drop.
As a novelty in Alternative’s DH and Freeride range, the Lombardi PRO also features integrated ABS protective sidewalls on the wheel wells, nose and tail for added durability and edge protection when the board flips over.
Chiller Pro – Chase Hiller pro longboard deck by Pantheon Longboards
The third board in the spotlight is the Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards from the United States. The deck has been designed and built according to Case Hiller’s specification.
His new pro model is a well-deserved result of his consistent top positioning on IDF races so far. At the time of writing, Chase is ranking 1st in IDF on the World Ranking in Open Skateboard category.
Chase’s pro model longboard is a revamped Scoot deck model from Pantheon with slight modifications to fit his riding style. The new board kept the original platform size but with a different wheelbase. It includes new drop elements, a w-concave, and a kicktail which the ‘’original’’ board didn’t have before.
The Chiller Pro is 92.2 cm (36.3 inches) long and 24.4 (9.6 inches) wide and offers wheelbase options ranging from approx. 61.6 – 66.6 cm (24.25 to 26.25 inches).
Purple urethane bumpers cover the nose and tail to help guard this deck against impact damage while the side rails are hand-rubbed with an oil finish to keep out the elements.
Phoenix – Tristan Cardillo pro longboard deck by ROCKET Longboards
In March ROCKET Longboards welcomed Tristan Cardillo to their growing team of riders. Dedicated to racing, Tristan became a junior European IDF champion back in 2017, however, he got his first ever pro model in the present year named the Phoenix.
The Phoenix is an 83.7 cm (32.9 inches) long and 22.5 cm to 23 cm wide (8.85-inch front, 9 inches back) longboard deck with a 56 to 64 cm (22 – 25.2 inch) wheelbase. It features a somewhat aggressive concave with a 2-step drop profile including a micro drop and a w-concave.
To fit with Tristan’s riding style, the Phoenix also provides good wheel clearance for big race wheels even on narrow trucks.
ROCKET kept is simple with the graphics this year but included an embossed ABS top sheet through which you can see the central carbon fiber strip and inner natural flax fiber paired with bamboo components.
La Barou & La Barouquette – Lillian Barou pro longboard decks by Alternative Longboards
Lillian Barou, another Alternative Longboards team rider, got a chance to design his signature deck and not just one, but two!
Lillian is a French downhill skateboarder who’s been with the brand for many years now. Last year he visited multiple freerides and IDF events and had a decent chance to step on the podium at KnK’s Red Bull No Paws Down but got wiped out in the consi finals.
His first pro model decks are an answer to the whole ordeal of longboarding on narrow trucks and short wheelbases. As opposed to the other models Alternative put out this year, Lillian’s boards feature a minimalistic wooden finish.
The major difference between the two signature deck models is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.
At a closer look at the specs, both decks have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).
There you have it – six new longboard deck models that debuted in 2019 thanks to the brands and riders mentioned above. Which one is your favorite?
It will take more than just a set of good longboard bearings to keep you going. That’s why we made a list of top recommended half-shell skateboard helmets for you to check out.
If you already have a helmet for more than 3 years, you should consider replacing it with a new one. The reason is that even if it never received a hit, other factors like UV-rays, heat, and sweat can compromise its protective properties.
The following helmet models can be used for cruising, freestyle, longboard dancing or even freeriding.
The Certified Sweatsaver longboard skateboard helmet by Triple 8 in one way presents a combination of a soft-shell and a hard-shell helmet. It includes both high-impact EPS foam and a dual-density soft foam in an ABS hardshell construction.
The most inner soft foam is surrounded with a Sweatsaver™ Liner and resembles a similar type of protection you would find in a soft-shell helmet without EPS. This also serves as fit pads but in a noticeably thicker design as in standard skateboard helmets, which potentially offers a more snug fit.
An important feature of a skateboard helmet is the venting system as you tend to overheat during strenuous skating. The Certified Sweatsaver helmet includes two vents in the front and back, as well as six vents on top in a similar design to Triple8’s logo.
With the word ‘’certified’’ included in the product name, we also need to point out what certification it has. As stated on their official website, the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is best used for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating/roller skating, and scooters, as most of them are.
It is marketed as dual-certified, and yes it is. It complies with US CPSC Bike and ASTM (ASTM F-1492) Skate Safety Standards.
The Certified Sweatsaver is available in standard matte or glossy solid colors, and even two rainbow sparkling models. What’s also ”cool” about this helmet is that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation as stated on Triple 8’s website.
TSG – The Evolution Helmet
Next on the list is the TSG Evolution Helmet that has become widely accepted in both cycling and skateboarding. In downhill skateboarding their Pass full-face helmet is widely recognized but that’s a topic for later…
The TSG Evolution longboard skateboard helmet features an ABS hardshell construction with inner protective EPS foam and fit pads in two sizes. TSG’s Low Fit design means it sits low and fully protects the entire back and sides of your head.
For somewhat maximized venting, the Evolution Helmet includes altogether 14 vents, just like the Certified Sweatsaver but distributed differently. It has two vents in the front, six in the back and 6 vents on the top.
As stated by TSG, the Evolution helmet is one of the slimmest hardshell designs available and weighs 460 grams which is OK for a half-shell helmet although there are lighter ones out there (even from TSG).
TSG Hardshell Helmet HARDSHELL CONSTRUCTION: For maximum safety, TSG’s hardshell construction combines a super strong injection moulded outer shell and a shock absorbing EPS inner shell. Amazon.com $42.95
TSG Superlight Helmet IN-MOLD CONSTRUCTION: The protective EPS is foamed directly into the shock resistant polycarbonate shell, for a super light, yet extremely stable helmet construction. Amazon.com $89.95
An added bonus to TSG products is that you can find their certification test reports on their website. Based on the reports, this helmet complies with CPSC, ASTM1492, and NF EN 1078 + A1:02 2013 which one could interpret as the French standard for CE EN 1078.
TSG’s Evolution helmet is available in quite a wide array of styles that cover anything from solid colors, various graphic designs, different colored EPS foam and diverse color combinations of their nylon adjustable straps and plastic buckles.
S ONE – Lifer Helmet
Moving on we’ll check out the S-One Lifer longboard skateboard helmet. This one stands out because it checks off all of the certification marks we want to see in a helmet for longboarding. But let’s start with the features first…
The S-ONE Lifer helmet features an outer high-rebound ABS shell with S-ONE’s own FUSI1ON EPS foam consisting of low, medium and high-density beads. To help with size adjustment it includes color-coded sweat absorbing fit pads.
As for the venting system goes, the Lifer helmet includes only 11 vent holes with five circular and six teardrop shaped vent holes distributed throughout the deep fitting design of this helmet.
Most importantly, the Lifer is a certified multi-impact and a certified high impact helmet for skateboarding, longboarding, BMX, scootering, roller skating, and roller derby. As such, it is marked with 4 certification marks: CPSC, ASTM F-1492, CE EN 1078 and the AS/NZS 2063:2008.
Second, to plain color designs, the Lifer is also available with double glitter paint jobs and even fun designs like watermelon and leopard.
Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet
The Predator FR7 skate helmet is less used in Europe than the US but still well worth its place on the list. This is also the only one of the listed longboard helmet models that is marketed for longboard freeriding.
With a somewhat different look, the Predator FR7 skate helmet features a high-density protective shell with an EPS foam liner accompanied with fit pads. Venting is somewhere in the middle with a total of twelve air vents, but what makes it special is the stylish front visor.
Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection. Amazon.com
Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection. Amazon.com $54.95
The Predator FR7 longboard helmet is available in multiple color options with a standard fit and weighs about 500 grams. That’s 40 grams more than the TSG Evolution helmet, but it makes up with its style points.
If we have a look at the certification, it complies with the American CPSC and the European CE EN 1078 safety standard.
Nutcase helmets for Adults
We’ll end this list with a wild card that is the Nutcase helmet for adults. What got them to the list is the various funky graphics and color designs that make them interesting to look at and also provide certified protection.
Nutcase helmets are the only helmets on the list that feature an in-mold construction of a PC shell and inner protective EPS foam. Some of them have a dual-position spin dial fit system which lets you further adapt the fit, as well as 3M reflective straps and a Fidlock™ magnetic buckle.
On some models, the shape is a tad shallower but includes a snap-in visor similar to the fixed one on the Predator FR7 longboard helmet.
The Nutcase helmets for adults are mainly marketed for urban bicycle riding, however, you can use them also for skateboarding.
With a CE EN 1078 certification, these are appropriate to use for longboard cruising and longboard dancing, however, we wouldn’t recommend them for freeriding as we would suggest at least an ASTM certification for that.
There you have it, our pick of best longboard helmets for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle and even freeride if you chose to not wear a full-face for that.
We hope this article will help you choose the right helmet for you and your riding style or at least provide you with information about what to look at when taking the step towards your safety.
Longboarding is all fun and games until you crack your head open like a watermelon on hard asphalt. Many have learned this the hard way but there’s no need for you to join the club.
Whether you’re going to only cruise on a longboard or if you’re planning to skate downhill, you have to consider that sooner or later you will fall and slam your head. The right longboard helmet will help you walk away without having serious head injuries or even save your life.
In this post, you will learn what kind of helmet is the best for longboarding, which ones aren’t good and how to choose the best longboard helmet for your needs.
Let’s start with the basics…
Two main types of longboard helmets
There are two main types of longboard helmets you should consider depending on what skateboarding discipline you (plan to) practice:
FULL FACE and
HALF SHELL helmets.
Half shell helmets are best for cruising, dancing, slalom, and freestyle. They generally offer less protection compared to full face helmets. Full face helmets provide more protection and are best for fast downhill skateboarding and freeride.
Full face helmets are more expensive than half shell helmets, so it’s very common practice for beginners to start with a half shell helmet and then buy an additional full face helmet later when they start skating down hills.
1. HALF SHELL longboard skateboard helmet
As a standard helmet in skateboarding, a half shell helmet (also known as “bucket”) offers basic protection suitable for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle, slalom, street skateboarding and similar activities like roller skating or cycling.
However, a half shell helmet is not the best option for downhill skateboarding or longboarding. The classic bucket shape protects the top and back of your head, as well as the forehead, but it doesn’t protect your face, eyes, ears or jaw.
Hard-shell vs Soft-shell helmets
Most half shell longboard skateboard helmets have a “hard-shell”, which means that they are made of an outer ABS molded shell that cradles the inner lightweight EPS foam liner designed to disperse and minimize the impact. Definitely, avoid “soft-shell” helmets as they have a more flexible external layer and a softer multi-density foam liner which doesn’t provide the same level of protection as hard shell helmets with EPS do.
Another somewhat less popular shape of half shell helmet is a retro full cut which covers your ears as well. In addition to the safety aspect of it, a full cut helmet will also keep your ears warm when skating during wintertime. What doesn’t fall into the full cut category are half-shell helmets with removable ear pads you most often see in snowboarding or skiing.
Two types of Hard-shell helmet construction
There are two construction types of hard-shell helmets if we look at how the EPS liner is bonded with the outer shell: these are called a hardshell construction and an in-mold construction.
A Hardshell Construction means that the outer shell and the inside EPS shell are not directly bonded together but rather glued on various contact points. If you’ve ever had a skateboard helmet wherein both pieces came apart due to longterm wear, this is the reason why.
An In-Mold construction means that the EPS is foamed directly into the outer shell. This results in an extremely stable bond between the components that are not dependent on the glue strength otherwise used in the hardshell construction.
Multi-impact vs Single-impact helmets
When a helmet receives an impact, the EPS foam liner gets deformed or cracks in order to disperse the energy of the blow but with this, it becomes structurally compromised. Some helmets can take more than others…
Helmets can be multi or single-impact which indicates how many impacts they can withstand before they should be replaced with a new one. As the name suggests, the single-impact helmets should be replaced after they’ve received a single hit while the multi-impact helmets can withstand multiple impacts.
However, it’s also important to understand that multi-impact helmets are made to withstand a single high impact hit and/or multiple low impact hits before they need to be replaced. This means that if you’ve used your helmet for a longer time period, it’s more likely it received multiple small impacts due to handling and transport, potentially resulting in loss of protective properties.
Most of the full face helmets come with a removable visor in different tints that protects your eyes from dust and bugs, as well as sun rays blinding you while you skate. They are built pretty much the same way as all other hard shell helmets; with an outer ABS molded shell, an inner EPS foam liner and additional foam padding for a better fit.
Also, a full face helmet is required at almost all downhill skateboarding/longboard events, so if you want to participate at racing or freeride events, you will have to have it.
Designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, full-face helmets don’t have many vents but it all comes down to what’s the safest for you.
Unfortunately, full face helmet manufacturers share very little information about how big of an impact or the number of impacts their helmets can withstand. To make sure that you’re getting the best level of protection with your helmet, you should also check for certification marks the helmet might have (more information below).
Longboard helmet certification marks
When buying a longboard skateboard helmet it is extremely important to choose one that obtained the right certification marks. This ensures that the helmet was properly tested and that it met the required safety standards for this sport.
An example are the Icaro helmets used in DH some years ago…well the brand had to warn customers that that’s not really what they were made for…
Warning: There are shops out there that are selling paragliding helmets like Icaro SkyRunner and claiming that these are “ideal for downhill skateboarding”. That is not correct. Do not use Icaro helmets for downhill skateboarding or longboarding because they have EN 966 certification for free flight and microlight sports, not for skateboarding. You’ve been warned and the folks at Icaro are saying the same thing:
Anyone selling a helmet has to ensure that it is certified for the sport in which it will be used. Selling an uncertified helmet is an offence liable to criminal prosecution! Source
Here are the certification marks that your longboard skateboard helmet should have…
ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials (USA)
ASTM is an international standards organization that develops technical standards for different kinds of materials, products, systems, and services.
When you want to buy a half shell helmet for cruising, dancing, and freestyle riding, you should look for an ASTM F1492 certified helmet. This is a standard specification for helmets used in skateboarding and trick roller skating. Helmets that comply with this standard are designed to protect your head for more than one moderate impact, but for a limited number of hits.
Another mark you may find is the ASTM 1447 for use by recreational bicyclists or roller skaters. These helmets, however, provide less protection than those with an ASTM F1492 mark.
If you want to buy a full face helmet for downhill and freeriding look for ASTM F1952; this is a standard for helmets used in downhill mountain bicycle racing, which also provides performance criteria for chin bars on full-face helmets.
CSPS U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USA)
As an American government standard, a CSPS certification means a helmet is safe for bicycle use. Currently, the CSPS does not have a standard specific for skateboarding helmets, but they are tested and marked with the CPSC 1203 certification for bicycle helmets.
CE certification mark (EU)
If you’re buying a helmet in Europe, it should have a CE certification, which means it meets the health, safety and environmental protection requirements of the European Economic Area (EEA). For longboard or skateboard helmets the most common is the CE EN 1078 certification.
This standard specifies the requirements to withstand a single high impact and a few puncture impacts for bicycling, skateboarding or in-line skating.
Warning: Pay attention to the CE mark if you’re buying a cheap skateboard helmet from China. Chinese manufacturers apply a logo similar to the CE mark, which actually means China Export and has nothing to do with the CE certificate.
AS/NZS 2063:2008 (Australia)
Longboard skateboard helmets which have this certification mark meet the current Australian Standards certification to withstand a single high impact in non-motorised recreational bicycling.
So that’s it…
When buying a longboard skateboard helmet make sure that it’s a hard shell helmet with an EPS liner and that it’s certified. If you hit it hard, replace it to keep skating safely :)
How often should you change your longboard helmet?
Depending on what kind of certification your helmet has, a single or multiple impact, you should replace it if you went through a hard slam or a serious crash.
Even multi-impact certified helmets that went through numerous hits don’t offer the same amount of protection as when they did when they were new. With each slam, even these helmets provide less and less protection. If you don’t know if the helmet still offers good protection, you should replace it.
If you’ve been wearing your helmet for a few years now and never experienced a crash, you might also want to consider replacing it. The materials of the helmet can age and lose their protective properties more rapidly when exposed to sweat and heat, meaning they will not offer the same protection. Because of this, it is advised to replace a helmet after 3 years, even if you never exposed it to a fall or a crash.
Are other helmets like cycling or motorcycling helmets also good for longboarding?
Any helmet is better than no helmet but to maximize your safety it’s best to wear a helmet that is certified for the sport you’ll be practicing.
If you can’t get your hands on a skateboarding helmet, use whatever you have but be aware of the following downsides; Cycling helmets don’t offer enough protection, motorcycling helmets are too heavy and paragliding helmets (like Icaro SkyRunner) are not really made to be smashed against the asphalt and do not have certificates required for skating.
The best alternative to a longboard full-face helmet would be a mountain biking helmet. An example is the POC Coron Air Carbon SPIN mountain bike helmet on the photo which includes all of the certification mentioned above.
However, these are bulkier, feature lots of vents which means that they aren’t as aerodynamic as you want them to be. The downside is also that they don’t come with a visor, so you would probably have to make one yourself.
Do you really need a longboard helmet?
You may have heard about skateboarders not being fans of helmets and that they take away the freedom. In case you need convincing, especially after seeing many street skateboarders hatin’, you should know that the stats are not on your side.
Check out these results from the research done in 2014:
Longboarders suffered twice as many injuries to their heads and necks (23.3% vs. 13.1%, p < 0.000) and twice as many severe neurological traumas (8.6 vs. 3.7%, p < 0.000) while skateboarders suffered more injuries to their lower extremities (33.7% vs. 24.7%, p < 0.002). Source
Seismic Skate releases new 80.5 mm tall ALPHA Wheels in two widths – the 60 mm wide DH Race for fast downhill skateboarding and the 55 mm wide LDP Trim created for long distance pushing.
Both wheel models feature DEFCON™ high-rebound urethane formula in either 76A or 78A durometer and Seismic’s Fusion™ core. Let’s take a look at the specs…
The 2019 Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels
The ALPHA Longboard Wheels are technically two different wheel models that share the same components but a different shape adapted to the discipline of longboarding they are best used for.
The ALPHA DH wheels are 80.5 mm high with a 60 mm running surface, a 6.5 % offset bearing seat, square outside edges and a straight-cut inside edge. Each wheel weighs 9.125 oz. or 258.689 grams.
The ALPHA LDP Trimwheels with an 80.5 mm height and a 53 mm contact patch feature the same 6.5 % offset bearing seat, beveled edges and a weight of 8.75 oz. of 248.058 grams each.
What joins these two models is Seismic’s pride and joy, their core, and urethane formula. The Fusion™ core is a 46 mm tall x 44 mm wide supportive hub with 8 hollowed-out support beams and a robust bearing lug made from durable 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and surrounded by their DEFCON™ urethane in one of the two durometers mentioned above.
In an interview at the ISPO Longboard Embassy Seismic claimed their new DEFCON™ is faster than their BlackOps™ formula and proudly mentioned Pete Connolly’s Guinness World Record where he reached 146.73 km/h (91.17mph) rolling down on Seismic wheels at the L’Ultime Descente in Canada.
With a fresh take on longboarding, Alternative Longboards 2019 lineup features three new pro-models including Lombardi PRO by a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down winner Patrick L. Lombardi and two trendy speedboards, La Barou and La Barouquette designed together with their French team rider Lillian Barou specifically for narrow trucks.
Improved construction and sidewall protection
All decks now include an improved construction featuring more responsive flex and a new sidewalls integration to make the decks last longer.
Until this year, Alternative only used the sidewalls protection on their dancing decks but this year almost all of their downhill decks have it as well. The only two decks that are an exception are La Barou and La Barouquette.
Other than that, the new changes include higher kicktails for better pop, slightly stronger concave and the new graphics made by a polish artist Tomasz Leśniak.
Finally a pro model deck by Patrick L. Lombardi
In July 2018, Alternative Longboards welcomed to their team one of the best riders in the world, a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down champion Patrick L. Lombardi and developed a longboard deck according to his specifications.
Unfortunately, in September last year, Patrick had a bad accident and had to undertake surgery which set him off the 2019 season. He is expected to recover and get back on his board only after this year’s season. In the meantime, his deck will have to be promoted by other Alternative team riders.
Lombardi PRO deck features
The Lombardi PRO longboard deck for downhill and freeride features a wider platform to accommodate riders with bigger feet sizes. It measures 25cm (9.84”) in width and 93.4cm (36.77”) in length, including the kicktail and a slightly upward curved nose. Next to the Fantail, one of Alternative’s most popular decks, it is the most versatile deck in the line up right now.
The Lombardi PRO deck boasts a symmetrical stiff platform and a features 8 mm (0.31”) micro drop, 2 mm (0.07”) rocker and a mild 12.23 mm (0.48”) concave.
The price for the Lombardi PRO decks is 190,00 Euros via Alternative Longboards website.
La Barou & La Barouquette for narrow trucks
Recently many downhill skateboarders started skating on narrow trucks and a shorter wheelbase. Alternative team rider from France Lillian Barou is one of them. Following the rising trend, Alternative released two new additional longboard decks built according to Lillian’s specifications; La Barouquette and La Barou.
Both decks feature a beautiful wooden finish which makes them stand out in Alternative’s 2019 lineup. The La Barou and La Barouquette both have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).
The biggest difference between the decks is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.
Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…
REKD Ultralite helmet
Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.
Good helmet for longboarding?
Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.
In-Mold Fusion Technology
REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.
Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and 310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.
The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni
Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding
Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.
You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni
Aera Trucks, the synonym for precision and response just released their newest Aera RF-1 Trucks. After years of development, these bad boys finally hit the market and longboarders from around the globe are already putting them to the test.
The RF-1 Aera Trucks feature cold forged hangers and bases with CNC cut axle holes, permanent kingpins, and bushing seats. These are said to be stronger than other machined or CNC varieties with nearly the same level of precision.
Cold forging is the process of stamping a hardened aluminum material with 30,000lb of pressure – this nets a very precise part, and also one that is stronger since the material flows into its final shape. ~ Aera Trucks
The unique pivots on the RF-1 are paired with in-house poured urethane pivot cups that allow deeper carves, more lean and greater stability. Aera’s RF-1 are completed by Hardcore Bushings and Grade 8 hardware.
Furthermore, the Aera RF-1’s are available in three models in two colors and sold individually so riders can mix and match:
Aera RF-1 DH (Downhill) feature 46˚ bases and a 176 mm width, paired with 93a Bushings. As the new go-to truck for downhill at high speeds or heavier riders, these feature the hardest Hardcore bushings of the bunch.
Aera RF-1 FR (Freeride) provide 46˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 90a Bushings. Known as the all-arounder in the lineup, these can be used by the majority of riders for intermediate downhill and freeride.
Aera RF-1 Carve (Dance or Commute) consist of 50˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 88a Bushings. Designed for the masses as great trucks to start with, these can be used for all varieties of longboards thanks to its versatile baseplate. This set-up is promoted to be easy to carve, have fun in the city or do some easy freeride and downhill.
Seismic recently released their new longboard slide gloves for both freeride and racing. These high-performance slide gloves are described to be made from advanced materials with an ergonomic design for a snug, yet comfortable fit.
With a closer look at these new models of slide gloves, one can immediately notice a robust goatskin exterior and an added layer for a much-needed reinforcement of the fingertips and other high-stress zones.
These well thought out reinforcements are also placed right underneath the puck and on the Purlicue, better known as the space between the thumb and the index finger. This especially comes in handy in both disciplines at times where you need to grab rail or act quickly by putting your hands down.
Another feature that we find interesting is the cuff design paired with industrial-strength Velcro. This form-fitting goatskin/neoprene hybrid features a pull-on extension on the bottom of the wrist for easier use and bigger coverage of the palmar side of your wrist.
The differences between these two longboard slide glove models are mainly in the outer design. The Freeride slide gloves feature a breathable synthetic material on the back of the hand that is paired with a stretchy neoprene knuckle accordion. This keeps the gloves light, breathable and flexible, perfect for freeride sessions.
Their Race gloves offer a bit more durability and protection as the back is made from perforated goatskin with an integrated Kevlar® knuckle bar.
Last but not least, Seismic also replied to the common nuisance known as seam placement. The seams are strategically placed for a better wearing comfort and durability, while the Velcro split is positioned so it compliments the natural palm crease.
Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.
Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.
So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.
Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.
Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.
The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.
Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.
Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.
I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.
The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.
To learn more about the Icone Attacks longboard deck, visit www.icone.at.
At a quick glance the biggest change you’ll notice is the artistic expression by Niva Helen Artworks, who grabbed her watercolors and paint brushes to create the stunning new graphics and give the line-up a complete makeover.
KebbeK said good bye to their 25th year anniversary opalescent paint, but stayed connected with their spirit animals, portraying different animals on each board model.
The Kaslo – Improve your dancing moves
If you watched our ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy report video, you may already know that KebbeK expanded their dancing line by taking their Kaslo model to the next level. The Kaslo longboard dancing deck is now available in three models, all featuring a new construction of fibreglass and bamboo.
The Kaslo 40 is a more compact freestyle dancer with a slightly stiffer flex. The bigger Kaslo 43 model features some channel grooves for that extra finger grip control, perfect for freestyle tricks and it also helps shave off some weight of its 2-ply fibreglass, bamboo and a thinner core construction.
But for fans of larger kicktails, a mellow concave and a bigger platform for more spacious dancing manuevers, the third longboard dancing model known as the Kaslo 46 is the way to go. Last year this deck was available in their opalescent series which they will be still pushing this year.
The Smoothcut 37 – Beginners are always welcomed
This year KebbeK also didn’t forget about beginners in search for a stable and confidence boosting ride. Included in the new line-up is the Smoothcut 37 created specifically for beginners.
You’ll notice it still has a new trout graphic design and that it’s the only drop-through deck in the line-up. This deck is well thought out to provide a lower centre of gravity, which makes it more stable and easier to learn how to longboard.
The Emily Pross Pro Model decks – From mountain to city life
KebbeK Skateboards has been teasing us with glimpses of the Emily Pross pro model decks since the beginning of the year. The news was she was not only getting a pro model, but actually two of them, one for racing and one for cruising through the city, and the specs are finally out.…
KebbeK worked closely with Emily on designing her Mountain pro model deck. If you know who Emily is, then you know she stared this year’s IDF racing season with a bang, taking first place in the Philippines at Seaside 2018 and becoming the first woman to win an Open category at an IDF race.
The Mountain deck is 34.5’’ long, 9.5’’ wide and it’s all about the foot lock and a comfortable ride. With a 1/2 inch radial drop, multiple wheelbase optionsranging form 22 to 25 inches and flush mounts, this deck gives you a chance to mount your tucks directly under the front foot as Emily does for better leverage and control.
With a touch of flex, the deck construction consists of 7 plys of maple and 2 plys of a particular weighted fiberglass for a harmonised mix of rigidity and dampening.
But to make it even more fun, Emily also wanted to pay homage to the roots with a swallow tail which adds that extra something something to the whole design.
The Emily Pross City deck is an absolute city cruiser which you can also take for a ride in your local bowls. It’s made in KebbeK’s Canadian factory from, yes you guessed it, Canadian Maple.
If you’re keen to check out the rest of the 2018 KebbeK Skateboards line-up, head over to their www.kebbek.com.
We’ve seen our fair share of D.I.Y. and reinforced skate pants, but The Bufers combine a little bit of both. By pairing material reinforcements and internal protection on high impact areas, these longboarding pants offer solid protection against road rash.
The Bufers Jeans longboard pants
Regardless if you’re already past the beginning phase or you’re just starting out, those nasty road rashes are always out to get you.
The Bufers denim longboarding pants are created for everyone who would like to save their skin and avoid the burning shower feelings after a skate session. They are also compact enough to pack them in your bag for a skate trip.
While most longboard pants are only reinforced with Kevlar or Cordura fabric and do not provide any extra protection, the Bufers are a step in the right direction. Similar to crash pants they feature protective inserts placed inside the denim pants and strategically mapped on key areas you’re most likely to tear and destroy during a fall or learning how to slide.
The Bufers Jeans protect the common high abrasion areas on the hips, the seat, knees, as well as the front and side of the shins. By pairing together material reinforcement and protective elements, the Bufer Jeans look tough and durable.
The internal protection is also available separately for you to start your own D.I.Y. project. It can be easily installed in any type of pants you desire, all you need is an iron and a hot air gun. Once placed, the buffers firmly stay in place and provide a comfortable protection.
What provides the impact and material protection are the solo buffers made from a 2 mm thick high-quality polyurethane combined with a 2 mm soft and lively plastic.
With a fusible interlining that consist of a base material and thermoplastic resin, they also allow you to easily place them on any pair of skate pants with the help of an iron.
Bufers Jeans are available in four denim colorways with stretch inserts tailored to your size, priced at 195 EUR. Another option is store bought jeans with 7 installed buffers, priced at 99 EUR (including jeans), while the Solo Buffers are available in packs of 7, 9 or 13 starting at 49 EUR.
The Bufers Shorts and Overalls
Bufers Protective Clothing also provides two other designs of protective longboarding pants in the form of shorts and overalls.
The Bufers Shorts are created for pushing and cruising around the city, hence their light at breathable design. These shorts include inner or outer protective pads on the hips, seat, and knees. Paired with shoulder straps and a mesh back inlay, these pants can also hold a spine protector.
If you’re a fan of the overalls, the Bufer Overalls will help you skate safely when freeriding and downhill skateboarding. They, as well as the other two models, can have a custom design of the fit and placement of the protective buffers. The Overalls include internal or external buffers on the knees, hips, shins, and seat.
Bearings are an essential part of a longboard complete; they allow the wheels to spin on a fixed truck axle. Having a good quality longboard bearing will definitely make a difference in your experience, but don’t go too crazy with spending your money.
Most of the cheaper bearings will do the job just fine and last for a long time if you keep them away from water or dirt while using them in combination with bearing spacers and washers.
What is the difference between a skateboard and longboard bearings?
There is no difference between the skateboard and longboard bearings. Regardless of the size of your wheels or type of skating you do, street skate or longboard, the bearings are the same size. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the dimension of the bearing spacers.
Bearing spacer has two measurements, one is the axle diameter and the other is overall width. The first measurement, the axle diameter, is generally 8 mm for most skate trucks, regardless if they are meant for skateboarding or longboarding.
But to make sure you’ll have a good fit, you should pay attention to the second measurement, the overall spacer width. A common overall width for skateboard bearing spacers is 8 mm, while for larger longboard wheels you’ll need a 10 mm spacer.
The same applies to built-in bearings, which are described in more detail later in this post. If you’re buying them for smaller wheels chose 8 mm x 8 mm and for larger longboard wheels the measurement should be 8 mm x 10 mm, presuming you’re skating on commonly used trucks.
Bearing spacers + Speed washers
A bearing spacer is a metal cylinder that fits into a wheel between the bearings. Often, longboard beginners don’t know about the bearing spacers and it doesn’t help that some cheaper longboard completes are being sold without them. The same goes for the speed washers (a.k.a. speed rings or bearing washers) which fit between the bearings and the axle nuts and between the bearings and the truck’s hangers.
Bearing spacers help increase the lifespan and performance of the bearings. Their purpose is to reduce the weight distributed between the bearings and make sure that they are perfectly aligned with each other when being put under pressure (especially when you’re performing slides).
Having them installed will result in your slides being smoother and more consistent. Without the bearing spacers, you will not be able to fully tighten the axle nuts without preventing the wheels to rotate.
What’s the problem, Doc?
Knowing that you need spacers and washers when using regular bearings, let’s have a look at some disadvantages that come with their use:
They are small and can get lost easily
Bearing spacers and speed washers are quite small parts which often require additional attention and handling with care when you’re mounting or changing wheels. If dropped on the floor, they can easily get lost and sometimes it’s even impossible to recover them.
They make changing / mounting wheels longer and more complicated
Installing those additional parts prolongs the time of changing/mounting the wheels. Also, as the spacer is “floating” between the bearings, you’ll need to change the position of the board/axle in order to be able to mount the wheel on the axle.
Inconsistent spacer length
Not all spacers are built with precision in mind. Some cheap spacers are not the same length, which can cause additional complications.
The solution – Longboard bearings with built-in spacers
Longboard bearings with built-in spacers have their inner ring (race) elongated on both sides, acting as the bearing spacer and speed washers. No extra bearing spacers and speed washers are required. This makes changing / mounting wheels much faster and less stressful. All you need to do is insert the bearings and you are ready to mount your wheels without any extra effort.
What about the price?
Bearings with built-in spacers are also known to be of a better quality and with better quality usually comes a higher price tag. Compared to standard longboard bearings, they are a bit more expensive, but usually worth those extra coins.
However, not all brands stand for this. Due to its popularity, more and more brands are introducing bearings with built-in spacers and choosing “the good ones” can be quite tricky. Unless you’ve tried a set for yourself or got a recommendation from someone you trust, you might end up spending more money without any guarantee that they will be as good as promised.
Prices start at around 17,00 € and can get as high as 100,00 € or more for a set of 8 bearings. Those more expensive usually feature “ceramic balls” which are considered to be more durable and stronger. In my opinion, you’ll be more than satisfied if you spend around 20,00 €, which is just around 5,00 € more than you would spend on a standard set of 8 bearings.
Recommended: Zealous bearings
There are many buying options, but Zealous stands out with a high level of quality and affordable pricing. They are the only built-in spacer bearings which I can recommend at the moment while being 100% sure that they will not disappoint you. Some individuals might disagree but most people who have tried Zealous bearings will nod their head when I say “Zealous bearings are definitely one of the best built-in spacer bearings on the market right now”.
For a while, I was looking at them online, wondering if they are worth the money – because they were so cheap! We have a saying where I come from “We are not wealthy enough to buy cheap stuff”, meaning that cheap stuff doesn’t last for a long time and therefore it’s better to buy something more expensive. Higher the price, better the quality, right? Wrong. With Zealous longboard bearings, this is not the case. You pay for them much less than for other comparable built-in spacer bearings, but they last for ages.
Zealous bearings feature the built-in spacer and speed ring. They are produced from high-quality materials and feature a super tight rubber sealing which prevents water and dirt from entering the bearing. This rubber sealing can be easily removed so that you can clean your bearings from time to time. To be honest, I haven’t cleaned mine for a full year and they still roll like crazy – fast and silent. They are lubricated with a nanoceramic lube which has excellent repellant to water and makes the bearings run at a considerably lower heat.
Are Bones REDS better than Zealous?
Bones REDS bearings for longboard and skateboard are the most popular bearings around the world, leading by being the most popular brand in United States. Most riders choose REDS because of their unbeatable reputation in street skateboarding scene too.
REDS come pre-lubed with Speed Cream lubricant developed specifically for bearings making them spin forever right out of the box. They are built using high standards and high quality materials and feature the non-contact removable rubber shield. This enables you easy cleaning while providing with the minimum friction.
Bones REDS and Zealous are both on top of the game and whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your wheels will be spinning very good for a long period of time, especially if you take good care of them; it’s recommended to clean your bearings at least once a year or every time after skating in the wet.
What are your favorite longboard bearings?
What are your favorite bearings for longboard and why? Share your experience through the comments below and help others with their choice. Much appreciated. Thank you!
Henry’s designs are influenced by traditional art, folklore, alchemy, and shamanism. By observing historical art he came to the conclusions that all humans are wired to express themselves artistically in a similar way. Furthermore, by traveling and getting inspired by anthropology and history around the world, he creates his own interpretation of visually pleasing art.
The 2018 Arbor Skateboards Artist Collection inspired him to create graphics that include mythological deities, checkered and triangle patterns. The boards available in the collection are the Pocket Rocker, Pilsner, Dropcruiser, Catalyst and the Axis 40 (left to right on the picture above).
The color pallet of his Arbor collaboration graphics is based on the orange-red tone found in historic pottery combined with contrasting cyan.
Sector 9 Skateboards released another skateboard in their 2018 Signature Series; the Sector 9 Island Mason Pro complete developed together with an American surfer Mason Ho.
Whether charging your local ditch, cruising the boardwalk, or having a session at your local skatepark, the Mason Pro should be a ‘go-to’ for anyone looking for a good time! ~ from Sector 9 Skateboards
Sector 9 Island Mason Pro cruiser skateboard
The Sector 9 Island Mason Pro comes with a 7 ply maple deck, it is 31” long, 8.25” wide and has a wheelbase of 14.25”. With a double kick and a top-mount truck mounting, it’s available as a complete skateboard with quality components; 8.5” Gullwing Shadow trucks, 61 mm 78A Nine Balls wheels, grip tape, and all the necessary hardware.
The complete Sector 9 Island Mason Pro skateboard is best suitable for parks, cruising and as a commuter to take you where you need to go without having to fight traffic.
This is the first time Sector 9 ever worked with a female rider to develop a specific board, and Tia took her time in order to ensure the final product not only reflected her tastes but also ended up being a highly functional skateboard. Small, easy-to-ride, lightweight and comfortable to travel with, the Tia Pro is a great choice for skaters of all abilities.
Sector 9 LOTUS TIA PRO Skateboard
The Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard deck is best used for cruising, commuting and carving riding style but don’t let that hold you back from getting creative with it.
It features a 7 ply maple construction and a top mount platform with double kick. The deck is 30.5″ long and 8.0″ wide and has 14.25″ wheelbase.
Available as a complete skateboard, the Lotus Tia Pro comes packed with 8″ Gullwing Mission trucks, 58mm 78a Nine Balls cruising wheels, ABEC 5 Greaseball bearings, 0.25″ recycled plastic risers to avoid wheel bite. The complete comes pre-gripped with ERG grip tape with a Sector 9 logo.
I used to not be a fan of motorized longboards, mainly because of how they look; they aren’t elegant, have a lot of plastic parts and the shape and look of the boards I saw on the market mostly don’t appeal to me. In addition, they are bulky and usually very heavy.
A start-up company named JayKay from South Germany made me reconsider my feelings towards electric longboards. They invented an elegant and practical solution. Instead of making a classic longboard motor, the drive is hidden inside the trucks.
At a first glance, they appear to be like normal longboard trucks and, what I like most about them, they can be mounted on any longboard deck, top mount or drop through, with standard skateboard hardware.
JayKay e-trucks test drive
A few months ago I got to try out their early prototype. I mounted the JayKay trucks on my own favorite Icone Longboards deck and all I could see was my beautiful wooden longboard with a pair of trucks – no plastic battery pack housing, no nothing.
Compared to other electric longboards, the setup was very light with a total weight of about 5.5 kg. The e-trucks can be mounted with standard skateboard hardware and the bushings are of a standard size too, so they can be replaced if desired.
Before my first ride, I was worried about how the trucks would feel. I expected them to have no turn as if they were designed only to house the battery and other components. But to my surprise, this was not the case. The truck geometry offered a pleasant, agile riding experience.
JayKay has just received their new urethane wheels. For now, the wheels come in 78a with a contact patch of 61.5 mm and in two colors, red and white. I can’t comment on the wheels and how they slide since I’ve only tested the first prototype, but I think it should be possible to do checks and little slides.
However, it must be considered that this is more of a urethane “ring” than a wheel, meaning it could wear down quite fast if someone should choose to slide them a lot.
How it works
Let me briefly explain the technology. Basically, the motor is integrated into the wheels and the battery is hidden inside the hanger. I know this sound a little delicate but on the test rides I did, the trucks surprised me with their strength and power. The baseplate and material of the hangers used is a high-resistant cast and tempered aluminum alloy.
According to the inventors, it will be possible to do tricks with the e-trucks, it is, however, to be considered that your longboard setup would be heavier than usual.
You accelerate and brake with a remote control that recognizes finger or arm gestures, depending on the type of control the customer chooses, which will be either a finger ring or a stick.
If the rider should fall off the board, the electric drive will automatically stop once the distance between the trucks and the remote control reaches a certain distance.
The e-trucks have an auto-on function, which means that the drive switches on after you push off and the wheels start to roll. This allows for a smooth start and makes it easier to find balance. In this context, it should also be pointed out that the wheels roll freely, so if the batteries should die after a range of up to 15 km, you can still ride it by pushing.
Also, the trucks can be driven in both directions and have an integrated light at the front and back for better visibility in the dark.
What convinced me was the fun I had while test riding. Like most of you, I am a passionate skateboarder and I love pushing my board everywhere I go. There was no room for such a fancy thing as an e-drive for my longboard.
However, after testing these electric longboard trucks, I was genuinely stoked about this new sensation of “driving”. So if you ever have the chance to try it out, you should definitely give it a go!
JayKay e-trucks are still in a development stage but can already be pre-ordered on their official website. They are about to go into serial production within the next months.
The Street Sledge has mass appeal at an affordable price and a design based on fun, function and safety, the boys have developed something incredibly unique. The Street Sledge gives the full-on luge riding experience and brings it to a whole new audience.
Mihael and Tom had a chat about it.
How did you go about creating the product?
Bodhi and I have enjoyed buttboarding so much over the years that we wanted to add a ButtBoard to the many skate lines we have helped with and worked on. We wanted to make a board design inspired from our classic themes that was suited to racing and formed using the most high-tech materials we could get our hands on.
That was the dream, however the reality is that there would be a lack of demand drawn from the core market to support the investment needed to cover the costs of developing and producing a mould. We discovered a simple balance: to create a mass market board aimed at the youth skate market and first-time riders breaking into the scene that could also be a play-thing for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
We initially made a prototype by forming a piece of foam into what we knew as the basic shape we wished to achieve. After adding some fibreglass and test riding the draft product, a final form was born; it was evident that wood was not the right material. So, after further testing, we opted for a mix of fibreglass and plastics.
What features make the board different?
To begin with, the Street Sledge is tough and light with a super deep central pan giving a low centre of balance, rooting the rider to the board. Included in the shape of the deck are wheel flares designed for deep turning, along with well-placed handles designed to replicate the handles riders build for their street luges.
Less obvious features include the built-in split angles for the trucks – the front is wedged up +10 degrees while the back is -10 making it super stable for all, including beginners, to ride and enjoy.
When will it hit shops?
It’ll be in shops late spring, and will be retailing in the UK at £99, in Europe at 120 Euros, and $135 in the USA. However, you can book your Street Sledge now to make sure you get one from the first batch for this season by pre-ordering with a £50 deposit from Bodhi and I at Gravity House.
Lyde Begue, a French downhill skateboarder ranked 8th in last year’s IDF women’s skateboard ranking, recently joined the IXO team.
IXO is a Spanish manufacturer specialized in carbon fiber products, mainly high-end car parts for brands like Spano GTA, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Bentley as well as military aircraft parts, but they also list a few high-end downhill skateboards with an average price of 1300 €.
Lyde and IXO made the announcement via social media, presenting her new pro model longboard deck, the IXO SK 08.
We’re very happy of having Lyde on board, she’s a very talented skater but also a fantastic, smiling and kind person. ~Pedro Sanchez, IXO
Lyde’s pro model deck is personalized according to her wishes and riding style. At IXO they also took into consideration her weight, that is why the IXO SK 08 is expected to be a bit heavier.
The board’s construction consists of 100% carbon fiber surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core, vacuum compacted and cured in an oven.
Roadside the deck is finished off with a special metallic chameleon tint that shows off the carbon fabric underneath, protected by eight layers of high gloss nano-ceramic varnish on both sides and polished twice to reach the high IXO product standard.
For now, the price or release date is not known, so be sure to keep an eye on Lyde during the next racing season.
One thing is for sure, longboard wheels are that one part of our gear which we use up faster than everything else. The more you skate, the more you need and if you’re looking to support your local business there are quite a few options available on the European longboard wheel market.
We’ve compiled a list of European wheel and longboard companies that have their own branded wheel models for you to get to know better and maybe discover some new ones.
There may be other European wheel brands that we did not mention, so if you know any, let us know in the comments below, so we can add them to the list. You can also share your experience with these brands to help others.
Please note that this list is in random order and the point of this article is to introduce you to European longboard wheels rather than evaluate them. It’s up to you to try them out and decide which are the best for you.
Ninetysixty is a longboard wheels brand by the German shop Longboardshop.de which also has a rich history in manufacturing snowboard and longboard decks under the brand name Pogo. All of their decks are made in their 400-year-old farm in Baden Württemberg.
The Nintysixty longboard wheel range includes 4 models. They come for quite cheap so don’t expect them to have a “pro level” performance. Nintysixty are great entry level wheels especially if your focus is to learn how to slide, but they will also serve well to more experienced riders focused on faster freeride or tech sliding.
Ninetysixty Freeride Wheels 70mm
The Ninetysixty freeride wheels will cater to your budget and your freeride needs with a 70 mm height, 56 mm width, a 78a durometer, rounded lips, and a 48 mm contact patch. The core is semi centered so you can’t flip them, but they will make up for it with a stone ground finish meaning you don’t need to break them in which makes them also very beginner friendly.
Nintysixty Freeride wheels features:
Size: 70 mm
Width: 56 mm
Contact patch: 48 mm
Core: Semi centered
Available in black or green, the Nintysixty Freeride wheels are priced at 34.95 EUR and available at Longboardshop.de.
Ninetysixty Slide Wheels 70mm
Sporting a vibrant yellow color, the 70 mm slide wheels by Ninetysixty are another entry level wheel good for improving your freeride skills at medium speeds. The wheel is 70 mm high, 45 mm wide with a contact patch of 40 mm and a 78a durometer. Their centered core is designed to avoid coning, enabling you to flip them around every once in a while.
Nintysixty Slide wheels features:
Size: 70 mm
Width: 45 mm
Contact patch: 40 mm
Sharing the same durometer and price like the wheels mentioned above, these carry a price tag of 34.95 EUR.
Ninetysixty Slide Wheels 65mm
The smallest and the cheapest in the Ninetysixty collection are the 65 mm white Slide wheels. With an 80a durometer, 40 mm width and a 34 mm contact patch, these will easily go sideways. They have been described as slippery and appropriate for those who are trying to learn stand up slides at lower speeds.
Nintysixty Slide wheels features:
Size: 65 mm
Width: 40 mm
Contact patch: 34 mm
As an all-around wheel meant for cruising, sliding and also street skate, these only cost 29.95 EUR.
Slide Perfect Wheels is a UK based longboard wheel company that started with Bodhi Keen and a group of friends in 2015, with the aim to provide smooth sliding and affordable wheels for the UK market. Years of playing with different formula’s resulted in a line up focused on going sideways. The wheels are designed and tested in the UK.
Slide Perfect Supremacys
The SP Supremacys freeride wheels are available in three durometer options (86a, 83a, and 78a) which you can choose from for just the right amount of slip or grip. All share a large centerset core, a total height of 70 mm, 47 mm width, rounded lips, and a stone ground finish. It is noted that these have a very slippy first few slides, but once you break them in, they should provide a nice and consistent experience for your sideways action.
Slide Perfect Supremacys features:
Size: 70 mm
Width: 47 mm
Contact patch: 44 mm
Durometer: 78a, 83a and 86a
The price of a set of Supremacys is £35.50 or around 40 EUR on their website.
This Austrian brand is mainly known for their longboard decks, but they’ve recently expanded their repertoire to clothing and van makeovers. But besides that, they currently offer one wheel model known as the Freds Slidewheels.
easygoinc. Freds Slidewheels
These green 65 mm wheels have an offset core, a width of 37 mm and a 78a durometer. With a nice freeride shape and a stone ground finish, the Freds are another good entry level wheel at a cheap price.
easygoinc Freds Slidewheels features:
Size: 65 mm
Width: 37 mm
The price you ask? Well if you check out their website you will find the Freds Slidewheels for as low as 29.90 EUR.
Waltzen is a German company that developed their own urethane formula which is now 100% made in Europe. In the past, we did a post about the Walzen Insul wheels with Roman Tschofen , but for this article, I chose to have a closer look at their Walzen Kiosk wheels.
Walzen Kiosk longboard wheels
The Walzen Kiosk wheels are available in three different colors. The green and orange models sport a 60 mm diameter, a width of 41 mm, rounded edges and a contact patch of 32 mm. The core is offset and is placed inside their personally developed urethane with a 78a durometer.
Their blue Kiosk longboard wheels share the same dimensions as their green and orange counterparts, with the only difference being an 82a durometer. All Walzen Kiosk wheels are priced at 44.90 EUR on Concretewave.de.
Olson&Hekmati is a European longboard brand based in Mainz, Germany. Besides their flagship board models and slide gloves, they offer quite a few longboard wheels that will cater to your needs. In the past, we did a review of their Pro Grip wheels with Steffano Barbizzi but in this article, we’ll have a look at their cruiser and freeride longboard wheels.
Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Grip 63 mm longboard wheels
The Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Grip wheels are available in three different colors. Each has a total height of 63 mm and width of 45 mm. Their 79a durometer, offset core, edged lips and a glossy finish offers a good amount of grip when charging your favorite roads.
Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Grip 63 mm longboard wheels features:
Size: 63 mm
Width: 45 mm
Contact patch: 43 mm
The price is just 10 cents below 50, with a price tag of 49.90 EUR on their official website.
Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Slide 60 mm longboard wheels
If you’re more into sliding then the Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Slide wheels would be a better choice since they have a freeride shape, a rounded design, and a 79a durometer. Their 60 mm height and 40 mm width and a stone ground finish make these wheels good for learning standup slides and also tech sliding.
Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Slide 60 mm longboard wheels features:
Size: 60 mm
Width: 40 mm
The Olson&Hekmati Cruiser Slide wheels are available in three different colors and priced at 44.90 EUR.
Update: Delta Boards indefinitely discontinued the production of their longboard wheels in February 2018.
Delta Boards is a German skater owned brand which amongst other things offers six longboard wheel models split into two collections, the Bluesky series, and the Inthane series. In this article, we’ll check out the Delta Boards Reifenz longboard wheels from their Bluesky series.
Delta Boards Reifenz longboard wheels
The Reifenz longboard wheels are available in two sizes, 70 mm and 65 mm, both well below 50 EUR. We’ll have a closer look at both, starting with the 70 mm model.
The Reifenz 70 mm longboard wheels are made from their Bluesky urethane with an 83a durometer and a centered core. With a 45mm width, a good rolling speed and a stoneground finish these wheels were created for leaving a great amount of thane. As a result, you can’t expect them to last as long as other more expensive wheels, but with a low price of 27.50 EUR these are still a good wheel to try out.
Dela Boards Reifenz 70 mm longboard wheels features:
Size: 70 mm
Width: 45 mm
The Reifenz 65 mm longboard wheels share the same formula and durometer as the 70 mm model but have an offset core and a width of 45 mm. This smaller model is priced at only 22.50 EUR making them the cheapest longboard wheel in this article.
Dela Boards Reifenz 65 mm longboard wheels features:
Well, Lobo Wheels are currently still hard at work updating their website with their current lineup, but by the end of February / early March, you’ll get a chance to know more about their new 2018 DH Kraken and Meduza freeride longboard wheels in two durometers (77a and 81a).
Although the pictures above are from their last year’s models, you can expect the 2018 Lobo wheels to have a new core design and different color models. The expected price for their Meduza freeride wheels is 57 EUR while the Kraken downhill wheels will be price at around 65 EUR.
Long Island is Spanish longboard brand with a wide array of longboard decks, skate accessories and currently nine listed longboard wheel models that cover most disciplines. Because there are so many wheels to chose from, I’ve chosen the 65 mm Giants for this article, but you are free to check out their other wheel models on their website.
Long Island Giants 65 mm wheels
The 65mm Giants are one of the listed Long Island’s freeride wheels. They are 65 mm high, 45 mm wide, with a contact patch of 43 mm. Rounded edges, a sideset core and a stone ground finish complete this 83a wheel.
Long Island Giants 65 mm longboard wheels features:
Size: 65 mm
Width: 45 mm
Contact patch: 43 mm
Based on their characteristics, these would be a good wheel for freeriding and even beginners who want to step up their stand up game. The Giants are available on the Long Island website and numerous stores at around 35 EUR.
Native to the UK, Mindless Longboards offer a wide array of longboard completes, trucks, wheels and even accessories that cover all riding styles and levels. Currently, their products are split into two lineups, the Mindless Classic range, and the Mindless Voodoo Magic Premium range.
For this article, I chose to take a closer look at their premium collection which includes three longboard wheel models, the Haraka, Kabila and Maji wheels described below.
Mindless Voodoo Maji 70 mm longboard wheels
The Mindless Voodoo Maji sets are made from their very own Mojo formula urethane packed into a 70 mm high and 51mm wide longboard wheel with rounded edges and a contact patch of 42 mm. These feature a stone ground finish, a pre-ground running edge combined with outer to inner rounded lips and a slightly offset core. The Voodoo Maji wheels are available in three different color/ durometers and are priced at 34.90 EUR on their official website.
Cult Wheels is a longboard wheel brand from the United Kingdom. It is a sister brand of Sabre trucks and Lush Longboards, managed by the Vandem longboard shop. If you search our page you will find our review of their Cult Emperors which we did when they came out and even Tikialex’s experience putting the Cult Raptures on his street luge.
Despite having a bunch of good wheel models, for this article, I chose to focus on only one of them, the Cult Chronicles.
If you’re looking for a good 65 mm wheel to put on your freeride setup, then you might consider trying the Cult Chronicle. All in all their width is 50.5 mm with a contact patch of 36.5 mm and a center set core.
Made from the Cult Neurothane formula in a 78a durometer and a stone ground finish, these wheels wear evenly and offer a great amount of fun putting them sideways. The Chronicles carry a price tag of 48 EUR but despite their size, they offer long-lasting fun.
DTC Wheels originate from France and are the best known for their precision aluminum core longboard wheel models. While the price for these is higher than the average in this article, DTC enables skaters to send in their cored aluminum wheels to be reshaped with a fresh batch of urethane for less than the price of the original wheel.
However, I decided to check out their more affordable M series with a ‘standard’ plastic core which I found to be less known.
DTC M series 70mm longboard wheels
The DTC M series longboard wheels are designed with a freeride shape, a total height of 70 mm, an offset core, rounded edges and a contact patch of 36.8 mm.
DTC M series 70 mm longboard wheels features:
Height: 70 mm
Width: 47 mm
Contact patch: 36.8 mm
The DTC M series 70mm longboard wheels offer the trusted DTC knowledge at a more affordable price of 49.99 EUR onSkate Deluxe.
Thing Wheels started their journey in France back in 2009 but put out their very first prototype a year later with the support of local partners. Since then they have been hard at work testing their numerous prototypes and by the end of 2015, they first introduced the final product on a local French freeride. Well, we first saw Thing wheels in 2016 when we visited Go Goats freeride. At the time we also posted an article about Thing wheels which you can check out here for more info.
THING ’01’ LF longboard wheels
The THING ’01’ LF longboard wheels are 70 mm high, 52 mm wide and sport a contact patch of 38 mm. The all-around shape is completed by rounded edges, thick solid lips and a big centered core to keep them rolling. This model is available in three different colors/durometers.
Thing’s own urethane formula called LEVEL FORMULA (LF) makes up the 01 LF wheels inthree colors and hardness levels: violet (Hardness 2), yellow (Hardness 3) and green (Hardness 4) on a hardness scale from 1 (softest) to 6 (hardest). All of them are designed, developed and made in France.
Thing ’01’ LF 70 mm longboard wheels features:
Height: 70 mm
Width: 52 mm
Contact patch: 38 mm
Durometer: violet (Hardness 2), yellow (Hardness 3) and green (Hardness 4)
Because Thing wheels are produced in small quantities a, the price of a set is 69.50 EUR, but you should also know that these are currently available only in France via their official website.
The Spanish Buddha Wheels are a sister brand by Hydroponic that cater to freeride, downhill and cruising needs. The wheels are made from their Technical Urethane formula also known as BuddhaThane. As an introductory model for this article, I chose the Fukyo wheel model.
Fukyo longboard wheels
Buddha Fukyo freeride wheels are described as versatile and aggressive by the manufacturer. The wheel dimensions are a 70 mm height, 45 mm width with bevelled lips (between a Square and Rounded) and a center set core. Its 85a durometer and BudhaThane should provide long slides without loosing grip.
Buddha Fukyo longboard wheels features:
Height: 70 mm
Width: 45 mm
Contact patch: 38 mm
The Buddha Fukyo longboard wheels go for 44.60 EUR on the hyclothing.es online store.
Bastl Boards is a family business that calls Leipzig, Germany its home. Bastl was founded in 2008 with a simple mantra ‘’have fun skating’’. Since then the brand developed into an international team of riders while continuously collaborating with local artists.
Well besides longboard decks, their own coffee and clothing, they also have their own branded longboard wheels made in the US.
Bastl Popow longboard wheels
If you have a look at their website, you will find six different coloured wheels in a 82a and 80a durometer made from their ‘Big Smile’ formula. The Popow wheels can be mixed and matched to keep you setup colourful and fun. Despite the different colours, they all share a 65 mm height, a centerset core, rounded lips and a grounded surface.
The Bastl Popow wheels are designed for dancing and cruising, but it’s stated that you can also take them for a ride at your local freeride spot.
Bastl Popow longboard wheels features:
Height: 65 mm
Contact patch: 35 mm
Durometer: 80a, 82a
The price is 15 EUR per wheel so you can choose your own colour combination.
Now it’s your turn…
Have you skated any of the wheels mentioned in this article? Share your experience with us and help others to know more about these European longboard wheels.
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Zanocchi & Starke, a design studio founded in Turin, Italy created their own skate rack know as the Wall Ride. It is a practical and versatile wall mounted rack, great for those who want to keep their home organised and their walls clean.
As opposed to standalone skateboard racks which we often see in stores and trade shows, this wall rack can be safely screwed into a wall saving space and doubling as a shelf. With Wall Ride the wheels of the skateboard never risk dirtying the walls and the graphic of the deck is always in plain sight. Three hooks and two shelves allow to hang and host anything else used in everyday life.
Furthermore, the same slot used to slide the longboard or skateboard into the rack serves as a handy bottle opener.
If you are in need of more space and want to keep your home organised, you can get a Wall Ride skate rack for 125 € directly from Zanocchi & Starke.
Triple 8 NYC announced two new exciting news. The first one is the release of their new half shell skateboard longboard helmet ‘’The Certified Sweatsaver’’ and the second is their welcome of Tony Hawk to the team.
Here’s why this news is exciting…
Triple 8’s Certified Sweatsaver is a ‘’bucket’’ skateboard helmet in a hard shell ABS construction with high impact absorbing EPS foam and thick dual density soft foam surrounded by their plush Sweatsaver fabric.
The brand states this is the first and only helmet to fully integrate EPS foam and dual density soft foam. They’ve created what they like to call a dual certified skateboard helmet or The Holy Grail of Comfort and Protection.
The Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is available in various color models and complies with both U.S. CPSC 1203 and ASTM F1492 Skate Safety Standards.
Feature-wise it includes multiple ventilation vents on the front, top, and back of the helmet, 2 sets of fit liners and an adjustable strap with a plastic buckle.
As Triple 8 mentioned on their website, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation to continue its mission of empowering youth by creating public skate parks in low-income communities.
Alkemist Longboard recently presented their latest collection which now includes four decks; three previous models upgraded according to their riders’ feedback and one completely new deck. All of them feature colourful eye-catching graphics done by the French artist Mikael Moune.
Both top and bottom graphics are sublimated on a high quality foil to ensure that they will stay there for a very very long time. Most people will put the grip tape over it, but the top layer graphic is a really nice feature.
Although it’s fairly young, the French brand Alkemist Longboard is gaining recognition quickly, especially on the European scene.
Their well designed high-performance decks and a team of very skilled and active riders like Clement Blondeau, Sylvain Mostel, Alice Bonnet des Tuves and Tiki Tarz, helped them with getting noticed in the crowded longboard market. Well deserved, that’s for sure.
Since the launch of its initial collection, Alkemist has been busy gathering their riders’ feedback with the aim to improve the initial designs and to launch their second version this year. The new board collection is promised to be lighter, stronger and more efficient.
Let’s check out the boards…
New: Alkemist Alkatraz 37″ Longboard deck
The newest addition to the Alkemist Longboard collection is a top-mount deck dubbed Alkatraz, created in collaboration with Alkemist rider Tiki Tarz, which features a symmetrical platform withdouble kick-tails.
The Alkatraz is built with versatility in mind and it’s meant to take your skateboarding to a whole new level. The deck is 94 cm long and 23.9 cm wide, and compatible with both new and old-school truck mounts, while providing with 51.3 cm wheelbase.
The construction of the Alkatraz doesn’t differentiate from the other Alkemist boards, but that’s a good thing because it only means that you’ll be enjoying the same high quality.
The wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass combines Birch and Ash wood which makes the board both lightweight and strong.
As described by Alkemist Longboard, the Alkatraz can handle a lot…
With a comfortable concave, wheel flairs and kick tails you can do anything with this board. From boardercross events and slide jams to the mountains, you can roll in bowls and skate parks or just down the street to pick up your groceries. ~ Alkemist Longboard
Symmetrical platform, double kick-tails, medium concave, flared wheel wells and a comfortable size make the Alkatraz a great choice for smashing pretty much any terrain.
However, nothing is the best for everything, so it’s fair to mention that the Alkatraz wouldn’t be the best choice for beginners looking to get into downhill due to its shorter wheelbase which makes the board very responsive, especially at higher speeds.
But no worries, Alkemist Longboard has got you covered with three more decks built specifically for downhill and freeride; Sweet Smoke, Ghost Knight and Valkyrie.
Let’s check out those as well…
Alkemist Sweet Smoke v2
Built primarily for freeride, the Sweet Smoke by Alkemist features a simple radial concave, a kick-tail and large wheel wells to accommodate bigger wheels with the addition of multiple wheelbase options.
The Sweet Smoke is a directional top-mount. It measures 91.3 cm in length, 24.5 cm in width and provides a 56,2 cm to 61,6 cm wheelbase. Depending on your favourite wheelbase option and setup, this board can deliver on fast downhill runs and dominate on various slide jams.
The Sweet Smoke is composed of a wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass ensuring that the deck is both lightweight and strong.
Alkemist Ghost Knight v2
The Ghost Knight blurs the line between downhill and freeride. It’s a directional dropped top-mount deck built for speed and designed in collaboration with the Alkemist team rider Sylvain Mostel. However, with having a smaller but functional kick-tail it doesn’t rule out your everyday shenanigans.
Micro drops in the front and back lower the centre of gravity resulting in a more stable ride at higher speeds. The board also features a W concave which is more defined in the back compared to the front. Combined with the micro drops it creates comfortable pockets that keep rider’s feet safely locked-in when performing high speed manoeuvres.
The Ghost Knight longboard deck measures 93 cm (36,6″) in length and 24 cm (9,4″) in width. Multiple wheelbase options range from 60,7 cm to 63,7 cm which make it possible to adjust the responsiveness to your needs and preferences.
Composed of a dual wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass the Ghost Knight, like Alkemist’s other boards, is lightweight and strong.
Alkemist Valkyrie v2
Last but not the least, Alkemist has got the downhill enthusiasts covered as well with the upgraded Valkyrie, a directional top-mount deck built for high-speed skateboarding.
Valkyrie’s directional top-mount platform fused with a W concave in the back and progressive concave in the front makes it a great choice for those who are looking for the best ratio of comfort, control and responsiveness.
The Valkyrie longboard deck is 90.5 cm (35.6″) long and 25 cm (9.8″) wide. It has an adjustable wheelbase which ranges from 64.2 cm (25.2″) to 68.7 cm (27.04″) allowing you to adapt it to your preferred style of riding.
Like the other Alkemist decks, the Valkyrie also has a dual wooden core consisting of Birch and Ash wood, which provides the right mixture of strength and lightweight. The wooden core lies between between two layers of triaxial fibreglass.
Price and where to buy
All Alkemist longboard decks come with the same price tag and are currently available via their website for 178,99 Euros (deck only).
To make it easier for their buyers, Alkemist also offers completes with the setup including AHMYO wheels and Caliber trucks. The price for a complete is 288,99 Euros.