Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing A Longboard
Welcome to the SkateHut Longboard Buying Guide. Within this buying guide, we will lay out everything you need to know and consider before buying a longboard for either yourself, a family member or a friend.
Should I get a longboard or a cruiser?
Longboarding is all about experiencing the surfing sensation on land and cruising across long distances. Longboards are even shaped similarly to surf boards to replicate this experience. With regards to length, they are longer than both standard skateboards and cruiser skateboards, however, they are generally still shorter than surfboards.
Overall, longboarding is much more suitable for beginners due to the increased size of most longboard decks, along with its larger wheels and wider trucks. This provides riders with maximum stability for a smoother ride. Longboarding is also a great starting point for riders who wish to experiment before deciding which type of skating they would like to advance to.
What is a cruiser skateboard?
Cruiser skateboards are shorter than longboards in length and are also lightweight, dynamic and easy to handle. The smaller nature of cruiser skateboards means that not only are they easy to carry around whilst on the move, but you are also able to make tighter turns on them, than when riding a longboard. They can be described as a happy medium between skateboards and longboards, offering all of the benefits which come with both larger and softer wheels for greater stability. This makes them especially ideal for commuting and travelling from A to B rather than for landing tricks.
What is the best longboard for beginners?
Below, we have listed our three best longboards for beginners and for those who are within the early stages of their skating journey.
How much should I spend on a longboard?
The price of longboards can range anywhere from £40 to around £300. The price of the longboard you purchase will depend upon the trucks, bushings and wheels installed within the set up.