Longboarding, which is essentially a natural evolution of the more basic and traditional skateboarding, has many distinct differences and advantages over its smaller cousin.
The larger size, better stability and improved agility of the longboard means you can go further, faster, and have more fun in the process.
Here we are going to look at the different types of longboard that are popular at the moment, as well as some of the best selling boards around.
Which is the best Longboard?
While generic longboards are basically skateboards that are longer, there are numerous types of longboards which have evolved to create what you might call sub-genres:
Drop Through, Drop Down and Cruiser boards.
Before we dive into these sub-genres more closely, here is a list of the boards we have featured on this page later:
1. Volador 42inch Freeride Longboard
2. Sector 9 Green Wave Lookout II Drop-Thru Bamboo Longboard
3. Atom Drop Deck Longboard
4. MINORITY Downhill Maple Longboard
5. Quest Skateboards 44″ Bamboo Super Cruiser Longboard
6. Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard
Drop Through Longboards
Drop through boards have trucks (wheels) that do no attach to the underside of the deck in the usual manner.
In order to place the deck closer to the floor and provide greater speed, the deck has holes cut into the front and rear through which the the trucks are dropped.
The trucks are attached with the plate being screwed to the deck on the topside.
Drop through longboards are good all rounders and are also considered the best longboards for freestyle boarding.
Drop Down Longboards
Drop down boards (also known as drop deck) have their trucks attached to the underside of the deck like traditional boards.
However they are also designed with speed in mind by having the deck placed closer to the ground, which is achieved by the use of a curved deck.
Behind the front trucks and in front of the rear trucks the deck curves and drops down, putting it much closer to the ground than regular boards.
These boards tend to offer better stability, which is useful when travelling at speed.
Drop down boards are the best longboards for downhill boarding because the front drop provides a place to wedge the front foot, which provides better stability.
Cruiser boards tend to be the smaller longboards that you will see and are designed for use in urban environments.
They will generally feature a kick tail in case you need to stop suddenly or jump over a small obstacle and are better for swerving in and out of crowds.
As the name suggests these boards are the best longboards for cruising the city streets and also excel at carving.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of either the features you can expect to find in the sub-genres above, nor the number of sub-genres you might find. It is a general guidline as to the more popular types of longboard, their features and their uses.
Skateboards & Longboards are a family that is constantly evolving and so you might find boards that are difficult to classify, have different features and are designed for more specific purposes. Check out some of the best selling Longboards right now below.
Quest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard Skateboard,Atom Drop Through Longboard (40 Inch)Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop ThruAtom Drop-Through Longboard (41-Inch)Rimable 41 Inch Drop Deck Complete LongboardLandwalker Pintail Complete Longboard 44Quest Native Spirit Kick Tail Longboard Skateboard,Atom Drop Deck Longboard (41-Inch)Krown Wood Sunset Complete Longboard SkateboardYocaher Professional Speed Drop Down Stained CompleteOsprey Twin Tip Longboard Skateboard, 39-Inch, YellowXtreme Free Professional Speed Downhill Drop ThroughLandwalker Professional Drop Through Complete Longboard (41Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo LongboardVolador 42inch Freeride Longboard ( Drop ThroughThe Bomb Board Complete 41Quest Rorshack Bamboo Longboard Skateboard (34-Inch)MINORITY Downhill Maple Longboard 40-inch Drop DeckPlayshion Freeride Freestyle Drop Through Longboard SkateboardXtreme Free Professional Speed Downhill Drop ThroughBackfire Drop Through Longboard Complete Lightweight 39Slendor 41 Inch Maple Drop Through LongboardRimable Bamboo Pintail Longboard (41 Inch, SurfWhite Wave Bamboo Longboards (Mayhem)SCSK8 Natural Blank & Stained Assembled CompleteSCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down / DropRimable Bamboo Pintail Longboard (41 Inch, CoconutRimable Drop-through Longboard (41 Inch, Blue Skull)Ten Toes Board Emporium The Drops DropStreet Surfing Fishtail Pascoa Longboard, 42Atom Longboards Atom Drop Deck Longboard –Karnage Drop Through Longboard (Red)Backfire Drop Through Longboard Complete Double KickQuest Tribes Pin Kick Tail Longboard Skateboard,Ancheer Drop Down/ Through Downhill Longboard SpeedKrown Sunset City Surf Longboard Skateboard