How to Choose the Best Skateboard

Skateboarding is a way of life, so whether you are a professional skateboarder or someone who enjoys it as a leisure activity, you need a skateboard that fits your skate style, skill level, and body type.

Do you prefer to ride on flat pavement, speed down hills, or attempt tricks on banisters and other surfaces?

The skateboards that you may want to purchase will differ based on a few factors.

I created this guide to help you fill in the gaps for what you need in a skateboard,

So let's start out by looking at some of the considerations that you will want to think about before making a purchase decision.

Consider Your Height and Weight

Whether you are an experienced skateboarder or you are a novice, your physical attributes will be an important factor in the board that you select.


A tall individual will need a bigger board than someone who is barely over five feet tall.


Your weight also plays a part in the selection of your new skateboard because if the board is not designed for your weight, then it may warp under your weight.

Check out this graph to determine which size is best for you.

Consider Your Skate Style and Proficiency

Your level of skateboarding experience will also be a factor in the type of board that you will want to purchase.


For example: a beginner will want to focus more on balancing on the board rather than performing tricks, so a basic design will be ideal for you.


Someone who is comfortable skating on a skateboard may want something that they can practice tricks on,

Which means that you may want different trucks and wheels on your skateboard than you would have when you just started out.

An expert rider will know the exact skateboard peripherals that they want to have and often times it is a matter of the skateboard style that is preferred.

Consider the Size and Shape of the Deck

The deck of your skateboard is going to be one of the most important considerations that you need to make.

 

Trying to do tricks on a longboard is going to be difficult, so you need to make sure that your skateboard deck accommodates your skate style.


Anything that is less than 33 inches long is typically considered a good board for street skating and doing tricks.


A board that is over 35 inches in length is designed for speed.


The width of your board also needs to be considered as well as the concave across its width.

The design of your board will have an impact on the response that you are able to get when you are attempting to perform tricks.

The bigger the bend of the deck is, the more control you will possess.

Consider the Truck Profile and Wheel Size

The truck profile that you select will accommodate different sized wheels. A mid-sized truck is great for most skateboards. 


but if you are looking for smaller wheels for skate parks, then a truck that places the skateboard closer to the ground may be ideal.


If you are looking for speed, then a high truck profile will accommodate larger wheels. The larger the wheel is, the more speed it will have.


The only downside to larger wheels is that they accelerate slower than smaller wheels.


Don't forget to take the wheel durometer into account as well. A harder wheel will slide more on the pavement, which is ideal for a pro, but it may make it more difficult for a newbie to control.

Other Considerations

  • Grip tape is designed to help you stay on the board while you are doing tricks, so choose a texture and a design that fits your skate style and personality.
  • Think about the type of wood that your deck is made from before deciding if it is durable enough for you.
  • Always consider your budget; the skateboards on this list are all under $100.
Bestseller No. 1
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon Complete Skateboard
251 Reviews
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon Complete Skateboard
  • Affordable complete skatebooard for both beginners and advanced riders
  • High-rebound, hand-cast polyurethane wheels provide great roll and grip
  • Grippy top board; measures 7.625 inches wide; Length: 31.625 inches
  • Colorful screen-printed bottom
  • Made in China and built to demanding specifications
Bestseller No. 2
KPC Pro Skateboard Complete, Black and White Checker
745 Reviews
KPC Pro Skateboard Complete, Black and White Checker
  • Canadian Maple Construction
  • 7.75-Inch Deck
  • White 52mm Wheels
  • Black Aluminum Trucks
  • Black Grip tape
SaleBestseller No. 3
Merkapa 22' Complete Skateboard with Colorful LED Light Up Wheels for Kids, Boys, Girls, Youths, Beginners(Blue)
201 Reviews
Merkapa 22" Complete Skateboard with Colorful LED Light Up Wheels for Kids, Boys, Girls, Youths, Beginners(Blue)
  • Without batteries, No charge Electricity generation from rotary power, LED always lighting unless wheel is too loose, tighten the screw cap, it will works again
  • Classic Mini Cruiser Deck 22'' Long x 6'' wide PP plastic single kick board
  • V-truck And Base 3.25'' heavy duty high quality aluminum, ABEC-7 bearing
  • Large Soft PU Wheels 60 x 45 mm PU wheel 78A, with super shock absorption and fine abrasion resistance, great grip, and more comfort
  • Max Load Ability From children to teenagers who weight less than 180LB (82KGS)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Quest QT-NSC44C The Super Cruiser The Original Artisan Bamboo and Maple 44' Longboard Skateboard
1,368 Reviews
Quest QT-NSC44C The Super Cruiser The Original Artisan Bamboo and Maple 44" Longboard Skateboard
  • SIZE MATTERS our 44" Longboard is the perfect size constructed in a Multi-ply Hardwood Maple and beautiful artisan bamboo deck shaped to perform and the extra detail rarely found at this price.
  • THE ORIGINAL BAMBOO LONGBOARD - Designed on the boardwalks in California to higher specifications from Malibu to San Diego, we are the leaders in longboard and skateboard.
  • AUTHENTIC COMPONENTS- Genuine ABEC 7 speed bearings, 7 Ply Super Flex Bamboo and Hardwood Maple Deck, 7-inch aluminum trucks, This 44"" Artisan Bamboo Longboard, Better components = Better performance
  • DARE TO COMPARE Not all longboards are the same, Quest longboards are made with better materials and components if you are looking for a pro style longboard at a great price. look no further.
  • MADE IN MARS- We design and make nearly 100% of our own product. The best of the tradition brands, working with some of the real pioneers of the Skate, Surf and Snow Board world, help reinvent them using today's best components, great fresh art and new technology.
SaleBestseller No. 5
RIMABLE Complete 22' Skateboard (Galaxy)
793 Reviews
RIMABLE Complete 22" Skateboard (Galaxy)
  • Rimable Plastic Cruiser Fully Assembled
  • 22'' Long x 6'' Wide Deck With 100% Fresh Material
  • High Quality 3" Thick Aluminium Trucks
  • Super Smooth PU Wheel With High Speed Bearing
  • Max Load Weight 198 LB (90KGS)
Bestseller No. 6
MINORITY 32inch Maple Skateboard (Pineskull)
179 Reviews
MINORITY 32inch Maple Skateboard (Pineskull)
  • SOLID : 7-ply hardrock maple cold pressed into 32x8-Inch deck, Max support weight 220 lbs. Mediate concave makes it ideal for any tricks.
  • STRENGTH : 5-Inch trucks are casted by genuine alluminium alloy, equipped with carbon steel kingpin and 78A high rebound PU bushing.
  • SPEED : ABEC-9 precision bearings are forged by chrome steel, work with 52mm 102A PU wheels. Fast speed is half success for tricks.
  • SMOOTH : Rest your heart when cutting corners. The boards has passed maneuverability test on streets, ramps, and pools.
  • STYLE : Strikingly attractive graphics range from trendy to vintage, make boards ideal choices as gifts.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Playshion Freeride Freestyle Drop Through Longboard Skateboard Complete 39 Inch
302 Reviews
Playshion Freeride Freestyle Drop Through Longboard Skateboard Complete 39 Inch
  • A starter longboard complete for kids and adults, 250 lbs weight limit
  • 8 ply flex hardwood maple deck with flat and symmetrical design
  • Durable and soft 70x50mm SHR 78A Polyurethane Wheels
  • Lightweight 7-inch aluminum trucks with precision ABEC-7 Bearing, PU casted red bushing-90A
  • Good for cruising sliding curving freeride and freestyle, not for tricks
SaleBestseller No. 8
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon 2 Complete Skateboard
33 Reviews
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon 2 Complete Skateboard
  • Powell Golden Dragon skateboard assemblies are a high quality product with the brand strength of Skate One Corp
  • Length: 31.625"
  • Skate One Corp. Shape: 126
  • Concave: K12
  • All Powell-Peralta products come with a warranty
SaleBestseller No. 9
Merkapa 31' Pro Complete Skateboard 7 Layer Canadian Maple Double Kick Deck Concave Skateboards with Tool (Lightning)
38 Reviews
Merkapa 31" Pro Complete Skateboard 7 Layer Canadian Maple Double Kick Deck Concave Skateboards with Tool (Lightning)
  • 100% hard rock 7-Ply Canadian maple double kick board, good choice for professional skater
  • Heavy duty high impact deck with full length non-slip black grip tape, back thermal transfer printing
  • 95A PU cast small wheels, high Speed ABEC-9 bearings, 5'' aluminum alloy trucks, SHR 95A conventional bushings
  • Maximum load weight 198 lb (normal sliding for 300 lb), 31" long x 8" wide
  • Including skate tool, easy to adjust
Bestseller No. 10
Flybar Complete Skateboards 31” x 8” 7 Ply Maple Wood Board (Spiral)
19 Reviews
Flybar Complete Skateboards 31” x 8” 7 Ply Maple Wood Board (Spiral)
  • LIGHTWEIGHT 7 PLY MAPLE CONSTRUCTION - Our skateboards are made from quality and durable maple wood. Lightweight and sturdy to expertly execute all your tricks.
  • 5" ALUMINUM TRUCKS - These trucks are painted white for a sleek look while still being durable and lightweight to keep up with your best tricks. Adjust the trucks to your preference.
  • 4MM RISER PADS & MEDIUM/HARD BUSHINGS- The riser pads giving you some extra height to avoid wheel bite while turning or after nailing one of your tricks. The bushings are a perfect hardness so you are turning and pivoting smoothly. They perfectly assist your trucks and improve your skateboarding experience.
  • 50MM HR 99A PU WHEELS- Not only do you get cool looking Flybar wheels, but they are made of a smooth and durable polyurethane to last you a while. Smoothly skate down the street or at the skate park.
  • ABEC 7 CHROME BEARINGS- The high ABEC bearings will give your Flybar skateboard a smooth and fast skating experience.

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