I have two skateboards, both of them are in the “longboard / cruiser” category.
The first I got is a big 36” x 9.5” drop through board, and the second is a smaller plastic 27” board from Penny.
The big board
The big board is awesome, and feels great to ride it. It is huge so the giant I am can stand on it comfortably. Big wheels that make it comfortable on the terrible streets in Bergen.
It is a drop through board, meaning the trucks are mounted through a big hole in the deck. I like it a lot because it is so easy to feel and see there I need to be to not fall on my face when pushing.
But it is huge, so it can be a pain in situations where I go into a lot of places etc.
The small board
I got this board for three reasons:
- It is small and easy to bring places
- It is plastic and I don’t have to worry much even in the rains a lot.
Out of the box these boards has a “waffle pattern” instead of a grip tape. After I had used it like 5 or 6 times and taken in for like a couple of longer trips to the office I just ordered a grip tape for it.
I had a bunch of issues standing on it before I put it on, mostly because it felt like my feet were sliding and a bunch of things like it. But the moment I put grip tape on it I had enough grip on there that almost all of that went away.
My only issue with it today is that I’m still not 100% used to standing on a board that small.
What I use when?
If I’m going to skate for longer distances I’ll always pick the large one. And probably also if I’m just going out for a ride.
But when I skate to the gym or downtown to do something else I’ll probably often take the small board because of how easy it is to carry, and bring in places.
When I go to work is kind of a question about if I’m skating all the way or taking the bus / tram parts of the way. If it is the former I’ll probably take the big board, and if it is the former I’m taking the small one