The Best Cruising Longboards

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The Best Cruising Longboards
Cruising longboards are a great way to get around. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Cruising longboards are a type of skateboard that is specially suited for skating hills, sidewalks and car parks. A relaxed cruising style of skating is most common when using these types of boards. Cruising longboards are unsuitable for attempting the tricks associated with the smaller conventional skateboard, such as grinding rails and riding ramps, for example. Cruising skateboards are designed for carving and general transportation and have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are a number different shapes and sizes of cruising longboards available to buy. Cruising longboard manufacturers are continually researching and developing new ways of improving their cruising longboards so they can offer the best possible product to skaters.

Sector Nine J Bay Longboard

Sector Nine has been making longboards since 1993 and also is involved in the surfing and snowboarding industries. The J Bay is one of its finest cruising longboards, and it comes complete with trucks and wheels. The board is constructed from bamboo and measures 46 inches long by 10 inches wide. It is a classic pintail design and is equipped with 10-inch Gullwing Charger trucks, 70mm 75a Nineball wheels and Abec 5 bearings. This makes for a high specification board with plenty of stability, speed and style. It is a perfect longboard for everyday skating, surfing the sidewalk or just cruising around.

Arbor Pin Bamboo Longboard

The Arbor Collective is based in Venice, California, and began making longboards in 1995, with an emphasis on using environmentally friendly materials and construction methods. The Arbor Pin Bamboo is a classic carving longboard and features a bamboo pintail deck measuring 46 long and 9 1/2 inches wide. The Pin Bamboo comes complete with 9-inch Gullwing Charger trucks, 72mm 75a Slalom Series wheels and Abec 5 bearings. This board features unique graphics on its underside designed by artist Nanami Cowdroy. The Arbor Bamboo pin performs as well as it looks and is suited for high speed hill runs and deep carving.

Bustin Boards Complex Longboard

Bustin Boards is a grassroots company based in New York City that specialises solely in longboards and offers a service where you can create a one-of-a-kind customised board. It also has a number of complete setups ready to buy off the shelf, and the Complex is its flagship board. The Complex has a 42-inch-long deck with a rounded kick tail, Gullwing M1 187mm trucks, 70mm 84a Bustin Boca wheels in blue and standard Abec 7 bearings. This is a versatile longboard that will suit first-time longboarders all the way up to seasoned professionals.

Loaded Dervish Longboard

Loaded Boards began experimenting in longboard design in 1995, with the hope of replicating the style of snowboarding on concrete. Its most advanced longboard developed to date is the Loaded Dervish. The deck is constructed using a bamboo core layer with epoxy fibreglass to give it strength while keeping it lightweight. The Loaded Dervish can be customised with different trucks, wheels and bearings while still at the factory. Loaded Boards recommends using Gullwing Charger trucks that are no smaller than 7-inch wheels, 75mm Orangatang In Heats wheels and Bone Swiss Abec 5 bearings. This longboard is a professional and expensive piece of equipment. It fills all the boxes no matter what you want to do on it.

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