Over the years, longboarding has become extremely popular among outdoor sports enthusiasts and has since become more popular than skateboarding. Since being introduced back in the 1940’s, it wasn’t until recent times longboards started to bring in a new breed of users. Perfect for those looking for a better board for cruising, slalom racing, downhill racing, long distance racing, dancing, sliding, and more, it’s no wonder why they’ve become so popular.
Longboards offer a unique ride, and something you just won’t find with a traditional skateboard. Just as the name suggests, longboards are longer skateboards and come in many designs which offer a unique ride. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of any longboarding experience, choosing the right board makes all the difference.
The following review details the Top 20 Longboards of 2018 giving you the best options and detailing all the reasons why.
- Fully assembled
- Smooth ride
- Durable and can withstand rigorous use
- Easy to control and highly flexible
- Great for downhill longboarding
- Smaller wheels
Starting out this review is an amazing bamboo longboard from Sector 9 which scores a perfect 10 out of 10. At first sight, it’s easy to see what makes this board standout, but once on board it soon becomes all about the ride. The G-Land Complete is a unique board that takes style to the limit while providing the perfect ride for downhill, slalom, speed, and one unique longboarding experience.
The Sector 9 Bam G-Land Complete features a stunning 5 Ply Vertically Laminated Bamboo which makes it lightweight and highly durable. Built to last while giving riders a great deal of speed, handling, and stability with high-quality clear grip tape. Featuring a medium concave, molded camber kick tail, and much more makes this longboard perfect for all types of riders.
- Large deck provides improved stability and control
- Additional reverse trucks can be added
- Simple to handle and control
- Fast and comfortable ride
- Great for stand-up sliders with moderate concave
- Not suitable for professional longboarders
Sector 9 once again demonstrates why they’ve become one of the most sought-after names in longboarding and their take on the red Meridian complete longboard is a perfect example why. This perfect rendition of what a complete longboard should be starts with the simple graphics that soon give way to unparalleled performance.
The Sector 9 Meridian has become one of the top-selling longboards of all-time, and considering it’s one of the newer models out there that features a pro build construction it’s quite amazing. Highlighted by Divine 72mm X 78a Street Slayer Wheels and Bones Mini Logo Bearings it’s become highly recommended for longboarders looking for the best in performance.
- Large deck provides comfort and stability
- 180mm trucks improve control
- Great impact absorption with Coyote wheels
- Minimal wheel bite
- Versatile longboard with unique symmetrical design
- Bearings should be upgraded
The 3rd option in this review isn’t for everyone, but is for those looking for a complete drop through longboard in one. Giving riders the best of both worlds which includes amazing speed, handling and stability and is made right here in the US. Giving way to performance minded longboarders which is simple enough for beginners, but feature-rich enough for the consummate professional is what makes this Riviera longboard standout.
The graphics, being unique won’t appeal to everyone, but captivates those looking for a unique looking board. The Sea Snake Complete features Coyote Wheels and Abec 5 Bearings which means more speed and better handling. At this price you won’t have to worry about durable construction as it’s built to last with a bamboo deck which is stronger than most.
- Impressive visuals and color pattern
- Smooth ride and improves control
- Premium performing pintail design
- Perfect for beginners
- Not suitable for professional longboarders
Krown makes its first appearance in this review for the best longboard of the year with an amazing kicktail model which is highlighted by stunning graphics. The Orang Sunset Complete scores a 9.6 out of 10 and appeals to budget minded consumers looking for a quality performing longboard. The large wheel base comes in at 43-inches which gives you plenty of real estate making it a perfect option for cruising and downhill longboarding.
The Krown Orange Sunset kicktail longboard comes fully-assembled which means you’ll be riding as soon as it arrives. Packed with ABEC 7 bearings and 70mm wheels gives you superior handling and speed and risers which minimize any wheel bite. Once onboard, you’ll notice an ultra-smooth ride and comes with Krown’s custom shape with a rounded nose.
- Improved control and stability
- Ideal for unstable riding surfaces
- Suitable for both men and women longboarders
- Lightweight deck providing great flex
- Simple to maneuver
- Bearings will have to be replaced over-time
The Sector 9 Lookout Drop longboard isn’t only one of the best this year, but is also regarded as one of the best bamboo longboards ever introduced. Claiming the 5th spot in this review with its super-lightweight, sturdy design which will give you years of rigorous use. The bamboo deck is one of the best which gives you great stability and grip and is highly recommended for beginners and intermediates.
The Bamboo Lookout Drop Longboard from Sector 9 is at the higher end of the price range, but gives you one board with one amazing ride. Offering smooth handling with high-quality trucks and blue wheels which does a great job of balancing visuals and performance.
- Unique Artisan color pattern has become extremely popular
- Unique kicktail and drop through design
- 46-grit provides superior grip
- Fully asembled
- Handles sharp turns and downhill riding with ease
- Graphics are prone to wear over-time
Another cheap longboard which screams high-quality is the 6th option in this review from Atom. This 39-inch drop through longboard scores an impressive 9.5 out of 10 and comes in around $100 which is a steal at this price. Featuring a full-length maple laminate deck which gives you superior craftsmanship along with photo heat transfer graphics.
This Atom longboard is highlighted by a 50-degree base, 180mm hangers, and reverse kingpin trucks for superior handling. The Atom Freewheels are some of the best in the business and come in at 70mm in diameter. The ABEC 9 bearings include high-speed lubricant out of the box giving you speed and great grip thanks to the 46-grit tape.
- Cool graphics
- Can handle higher speeds
- Comfortable and suitable for longer rides
- Can accommodate all types of riders
- Very fast
- May be too fast for beginners
Sector 9 makes another appearance in this review with a near-perfect drop through longboard offering a freeride style. The styling package of the Aperture Sidewinder is what makes this board standout which offers a great balance that’s highly regarded by beginners, intermediates and professionals alike. Standing out with subtle surf style graphics, but it’s the performance which helps it achieve a 9.4 out of 10.
The Aperture Sidewinder features an amazing drop through deck which is lightweight and highly durable. For those looking for superior handling, you’ll come to appreciate the Gullwing Sidewinder Trucks and 9-Balls Wheels which are available in numerous color options. The Abec 5 Bearings improves response giving you camera-ready turns and slides for a true, unforgiving longboarding experience.
- Great freestyle longboarding
- Stable ride with a concave and camber design
- Maximizing pop with an extended nose and tail
- Unique and highly regarded drop through design
- Nothing specific
Another great hand-made drop through complete longboard which features maple core construction is the 8th option in this review. The Slingshot Complete is a high-quality board with a great triple layer deck sandwiched in fiberglass construction. The double camber kick mold serves up an amazing freeriding style appealing to all types of riders looking for a cruiser or a longboard perfect for tricks and stunts.
The Sector 9 Slingshot serves up a perfect responsive deck trucks with a slight camber which makes it stiffer than it looks. The durable and lightweight maple core makes it perfect for landing stunts and tricks making it a perfect option for more experienced longboarders. For a complete deck at this price, it’s a small price to pay considering its high-end features like Gullwing Chargers, 70mm race wheels, PDP bearings and more.
- Durable and strong
- Attractive design and many colors to chose from
- Fast, smooth ride
- Suitable for kids and adults
- Do not exceed the recommended weight
One of the cheapest longboards in this review doesn’t skip out on quality and is a perfect option for beginners and less experienced longboarders. Offering a freeride style with a drop thorough camber deck, Landwalker introduced a simple solution fit for all types of riders. Coming in at 41-inches, there’s plenty of real estate giving way to a premium grip black tape.
The Landwalker Professional longboard scores a 9.3 out of 10 and features as perfect 5-star consumer Amazon rating. At this price you get much more than you would expect including 7-inch aluminum trucks, 51mm PU wheels, ABEC-9 high-speed pre-lubricated bearings, and a Canadian maple deck.
- Improved balance and support
- Simple to extend
- Comfortable for long rides
- Fully assembled
- Will not bode well for experts
SCSK8 makes their first appearance in this review with a simple longboard/skateboard which comes in with a ridiculous price. Boasting nearly 400 sales all-time, this natural black and stained complete longboard is a perfect option for those shopping on a budget. Built with a 7-ply maple construction, you get a durable, lightweight ride for around $50.
Available in numerous color options including blue, red, natural, green, blue and many others, you can rest assured you’ll find the perfect style for you. Featuring 70mm PU wheels, pro grip black tape, Abec 9 Bearings, and 7-inch trucks you’re getting a whole lot for the money. Suitable for professionals, intermediates, and beginners alike, SCSK8 proves that versatile longboards don’t have to cost a fortune.
- Strong and highly durable
- Can support larger, heavier riders
- Great tracking and easy to turn
- Well-balanced low-profile design
- Simple, but aesthetically appealing
- Professionals will want larger wheels
Surf One may not be one of the biggest names in the business, but after introducing the Robert August longboard they’ve instantly became regarded among the best. This complete longboard boasts a perfect 5-star rating by consumers and is highlighted by simple, subtle yellow graphics. Coming in at 43-inches and weighing only 7-pounds, it’s perfect for longboarders looking for a freestyle ride.
The Surf One August longboard features a concave flat deck. The maple construction is lightweight and durable and will give you years of continuous use. The low-profile design is complimented by a 25-inch wheel base giving you great balance, stability and handling.
- Visually appealing
- Unique nose and kicktail design
- Simple to handle and control, even for beginners
- Wide deck provides greater stability
- Bearings need to be improved
Another classic is the 12th option in this review from Yocaher which features a simple kicktail design which makes it perfect for beginners. Out of the box it comes pre-assembled and is highlighted by Abec 7 Chrome Bearings giving you a freeriding style which is great for learning. The Black Widow Premium Grade 80A Black Grip tape offers superior stability which was made to withstand rigorous, everyday use.
The Yocaher Punked Kicktail longboard is a complete model and features 70x52mm Q-Ball wheels with a 78A hardness. This makes it a stiffer ride than most and is complimented well with HD7 trucks180mm hanger, and a durable aluminum alloy construction. Highlighted by a longer wheelbase makes this complete longboard highly recommended for those downhill longboarding with more speed.
- Perfectly shaped
- Simple to handle and control
- Stable ride with a strong base
- Boring visuals
Yocaher introduced one of the most versatile complete longboards in this review which is available in all shapes including drop down, drop through, kicktail, fishtail, pintail, lowrider, and slim kick. The simple Spirit Wolf graphics gives way to perfect design built specifically for beginners with a price that’s well under what you would expect.
The Yocaher Spirit Wolf Complete Longboard scores a 9.2 out of 10 and features all-positive consumer reviews on Amazon. Featuring a 40 x 9.5-inch deck makes it highly comfortable. The deck is made of 7 plies of Maple making it very durable and designed into a medium concave giving you a well-balance ride. Yocaher introduced a slim shape and medium flex which helped improve the turning radius while minimizing any chance of wheel bite.
- Improved base angle with reverse kingpin trucks
- Super high rebound and flex
- ABEC bearings come pre-lubricated
- Improved stability with low-profile design
- Durable, sturdy deck
- Heavy trucks make it difficult to land difficult tricks
Longboards weren’t designed for off-road riding until Atom introduced this all-terrain longboard handles all types of riding with ease. Allowing you to extend the road to any type of terrain, the 14th option in this review gives you no boundaries. Coming in at 39-inches it isn’t the longest board out there, but is perfect for those looking for an unforgiving ride, anywhere.
The Atom All-Terrain Longboard comes in with a 9.2 rating and rates exceptionally well with its durability, handling, visuals, and of course, the off-road longboarding experience. The heavy-duty MBS wheels and trucks with 78a super-high-rebound urethane which gives you the perfect balance of traction and speed.
- Great control with single kicktail shape
- Responsive braking
- Suitable for kids and adults
- Can support heavier longboards with heavy-duty 6-inch trucks
- Wood could be stronger
For those looking for an amazing bargain, Rimable introduced this Polynesian bamboo longboard with a drop through design that comes in about $100 less than competitors. This amazing deal features a bamboo/9-ply laminate deck which is regarded as very durable and gives you years of rigorous, hard use. The hybrid deck also features photo heat transfer graphics which will give you that same great showroom look, even after years of abuse.
The Polynesian style has become highly regarded which comes complete with 7-inch aluminum trucks which does a great job of supporting the rider’s weight. Other features include a ABEC-11 bearing which are lubricated for high speed, high-quality grip tape, and much more.
- Unique graphics
- Compact design
- Strong grip tape provides a stable ride
- Heavy-duty trucks supports riders to 200-pounds
- Safe longboard
- Visuals not appealing to everyone
The Blue Wave Lookout longboard is one of the most recognized boards out there. Featuring an amazing drop through design which makes it perfect for cruising, tricks, downhill and all types of riding styles giving you a true freeriding solution suitable for beginners, intermediates and professional longboarders alike.
The Sector 9 Blue Wave Drop Through features nearly 200 all-positive consumer reviews and deserves the 9.2 rating out of 10. Standing out with impressive visuals, superior handling, smooth ride, great grip and much more makes this 42-inch longboard highly regarded. Highlight features include a 74mm duo wheels, 5-ply laminated bamboo deck, 10-inch Gullwing chargers, impressive drop through mounting and a whole lot more.
- Makes beginners better
- Great control and balance
- Gives riders a faster spin
- Simple, subtle graphics
- Too basic for expert longboarders
At first sight, it’s impossible to not notice the stunning appearance of this drop through complete longboard, but Playshion wanted to make sure it wasn’t all about its appearance. The 17th option in this review is highlighted by stunning graphics and is available in 5 different color/styling packages which appeals to all rider personalities.
This Playshion complete longboard gives you the best of all riding styles as it offers the perfect balance of freeride and freestyle in one. Highlight features include black grip tape, 7-inch aluminum trucks, ABEC 9 trucks, nylon ball cages, 7mm tires made of high rebound Soft PU material giving you an unforgiving longboarding experience.
- Stable ride with great grip tape
- No wheel bite with unique drop through design
- Comfortable ride as wheels absorb shock
- Simple to control with high-quality trucks
- Trucks will have to be adjusted in-time
When Cyclamtic introduced the CX3 we knew it would be good, but not this good. This red and white electric bike has become a fan favorite with consumers as retailers including Amazon has had a hard time keeping it on the shelves. Becoming a top-seller in a very short amount of time, the CX3 is backed with all-positive consumer reviews.
What helps the Cyclamtic CX3 Pro Power electric bike standout is the lighter alloy frame which gives it great speed, acceleration, range, and makes it highly portable. The lightweight design takes full advantage of the 250-watt brushless motor which enables the rider to reach top speeds in no time. With a max distance of 37 miles, speeds to 15.5 mph, and a charging time of only 4-6 hours, it’s no wonder why the CX3 Pro Power electric bike makes this review.
- Larger wheels provide great balance and control
- Simple to use for all experience levels
- Smooth, safe ride
- Appealing visuals
- Lower quality bearings
Vokul makes their first appearance in this review and introduces one of the best longboards of 2018 which scores a 9.0 out of 10. This is one of the hardest longboards to get your hands-on as it is regularly sold out, but if you can get so lucky it’s highly recommended to pick one up. Highlighted by a Canadian Maple 8-ply deck which makes it lightweight and durable.
The Vokul Drop Through longboard is a complete longboard and comes in at 41-inches long. Other features include ABEC-7 Bearing, 70 x 50mm wheels made of PU material, 7-inch aluminum powder-coated trucks, 8-Ply Canadian Maple Super-Flex deck and a whole lot more. This Vokul complete longboard is super-strong and supports riders to 330-pounds.
- Durable maple deck
- Wheels will not overheat with Polyurethane overlay
- Unique reverse kingpin configuration
- Simple turning with 4mm riser
- Aluminum trucks resistant rust
- Trucks are too stiff
Quest finishes out this review with a 40-inch longboard which features a unique pin and kicktail design. This board was made to withstand all elements as it boasts a hardwood maple deck which can handle all inclement weather including dense, cold climate. The durable deck is heavier than most coming in at 9-pounds, but performs much better than one would thing.
For a heavier longboard, the Tribes gives you a great deal of pop and speed thanks to the unique pin tail and kick tail design. Regarded as a great transportation longboard excelling at comfort, stability, smooth and an efficient ride. Quest did a great job introducing new technology in this board which is quickly becoming a new trend with other longboard manufacturers.
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