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Atom Drop Through Longboard Review

Longboards evolved from the interbreeding of skateboarders and speed-maniacs. The resulting longboards then changed into various shapes and sizes. One of them was the Drop-Through design that really got off in the 90s. Atom has taken their time to perfect a Drop-Through Longboard that is stable at high speeds and provides a satisfying experience for its customers. Atom Drop-Through Longboard is an attractive proposition, especially if you are looking for excellent stability and grip.

Benefits & Advantages:

Affordable: The Atom Drop-Through Longboard is on the cheaper side of the price spectrum and offers great value for money. The quality on offer for this price largely remains unmatched.

Longevity: The board is made of 7 layers of ply and hence the board is pretty sturdy in terms of survival. It is made to survive a few bumps.

Strength & Flex: The 7-layers of the ply make this board a fairly strong one. However, more of its benefits are in terms of the great flex. It makes the longboard unsuitable for hefty people.

Maneuvering & Cornering: Due to the great amount of flex and soft wheels rated 78a on the durometer, the board is splendid at Maneuvering. The Atom Drop-Through Longboard is great to carve but is a bad choice for uphill.

Replaceable Components: The Atom Drop-Through Longboard is a cheap board by all means. Though not all parts confirm to that declaration, the bearing certainly do. They are not as free to roll as expected and should be replaced for better performance.

Looks & Styling: The board is available in a number of colors and the design is attractive. Gives a false sense of racing strips. Aluminium-Oxide tape grip is good as well. The board lacks any proper kicks and is hard to do tricks.

Ride Comfort: The Atom Drop-Through Longboard comes with a concave that stretches from truck-to-truck and edge to edge. This provides lots of grip for your feet. The soft wheels are comfortable at bumps and cracks. Not suitable for very high speeds due to a lack of rigidity.

Special Features:

  • It is designed to keep the rider closer to the ground. Thus increasing stability.
  • Especially designed cuts for tires allow to remove any concern for wheel bite.
  • The bearings are only rated at ABEC 5 and would need to be replaced for respectable performances.
  • The wheels on the Atom Drop-Through Longboard have round lips, which allows it to break into slides.
  • The dimensions are ideal for an intermediate board with 9.5 inches in width and 41.5 inches in length. Plenty of room for a good grip of feet on the deck.
  • It is a very lightweight Longboard, weighing just under eight pounds.
  • It comes with a one-year limited warranty that secures it against any manufacturing defects.
  • The board has a wheelbase in excess of 33-inches. It is therefore very stable at high speeds.

How to Use the Atom Drop-Through Longboard

  • It is good for downhill and can be used as such.
  • Proper safety gear is necessary for a safe longboard experience. Get sliding gloves if you want to slide on this board.
  • Tighten or loosen the trucks according to your needs.

FAQ

What is this board best suited for?-> The board is best suited for the downhill bombing. You will also like to roam in your campus or in the streets with this board

Is it a flex board or a rigid one?-> This board is made of seven ply layer and hence has a lot of flex to it

What upgrades should I aim for?-> You should aim for a good pair of bearings first. If you have the money, get some better wheels and trucks, in that order

Conclusion

The Atom Drop-Through Longboard is a great board for beginners with some superb abilities that suit beginners. Those looking to do tricks with it will be disappointed and should invest in a more costly longboard. Beginners rejoice!

Atom Drop Through Longboard (40 inches) Review

Longboarding is a fun thing to do. No matter what your age or occupation. It is tough to choose a longboard that satisfies all the needs of different longboard styles.

It is even harder to make a longboard that does so. However, Atom Longboards managed this unfathomable task with some oomph in the new Atom Drop through Longboard.

Today, we will review about this the best longboards for the money. Go ahead!!

It has the length that you would ideally want. The lightness, the angle of reverse kingpins as well as the strength and flex in its deck. Concave and width of the deck complete the check box test for this longboard.

Benefits & Advantages of this longboard:

Competitive Pricing: The Atom Drop Through Longboard isn’t the lightest on the pocket. However, it provides the perfect bang for its buck. You won’t rue the price for the quality of the component that it buys you.

Longevity: As one of the boards that uses a mix of maple and bamboo, it is quite a lasting longboard. You will certainly get a lot of longboarding for the price you pay for this Atom Drop Through Longboard.

Atom Drop Through Longboard - 40 Inch

Atom Drop Through Longboard – 40 Inch

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Strength & Flex: This board is made up of seven layers of maple wood in addition to two laminates of bamboo. The Maple wood provides huge amounts of strength to the deck while bamboo lends some strength of its own in addition to the characteristic flex.

Maneuvering & Cornering: The Atom Drop Through Longboard comes out of the box with some seriously tight trucks. All you need to need to do is loosen them a bit and you are ready for a great handling board that turns on a dime.

Replaceable Components: There are several parts that an enthusiast expects to be great. On this board, the bearings may leave such enthusiasts wanting. However, once replaced with a great aftermarket bearing that cost near $15, you are all set for some great action.

Looks & Styling: The Atom Drop Through Longboard is a board that may not be exciting in performance terms for enthusiasts, but it certainly has great looks. The heat transferred attractive graphics are sick and get a lot of admiring glances from onlookers.

Ride Comfort: At 40 inches in length and 10 inches in width, there is not much you can ask for. The board is great to put your feet on and just go on riding and cruising. Even for people with the biggest of feet, this board is a blessing with its broad deck and comfortable concave. Needless to say, the grip is excellent too.

Special Features:

  • Atom Drop-Through Longboard skateboard is one of the most appreciated Atom Longboards. It has been designed with a lot of user input. People like you and me have contributed to its development.
  • The board uses a combination of maple wood and bamboo. This makes the deck strong and durable for all weathers.
  • The attractive design of outer laminate bamboo is heat transfer and does not fade away quickly. Very pleasing to the eyes.
  • The great dimensions of this board are a huge pro for this board. It is made for an easy and comfortable ride. It measures 40” by 10” length by width.
  • The angle of the baseplate of the trucks to the deck is a mere 40-degrees. This increases the stability of the board even at high speeds or during other difficult maneuvers.
  • Despite its considerable length, it is pretty lightweight and indeed very easy to carry and store in a college locker.
  • Asked to describe this board, a customer was quoted as saying: “Not too long, and not too short. Perfect.”
  • Ideal to cruise on though can adapt to other purposes with a few replacements for bearings and trucks.
  • The wheels are soft rated at 78a and considerable large, thus absorb most of the shocks from the road. However, wheel bite may be a minor concern.

How to use Atom Drop Through Longboard

  • Don’t try a lot of hill bombing with this board as it is not good for such speeds.
  • Proper safety gear is crucial. Get helmets, kneecaps and elbow caps before you start.
  • For better performance, you can use better wheels, trucks, and bearings.

FAQ

One Of The Best Long Boards : Atom Drop Through Longboard - 40 Inch

One Of The Best Long Boards : Atom Drop Through Longboard – 40 Inch

1.Which user base does the Atom Drop Through Longboard target?

All of them. There’s a reason it’s called a jack of all trades. Cruise, carve, and to some extent downhill can all be done on this board.

Is this going to break easily?

Not unless you put it beneath a heavy car. It can handle light abuse, but that is not suggested.

Must I replace anything out of the box?

No. You will be completely fine with the out of the box configuration. Only advanced longboard users need to replace parts of the Atom Drop Through Longboard.

Conclusion

The Atom Drop Through Longboard, at 40 inches of length is an ideal mid-level longboard. When you are looking for an all-rounder, it can’t get much better than this. Price to features ratio is excellent.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40” Review

Longboard Enthusiasts are very familiar with the Santa Cruz range of boards. They have a good fan following to say the least. More than anything else, Santa Cruz Longboards are best known for the impressive artwork that goes into making them. Home to the Screaming Hand, Santa Cruz have tried to attract the fans of drop thru boards as well as Bob Marley fanatics with this board.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40

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Benefits & Advantages:

Competitive Pricing: The Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard is priced very competitively considering the specs that it offers. The art on it is itself a total value for the money you’ll be paying.

Longevity: You can go for miles on this Santa Cruz Longboard without any problems at all. Except for the normal wear and tear on certain parts like the wheels and bearings, it is pretty long lasting.

Strength & Flex: With a 31 inch wheelbase and 8 ply construction of the deck, the Santa Cruz Lion God Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard is a strong board. However, there is not much flex to talk of due to the all North American Maple construction of the board’s deck.

Maneuvering & Cornering: The wheels are bigger than an average 70mm but are just as soft at 78a on the durometer. This gives the board a lot of grip. However, the trucks and the entire board is set a bit soft and this gives it incredible carving and maneuvering capabilities.

Replaceable components: As is the case with the most value for money Longboards, it may disappoint enthusiasts. However, that can easily be changed with a slight reconfiguration of this Santa Cruz Longboard. You just have to put in performance bearings, better wheels and you are good to go.

Looks & Styling: This is one aspect where this board matches any Longboard at any price point. The Lion God Rasta graphics are great and look just as great in person as on screen. There is no denying this board is a head turner when you are outside with it. Ten out of ten for looks and styling.

Ride Comfort: With Large 75mm wheels that are soft, this board absorbs almost anything you throw at it. Add that to the width which is 10 inches and almost anyone, even with big feet will feel completely at home with this board.

Special Features:

  • The Santa Cruz Lion God Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard is 40” in length and 10” in width. This gives it the ideal dimension for a learner’s longboard.
  • The artwork on the board is metal ink and looks great in person. Undoubtedly the USP of this board.
  • This Longboard has got larger wheels than most Longboard that make it ideal for cruising around town.
  • This board has got a puny 2” as nose and tail each. This makes it difficult to do any stunts on.
  • The wheelbase is a good 31” and the design is Drop Thru, which makes this board close to the ground and very stable.
  • Due to the stability, unique Santa Cruz Trucks and the larger wheels, it is very easy to achieve high speeds on this board.
  • Weighing at a paltry 7 pounds, this board is very lightweight and easy to carry or store when you are not riding this.
  • The Black Santa Cruz grip tape helps in achieving good foothold on the deck.

How to Use the Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

  • To go downhill and do any sliding maneuvers on this longboard, which are difficult, get some sliding gloves beforehand.
  • The longboard should only be used with someone who knows longboarding if you are going to learn from this board.
  • Proper safety gear is of paramount importance. Get knee caps, elbow caps and helmet.

FAQ

Is this Longboard suitable for beginners?

Yes. This board is ideal if you are a beginner. Just grab your safety gear and hop on this board to enjoy the Art of Longboarding for the very first time. Great grip and easy turning will help your cause

Is this board as good in it’s looks in real life?

Certainly. The metal ink Rasta Lion God art is both attractive and inspiring.

Can I use it even if I’m not a beginner?

Yes and No. If you are not a beginner, you might want to do a few tricks on this board. Give that it lacks any sort of tail or nose, it is an embarrassment in terms of skills. Better spend some more money and get a proper trick oriented Longboard. Downhill is a pleasure on this board nonetheless

Conclusion

The Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard is a value for money proposition from a longboard maker that is reputed for its styling and graphics and it doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. However, performance freak will be left wanting. Beginners’ exclusive board, this one!

Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout Drop Through Complete Longboard Skateboard Review

When it comes to Longboards, Sector 9 are the undisputed and unrivalled leaders regarding quality and popularity. They can give any other brand a run for their money in whatever category you compare them. Sector 9 Blue Wave lookout drop through Complete Longboard is one such longboard. It is an intermediate longboard regarding the price range and is graced by some pretty sick graphic arts. At 42 inches, it is going to be your perfect outdoor partner.

Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout dropthrough Complete Longboard Skateboard

Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout dropthrough Complete Longboard Skateboard

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Benefits & Advantages:

Perfect Pricing: The Pricing of this product is perfect keeping in mind the quality of the components used in this Longboard. Given that you are getting a 5 ply lightweight, sturdy bamboo deck, it is a steal at this price.

Durability: All parts of the board: the deck, the tape, the trucks, the bearings and the wheels will last you several months of extensive usage. There are no issues with the quality of this board in any way.

Strength & Flex: The 5 layer bamboo laminate construction of the deck gives this Sector 9 Wave Lookout drop through longboard a tough one. The bamboo makes this board unyielding and a bit flexible at the same time. It is much better than your $100 boards and it shows.

Maneuvering & Cornering: The wheels are large, measuring 74mm and are rated 78a on the durometer. The trucks and the bearings are all a bit soft to allow for great Carving and commuting without any bumps on the curbs and cracks.

Replaceable Components: The bearings come with ABEC 5 rated lubrication. You will not complain much if you are a beginner, but if you are an advanced user, you will be left wanting. Also, the grip tape can feel a bit on the cheap side of things. Hence, it is these two things that you should seek to replace.

Looks & Styling: The wave graphics art are very attractive to say the least. Also, there are some other graphics available for those who want a different style for their board. Overall the longboard has a slick and smart appearance.

Ride Comfort: The makers of this board at Sector 9 have not left any stone unturned in making this a very comfortable board for its riders. The board has right wheelbase for stability in addition to its drop through design

Special Features:

  • The dimensions of this board are 41.125” X 9.625” (length X breadth). Hence, there is plenty of stability and foothold.
  • The 5 layer bamboo is laminated vertically on the outer side. This helps improve lateral grip when carving.
  • The board has 31 inches of wheelbase, this helps it remain stable at high speeds. You can also bomb a hill with this board if you like.
  • The trucks of this board are just a bit wider than the deck at 10 inches. It is the optimum configuration for high speed and increased stability. The trucks are Gullwing Chargers.
  • The board has all the features of a sliding board. You only need is a bit harder wheels to lose some grip for the slides.
  • The concave on the deck is perfect and helps improve the rider’s stability over the deck.
  • In case you just want to carve, the bearings are great for that and spin very freely.
  • The bottom graphic has a sandpaper-like finish, which makes it different from your run of the mill longboard visual

How to Use

  • Cruise and Carve with this board out of the box and you will have no problems.
  • Go downhill at high speeds with the Sector 9 Wave Lookout Drop Through Complete Longboard and replace by just getting better wheels and tightening your trucks.
  • Get proper safety gear including helmet, knee caps, elbow caps as well as sliding gloves.

FAQ

Can I use this longboard to bomb hills?-> Yes. Not only can you cruise and carve supremely with this longboard, but you can also use it to bomb hills with slight modification to the wheels and trucks.

How does it compare to some cheaper drop through Longboards?=Regarding build quality and ride comfort, it far exceeds anything on offer from the competition.

What are the impact of the bamboo and the concave in the ride of this longboard?-> The Bamboo allows for strength and flex in one. The concave helps keep the center of gravity closer to the ground. Hence, you get strength and stability while riding at high speeds.

Conclusion

The Sector 9 Wave Lookout drop through complete Longboard will leave you thrilled after every ride without any exceptions. If you put in some extra components, you will get even more performance for every dollar you have spent on this board.

A total steal for its price. Carve, Cruise and Bomb hills in style.

Sector 9 Sidewinder Review

Longboards have come a long way and has made a heroic entry in the realm of skateboards and longboards.

Designed especially for those people who want to reach their workplaces as soon as possible, longboards are an idyllic choice.

Today in this sector nine longboard review, I would like to jot down some important things for you guys.

Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36

Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36″

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Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36″ Foreword:

This long board fits for every occasion whether you are riding downhill, going for a simple cruise or roaming around the street corners.

The product has 5 bearings and Gullwing Sidewinter Trucks which lends you the facility to adjust them as per your needs.

The turns are so sharp offering you utmost ease whenever you ride it.

It is an ideal choice among the huge array of skateboards to ensure optimum satisfaction of you guys. My personal experience says just try it once and I assure you will fall in love with its amazing features. Let’s explore something more about this wonderful product.

Some Amazing Benefits

Well, this may be the very interesting section for all of you.

Soft and Smooth Wheels: It’s comfortable and smooth wheels don’t put any strain on your ankles thus keeping your feet stress-free while gliding.

Smooth Cruising: You can go for ultra smooth race owing to its smooth and flexible wheels which cruise through effortlessly.

Powerful Bearings: Flexible and quality bearings of this board make it super awesome and a must-have for every rider.

Flat and Comfortable Sole: Crafted with flat sole, it is comfy to wear for any person and when rolling down the rough terrains, you can glide it a bit. And that’s so COOL!!

Exceptional Qualities

  • Featured with triple 8 brainwaves rubber helmet, this board is perfect for sliding.
  • It is constructed with 8 ply cold-pressed maple wood which makes it durable in every type of situations.
  • Moreover, due to its size i.e. 36”, it offers the rider full control over its handling.
  • The long deck sits on the spongy wheels which kits out you to be stable while your whole journey.
  • To your surprise it has room for 190lbs of weight on it.

Hassle Free Uses of the Board

Great on ease factor, this long board equips you to roll down on a dime.

Just wear it and go out to wander off the whole city.

This product makes you to take everything into perspective and you can wrap around the corners owing to its Sidewinder truck.

Moreover, its 36” length keeps you on the track and you don’t fall down on fast downhill runs.

The control is under your feet guys and you can take some nice clicks while sliding down due to the double kingpin it has.

Safeguarding and Warranty

Well, this best longboards is great to use and highly recommended.

But it doesn’t have any warranty and you would also don’t feel the need to get it replaced due to the power packed features it offer.

And maintaining this product is not that hard as you just need to act smart and careful. Clean the long board after regular intervals to relish it for years.  

Frequently Ask Question (FAQ)

How much it weighs? -> 6.9 pounds

How are trucks designed? They are amazing with super stable power providing splendid turns and carve.

How much weight can it hold?-> Don’t ride it if you are more than 190lb.

Are the trucks upgradable?->Yes, of course they are!! Just visit any long board retailer and you are set to rock.

The Last Word

Overall, the product (Sector Nine Aperture Sidewinder Drop through longboard) is perfect and enjoys customer rating of 4.7 stars (when i write this review) and personally I would give it 5 stars. I am very much satisfied with its usage and assure you would also love it.  Happy shopping!!

Quest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard Skateboard Review

Skateboarding is a very popular sport in the summer. Even if you do not consider it as a sport but as a means of going about from one place to another, it is a beautiful and exciting prospect. Whether you want to roam in the town or go to the beach, it’s perfect. The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard is ideal for both beginners and pros alike.

Made of the finest hardwood and covered in Bamboo textures, the Quest Super Cruiser Longboard is a long, trustworthy and durable piece of longboard skateboard. It is a 44-inch skateboard but is very light when its dimensions are taken into account.

The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard

The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard

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It’s form, size, shape and weight make the Quest Super Cruiser Longboard skateboard the perfect fit for several requirements. If you are a first timer hoping to learn skateboarding over the summer, this board is made to last all your falls and mishaps. On the other hand, if are returning to skateboarding after a decade of hiatus, this is the perfect skateboard to help you come to grips with the excitement of skateboarding.

For those who have been regularly practicing and developing their skills, this board can help you reach the next level with its precise and instinctive maneuvering.

Benefits & Advantages of this board:

Affordability: The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard is a very affordable skateboard and suits even those who do not have very deep pockets. Its utility far surpasses the price one pays for the board.

Longevity: It is strong, durable and sturdy to help those still learning the trade of skateboarding. Whether you like to cruise or carve, it is not going to disappoint you, not in a long time.

Strength:Because very high-quality hardwood is used this skateboard is just as lightweight as it is strong. The strength of the Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard comes from its unique use of natural as well as artificial materials. Its weight remains lighter because of the use of Aluminium and Polyurethane in critical components.

Great Maneuvering and Cornering: The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard has proper maneuvering and controlling, you can start experimenting with some basic stunts and skills. It doesn’t matter if you want to go slow and steady or fast and then cruise, carve, etc. There is enough maneuvering capability to get it done, every time. It is also easy on your feet and ankles.

Durability of Exhaustible components: The wheels are made of Poly Urethane, making them very long lasting hence reducing maintenance costs. They are also very slow in terms of layer depletion. Besides, the use of PU reduces the production of heat over continuous usage and hence increases the lifetime.

Looks and Presence:The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard skateboard is built in a bright shade of Bamboo, you will not go unnoticed. At the same time, it is not overtly loud and just manages to grab enough attention.

Design and Ergonomics: The Quest Super Cruiser longboard skateboard is designed to be very stable and easy to ride. No matter what form of skating you undertake with this board, the design allows you to do it. People tend to fall in love with its design and functionality over time.

No doubt, it is the best longboards for your, check price in link below:

Special Features:

  • The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard uses Plastic, Polyurethane, Aluminium & Hardwood in its construction.
  • Use of a combination of hardwood and bamboo textures allows this to be durable, sleek and stylish all at the same time.
  • Very easy to clean because of the outer layer, hence remains new and beautiful longer than most other skateboards.
  • Very stable because of its length. Therefore it provides you with a sense of security when going from beginner to advanced.
  • Use of Aluminium in the trucks makes them strong, yet keeps the weight of the skateboard light.
  • The length of Aluminium trucks is 7-inches hence the skateboard is stable at higher speeds.
  • The Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard weighs a paltry 10 pounds despite having the following proportions: 44’’ long, 10’’ wide and 5.5’’ high.
  • The wheels used are 80A measured on the rubber hardness chart, proving there durability. There dimensions are 70X51 mm.
  • The bearing used are ABEC5 that also have hollow risers. When need be, they can be replaced by an after-market product of choice

How to use this product

  • If you are a beginner, you first need to find a friend to start learning from.
  • Get proper safety gear like helmets, knee protection as well as other trivial stuff.
  • Start at a place where traffic is minimal & the track is wide enough to practice.

Maintenance, Warranty Status & Cleaning

  • Maintenance is quite simple and easy. Cleaning the surface with a wet and soft cloth on a regular basis keeps it looking fresh and new.
  • Bearings on the board can be replaced with several of the popular after-market products. Hence maintenance in the most obvious parts is easy to do.
  • If you have a toolkit and the product is out of warranty, repairing it is very easy.
  • Warranty of the manufacturer can be availed directly from the Amazon product page of Quest Super Cruiser longboard skateboard

FAQ

Is it a good ‘first skateboard’?

Yes! It is great for learners

Is the Quest Super Cruiser longboard skateboard viable for heavy people?

Yes, its strong built is good for people of both athletic built as well as people who are looking at skateboarding as a means to lose weight.

Is there a popular age group that this skateboard is most suitable for?

No, anyone can use Quest Super Cruiser longboard skateboard irrespective of their age. It is equally suitable to everyone.

Conclusion

The Quest Super Cruiser longboard is good for both learning and carving. People can learn to skate on this very durable skateboard and can also master a certain set of skills.

At a very affordable price, Quest Super Cruiser longboard skateboard is the best choice for beginners or as a second skateboard for pros. It is durable and strong and can get you through several falls without breaking and making a huge dent in your pocket.