Tip 1: Know What You Want Or Need
Getting a good longboard brand begins with you, or specifically what you currently want or need. We understand that some people may say, “I don’t even know what I want right now!”.
That’s okay! That’s completely normal. For now, let’s start off with a few very easy questions so you can paint a much clearer picture in your head.
Is this longboard for kids?
Although longboards for kids are called “long”, they may be quite short for adults. Playshion makes great longboards for kids. Their longboards are around 39”. If you’re looking for a longboard for adult (over 39”), Retrospec or Sector 9 will definitely not disappoint.
Carving, cruising, freestyle or downhill racing?
Longboards are specifically designed for long distances and high speeds situations like racing and carving. They have quite different shapes and feel.
You’ll find drop-through or cut-out decks on most carving longboards. They feel very flexy as well. For such purposes, Atom and Landyachtz longboards are definitely the bombs.
If you’re a beginner, choose a cruiser longboard. It is surf-inspired and super easy to ride. Basically, it does look a lot like a surfboard.
Freestyle longboards are great for tricks and feel super surfy. They have deep cut-outs and slightly elevated tails.
If you’re looking for a downhill longboard, you’ll usually get a bullet shape one with a stiff, thick deck and wide trucks.
We know this may be a lot to take in all at once. But keep in mind these basic shapes and ask yourself what you’ll do most with your board. That’ll lead you closer to choosing the best brand.
What’s your budget range?
Most longboards today cost from $50+. If that’s within your budget range, definitely check out brands like Retrospec, Volador, Quest Nutrition, Minority, Eneeko, Rimable, or Playshion. Many riders have chosen these brands and are satisfied with their boards.
For much more high-end longboards with great specs and awesome graphics (Star Wars, Galaxies, Sharks, etc.), Sector 9 and Landyachtz are your best bets.
Their longboards typically cost around over $100 to $200+. We recommend checking out the Sector 9 Sand Shark and Landyachtz Tugboat if you’re interested. The boards are made from maple with super grippy decks.
Tip 2: Ask Around Online & Offline
Since you’re already interested in getting a longboard, we’re sure you may have one or two friends who got you into this amazing sport. If you have friends or family members around that have prior experience with longboarding, definitely seek their advice on the best brands.
However, if that option is not viable, you’ll still have a lot of help from online communities. There are many people who share the same love with this sport and are very willing to share if you ask your questions.
For example, Quora is a good forum for many topics. You can also find great reviews on YouTube. Here’s an awesome video from Hans Wouter that we like:
Or this one:
Also, don’t forget our team! Hey, we’re also here to help. You can shoot us an email anytime and we’ll get back to you with the best info we have available. If we don’t know, we’ll hook you up with someone who does.
So, whether offline or online, remember to ask questions and you’ll be good to go!
Tip 3: Read Amazon Reviews
This tip only applies to those who intend to buy their longboards on Amazon. In fact, Amazon’s review section is a great place to read from customers who have made verified purchases.
Check that orange “Verified Purchase” line under the customer review. Because otherwise, it may not be legit. From those star ratings and reviews, you can get a lot of insights to make your purchase decisions.
One thing we particularly like to look at is 1-star review. What, seriously?! Yup. The reason for this is that we want to see how the brand or company reacts to and solves customer complaints.
Companies that ignore unhappy customers are definitely a red flag. However, companies that reply to or offer some solutions to solve the problems are more worthy to check out.
Also, keep in mind that you can ask questions on the Amazon product page. Be sure to check the vendor you’re buying from as well.
Tip 4: Check Companies’ Policies
Whatever vendors or brands you’re buying your longboards from, it’s worth it to spend a few minutes checking their policies first before hitting “Buy”.
Is their money-back guarantee or return policy? This can be important if you’re spending over $100 or $200 for your board. You may have done all your research and think you’ve chosen a good one. Yet the minute you step on it, you realize “Nah, thanks”. Knowing you can’t return or get your money back in such cases would be a pain.
Some manufacturers like Landyachtz have a 30-day return policy and a 1-year warranty for manufacturing defects. This is just a tiny extra step to make sure you’re fully satisfied with your board and fully covered.
We mentioned quite a number of brands and their characteristics. We’ll now distill some of the best right here so you can make a better-informed decision.
If you want a longboard for kids, check out Playshion. They have relatively cheap longboards at around $40 and $50.
If you’re looking for longboards in the mid-range, check out Retrospec, Quest Nutrition, or Eneeko.
If you’re saving up to get a super duper cool and high-quality longboard, we’d highly recommend Sector 9 and Landyachtz. Those two are sharks!
Hopefully, at this point, you’ve got a few more ideas about the best longboard brands than before reading this post.
To quickly recap the tips, remember to ask yourself what you want first and how much money you’re willing to invest.
Then, ask around. Ask people close to you like friends, neighbors, or relatives. You can also pose questions on forums like Reddit, Quora, or YouTube.
If you’re buying on Amazon, make sure to read 5-star and 1-star reviews as well. Lastly, see if the companies have policies to cover you in the worst-case scenarios.
With that said, we hope you’ll be able to find your best longboard! Good luck and have fun!