The 5 best skateboards of 2013

There are four main things to try to find on a skateboard to find the most ideal one. Certainly size and price are essential when purchasing a new deck, but this article will illustrate a few elements beyond that. Each can be more or less important to the rider depending on the type of skating they are doing.

The first thing to pay attention to is simply the weight. Skaters who perform a lot of technical tricks on flat ground may be more interested in the weight aspect of a board. Also so essential is pop. Board pop is vital to most street skating. The next factor to consider is how strong a board is. Skaters who do a lot of high-impact skateboards, like opening huge stairs, should have a board that is extra strong if they don’t intend to buy a new skateboard board every week. The last component to look for is the lifespan of a board and how long it maintains its shape. With that said, here are the top 5 skateboards that rank top in each category.

Keystone Carbonlight made by Cliche Skateboards

This particular skateboard deck construction does not use the entire topsheet, but instead applies a uniquely shaped top coat to reinforce the deck in key regions that are prone to breakage. This method does not sacrifice weight or performance, but produces a lighter board with much more pop that lasts much longer. Includes a 45-day warranty against breakage.

Low Pro made by Real Skateboards

Real promises that this build is more durable, guaranteed. The lightness and durability of the Low Pro deck comes from a slightly narrower side-to-side concave radius that reinforces the deck. Allows for two thinner, custom milled X-bands that decrease weight without diminishing resistance. They make use of a special black sealing waterproof glue that can be seen between the layers, which improves the strength and rigidity of the deck. The end result is a more durable deck with a lower center of gravity for greater board control and faster pop. The lower center of gravity comes from being pressed in the center with a slight sway from nose to tail. The center rocker also provides an additional axis point that creates the platform to react faster and produces a faster pop from the nose and tail.

P2 created by Flip, Plan B, Zero, Toy Machine, Mystery, Habitat, Santa Cruz, Skate Mental and Creature

The P2 boards show a flex resistant tail and nose with fast and high bounce. This construction features an oval-shaped fiber-reinforced maple veneer (Kevlar), which enhances the natural performance and pop of its six fine maple veneers. The oval shape is designed to distribute stresses and loads across the entire deck, rather than just around the locations closest to the trucks. The P2 construction offers exceptional additional strength to the deck, creating a “Spring Loaded Pop” effect. They are thinner and lighter than traditional 7-ply maple decks.

Double impact made by Almost Skateboards

Double Impact works with unique composite carbon fiber reinforced discs that are not only super strong but also very lightweight and are built into the bottom layer to cushion impacts and resist. On top of that, it uses a carbon fiber topsheet for incredible strength and longer life. This particular method uses epoxy resin anchor attachment points to fully integrate the disc into the deck without the possibility of separation creating a solid cohesive bond. Includes a 45-day warranty against breakage.

Pop Secret made by Crailtap (Girl Skateboards, Chocolate Skateboards).

Pop Secret decks are made up of 6 layers of maple with another layer of Fiberlam (fiberglass lamination). The Fiberlam layer makes it super stiff with incredible pop. It’s also lighter than the basic 7-ply maple deck. Fiberlam also produces additional strength while maintaining its shape throughout its lifespan.

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