Skateboard Buying Guide
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When choosing a skateboard, knowing your skill level is essential. Do you want to start skating and you’re ready for your first board? We recommend buying a skateboard set, which includes everything needed and ready for your first ride. The only thing you have to consider is the deck width.
How to choose a size
|Age category||Deck length||Shoe size||Height||Age|
|Adults & youth||72 - 80 cm||41 EU +||161 cm +||
|Junior||55 - 71 cm||39 - 41 EU||131 - 160 cm||9 - 12|
|Mini||40 - 55 cm||35 - 38 EU||100 - 130 cm||6 - 8|
Choosing a deck
The deck is the most important component of a skateboard, it is the part with a direct contact without your foot. You should choose depending on the board’s width and profile (concave).
The deck’s width determines the skating style, so it is the most important parameter when choosing your first skateboard. Every deck is slightly different. Narrow decks are faster when trick riding, wider decks are more stable during riding and jumping. The right width is individual, each person prefers something else, so don’t hurry and take your time deciding which one is perfect for you.
Materials and construction
The most common material used is Canadian maple. The deck is constructed of few veneers, mostly seven, which are layered perpendicular to each other. Decks with more than seven layers are firmer but heavier.
Smaller wheels are lighter in weight and faster, because of this you are closer to the ground and you don’t need to dig so deep. Bigger wheels provide more stability, they can handle uneven surfaces better and are faster.
Wheel hardness determines speed and adhesion
Material hardness is also a parameter that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right set. Durometer measures wheel hardness. Most producers use the A hardness scale, which has a 103-point scale, which tells how hard the wheel is. Some producers use the B scale, which measures around 20 points less. For example, hardness 80b is the same as 100a.
In general, we can say that harder wheels are faster, and softer wheels are slower, but they provide more adhesion and are suitable for street skating. Harder wheels are more suitable for smoother surfaces like skateparks. Some brands offer special wheels for certain usage.