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Skateboard decks: Tips for choosing the right one for you

09/25/08

There’s a lot more to choosing a skateboard deck than graphics. You’ll also want to consider length and width.  Check out the post on the basics of different board types for more info on how to decide on the right length for your deck.

Shape

Symmetrical: If want to kick-flip the board around under your feet and ride it in reverse half the time, you want a symmetrical board (both ends are the same shape).

Asymmetrical: If you’re going to be riding forward 95% of the time while carving, ramp riding or downhilling, feel free to go with an asymmetrical board.

Concave

If you’re looking at a shortboard/standard skateboard, you’ll want a good concave. Concave strengthens the deck and kills flex, making it more responsive.

Carvers and downhill boarders tend to like a little flex – or even a lot of flex . If that’s what you plan to do, it’s up to you to decide how much flex floats your boat. Many carvers and downhillers have a stiff board and a really flexy downhill board to get the best of both worlds.

Width

The width of your deck is determined by your size and what you want to do with the skateboard.

Mini 6.5″ – For the little guy, up to 6 years old and under 80 lbs.
Mid 7.0″ to 7.5″ – Great board for 7 to 10 year olds.
7.5″ to 7.87″ – Skating streets or doing more technical tricks.
7.87″ to 8.25″ – Skating pools, ramps, and parks with heavy transitions.
8.25″ and above – Going old school or just cruising.

Check out the available skateboard decks at Warehouse Skateboard!