Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36$$$
- Great for beginners
- Awesome control
- Sold construction from A+ materials
- Ships with ABEC 5 bearings
- A little on the high side for price
The Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Longboard is a fairly popular board to see these days. It is being used by pros and beginners alike. These boards are seen zipping along campus streets as a form of transportation, college students using them in lieu of cars or motorbikes. Pros are using it for steep downhill races and sliding along hilly streets. This Sidewinder Drop Through board has some serious versatility to it, with the ability to be used for both racing and cruising. The design is of top-notch quality, using industry standard materials such as 8 ply maple material, cold pressed. This board has a serious focus on stability, giving you maximum speed without sacrificing control. This durable board can handle a lot of different obstacles and still keep going.
If you are a beginner in longboarding, then the Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill will perfectly fit the bill. It is more affordable than dropping three hundred dollars on a new board, but you still get great quality from what you do put into it. It has great features and control, making it great for pro and beginner alike. This board has a great look and beautiful design that will potentially make this your favorite board for life. Let’s go over all the key components of this board, cover the major features and highlight what it is that makes this board such an excellent choice for many longboarders.
The Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Longboard has a beautiful design and looks great right from tip all the way to the tail. Crafted from 9 sturdy layers of maple that were cold pressed together, this board is just as stable as it is beautiful. Its drop through the deck is created with speed in mind, and its 36-inch length makes it very easy to control, so even as a beginner, you can keep on the board without issue.
The deck is gorgeous, with an artistic tidal wave motif that takes this board back to its origins. This board is made with quality and durability as key features. It is not easy to find this level of quality in a board at this price range. It is stable and hardly, meaning you have less of a chance or wrecking it during a wipeout, and higher of a chance of it maintaining is an awesome look.
Its drop through deck makes this a prime board for downhill longboard and sliding. It is also a great board if you just wanted to use to commute from class to class or around town. It has a low center of gravity, meaning that it is not as hard to push off and gives more control to the rider at even the highest speeds. Another great feature of this design is that it can turn quickly and with little chance of wiping out.
We’ve already looked at what the board is made of in design, so let’s go over the hardware that goes into this beautifully crafted longboard. The Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Longboard will come with certain standard hardware. Note that hardware can be changed and modified to fit the rider’s needs.
Sector 9 ABEC-5 Bearings
In case you are new to the game, ABEC is a bearing rating system. It is applied by a committee and follows a pretty simple system. The rating goes through the odd numbers, rather than even. These bearings for this board are rated a 5, which means that they are of average performance. These bearings will provide moderate levels of both speed and precision. Higher bearing ratings do not automatically translate to faster speeds. The wheels that you have on board, as well as the design of the board, will also determine the speed of the board.
Gullwing Sidewinder Trucks
The trucks of the board will play a serious role in the durability and maneuverability of your longboard. The Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Longboard has proprietary trucks on it, made just for this board. Normally, when you are looking at the trucks on your board, you are looking for factors such as the spacing between the wheels, the height as well as their durability. The height determines the maneuverability and your ability to perform tricks with board or cruise with relative ease. The length of the truck needs to keep the board balanced and match it. These trucks are designed for this board and they are low, to give great control and center of gravity to increase speed.
69mm-78a slalom wheels
Wheels are perhaps one of the most important components of the board, as it is what makes contact with the road you are cruising down. They are measured based on hardness and diameter, and those features will determine the type of terrain that you will be able to skate on. The 69mm wheel is a low range wheel, meaning that it gives greater speed than it does acceleration. Like all the skateboard wheels in the market, these are made from PU or polyurethane. The hardness of these wheels is midrange, meaning they provide in equal parts drag and grip.
The Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder is a quite a stable board; its construction from cold pressed maple gives it a strong base to work with. It is best for small adults and children, and anyone under 175lbs. This is a great beginner board, as it is forgiving and easy to learn to ride on.
This board is designed with control in mind. With its low trucks and drop through design, the rider can speed down hills and still be able to turn without too much risk to the rider. This board will work well with the stop and go of commuting, with the ability to turn quickly around pedestrians or come to a quick stop.
You would define this board as a speed board. It was made for racing and it comes standard with the hardware to do it. The wheels and bearings work well to achieve speeds that are often hard to reach on boards of this size. The only thing holding it back is its bearings, which can be upgraded easily.
With an 8-ply maple, this board is both strong and durable. It was designed to tackle extreme obstacles and come out the victor. This board will not crack easily or scuff up. With good regular maintenance, it is going to serve you over the long term.
Hopefully, this review will help you in making a decision on whether this is the best board for your skating needs.