The idea of riding down a street or down a specially designed ramp on what is essentially a plank of wood with wheels might seem strange to some, but for others, it is the epitome of fun and exhilaration. Tony Hawk may have made skateboarding cool; however, it is Canadian longboarder Patrick Switzer who has redefined the longboard in particular. A longboard as defined by Wikipedia as being exactly what the name suggests – it is a longer than average skateboard with larger wheels which is designed for maximum speed.
There are many longboards on the market, however, no one makes a longboard quite like Sector 9, and their highest rated board is the Blue Wave Lookout Drop Through Longboard. Like any product on the market, it is not without its pros and cons, and if you are considering purchasing a longboard, this board needs to be on your list.
Below is a complete review and overview on what could be a contender for the best longboard on the market – the Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout Drop through Longboard
The design is an important consideration when thinking of a longboard. The design is more than the physical attributes. Rather, a longboard has some particular design qualities which set it apart from other skateboards. Like any good longboard, the Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout board has a very low centre of gravity, which makes it ideal for speed skating and downhill racing. It also has a high level of stability which means riders can slide and drift easily and safely with maximum control. The Sector 9 Lookout Longview is very well made with no obvious design flaws, and the harshest longboard critic will be satisfied.
The Lookout longboard is made with 5-ply vertically laminated Bamboo, which makes it light and flexible – won’t snap or crack when under pressure. The longboard is 42 inches long, which makes it on the longer end of the spectrum, so is perfect for cruisers and beginners. The sustainable bamboo material used makes it perfect for the greenies.
PDP ABEC-5 Bearings
These bearings will perform admirably on this board, as they are the middle ground of the rating system for bearings, giving both equal speed and precision.
Gullwing 10 inch Charger Trucks
You won’t have to worry about wheel bite with these spacious trucks, giving you clearance between the wheels and the board while still riding smooth.
No need to worry about speed with these wheels, as their thicker diameter is made to provide the most speed possible. Taking their 78a hardness rating into account, they will let you glide smoothly over the pavement. The wheels are also made of polyurethane material with incredible durability.
Please be aware that the Sector 9 Lookout longboard is a particularly long board, and at 42 inches long, is not designed for use in a skate park. In fact, in some skate parks, it may be prohibited. Such a long board means that there is increased stability and control on smoother, longer rides (for example down a street), however, agility is compromised by the length. So it is perfect for the long windy hill, but don’t try to do ollie’s unless you want to look like a fool or risk eating the pavement.
There is no point owning the most beautiful and perfect longboard in the world if you cannot actually ride it safely. A longboard is not made to be ridden on flat, horizontal surfaces like your grandparent’s driveway. If you are going to have a longboard, you are going to want to have some fun with it. Think long, steep windy roads and hills. At the skate park and doing tricks like ollies will deem it to have little control, however, if you use it properly by cruising down long streets and sliding around corners, you will have no issues at all with this board, and will definitely look like a pro.
If speed was your demon, then this longboard would be your Satan (in a manner of speaking). The Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout Drop through longboard is very fast when put in the right environment. It loves nothing more than wide open spaces, and long interrupted roads with corners. Because of the length and flexibility of the board, even at top speed, it maintains maximum control, so you can feel safe while you leave your stomach at the top of the hill.
For those looking for a longboard which will easily and safely gather speed and has control even at 50 miles per hour, then this longboard is for you. Please be sensible and wear a helmet.
If you take the time to read the reviews and comments by others users who have tried the Sector 9 Lookout longboard, one keyword will really stand out -durability. One of the reasons for the exceptionally high rating and high level of customer satisfaction of this longboard is the fact that it is so durable, and you will likely outgrow the board before it breaks. Part of the durability is due to the intelligently designed bamboo deck – it is flexible and supple and will not crack under pressure. Hardened steel bolts and PDP bearings mean that all parts of the board are made to the highest quality.
The Sector 9 Lookout longboard is made to last. It is not designed to be a fad board, it is made to be used over and over and stretched to the limit. If you are after a board that is trustworthy and will not crack on you, then this is the board for you.
This is a perfect longboard for the beginner or those who want to transition from a standard skateboard to a longboard. If used correctly, the Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout Drop through longboard has the ultimate control, and the board itself is made to a very high standard and will be long lasting and durable. Like any good board, it can take a thrashing, so don’t be afraid to take it outside and have some fun with it. Longboards are meant to have scratches and dents, and you won’t have to worry about this longboard splitting or breaking on you in the middle of showing off your sliding skills.