Figuring out how to buy a skateboard can be daunting, especially if you’re not sure what you are looking for. There are customizable parts, accessories and some fancy technology that can be overwhelming. Good news is, we can simplify it for you! At Banger Skate Co, our crew is full of daily skaters, so we put our heads together to break it all down and give you the basics, plus a few recommendations.
The first thing to consider is what kind of skateboarding you want to do. Do you want to skate your local skate park and learn tricks? Do you want something for commuting across town or campus? Or, would you enjoy charging down hills at high speeds? Take a look at the options below and note which features work well for the type of skating you want to do.
SKATEBOARD SIZE CHART
|DECK WIDTH (IN)||SUGGESTED TRUCK AXLE WIDTH (IN)|
|7.25 - 7.625||7.4|
|7.4 - 7.875||7.6|
|7.6 - 8.0||7.75 / 7.8|
|7.75 - 8.25||8.0|
|7.875 - 8.375||8.125|
|8.0 - 8.5||8.25|
|8.25 - 8.75||8.4 / 8.5|
|8.5 - 9.25||8.75|
|8.75 - 10.0||9.5|
|9.0 - 9.75||9.25|
|9.25 - 10.0||9.5|
WHAT SKATEBOARD WIDTH SHOULD I CHOOSE?
If you are buying your first board, we suggest a deck that is proportional to your shoe size. If you wear men’s size 6.5 to 9, start out with a deck width of 7.5 to 8.0 inches. If you wear shoes 9.5 or larger, get a deck between 8.0 and 8.5 inches. Those general guidelines give you a place to start.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to try out different sizes to find out what works best for you. There’s no exact science about deck size – only personal preference.
Here's some general guidelines to get you started: Narrower decks are lighter and easier to flip, but you’ll sacrifice some stability. Wider boards are more stable but are heavier and slightly less ideal for some tricks. Skaters who like flip tricks, manuals, ledges, and flat bars usually prefer boards on the narrower side of the spectrum (7.75 – 8.25 inches). Those who skate big bowls, hand rails, or like to jump down large gaps at high speeds are usually more comfortable with a larger board (8.25 – 9.0 inches).
Again, don’t let these guidelines confine you to one kind of board. There are always exceptions to the rules because it is possible to do any kind of skating on any size board.
HOW TO MEASURE A SKATE DECK
Most skaters consider width is the most important dimension of the deck. That is measured straight across at the widest point of the deck. Skateboard decks generally range between 7.0 to 10.0 inches depending on the shape of the deck. There are boards that are narrower and wider than that, but they are not common and not practical for all around skating.
The length of the skateboard is measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Length usually is proportional to the width and ranges from 28 to 33 inches. Longboards can measure up to 44 inches.
The wheelbase of a skateboard deck is the distance between the centers of the inner most truck mounting holes. This distance ranges between 13.5 to 16 inches and is generally proportional to the deck length on standard popsicle decks. Some specially shaped boards and cruiser decks have differing length/wheelbase ratios. Wheelbase can impact stability and turning radius, but the effect is often subtle and not a major concern for a beginner.
NOSE AND TAIL
Nose and tail are measured from the center of the outermost truck mounting holes and usually range from 5 to 7 inches. The nose is often slightly wider and longer than the tail, except on uniquely shaped or old school boards.