Ride Along: The 10 Best Cruiser Skateboards

The skateboard is no longer just for doing ollies onto a railing or pulling out a 1080 on a quarter pipe down at the park. Grown adults who are seeking a new way to get to work that breaks away from the commuter bike, bus, and scooter rigmarole now can pick up a cruiser skateboard built for long, straight rides on asphalt. Unlike standard skateboards these are intended for extended riding rather than short jaunts ending with hard landings on the sidewalk. They’re longer, more stable, and easier to grip so anyone can push their way to the promised land.

When picking your skateboard, the first thing to consider is what you own skate experience is. If you’ve never hopped on a board once, or haven’t done it since you were in knee pants, then you’re going to want one built more simply, with the newbie in mind. On the other hand, if you want more speed and are better on your feet, a board with a little more edge will fit you perfectly. For riders at any level, we’ve gotten you the 10 best cruiser skateboards to get you gone.

Sunset Skateboards Ghost

Sunset Skateboards Ghost

Pro: Naturally made to resist elemental damage
Con: Small and difficult for inexperienced riders

Modern Make: Instead of using wood at any point, the Ghost is the board that you would ride if you were a Neuromancer character. Constructed of polycarbonate that is entirely transparent, you can see right to the ground for a better sense of your terrain. LED lights come standard, so even 3rd shift laborers can use this for their commute without wiping out in the dark.

Purchase: $100

Santa Cruz Ratboy Shark LG

Santa Cruz Ratboy Shark LG

Pro: Stable ride for beginners
Con: Retro surfboard body

Starting Point: Built using a big body that’s both wide and long at nearly 10 inches by 33 inches, the Ratboy Shark has a swallow tail look that’s timeless. The classic design hearkens back to the early days of skateboards which will make many old timers feel right at home and add a vintage appeal to riders new to the cruiser board world. If you plan to add a few tricks to your repertoire, they have a shorter version with a little more spunk.

Purchase: $128

District Skates bogan

District Skates bogan

Pro: Sustainable, green use of lumber
Con: Stiff

Hand Crafted: Made by actual craftsmen right in the city of angels, the bogan is constructed of reclaimed oak and maple, making it a sturdy, rigid hardwood deck that is meant to take hours of punishment out on the highways and byways. It runs on the smaller end of cruiser boards at just 7 inches wide and approximately 26 inches in length, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in moxy. Plenty of rigidity for bigger, heavier riders, the bogan comes to play.

Purchase: $180

Arbor Fish

Arbor Fish

Pro: Plenty of grip without hiding the eye-catching exterior
Con: Narrow deck

Little Carver: Beginning with a teardrop longboard body, this is the shortest board in Arbor’s carver series. Using a spraying method for the grip base, the Fish has an ageless appearance that shows off the Koa wood that Arbor uses in all their products. Each truck is 161 mm with reverse kingpins that make them incredibly stable while allowing you to make sharper turns than standard longboard trucks. If you like to carve, or think you will in the future, you can do it a bit with this board easily or just run it straight and look stellar doing it.

Purchase: $200

Penny Australia Plastic Longboard

Penny Australia Plastic Longboard

Pro: Built-in riser pads and concave edges
Con: Imported

Unbreakable: Don’t let the word “plastic” cause you any distress. These aren’t cheap hunks of garden variety plastic but rather a durable formula that Penny keeps close to the vest for good reason. No matter how hard you shred, these can take the abuse, and at 3-feet long are easy to keep balanced whether out of a casual run or screaming down a hill at breakneck speeds.

Purchase: $210

Salt Surf Skateboards

Salt Surf Skateboards

Pro: Tail kick
Con: Less than two feet long

Kickstand: It isn’t common for cruiser skateboards to bear a kick on the tail, since that is generally reserved for tricksters, but Salt Surf wanted the best of both worlds. Known mostly for their surfboards, the walnut exterior sandwiching pure maple in the center shows that they have brought their knowledge of flex to the cruiser skateboard world. There’s plenty of play to be had in the abbreviated 22″ deck, so you’ll probably find yourself late for work if you pass by any wicked pipes or grindable rails on the way.

Purchase: $220

Kota Handley Page Longboard

Kota Handley Page Longboard

Pro: Optional 8th ply reinforcement
Con: Built for smoothness over speed

All-Terrain: It wasn’t the patriotic design that drew us to this board, but rather the maple plank body and the indisputable reputation of Kota. They build their skateboards like alpine slalom snowboards, meant for quick turns and hard use. Wet or dry, the lack of grip tape helps you stay on board even when the weather turns foul. Handmade in Colorado, these come from people who know about taking on tough hills and their boards show it.

Purchase: $229+

Taylor Stitch Woolsey Atelier Land Cruiser

Taylor Stitch Woolsey Atelier Land Cruiser

Pro: Bennett Vector trucks and OJ Little Doodie wheels
Con: Limited Edition

Art and Craft: Using white maple and Peruvian walnut woods, the board mimics the look of a fine office desk or piece of hand carved furniture. But that is where the notion of sloth ends. This is a cruiser board that is meant for running errands or getting to work, but also for carving and stunts. A clear coating adds durability while grip is handled by embedded beach sand that puts that gritty feeling to good use.

Purchase: $250

MILF Skateboards Bullock

MILF Skateboards Bullock

Pro: Clear grip tape
Con: Limited color schemes to choose from

Relaxed Ride: One of the few cruiser boards that you will probably end up using on your days off to relax, the Bullock is the best of both the casual and serious worlds. The birch valchromat, and walnut deck is flexible enough to be comfortable and offer you the option of doing a kickflip from time to time, but can also ride straight and true down the city streets. It will cost you a bit more since they are imported. Each board is individually numbered, and as the name would suggest, pays homage to some of pop culture’s greatest MILFs from Sophia Vergara to Sandra Bullock.

Purchase: $265

Hamboards Classic

Hamboards Classic

Pro: Good for riders of any size
Con: Huge

Long Haul: Here’s where you go when you require the longest of the long boards. The Classic is 6 and a half feet of pure joy. Created by surfers used to riding the waves of San Onofre, this emulates the experience of catching waves while cruising the beach. With an upper weight limit that has people nearly 400 lbs., you’ll be able to use this no matter what size and shape. Ride is normally or use it like a stand-up paddleboard, either way it’s unbridled fun.

Purchase: $645

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