If you’re a skateboarder that has thought about how fast you could go downhill, then you need the right board to satisfy your curiosity. A longboard is better for traveling fast speeds on paved surfaces to give you the space you’ll need for flying downhill. You can find the right equipment for this adventure by reading this Ten Toes longboard review.
What is a Longboard?
Longboarding is an offshoot of skateboarding, but the longboard is a longer piece of equipment. Longboards are available in lengths of 36 to 60-inches, whereas the longest skateboards measure approximately 32-inches. Longboarding also has different riding styles than skateboarding, which includes laying down on the board to make it more aerodynamic to go as fast as possible.
WHEN WAS LONGBOARDING INVENTED?
Longboards not only take their inspiration from shorter skateboards but from surfing as well. When skateboards made their debut in Hawaii in 1959, surfers saw that they could imitate the movements of a surfboard. Riding the boards became a popular pastime because they could go “sidewalk surfing” when the sea was too rough, or the waves to low to surf.
With time, the sport started evolving, and board designs were shorter and wider to make doing tricks on them more manageable. Eventually, someone came up with a design for longboards to allow them to continue riding on the pavement to practice surfing. Both skateboarding and longboarding grew more popular in the 1970s with the introduction of polyurethane wheels.
Before these plastic wheels were invented, the wheels for boards were metal, which could abruptly stop tricks or maneuvers when they struck a pebble or other objects on the ground. With the popularity of skateboarding, which moved from the sidewalk to skate parks, longboarding all but disappeared in the 1980s.
Its revitalization in the 1990s was due to competitive snowboarders who needed to practice their moves and tricks during the spring and summer when there isn’t any snow. The invention of the reverse kingpin truck let longboards be more maneuverable, and several styles of longboarding came to the forefront, including:
Riders can get on a longboard like they do a skateboard and push off with a foot to get it going, or they can lay down on it and push off with their hands like a luge rider. In fact, when laying down on it, it is known as street luge. Longboard competitions are held worldwide for standup and street or classic luge longboarding.
Who are Ten Toes?
The Ten Toes company designs longboards for recreational and competitive riding. They also design SUPs (stand up paddleboards) and bicycles under the Retrospec name, which is a holding company, that also owns the Ten Toes Board Emporium.
Ten Toes ZED Longboard Specifications
Although there were many longboard designs in the past with Ten Toes name on it, their new board is the ZED Longboard which is 44-inches long with a pintail design. The deck of the board is a combination of bamboo and Canadian maple, which is as durable as it is beautiful. It is available in 15 designs and colors to suit any rider’s style.
The board can hold riders that weigh up to 150kg or 330 pounds, although it only weighs eight pounds, so it is light enough to carry anywhere you go. The reverse kingpin truck on this board is reactive so that anyone can use it, from a newbie to an experienced rider. It consists of aluminum, so it can handle all the longboard maneuvers that you try.
The design of the trunk’s ball bearing can handle high speeds, so it won’t fail no matter how fast you want to fly. The wheels measure 70mm x 51mm, and milling helps them to prevent biting. It has an overall great vintage look, and almost anyone can ride if they want to try something different.
The top deck has black BOAB grip-tape on it that helps riders stay on at high speeds. The size of the board makes doing tricks on it less complicated, and it has great maneuverability thanks to its truck and wheels. Whether you want to surf the sidewalks or pull off jumps and other tricks, this board is ready to do it all.
44 x 9.5-inches
Eight-ply bamboo, and Canadian maple woods
Reactive Kingpin with ABEC-7 bearing
70 X 51mm Polyurethane
Black, BOAB Tape Covers The Top Deck
Heat Transfered Graphics on the Deck's Bottom
Ten Toes Zed Longboard
- 44-Inch artisan longboard made from sustainably sourced bamboo and 8-ply Canadian maple.
- Rugged and lightweight 7-inch aluminum trucks.
- Reactive and smooth gliding reverse kingpin trucks with precision ABEC-7 Bearing, PU...
The list price of the ZED 44-inch longboard is about $140, but the company sells it on their website for about $60. It’s also available in this price range from Amazon and Walmart.
How Does it Compare?
The world of skating is very competitive, whether it is on ice, the sidewalk or asphalt. Several companies compete to see which one can design the best longboards for recreational activities or competitions. Three of the boards that rival the Ten Toes ZED 44-inch Longboard are the Krown Wood Sunset Complete Longboard, Quest Skateboards Super Cruiser Longboard, and the JUCKER Hawaiian Pau Hana Cruiser.
Krown Wood Sunset Complete Longboard
The Krown longboard is reminiscent of the Ten Toes board in many ways. Like the ZED, it has a pintail design without a kickboard, and it's approximately the same length at 43-inches. It also uses technology to help reduce wheel bites, that can get you thrown off the board. For this model, the designers had the shape and size of the wheel wells detour biting.
This board is not for slalom skating, but it is best for cruising, as well as dancing and carving the pavement. Some of the differences between the two longboards are the size of the trucks. The Krown board has six-inch aluminum trucks with the ABEC 7 bearing, but the trucks on the ZED are an inch longer.
The wheel diameter is also smaller at 65mm, and the deck is Canadian maple with 10-ply construction to make it strong and last longer. However, it doesn’t have a combination of woods like the Ten Toes board. The graphics on the Krown are very modern, and they give you a choice of 15 scenes, which is on the bottom of the deck. There is grip-tape covering the top.
A Krown longboard is best for beginner longboarders looking to get into the sport. It turns smoothly and uses good parts, but not the best on the market. It is also affordable at about $64 at Amazon, which is only a few dollars more than the ZED. The board is slightly lighter too, weighing only 6.6 pounds, so it's an excellent choice for commuting to school, work, or to a friend's house.
Ease of Use: 3 Stars
No assembly is necessary
Build Quality: 4 Stars
Quest Skateboards, Super Cruiser Longboard
The Super Cruiser is suitable for beginners who want to use it for commuting or trying some of their skateboard tricks on a longer board. While most longboards do not have a kicktail, the Super Cruiser’s pintail design includes one. A kicktail makes tricks easier to perform, though the lack of flex in this board means it is not as maneuverable as a skateboard.
The deck of the board is a seven-ply design that is Canadian maple and bamboo. While grip-tape covers the top of the deck as it does on most longboards, the bottom of it has black diagonal stripes that allow a view of the wood finish. It lacks the graphics that many companies use on their boards. However, the Quest logo has a prominent place on it.
While the board is suitable for beginners as it is, there are upgrade options to improve the parts and its abilities for more experienced skaters. Some of the parts it comes with include seven-inch aluminum trucks with 70mm 80A polyurethane wheels, like the Ten Toes longboard. It also has ABEC 7 bearings for speed.
This longboard is heavier than the others, weighing in at 10 pounds, but it costs the same as the ZED, which is about $60. If it interests you, this model is available at Amazon, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and on the Quest company website at a better price. If you want to know more about their upgrade options for this longboard, contact the company.
Ease of Use: 3.5 Stars
No assembly is necessary
Build Quality: 4.3 Stars
JUCKER Hawaiian Pau Hana Cruiser Longboard
- CLASSIC 31x10 Inch fishtail shape of made Canadian maple and natural bamboo layers to give...
- JUCKER HAWAII Precision One Longboard Trucks in Royal White with CNC finished hangers and...
- AUTHENTIC graphics with lettering, lasered into the deck as show casing every surfers...
The surfboard-shaped pintail longboard by JUCKER reminds people of the origins of the longboard. It was Hawaiian surfers who took to skateboarding and longboarding in the late-1950s, but longboarding didn’t hit the mainland until the 1970s. The graphics on this bamboo board depicts surfing beneath a wave’s curl.
This board is suitable for cruising, although it does have a slight kicktail for trying tricks on it. The board is 42-inches long, and it is nine-inches wide for stability. Although the top of the deck has black grip-tape on it, the center of it is clear, so the wood grains are visible. The bottom displays the surfing graphic, and its name Pau Hana, indicates a leisure activity as it translates to “after work or quality time.”
It has 68mm 80A PU wheels, and its trucks are six-inch aluminum, and it has an ABEC 7 bearing that allows a longboard to carve and maneuver as you go down the street at high speeds. The JUCKER Hawaiian board sells for under $150 online at Amazon, though they are currently unavailable.
Although these three brands compare well in this Ten Toes longboard review, the ZED comes across as the better board due to its durability and its maneuverability on the street. Also, it is suitable for experienced riders than these other boards as well.
Ease of Use: 3.Stars
No assembly is necessary
Build Quality: 4 Stars
Pros and Cons
This Ten Toes longboard is one of the best according to many experts in longboard skating, but it isn’t perfect. Here are some of the pros and cons of which you should be aware.
The construction of the board has multiple layers of wood to give it strength, but the bamboo also provides flexibility. It's essential for the board to flex, so it's easier to carve or try tricks on it.
The weight of the hardware, such as the trucks, can weigh down a board and make it more difficult to transport when using it to commute to school or work. Fortunately, the ZED by Ten Toes only weighs eight pounds, so riders can carry it or put it in a pack on their backs.
The better the quality of hardware, the more durable the board will be, especially when trying tricky maneuvers or going at high speeds down hills or inclines. At under $60 the ZED is affordable for beginners who have an interest in longboarding or experienced riders looking to add another board to their collections.
Even though Ten Toes is a relatively new brand, it is garnering a lot of attention from longboard riders with the ZED Cruiser. It is on several "best of" lists for longboards, and most experts seem to have a favorable opinion of it. However, being new, many people will skip over it because no one they know has experience riding it and experience with a board means more than written reviews by a stranger.
Soft wheels on a skate or longboard can make it feel like it’s going to stick on the pavement, especially when it’s hot. They are not as quick to move as harder wheels may be, so the board may not cut or carve as well when you're riding it. That is one reason to buy a board from a skate shop because they can replace parts, like wheels, if you're don’t like with them.
Doing research for this Ten Toes longboard review and learning about the design and construction of the ZED longboard helped us decide whether to recommend this board to our readers. From everything we read, it is a great choice as a cruiser for both beginners and experienced riders, so we recommend it and give it a solid 4.6 stars.
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