Today’s article is on the best longboards for old people. Now I will leave you to definite how old, “old” is haha. But if you’re in the market for easy to ride, smooth, and stable boards, this article will help you out. Check it out.
Best longboards for old people/adults
Landaychtz Drop Cat 38
The Drop Cat 38 is one of the best longboards available today. It is turny, stable, comfortable, and rolls super smoothly. Landyachtz knocked it out of the park with this board.
The Drop Cat is 38inches long. It is a double-drop deck, featuring a drop-through and a considerable amount of rocker. This brings it super low to the ground, making it easy to push, stable, and easy to footbrake.
The Drop Cat is made from 8plys of Maple. It will have a bit of flex, but it will be stiff enough to hold up riders even as heavy as 260lbs. It’s a pretty strong board.
In terms of components, it comes with high-quality Bear Gen 6 trucks, Bear Spaceball bearings, and fast, 72mm tall Hawgs Plow Kings. These components will ensure a smooth, controllable ride, whilst the Plow Kings will roll fast and roll forever (some seriously underrated wheels).
You can buy the 38inch Drop Cat here at the Stoked ride shop.
The 33 will be perfect for riders smaller than 5ft9. Find out more about the 33-inch version here at the Stoked ride shop.
DB Double-drop longboard collection (DB Bear 33 review)
In terms of bang for buck, the DB double-drop line-up is the best on the market. You get a decent quality longboard from a quality brand for a very affordable price.
The DB double-drop comes with big 90mm wheels – these are huge. These will smoothen out the ride and roll over everything with ease – pebbles, road imperfections, huge cracks, you name it. Those things will cease to be an issue. And wheelbite will be of no worry either, these boards are built to work around the wheels. It will be like riding on a cloud.
The DB double-drop boards are also super low to the ground. THey use TKP trucks (which aren’t very tall) and have a drop-through, a drop-mount. You’ll only be riding an inch or so off the ground. This makes the board stable, easy to push, and easy to footbrake on.
Though it is affordable, I’ve heard that the trucks aren’t the best. But for the price you pay, you can hardly complain. Perhaps you can upgrade further down the road if you want a slightly nicer turn (most beginners won’t notice the difference tbh)…
Check out the DB Double-drop series here on Amazon.com.
Landyachtz Evo 36 (good for heavy riders)
The Evo 36 is a longboard that’s been around for a considerable amount of time. Designed for downhill it’s gonna be stiffer than the average cruiser longboard. This is a perfect feature for heavier 250+ lbs riders or anyone who just wants a stiffer board.
The Evo is special. It comes with a drop-down platform with wedging and dewedging (in the rear) where the trucks are mounted. This wedging makes the board super stable, which just translates to more confidence when you take turns and a more controllable ride as you pick up speed.
In terms of components, the Evo comes with high-quality Bear gen-6 trucks, 73mm tall Biggie Hawgs wheels, and Bear Spaceball bearings.
The Evo is an excellent choice if you want a low-to-the-ground, ultra-stable board. However, the 36inch version has a standing platform that isn’t too long. If you’re shorter (less than 5ft9), this isn’t an issue. It will be a bit uncomfortable for those taller – the 40inch versions would be better.
Check out the 36inch Landyachtz Evo here at the Stoked Ride shop.
Other boards that will be excellent choices
- Zenit AB Maze,
- Landyachtz Drop Hammer,
- Landyachtz Battle Axe,
- Zenit Catnip,
- Pantheon push boards (there are a lot of choices),
- Subsonic boards (ton of options),
- Sp8boards UK – Odyssey,
- Rocket Rambler.
Best longboards for old people buying guide
What “old” people should look for in a longboard
I believe “old” people should look for 3 things in a board. It should be:
- Easy to ride and control,
- Inherently stable,
- Comfortable and ergonomic.
These three things will grant them an enjoyable, effortless, relaxing, and forgiving riding experience. Skating won’t be something they’ll have to struggle to accomplish, but something that will be easy, and that they can do with minimum effort, time and again.
Let’s look at what features of a board will fulfill these desirable requirements.
You will find that many of the features accomplish one or more of the above requirements.
What type of boards are easy to ride and control?
Boards that are easy to ride and control tend to be low to the ground and have high-quality components.
Boards with low standing platforms (low to the ground)
You’ll find, boards that are closer to the ground, or simply have low-standing platforms are easier to ride. This because:
- Because the standing platform is lower than where the trucks are mounted, how much input you have on your trucks is reduced. This adds to the stability and how easy the boards are to ride. You don’t have to be on point with your balance. You can skate in a relaxed way which adds to the overall enjoyability.
- Because where you stand is close to the ground, you don’t have to reach as far down to push the board or footbrake. This makes a huge difference – it makes pushing significantly easier.
Boards that are drop-through, drop-mounted, or have rocker, all have a standing platform that is low to the ground. These boards are easy to ride and control.
Boards with high-quality components
Boards with high-quality components (trucks, bearings, and wheels) will ride smoothly and easily.
High-quality trucks – are stable, turn smoothly, and behave predictably. They don’t suddenly twitch when you take turns sharply or start wobbling as you pick up speed (not going faster than 20mph). They inspire confidence when you ride and they are reliable.
High-quality wheels – roll smoother, roll faster, and pick up speed quickly. They tend to be made from high-rebound urethane (resulting in a stiffer wheel), which allows for quicker acceleration and retains its speed for longer. You don’t struggle so much – you won’t always be pushing to keep up your boards speed.
Inversely, low-quality components will make your riding experience not as enjoyable. You will always be working hard to push the board, struggling with the turning, etc. They’re just a headache. You should avoid cheap boards altogether.
What types of boards are inherently stable?
Boards with a low standing platform
- Being closer to the ground lowers your center of gravity which adds to the stability. You don’t have to work as hard to keep the board stable and going straight. It allows you to be more relaxed with how you ride – which adds to the overall enjoyability.
As I said earlier, drop-through, drop-down (drop-mounted), and boards that have rocker, all have low-standing platforms. These boards are all inherently stable.
What type of boards are comfortable to ride?
Comfortability in a longboard can come from a variety of features:
- Easy to ride boards are smooth in ride – which adds to the comfortability.
- Stable boards are relaxing to ride – which adds to the comfortability.
- Boards that have flex absorb a lot of road vibration and act like suspension when you go over road imperfections (cracks, roughness). This makes the ride very comfortable.
- Boards that have big, soft wheels are comfortable too. The big wheels (70-80mm) ride over cracks, roughness, pebbles and other road imperfections with ease and help smoothen out the ride. Soft wheels absorb a lot of road vibrations that would otherwise go into your feet and make you feel uncomfortable.
Combining all of the above things will result in a longboard that is super smooth and comfortable to ride. With the right wheels, some boards feel like rolling on clouds.
Is there more stuff to consider?
I could go in a bit more detail about some things (high-quality boards) and have overlooked one or two things – how much a board should cost, specifics such as what different types of boards do etc.
You can check out some of the other articles on my blog for more info:
- How much a longboard should cost
- Best beginner longboards (talks about riding styles and which are appropriate for what)
Those two articles and this one should really give you most of the info you need to make an informed purchase. Any of the products here will be great riding options if you don’t want to bother too much with reading.
What do you think? Which board is right for you?
One of the most popular boards for 2021 (and 2020) has to be the Drop Cat. If you go for it, you can’t really go wrong. If they’re in stock, the Pantheon boards are excellent options too.
And there really isn’t something like the “best longboards for old people”. Just some specific ones that have desireable features.
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