Saturday, June 22, 2013

Top 5 Skateboard Decks of 2013

There are four main things to look for in a skateboard deck to find the most suitable one. By all means the size and price are important when getting a new deck, but this article will illustrate a few factors beyond that. Each one might be more or less important to the rider depending on the type of skating they're doing.

The first thing to take note of is simply the weight. Skateboarders doing a lot of flat ground technical tricks may be highly interested in the weight aspect of a board. Additionally just as essential is the pop. The pop of a board is key for most street skating. The next thing to take a look at is how strong a board is. Skaters doing a lot of high impact skateboarding like gapping huge stair sets need a board that is extra strong if they don't intend to be buying a new skateboard deck weekly. The final thing to look out for is the life span of a board and how long it holds its shape. With that being said, here are the top 5 skateboard decks that rate high in each category.

Keystone Carbonlight made by Cliche Skateboards

This particular skateboard deck technology does not utilize the entire top sheet, but instead they apply a uniquely shaped top ply to strengthen the board in the key regions that are prone to breakage. This method does not sacrifice any weight or performance, but creates a lightweight board with much more pop that lasts longer. Includes a 45 day warranty against breakage.

Low Pro made by Real Skateboards

Real promises that this construction is longer lasting, guaranteed. The Low Pro deck's lightness and durability result from a somewhat tighter radius side to side concave that strengthens the deck. It allows for two custom milled slimmer x-bands that minimize the weight without decreasing the strength. They utilize a special black seal water resistant glue that you can see between the plies, which increases the deck's stability and stiffness. The final result is a longer lasting deck with a lower center of gravity for more board control and quicker pop. The lower center of gravity comes from being center pressed with a slight nose to tail rocker. The center rocker also presents an additional axis point creating the deck to react faster and creates a quicker pop off of the nose and tail.

P2 made by Flip, Plan B, Zero, Toy Machine, Mystery, Habitat, Santa Cruz, Skate Mental, and Creature

P2 boards showcase a flex-resistant tail and nose with fast and high rebound. This technology includes an oval-shaped (Kevlar) fiber reinforced maple veneer, which enhances the natural performance and pop of its supporting 6, thin veneers of maple. The oval shape is created to spread stresses and loads throughout the entire deck, as opposed to around merely the places closest to the trucks. The P2 construction provides superior added resilience to the deck, creating a "Spring Loaded Pop" effect. They are slimmer and lighter than traditional 7-ply maple decks.

Double Impact made by Almost Skateboards

Double Impact uses special composite carbon fiber reinforced discs that are not only incredibly strong but ultra light and embodied within the bottom layer for impact dampening and resistance. In addition to that, it utilizes a complete carbon fiber top sheet for unbelievable strength and added life span. This particular process works with epoxy resin anchor adhesion points to thoroughly integrate the disc into the deck without the possibility of separation creating a solid cohesive bond. Comes with a 45 day guarantee against breakage.

Pop Secret made by Crailtap (Girl Skateboards, Chocolate Skateboards).

Pop Secret decks are comprised of 6 layers of maple with an additional layer of Fiberlam (Fiberglass Lamination). The Fiberlam layer makes it super stiff with outstanding pop. It is also lighter weight than the average 7-ply maple deck. Fiberlam also creates added strength while causing it to hold its shape throughout its lifetime.

For more information about the best skate deck technologies and constructions with specifics, visit  There is a deck finder chart that lets you sort by what you're looking for in a deck.  It also gives an overall score for each one.