Observations On Longboard Gear Reviews

Posted: 2019-11-10 in Uncategorized
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I’ve danced around this rant a few times in the past.  As much as I hated hearing this from clueless shop owners “It’s all about what you want, bro.”  I’ve had riding buddies fall off of my boards because they turned too sharply; conversely, I’ve nearly fallen off of buddies’ boards because they didn’t turn sharply enough.  The footnote in my Abec11 vs. Otang review put it succinctly:  To paraphrase, if you don’t like a particular piece of gear, you’re not going to ride it.  Back it up a step, and if a particular piece of gear doesn’t work for you, you’re not going to like it.  This is one of the reasons I was always so critical of The Hype Train…just because something is new and shiny doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for your purposes.  And, when something is new and shiny, the marketing team is likely to be in full force, making you (the consumer) see just how new and shiny it is.  I’m not saying you can’t trust early reviews, but these need to be taken with a grain of salt.  I was mad hyped on the Neversummer board, and the Veloz trucks, but at the end of the day, the results spoke for themselves:  I (sadly) traded the Neversummer Deviant away (shoulda kept it), and left the Veloz trucks off of any board.  But, I gave ’em positive reviews because I was hyped up on ’em.

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