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Alright y'all, i need some help. I am looking to try either longboarding or freeboarding to stay on some type of board this summer. I have been snowboarding for quite some time but I have never skated in my life. I have heard pros and cons for each type of board, so I am not sure which one I want to go with. My area is fairly hilly, so that wouldn't be a problem for the freeboard, and I am generally leaning in that direction since it can supposedly give you a very buttery feeling that is similar to snowboarding. I am not trying to do anything really crazy with it because I don't want to do some dumb shit and risk fucking up my snow season. I am just looking to do some hill carving and that kind of thing. So, any opinions on this subject? I would be much obliged.
 

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Alright y'all, i need some help. I am looking to try either longboarding or freeboarding to stay on some type of board this summer. I have been snowboarding for quite some time but I have never skated in my life. I have heard pros and cons for each type of board, so I am not sure which one I want to go with. My area is fairly hilly, so that wouldn't be a problem for the freeboard, and I am generally leaning in that direction since it can supposedly give you a very buttery feeling that is similar to snowboarding. I am not trying to do anything really crazy with it because I don't want to do some dumb shit and risk fucking up my snow season. I am just looking to do some hill carving and that kind of thing. So, any opinions on this subject? I would be much obliged.
2 different animals really...try both and decide. I found Freebording more committing, but with a hill really close I would give it a more convinced try. Wear protections.
 

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Freeboarding can be a lot of fun but has more risk than longboarding. That buttery feeling gives you the ability to "slip out" on pavement. I would recommend at least getting good at longboarding first and then get a freeboard as well.

Where on the east are you from?
 

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Longboard IMO. Bindings on a skateboard just seem silly. Once you get good on a longboard, you can do slides and kind of ride it like a snowboard. My friend has a cambered Loaded with dropthrough reverse kingpin Paris trucks and its pretty fun to bomb around. It's a good downhill board, very stable and it's easy to push because it's so low. I have just a cheapo Sector 9 complete (cost me like $150 or something) with regular trucks and it has more of that surfy, cruising feeling and it's a ton of fun to just ride around. It's kind of the equivalent of a reverse cambered snowboard compared to the Loaded.

Unless you want to only ride downhill, I'd stay away from the Freebords.
 

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Longboard IMO. Bindings on a skateboard just seem silly. Once you get good on a longboard, you can do slides and kind of ride it like a snowboard. My friend has a cambered Loaded with dropthrough reverse kingpin Paris trucks and its pretty fun to bomb around. It's a good downhill board, very stable and it's easy to push because it's so low. I have just a cheapo Sector 9 complete (cost me like $150 or something) with regular trucks and it has more of that surfy, cruising feeling and it's a ton of fun to just ride around. It's kind of the equivalent of a reverse cambered snowboard compared to the Loaded.

Unless you want to only ride downhill, I'd stay away from the Freebords.
Oh lord have mercy. Loaded's make for terrible downhill boards. They're simply TOO flexy.

With that being said, I pick longboarding. Having your feet strapped in ALL the time is not always the best thing, especially when you reach flat ground.
 

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I liked it for the downhill stuff I've tried (granted, not very hard terrain). I liked the camber profile+flex of bamboo. I still prefer just cruising though. Once snowboarding is over, having to go uphill just to ride back down loses its appeal.
 

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Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.

I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?
 

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Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.

I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?
The EarthWing Supermodel is another pretty sweet board. You can mount 215 indys on it for a low stable ride, and it's a great slider. I haven't ridden the NS or Sec 9.
 

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Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.

I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?
What kind of riding are you looking to do specifically? There are A LOT of boards out there that are fantastic for their appropriate disciplines, depending on price point.
 

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Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.

I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?
It really depends what your doing. I have a Never Summer Assault for downtown ripping, can ollie, kickflip and 180 on it which is super fun, its the perfect all around board. I also have a Sayshun Polar for downhill and freeriding with 82a wheels. If you ever intend on sliding and riding switch then you might consider getting a twin board like my Sayshun, theres lots of them out there... a stiffer thicker board will feel stable at good speeds and slide pretty well. If your just casually cruisin slopes and pushing around that Norad would be great. My NS is super sweet and they are a rad company to support.


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Thanks for the input everybody, I really appreciate the advice. After pondering everyone's points, I think I am definitely going to go with the longboard. I am mostly interested in cruising and carving with it, so the longboard seems like the best fit. Now I just need to figure out the setup I want to go with.

I really like the Gravity Brad Edwards deck, especially for how versatile it seems,but I am also thinking about the Never Summer Norad or the Sector 9 Mama Say. Any thoughts on these?
i have a sector 9 with dual bushing gull wing trucks. i have like a 2010 model but now i think its called the chamber. Ive had it for a few years and its awesome! you get alot more carving ability. its also kind of small which is good if you want to practice turning easily. plus small boards use the trucks to its full potential. heres a link. Sector 9 i stongly suggest!!!!
 

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It really depends what your doing. I have a Never Summer Assault for downtown ripping, can ollie, kickflip and 180 on it which is super fun, its the perfect all around board. I also have a Sayshun Polar for downhill and freeriding with 82a wheels. If you ever intend on sliding and riding switch then you might consider getting a twin board like my Sayshun, theres lots of them out there... a stiffer thicker board will feel stable at good speeds and slide pretty well. If your just casually cruisin slopes and pushing around that Norad would be great. My NS is super sweet and they are a rad company to support.


Assault | Never Summer Industries - Snowboards, Longboards, Clothing and Accessories - Powered by CLVR TV

POLAR | SAYSHUN
Did you happen to buy both set ups from Pipeline by any chance?
 

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It really depends what your doing. I have a Never Summer Assault for downtown ripping, can ollie, kickflip and 180 on it which is super fun, its the perfect all around board. I also have a Sayshun Polar for downhill and freeriding with 82a wheels. If you ever intend on sliding and riding switch then you might consider getting a twin board like my Sayshun, theres lots of them out there... a stiffer thicker board will feel stable at good speeds and slide pretty well. If your just casually cruisin slopes and pushing around that Norad would be great. My NS is super sweet and they are a rad company to support.


Assault | Never Summer Industries - Snowboards, Longboards, Clothing and Accessories - Powered by CLVR TV

POLAR | SAYSHUN
Damn, I didn't even look at the Assault, that thing is pretty sweet! Seems like it would be really good for cruising and carving, while it will also allow me to do some other stuff once I get comfortable on it, which might even wind up saving me from having to buy another board farther down the road. What type of hardware are riding? I checked Daddies Board Shop and I can pick one up for about $200 with NS 72mm wheels, Bones Reds bearings, and Randall R II trucks. Seems like apretty good deal to me.

I think I have pretty much settled on a NS board. The company is cool as shit, they make sick snowboards, so I am thinking going with them for my longboard is a logical choice.
 

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The assault is really fun, something satisfying about ollying off 4 stairs and then cruising down a hill and not having to pick my board up to get up a curb... truly the best of both worlds (from a skateboarder point of view). However if your not doing any kind of tricks you might find it a bit short, I really enjoy the Sayshun for cruising around on and carving, getting to have my feet in a more snowboard like stance makes me feel a whole lot better on a hill and allows me to do standup slides/speed checks, and being able to ride it switch is awesome, cant ride the assault switch. I was going to buy a revolt, but I got the Sayshun for a lot less $$$. If you can, get down to a local shop and stand on as many boards as you can. I love my assault but I often wished it was longer. Then again, any bigger and I would lose the fun factor! Hence two longboards, plus my skateboard because I can't replace that with anything... its just a different sport.


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Hardware wise my assault is stock from NS, so NS 72mm 78a wheels and 150mm Randal trucks... no need to change anyhing there its great like that.

The Sayshun has 180mm Randal trucks with a bit softer cone bushings and 82a wheels... I think abec but I havent seen it since Sept so I cant remember...
 

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Hardware wise my assault is stock from NS, so NS 72mm 78a wheels and 150mm Randal trucks... no need to change anyhing there its great like that.

The Sayshun has 180mm Randal trucks with a bit softer cone bushings and 82a wheels... I think abec but I havent seen it since Sept so I cant remember...
Thanks for all the input, I checked out the Sayshun and that looks killer as well. So many damn good choices, I might just have to flip a coin :D

I am definitely going to go to my local shop, hopefully this weekend, and stand on a few of these. Hopefully then I will be able to make up my mind.
 

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Thanks for all the input, I checked out the Sayshun and that looks killer as well. So many damn good choices, I might just have to flip a coin :D

I am definitely going to go to my local shop, hopefully this weekend, and stand on a few of these. Hopefully then I will be able to make up my mind.
Best plan of action right there. Just beware of trucks that do not use bushings though. They're fun for carving, but they're WAY more maintenance than your conventional truck and tend to break way more easily as well. As well, do your research. Stuff like, bearings. To a certain extent, the more expensive is not always better. Bushings are super dependant on weight. Play with how tight your trucks are if you're having problems carving, etc etc.
 
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