Loaded Vanguard Longboard Skateboard Deck w/ Grip

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Specifications
  • Length (in): 42.0 & 38.0
  • Width (in): 9.25
  • Varying Wheelbase (in): 31.5, 35
  • Concave Style: Camber, Radial
  • Concave Depth: Mild
  • Plys: Vertically Laminated Bamboo
  • Construction: Bamboo, Fiberglass
  • Griptape: Clear, Spray-on; Applied by Manufacturer.
  • Flex Level: Soft
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$174.00 USD
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Description

The Bamboo Vanguard longboard skateboard is 38" of sheer fun in the sun. Top mounted, lightweight, super strong and sexy, these lively composite Vanguard longboard skateboards offer the finest ride legally available.

Advanced technologies, innovative design, and a commitment to using only the finest ingredients, has resulted in the evolution of skateboarding.

Pre-LOADED with concave and convex cambers, and LOADED with the best components available, the Vanguard series represents groundbreaking innovations in the way a board rides.

The Vanguard is the perfect all around longboard. With its bounce characteristics you will learn technical dance maneuvers in no time. Crosstepping and sliding are just some of the tricks that you will see your classmates doing when they are off to class. How boring is that just watching them.

If you thought about pumping on a longboard, the Vanguard is the board for you. You can generate top speeds without even putting a toe on the ground. Some have even been known to us it as a trampoline.

Set up
180mm Paris Trucks
70mm Orangatang For President Wheels
Muirskate BEASTO Bearings

Loaded's Description

Specs
Length: 42"/107cm & 38"/98cm
Width: 8.5"/21.5cm
Wheelbase: 35"/88.9cm & 31.5"/80cm
Weight: deck only: 2.7 - 3.8lbs / 1.2 - 1.7kg
complete: 6.9 - 8lbs / 3.1 - 3.6kg

The one that started it all. Symmetrical shape and stance for a balanced center of gravity to increase the ability to weight the deck through turns for better control and energy generation. The sidecuts allow for decreased torsional stiffness between the feet to exploit the board's torsional energy to allow for greater nuances in the turning radius.
The Vanguard was designed and intended for speeds between 0 and 25 mph (0-40km/hr). You can take the board faster with skill and experience, but it is not intended for higher speeds due to its flex characteristics.

Construction
Epoxy and Tri-axle fiberglass sandwich a vert-lam Bamboo core, pressed into concave and convex cambers for liveliness, responsiveness and high energy potential.

Flex
We currently offer five flexes spread out over two lengths.
Flex 1: 175-230+lbs / 80-105+kg 42"/107cm
Flex 2: 150-210+lbs / 68-95+kg 42"/107cm
Flex 3: 150-200+lbs / 68-90+kg 38"/98cm
Flex 4: 120-170+lbs / 55-77+kg 38"/98cm
Flex 5: 80-140+lbs / 35-65+kg 38"/98cm

A softer flex pattern will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds, however a softer board is more prone to lose stability at higher speeds.
If you plan on doing a lot of hard pounding tricks: shovits, bonelesses, etc, a stiff flex will hold up better. Note: It is natural for the boards to break in and become slightly flexier over time.

Set up
We recommend a 180mm longboard truck for the Vanguard. In particular, we ride the Randal R-II 180s and the Paris 180s. There are other trucks that work very well with the Vanguard including the Holey, Crail, Bear Grizzly, and Tracker Fastrack trucks. If you’ve found a different setup that works for you, let us know as we’re always interested.

Reviews

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Very nice cruising
on 2017-04-04 Verified Purchase
Anything for cruising and a little bit of dancing, honestly this board is really good and even with the 38 in theres alot of room and its very responsive.
Great deck for cruising
on 2017-01-06
This was my second deck ever purchased and I've been riding the flex 5 38" for about 6 years. Board can definitely handle a ton of abuse and I've had such fun progressing on it; started out doing basic cross stepping and ghost ride kickflips. I now use it as a commuter ldp board with otang stimulus 86a's for light sliding and dancing. The vanguard has proven to be a decent all round board but it's real strengths are in freestyle and ldp in my opinion. Super fun for mellow hills and empty parking lots. If you're looking for a good cruiser, this is it. However, if you're getting into sliding and want something built for speedy freeriding and downhill, this board is not for you.
Love it!
on 2016-08-15 Verified Purchase
I love everything about it. The flex is really fun to ride with.
on 2016-05-21 Verified Purchase
Very good board!