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Loaded Dervish "Sama" Longboard Skateboard Deck w/ Grip
The famed Loaded Dervish has received an update and we are stoked for what it has become!
Originally designed to be the most efficient and fun cruising and carving machine, the Loaded Dervish "Sama" now features nose and tail kicks along with an additional flex pattern for riders who prefer to fine-tune their setup to their liking.
As mentioned in Loaded's description of the new deck, A softer flex rating will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability at higher speeds.
A stiffer flex provides more energy potential, is more stable at higher speeds, and holds up better to hard landings, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising. Definitely something to consider, but certainly not something worth worrying about! Just go with the listed weight ranges and you'll be stoked!
As far as the setup is concerned, the Dervish "Sama" was designed to give you the maximum amount of foot platform while still avoiding wheelbite even with larger (75mm) wheels. If you're the flippity-do type, we'd suggest sticking to a medium-sized wheel (70mm) to maximize the fun.
Favorite set up:
180mm Paris V2 Jokers Trucks
75mm Orangatang Durian - Freeride Wheels - Purple (83a)
Muirskate Beasto Bearings
Length: 42.8" / 109 cm
Width: 9" / 22.9 cm
Wheelbase: 31.5" / 80 cm
Weight: deck only: 3.0 - 3.6 lbs / 1.4 - 1.6 kg
complete: 7.0 - 7.6 lbs / 3.2 - 3.4 kg
In 2007, the Dervish was our first venture into dropthrough construction and an opportunity to create a flexy, bamboo composite carver with the versatility to handle a variety of riding styles. Five years later, we’ve revisited this flagship board with new performance aspirations in mind.
With a slightly wider platform than its predecessor, the Dervish Sama balances comfort, edge control, and responsiveness. Combined with a more pronounced concave profile, the extra width enhances turn initiation and slide control. We added subtle nose and tail kicks to increase pop and lock your feet in for freestyle tricks. The neck and dropthrough cutout were also updated for increased durability under hard riding. A six-piece griptape pattern provides enhanced control at the kicks and facilitates comfortable footwork maneuvers on the standing platform without interfering with the board’s flex pattern.
Using sophisticated (for us) design software and curvature calculations, we extensively tested various different widths and subtle changes to the deck shape. We then collectively decided that this new 9” wide shape (the old Dervish was 8.5” with a different neck curvature) provided a satisfactory balance of comfort, edge control, and responsiveness.
The Dervish Sama also received a more pronounced concave profile, which is further augmented by the increased deck width. The result is improved edge feel for turn initiation and extra control while sliding.
Nose & Tail Kicks
To keep up with the current caliber of freestyle riding, we gave the Dervish the most tasteful of nosejobs. After testing several new shapes and sizes, we lengthened the tips for additional leverage, widened the neck to increase durability and ensure a consistent flex pattern through the entire deck, and added subtle kicks to increase pop and to lock your feet in. The kicks are reinforced with an extra layer of fiberglass for added stiffness and durability.
A six-piece symmetrical griptape pattern was designed with performance and elegance in mind. The two sections at the kicks use an aggressive, rougher-grit grip to provide enhanced control and security for manuals and freestyle tricks. The four middle sections use a milder, finer-grit grip (comparable to street skate grip) to facilitate dancing and footwork maneuvers. The segmented design yields functional coverage without interfering with the boards flex pattern.
The Dervish Sama’s versatility lends it to many disciplines, but at its heart lies a deeply rooted passion for carving. The cambered platform and weight-tailored flex pattern work together synergistically to provide a lively, flowing ride. Press your weight into a turn to preload the deck’s curvature; unweight as you finish the carve and feel the board snap back with positive energy return.
Epoxy and Tri-axle fiberglass sandwich a vert-lam Bamboo core, pressed into concave and convex cambers for liveliness, responsiveness and high energy potential.
DropThru cutouts are CNC milled for precision.
Flex 1: 170-250+lbs / 75-114+kg
Flex 2: 100-185+lbs / 45-84+kg
Flex 3: 75-150+lbs / 35-68+kg
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Keep in mind that a softer flex pattern will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability slightly at higher speeds. Stiffer flex means more energy potential, more stability at higher speeds, and makes air moves easier, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising.
We recommend 180mm or 10” trucks (Paris, Bear, Gullwing Charger, Navigator, etc.) for the Dervish Sama.
When setting up trucks we recommend using a 1/16" shock pad between the base plate and the deck as well as washers between the nut and the deck.
This board is designed to accommodate 75mm wheels without wheelbite. A wider race style wheel is ideal for maintaining roll speed and traction through hard carves, while a 70-75mm freeride wheel will provide a well rounded balance of grip and drift for a more slide-friendly riding style.
Riders leaning towards freestyle and aggressive freeriding may prefer a lighter and/or smaller wheel in the 70mm+ range.
Great board!By Capncrunchie on 2016-07-07
Owning this board for 3 years and it's still my go to board. It's a fun board to carve downhill, cruise, bust a little cross step, and throw out a little slide. I have mine fitted with Abec 11 gumballs with zealous bearings. I like having big wheels since the pavement is not so smooth where I live. Overall it's a great all around board.
Solid Deck!By Micah A. Elias on 2015-11-17 Verified Purchase
This is altogether a great deck! Definitely cannot go wrong by picking this one up!