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The 8 Best Longboards of 2021

Born as a counterculture within a counterculture - the speed demons of the skate world, longboarding has enjoyed massive growth and serious advances in equipment technology over the last several decades. Today’s longboards are better than ever, ranging from grab-and-go city cruisers and surfstyle freeriders to massive, extended downhill behemoths capable of racing down a mountain with stability and style.

Take a look through our picks for the best longboard of the year from longboard industry heavyweights like Arbor, Sector 9, Landyachtz and Globe. Whether you’re looking for a setup to fly down advanced runs, cruise your way through an urban landscape, or simply dip your toes into a world where board length extends beyond 32”, we guarantee you'll find something on our list to check all your boxes. Modern longboards are highly addictive, but good for your health. You’ve been warned!


Arbor Dropcruiser Photo

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

Look out below! The Arbor Dropcruiser Photo complete longboard kicks off our list as one of the most enjoyable and best longboard setups on the market today. Using modern drop through construction for lowriding comfort, this bad boy performs equally well cruising a downhill slope or freeriding surf-style across urban topography. The deck itself is constructed using 9 plies of Canadian maple with a black walnut wood finish ply to boot. Underneath the deck are a pair of 180mm Paris trucks utilizing a reversed kingpin for even deeper turns. Fastened to those you’ll find a set of 60mm, 78a Arbor Outlook wheels, with a newly-extended 44mm width for added stability and grip. The Outlook features a round lip profile which will allow for slight amounts of slide on high speed turns while still maintaining their function as smooth-cruising wheel with traction to spare. A pleasantly mellow concave on the deck’s surface makes carving turns at high speeds even more of a breeze with the board’s gentle hug keeping your feet securely in place.

Built specifically for cruising, carving and flying downhill, this is both an excellent beginner longboard for a rookie ripper and a rad add-on to any seasoned veteran’s collection. At the higher end of the pricing scale, this complete is backed by a one-year warranty from Arbor, meaning they have you covered in the unlikely event that a manufacturer's defect rears its ugly head. If you’re ready to push your riding to new limits, you can’t go wrong with the Dropcruiser Photo complete from Arbor.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Drop Through 38" $199.99

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Arbor Fish Draplin

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

For any riders looking to experience a classic longboard shape updated with modern construction technologies, look no further. Arbor’s back on our list with their Fish Artist Draplin complete, this time utilizing the time-tested shape of a classic pintail for effortless maneuverability and long-distance cruising. Paired with the included Paris’ 50mm Reverse trucks, you’ll be making deep turns to your heart's content in no time. Arbor’s 65mm, 78a Mosh wheels are another excellent update to make this setup a hybrid of sorts, allowing for quick acceleration and all-terrain grip, with a symmetrical lip profile that will release high speed turns into four-wheel speed checks at your command. Arbor decks are constructed using eco-friendly methods, and the Fish Artist Draplin complete is backed with a one-year warranty to give you a confidence boost when pushing this classic to the absolute limit.

Built out for high-performance cruising and carving in the streets, this complete is an excellent starter for new riders to navigate their suburban sprawl. That said, it’s also a solid piece of equipment for more seasoned riders as well, utilizing a vintage design with updated components for the ultimate in fun and performance.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
Pintail 37" $194.99

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Landyachtz Super Chief Postcard

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

An agile addition to our list, Landyachtz provides an optimal option for sophisticated sidewalk surfing with their Super Chief Postcard complete longboard. Formed out of 100% Canadian maple with a mild concave, this classic pintail shape makes for a dreamy midsized setup that proves sometimes the simplest designs are the most endearing. Utilizing the time-tested top mount design to secure Polar Bear’s tight-turning 105mm trucks and grippy 63mm Fatty Hawgz wheels beneath your feet, you’re in for a perfect carve across just about any paved surface you can find. The Super Chief Postcard complete is backed by a one-year warranty from Landyachtz, inspiring an excess of confidence that you can put this board through its paces without worrying about the slim chance of a defect putting an unexpected stop to your good times.

If idyllic simplicity was the end goal for the Super Chief Postcard complete, then we would hasten to say that Landyachtz knocked it out of the park, making one of the best longboards of the year. This setup is on the spendier end of the longboard list, but well worth it for a classic design that is sure to be a star performer in your quiver of cruisers for years to come. We’ve all heard it a hundred times before, but as the old adage goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Pintail 36" $189.99

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Globe Chromantic

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

In the lawless world of downhill skateboarding, who made the rule that longboards have to be so… long? Blurring the lines between its stubbier “cruiser” brethren and traditionally-sized longboard shapes, the Chromantic Complete from Globe adds a little extra function and flair to our list. This bad boy is 33.1” long and maxes out at 9.25” across its widest point, but the lengthy 22.25” wheelbase is what really sets it apart from a casual cruiser. Made from a lightweight and sturdy combination of teak and maple, the Chromantic is a fun-sized option both for blasting through downhill routes or coasting across flatter landscape commutes. Built out with smooth turning 6.0” Tensor Slant trucks and fast-yet-grippy 62mm 83a Globe wheels, this may well be the “funnest” complete out of our entire list. The Chromantic has a mellow concave and kicktail for added comfort and function, with plenty of platform space to fit riders with larger shoe sizes. With aesthetic and design cues taken from classic surf culture, it’s no wonder this well-rounded longboard is among the best-reviewed on the market.

The Globe Chromantic complete is a serious setup for riders of any size or skill-level looking for a ride they can take to a variety of disciplines. The Chromatic is reasonably priced and constructed for the perfect combination of durability and performance. This board is a not-so-subtle reminder that skateboarding has no rules. Rebellion against the standard longboard fair has never been this enjoyable.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Kicktail 33.1" $139.95-$179.95

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Arbor Axis Solstice

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

Drawing inspiration from snowboard shapes and culture, the Axis Solstice complete from Arbor is a perfect instrument for mellow downhill cruising and urban commutes. Utilizing drop through construction for a low, smooth turn radius, this symmetrical 37” stunner will make navigating any route feel as effortless as a summer breeze. With a comfortable 8.5” width and 27.75” wheelbase, the Axis Solstice complete is a pleasant ride regardless of riders’ height or shoe size. Arbor’s Outlook wheels provide industry-leading grip no matter how deep the turn or choppy the riding surface becomes. Meanwhile, the 180mm Paris trucks come equipped with a reverse kingpin to give a flowing, stable turn that makes cruising carves that much more satisfying. To top it all off, Arbor’s wood materials are sourced from sustainable resources, meaning there’s no need to stress over your board’s eco-footprint.

The fine folks at Arbor back this complete with a two-year warranty, so you can cruise confidently that they’ve got your back in the rare case of a product-related mishap. While on the pricier end of the longboard spectrum, we find this setup to be one of the smoothest and longest-lasting boards in its class. A great option for novice riders just learning the ropes or experienced downhill shredders looking for their next self-propelled thrill, you simply cannot go wrong with Arbor’s Axis Solstice complete.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Drop Through 37" $204.99

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Sector 9 Lei Lookout

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

If this board could talk, it would most likely be shouting “Head’s up!” at everyone in its path while careening across a boardwalk or down a mountainous paved slope. The Lei Lookout complete longboard from Sector 9 is a serious setup that rides as smoothly as the sand on a tropical beach paradise. Equally suited to flowing, technical freestyle riding as it is to cruising all the way to the bottom of the wildest hill bomb, experienced riders will have a hard time deciding where to bust out this bad boy first. Dimensionally speaking, this complete is 41.25” long by 9.625” wide, meaning there’s plenty of surface area on the platform to fit riders of any size - this is one of the best longboards for bigger riders. Add in the drop through design of legendary 10” Gullwing Reverse trucks, and you’re in for a treat with low-riding stability and an extra-deep turn. Sector 9 designed this deck with strength and flexibility in mind, using a hybrid construction of bamboo and maple for long-lasting pop and durability. Regardless of your preferred longboarding discipline, this complete would serve as a worthy addition to your quiver.

Our friends at Sector 9 are known for their legacy of high-performance longboarding equipment, pushing the limits in every sense of the word as one of the most recognizable brands in the game. With that in mind, it is worth noting that this complete is on the pricier end of our list. The Lei Lookout complete is an ideal setup for experienced riders demanding a serious ride to conquer every terrain in their path.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Drop Through 41.125" $199

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Landyachtz Battle Axe Paper Tiger

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

Landyatchz comes correct in the longboard arena with their Battle Axe Paper Tiger complete. Utilizing drop through construction for a stable, low-riding platform designed in their classic directional Rocker shape, the Battle Axe is a freeriding board with high-potential across most terrains and disciplines. Made up of 100% solid maple that yields a moderate flex, this complete is perfect for spanning urban landscapes or putting in serious distance on cross country voyages with comfort and speed to spare. Built up with the newest Gen 6 Grizzly 180mm trucks over recently re-imagined 70mm Supremes wheels, the Battle Axe complete offers unparalleled grip and next-level turning geometry under even the most extreme conditions. Equally suited to downhill cruising as it is to freestyle trick-based riding, this board has got what it takes to elevate your riding to the next level in any discipline.

Like the other Landyachtz products on our lists, this complete is backed with a one-year warranty, making it a safe bet for a more serious crowd looking to test their boards limits. One of the highest-priced completes to make our list, the Battle Axe is truly the cream of the crop for any well-rounded longboarder looking for a ride that is versatile and highly technical in design.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Drop Through 38" $219.99

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Arbor Sizzler Bamboo

Best longboard of 2021
 
 

Throw out all of your preconceived notions about what defines a longboard, and take a good long look at the Sizzler Bamboo complete from Arbor. Measuring in at only 30.5” in length with a pleasingly tapered profile reminiscent of a scaled-down surfboard, this grab-and-go style complete is the ideal setup for a full day’s worth of adventure. Don’t give rough sidewalks, cracked concrete, or loose pebbles a second thought, you’ll be flying over them with ease on Arbor’s soft and lightweight 61mm Bogart wheels. Matter of fact, you’ll most likely be steering clear of any obstacle in your path with the aid of Paris’ 149mm street trucks to cut quick turns and maneuver tight corners as smooth as butter. The Sizzler’s swallowtail shape paired with its mellow kicktail and nose makes for a properly functional street slasher you can just as easily rip across steep banks and bowled corners. Recycled glass Re-Grit grip tape offers exceptional traction for your feet in case of an encounter with some jarring terrain.

The Sizzler Bamboo complete from Arbor is a great choice for urban-centric street cruising and carving all kinds of small-scale obstacles. This setup is small enough to be a good fit for younger riders, but doesn’t sell itself short on performance for experienced rippers either. Very moderately priced, it’s a worthy addition to your quiver as a perfect run-and-gun exploration vessel. There’s truly no limit to how far you can push the versatile stylings of this pint-sized complete.

 
 Deck Shape LengthOriginal Price
 Kicktail 30.5" $159.99

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