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The 7 Best Skateboards of 2022

By: Steve Settles: Skate Buyer | June 7, 2022

 

Whether you’re a seasoned ripper ready to upgrade your entire setup or a novice skater looking for a solid board to learn the basics, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive selection of the best pre-assembled complete skateboards on the market today. With 7 handpicked rides from 4 industry-leading brands, there’s something to fit every style, discipline, and budget on this year’s list. When perusing our selections, make sure to consider things like board width, length, and wheelbase in determining the best skateboard for your skating, as well as the size and hardness of the included wheels to maximize speed and grip on your preferred surfaces.

New This Year:

This year’s best skateboard completes boast a further finetuning of time-tested skate technology, with stronger decks, more stable trucks, and faster wheels marking improvements for most products on our list. You’ll also find a variety of board shapes and sizes, in the spirit of skateboarding’s limitless potential of terrains, approaches, and techniques.

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Globe Goodstock

Available in three sizes to suit most riders' needs, the Globe Goodstock complete is ready to roll straight away with a pleasant full-concave shape for maximum board feel and turn response. Like all Globe completes, this setup features Resin-7 deck construction with Hard Rock Canadian maple for resounding durability and pop under normal use. 52mm wheels and ABEC-7 bearings pair nicely with its slightly shorter 31.8” length and 13.8” wheelbase, making the Goodstock complete a street style skater's best friend.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
7.75, 8, 8.2552mm 99a$99.95

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Globe G1 Lineform

From our friends at Globe, the G1 Lineform complete is everything a beginning-to-intermediate skater could ask for in a board. This setup comes in widths of 7.75, 8, and 8.25 inches, meaning there’s an option for riders of almost any discipline or shoe size. The G1 utilizes an “ambidextrous” twin tail shaped deck, meaning its identical nose and tail can be skated facing either direction. The complete is built out with deep-turning Tensor alloy trucks, ABEC-7 bearings, and 53mm 99a durometer wheels, making it a perfect choice for street and skatepark shredders alike. Priced at $99.95, this is a high-end complete for serious riders of any age or skill level.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
7.75, 8, 8.2553mm 99a$99.95

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Santa Cruz Classic Dot Full 8.0

Stylized here in a moody, dark color scheme, this Santa Cruz classic has been a mainstay in their graphic lineup for decades. With medium-hardness wheels and bushings that ride smooth even fresh out of the box, this high-impact complete is great for novice skaters. Measuring in at 8 inches wide, this midrange deck is a fit for young adolescents who are just cutting their teeth skating all kinds of terrain. Priced appropriately around a hundred bucks, the Classic Dot Full complete is a solid board for those serious young rippers looking to explore the world and conquer anything in their path.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
895a$99.95

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Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Mid 7.8

Featuring Jim Phillips’ “Screaming Hand” graphic popularized by Santa Cruz in the 1980s, this setup pairs high-impact performance with iconic artwork. Manufactured using super-strong 7-ply birchwood construction, the Screaming Hand complete is built out with cast aluminum trucks, medium hardness bushings, and 95a durometer wheels for a smooth, grippy ride on most surfaces. This is an exemplary setup for novice riders in search of comfort, reliability, and style as they become initiated into the world of skateboarding.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
7.895a$99.95

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Element Blazin 8.0

This high-performance complete consists of a time-tested 7-ply maple deck nestled atop Element’s raw silver trucks, with medium 90a durometer bushings that are perfect for finding your ideal turning groove. The included 99a Element graphic wheels are hard enough to whip around smooth skateparks with ease while also gripping tough on slippery surfaces. One of the pricier boards on this year’s list, this complete is a strong option for intermediate riders ready to push their limits on any street-style terrain.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
852mm 99a$109.95

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Element Section 7.75

Carve out a section in your chosen element -- be it street, vert, or a little of both -- with the classic and fully equipped Element Section 7.75 Skateboard Complete. This slightly-smaller complete skateboard utilizes Element’s Featherlight deck construction, which features a higher number of thinner wood plies for a high strength-to-weight ratio. Suitable for flip trick-oriented street skaters and smaller riders, Element built out this complete with the stable turn of their standard trucks and 52mm logo wheels, along with shielded ABEC-5 bearings for long-lasting speed. Priced at $94.95, this is a great complete for serious younger riders looking to hon their moves in the streets or at the skatepark.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
7.7552mm$94.95

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Enjoi Whitey Panda FP 7.75

If you ride a smaller deck and your current setup is clacked then think-no-more, the Enjoi Whitey Panda FP 7.75 Skateboard Complete is what ya need. Featuring 7 plies of Hardrock Canadian maple atop the stable turn of Slant trucks and the smooth ride of 92a durometer Enjoi wheels, this complete is a solid choice for younger or smaller rippers in need of a high-performing setup on any terrain. Priced modestly at $89.95, this complete delivers unyielding capability without breaking the bank, hence why we selected it as among the best completes on the market today.

Width (in.)WheelsOriginal Price
7.75Soft 92a$89.95

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The Selection Process:

Our skate buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things skateboard stemming from years of experience in the skateboard industry in tandem with their countless hours on a board. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Steve Settles

I knew Santa Claus was real when a shiny new complete skateboard was waiting for me under the tree in the winter of ’92. Skateboarding has been in my life ever since. Somehow I have been lucky enough to work in the skateboard community since legally possible. Started behind the counter selling skateboards, moved up to store manager of a retail location, recruited to work in Event Marketing running the largest amateur skateboard contest in the US, then landed the job at evo with opening and managing Seattle’s only indoor skatepark – All Together Skatepark.

After the first 5 years of running All Together Skatepark, I slowly started taking on buying responsibilities for evo skate products and have most recently moved to buying full time. Skateboarding has taught me to look at the world differently and openly by breaking down all barriers of age, race, gender, and culture. Skateboarding is for all humans. For that perspective, I am forever grateful!