Every rider has a list of preferences when choosing their deck, because every rider has a different style, terrain preference, and way of riding. We came up with what we found were the best based on:
Who doesn’t like a substantial and long lasting pop?
Can it handle a huge gap and make it past a few weeks of skating?
Lighter the better when it doesn’t sacrifice durability. We looked at how it was constructed for this.
Available in different sizes?
We gave preference to an even nose and tail.
Although these five decks are great for any terrain, our main focus was choosing a deck for actual street terrain (flat ground tech tricks, rails, ledges etc.), as opposed to street skatepark terrain where some other decks may be slightly better for quarterpipes, airs, etc. That being said, here are our choices for 2019:
Our Overall Pick: Bamboo Skateboards Graphc
It’s hard to beat the Bamboo Skateboards Graphc Deck prospect for an overall street experience. The board has excellent pop and an even length tail and nose for switch riding. These not only are durable but maintain pop longer than many other deck brands. Made with bamboo which makes it lighter and stronger so that it’s harder to break. Bamboo absorbs shock better so that it doesn’t break whether you’re jumping down a huge stair set, hitting a handrail or flying around on a halfpipe.
Close Second: Moose Blank
The Moose Blank Skateboard deck is a very close second to the Graphc. A very comparable deck to the Graphc, although a slight advantage with its durability as it uses the latest materials, 7-Ply Canadian Maple, but we found a very slight disadvantage with the pop in comparison to the Bamboo Skateboards Graphc. The weight is also quite light giving it an extra lift off the pop.
Third Spot: Chocolate Skateboards Stevie Perez
If you’re looking to maximize height and pop, the Stevie Perez is your deck. With a slightly lighter make than the above two boards with comparable pop, it’s great for ground tech tricks. The only downside is because of the even lighter materials it would be hard to make it last as long as the Graphc or Moose Blank.
Up and Comer: Powell-Peralta Fligh
Definitely one of the stronger, thinner and lighter skateboard decks from Powell Peralta, the Flight Deck gives you the feeling you can do more than can be done on a 7-ply deck. It combines a perfect balance of pop while maintaining its hold and durability. You flip faster and do tricks more easily with this superior performing skateboard. Plus, it doesn’t break that easily, meaning it lasts longer that average 7-ply decks. The reason its lower on our list is only its price as its more expensive than other decks on this list.
Another Solid Choice: Stereo Skateboards Arrow
Stereo Skateboards Arrow deck is one of the most durable on the list made of professional quality 7 Ply Canadian hard-rock maple with long lasting pop. If you’re someone who likes up the ante on a daily basis with the size of the gaps you want to clear, this is your deck.