Here it is, everybody: a guide to every shop deck so you don’t have to find out the hard way that a deck is not worth the 25-35 dollars you worked all Tuesday for. All these decks were put to the test during the unbearable heat of the summer, curb checks, other random punishments and actual non-park skating to create an accurate description for your purchasing pleasure (or distaste, as the case may be).
At first this deck took some getting used to. With a longer shape, as well as some steep concave, it soon became perfect for those kickflips everybody is always talking about. The nose is pretty long compared to the tail which made nollie stuff pop high, but it took a lot more energy to get it right. It also seemed like when sliding on the front or rear end of the skateboard there was a sweet spot that locked you in and you could slide for days. The only problem was the heat of the summer stole its pop within a week and a half of skating in the daytime. Overall, I think this deck is quality, just make sure you don’t go skateboarding when its above 90 degrees outside, and if you have to, limit your time out in the sun to two hours at a time, because they don’t make sunscreen for skateboards … yet.
BC Surf & Sport
Slippery paint, stiff wood and a shitload of graphics to choose from are the selling points for this shop deck. The nose and the tail are almost the same, which makes the switch over to switch that much easier. It has a clean shape with a good amount of concave and the paint is slippery enough that you probably won’t need to bring that bar of wax to your favorite new spot. Word on the street is that they have been known to delaminate, and I could see that possibility, but it never actually got to the point of no return. I also saw more stress cracks than I have seen with any other shop deck (maybe an attribute of the heat) but it managed to stay stiff during the course of its life. Not bad, not bad at all.
This is probably the shortest board I’ve ever skated; I felt like I was skating on a mini for the first few days until I got used to it. It has a very unique shape and the wood is pretty fucking solid. There are two shapes to choose from: the first, having a steeper nose and wider tail, looks like a “bomber” board and the second is a more even nose and tail with a more classic shape to the deck. Completely blank on the bottom (except for “Broken” written in old-English letters) it slides pretty decent but if they came up with some graphics it would definitely help it slide better. It held its pop through countless mid-day sessions and stayed glued together through a few good curb checks, so it must be quality built. If you can handle the shortness of the deck, I would highly recommend skating a Broken board, but not literally.
This board is a little different than your average Mothership board. Super thin and really light, it almost feels like six- or five-ply instead of the standard seven-ply deck. Once again, this board seems to lose pop after an hour or two in the sun, but then, as if by magic, the pop will return after taking a break to go home and eat before going skating again. They have some pretty cool designs on the bottom but the paint doesn’t slide that well at first; you have to slide it a lot to get it not to stick. I heard that they might be changing wood soon, but before they do try this shape out; it’s definitely worth it.
This board is pretty much all you could ask for in a shop deck. It holds its pop for an extended period of time, doesn’t chip and there are a ton of different graphics to choose from. I got the new “Rasta Salteez” design straight out of the box - the first one out of the door - and I was reluctant to switch boards after skating because it held up so well. I thought I chipped it a few times but it stayed together like a champ. The paint is kinda sticky at first, but as soon as you do a few slides it loosens up and you can slide pretty much anything. I would definitely say this board ranks among the top shop decks I’ve skated. Props to Salty Peaks on creating a cheap board that holds up like a pro deck.
Everyone at Technique should be thanking Moses Sanchez for choosing a solid shape for their shop deck. It has a nice wide shape along with a perfect amount of concave, which can only mean good things for your skating. The deck is fully dipped and although it looks cool, the extra layer of paint makes it that much stickier on ledges and rails. Definitely bring some wax wherever you go skate because you’re gonna need it. It holds its pop pretty well for being such a thin construction, and it didn’t seem to fray or delaminate when it was chipped. As a whole, these boards are a good buy and I wouldn’t think twice about dropping the money to buy one.
The best feature of this shop deck is that with the purchase you get one FREE session inside Union’s park. As far as the deck is concerned, it seemed that after just one day of street skating it was time to change to a new board. They have a good shape, but lack in concave, which could be the reason it loses its pop so quickly (in addition to the scorching temperatures). However, if you solely are a skate-park skater, I’m sure the deck would hold up fine for you. Who knows, maybe I got the one bad board out of the shipment. You should at least go check out the shop and skate the park if you are in the Sandy area. The mini ramp is a pretty solid ramp and I have heard of plans to redesign the street course, all of which sounds pretty cool.
I was pleasantly surprised with this deck. It had a good amount of concave (not too steep or flat) and a really good shape. Plus I liked the graphic a lot, a Tecate Beer look-alike label with their name, and the paint would not fall off no matter how much I slid on it, a plus for those spots you want to skate but forgot the wax. The only downside to this deck was how thin it felt; it almost felt like a toy board when carrying it because it was so light. That might not be a bad thing for some people, but personally I like to feel the weight of the board so I know I can get it to stay to my feet when I pop. And speaking of pop, it held its pop throughout the heat and managed to stay stiff the whole time I had it. So if you live up in Ogden, go see the dudes at Decade and they’ll be able to help you out with your skateboard woes.
P.S. I know there are more shops than the ones listed, and I apologize to any shop I didn’t get a deck from (especially Liptrix) due to me not being able to get a hold of you (or travel constraints); there is always next year.