Pros and cons of a drop down longboard

In Blog - 06/06/2017

While those unfamiliar with longboards might be tempted to think that each board is more or less the same, those with more experience understand that there are several factors that can influence a board’s performance — not the least of which are its construction properties.

One popular style is the drop down longboard, which is further subdivided into two other categories: the drop deck longboard and the drop through (or double drop) longboard. Both of these styles use a lowered board deck to provide greater stability while riding. While this makes them perfect for some riders, this can actually serve as a drawback to others.

So are either of these options a good fit for you? Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of both of these drop down longboard types so you can choose a board that best fits your riding style.

Drop Deck Longboard Pros

The lower standing platform of a drop deck longboard provides a distinctly different riding experience than other boards. For starters, the lowered deck means that your body weight is more evenly distributed, lowering your center of gravity and making it easy to maintain balance.

The lower platform also makes long-distance cruising much easier. Because your leg doesn’t need to reach as far to kick off, it requires less physical effort to get the push you need. This is great for conserving your energy when traveling over longer distances.

A drop deck longboard can also make it easier to slide. This is because the lower platform won’t tip as much as a higher deck when you are pushing sideways against a hill. As a result, you don’t have to work as hard against the board’s traction and the forces of gravity to maintain your slide.

Drop Deck Longboard Cons

While improved stability and slide can be great for some longboarders, these attributes aren’t as well suited for other uses. For example, some downhill boarders find it difficult to use a drop deck longboard when trying to achieve the best lines possible.

The weight distribution and stability of the ride can also limit your ability to perform sharp turns when using a drop deck longboard. While this may be fine for some riding styles, others may find that this significantly limits their capabilities.

Drop Through Longboard Pros

Drop through longboards are most commonly used for cruising, simply because these board configurations are perfectly designed for that riding style. The extremely low platform provided by a drop through longboard provides even greater stability than a drop deck option, making it easy to push and maintain control.

Many drop through longboard decks provide more flexibility than other boards, which also makes them ideal for low-speed carving (in addition to cruising). As with drop deck longboards, this style of drop down longboard makes for easy sliding — a great benefit for freeriders.

Drop Through Longboard Cons

While drop through longboards are ideal for low-speed cruising and carving, their flexible nature means that they often aren’t as strong as other boards and that they are more prone to drifting. Because of this, downhillers who are primarily focused on technical performance typically don’t get their desired results from a drop through longboard.

A decreased truck response aso contributes to this issue for technically minded downhillers who are concerned about maintaining grip or achieving the sharpest turns possible.

Conclusion

As these attributes illustrate, when it comes to cruising and carving, a drop down longboard can be an excellent choice. If you’re more into technical downhill riding, however, these options may not be your best fit. By understanding your preferred riding style and how these different board options perform, you’ll be able to find the best longboard for your needs.