Longboarding’s popularity has become more popular in recent years. In big cities to smaller ones, people of all ages are taking old-school skateboarding to a new level. Not to be confused with skateboards, longboards are wider, and that offers more stability than a normal skateboard. The new wave of boards comes in myriad shapes and sizes. The beauty of longboarding is no matter your age, it’s pretty easy to get stoked and learn and hone skating skills.
But finding that perfect longboard, especially for the beginner, can be a more than just a little intimidating. Cost and safety factors are just two things to be considered.
Longboarding can be potentially dangerous whether the rider is using the board for transportation or performing tricks. A cheaply made longboard can result in an injury and most likely will turn off the beginner rider.
Selecting the optimum deck, trucks, wheels and bearings for your unique riding style can be overwhelming. Longboards most commonly are used for transportation or racing. When shopping for your first longboard, or your next longboard, remember that longboards are best used for a specific purpose. Understand what your needs are and tailor-pick which board best fits what you want.
Instead of custom-building your first longboard, novice skaters should consider a plethora of complete longboards to choose.
And if you’re looking for something sleek, fast and cool looking, don’t look past the popular Globe longboard models, specifically the Dart 30″ Complete Camo longboard.
You get what you pay for and the Globe name has been associated with high-quality construction and unique designs.
The Dart 30″ Camo is a fantastic board for casual longboard events or just for cruising.
At a length of 30 inches and having a wheelbase of a little more than 21 inches, the Dart 30″ is perfect for maintaining balance and maneuvering through traffic. The Camo model comes with 159 mm silver trucks and super fast 65 mm 83A amber wheels. Other Dart 30″ models come with other color wheels, and a slightly smaller (63 mm) wheel.
Trucks, the T-shaped metal attachments on the underbelly of the Dart 30″, are crucial to keeping the wheels anchored to the board.
Smoothness of the ride is the common denominator throughout the Dart line of longboards, and trucks that Globe uses ensures a smooth cruise.
Globe, which is based out of Australia, has designed the Dart 30″ longboard with comfortable riding in mind. With the ease of turns and smooth ride, the Dart 30″ longboard is a champ when it comes to cruising and carving.
But for many riders who just want a smooth, easy way to get around, the Dart 30″ longboard is the ticket.
Attention to detail is a Globe standard, and it’s in the details that give Dart 30″ riders satisfaction. Attention to detail is seen throughout the Dart line. Riders who select the Dart 30″ longboard exude confidence thanks to Globe’s remarkable craftsmanship. Globe uses top-of-the-line components to assure riders the very best ride. Turns can be made easily and smoothly without compromising speed and balance.
The Globe Dart 30″ longboard is constructed with seven-ply hard maple and is assembled with a resin epoxy, which helps extend the life of the board. Maple has proven to be durable and reliable, and the construction using maple allows the longboard to take a beating and remain functional for a long time.
The Dart 30″ deck’s concave shape is surf-inspired to help keep your feet on the deck during carving. It also comes with a clear EVA tail pad; although some riders say the tail pad is not necessary.
Globe uses rust-resistant stainless steel hardware throughout the manufacturing of the Dart line. Nylon seating washers keep hardware from ripping up the grip tape. Globe uses a torque driver to make sure each nut and screw is installed with the same amount of pressure, which should let the rider know that the manufacturer understands the importance of safety features when it comes to the Dart.
Globe also has developed a urethane riser pad specifically for its models to assure a smooth, even ride, even on the roughest of surfaces. The Dart 30″ Complete Camo’s soft wheels contribute to a comfortable, confident ride. Working together to ensure the smoothest ride on the roughest surfaces, Globe has assembled slant trucks, Globe Abec 7 bearings, Globe hardware and Globe griptape.
Globe’s griptape is similar to sandpaper and is attached to the deck with an adhesive to give the rider better traction. Griptape’s main jobs: Help you stay on your feet on the board and to look good.
Globe also touts itself as perhaps the only manufacturer that installs bearing spacers on every longboard. These spacers are crucial for maintaining alignment that is necessary for a fast ride while reducing wear and tear on the wheels.
The Dart’s wheel well design keeps wheels clear of the deck when you turn. The wheels also absorb vibrations in the road. Globe put sandspray grip on the front for good traction and a soft pad on the back so you can still get around in bare feet. Excellent wheel difference is good for some pretty drastic carving.
Complaints are far and few between. One reviewer said the wheels make a clicking sound even after lubing the bearings, but that it wasn’t a big deal.
One of the disadvantages of the Dart 30″ Complete Camo model is a complaint heard often with fully constructed longboards. Many of the installed products are stock products. Stock offerings might be good options for beginner shredders, but for many who have experienced, the stock set up might be lacking.
Another important thing to remember and why the Globe 30″ Complete Camo longboard model should be at the top of your list is reputation. Globe does not mass produce its boards using substandard hardware. Globe is serious about producing a board that will not break down. Remember, you get what you pay for. The Globe Dart 30″ is well-designed and long-lasting. The modern design will allow you to get around easily with a deck that makes maneuvering a piece of cake. Riders of any skill level would be wise to consider this model.