SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down / Drop Through Complete Longboards

SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down: Really Professional?

SCSK8 is a well-known brand in skating product. They have amazing products which are well beloved, especially in their drop down type. At least, that’s what reviews told me. This board is not my first skateboard, though it is my first drop down. I’m far from being an expert, let alone a pro in skateboarding. So, please don’t expect a very technical review from me. I’m just going to tell you my general experience in using the SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down and nothing more.

 

SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down / Drop Through Complete Longboards

What is a drop down longboard?
For true beginners out there, I must begin the review by telling you there are two kinds of skateboards: shortboards and longboards. Longboards are skateboard which is longer than 33-inch. Given their size, they tend to have a more stable stance than shortboards. Which is what makes them more popular to people who just use the skateboard as transportation means. In the longboard division, there is a type which is called drop down or drop through. They are called drop down because the deck is closer to the ground than the other longboard models. The close to the ground condition gives the drop down more stability at greater speed. People who love to downhill race love drop down because of this. Though drop down is famous for their speed, doesn’t mean they aren’t great for a newbie. The better stability which drops down offers is perfect for you who still learn to maneuver. The weakness of a drop down, however, is the wheel bites. Because of the way the deck placed close to the ground, the wheels sometimes scratch the board deck, thus the wheel bites.

SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down / Drop Through Complete Longboards

My experience with SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down
Again, I’m not a pro. I wouldn’t say whether this product is the best in its class or not. What I’m going to write is based solely on my experiences with my board. I can only compare it with my other board, which is a shortboard. And because the two are different in characteristics, I guess it’s not gonna be fair to compare them.
What makes a drop down great are two things: their stability and ability to speed at a higher level. For SCSK8 Professional Speed, I’ll give their stability a 9 / 10 and their speed 7 / 10. Just like expected from a drop down, the SCSK8 Professional Speed is very stable. Almost perfect, I must say. For their speed, I do have mixed feelings about this. Don’t get me wrong; this product is more than just good enough if you only when to use it for cruising. But I find it to be very stiff, which affects the board’s performance when I want to try it for downhill racing. For every significant part, I’ll give the rating later.
Started from the deck, they are made from plywood maple which is famous for its sturdiness and stability. It also has slight concave which I found it easier for me to bounce in and out of the deck. The deck is also wide enough (9-inch) that makes the placement of my feet much more comfortable. Because of the cuts at the corner, I don’t find the usual wheel bites found in another drop down. The design of the board that I bought (which is the blue one) is very sleek. Suits my personality well, I must say. Therefore, for the deck, I give the product an 8.5 / 10.
Moving lower from the deck are the trucks, bearing, and wheels. My mixed feelings for the product’s speed come from these parts. From reviews I read on the internet, SCSK8 is supposedly superb at making longboards. They are known for the great designs yet outstanding performances from their longboards, which I assume caused by high-quality materials they used. For this product, however, I found the opposite. When I look at the trucks and bearing, I don’t see sturdy materials being used. In fact, the trucks and bearing of my other board are better than this one. Unlike other product, the trucks in SCSK8 Professional Speed are welded. So, if you find any inconvenient while using this board due to the trucks’ stiffness, you really can do nothing about it. The wheels, on the other hand, are very soft. Thus give my ankles and knees a smooth ride. By these, I give the product’s trucks 6 / 10, the bearing 6.5 / 10 and the wheels 8.5 / 10.
Overall, this isn’t a bad product. It has pros and cons, just like other boards. True that SCSK8 can deliver better than this. . So, I honestly don’t think I wasted my money by buying this product. I give the whole product an 8/ 10.

A Smooth Ride with SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard reciew

A Smooth Ride with SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard review

I’m a truly beginner in skateboarding. I always have friends who know how to skateboard. Somehow, I never got myself into it. I guess I always thought of skateboarding as a boy’s thing. And by a boy, I mean a kid or preteen middle school boys. I never thought the tricks they do amazing either.
When I got to college, my roommate used a skateboard as transportation from our place to campus. He wasn’t like my other friend who used theirs in skate parks and learned to do tricks and stuff. When I asked him about that, he said he doesn’t like skate parks and tricks. He said he likes skateboarding more as a means of transportation. He also said he loves to go downhill racing. He then proceeds to ask me if I wanted to try skateboarding. I said yes. He lent me him, and we are just cruising around the town. I liked it a lot! Afterward, he took me to this hill where he likes to race down. Though I’m not a big fan of the downhill race, I’d rather do it than do the flipping tricks. He told me his board isn’t called skateboard. Instead, it’s called longboard. He explained to me about how a longboard is longer and bigger than a skateboard. And his is called a drop down longboard. He explained to me the differences of longboards, showed the pictures from the internet. Though I was fascinated, I wasn’t convinced yet to buy my skateboard.

A Smooth Ride with SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard review
I, however, still borrowed that friend’s longboard from time to time. After graduated from college and got my place, I got a dog. A Labrador I called Jack. I know a lab is supposed to be an active dog, but boy, Jack has so much excess of energy. At first, I just walked him every afternoon like I did with my family’s dog. But, the walking wasn’t enough. I tried running and still, it wasn’t enough for Jack. I didn’t have a treadmill to exercise him as well. Then I remember about my friend’s longboard. I can “run” faster with a board. Jack can pull me. I could have my fun, and Jack can exercise well.
To make my task of buying a longboard easier, I asked for my friend’s help. I told him my situation, and I also told him I don’t have much in my budget. He told me to get the SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard. He said the reviews are all good, it’s great for a beginner, it can run fast but not too fast. And most importantly, it’s under my budget. He told me to look it up on the internet. I did, and I liked what I saw. Just like my friends said, this board got a lot of good reviews. Mostly praise it as a a cheap board which can perform like a $150 one. The design itself isn’t very tacky like many skateboards I knew. And for so low price, I’m so in!

A Smooth Ride with SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard reciew

My experience with SCSK8 so far
As I explained earlier, I use this board as a mean to exercise my dog. So, if you ask me about how the board feels when you do the basic flip, I wouldn’t know. What I do know, is how the board performs in the street, when it turns, or when I ride them downhill.
There are two sizes of SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard. Mine is the 40” x 9”. I’m not sure what the deck is made of, but I found them to be pretty sturdy. It flexes enough, but not too much. Several times, I put my dog on the board while I was on the board as well. Heck, if something can hold my dog and me together, I’m gonna assume it can hold anything.
The trucks of the board are seemingly made of some aluminum. Just like the deck, the trucks are pretty durable. And so far, I haven’t experienced any problem with it. The bearings and the wheels are also fine. The bearing is pretty stable. The wheels are those of 70 mm diameters with the right kind of softness. When I first got mine, I did have to adjust the lower parts of the board a little bit because they are too stiff for my taste. But, after minor adjustments, my board is very smooth to ride.
I’ve tried it to cruise around the town. The board proves itself to be easily maneuvered. I can pass every turn with no problem. I also find myself able to go downhill with this board. Despite the low price, the board is able to perform very well, just like reviews said. It offers a decent speed with great stability. So, if you are a beginner like me and want to try longboarding, yet you don’t want to invest much yet, I totally recommend the SCSK8 Natural Blank and Stained Complete Longboard for you.