Sector 9 Bamboo G-Land Complete 44-Inch Longboard Review

A longboard can be a great alternative for the skateboard, provided that you are looking for the leisure cruise without bothering about the tricks. The longboards are designed to help people to get the best experience when using the board. If you think that all board spots (like the skateboard and the longboard) require you to have a perfect balance to be able to control them, you may never have tried this board before.

The Longboard and Its Leisure Usage

A lot of people turn to longboards for different reasons but mostly for recreational and leisure purpose. Whereas the skateboards are mainly used for transportation and sports, the longboards are mostly utilized for a convenient ride. You know how people depend so much on their skateboards, especially for long distance travel. Unfortunately, not everyone has a good balance, and not everyone can master the skateboard. With the small deck and the slight flex adjustment, the skateboard doesn’t seem like an ideal item to be used for travel.

Sector 9 Bamboo G-Land 9.75x44 Complete Longboard review

Things are different with the longboards. Since it is longer (hence the name), the platform for the feet is wider too. There is a unique design about the board that improves balance and stability. A lot of people who have never used the skateboard before say that mastering and controlling the longboard is easy. Those who have operated the skateboard before claim that the board is pretty easy to control – in fact, it is easier to control than the skateboard. However, you should also remember that the size and the dimension don’t allow you to do a lot of tricks on the board. If you want to do tricks, use the skateboard instead.

The longboards have gained significant popularity over the few years; mainly because more and more people use it for a relaxed cruise on the street. A lot of college students are reported to use the longboards to help them to move from one spot to another. A lot of people still use the longboards for leisure and exercise (minus the tricks) although they may drive a car or ride a motorcycle on a daily basis.

About the Sector 9 Longboard

Among the many names in the industry, Sector 9 has been known to generate a lot of good products. The G-Land Bamboo Longboard Skateboard won’t be different. In fact, you are probably going to enjoy the improved balance because of the longer length. Other brands and products may have 41 or 42-inch, but this type will be coming with a total dimension of 44 x 9.75 inch.

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A lot of people are wondering why this variant isn’t available in the official Sector 9 website, and they think that this variant is probably a fake reproduction. Well, you should know that this variant comes with the older model. Sector 9 mostly displays their only newer models, but they still offer the old ones – only they don’t provide the display on their official website. But there is no need to worry as this product is legit and official from Sector 9. It is designed and made with the original parts and components.

Another thing to like about this variant is that it has a medium strength and flex which can accommodate the weight of the user nicely. Of course, it depends on the user too but in most cases, it should be able to accommodate weight less than 250 pounds. Not to mention that it is made from bamboo which adds the flexibility and contour. As long as you are using it right, you can ride it with a higher speed without compromising the stability.

Feedbacks and Reviews

Most of the buyers say positive things about this longboard. Some of them purchase the board for their beloved ones, and it is a good thing when something you give to others turns out to be a good purchase. The deck itself is pretty robust and strong. The construction feels sturdy and tough. When it is paired up with the trucks, making turns is a no-brainer at all.

On the downside, however, you may want to order extra wheels or think about replacing the original wheels with the stronger ones. Some users claim that the wheels easily chip after bumping. Not to mention that it ‘s hard to make the grip tape stays clean after usage so you can’t expect it to stay clean and flawless for a longer run. It would be a good idea if you can keep the speed low. If you want to use it for a higher cruise, it would be better if you switch the wheels – just to be on a safer side.

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Sector 9 42-Inch Bamboo Green Wave Longboard

If you want another line from Sector 9, and yet you want to have the classic appearance and look for the longboard, you may want to consider having the Lookout II Drop-thru Green Wave Bamboo Downhill longboard skateboard. It is another high-end product from Sector 9 with good design and solid construction. The overall quality is promising – that’s why the board has a pretty high price tag when compared to the same item with the same features and performances. After all, Sector 9 has gained a good popularity in the industry, so it is pretty understandable if they pay detailed attention to the shape, design, and performance.

The General Spec

It is easy to understand why this piece is likable by most people. It is inspired based on the classic surf idea for a cruiser, commuter, downhill, and also carver. With the total dimension of 9.6 x 42 inch, the board is pretty solid and longer than the standard piece. Since it is longer, it offers a better balance and nice platform for the feet. It comes with 74m Sector 9 78A wheels, 10-inch gullwing chargers, and Abec-5 PDP bearings. The main material is the Taco Mold bamboo (laminated), so it looks shiny and glossy. It has the 5-ply construction with drop through trucks. The graphic is beautiful and artistic with the Hawaii green wave on the near bottom and then a clear tape for a better grip on the deck. The board has this sturdy and tight feel, which is good when you want to cruise safely.

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According to the manufacturer, this classic surf piece is designed with a great flexibility without compromising the rigidity. The overall design and construction are pretty solid and yet there is enough room for movement. The rigid and flexible style makes it fun for a piece to throw speed and slide easily without risks. The board has all the fun elements to cruise, slide around, and perform a little bit of cross-stepping. Remember, just a little bit so you don’t have to overdo it. Another great thing about this design is the big and wide stance, so it has a better stability. If you want to longboarding but you have never tried it before (not even the skateboard), you can always count on this piece.

Sector 9 has done everything and planned everything carefully, including the small parts and elements. The board has speed rings and spacers so you can always cruise safely. Not to mention that this is a longboard for the beginner, making your experience as a dream. The bamboo is super great to absorb bumps and shocks because of the design. But keep in mind that you don’t want to carry such a big piece everywhere you go. That’s why this cruiser is designed; to deliver comfort and convenience when you have to use it. Feel free to adjust some of the things you like because the construction is solid and it won’t disappoint you. If you want to change the tires or the bearings or the trucks, you can do so. Simply buy the replacement and off you go. No need to assemble anything. Just open the package and you will find your board there.

Users’ Opinion and Experience

A lot of users say that they like the board. Aside from the fact that it has a very solid construction and a good balance, it is also easy and fun to use downhill. Urban riding is also possible, thanks to the flexible gullwing trucks. They also like the bamboo deck because it absorbs shocks nicely and it can accommodate the users’ weight. Bamboo is flexible, but if it is not made in the right construction, everything can go south. The whole cruising experience is smooth and fun. A lot of users are surprised to find out that the board can hold them very nicely considering that they are pretty heavy. The graphic is nice. Unfortunately, since the board has a clear deck tape, it quickly gets dirty.  But in an overall sense, most users love having this board around. A lot of them live in the area where cracks, bumps, and potholes are common on the street so having the board are helpful.

If you are looking for a good board that can help you maneuver while enjoying your ride comfortably, you should try Sector 9 42-Inch Bamboo Green Wave Longboard . It is probably higher than the other longboards, but it does worth every penny that you have spent. For intermediate skaters who deal with rough terrain, this is a piece they should try.

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Choosing a longboard can be problematic as it requires a better understanding of the usage and the functionality. If you think that all longboards are just the same as the skateboards, you may want to do more research on the matter. If you make a wrong option, you may waste your money for nothing.

Sure, you probably think that choosing the right longboard is a no-brainer at all, but you will be surprised at how many different longboards available out there. There are different variants for different purposes. Some longboards are designed for beginners, so there aren’t many features available. Some longboards are designed for lazy and relaxed cruising down the street. Some longboards are designed to act similarly as the skateboards so they can be used for tricks and speeding. If you want a reliable name in the industry (and a guarantee that you will always get a high-quality product), it would be best if you can turn to Sector 9 and their products.

About Sector 9 Products

For this particular variant, you may want to look at the Lookout Blue Wave Drop through Longboard Skateboard. It comes with laminated bamboo with the 5-ply arrangement, so it is pretty lightweight without compromising the sturdy design.  It also comes with 78A 74mm Sector 9 special wheels, 10-inch gullwing chargers and also Abec-5 PDP bearings. This design makes the board technically able for the drop mounting as well as the freeride.

This board comes with 9.6 x 42-inch dimension which makes it pretty wide and long. Thanks to the camber mold, vertically laminated bamboo, and the drop through truck design, this board is a keeper. Not to mention that the design is appealing to the eye as well as the very nice usability and flexibility.
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Things to Like

Longboards are designed based on the skateboards, but they have different specs with different purposes. Whereas skateboards are designed for tricks, the longboards are designed more about the balance. The idea is to provide a nice platform where you can cruise the road conveniently with several pushes. Skateboards may sound ideal for some people, but the longboards have proven that they are more solid and reliable when it comes to long distance journey and better balance.

Since the longboards are longer, they have to be wider too to accommodate a balanced outcome. This is the primary reason why people like it: because of the better balance. A lot of people who have never tried the skateboards before claim that using the longboards is easier than they have thought. They previously thought that they would have a hard time mastering the longboard but in reality, it is very easy and straightforward. They somehow achieve a better comfort and convenience with the board.

Feedbacks and Opinions

So far, this longboard has positive reviews and feedbacks – which is understandable, considering the reliable name and the reputation of the manufacturer in the industry. A lot of people claim that they experience a very good time and a very smooth implementation using the board. However, after a while, they start noticing that there are some features that can be improved. They aren’t disturbing or annoying; a little bit of improvement never hurts anyone.

The wheels are pretty okay and solid, but they may need improvement after a while. Maybe Sector 9 can do something about it. The bearings are fine; some may call it so-so. It would be great if you can replace it with other products. Some users have done so, and the improvement is incredible. The tail and the nose aren’t as solid as you would like to (some users claim that the nose chips when they accidentally hit the curb) but the overall performance won’t be affected too much.

However, despite the downsides, there are some reasons why people still love this longboard. Despite the heavy use, the trucks are still doing well. It remains solid and sturdy; it is pretty tough. The board is originally designed for a cruiser, but it can be good for bombing too. With this board, sliding will be made easy. Some users have only used the board for a good couple of hours, and they can do it pretty well. And the overall construction of the board itself is pretty good and robust. Yes, it comes with ‘only’ 5-ply bamboo, but it can accommodate users at any weight. The board is stiff and flex, just about enough to provide the users’ weight. Not to mention that the ride is smooth and comfortable.

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Sector 9 Drop Through Aperture Sidewinder 36-Inch Longboard Review

Sector 9 has a good name in the skateboard and longboard business. That’s why when they are releasing various types of longboards, those products become the center of the attention. Some say that this manufacturer has a solid and reliable reputation, so it is pretty understandable and logical if their brand new products are always a hit.

And if they haven’t lost their creativity, they come with the Drop through Aperture Sidewinder Cruiser Complete Longboard. It seems that they manage to make another solid piece that makes everyone loves it – whether they are avid skateboarders or they are beginner users who simply love the idea of cruising around with a simple piece.

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The Longboard Functionality

You probably think that the longboard has no significant difference from the skateboard, but they are completely different. Skateboards are designed for maneuvers and tricks, so the design can be tweaked and ‘played’ around. Sure, it has a good balance and whatsoever but not much. After all, the board aims to be used for different tricks so they shouldn’t be too rigid or stiff.

It would be different with the longboard as its main purpose is to help the user cruise down the street without fuss. The longboard isn’t designed for tricks. That’s why the shape and dimension are bigger than the conventional skateboard. In fact, the original design was so big and wide that the user couldn’t do anything but move forward and turn. The turning power was pretty wide and big; it was common considering the shape and design. However, newer developments and improvements have been made to make the boards usable. Not for playing tricks but more for cruising comfort down the road – although there are some new longboard variants that have the same ability and capability as the skateboards.

The deal about the longboard is the wider stance and the longer platform, offering a better balance for the users. A lot of people who have never used the skateboards have no problems using the longboards. Some of the avid skateboarders also say that the longboard is somehow easier to use because it has a better balance and a better grip. It has a unique design that you won’t even find from a skateboard, which is a good thing.

About the Sector 9 Sidewinder Cruiser

So, what’s so special about this product, anyway? First of all, it has ‘Drop through Downhill’ name for a reason, mostly because of the improved speed and the compact design. Unlike the other longboard whose dimension can reach around 40 or 41-inches, this one ‘only’ has a total dimension around 36 x 9 x 26 inches. It has the gullwing sidewinder trucks with Abec-5 bearings and 9-balls 80A 69mm wheels. The color of the wheels can be various, adding an appealing factor to the entire design.

Thanks to the sidewinder truck arrangement, the board can make you have an easy turn. It is designed for a fast road performance, due to the small size and the shorter length. Controlling the board movement is very easy through your feet. All in all, the board has an improved maneuverability and flexibility. Whether you need one to cruise down the road in a relaxed manner, or you want to have an adrenaline rush moment cruising down the hill, you can use this one to your advantage.

The Overall Feedbacks

Most of the users are quite satisfied with this longboard. On the pro side, the board has an appealing graphic with attractive design. It also comes with the flat aerodynamic feature for carving and speed; not to mention that it handles nicely on a dime. Thanks to the compact size and dimension, it is also fast. However, there are some downsides to looking out for. Sure, this one can increase your speed, but if it goes too fast, it tends to get wobbly. Although you can always replace the wheels with the bigger ones and have an extra tightening effort, it would be better if you can be careful about it. Trucks can be problematic as it acts as a double-edged sword. It is great and helpful for carving, but it is not so for the bombing.