A standard skateboard deck weighs between 2-5 pounds, which means without trucks, bearings, wheels, and grip you standing on it! In addition with trucks, wheels, and bearings totals range around 7-10 pounds.
This fluctuates depending on the components you purchase. Over the years companies re-engineered their products using stronger, lighter materials for maximum performance for skateboarders.
You may think this is a strange question to ask. However, looking into this further made me realize people want answers on things like:
Does a lighter skateboard improve performance?
Concerned about whether your weight is a problem
In foreign lands on an airplane
If lighter boards snap quicker
Does it matter?
Weighing My Skateboard Parts
|Deck (Shop Deck)
|(56mm)Wheel With Bearing
|Bones Reds (1 Bearing)
|Krux (No Wheels Or Bearings)
|Krux (With Wheels/Bearings)
A Lighter Board Allows You To Do Tricks Better
Skateboard decks like “Helium” developed by Element are a board constructed with layers replicating internals of what looks like the inside of a cardboard box. This design is not only one of the most unique but stated one of the “lightest skateboards ever.” Elements development of the featherlight, another example designed with thinner layers reducing weight.
Increased performance is an issue up for debate. It’s common to suggest that it will, as it’s a product marketed to solve a problem. The question is, what will it solve for you?
They Break Easily
The number one complaint is how easily they snap. Not saying this is true, most boards break within reason. Landing wrong goes many ways leading to early demise.
Size is essential to understand. For example, a 7.5″-7.75″ width will flip faster than a wider board. However, smaller boards are best for kids starting. I began with a 7.5″ and gradually moved to an 8″. Also, bigger feet and small boards will make it uncomfortable to skate.
How Much Weight A Skateboard Deck Holds
Another concern is if a skateboard can handle a lot of weight. I know guys 280+ that shred parks all day long! Don’t let your weight be a concern if you’re interested in skateboarding. Limiting beliefs is dangerous and keeps you away from expressing yourself.
You’ll be fine with a regular deck, but I’d a stiffer pair of bushings for mobility and strength is recommended. A wider deck will also feel better to ride.
Are Cheaper Skateboards Heavier?
You may wonder if cheaper boards are more substantial in weight than professional completes. Weight comparisons are relative, but the quality isn’t the same. Professional setups are safer, and more reliable, with quality grade materials. It’s much harder to learn tricks and maintain critical speed.
Trucks Are The Heaviest Part Of A Skateboard
Skateboard trucks are the most essential part of any setup you choose. They come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Designed from steel, titanium, aluminum, and magnesium. Preference for this decision will be over anything else. This is because they’re the longest-lasting, and define your skating.
Whether you like low, medium, or high trucks is something to consider. For example, everyone rides Independent trucks, and for good reasons. In the beginning, I hated them because they were heavy! Long behold they became one of my favorites. Make sure to try a couple out to see what you prefer.
Tensor make some of the best, and lightest trucks on the market.
Hollow Skateboard Wheels
Another misconception is that hollow wheels make a dramatic impact on weight reduction. Some of the best companies produce them but don’t think they will change the way you skate.
Skaters comment they’re prone to flat spots, which I find to be a myth. This condition is caused by excessive power sliding. I’ve never developed this issue, so it’s never a problem.
Bringing A Skateboard On A Plane
It might concern you if the weight of a skateboard will be an issue getting on an airplane. On the airline, most will allow you to bring it as a carry-on depending on length. Some length restrictions may apply on some airlines. Southwest’s airline statement:
“They may substitute southwest Airline for a carry-on or a checked bag. If the skateboard fits under the seat, it need not be in a bag or covered, but it does need to be placed with the wheels up so it doesn’t roll. If stowed in an overhead bin, a skateboard must be stowed with the wheels up and needs to be in a bag or wheels covered (trash bag is acceptable) so as not to damage other articles.”
If you’re wondering if a lighter skateboard solves better flip tricks or skating, it’s not. Like I said before, trucks will be the most significant factor you want to consider. Understand the sensation you get riding them. You’ll find that in your skateboarding journey, you’ll find what fits your style of skating.