The Best Skateboard Brands To Watch Out for in 2017

Skateboards are designed for doing extreme plays and agile tricks on any surface unlike with longboards that have limited moves. And though these are more popular with kids especially with boys, if you look at who are actually enjoying them, you’ll see people in their 20s, 30s and 40s still riding them blissfully.

Skateboards are basically part of our youth. So who doesn’t want a skateboard? If you also want to buy the best skateboard brands, that’s easy. Just know the basic skateboard buying guides and you’ll be fine.

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Today, we would be presenting the best skateboard brands that you should watch out for in 2017 starting off with introducing to you a bit more about the companies’ background down to each company’s most popular skateboard product.

Skateboard companies were primarily established by former professional skateboarders turned entrepreneurs. And to add innovation and life to their boards/decks including their hardware, they hire young professional skateboarders to help them create more exciting skateboards and even letting them experiment with their own ideas.

The Best Brands

For 2017, we have here the new generation skateboard brands fit for young people’s trendy style and pro skateboarders’ exploding tricks and styles. For guys who want to have their beginner’s skateboards, these are also the most exciting skateboards to practice on.

Plan B

This skateboard company starts its way manufacturing decks and because all the pioneers of this company are skateboarding professionals, they knew they can produce the quality decks skateboarders would want. A 20-year old company that made its name in producing high grade decks, it also now producing skateboards complete with decks, trucks, wheels and bearings.

Generally, Plan B’s decks are made of 7-ply maple wood normally with added strength and minimal flexing features. Wheels come in various sizes and were designed by the company’s engineers: Colin McKay, Ryan Scheckler and Pat Duffy. The company is also now manufacturing and selling Plan B’s sports gears, clothing and hardware. 

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Product

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Availability

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Plan B

$$$

5.0/5.0

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Element

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Zero

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Almost

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Girl

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Baker

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Enjoi

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Flip

$$$

4.0/5.0

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Birdhouse

$$$

4.0/5.0

Plan B Skateboard Complete Ladd Prism 8.25" P2

Features

This set comes complete with everything you need to set up your own Plan B skateboard. Set includes a beautifully crafted deck made of aramid fiber-reinforced panel for natural performance and layered with 7 maple veneers. Also include are 2 Core Trucks, four 52 mm TGM Goth Logo wheels, Amphetamine ABEC 5 bearings, black diamond griptape, 1-inch hardware and 1/8” risers. You receive the item, and here comes the first exciting part of having a Plan B which is the assembly. 

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PROS

  • The deck is solidly reinforced with aramid.
  • The oval shaped board is made to spread tensions and loads all throughout the deck.
  • The board is springy, resilient but thin and light.
  • The set is complete and no need to buy any part to enhance it. 
  • Easy to assemble.

CONS

  • Most of its hardware are of sub-par quality.
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  • Trucks do not fit perfectly with the size of the deck.

Verdict

This Plan B model is just new in the market but easily earning recognition in the skateboarding world. Especially with the company’s aggressive and colorful ads, Plan B is now becoming a common name among the skateboard enthusiasts. With regards to this set, this is according to the reviewers is very easy to assemble and do perform its job pretty well that even beginners would love it. However, we have found review telling us that most of the hardware included in this set are not of the best quality although the deck was much appreciated. So from us, we can still recommend this to consumers wanting to have basic skateboard and assemble their own. 

Here’s Plan B’s commercial that gain attention on social media and on YouTube.

Element

Element Skateboards was founded in 1992 by Johnny Schillereff. An American skateboard company, its headquarters is in Costa Mesa, California. Since it was established 25 years ago, the company has been supported by skateboard professionals and enthusiasts. As a veteran company in the skateboarding manufacturing business it has able to pushed its way through as among the most recognized brands not only with their skateboards but also with trendy sports apparel. 

Element has now company stores in many parts of the world such as in Canada, Australia, France, UK and Spain and sending its competitors around the world to highlight its brand, spread more attention and further market its products. Needless to say, Element is now one of the most popular and best skateboard brands for young people.

SECTION Complete SKATEBOARD Black

Features

This board will arrive to your door complete with everything you need to set it up. But then, here are the things you should expect: Element “Section” deck 31.5 inches long and 7.75 inches wide, 2 Core Trucks, 8 TGM Goth Logo Wheels 52mm, 8 Ampethamine ABEC 5 bearings, accessories (nuts, bolts, spacers) and 2 1/8” risers. Also included is a wide Black Diamond grip tape which is also tricky to stick permanently. If you are not keen on setting up your Element skateboard, watch how you can with this video.

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PROS

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Slide smoothly.
  • Good concave wood design.
  • Very light to control.
  • Ideal as a beginner’s skateboard.
  • Perfect for practice for intermediate level to pro.

CONS

  • Wheels and bearings are not of very good quality.

Verdict

Kids love this board because of its super smooth ride and wood design that’s really fit their style. It is also very easy to control and just right for beginners to practice the basics. As beginners advance their training, this board can still hang on and will perform better. Setting it up is easy also. You watch the video we have included here and of you’ll go. 

The only negative review we got so far with this product are the wheels and bearings which according to the rider, were of inferior quality that they broke easily. But then out of so many good reviews this product gets, we are still confident that this is a good buy. Element is still one of the best skateboard brands for 2017 so this product could really fit anyone’s playing style.

This is how Element presents itself in one of its commercials.

Zero

Zero is a skateboard company based in Carlsbad, California, USA. Founded by Jamie Thomas, a professional skateboarder himself and a businessman, the company started out as a clothing company in 1996. In 2003, Thomas put up “Edieth and Osuna” in Tijuana, Mexico, a skateboard deck plant with Black Box brands. From there on, Zero has released short videos to showcase its products as well as the history of the company. In June 2014, Zero has designated Dwindle Distribution to handle its marketing schemes including the company’s finance and sales thus becoming the production and distribution arm of Zero skateboards. The most prominent logo of Zero skateboards is the “Skull”. 

ZERO Skateboard Complete BROCKMAN PIRATE 8.125

Features

This set is one of Zero’s best selling skateboard sets so far although it is also new in the market. It comes with complete components that include 2 Core trucks, 52mm TGM Goth Logo Wheels, Amphetamine ABEC5 bearings, hardware (bolts, nuts, spacers, washers) and 2 1/8” risers. And what’s the best tape for the deck other than the Black Diamond grip tape.

The underside of the deck is absolutely creepy-looking with a skull looking at you like crazy and that’s what adds to the appeal of the deck to skateboarders - beginners and pros alike. 

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PROS

  • Have heavier deck to handle heavier weight.
  • Deck can handle stress during extreme play. 
  • Very durable and can last a long time.
  • Good choice if use for handrails and stairs because of the deck’s solid features. 
  • Can handle minimal moisture.
  • Glide smoothly on any surface.
  • Best skateboard brands for beginners who want heavy decks.

CONS

  • The heavy weight is not always a preference for some people.
  • Doesn’t offer much “pop” unlike with lighter decks.

Verdict

Zero brands are generally known for the hardness of their decks and this one is also a bit heavy than ordinary decks of its size. Some skateboarders say this is a disadvantage because you can’t do the “pops” with an heavy deck. However, we see guys using this skateboard doing their tricks and runs on rails and stairs so having this one assures you of a durable deck, long-lasting and yet can also be versatile in its own class. We recommend that you also try this model especially if you are on the heavy side. Just don’t stomp or jump on its mid-deck if you’re heavy or you really want to break it for good. 

Almost

Features

This American skateboard company was founded in 2003 by professional skateboarders and entrepreneur partners, Daewon Song and Rodney Mullen. The company which is based in El Segundo, California is known for its 7-ply, 8-ply and the high-end carbon fiber skateboards.

The unique feature of the decks is that they are bound with resin epoxy glue that makes them super solid and not prone to splitting. The marketing arm of Almost skateboard is also Dwindle Distribution. Almost company is actually known for its indestructible skateboards. 

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A complete set, ready to go, this Almost Skateboard with Tom and Jerry graphics is in reality a fun and exciting board to play. With a status so big but and with a standard deck size of 31.1 inches long and 7.75 inches wide, this board would make any skateboarder to want to try it. And when we say this is a complete set, that means included are the trucks, wheels and bearings, hardware and grip tape right on the box.

PROS

  • Can beat all other popular skateboards in all level be it for versatility to extreme flipping.
  • Very well-made, solid construction, beautifully finished. 
  • Easy to maneuver thus an ideal piece for beginners and a top-notch choice even for professional skateboarders. 
  • Classic Tom & Jerry art makes it an attractive piece of board fit for young and adult’s choice of art.
  • Very durable it can handle stress and pressure even with heavy use.

CONS

  • Wheels and bearings may need to be changed with better quality brands to handle extreme plays.

Verdict

We have seen a lot of new skateboards lately but the Almost brands are always on the top list among best skateboard brands. Almost has so many trendy skateboards and each has one great qualities especially with regards to durability and precision. For this version, we can’t actually find so much reviews telling us more about its specs. But once we saw this video we got the confirmation why a lot of people are starting to recognize this brand all over. So from us, we hope we can also test this brand and tell you more about it.

Girl

Girl Skateboards is based in Torrance, California, USA. Founded in 1993 by Rick Howard, Megan Baltimore, Mike Carroll and Spike Jonze, their skateboards stand to endorse skateboard decks with mostly pictures or arts representing women. Today, the photos of women on the Girl’s decks are the contributions of Spike Jonze, an award winning Oscar movie director and writer and also co-founder of the Girl Skateboard company. The photos that are now mostly imprinted on Girl’s decks were also the masterpiece shots of Jonze. In 2016, the special board series of Jonze’s 5 favorite photos were released. 

Girl Skateboards Mike Carroll 93 Till Infinity Complete Skateboard

Features

This original Girl Skateboard is available already as a pre-assembled product. The deck is standard 31.5 inches long and 7.87 inches wide which makes it a perfect board for all skill level including the beginners. Complete with trucks, wheels, hardware, bearings and grip tape, these are all quality made to accommodate the durability of the deck. Only came out this 2017, this Mike Carroll skateboard version belongs to the 93 series to which all of these are for hard-core play. 

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PROS

  • Designed to be the boys’ dream skateboard.
  • Top quality deck and parts.
  • Standard features but very durable and precise.
  • Cool graphics.
  • Beginners’ ideal skateboard and pros’ best practice board to enhance their skills.
  • Belongs to one of Girl’s hardcore skateboard model.
  • Wheels are tough enough to absorb the shocks during extreme play.

CONS

  • People think these are designed as purely women’s skateboards.

Verdict

Don’t get confused that Girl skateboards could only be for women or girls? Anyone can own a Girl board even those who like to take it to the extreme to test themselves and their boards. Although very simple with their designs, these skateboards are always on the list of the best skateboard brands and have a refutable place among the next generation skateboards. Especially that they are strongly attached to Jonze’s name as some people call these Jonze’s skateboards, you will get really far out with these especially with these series.

You want to see how these boards rock with the pros without fear of breaking some bones? Watch this clip.

Baker

Baker is also an American skateboarding company established in 1999 by no other than Andrew Reynolds, a professional skateboarder himself and known as “The Boss” in the skateboarding world. In 1995, he joined Birdhouse team and in 1998. Reynolds was named by Thrasher magazine as the “Skater of the Year”. 

Within a year, Reynolds left Birdhouse and started to build Baker company with artist Jay Strickland. Baker brand according to Reynolds signifies “getting drugged” or “baked” from drugs. The company now produces special kinds of decks, skateboard accessories, soft goods and wheels. In his videos, you can see how Reynolds hard tests his boards and then goes back to the drawing table until he makes them perfect. 

BAKER Skateboard Complete LOGO WHITE 8.125"

Features

Among the Baker’s skateboards that were newly introduced, this is one of the best. Baker products are noted for their capacity to adapt to any rider’s choice of play. Made of 7 ply Canadian maple, this version has 8.125 inch wide deck. Also, the 4 core trucks, 52mm TGM wheels and 8 Amphetamine ABEC 5 bearings all pre-installed. Lots of people want it pre-installed because this should have perfect assembly and balance when using it for hard play.

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PROS

  • Comes pre-installed.
  • Has one of the toughest decks in skateboard market.
  • Highly versatile and adaptable board to suit any rider’s choice of play.
  • Tough, durable and long lasting.

CONS

  • Four rough and extreme play the bearings may not survive long. 

This video will show you what a Baker can do and you’ll be amazed.

Also, watch this video to see Andrew Reynolds himself and his gang doing their classic board acts.

Enjoi

Enjoi was founded by Marc Johnson, also a professional skateboarder with the help of Rodney Mullen. The two men were ex-teammates while working in a company established by Mullen and Steve Rocco, founder of World Industries. The Enjoi image (Panda) logo came from a dream Johnson had, according to him. 

Johnson has recruited his friends who are also professional skateboarders to help him design his decks and included in the team are Johnson’s former Maple teammates. Enjoi now produces world class skateboard decks, wheels, skateboard accessories, hardware and also sports apparel bearing the panda logo. Enjoi’s headquarter is based in Los Angeles, California and distributing its skateboards all over the world. 

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You want to see how the amazing arts are made for Enjoi’s decks, how about checking this clip?

Flip

Flip skateboards are known for their beautifully finished decks with classic arts prints. The company was founded in 1991 in England by young professional skateboarders Geoff Rowley and Jeremy Fox. In 1994, Flip moved to California, USA and the company was supported by Tom Penny and Rune Glifberg, Rowley’s former teammates. 

Today, Flip is producing world renowned skateboards as well as hardware, wheels, bearings, decks and also soft goods like sweatshirts, T-shirts, tops, beanies, hats and socks. Flip is considered to be among the best skateboard brands by young people in various parts of the world. To widen its market support, Flip also merged itself into a larger market and now selling skateboard wax, key covers, sunglasses, banners, mugs and power sliders. 

We have found so many videos showing Flip’s skateboards and how the pros explosively play them.

Flip Skateboards Penny Cheech & Chong Room Skateboard, Green

Features

This is a very interesting deck offered by Flip. Purely Made in North America, its construction is of maple wood for durability and toughness. With a length of 32 inches and width 8.13 inches, this deck seems a bit longer and wider than the usual boards.

The most interesting features of this board, is its medium concave shape. Building its deck, it uses Pro 2 Technology that enables it to be spring loaded. The deck itself is cast with Kevlar so this is really a toughie. Flip enthusiasts say this is the new “greener” version of the Cheech and Chong boards with their graphics printed at the bottom of every deck.

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PROS

  • Very tough deck for all types of play even to the extreme. 
  • The right size for beginners and pros.
  • Spring loaded that makes it pop and soar.
  • True definition of toughness. 
  • Classic graphics.
  • Concave shape to avoid foot slip.

CONS

  • Does not include grip tape.

Verdict

For those who want to try new things especially decks that are designed to do the extreme and at the same time experiment for new styles, this deck is perfect for them. It is made with durability in mind, has a very classic design that fit young and old’s taste and ready to go once you set it up. You put quality accessories to it and you can turn this board like a pro tool and it will adapt to your style. We like this over all. 

You want to know how this deck looks like in real-time? Here it is.

Birdhouse

Birdhouse is an American private-owned company put up by Powell Peralta and professional skateboarders Tony Hawk and Per Welinder in 1992. It is now headquartered in Vista, California, USA. The company is now manufacturing and selling trendy decks with a variety of designs that are absolutely amazing including its popular bird skeleton art that depicts the company’s brand/logo. Just like other skateboarding companies that have established themselves in the skateboarding world and now catering to young people with their products, Birdhouse is getting its way to be one best skateboard brands for 2017 and now also selling apparels like T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.

Birdhouse Skateboards Beginner Grade Tony Hawk Spiral Complete Skateboard, Green, 7.5"

Features

This Green Birdhouse is for beginners with good taste for their skateboards. The deck is 31 inches long, 7.5 inches wide and made of 7 ply hard rock maple and an absolute durable board that will definitely last a long time even with hard use.

For its accessories, these are also hard core. The trucks itself is Birdhouse branded 5.0 so it’s full metal finish. Wheels are 52mm 95a rating and are definitely soft and can absorb shock even from heavy jumps. Bearings itself are ABEC 5 rated for smooth, stable ride. For the graphics, no company can beat this absolutely amazing bird art.

Once you hold the board, you know you have a high-end skateboard to show off. 

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PROS

  • Comes pre-installed. 
  • Very durable.
  • Perfect as a beginner’s board but absolutely more perfect for professional skateboarder’s use.
  • With very fantastic work of art in its graphics.
  • Hardware and accessories are all of best quality.

CONS

  • Expensive but considered a high-end, top-quality skateboard.

Verdict

We chose this skateboard inspite of its high price primarily because of its high-grade features. Very well-built, installed with high-quality parts and completely assembled plus its graphic art is absolutely fantastic, what can you look for in a skateboard? You have this, people will know you have a classy but a highly adaptable skateboard at hand. Yes, this is an expensive piece but this will be the total skateboard you want to have.

Summary

All of the products we have included here are new and were popular from last year’s list. For 2017, these are still what we can consider the best skateboards on the market because they are definitely the products of the best skateboard brands that are now making waves in the skating world.

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If you are a beginner or a pro skateboarder and you need boards that are for the new generation, classic or abstract designed, these skateboards will fit your choice. The best things about these products is that they are all quality made and highly adaptable they can be perfect as beginners’ skateboards or for crazy guys who ride their boards to the extreme.