Paul Simonon once said “You’re only as old as you feel”, a statement that his legions of fans seized on and turned into both a battle-cry and a mantra.
While still relatively unknown in mainstream circles, Simonon, the bass player for the Clash, represented the populist face of underground culture.
Dwelling at the center of the crossroads where pop music, punk rock, fashion, and politics meet, the Clash were, and still are, beloved by all manner of different clans and cliques who inhabited and still dwell within, those circles.
But no group of daredevils and untamed spirits loved, and love, the Clash more than skateboarders.
So it’s rather fitting that one of the skateboarding scenes most beloved musical icons should be the one responsible for drawing adults of all sizes, genders, and age groups to skateboarding.
Skateboarding, like Simonon’s philosophy, doesn’t care how old you are. It isn’t restricted by age or biased against any generational faction. Skating is an athletic pursuit and lifestyle that welcomes everyone.
An open and inviting pastime, it operates on simple doctrine - come one, come all, and bring your board.
Skateboarding is a perfect way to help to maintain an active mind and a healthy body.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a little bit older or drifting into middle age, skateboarding is a great, fun way to get fit, stay in shape and enjoy, and learn, something new.
The brands that make the boards that keep skaters rolling the world over know that plenty of people get into skating during adult life and so make a wide variety of skateboards to help encourage that enthusiasm and passion.
While the skateboarding manufacturer’s stance is admirable, it does open up a potential minefield.
With so many adult skateboards, for both beginners and slightly more seasoned skaters, available, how do you go about choosing the right skateboard? How do you know which skateboard suits you best? That’s where we come in.
To take a little bit of the pain out of that particular headache, we’ve found five of the best adult skateboards currently hiding within the enclaves o the skate scene and have come up with a list that will not only tell you all about them but will also, hopefully, point you in the direction of the skateboard you’ve been looking for.
That said, you don’t want to waste any of the time that could be used for skating, so let’s begin…
OUR TOP PICK
If there’s one name in Skateboarding that’s earned its stripes a hundred and ten times over, it’s Powell.
Originally formed during skateboarding’s zenith in the late seventies, Powell Peralta was the brand popularised by the most famous team in skateboarding history, the Bones Brigade.
While their name may have changed since then, Powell’s commitment to making durable, affordable and easy to ride skateboards hasn’t.
The Golden Dragon Flying Dragon, at thirty-two inches, is slightly longer than average skateboard so it should provide the beginner with a little more confidence.
After all, a slightly longer board gives you more space to play with, learn how to stand and find the position and stance that you’re comfortable with.
It might not seem much, but that extra couple of inches makes all the difference.
All Powell skateboards use their patented ligament strap, a safety feature that means if the skateboard does break, it won’t snap into pieces.
It’s a massive boon when it comes to preventing injuries and helping beginners to find the faith and confidence in themselves, and their boards, that they’ll need in order to get the most out of skateboarding.
Riding on a set of precision-made, hard polyurethane wheels, the Golden Dragon Flying Dragon is a fast board that’s relatively simple to ride for beginners while the responsiveness of the trucks means that more advanced skaters should get just as much out of the board as those of you starting their skateboard journey.
- At around one hundred dollars the Golden Dragon is an affordable and fun entry-level skateboard from a legendary skateboard brand. You’re not going to go far wrong with a Powell board at this price.
- The build quality is second to none and the Golden Dragon is made to be durable and strong. By the time you’re ready to move on from this board, you’ll be ready to start looking for pro-rides
- There’s enough grip on this skateboard to keep even the most goofy-footed of newbies glued to the deck. Imagine how much grip you’d like it to have and then multiply that by ten, and you’ll be in the right ballpark.
- It’s a fast board. It might even be a little too fast for the freshest of fresh-faced beginners. Speed, just like those old safety campaigns used to say, kills and while the Golden Dragon won’t put you in an early grave if you fall off while it’s going too fast, it’ll almost certainly ruin your day.
- Those things that make the Golden Dragon so zippy, the wheels? They’re hard and unforgiving, so if you’re looking for a smooth, plain sailing ride, then look elsewhere. This Dragon isn’t for you.
It might look a little funny, but the Atom Drop Deck Longboard is the perfect board to learn how to skate on. Lengthwise it gives you all the room you’ll need to practice and perfect everything that skating will demand from you.
And that funny shape that it wears so well, it’s made to help you master turning and changing direction. Looks might not be everything, but they sure do help where it matters as far as the Atom Drop Deck is concerned.
See how low it sits? The lower a skateboard is to the ground, the easier it is to control and boards don’t come much easier to control than this funny looking beast.
The Atom’s height, or rather lack of it, also provides a greater degree of stability, which is another sure-fire confidence booster when it comes to rolling down the street on your new board for the first time.
Made to cruise and help you grasp all of the rudiments of skateboarding while advancing your skating artistry to the nth degree, the Atom Drop Deck Longboard also comes with a one year warranty that should give you additional peace of mind when it comes to conquering the tarmac.
It isn’t a skateboard for the screaming, trick happy long time devotee, but it isn’t meant to be.
The Atom Drop Deck is all about cruising around, cultivating your skating game and tackling skateboarding head-on, the way it was meant to be faced. Just you, a board and the street.
- The Atom’s low height and long length mean it’s easy to ride and even easier to up your skating game on. It delivers a sense of control that few other skateboards do and as such is an ideal beginner’s board.
- It’s not going to break the bank. At a tad over one hundred dollars, it isn’t an expensive, or frivolous investment, it’s a relatively cheap way to have fun and keep in shape.
- That warranty? It’s invaluable. It’ll help ease any worries that you might have about your new pastime as you’ll know you’re as protected as you can be. Providing that you also wear the correct safety gear while riding your new board. After all, you can’t be too careful. Which is why warranties are always welcome.
- Some new owners have reported quality issues and that maybe the build of their boards isn’t everything that it could and should be. Some boards have arrived warped, some missing pieces, and some with an undesirable finish. While this isn’t the case with the majority of Atom Drop Decks, it is something worth bearing in mind.
Remember when you were young and things were designed to last? When built-in obsolescence wasn’t a thing and everything was made from nearly indestructible plastic?
Penny does, which is why their classic boards can be run over by a car and come out the other side without so much as a scratch. You might not survive being hit by an automobile, but your Penny board will.
Relatively short, these classic boards come in two sizes, twenty-two, and twenty-seven inches and hark back to the formative days of skateboarding.
Made from incredibly light, tougher than the entire WWE locker room plastic, the Penny Classic is designed to be taken anywhere and everywhere, and if you can’t ride it to wherever it is you’re going, it’s small enough to comfortably fit in your backpack.
While their size makes them easy to control, Penny Classic’s are made for street skating and just getting to wherever it is you need to get to.
They’re the ideal board for the skater who doesn’t want the thrill of breaking the land speed record, but instead just want to enjoy skating.
It’s a carver board for beginners that’ll go the distance regardless of however far that turns out to be.
Oh, and talking of going the distance, the Penny Classic comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, so if some disaster should befall your skateboard, just dial up your warranty and Penny will do the rest.
- The Penny Classic doesn’t need any additional grip tape, it’s got all the grip it needs stamped into its durable plastic deck. See that patterning on the top of the board? It’ll hold you in place almost as well as a tube of superglue would.
- We love a warranty and we’re pretty sure that you do too. Especially when it’s a lifetime one. Warranties don’t get any better than those whole life ones. Yes sir, we really like the Penny’s warranty.
- These skateboards are made to outlast just about anything and everything that you and Mother Nature can throw at them.
- Compact and cool, they’ve got that awesome retro look that hipsters and movers and shakers love. Therefore, if you’re riding a Penny Classic, you’ll automatically be cooler than cool.
- Speed isn’t their friend. They’re not meant to be downhill racing machines, they’re street cruisers for the more responsibility minded adult who likes to remember how good things used to be.
- The whole retro vibe that Penny’s embrace? You’re either going to love it or hate it. There’s no middle ground. And you’ve probably already decided which side of that fence you’re on.
A best of both worlds skateboard, the Minority is designed with all levels of skaters in mind and should see you through from learning to skate on the street to grinding bowls at your local skate park.
Providing of course, that’s your thing. But even if it isn’t, the Minority will do everything that you want or need it too, no matter how demanding or unchallenging those things may be.
Providing a smooth ride on the street, the Minority flagship board is also versatile enough to encourage you to learn all of those tricks that look easy when the kids are doing them, but are actually incredibly complicated and difficult to get right.
Well, they would be if you weren’t riding a Minority board, but if you are they’re just as easy to do as the kids make them look.
Minority is also a company with a conscience and all of the materials that they use to build their skateboards are ethically sourced and their usage is designed to cause minimal damage to the environment.
Riding a Minority skateboard takes a little of that planet-destroying weight off your shoulders too and carrying less weight, in whatever way it presents itself, is always a blessing.
And let’s not forget that these incredibly durable skateboards are made from seven-ply maple, come with aluminum trucks and wheels that’ll happily deal with any surface you want to ride, enough grip tape to stick you to the deck and the sort of maneuverability that’ll get you out of any tight situation.
Whatever your level of ability, the Minority is a skateboard that’s guaranteed to steal your heart.
- That seventy dollar price tag isn’t something to be sniffed at. This board might be the second cheapest option on the list, but don’t let the price fool you into thinking that it’s not as good as the competition. It is. You’re just getting a lot more board for your money because you’re paying for the product and not the brand.
- It’s a durable, smooth-riding board that’ll do everything you want it too and a whole lot more besides.
- Thanks to its shape and design, the Minority is also a stable board with enough length to inspire the same sort of confidence in a beginner as the more costly Powell does.
- Once again, it’s a build quality issue. When the reviews are good, they’re very, very good but when they’re bad, they’re horrid. Even though the good reviews far outweigh the bad, those negative reviews are worth bearing in mind if this board is on your shortlist.
Last on our list, is another compact cruiser that’s designed to ride well, look good and comes in a whole host of designs that’ll hit you in your heart instead of your purse strings.
At a snug twenty-two inches, the Rimable board is made to be a classic street cruiser that’s perfect for getting beginners out and about and skating.
Unlike the Penny, the other plastic street cruiser on our list, the Rimable comes in at under one hundred dollars. In fact, it comes in at a lot under one hundred dollars.
The price is quite astonishing and for what you’ll actually pay for this skateboard, you’re getting a lot.
What are you getting we hear you ask? Okay, what you get is a twenty-two-inch plastic cruiser that rides on aluminum trucks and super smooth wheels and has it’s own built-in, patterned grip on the top side of the deck.
As we said, it’s a whole lot of skateboard for what it'll cost you.
It may not be built for speed, but the Rimable is an excellent board for beginners to learn how to skate, and master all of the skateboarding basics that they ever need to know, on.
Do you want to learn how to skateboard? Then this is the board to do it on.
- It’s an incredibly simple skateboard that’s designed to do an incredibly simple thing. To teach whoever owns it how to skate. That’s all it’s made to do and it’s uncommonly good at what it does.
- That price tag. At sixty dollars, the Rimable is the cheapest skateboard on our list and even if you decide that skating isn’t for you, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to find that out.
- The same old reliability issue that plagues so many skateboards also has its claws in the Rimable. It really does seem like you get what you pay for as users have complained about all sorts of problems from boards not coming in the design pattern that they ordered to boards snapping in half after a couple of months.
Overall Size: 31” x 7.88”
Colors/Patterns Available: Arrow/Dalmation/Diamond/Eyes/Great-US/Lightning/Peak/Simple Color
Wheel Size: 5.2cm
Load Capacity: 330lbs
This is a great skateboard for an adult due to its high load capacity. If you’re unsure of the load capacity you need, or if your skateboard will be shared with others, then it’s a good idea to aim for the higher end of the capacity scale.
At 5.2cm, the wheels of this skateboard are relatively small. Medium-sized skateboard wheels are usually between 5.4cm and 5.6cm. This means that the skateboard will be slightly slower than average. This is useful if you’re a beginner and will need to go slowly to practice. 5.2cm wheels will make this skateboard ideal for trick riding, street riding, and bowls.
The price of this skateboard is a little more expensive than most other beginner adult skateboards. This is partly due to the wide range of patterns and designs available. The underside patterns available for this skateboard are interesting and unique. But aren’t overly graphic or cartoonish, as on some other skateboards.
- Available in several different patterns and designs.
- Designed for beginners.
- High load capacity.
- Designed for doing tricks.
- A little more expensive than average
Overall Size: 31” x 7.75”
Colors/Patterns Available: Duck Float/Kitty Karma/Origin/Shroomy
Wheel Size: 5.4cm
Load Capacity: 220lbs
This skateboard has a pretty average wheel size. But it has a relatively low load capacity. This means that it will be quite fast. If you’re a beginner, this might not be ideal for you. This is a skateboard better suited to someone who has some experience. Especially someone who has some skill and can easily control the board.
One of the most striking things about this skateboard is the range of designs available. The designs are mostly cartoonish. But not so cartoonish that they look childish. The designs are fun and silly but are still appropriate for an adult skateboard.
This skateboard has been specifically designed for skaters who have some ability already but want to start learning tricks. The deck itself is flexible enough for maneuvering during tricks. The trucks are made from aluminum. This is a soft but strong metal. This means that it will support the flexibility of the deck for turning during tricks. But it is also strong enough to provide structure so you will still feel in control of the board.
- Wide range of interesting designs available.
- Good for beginners but better suited for those with some experience.
- Great for learning tricks.
- Low load capacity
Overall Size: 31” x 8”
Colors/Patterns Available: Dream (Butterflies and stars), Earl (Multi-colored space theme), Force (Graffiti cityscape), Magic (Multi-colored blokes), Vigour (Multi-colored paint splashes and silhouettes).
Wheel Size: 55mm x 40mm
Load Capacity: 440lbs
This is an excellent skateboard for an adult as it has a large load-bearing capacity. This means that you won’t have to be concerned about whether or not it can support you.
It’s also great if you’re a beginner. This skateboard is relatively flat and is very lightweight. It has a slightly concave deck. But not so much that you will find it difficult to maneuver. Concave skateboards are better-suited to practicing and performing tricks. But, if you need a board that will allow you to move easily and simply, then this is a great option for you.
This skateboard is best-suited to skating in skate parks, on the streets, on ramps, pools, and other smooth surfaces. This is a great beginner skateboard.
The deck itself is slightly longer than average. It is 8” wide and 31” long. This is around an inch or so longer and wide than average skateboards. This won’t make a huge difference but it is a factor to consider. It is one of the reasons why it can support such a large load capacity.
The underside patterns and themes available are colorful and interesting. But they are not so bold and over the top that they appear silly or childish.
On the top side of the deck is a non-slip emery grip tape. This is one of the very durable and stable layers on this board. There are 7 layers of maple wood topped with the non-slip material. This is great for both beginners and those who are more experienced. You will feel very in control and safe on this board.
- Large load capacity
- Wide range of underside themes
- Waterproof emery
- A little more expensive than average.
Overall Size: 31” x 8”
Colors/Patterns Available: Black and White Wood
Wheel Size: 55mm
Load Capacity: 220lbs
As you can tell from the title, this is already a very sensible skateboard. So it’s ideal for an adult. The repair kit includes a multifunctional wrench, 2 wheel screws, and 2 truck screws. This isn’t a huge number of items. But they will help you out when you need it. It’s unlikely that you will often find yourself having to fix your skateboard. So this should be all you need.
Another great feature of this skateboard is the eco-friendly material used for the deck. Wood is already a relatively sustainable material. Especially compared to the construction of most other sports equipment. But this skateboard goes further and uses eco-friendly paint on the surface. This really isn’t a common occurrence so it’s definitely praise-worthy.
The pattern across the underside is relatively muted. It’s busy and has a lot of different markings. But it is black and white and has a wood grain appearance. So it isn’t too boring but it also isn’t too loud or childish either.
- Includes repair kit
- Very standard design
- Very standard construction
- Good for beginners
- Only available in one design
Overall Size: 31”
Wheel Size: 50mm
Load Capacity: 220lbs
This is a longboard with a very standard construction. One difference is it contains 8 layers of maple wood. 7 is a more common number of layers. This means that it is ever so slightly thicker than most other skateboards. This will make the deck thicker and sturdier. This makes it a good board for an adult beginner. It will be able to take a few more scrapes and knocks than a slimmer board.
As you can tell from the name, this longboard is slightly longer than the average skateboard. There is a very small difference between the length of skateboards and longboards. So don’t be concerned that this board will be too long to control or use.
The artwork on this skateboard is very varied. There are designs that include brightly colored dragons, graffiti, fire, and silhouettes of people skating. These designs might be a little bold for most adults. But, if this is your style, then there shouldn’t be a problem. The designs are very varied so there should be something for everyone.
- Wide range of artwork available
- Thicker than the average board
- Good for both beginners and experienced skaters
Overall Size: 27” x 8”
Colors/Patterns Available: Blue/Orange/Pink/White/Yellow
Wheel Size: 60mm
Load Capacity: 220lbs
This skateboard is quite a lot shorter than most other skateboards. This is definitely an important factor to consider. Especially as the price is around the same as much longer skateboards.
The length of this board makes it lightweight and easy to control. This is great if you are a beginner and don’t yet feel confident about controlling the board. But, if you have a large frame and a wide stance, then this might not be the best board for you.
Aside from the length of the board, the general construction is very standard. It has a 7 layer Canadian maple deck. The skateboard also has a load capacity of 220lbs.
This deck is also relatively flat. This means that it can be used for tricks. But not so much as more curved decks.
There are 5 different designs available for the underside of the deck. These are very cartoonish, bright, and colorful pieces of art. This won’t be a problem if that’s your kind of thing. But it’s something to consider if you’re looking for a more muted board.
- Colorful but not childish artwork
- Good for beginners
Overall Size: 31” x 8”
Colors/Patterns Available: Black and White Diamonds/Skulls/Watercolor
Wheel Size: 50mm
Load Capacity: 220lbs
This skateboard is slightly more expensive than other boards. Including some other options on this list. But it isn’t a huge difference. It definitely isn’t enough to justify not choosing this board for another, less expensive version. But it is something to bear in mind.
The construction of the deck is relatively unique. It has 9 layers of maple wood which is a lot more than most other decks. This is one reason for its slightly higher than average price.
The artwork available for the underside of the deck is colorful and interesting but not too cartoonish. This means that you can let your creative side out. And can have something cool and different, without it looking as though you have your child’s board. This is a great compromise that doesn’t happen too often.
This is a very standard skateboard in almost every aspect. It is 31” in length and 8” wide. It has a load capacity of 220lbs with 50mm wheels. If you’re looking for a very standard and easy to use skateboard, then this board is ideal. It doesn’t have particularly fancy or complex features. But, if you’re a beginner, or even if you’re an intermediate skater looking for a new board, this is a great option.
- Colorful artwork
- Higher than average 9 layer deck
- Good level of shock absorption
- Slightly more expensive than average
Overall Size: 27.5”
Colors/Patterns Available: Plain Bamboo/Heartbeat/Lightbulb/Music
Wheel Size: 60mm
Load Capacity: 275lbs
This skateboard is very different from most other skateboards available. Especially compared to other options on this list.
Most average skateboards will be around 31” in length with a 220lbs load capacity and 50mm wheels. As you can see from the key features above, this board is only slightly different. But impressively so.
At 27.5” in length, this skateboard is slightly shorter than most other skateboards. This is the main reason for its “mini” name. Despite its mini size, it still has a larger than average load capacity. It also has a larger wheel size.
This is a great pick if you’re looking for a board that can be your main mode of transportation, zipping around a city. This small board can bear a decent amount of weight. But it is portable and can easily be strapped to your backpack or put in a locker.
The overall aesthetic of the board is also very different from most other skateboards. Rather than a black surface, this board has a stripped-back appearance. The maple wood gives this board a more neutral appearance that isn’t often found on skateboards that usually feature colorful and cartoonish designs.
Although the surface looks different, it still features an anti-slip sand grit that will provide as much grip as you need. The underside also has a more muted and simple design. It is available in simple black and white designs of, for example, a zig-zag heartbeat. This is a great option if you want something modern and stylish that won’t be too bold or striking.
This board, especially in comparison to most other boards, is much more expensive. Despite its impressive construction, this is a little surprising. Especially as this deck is small in length and, with 6 layers, is also less sturdy.
- Neutral design
- Mini board
- Thick wheels
- Great for tricks
Overall Size: 27” x 7.5”/26” x 7.75”/27” x 8”/27” x 8.25”/27” x 8.5”
Colors/Patterns Available: Black/Blue/Evergreen/Mint Green/Natural Wood/Pink/White/Yellow
Wheel Size: 52mm
One of the best features of this board is it allows you to choose the width. This is not a common feature of many adult skateboards. The overall size of the board itself is smaller than average at 27” in length and the maximum width is only slightly wider than average at 8.5”. But the ability to choose the perfect width for your stance is an uncommon feature that is very useful.
The wheel size of this skateboard is also slightly bigger than average. This generally means that it will have a higher than average load capacity. This skateboard is ideal for beginners as it has a very simple design that will be easy to get used to. It is, however, slightly more expensive than average.
This is a great skateboard if you’re looking for something simple but customizable. As we have mentioned throughout these reviews, there is a trend for the underside of skateboards to be covered in cartoonish artwork. This is fine if it is your style. But this definitely isn’t the case for everyone. This skateboard does not come with any artwork but instead the option to have the underside one block color. Or completely plain. But, it does come with stickers that allow you to add your own design and customize the deck as you like.
- Includes stickers to
- Includes skateboard tool
- Simple design
- Available in multiple colors
- Available in multiple sizes
Overall Size: 31”
Colors/Patterns Available: Blue OK8/Cartoon Skater/Flashman/Persian Cat/Pirate/Rock Star/Shining/Sunrise/Withe OK8
Wheel Size: 5.3cm
Load Capacity: 396lbs
This is a really great skateboard for a beginner. It has a relatively standard design with 7 layers of maple wood topped with a grip tape surface. This will provide a good level of support and grip but still allow for some flexibility.
The wheel size is slightly bigger than average. But only just. This is in part due to its high load capacity. This is great if you have a large frame and the standard 220lbs load bearing capacity might not suit you.
The designs on this board are very varied so you should be able to find something to suit your style. Whether that’s a brightly colored pirate or a chill natural wood and white sunrise. This is perfect for adults as it means you can choose something mature and neutral. Or you can go wild and have something fun and cartoonish.
This board is also super affordable. Especially in comparison to many other options. Adult skateboards are often more expensive than you might expect. But don’t let the price put you off. The lower cost of this skateboard definitely doesn’t imply that it is of poor quality. It has a standard 7 layer maple wood deck with high resilience PU wheels, strong trucks, and a waterproof surface with a good level of grip.
- Muted design
- Ideal for beginners
- Slightly longer than average
- High load capacity
Best Adults Skateboards Buyers Guide
What are the main types of skateboard?
Technically, there are a lot of different types of skateboards that are designed for different skating styles. But broadly speaking, skateboards fall into two categories:
Longboards Made primarily for cruising and street skating, longboards are also more suited to fast, downhill skating and because they’re, by definition, longer than normal skateboards and lower to the ground, they’re easier to learn to skateboard on as they’re more stable and offer a greater amount of control to the rider.
Shortboards While they’re also a street skating friendly board, shortboards are more suited to learning tricks, and stunts, on than longboards are.
Why learn to skateboard?
Skateboarding is an ideal way to keep active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It promotes fitness, aids balance and coordination, and is an all-inclusive pastime and sport that welcomes everyone, regardless of age or gender, into its embrace.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which skateboard is the right one for me?
By now, you’ve probably decided what you want from skateboarding, which style of skating you’d like to try your hand, or get better, at and you’ll almost certainly have set your budget according to what you can comfortably afford.
Even though skateboarding isn’t a disastrously expensive pastime, it isn’t exactly cheap either, but whatever you want to achieve with, and get out of, skateboarding there’s an option on our list for you.
If you just want to try your hand at skateboarding and dip your toes into the skating world, then we’d recommend the Rimable as it’s an extremely affordable way to find out if skateboarding is something you’ll enjoy.
If you’re looking for something more, or are returning to the skate scene after a lengthy absence, then you won’t go far wrong with either the Powell or the Minority boards.
At the end of the day though, you know what you want and, after reading our list, hopefully, you now know which board is the right one for you. There are streets to skate and ramps to hit, so choose your board and let’s go…