5 Best Cruiser Skateboards (Tested & Compared)

By: Billy James | January 11, 2024 | Cruiser Skateboards

There’s nothing quite like riding a good ole’ cruiser skateboard.

They’re a crossbreed of a street skateboard and longboard.

But there are so many out there; choosing can be confusing.

Over the past few years, I’ve bought and tested a ton of cruisers. This list is a compilation of the best cruiser skateboards I can confidently recommend. Then, at the end, I’ll share some best practices for choosing based on your riding style.

Landyachtz Dinghy

LY Dinghy review

Length: 28.5″ | 72.5 cm
Width: 8.6″ | 21.8 cm
Wheelbase: 14.6″ | 37.1cm

The Landyachtz Dinghy is portable, affordable, and made with high-quality parts. If this setup is too small for you, I’d recommend looking into the Landyachtz Tugboat. It’s a beefier version of the Dinghy.

landyachtz dinghy cruiser skateboard
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Loaded Ballona

Loaded Ballona review

Length: 27.75” / 70.5 cm
Width: 9” / 22.9 cm
Wheelbase: 14.75-16” / 37.5-40.6 cm

The Ballona is Loaded‘s take on a mini-cruiser skateboard. It has the flattest deck profile of all the cruisers on this list. Recommended for those looking to go for casual cruises. It’s not functional for ollies/fliptricks.

loaded ballona cruiser

Arbor Pilsner

Arbor Pilsner review

Length: 28.75″ | 73cm
Width: 8.25″ | 20.95cm
Wheelbase: 15.25″ | 38.73cm

The Arbor Pilsner is a high-quality cruiser skateboard that is solid for casual cruising and occasional tricks. It features a mellow concave, a subtle kicktail/nose, and soft wheels, making it comfortable for cruising. The Pilsner is also noted for its sustainability efforts, with the company having planted over 500,000 trees to rebuild forests.

Lander La Cruiser

Lander La Review

Length: 24.5 | 62.23cm
Width: 7.75 | 19.69cm
Wheelbase: 13.25 | 33.66cm

The Lander La cruiser is the most unique on the list. The deck is made of recycled fishing nets. Contrary to what you might think, it doesn’t flex, offering a solid amount of pop. They offer two shapes – Rodeo & Rio. Lander La is a solid option if you want a sustainability-driven cruiser skateboard.

lander la cruiser

Comet Cruiser

Comet’s website

Length: 33″ | 83.82 cm
Width: 7.875″ | 20 cm
Wheelbase: 20.25″ | 51.44 cm

There’s a reason why the Comet Cruiser is regularly back-ordered. It’s an incredibly functional setup that can do almost everything. Not only can it carve deep, but it’s excellent at handling speed. It’s also a solid setup for commuting.

comet cruiser

Choosing a cruiser skateboard

Things to consider when picking a cruiser skateboard. You can even build a custom cruiser skateboard if you already have a double kick.

Deck Shape

If you want the ability to do ollies or flip tricks, you’ll want a kicktail/nose for popping. If you have no intention of doing tricks, and just want to cruise, then go for a flatter deck shape.

Trucks

Cruisers are most commonly built with traditional kingpin trucks (TKP). This is because they’re lower to the ground and will make ollies/fliptricks easier. However, some cruisers (like Loaded Ballona) use reverse kingpin trucks (RKP). This is because it’s a completely flat deck shape and not made for ollies/fliptricks. It’s more so built with cruising in mind. RKPs sit higher off the ground and will give more clearance for larger cruising wheels.

Wheels

Cruise skateboard wheels are softer than street setups since they’re made for cruising. Smaller wheels will accelerate faster, but larger wheels will have a higher top speed. Sharp lips and offset cores are better for deep carving styles since they’ll grip the pavement better. Round lips and centerset cores are easier to powerslide.

Billy James

I've been skating for over 20 years and it's had an incredibly positive impact on my mental health. My mission is to show the world the power of cruising and carving.

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