Skateboard Buying Guide: Safety First
It’s that time of year again, and the summer is on its glorious way. As Superman gained his strength from the Earth’s yellow sun, so too do we, emblazoned with new abilities, vigor, and renewed interests.
This happens every year. A few days of scattered sun and every boy and girl in the tri-state area begins to recall that they are die-hard skateboarders. To put it simply, shredding the gnar becomes a necessity, not a choice.
We dust off our antique skateboards, water-logged and pressure cracked to the core, and rush off in to the waning evening light to try and 360 flip that 4-stair in front of the apartment building. Haven’t been on a board in a year? Doesn’t matter! Haven’t procured safety gear or checked your set-up? So what!… Not surprisingly, the board breaks and we almost break ourselves, the harsh realization sets in that it isn’t as easy as it looks in those videos after all. Now, a new board is required and a few weeks to recuperate, if only we had prepared beforehand!
Skateboarding is tough business, but to make it a little easier on you, follow our three part skateboard guide BEFORE attempting to become the next Nyjah Huston this summer. For your own sake and the sake of others around you.
The secret to becoming a top-level “skate-lebrity” is revealed by heeding and adhering to the Three Golden Rules as follows: 1.) Safety First, 2.) Safety Second, 3.) Have a Good Time. Honestly, this is the best place to start, especially after a winter skate-hibernation. Triple-check your safety equipment and make sure it is up to standards, and if it isn’t replacements will be required. Helmets, Elbow Pads, Knee Pads, Wrist Guards, are all necessary to ensure epic levels of rad-ness in regards to your summer skate session.
Helmets are numero uno. Brain-busting tendencies in skateboarding run high and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. While you may be tempted to borrow your little sister’s bicycling helmet to avoid buying a new one, you are putting your well-being in jeopardy and may inadvertently destroy it simultaneously, causing some sibling tension.
Safety standards have been introduced that require skateboarding helmets to meet strict specifications AKA they have to be able to take harsh punishment over multiple impacts. These ain’t your 1970s bike helmets anymore, so get with it. At a minimum, helmets should meet the CPSC (United States Consumer Product Safety Commision) safety standards and/or the ASTM F1492 standards.
In the descriptions of these products look for these important-sounding keywords and you will be in business. As long as the helmet meets these requirements and –very importantly— fits well and includes heavy-duty straps to keep the helmet affixed to your noggin, you are good to go. Check out the selection of certified skateboarding helmets available at evo.com for further information.
Elbow Pads, Knee Pads, and Wrist Guards can further improve the skateboarding experience. For skateboarders of all ability levels, purchasing a well-fitting and comfortable set of pads can provide a fuzzy layer of protection from the hard concrete or masonite surfaces you will inevitably coming in to contact with from time to time.
While there aren’t as stringent of certifications necessary for these types of pads, high-quality and well-constructed gear will be less limiting on your skateboarding style and will inevitably last longer after abuse. Purchasing a set of properly sized skateboarding pads will go a long way in making skateboarding less painful and more fun, check the sets we have available on evo.com.
Tune in next week when we’ll cover how skateboard deck choices can have a huge impact on your ability to skate and your overall life happiness levels.