1958. The year a wooden board was placed atop some wheels, bringing to life what is now commonly called the skateboard. Ever since then, skateboards have evolved and given birth to other forms of boards and wheels, mainly the cruiser and the longboard (like the popular Globe longboards). Each of these boards functions differently and serves a different purpose.
But do you really know the differences between the skateboard, cruiser, and longboard? Well, let’s take a look at them before we take an in-depth look at one of the best longboards currently trending on the market – Globe longboards.
Skateboard, Cruiser, and Longboard – What’s the Difference
So you have decided to jump into the world of boards on wheels? That’s a great move. But before you do, it’s imperative that you understand the 3 main types of boards so as to be able to make an informed decision as to where you would rather start.
Today, the terms skateboard and skateboarding refer to the modern sport and pastime of doing tricks on natural street obstacles or at skate parks. Modern skateboards have the same general shape, size, and small wheels (approx. 50mm). Skateboards are usually limited to smooth surfaces and purpose-built skate parks with ramps, grind boxes, and rails. Because of their small, hard wheels, skateboards are not ideal for transportation.
A cruiser is a board built for the purpose of rolling around and is generally not suitable for doing tricks. Although it is longer than the average skateboard, a cruiser is not long enough to be called a longboard. Cruiser decks come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The smaller ones are usually called mini cruisers. In fact, you can even take your regular skateboard and fit it with softer cruiser wheels (usually 55-65mm) and it becomes a cruiser – it can take you places a skateboard can’t. Although cruisers have the advantage of portability over longboards, they are still not rugged enough for some of the rigorous disciplines longboards go through.
Now we come to what I personally feel is one of the best boards – the longboard. Longboards are so called because of their long decks which are usually 36-inches or longer. They also have larger wheels that are 70mm and up. And like cruisers, they have soft wheels that enable them to go over relatively rough terrain. Longboards also come with different trucks that are higher and enable the board to turn rather fast. And this brief description of what makes a longboard brings us to our longboard of the day – the Globe longboard line.
Globe Longboards – Riding Since the ’80s
Globe Longboards is an Australian longboard making company that was founded in the 1980s, making it one of the oldest longboard making companies around. Founded by three brothers whose surname is Hill, it must be a sign that Globe longboards make for exceptional downhill rides.
When the Hill brothers were failing to find good-quality longboards and their accessories for their passion in the 1980s, their frustration led them to solve the problem themselves. They started making their own longboards, skateboards, and accompanying accessories. They named the company Globe, and true to its name, it is spreading around the globe with a strong presence, not only in Australia but in the US and Europe as well.
Globe Longboards have been known over the years for providing the best experience a longboard can offer while offering superior durability as well. Let’s take a look at some of the boards they have on offer, shall we?
The best Globe Longboards You Need to Know
Let’s quickly look at 3 of the best-selling longboards Globe Longboards has to offer. In a nutshell, all these boards are, are made from high-quality materials and engineered to give you memorable experiences.
Globe HG Geminon
- 41" x 10" Blue Diamond
- Drop-down, slight "W" concave
- 180mm Slant reverse kingpin trucks
- 72mm 78a wheels
- Drop-down low center of gravity deck made of 9-ply maple plus a Blue Diamond bottom sheet for increased stiffness
This is by far the best longboard Globe has made to date, and the sales are proof of that.
The Globe HG Geminon is a superb longboard that comes in at 41-inches long and features a symmetrical deck that slightly slopes down, creating a concave shape for your feet. Unlike other boards (like the Atom Longboard Micro Drop), it doesn’t directly dropdown. As for deck material, the Globe HG Geminon is made of quality maple and an in-house bottom sheet dubbed the Blue Diamond bottom sheet. This makes for a stiffer and sturdier deck.
Out of the box, the Globe HG Geminon is fitted with 180 mm Slant Reverse Kingpin trucks, 72mm 78A wheels, and Abec 7 bearings. The wheels are soft enough to absorb vibrations quite well, giving you a smooth ride while the trucks are superbly made so as to help you turn easily and efficiently. The symmetrical deck makes it an excellent board for freeriding and other tricks.
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One thing that makes a longboard a great longboard is the right combination of parts, and Globe got that right with the Geminon – this is one board both beginners and intermediate riders will appreciate. For instance, the board is built in such a way that it stays closer to the ground, giving it great stability no matter the speed you are going at. And when going downhill, the Geminon takes slightly longer to pick up speed than higher mounted boards, making it easy for beginners to adjust their stance.
But once it picks momentum, be sure it will still reach the top speeds of all the other boards out there – with the added advantage of less speed wobbles due to its low deck.
The main drawback with the Geminon is that it isn’t as sharply lowered as other boards. This design difference makes it slightly harder to slide as compared to other boards. To compensate for this, Globe uses an advanced grip tape that will help keep your feet secure the whole time you will be sliding.
Because of its design and performance, the Globe Geminon is best suited for curvy downhill runs. It has excellent carving abilities and exceptional stability on those fast downhill runs. If you are just starting out longboarding, or if you are looking for a board that affords great stability at great speeds, or even a trick longboard, the Globe HG Geminion drop down longboard fits the bill very well. As for carving, this is probably the carving monster to rule the curves with. And all this fun is available at a bit on the pricier side but well worth it.
Globe Longboards – Your Longboard of Choice
If you are on the hunt for the best longboard for your commute or for simply enjoying on weekends, don’t overlook Globe longboards, in fact, it will be in your best interest to place them somewhere at the top of your list. These boards are fun, practical, and offer some of the best rides a longboard can offer.