Whether you’re a newbie or advanced rider who want to expand your repertoire, the question is the same: “What is the best skateboard brand for me?”
My experience after making this list is you can hardly name just one because there are too many brands out there. Anyway, I’ve tried my best to narrow down to 12 best options out of a bunch based on these criteria:
- Price range
- Eco-friendly producing practices
Let’s get started!
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What are the best skateboard brands?
Founded in 2014, (yes!) Quest is just like a newborn in the skateboarding world. But its lighting growth during these 5 years makes me unable to take eyes off.
Up to now, I can’t tell that this is the top-leading brand in the mid-price range, but at least, its rapid improvement in decks, designs, and other components is really worth a reward. My guess is, their highest-priority to customer feedback has helped to improve the brand.
Quest also offers a wide range of skateboards for riders in all skill levels, especially in freeriding and cruising. The biggest selling point in their products lies in trucks – not only they are high-quality, sturdy, but also stable and easy to ride.
Wheels are another mentionable feature because of their superior strength and shock absorption ability to ride smoothly even on rough surfaces.
The only gripe in their designs is no advanced feature for trick performance. So, I wouldn’t recommend Quest skateboards for those who tend to enhance their riding skills.
Overwise, for the price, I’ve got no complaint.
While there are a huge number of skateboard brands just target to low cost, basic-function boards for new riders, Element was picked for a good reason: Malleable boards.
That’s a key-core value making their products one of the best options for trick performance. Combined with mid-price range, it’s easy to win many riders’ love and trust.
Founded in 1992 by Johnny Scillereff – an “OG” in the skateboard world, Element is a reliable long-history brand for beginners or intermediates who want to practice to higher riding levels.
Whilst giving a close connection of skateboarding and art, Element also delivers a wide range of items, from decks, wheels, trucks and other components to apparel. So, customizing your own deck is now as easy as a breeze.
Durability is the next thing I want to talk about Element’s decks. They aren’t prone to chip after years of abusing to retain its clean look virtually. Since the manufacturing process is in the US, it’s more reliable about Element products’ quality.
Dabbling in the skateboard world, no strange when Rimable easily gets its place in any rating charts. The secret that makes their products outstanding is supportive design to help newbies step into skateboarding.
Not only they allow you to custom both decks and set-ups, but their superior durability also keeps you rest assured to make them fly with minimal damage.
It’s also a good choice for riders who are learning new riding styles or practicing tricks.
Another compliment is for their phenomenal attention to customers wants & complaints – the decisive feature that help them improve day by day.
The only weakness that I wish Rimable could implement is their product variations. At present, their selections aren’t as large as others, like Quest or M Merkapa.
4. M Merkapa
Here comes the very first young brand in this list – M Merkapa, who is a company specialized in outdoor sports & leisure products. Despite a newcomer in this industry, their lines are quite various, from skates, scooters, inline skates, to accessories.
Along with that, is a guarantee backed for every product sold while the price can’t be cheaper.
Their customer segment is within 6 to 14 years old, most are children and teenagers, leading to a fact that their majority is mini cruisers with emphasis on lightness, compactness, and easy to ride.
Out of other kid skateboard brands, M Merkapa highlights their products by designing non-battery LED wheels and multiple unique colorways. Hence, riders will be assured two things if choosing their products: Fun and performance.
Founded in 1978 by two masterminds – George Powell and Stacy Peralta. So, it’s easy to guess the brand name was taken by combining the founders’ last name.
Aside from being an OG skateboard company, might you find familiar to Powell-Peralta because it is also a big sponsor of many massive celebrities. Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Ray Barbee, and Andy Macdonald are the most typical.
Another mentionable thing about this brand is their impressive long-standing history with a few times of breaking off and re-teaming up. Now, the current team includes:
- Ben Hatchell
- Charlie Blair
- Steve Caballero
- Brad McClain
And, they are one of the most powerful company nowadays specialized in producing all products in-house.
Take a glance at their skateboard collection and you will easily find out their impressive fusion of unique graphics and colors. The partnership wise with artist Vernon Courtlandt Johnson (aka VCJ) really roses their designs.
In terms of performance, the highlights must be their bearings and wheels. Aptly name Bones Bearings, easily, Powell-Peralta is the top-leading in this industry.
6. Penny Australia
I bet at least once in life you’ve heard of Penny Boards, right?
Many people misunderstand they are a type of skateboard, but in fact, it’s from a brand, named Penny Australia, founded in 2010 by Ben Mackey. And Penny Boards are colloquially used to reference mini-sized cruisers with emphasis on a plastic deck.
The biggest advantage of this new material kind (at that time while other brands focused mostly hardwood maple or bamboo decks) is extreme durability with ultra-lightness.
Up to now, Penny Australia is renowned for four major lines:
- Penny – 22”
- Nickel – 27”
- Cruiser – 32”
- Longboards – 36”
They also allow customers to order either a complete board or separate parts to customize them. Penny’s items are vast – covering a wide range of products and by-products, such as backpacks and helmets with impressive design and quality.
Next up is ENKEEO – an international one-stop shop for any sports lovers to find their most suitable skateboards.
5 Major lines of ENKEEO are:
- Classic scooter
- Caster board
- Complete skateboard
Their items nail up with high-quality material that’s not only sturdy but also wear resistant to handle outdoor use and abuse. From my searching, there are no customer complaints about damages of broken decks, which is quite impressive.
However, I would say that ENKEEO will be only suitable for beginners or new riders who want to cruise and freeride. If you’re an advanced skateboarder looking for a board for tricks or stunts, you might need to look somewhere else.
The best thing about Minority is not only they provide ultra-affordable skateboards to riders of all-skills but also cover the advanced models for tricks in particular. Something that other low-priced brands hardly do.
With Minority, I can confidently assert their vast product lines (with awesome graphics and 250-pound weight capacity) can afford any riders.
Another good thing about their graphics quality is chip-resistant to withstand years of day-by-day abusing. Hence, whether you’re a beginner rider or practicing turns and tricks, rest assured that this beast will never wear off.
KPC is a good example for Good Designs Don’t Need To Cost A Fortune.
It’s among the top-leading low-price skateboard brands in the market where beginners or riders in a tight budget can find reliable and fabulous skateboards by dropping just a little amount.
In general, a KPC board can withstand 200 to 250 lbs. so rest assured to try it if you’re a heavy rider. No bending for sure!
Their products are also very user-friendly with professional standards assembly and wider deck that you can learn to ride out of the box.
Made with standard components and unique grip tape, two solid things you will feel right away when riding on KPC boards are Control and smooth turning. Like Minority, advanced riders can practice incredible tricks or stunts on this.
Despite a young brand, Meketec is well-loved by worldwide riders by their development in exclusive board technologies.
Like other low-price range brands in this list, the products lines are mostly for new riders and beginners who have just stepped into skateboarding.
But in particular, Meketec’s customer segment is kids and teenagers, which is why their majority is mini cruisers with many eye-catching colorways.
What makes them different are:
- Compact body to easily carry around or slip into any skateboard backpack
- Lightweight but robust decks to handle years of abusing
- CE certification for safe touse
- Bendable polypropylene material helps for smoother rolling in all terrains.
Meketec is also known for self-producing bearings and trucks. About the rest of the board components, they are in cooperation with reputable brands so, at least in the quality spectrum, customers can feel ease in mind if choosing Meketec.
11. Cal 7
Cal 7 is one of the rare skateboard brands that are built on the raw skate culture of the 1970s, which is the reason for their exclusive vibe in graphics and colorways.
The most incredible thing is Cal 7 Company is California-based but their products are very competitive in price. While quality is a sure thing for a skateboard produced in the US, they provide diverse lines, from separate components, accessories to completes and cruisers.
It’s a versatile pick for riders of all skills without breaking the bank.
I personally love their variations in deck’s materials (plastic and wood) and designs (double kicktail, medium concave, to symmetrical deck) to ensure providing the most comfortable stance to riders.
Out of all board components, I also find their trucks are the best-selling part. Year after year, they don’t wrap or wear off to deliver a virtual steadiness. Combined with high-quality bushings, Cal 7’s trucks can allow you to practice tricks with minimal wheel bite to the wheels as well.
Skatro is a long-standing brand BUT in shoe strings. They actually have just moved into skateboards recently, which is the reason not many riders know about this brand.
But it doesn’t mean there was no careful preparation for that “leapfrogging”. In Skatro Boards, there is a separate team including skateboard enthusiasts and engineers only and they also develop exclusive Skatro technologies.
For example, the Skatro Adhesive technology in longboards and Skatro Flexy Technology in mini cruisers, making their products differentiate from other brands.
Advance in performance and comfort are the two biggest bolds in Skatro boards. It’s a big thank you to their particular suppliers that when producing skateboard’s components, they can control better over-engineering and quality. Hence, allow them to achieve exceptional performance.
Within a short period of time, Skatro proofs their quality through the fast growth in the USA and Europe market. Now, they are even planning an expansion to Australia and Japan.[sc name=”211″]
Overall, if you’re a beginner or new rider who need an easy-to-learn board without breaking the bank, my suggestions are:
- M Merkapa
- Skatra (for kids and teenagers)
With a budget on the table, Penny Australia is very worth an investment for long-term skateboarding, especially if you’re female riders.
For those who want to level-up your skills, like practicing tricks and stunts or desire to stick your life to this sport, Quest and Element are my high recommendations. But for a tighter budget:
- Cal 7
…are also worth a try. While considering your budget and riding skill, don’t forget to pick the most desirable graphics. Because skateboarding is fun and the mindset, the lifestyle, they are all you!