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Protective Gear: To Wear or Not to Wear?

When you gear up for skateboarding, you’re usually thinking about cool kicks, some sweet clothes, maybe a neat new accessory. Protective gear is one of the last considerations. Many skateboarders consider protective gear a nice-to-have, not a necessity. The debate about skateboarding protective padding, helmets, wraps and other gear is almost as old as the sport of skateboarding. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of protective skateboarding accessories.   Advantages of Protective Gear More Creative Movements More padding, more skateboard stunts. Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t protective gear supposed to prohibit certain movements? Actually, you can still do pretty much all the moves with protective gear on (not entirely; we’ll touch on mobility below). With...

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How to Choose the Correct Skate Wheels

Skateboard customization is fun. It’s part of what makes skateboarding such a great sport. Most discussions of skateboard customization (or personalization) involved the skateboard deck, and for good reason. It’s the part of the skateboard you’re always in contact with – well, most of the time, anyway. The deck’s wide surface allows plenty of color, artwork, stickers and other cool accessories. And the “right” deck width can help improve your skateboard skills Wheels are often overlooked when it comes to custom skateboard modification. From a pure performance standpoint, wheels are incredibly important for board control, stability, landing, aerial tricks and much more. So what are the “correct” wheels for you?  It’s All About Skateboarding Style The two main characteristics of...

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Cheap Skate Shoes – Highlighting the Best Shoes Under $50

Because they’re such a personal style statement, skateboard shoe designs include some of the funkiest, flashiest, most fashionable assortments of any sport. Even basketball shoes, with present-day designs that seem like space-age accessories in comparison to the original Air Jordans, can’t match the stable of skateboard shoes in terms of variety, colors and customization. It’s not uncommon to find skateboard shoes over $100, with some ultra-rare kicks commanding several hundred dollars. But you can still find outstanding skateboard shoes for under 50 bucks; you just have to know where to look. You don’t have to go far from this blog post to find them – Skate America offers a ton of skateboard shoes under the $50 threshold that still deliver...

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How to Choose a Skateboard Deck

The deck is one of the most important parts of the skateboard. It’s the only part of the board in direct contact with the feet, so you want to choose a deck that’s perfect in every way. Width, shape, profile, kicktail – all of these attributes should be taken into consideration. This guide will explain the different parts of a deck. As part of Skate America’s mission to educate and inform our customers, we present the following skateboard deck buyer’s guide.   Deck Width Many rookie skateboarders are obsessed with deck length, but focus on width before anything else. Your size determines the deck width, which is available in four different sizes: Micro, Mini, Mid-Size and Full. Skateboard Deck Styles...

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Buying a Complete Skateboard vs Only a Skateboard Deck

If you’re buying a skateboard soon, it helps to determine exactly what you need. Since your skateboard deck takes a ton of punishment, you may just need a deck. But there are plenty of good reasons to purchase a brand new, fully assembled, 100% complete skateboard. So which way should you go? We have some good and bad news. Look on the Bright Side Let’s start with the good news: Skate America sells a flashy, funky, high-flying assortment of skateboard decks and complete skateboard assemblies. Our decks include some of the best-known brands and crazy color combinations, and we also sell blank decks for creative design-it-yourself possibilities. And our complete skateboard store is positively packed with numerous sizes, styles designs...

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