Vandem Longboard Shop News
About six months ago, we got a bit obsessed with reducing the amount of plastic that we ship in all our orders.
Bubble wrap, shrink wrap, packing tape - all plastic. All single use, and all likely to end up in a landfill - or worse, the ocean.
So we set out on a mission to reduce or eliminate single use plastic from the shop and our packaging wherever we could.
- We swapped our packing tape for a paper alternative.
- We stopped using shrink wrap and got creating with DIY cardboard spacers.
- We stopped using plastic document envelopes, and put our delivery notes, invoices...
We're stoked to be stocking this range of minicruiser boards from UK longboard and cruiser brand D-Street!
Since the Penny Mini Skateboard Revolution kicked in a few years ago, there's a lot of boards like this on the market - but we think these are about the best of the bunch.
What makes D-Street boards stand out?
As well as some nice understated graphics and finishes, these boards are set up how we like our mini cruisers - turny!!
The trick to setting up a rad mini cruiser setup is to get the...
When we're talking to a customer in the shop about a pintail, drop through or cruising longboard, we often find ourselves explaining the difference between a cheaper setup and a more expensive setup.
To the untrained eye, there's often very little difference - especially when shopping online.
However, if you come into our shop, get a closer look and stand on a few different setups, it becomes obvious that you get a lot more bang for your buck with higher-priced setups.
There's a lot of differences - better quality wood and finish, faster urethane, faster wheels and bearings - but...
We've just upped our game when it comes to free longboard stuff!
Sabre Bushing Kits come with four bushings and four washers - enough for a pair of trucks, or both ends of your board.
We believe that bushings are something that every longboarder should be experimenting with - and now we're giving you the chance to do so, for free!
You can choose from Sabre's SuperCarve (4x cone...
Once upon a time, a customer walked into our shop in Bristol carrying a skateboard board she'd just bought from Sports Direct, who are about a mile away from us in town.
"My board is a bit slow," she said. "What do I have to replace on it to make it faster?"
We of course did what we would do for any customer - we did our best to help her out and had a good look at the board in question.
Wheels and Bearings
According to the Sports Direct website, this board comes with "high quality wheels and...
Once upon a time, if you wanted a longboard, your only choice was a pintail.
Things have changed considerably these days, but the pintail is still a great choice for a cruiser or all-round longboard. With sexy curves, sleek lines and a long wheelbase, they give a mellow ride that carves great and looks good doing it.
We have quite a few pintails amongst all the other longboards in our shop, and with prices ranging from £50 up to nearly £500, it's easy to get lost. So we thought we'd put together this little rundown of everything we have to give you...
How much is a longboard?
The cheapest complete longboards in our shop start at under £50 - but if you called us with the challenge of building you the most expensive custom possible, you could end up spending upwards of £400.
Why the huge difference?
A question we are often asked is: "How can you possibly spend that much on a longboard when £50 will do the job?"
We've taken three different price points of drop-through boards off the shelf to try to explain where your money goes.
The three longboards we selected are also all basically aimed at the same user - they're cruising/pumping/pushing/commuting setups. They're all...
We've just taken delivery some more Hackbrett decks!
We now have:
Das Schnelle downhill/Freeride deck. This is a super-fun DH board with a kicktail, some real nice 3D concave, and loads of other features like flat truck seats and CNC details. The 2018 version is a little bit narrower than last year's which makes the deck a bit more nimble and the rails a bit easier to get your feet over.
The Krokodil symetrical freeride/slide deck - basically two Schnelle noses stuck together to create a perfect shorter twintip slide setup
The Balance Pintail in Walnut - one of the sexiest looking...
Loaded's Tarab is the latest in a long line of dancing decks from one of the best longboard brands in the business.
Loaded have done a lot to further longboard dancing over the years, coming up with the Longboard Larry inspired Loaded "Dancer", then refining it to the "Bhangra" some years later.
Dancing has evolved hugely in this timeframe, starting out with a focus on footwork and basic flips back in the early 2000's - now longboard dancing has a baffling array of its own ollie, manual and flip combos for you to learn.
Loaded have learnt a lot about...
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