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Awesome experience shopping with Vandem! Ordered a Loaded Icarus deck and forgot to add my free gift at the checkout but they put bearing lube in anyway which is what I was after, a load of stickers and love the little note they put in it's a nice touch and shows they care about their customers. Packaging and delivery bang on! Will definitely be a returning customer!
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Loaded Icarus Drop Through Longboard
The Loaded Icarus is the latest in a long line of carving longboards from one of the most respected brands in longboarding. Loaded - also know as "Loaded Carving Systems" - know how to make a nice carving setup, and they've thrown all their wizardy at this deck!
Using a cambered profile with moulded 3D wheel wells and mini-kicktails, Loaded have focused on creating a complex flex pattern with maximum energy return from every carve. With a combination of Triaxial Fibreglass, CNC five-part bamboo core, and cork bottomsheet all soaked in bio-resin, it's safe to say that this level of flex engineering is more common in snowboards than longboards.
To create a longboard that carves well, you need loose trucks and big wheels - which can lead to wheelbite. Loaded have gone to great lengths to stop this board getting wheelbite, even with larger wheels and looser trucks. They've done this by pressing 3D "Wheel Flares" into the deck, which also creates some nice 3D "pockets" for your feet, so stepping off the end of the standing platform is less of an issue.
The Icarus is built to carve, but it's symmetrical shape also has a pair of "mini kicktails" for the odd bit of dancing should the mood take you. While we wouldn't recommend it as a dedicated longboard dancer, it will certainly do it, and it'll carve and turn a lot better than something like a Bhangra or a Mata Hari.
The Icarus is available in two flex options, and two stock complete builds. As the primary purpose of this deck is to carve, we suggest that you choose your flex based on your weight.
The Elite Complete is about as awesome a longboard setup as you could really want... Paris V3 Trucks and steamroller-esque Cult Cultron wheels. Loved by downhill racers and carvers alike, the Cultron is about as fast and grippy as longboard wheels get... they are a perfect match for the Icarus. The whole thing is rolling on Sabre Labyrinth Built-In Bearings - super smooth, easy to clean, and the best shielding available.
Both completes are handbuilt by us here in Bristol and finished off with Loaded's custom griptape job.
Please get in touch if you're not sure which one is right for you and we'll talk you through the options. We can also do custom completes with whatever wheels and trucks you want - get in touch if you want something special!
Check out the mini review of the Loaded Icarus on our blog!
|Length||38.4" (97.5 cm)|
|Width||8.6" (22 cm)|
|Wheelbase||28.25" (71.76 cm)|
|Flex||Flex 1: 170-270+ lbs / 75-115+ kg Flex 2: 75-200+ lbs / 35-90+ kg|
|Construction||Vlam bamboo/fibreglass core with textured cork bottom veneer|
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Loaded Icarus Drop Through Longboard Reviews
The Loaded Icarus is an absolutely stunning board, it carves beautifully and is of super high quality! Vandem were also brilliant, very quick service and the little things like extra bushings and plastic free shipping are the cherry on top. Top notch guys!
Loaded Icarus Drop Through Longboard: FAQ's
Q: How is the Loaded Icarus vs the Tan Tien?
Superficially these two boards are quite similar - both longboards are drop-through, both have mini kicks as the nose and tail, both are symmetrical and they're both quite flexy.
We'd recommend you go for the Icarus if you are more focussed on carving than tricks. The Icarus has a cunning flex pattern, engineered speciically for carving. It can do tricks - but it's extra length makes it a bit harder to throw around.
The Tan Tien is better for tricks, flips and spins - with it's shorter length, more defined kicks, and strengthened nose and tail, it'll be easier to chuck around and it'll take abuse of missed landings better.
Q: Why don't you build this with Kegel wheels?
Simple - Raptures, being 6mm smaller, make the board lower. In our opinion, the only thing that lets the Icarus down is the ride height. By using a slightly smaller wheel, we're aiming to make things a bit lower, which makes pushing and footbraking easier, and gives more controllable slides. The Rapture is a tried and tested downhill wheel - it's the grippiest wheel you can buy, poured from super-fast high-end Cult urethane, and 74mm is still way big enough to roll over pretty much anything in your path. We can build up with Kegels for a small extra charge - contact us if you want a special order and we will make it happen!
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Awesome experience shopping with Vandem! Ordered a Loaded Icarus deck and forgot to add my free gift at the checkout but they put bearing lube in anyway which is what I was after, a load of stickers and love the little note they put in it's a nice touch and...