Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Cruising Longboard

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Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Cruising Longboard

21 years and still flexing!

We are super stoked at Vandem to have qualified to sell the limited edition 21st Anniversary Loaded Vanguards. There have only been 250 produced and we don't know how many we'll be able to get hold of - if you're tempted, act fast!

If you're browsing this page there's a good chance you know what there is to know about the Vanguard, but just in case, here's a rundown:

The construction is lightweight, inspired by snowboard construction over the years. And if you've ever ridden a Vanguard - or seen an original Loaded video - you know how good that feels! It's super bouncy and springy and that flex should last for years thanks to the fibreglass and epoxy layup.

The construction works together with the big camber and sidecuts to really make this thing flex. The energy return is amazing, and if you're into responsive carving, pumping around and generally having fun in full flow then this board is a great shout.

As relevant today as it was 21 years ago, this version comes with original artwork by Travis Parr with a percentage of proceeds being donated to the Centre for Humane Technology.

No options for flex here - this is one length, one flex, equivalent to a standard Vanguard flex 3 for riders roughly 64-90kg. That's not a fixed limit but if you weigh twice that, don't jump down too many stairs!

Loaded have also taken this anniversary as an opportunity to take a deep dive into their history. A must for any Loaded fans out there - check out the first podcast on their YouTube channel.

Per Loaded, this is right for you if:

  • You're a snowboarder and want to take the powder turns to the streets
  • You want a roomy, comfortable platform with high-energy flex
  • You want to ride (or showcase) a piece of history—it's the original Loaded carving system!

As usual for Loaded setups, we've got this one with a few different options:

If you're super keen but on a budget, the Pro setup will get you rolling on this beauty of a deck for as little as you'll find it anywhere. The Elite setup is a step up in quality and longevity, and for the true Loaded aficionado the Loaded Recommended setup is how you'd get it from Don & Pablo themselves.

    From Loaded themselves:

    Functional Design; Tapered tips and pronounced cutouts maximize wheel clearance for deep carves and tight turns. Sidecuts reduce torsional stiffness between the feet for greater nuances in the turning radius. Mild concave provides edge-to-edge control, while the topmount and cambered platform provides energetic carving performance.

    Curvaceous Confidence; Lightweight, snowboard-inspired bamboo and fiberglass construction pair with a cambered profile for a lively and engaging ride.

    Super SAP; Bio-based epoxy by Entropy Resins. Uses bio-based materials from industrial waste streams such as tree sap to replace petroleum content and reduce the carbon footprint of the epoxy from manufacturing. We've worked closely with Entropy to enhance every major performance characteristic of the resin. Better for the planet, even more fun.

    History & Graphic; The initial Vanguard was launched in June of 2002 using snowboard technology with a vertically laminated oak deck and a triaxial fiberglass/epoxy composite construction. Bringing snowboarding to the pavement. We pioneered bamboo composites with the Vanguard in 2006 and transitioned the rest of our lineup to bamboo in 2007. When we launched we originally didn't have much of a graphic because it was technology driven (and also because we didn't have the resources to do art well at that point). In 2004 we launched a graphic version of the board designed by our longtime friend Travis Parr (Travis is a ripping skater, snowboarder and an amazing artist. He's designed a bunch of boards for Victoria Skimboards and is the co-founder and art director for Icelantic Skis). However, the graphics on these boards were very limited by the technology at the time. We're now celebrating our 21-year anniversary with this hand-numbered, limited-edition Vanguard using cutting-edge direct printing technology on bamboo veneers with artwork created from Travis’ original painting.

    Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Cruising Longboard: Elite Complete Spec

    A juicier setup for better value you won't find anywhere. Always hard to convey on the internet… but when someone comes to the shop and tries out the various options, they invariably leave with the Elite setup. It rolls further for each push, it feels more plush and it grips through your carves to the end of the earth. A truly Elite package.

    Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Cruising Longboard: Pro Complete Spec

    So you're keen to have the legendary 21st Anniversary Vanguard in your possession… but somehow buying the deck and having it on the wall doesn't feel quite right. For what its worth, we agree! Give it a good ride first, then hang it up! The Pro Complete is the best value way to do that. It'll carve and pump to your hearts content and if you've never ridden the Elite setup, then well, you'd never guess it could get better than this.

    Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Cruising Longboard: Loaded Recommended Complete Spec

    From the masterminds Don and Pablo themselves… this is how Loaded are setting up the Vanguard for the most pure carving experience there is. Bouncy, reactive, fun and loose.
    Length 38.0" / 96.5cm See similar length boards
    Width 8.5" / 21.6cm See similar width boards
    Wheelbase 31.5" / 80.0cm See boards with a similar wheelbase
    Nose Length 1.0" / 2.5cm
    Tail Length 1.0" / 2.5cm
    Truck Mounting Topmount
    Deck Flex Flexy
    Concave Mild Concave
    Deck construction Bamboo, Fibreglass
    Profile Camber
    Wheel Wells Cutouts Wheel Wells

    Is the Elite setup worth the extra £45?

    For only an extra £45, you can upgrade the "Pro" setup to the "Elite" Level build.

    The Elite setup is a pretty heavy wheel and bearing upgrade over the Pro.

    You get Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings - fully shielded, easy to clean, with built in bearing spacers. They roll faster and last longer than the Pro level metal shielded ABEC5 bearings.

    The Elite complete also includes Cult Cultron 74mm Longboard Wheels White, poured from a higher grade urethane. Premium urethane rolls fater, lasts longer, and generally injects a whole new level of life into the board - once you've skated decent wheels, you won't want anything else!

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    Less obvious is the wheel upgrade. Your extra £45 gets you a set of Cult Cultron over the Pro build's Cult Emperor. Apart from the obvious size difference, the Cult Cultron are poured from a higher grade of urethane - an invisible difference that you will immediately notice as soon as you push the board off.

    Just like the bearings, the wheel upgrade makes your board roll faster and last longer - what's not to like??

    If you look at the SRP difference of these components and add them together you'll see that the upgrade from Pro to Elite represents serious value - trust us, it's well worth it.

    Coupled with this, we've noticed that almost everyone who makes it into our shop ends up with an Elite setup - the value is clear once you have the board in your hands!

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    It’s a Loaded Vanguard 25th Anniversary Limited Edish !… so needless to say, it’s magnificent !… Despite some freight challenges and a few delays in getting it to Switzerland, it arrived perfectly and sustainably packaged. The support and solution-focus from Rich & Matt was faultless !… this is why we all must choose to support specialist shops !… I can’t say ‘local’ ‘cos they’re not, but whilst ‘local’ helps, it’s about quality !… quality advice, quality products, and quality customer service !… Great job guys !

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