First thing's first. This board is a carving deck meant for slalom-style skating. This board will not let you do tricks on it, save slides. Its trucks are mounted at the very far extremes of the deck, therefore the board has a lower center of gravity, making it so you can better maintain balance through high speed turns. If you are considering buying this deck, in the near future you will want to upgrade the bearings, wheels, and trucks. I use this board in parking decks and on large hills. It's carving abilities make it very easy to burn off speed by carving (as in snowboarding) without much need for foot-braking (although foot-braking is necessary in a city environment.). If you purchase/make sliding gloves, you will only enjoy this board more. The super-low center of gravity from the deck's shape makes it easy to stay in control. The weakness of this deck however, is its factory hardware. The trucks are heavy, the wheels are narrow and hard (the opposite is generally used in slalom boards), and the bearings are average at best. But don't let these things stop you, the deck alone is easily worth what Overstock charges, and the factory equipment is perfect for those who want to jump in quickly. The factory hardware leaves room for improvement and customization.
The only complaint I have is that one shoe rubs my ankle raw but maybe I'm not putting it on properly or something. Otherwise, they are great. I just suggest doing a little research on different types of skates before you buy to make sure you get the ones that are best for you. All skates are not created equal.
Bought two pair for my granddaughters. (6 &10) One had picked this skate and the other did not. I chose this for both, now they think Nana knew they would like having matching skates. I chose the adjustable style so they will last a couple of years. They appear to be well made, true to size, and provide important ankle support.
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