11 Best Short Mini Longboards in 2020 (for every wallet size)
Skateboarding is the best way to get around. Whether you’re cruising to your next class, or are going down to the store to pick up some food. It makes life easier and just that bit more fun.
Today I’ll be talking about mini longboards that are great to ride. Check it out below, you might find something you like.
11. Landyachtz Drop Cat 33in
The Drop Cat comes in at 33inches in length and 9.6inches in width. It has a wheelbase of 23inches, has drop-through mounting and comes with Bear trucks, and Hawgs wheels. It has a moderate flex. All these features make it one of the best mini longboards.
The length and width allow it to be maneuverable, quick turning, but also comfortable to skate on for long periods of time. The moderate flex allows it to cushion and smoothen out the ride over different road surfaces. Finally, the drop-through mounting lowers its center of gravity. This makes it stable, smooth to turn and easier to push on.
All the above said this complete is held back by its price. You’ll need just shy of $200 to get it. Still, it’s worth it if you want a high-quality deck. Find out more about the Drop Cat here on Amazon.com.
10. Loaded Boards Poke Bamboo Longboard 34inch
It comes in at 34inches in length, 9.125inches in width and has a wheelbase of 20.75in.
It’s been designed to be good for carving, pumping and for quick rips around the city. Its small size makes it highly functional.
The Poke comes with high-quality components; Paris trucks, Orangatang wheels and Loaded bearings. The deck itself is pretty good too. It’s made from vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass. This keeps it lightweight, but strong. It also has a subtle concave and rocker. This lowers the standing platform making it easier to push and more comfortable to stand on.
The kicktails increase its functionality. You can use it to do tricks or to get up and down curbs with ease.
It’s easy to see that the Poke is one of the best and can even be used as a mini freeride longboard. Still, it is very pricey – the Drop cat above is cheaper in comparison. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.
9. Landyachtz Dinghy 28″
No mini-longboards list could be complete without a Dinghy feature. This is one of the most popular cruisers. It has a length of 28inches and a width of 8inches. This size makes it both compact for storage, but good for city cruising too. You can maneuver in between obstacles with ease.
The Dinghy comes with 63mm Hawgs wheels and Bear trucks. These are high-quality parts. They will provide a smooth and stable ride.
The Dinghy is for sure high-quality. Still, I don’t think it’s one of the best. It will be good for quick skates from point a to b, but won’t be comfortable for much more. I recommend looking at the Drop Cat if you’re gonna be doing a lot of skating.
The above said, the Dinghy will be a great size for kids and for people with small feet. Though it is expensive (the Quest below is a good budget alternative). Find out more about the Dinghy here on Amazon.com.
8. Penny 32in Cruiser complete
This Penny cruiser comes in a traditional skateboard shape. It’s 32inches in length and 8.8inches in width. Considerably bigger than the smaller and narrower Penny Classic. This makes it more comfortable and easier to skate. The deck still maintains the flexibility and smooth ride of the Classic, so it isn’t too different.
The Penny cruiser comes with 5in aluminum Penny trucks, 83a bushings, and 54mm, 90a wheels. The wheels are a bit on the harder side. They will give more feedback on rougher roads, but they will roll quite fast on smoother roads.
Altogether, this is a pretty good cruiser. Its price isn’t too bad either. If you like the traditional skateboard shape but want something that will handle roads better, this is a good choice.
7. Globe Skateboards Sun City Cruiser 30inches
The Sun City cruiser is a stylish, high-quality complete. It comes in a classic pintail shape but has a fishtail kick for added functionality. At 30inches in length and 9inches in width, it perfectly fits the description of a ‘mini longboard’. If you’re looking at longboards for college, it’s a great option.
The Globe cruiser is really stylish. I like the design, color matching and how the griptape matches the Hawaiian theme. The contrasting top and bottom designs are cool too.
It doesn’t disappoint on the components. The Globe has Tensor trucks and 62mm, 78a wheels. The Tensor trucks are high-quality and are known for their deep turn. The wheels could be a bit bigger, but at 62mm they will handle most roads well.
Altogether, the complete is pretty good. The price is a bit on the high-side but makes sense when you consider the components and design. You could get the Penny cruiser above for cheaper though.
6. Loaded Boards Unlimited
Pushing is in the past, we’re living in the future – you should consider getting an e-skate. Unfortunately, most electric skateboards in the market are big and unwieldy. They are hard to store and aren’t portable. This reduces what they can be used for.
Fortunately, Loaded has built this mini electric longboard. It is a bit on the smaller side. This makes it great for maneuverability, storage, and portability. At 10inches, it is wide enough that it will be comfortable for a lot of riding too. It also isn’t too heavy at 13lbs.
However, it isn’t so good at high speeds. Its small 33in size and 22in wheelbase make it unstable. If you’re a beginner rider, you may feel wobbles even at moderate 15mph.
But if you’re just getting from point a to b, weaving in and out of obstacles, speed shouldn’t be a priority. Also, I think the trade for ease of use and portability is well worth it.
5. Whome Longboards 31in
Because of this design and shape, it has a small standing platform. If you don’t mind this, it might be ok. It’s too small for most adults. So the Whome is best for kids and for smaller adults.
It has a 24inch wheelbase. This allows it to be maneuverable. You can weave in and out of obstacles with ease. It will also be stable. IMO, 24inch is a great wheelbase giving you the best of both worlds.
Finally, the shape also totally eliminates wheel bite. You can ride your trucks really loose, or skate huge wheels.
However, the trucks aren’t so good. The wheels could also be bigger (they’re 63mm). That said, the Whome is very affordable. So for the price, this is understandable. The Yocaher below is good if you want bigger wheels.
Find out more about the Whome here on Amazon.com.
4. Quest Fishtail Cruiser
The Quest is 27inch long and 8inches wide. Its deck is made with 7plys of maple. It comes with big 70mm wheels and rugged aluminum wheels.
The trucks aren’t very high-quality. But for the price, you pay you can’t complain. The wheels and the deck are quite ok. The 70mm wheels are excellent for a cruiser. They will roll over cracks, pebbles and road imperfections with ease. Be wary of wheel bite though.
For the price, the Quest is decent. But it’s hard to compare to the high-quality finish and components of the Dinghy. Still, it is worth getting if it fits your budget. It will ride smoother over roads than the Dinghy. If you can replace the trucks, do so. Check out the Quest here on Amazon.com.
3. Yocaher Old School
Coming in at 33in in length and 10inches in width, the Yocaher is an affordable alternative to the Dinghy and Penny. It comes in that classic skateboard shape but is undeniably a cruiser. It will also ride a lot more comfortably.
It’s fairly simple in design. It has a sleek shape and comes in a few colorways. It is a budget deck, so graphic options are limited.
The Yocaher trucks aren’t so bad. It has TKP trucks, 7inches in width. They are Chinese made but should get the job done.
The wheels are impressive. They are 70mm tall and 78a hard. They will steamroll over all sorts of surfaces and provide a smooth ride. The size makes wheel bite possible, so be careful you don’t lean too much.
For the price, the Yocaher deck is great. It will be comfortable to ride and will feel smooth. The trucks are bad, so replace them down the line.
Check out the Yocaher here on Amazon.com.
2. Atom Kicktail Longboard
It’s all in the name and the kicktail makes this board huge. It adds at least 6inches to the total length!
The complete is quite decent though. It has an 8ply laminate deck. It comes with traditional kingpin trucks and 78a, 65mm tall wheels.
The trucks come with huge risers. This allows you to do deep turns without the worry of wheel bite. This is great for carving as you can really dig in as you lean. However, it will feel more unstable when you start picking up speed. Don’t skate big hills with this deck.
The trucks themselves aren’t the highest quality. For a cheaper price, you can pick up the Whome, which has trucks of the same quality. Still, the Atom is quite decent. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
1. Kryptonic Mini Cutaway cruiser
The Kryptonics cruiser comes in at 26inches in length and 8.5inches in width. It’s on the short side. That said, its 8.5inches will be more comfortable than a classic Penny.
The deck heavy duty. It’s made from 8plys of maple. A bit overkill, but the deck will be durable and will withstand abuse. It also means it can support really heavy riders. This is good if you weigh around 220lbs.
The components aren’t the highest quality. The trucks arent the best. The wheels are decent and they are 60mm tall. They could be taller. Because of their small size, they won’t provide a super smooth ride.
The design is pretty good and the price is great. It’s a fraction of the cost of other completes on my list. However, the trucks feel a bit cheap. I recommend you spend a tiny bit more and get the Yocaher above.
Check out the Kryptonics Cutaway here on Amazon.com.
How to find the right short longboard?
How are they different from regular longboards and mini-cruisers?
Shortboards fit between mini-cruisers and longboards. They aren’t cruisers exactly. They are designed to be the best of both worlds; to have the small size of a mini-cruiser, but the comfort of a longboard. In practice, this means a small size but a large width – this combo makes the best cruising boards.
The truth is, most mini-cruiser are too uncomfortable to skate for long periods of time. Their small size makes them hard to balance on, and your feet hurt after skating them for short periods of time. It’s like skating on a tightrope.
On the flip side, normal longboards are more comfortable to skate but are often too heavy and large. They aren’t very friendly in terms of storing them and carrying them around isn’t that fun either. If you have to lug around a 40inch longboard, you aren’t going to enjoy yourself.
Ultimately, the goal of shortboards is to be just big enough that they are comfortable but still easy to store under your desk at uni, at school or even at work.
How big should the mini-longboard be?
That’s really up to you. You decide what the best short longboard for you is.
I would recommend a length between 30 and 33inches. This should give you ample room to stand on your deck, but won’t be so tall that you can’t easily put it away. Decks this size will fit under most desks and lockers easily. And they should be easy to carry – especially if you have to hold them when you’re on the train, bus, somewhere that is too crowded to walk.
The width should be between 9-10inches, but anything bigger than 8inches is good generally. This width gives you ample room to stand across your deck. This makes it easier to balance on deck and to skate for long periods without your feet cramping.
What type of trucks should it have?
There are two main types of trucks. You have traditional kingpin (tkp) and reverse kingpin trucks (rkp). The rkp are better for skating at higher speeds. They turn smoother and are more stable.
The tkp is better for slower speeds. They turn a lot at slow speeds and are quite low to the ground.
However, you will be skating quite slow, so you can really use either truck. However, if you do choose the TKPs, watch out for wheel bite. Because they are so low, they are prone to get it. RKPs are better if you plan to use big wheels.
What about the wheels?
For wheels, anything between 60-70mm will be good.
The 70mm wheels will provide a smoother ride but will put you at risk from wheel bite. The 60mm won’t give you any wheel bite but may feel slow on some roads and reflect a lot of road vibration. The 65mm has the best of both worlds.
If you can, always pick the 70mm wheels. The smoother ride is worth the risk of wheel bite in my opinion. However, if you will be skating smooth roads mainly then the 65mm options will be good too.
How much does a decent shortboard cost?
On my list, I’ve included boards of all sorts of prices and quality but I strongly believe the best shortboard is the one you can comfortably afford. There really is no point worrying about the others if they don’t fit your budget. You’ll be stressing yourself for no reason.
However, the price does make a difference. Below, I’ve pointed out some characteristics of boards in different prices ranges:
- $75 – Not bad, but low quality. It will get the job done but will have some low-quality components. The trucks won’t be good and the deck probably not that great.
- $125 – Really decent quality. Will have a good deck, decent wheels, and trucks.
- $175 – High-quality. Most decks around this price are worth the money. They will ride very well and be quite durable. The Drop Cat is a good example of this.
- +$200 – Very high-quality, but overkill. Most complete in this range have decks made of special material. Not worth it unless a lightweight or waterproof deck is important to you.
So which should you spend your money on? If you have a bit of experience skating, I recommend the decks in the $175 range. The cheaper $75 decks won’t feel right to you. You’ll feel the cheapness the second you stand on the board.
On the flip side, if you’re a beginner, stick to the $75 and $125 boards. It doesn’t make sense to invest a lot of money in this sport if you don’t have much experience with it. And these cheap boards are good enough that you’ll learn the basics with ease on them.
What other gear do you need?
A helmet for sure, especially if you’re a beginner. If you plan on getting a mini electric longboard, then I highly suggest knee pads too.
For beginners, protection is important. You’ll be falling a lot more than you expect. You also don’t have the skills and experience to handle going over cracks, pebbles, and other road imperfections. You’d be surprised, but it’s so easy to get caught in them. Most experienced skaters know how to navigate around or over them.
Also, there is a skill to falling. If you aren’t experienced, you might fall the wrong way, scraping a knee, banging your head or messing up your palms. Experienced skaters can recognize when they are about to fall, and act accordingly.
However, you could argue that if you’re just cruising around that protection isn’t super important. But then again, accidents are accidents. They occur when we least expect them too. We should be protected and ready for them at all times.
Which shortboard do you think is best for you?
If you have the money, I highly recommend investing in a premium skateboard. The Landyachtz Drop Cat is easily the best on my list. It’s great value for money and will work really well for beginners too.
If you’re low on cash, my budget suggestion would be the Yocaher. It will provide a smooth ride and be comfortable underfoot. The trucks won’t be so good, but you can always replace them later.