Sector 9 Highline Review
Every longboarder started off somewhere and no matter whom you ask whether they are a beginner skater or professional, pretty much every longboarder started off with a pintail.
With its simple shape and great maneuverability, it is the perfect starter board for any skater. And what better company than one of the OG’s of the industry. And with that, I bring you my review of the Sector Nine Highline pintail.
Who’s it for
This board is designed for people that are looking to get into longboarding who want a board that can get them from A to B and have fun while doing it.
It is also great for people who want something that they can pump around and cruise with their friends but are not really interested in going fast down a steep hill as its shape and setup make it unreliable at high speed.
This board does have a lack of concave although makes a good starter for people who are looking into the basics of longboard dancing.
You can check its price, user reviews and pictures on Amazon.com in here.
Some of the Features
The Sector Nine Highline is a top mounted pintail made with 7-ply maple construction giving it a good flexibility which absorbs much of the vibrations for when you’re pushing and pumping around town over sketchy pavements and other rough surfaces.
It is constructed with a flat concave through the whole board and has a rounded tail to reduce any splitting and damage to the board when the tail gets scraped onto the ground.
It has a length of 34.5 inches, width of 8 inches and a wheelbase of 23.5 inches making it a smaller alternative to typical longboard pintails usually around 38-42 inches.
This means that for someone who’s just getting into longboarding or coming over from a skateboard length, they can easily get used to the feel of the longboard shape and style, without having to carry around a heavier, larger board and can easily be stored in a locker or at home. This makes it a great setup for the general commuter so that you can still carry it around when you’re off the board.
It’s set up with 8-inch Gullwing Mission trucks giving the board a responsive turn and due to its narrower axel than typical longboard trucks make the board more agile while dodging pedestrians on your commute through town or weaving through traffic.
It also has a taller kingpin that standard trucks giving it a more aggressive turn to create a smoother yet quicker carve.
This board comes with 64mm 78a nineball wheels. These wheels are made from a soft gummy urethane and have a large contact patch and rounded edges giving a large amount of grip yet at the same time giving a smooth drift when carving and pumping.
Each board also come with two colour sets of wheels making it a colourful ride to impress your friends. This highland come in a choice of 3 different colours, green, blue and orange and has a simplistic surf style graphic to fit its simple shape.
If you were looking for something similar to this board but with more concave and a higher quality set-up I would recommend looking at the Mindless products such as the Marauder II or raider IV classic series as it has a lower amount of ply’s yet is constructed with maple, bamboo and fiberglass making it a stronger lighter for when your getting around, with a comfier concave and added flex to help with carving and pumping.
They also have a functional kicktail giving it more versatility. You check out the Mindless Marauder 2 on Amazon.com here.
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Should You Trust Sector 9?
Sector nine is considered as one of the original longboard brands that provide a wide range of high-quality boards from your everyday cruisers to the specialized downhill boards.
Founded in 1993 in La Jolla, California in the backyard of a group of surfer/skater friends began their dream of starting a board company to bring high-quality custom boards. To this day they are one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality gear for all disciplines of skateboarding.
For me this board is great for those who are looking for a smaller alternative to more typical longboards that you can pump around town with your friends, have a quick carve to the shops or on your commute to school and still be able to carry it around town while having something that has a stylish look for everyone to see. Or if you’re looking to get your first board, it makes a great starter for beginners too.