Sector 9 Longboards Review – An Affordable & Beginners Friendly Brands

If you’re looking to buy a new longboard or just looking for an upgrade, you came to the right place. Sector 9 longboards have become increasingly popular, grown the longboard community to new lengths ever since the beginning and continuing to do so year after year.

Every true rider is talking about them, so why not see what this brand has to offer? Sector 9 is, and has always been, one of the leading companies to provide longboarding equipment and accessories to riders. Their whole purpose is to get as many people as possible on a quality longboard.

They have everything to properly welcome the true beginners to the sport of longboard. They have the products to give the more experienced riders an upgrade. And they have the products to give all riders a safe and fun time with every ride.

The creative art on the bottom of the board is not nearly as important as finding a longboard that is specifically designed to suit your riding style. Sector 9 creates many different designs of boards that vary in size, shape, and purpose. Finding one that is suited for you is exactly what we are here for.

Overview of Sector 9 Longboards Brand

They allow you to feel the kind of style you like without having to spend much on the higher end boards. Sector 9 has shown consistent dedication to excellence in all aspects.

Their boards are the segway transferring you to the world of longboarding because they can be found at almost every longboard retail store. Sector 9′s goal is to get as many people into the sport as possible and they have done very well with this.

Every first-time rider usually goes with a Sector 9 longboard because they are great beginner’s longboard. They come in different varieties of longboards that are designed to suit the specific purpose and cater to your requirements. Sector 9 brand specializes in longboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.

1. Sector 9 Lookout

Sector 9 Lookout

The Sector 9 Lookout is the most unique board on this list because it is the only board made from real bamboo. Adding 5 layers of bamboo to this board gives it just the right amount of flexibility to suit a beginner rider.

You will be able to get some nice sharp carves, try some freestyle tricks, and even try some reasonable downhill rides. 

This board is a great entry level board into the sport of longboarding because it allows you to try the many different riding styles out there so you can decide what you like. The cool thing about this board is it actually has clear grip tape so you can actually see the bamboo inside the board. Yes, it may be a cool feature but some people don’t like how noticeable it is when dirty.

It has a drop-through mounting system making the board lower to the ground, lowering your center of gravity. This making it easier to push so your legs can easily adjust to the new motion of riding a longboard if this is your first board.

Their 78a Nineball wheels are going to grip to the ground well so you can ride some moderate downhill, cruise around, and try some short slides as well. The wheels are attached to some basic Gullwing Charger trucks so carving is going to be great on this board.

The Sector 9 Lookout is one of the more popular boards and is also cheaper than the average board so you’re not going to break the bank.

2. Sector 9 Sprocket

Sector 9 Sprocket

When it comes to freestyle riding with your longboard you are not going to find a better board than the Sprocket.

The entire board is completely symmetrical and with its short 26″ wheelbase you can do a shove-it or 180 slide and the board will feel exactly the same as going forward.

The Gullwing Charger trucks are actually mounted to the top of the board making the board lower to the ground. This is going to lower your center of gravity and make those slides a lot easier to initiate and control. The lowered board is also going to be easier to push because it is closer to the ground and you wont have to reach down as far to push forward. You’ll be able to ride for hours without your legs getting sore.

The Sprocket has a concave mold and extra coarse grip tape, so you will also be able to set your feet comfortably on it and know that your feet will not slip off. Combine that with the fiberglass sandwiching the top and bottom of the board, and the board will be super flexible and easy to manipulate on those flat ground tricks.

3. Sector 9 Dropper

Sector 9 Dropper

The Sector 9 Eye Dropper is the ideal longboard for sliding and freeride. It has a drop-through mounting system. It’s going to make the board lower to the ground making your center of gravity lower and making a slide very easy to accomplish.

You will never have to worry about getting wheel bite with this board because it has cut outs above the wheels, you just have to watch where you put your feet.

The deck is made with extra coarse grip tape and a rockered concave. A rockered concave is not a traditional drop shape, it has gentle curve to it. It creates a slight bowl for your feet. The deck also has a wider surface area where your feet are planted called “shoulders”. These shoulders are going to make sure your feet stay in place and make it easier to manipulate the board while you’re riding it.

They make it seem like you are sliding on ice when your initiating those long slides but also can maintain traction when you need it most. The board is also multi-directional so when you do a 180 degree slide the board is going to feel natural and normal going backwards.

At Ride a Longboard we recommend this board to anyone looking for a nice, well built longboard that is looking to slide around and try some flatland tricks.

4. Sector 9 Secrets

Sector 9 Secrets

Looking for something to get you to and from school? Or maybe you just want to cruise down the street and people watch. Well, the Sector 9 Secrets is what you are looking for.

This longboard is made out of only 7 plys of maple and is only 30.5″ long. It’s going to be very easy to accelerate and push forward. It’s also much more practical to pick up once you get to your location.

Having center set wheels is very good because when they start to wear down and deform you can literally take them off, flip them over and put them back on to even out the coning.

Adding that with the ABEC 5 bearings and you’ll coast for a very long time. The Secrets even has a large kick-tail so you can learn some cool flip tricks when you’re riding.

This board is top mount, meaning the Gullwing Mission 1 trucks are attached directly to the bottom of the board. But, in between the trucks there is also a 0.5″ riser to give you some added height.

5. Sector 9 Brandy

Sector 9 Brandy

The Sector 9 Brandy is the board you are going to want under your feet for when you are ripping down those steep hills at high speeds.

It features 72mm 78a Offset Race Formula wheels. These wheels have a soft durometer so the board is going to stick to the ground like duct tape. You will always have control and won’t have to worry about sliding when hitting those high speeds or tight corners.

Attached to those wheels are the 10″ Gullwing Charger II trucks. These trucks are known for their stability at high speeds and during carving as well. 

The deck has an adjustable wheelbase. So you can change the length to suit your style. Obviously the shorter the wheelbase, the more agile the board is going to be. The longer the wheelbase, the more stable the board is going to be. If you are just starting downhill riding we recommend setting your wheelbase to be longer so that you feel more stability until you become more comfortable.

Combine that with the Jessup Grip Tape and you will be able to lock your feet in and will never have to worry about your feet slipping and sliding. It is formed from 8 plys of maple so it is going to be stiff and perform excellent when downhill at high speeds.

This is going to make sure that when you lean hard into those sharp corners, you will never get “wheel bite”. Wheel bite is when the wheels touch the bottom of the board, resulting in loss of speed and sometimes a nasty wipe out.

Conclusion

There you go guys, now you know which Sector 9 longboards to pick up and what to expect from them

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