Where do I even start with this board review? Latitude Longboards set out to make a unique but simple board design, and Im happy to report that they have done exactly that. Though simple isn’t exactly the same as basic…this board is anything but your plain old deck. Lets get a low down of the board, and see what surprises it has in store. The board is 38” long and 9.5” wide with a wheelbase ranging from 24”-29”. That’s all pretty typical your standard downhill/free ride board. However, it also features the signature t-concave from latitude and with a thick vert-lam construction of oak, ash, and walnut woods Latitude utilizes a CNC chassis design to reduce weight and add strength.
Aesthetically, this board is obviously a masterpiece. The CNC chassis looks like they combined awesomeness of some sci-fi spaceship with the elegance of vaulted ceilings. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I don’t care. The first time holding the board you’ll probably realize right away that the board weighs a lot for your typical topmount (similar to an evo, but much smaller). With it set up it becomes more comparable to a boulder than a another board. Now your thinking things like “Fuck that noise”, “That sounds awful.” And “I wonder whats on youtube”. (Didn’t think I could read your mind, did you? Well I can…and it’s disgusting in there.)
Don’t write this beast off just yet though. It may be a bitch to carry back uphill…but honestly, I was quite surprised myself at how light the board felt while riding. Sliding the board is effortless and fun, and you have an unexpected amount of control when going sideways. The board does feature two kick tails that, believe it or not, are damn functional when you have it at the small wheel base. Though they are going to be fighting against the overall weight of the board when trying to nail your big rotations or flip tricks. Landings will be solid as a rock and you will definitely get your kick turns and manuels on lock if you ever had to take this tank into town. Though, I would recommend this board for mostly DH and freeride over LDP or even freestyle. Though it makes for quite the conversation piece on short commutes.
The board does come with some visually pleasing features that some would consider counter productive. Just a few Design flaws that could hinder performance in some way. The main one is that the boards rails come with rounded edges which aren’t gripped stock (though Latitude is still working on the final grip design, and seems open to customization). Which, at higher speeds we noticed it wasn’t the best at locking you in. Though, after being gripped they make for very effective and comfortable gas pedals. Also, the wheel wells are really deep but with equally deep flush mounts and a thick bar from the chassis between them, the board is designed around axles above 180mm. Luckily, that was also easily fixed with a little sanding. Though, while I’m ever the advocate of form over function…even I have to admit some edits can be unsightly on this board. It really shouldn’t matter, but I’d still suggest trying a wider hangar or even just a riser before attempting to mutilate this deck.
This is definitely a deck for the collectors, but not the kind that’s just for looking pretty on your wall. The board is unique and honestly I haven’t rode anything like it before, so it was a thrill doing this review. My preferred set up for the board was 44 cals with no riser and any 65 mm wheel with a narrow contact patch. If you live where there are mountains and hills everywhere? Then get your hands on a latitude board to add to your quiver it’ll add a little spice to your collection. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook here.
DISCLAIMER: This company was confident enough in its quality that it was willing to provide me with product to review.