The Laissez Faire Anarchy…this is going to be a pretty hard review for me to stay unbiased with, since this is one of my favorite boards. Probably the most used of my personal quiver, due not only to quality but versatility. No matter the weather, the time, where I am or if I’ve got the gas money to get anywhere else…this board can make a fun sesh out of any situation. Which is why I’ve gravitated towards it a lot lately. Lots of stressful things going on and not much time to skate? Well, not only can you pull the Anarchy out and thrash just waiting at the bus stop…but it sure takes a beating! So you can really get out some of that aggression you have over your piece of shit car. Then, once you finally can drive to the hill again guess which board still feels right under your feet? I mean, you know… hypothetical situation of coarse, but regardless…
I know I rag on the modern popsicle deck sometimes. A slightly more angled 7.5″ kick instead of a 7″ kick that’s a degree lower isn’t the most creative tweak you can make when designing a board. Though, the truth is, it does make a huge difference in how the same exact shape will perform. These subtleties aren’t the eye catching spectacles that longboard concaves are, but get the right one under your feet and you won’t care if it looks any different than your buddies…it’s just better. That being said, there’s something magical about a hybrid deck from a company with more skateboards in their line up than longboards (or I guess an equal amount now that the Warmonger comes as a KT). I had a hunch they knew how to make a DK, and boy was I right. The kicks are the perfect length/angle for insane pop and great leverage and control. The base of which is already a great little pocket, but add wheel wells and you always know exactly where you’re feet are. We know why that’s good on a hill, but even in street skating it’s advantageous. You know right where your wheels are based on their relation to the easily felt wheel wells. This means you can change stance without looking…and know exactly how much leverage you’ll be getting over the trucks. So changing the height of your ollies is quick and easy, and things like tweaking grinds start to come more naturally.
For the sake of space let’s combine freeride and tech into a Downhill Slide section. It’s just different duros anyway. Depending on the width of your stance and the way you intend to ride, both the 36″ and the 33″ are great options. I have a somewhat wide stance and haven’t quite gotten used to the front foot in the nose thing all the best tech sliders do. So for me, the 36″ is perfect for both disciplines. I ride with my front foot cocked forward in an angle between the flares. It’s not only a good stance for holding out checks, but with most my foot over the bolts I get stability when I need it and just a little leverage over the nose when I feel like eating shit. With my back foot just past the flares wedged in the base of the kick you get one hell of a pocket and easy access to the tail. No matter where you shuffle your feet the flares really do cradle you. That, the great concave, and well designed kicks is really the only subtle things keeping it from feeling like you’re shooting downhill on a skateboard. A feeling I personally hate…luckily, everything about the Anarchy is designed to function like a skateboard, but feel secure and stable like a Longboard. They really nailed the balance, and the result is insanely fun.
The Anarchy kills it at big parks. Small technical parks? Not so much. While I love it in the actual street, a lot of “street” inspired parks are designed to utilize limited space, so they can get cramped. Plus, small ramps are awkward on a 36″ deck. If my back wheels just barely left the flat when my front ones hit coping, it’s not exactly fun to skate that. Plus, the ever popular Jersey barrier is even harder to ride, not that I can even do it on a skateboard. On the other hand, anywhere you wouldn’t mind taking some technicality for stability and the Anarchy is king. The bowl, the vert ramp, the tranny section, big funboxes, big hubbas, double digit stair sets. Basically anywhere that you’d want the board to feel really secure and glued to your feet… because that’s exactly what it’s designed to do. Plus, the width gives you the leverage and control to maneuver large ramps in a fluid, seamless way that maintains your momentum very efficiently, and the option for larger wheels keeps everything smooth and fast. As always, the wells are also great reference points, since looking at your feet is even more disastrous (at least for complete noobs like me) when you’re literally sideways on the vert.
I know, I’ve been including flatground in my reviews a lot lately. You have to understand though, Freestyle was my life throughout the 90s when everyone else was on vert ramps and 27 steps measuring each other’s dic- oops, I mean air. Now that it’s becoming even a little bit accepted, you better believe I’m not going to shut up about it! Plus, the whole reason I said the Anarchy has been so good to me is because it has no boundaries. You don’t even need a curb or an incline, a block of concrete is all you need. Go out to the sidewalk and learn primos, caspers, walk the dog, butterflips, ect… It all works. The curvature of the concave and the rounded rail isn’t perfect for balancing primos, but the wheel wells allow for much larger wheels…which makes balancing so easy, you won’t even notice the rounded rails. In fact, large wheels+round rails make balancing a wash and make pivoting from rail much easier, so frankly I prefer it. The kicks could be less steep for caspers, but not so much that some undercarriage grip (or just a scratched to shit tail) won’t fix it. Plus, the extra ply and solid construction keeps the rail from compressing/splitting from excessive truckstands or even pogos. It really is insanely fun, and much better than NOT skating if you’re stranded somewhere flat.
So…yea. That’s the Anarchy. Pretty cool, huh? I mean, considering it probably won’t be winning the “absolute best deck for this discipline” award in any of the aforementioned categories…it would still be impressive to grab second place across the board. Especially such a close second like the Anarchy would. Between their street series and longboards like the Warmonger killing it in their respective feels, the Anarchy probably was intended to bride the gap. Which it does with insane pop. Get it? Yea…you get it. Check out their Facebook for more.