Alright guys, the word is out, 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.
Yes, we all like to choose what we buy based on how the products look. We hate to break it to you, but, 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.
Sector 9 Longboards Designed for Your Style
All of these longboards are going to ride very well and are a good investment. Just make sure that you pick a board that is suited for you and your riding style.
For Any Beginner: Sector 9 Lookout
The Sector 9 Lookout is the most unique board on this list because it is the only board made from bamboo. Yes, 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. 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.
Anyways, this board is just over 41″ long so it gives beginners are nice, stable base when just starting out. It is also 9.6″ wide so you have tons of room to put your feet and maybe even try some crossovers and flatland tricks.
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.
It has basic 78a Nineball wheels with Abec 5 bearings. These 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.
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 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. This board is very easy to adapt to and is the longboard we recommend for most beginners out there.
The Need For Speed: 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. This board is Sector 9’s best downhill rider and for good reason. 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. On top of those is the deck. The deck has an adjustable wheel base. So you can change the length between the trucks from 25.5″ to 30.5″ 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 out in downhill riding we recommend setting your wheelbase to be longer so that you feel more stability until you become more comfortable.
The deck has a concave mold to it, this means the edges of the board (where your toes and heels touch the board) are curved up and higher than the center. 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 downhilling at high speeds.
If you flip the board upside down you will see the wheel wells carved out above the trucks. 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.
Freestyle Longboard: Sector 9 Sprocket II
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 board has both a nose and tail so you can get some decent pop off the ground. You can actually Ollie with it. It also has a wide 9.8″ width so you can show off some fun cross steps and other dancing moves.
The board is a drop-through setup, this meaning that 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.
The Sector 9 Sprocket is perfect for mellow hills and afternoon flat ground sessions. Enjoy!
The Different Riding Styles
The components of the longboard strongly suit it for a certain type of riding. And choosing a longboard that is built for your riding style is going to be easier and more comfortable to ride for long period of time. The four major riding styles out there are downhill, freestyle, freeride, and cruising.
Downhill is a fast paced style of longboarding. The whole objective to this type of riding is to get going the fastest you possibly can. This riding style is for those adrenaline junkies out there that love to live on the edge and come as close to danger as possible. This truly is a dangerous style and should always be taken seriously with the proper safety equipment and longboard design. The ideal longboard for downhill riding would be something stiff with many layers of material in the deck. It should have wheels with a low durometer to keep you gripped to the ground and in control at all times. Trucks that are solid and very responsive so you can make the board go the direction you always want it to. Those are the main components and we are going to help you find something like that below.
Freestyle. It is a unique style of riding where it combines some speed and style alone. Sliding, flipping the board, hanging ten. These are all what you can expect to see from a longboard freerider. They are the most stylish type of riding and require a proper board to meet their needs. A perfect freeriding board would be a deck that is lighter, less layers of material, and has a drop-through or drop-down feature, and some sort of kick-tail. This will give you a lower center of gravity and make sliding and tricking a whole lot easier.
Free riding is all about those long powerslides. It’s not about just going down the hill at high speeds. It’s about going down the hill sideways at high speeds. Talk about danger! Wheels with a high durometer would be perfect because they will help you catch those long slides and maintain speed and control. Getting into this style of riding requires you to obtain sliding gloves. You don’t want road rash all off your palms now do you?
Just cruising around on your longboard throughout the town is a casual style of riding. It doesn’t take much effort but can be very relaxing and a good form of exercise. This is usually a style for beginners because the boards designed for cruising usually have a wider deck to give you more stability to get comfortable while riding. The boards designed for this style are used as an entry to the sport of longboarding and can almost adapt to any other style of riding. You will be able to try some downhilling and freeriding with this board but it will obviously not be as ideal as a longboard designed for downhill or freeriding. Pick up one of these boards if you are not sure what style of riding you are into and start exploring!