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Characteristics of Plastic Cruiser Boards
The deck of a plastic skateboard is characterized by being smaller and narrower than a conventional skateboard deck. Furthermore, because they are made of plastic instead of wood, plastic cruisers are extra lightweight. The plastic material also makes it easy to create decks with all sorts of colors and patterns. The soft wheels are relatively large and wide, providing good grip and speed.
The design of plastic skateboards resembles the old school design of the skateboards from the 1970s. They have a practical size, are easy to maneuver, and therefore are optimal for cruising around town.
Penny Boards Are Synonymous with Plastic Cruiser Boards
Penny Boards is a brand founded by Ben Mackay in Australia. Their small, plastic penny skateboards have become so popular that the Penny brand has pretty much become synonymous with the plastic cruiser board.
Penny is still by far the most popular brand in the plastic skateboard industry. Some other brands have started to gain ground, and you can find quality plastic cruisers from several other manufacturers too.
Are Plastic Skateboards Good?
Plastic cruiser skateboards are a great choice for cruising and transportation. They are easy to carry around in your backpack or in your hands, making them perfect companions for the urban environment.
But if you want a board made specifically for tricks, then you need a wooden skateboard. Plastic cruisers come with small decks and without grip tapes, which makes it hard to practice and land tricks.
So if you are more into making tricks, have a look at our Complete Skateboard selection.