Downhill - Downhill is like freefall; something to be experienced, not described. Downhill incorporates elements of carving, freestyle, and freeride with the main focus on the thrill of speed. Look for technical features using everything from fiberglass, to w-concave, urethane bumpers, and a plethora of materials. Get your full face helmet and pucks out, and head to the hills.
Freeride - Much of skateboarding has been created by people who push the envelope on what is thought to be possible. Freeride is a direct result of this. Slide pucks and buttery wheels are your best friends once you have freeride on your mind. Often featuring concave that create pockets for your feet and shorter wheelbases, freeride boards are meant to make power slides as natural as your choice to skate.
Top Mount - The classic skate mount. Trucks are mounted from the top to sit flush with the bottom of the board for that proven ride and feel (as opposed to drop-through mounts, which are mounted through the board to lower your center of gravity).
Drop Down - Drop Down boards lower your center of gravity just like drop through constructed boards, the difference being that one is a mount style, and the other features a dropped down platform in the construction. Drop Down boards are constructed to dip down below where the trucks are mounted which means you're closer to the road, this style of board is used primarily for downhill riding because it offers more stability and control, and gives you more leverage when cornering and sliding.
Rocker - The rocker profile can be seen from the side and is identified as a slight smile. Rocker decks are great for both downhill and freeride. You'll feel snug and secure on a rocker profile and this is especially useful for freeride beginners.
Symmetrical - Symmetrical boards are ideal for freeride and freestyle. The freeride pros will tell you that figuring out how to come out of a slide switch is not an easy task and having a symmetrical deck underfoot will help you speed through the learning curve to the top of the class. Freestyle skaters love their double kicks and reliable symmetrical boards to land flip tricks. So if these pursuits sound like your style, check out symmetrical boards.
Double Kicks - With a kicktail at the nose and tail of the board ollies and flip tricks will become part of your arsenal. With symmetrical nose and tail kicks you are sure to enjoy switch riding as well. Double kicks are most often found on freestyle boards, but can add versatility to any deck.
Wheel Wells/Flares - For the boards that don't need full wheel cutouts, wheel wells are beveled out of the board to give the extra clearance needed to avoid wheelbite.
Deep Concave - With the right concave underfoot you'll feel you can skate anything. Concavity can be seen if you look at a board straight down the nose to the tail. Deep concave can be great for slides, but also provides a platform in the middle for downhill riding when you want your speed tuck to be pristine. Concavity is always a personal preference so try a new concave and see how it changes your daily ride.
Adjustable Wheel Base - Sometimes you want a highly maneuverable setup that can navigate around people and cars in the city and turn on a dime. Other times you want a longer wheelbase for stability at speed. A board with an adjustable wheel base will have multiple truck mounting positions so you can change your setup according to your environment.
8-Ply Hard Rock Maple Construction - 8 plies of hard-rock maple, sandwiched together for solid stiffness. The end result is a flowing ride with little flex. Hard rock maple construction creates durable, long lasting boards with great impact resistance. Alternating peeled veneer layers are laminated with water resistant glue under high pressure to form the structural laminate of a skateboard. Maple is a high density wood that's naturally water resistant and low maintenance.
Wheel Flares - Wheel flares lock in your front toe and provide a sturdy stance for toeside cornering and sliding.