This board has just a little bit of rocker, a little bit of W-concave, and a lot of downhill fun. Check out the wood burned graphic with the hand-sprayed finish, a lot of work and pride went into this deck! A serious downhill setup isn't complete without multiple wheelbase options, so whoever at Duster designed this obviously gets their demographic because they give you four options ranging from 26"-27.5". The big wheel-wells allow pretty much any size wheel to fit without having to add risers or ride with super tight trucks. This Kodiak is great for beginners and pros alike. It's all downhill from here, and that's a good thing.
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.
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).
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.
Directional - Directional boards might have concave towards the front, maybe the tail is tapered, it could be shaped to have a fatter nose than tail, and it probably feels awkward if you hop on backwards. However, when you want to pump a board, or you want to have something that sets you up for the fastest line, directional boards are great. Whether you are looking for a really responsive directional board for carving and cruising or a precision downhill deck, a directional board could be in your future.
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.
W-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 and W-concave looks like the letter W, makes sense right? Breaking away into a slide becomes easier with this style because you have a little more support where your toes/heels will anchor.
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.
7-Ply Construction - Traditional for a reason, 7 ply maple construction gives you a deck that is durable, sturdy and poppy without breaking the bank.
Slant 180mm Inverted Trucks - Slant Inverted Trucks provide a smooth, stable roll for easy carving and transitions with great stability at higher speeds. Featuring high-grade alloy construction and hardware, these trucks are engineered to stand up to the most abusive skating. All Slant trucks are guaranteed for life.
Dusters 71mm, 78a Wheels - These Duster wheels feature an 78a durometer that's soft and grippy.
A good cruiser wheel, but more ideal for longboarding, you'll be able to ride over rough surfaces without any issues.
Dusters Ultimate Cruising ABEC 7 Bearings - ABEC 7 bearings are more precise than ABEC 5 bearings and are polished to a higher tolerance. A higher tolerance bearing provides faster wheel rotation and less wear over time.
|Wheelbase (in):||26.0 - 27.5|