The 36-Inch, Plastic Longboard: Your New Favorite Ride

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What It Is: A plastic, 36-inch longboard that kicks back to 1970s-era skateboard design, built by Australia-based manufacturer Penny Skateboards.

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Why We Like It: Let’s make this clear: We’re no Tony Hawk and have very little experience on a skateboard — kick-flipping or even just getting from point A to B. Turns out that’s not a problem. This board is forgiving — with easy steering by leaning to each side, but also a bit of zip (and easy storage) thanks to its length. It’s made of plastic, meaning it’s also super flexible, and absorbs every crack and divot in the pavement and can even easily take on speed bumps. Penny says the plastic also makes it more durable. And so far, so good: It has stood up to several hard drops, and a few crashes, since its first date with concrete. 

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Nitpick: The board isn’t too heavy, but carrying it in between rides still can get tiresome after a few hours. Luckily, there’s a simple solution for that.

[$160; pennyskateboards.com]