This week just kept getting better and better for longboarders, with yet another major release announced and this time from a fellow east coaster! Bustin’ Boards has been stepping their game up over the last year or so, with the EQ, Boombox, Rat Mobile, Mekanik, Yo Face and Sportster, allowing them to offer a complete line of boards for any riding style from downhill, to freeride, and pushing. So, the question became, where do you go next? Enter the Boombox Pro and Sportster Pro.
These two decks weren’t supposed to make their way to the market until 2013, but for one reason or another Santa did some serious negotiating with Bustin’ and got them to release a limited quantity of each board in time for the holidays. The presale is going on now, and boards will start actually shipping on December 1st.
So what’s so different about these already well known boards? What makes them “Pro” you ask? Bustin’ has gone ahead and added to layers of triaxial fiberglass, sandwiching the rock hard Canadian maple they’re using as a core. The result is a much stiffer ride and a much more durable, waterproof board. This is the same stuff you see Original using in their Apex 40 and Apex 37 and is becoming more and more common throughout the industry as people realize its benefits. Another cool part about these boards are that they’re constructed here in the United States (on the east coast as well, in North Carolina) by skaters for skaters. I dig that.
The Boombox Pro will come in two flavors: Freestyle and Freeride. The Freestyle version, as you might guess, is a little more flexible than the Freeride version, due to its 6 ply maple core versus the Freeride’s 7 ply core. The Freestyle also ends up being a little lighter because of this, but if you’re looking to go fast or are a little bit heavier — the Freeride would be my pick.
The Sportster Pro only has one version as it was designed by Jeff Vyain to be an LDP board that can also hit speed when needed. Designed around riders that are around 180 lbs or less, the board has some mild flex but benefits from the dampening effects of the triaxial fiberglass and also gets the durability and water proof perks as well.
The price is right on these two puppies, as well. Both the Boombox and Sportster Pro will set you back $175 for the deck, however the Sportster Pro Complete is a full DOLLAR cheaper than the Boombox Pro Complete at $287 and $288 respectively. I’m sure there’s a reason for the $1 difference — I just can’t put my finger on what it is. These boards should prove to be tanks, and will allow you to get your moneys worth for sure.
I have yet to get a chance to ride either of these boards, but the Boombox and EQ are siblings so I can only imagine how comfortable the Boombox Pro is. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these suckers to try for sure.