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Best skateboard ramps 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated November 1, 2019
Best skateboard ramps of 2018
The table below summarizes features, and below you’ll find more detailed reviews of each good. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands.
Below you can find 3 reviews of the best skateboard ramps to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. You must have heard that the best skateboard ramps should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this skateboard ramps win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this skateboard ramps come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this skateboard ramps take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
skateboard ramps Buyer’s Guide
If you are too particular about having a perfect slope then this quarter pipe should be your choice. Its computerized cut pieces ensure that you get the perfectly angled slope for your tricks. The installation is pretty simple with already cut and drilled boards and galvanized screws. The high quality plywood used makes it ideal for outdoor use. Its strength makes up for the short width of only feet. If you are looking for a small, lightweight and durable skateboard ramp for street or transition skateboarding, this would be it.
This is a factor that determines what type of ramp you should get. If you are a heavier rider, a molded plastic ramp may not be the best choice for you. A plywood or metal base should be sturdy enough to accommodate just about anyone but make sure you read the maximum weight capacity before you start using the ramp.
In terms of material, the surface material is the most important to consider. Because this is the part of the ramp that makes contact with the wheels most often, it is the most important part to get right. Plywood, molded plastic and Masonite are all viable options for surface construction.
If you’re like me and often forget to take your ramps inside, you will definitely want to make sure they are weather proof. Many ramps out there are specially coated so that they are rust proof and also designed not to warp with sun and rain exposure.
Weight of the ramp
This may not seem like a big deal but it can make a difference after a while. If you are going to be moving the ramp inside and outside constantly, it might make sense to make sure the ramp is light enough to move without hurting your back. Although the sturdier ramps tend to be heavier, you can still get the best of both worlds if that is important to you.
Grip tape is a sandpaper-like material with an adhesive back applied to the top of a skateboard deck. This gives you traction so you don’t slip off the skateboard deck with every small turn. As you increase your skills, it also allows you to push, maneuver and stay with the board as needed during tricks.
Grip tape usually comes in a sheet size of 9” x 33” to fit standard street skateboard decks. Each manufacturer varies slightly on the grit type on their grip tape, but for a beginner, any sheet of grip tape will do.
Grip tape is available in a large variety of designs, cut-outs and colors. So personalize it as you see fit and choose whatever suits you.
Complete skateboards already come with grip tape applied. Skateboard decks sold separately will need a sheet of grip tape applied and cut to size. There are numerous videos online demonstrating how to apply grip tape, or you can contact us for help on gripping your skateboard deck.
Two trucks are needed to attach your wheels and bearings to your skateboard deck. Trucks are manufactured in a variety of widths and heights as well as material and designs from several manufacturers.
For a beginner, you will want a mid-height (standard height) truck and need only be concerned with the width. The skateboard deck width you choose will determine the truck width needed.
Sometimes you’ll see a hanger width as well as an axle width. It’s the full axle width that you need to pay attention to. Basically on any truck width you can go plus or minus a 1/4″ for the deck width.
Trucks come with the hardware needed to attach your wheels/bearings to the axles, but trucks do not come with the hardware needed to attach your trucks to the skateboard deck.
Each set of skateboard hardware includes bolts and locknuts. The bolts come in a variety of lengths, and each manufacturer tends to vary its colors or head type to stand out from the rest.
For a beginner, you’ll want the standard 1” length, which is the length you need for trucks attached to a skateboard deck without risers. If you get risers, just add that length into the hardware you need. For example, using 1/8” risers would then mean getting 1/8” hardware.
As far as brands, colors and head types, that’s up to you. For the most part, they’re all good…so customize as you see fit.
Wheels come in sets of for a complete assembly and are made of urethane in a variety of widths, diameters (height) and durometers (hardness).
To simplify this for a beginner, don’t worry about the width as that is something you can fine tune later for what you like the best. Start with a diameter in the 52-5range and a durometer in the 90s-100. This will give a solid wheel that works great for street, ramps and skate parks. Wheels in this range have just enough grip to learn, but hard enough to slide your wheels on harder surfaces when needed.
Don’t get too caught up in brands when starting out. Choose whatever color and design that is your style, and stick within the diameter and durometer range above.
For assembly, as well as later adjustments, pickup a skate tool from ChutingStar. These all-in-one tools have the exact sizes needed for assembling the truck hardware, putting on your wheels and adjusting your kingpin nut on your trucks.
Contact the ChutingStar Crew for any further assistance or help on choosing that first skateboard…or that first “real” skateboard.
Now it’s time to build your first “real” skateboard with the ChutingStar Skateboard Builder. Get to picking out all the parts step-by-step, starting right here at this link.
A local hardware store should have most of what you need to build this ramp. The transitions will be made from 3/4-inch plywood, while the layers will be 3/8-inch plywood. You will also need six, 8-foot 2x4s, a 4-foot length of 3/8-inch schedule 80 steel pipe and an optional sheet of 3/16-inch steel, cut into a 1-foot by 4-foot rectangle. To fasten everything, you’ll need pound of 5/8-inch screws and another box of 1/2-inch screws.
A good steel fabricator shop will gladly sell you the pipe and the sheet metal, and it should also be willing to cut these materials down to size. If the ramp will stay in the weather, treated lumber is a wise investment, as is another piece of sheet metal for the top layer — or the surface.
Cutting the Wood
Follow the instructions on DIY Skate for cutting the wood. The 2x4s will serve as bracing, and the thicker plywood will be the walls of the ramp. They must be cut into a specific curve — called the transition. Transitions can be looser or tighter, depending on the radius of the curve.
Tight transitions can be dangerously fast, especially for a beginner. Loose transitions are easy to learn on, but become boring quickly. This Video shows how to draw and cut a transition template. Use the first one to trace out the second one so that they match perfectly.
A good hand rail
It may be hard to really emulate what is available on the actual streets but a skate park should have a decent rail set up complete with stairs. To be fair to both skateboarders and Rollerbladers a round rail and a square rail would be nice. An example of a bad handrail set up would be the park I grew up skating, one handrail which was square and about a foot and a half off the ground with no stairs so if you did fall you had a nice slanted concrete slide to go shooting down.
A good bathroom
Seems like an easy one right? Wrong! Some skate parks will have no bathrooms and some will simply have a one room stall that is “supposed” to be cleaned by the park attendants but never does. If you are putting in a solid session and you are at the skate park for a couple of hours a good bathroom is kind of a big deal.
A good skate park should have legit hours, not just open when they feel like it and closed when they don’t. This is not as big of an issue with indoor skate parks but growing up skating an outdoor park that was fenced and locked when closed I had countless skate days ruined because it sprinkled rain in the AM for an hour and the rest of the day was sunny but they didn’t open, this was frustrating as all get out.
Good up keep
This can make or break a skate park. I can no longer go to one of my favorite skate parks I used to skate daily when growing up because they have not kept up their transitions and now there is a good half to full inch gaps before some of the ramps. Bad up keep can be minuscule from not taking the garbage out the night before to not having the park fixed due to wear but when it starts to inhibit the skate-ability of the obstacles it is a huge issue.
Correctly poured concrete
As more and more skate parks are being made up of concrete it is more and more imperative that these parks are poured by professionals that understand how important it is to pour this correctly. Great skate parks can be ruined by terrible concrete pours so be on the lookout for properly poured skate parks.
Rude park attendants
You know the ones, they can’t be bothered to help you between their texting and friend visitation. And, let’s be honest, most skate park attendants are skateboarders which is not a big deal as long as they don’t discriminate towards aggressive skaters and others but sometimes you get the “I’m better than you” skateboarder that has no patience for those darn “fruitbooters”.
Vending machines selling energy drinks
So, maybe you want to get amped up on an energy drink before skating so stop at the local consumption market but these should not be able to be accessed by kids that may be left at the skate park. And really, if you need more energy than skating already provides you may want to evaluate things further.
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This is the most important consideration. A well-fitting knee pad will not restrict your range of motion. It will shift with your movements and allow you to bend your knees. If it is too tight then you will be uncomfortable. If it is too loose then it might not protect you.
So how can you ensure that the one you buy will fit perfectly? Well, there are two ways of doing so.
Based on your knee size
One way of determining whether a knee pad will fit is by knowing its measurements and the measurements of your knee. Specifically, you need to measure the distance round your knee (at the center of the knee). You can do so by using a tape measure or a string and then reading the measure using a ruler.
Alternatively, instead of buying very thick ones you can buy attachable knee gaskets. They are donut shaped pieces that add a layer to your regular knee pad.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your skateboard ramps wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of skateboard ramps
- №1 — Skate & BMX – Grind Launch Ramp – Blue
- №2 — Ten-Eighty Micro Flybox Launch Ramp Set
- №3 — Landwave Skateboard Ramp 2-Pack