Landyachtz 9TWO5 Longboard


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    Our original symmetrical freeride board, the 9 Two 5 features rocker, progressive W-concave and gas pedals for a locked in and comfortable stance when drifting. The symmetrical shape makes it ideal for freeriding and high speed slides.


    Landyachtz - How it started:
    Landyachtz started in the fall of 1997 when Mike and Tom met up at the University of Victoria. They had been friends and skated together in elementary school but had not seen each other in years. Growing up on the Northshore of Vancouver they were exposed to skating steep hills at a very young age. When they ran into each other, Mike was riding a homemade board - he had made some boards in his spare time. Tom was one of those kids that was always drawing and really into art. Mike was very handy and good at building things. They decided to team up and started making some personal rides in Tom's basement.
     
    They spent that year learning to make skateboards. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of prototypes. That summer Mike went back to Whistler and Tom got a job at a sign shop so he could learn how to silkscreen and work on his art. Halfway through the summer they ditched their jobs and focused entirely on building boards. They moved to Whistler because they got access to the tuning room in the basement of the Blackcomb ski club cabin. The ski club's cabin was at the top of a long hill with lots of hairpins. They knew they had to produce boards that were better than the existing boards on the market so they produced countless prototypes and road them down the gnarly test hill. One of the prototypes was a lowered skateboard with the trucks mounted above the foot platform.

    Over the next 2 years the workshop moved four times into different basements and garages. At one time, Mike and Tom had their press setup in a tiny tool shed in the backyard of a house they rented. They also made a spray booth in their carport out of poly where Tom screened and sprayed the boards. Although they didn't have a high tech facility they were able to produce very innovative boards because of their creativity and their relentless testing.

    In 2005 the guys from Invasion finally moved out and Landyachtz took over the entire 2700sqft space.  It was a big step but the business and the sport were growing so it was a risk they had to take.  After about a year, the 2700sqft factory was overflowing and Landyachtz needed more space.  There was another warehouse across the street of similar size so they rented it for packing and shipping.  The problem was getting the freshly manufactured boards across the busy street to be assembled and shipped.  For about a year Landyachtz employees played frogger crossing  1st St. in North Vancouver till we finally found our current home.

    In 2007, 10 years after it all started,  Landyachtz moved to 1221 Glen Dr.  The new factory is situated next to Strathcona Park in the heart of beautiful Vancouver.   The building was in rough shape and needed a lot of work.  Rather than put the stress on the environment of demolishing and building a new building, Mike and Tom decided to restore the old building.  It took a lot of time and hardwork but the building is a now a 9000 sqft skateboard factory that employees over 20 skateboarders.  With most of the Landyachtz staff living within skating distance it was a nice change.  Commuting to work became a fun skate.   Every employee at Landyachtz is passionate about skateboarding and that passion goes into every one of our products.

    The goal was always to make the best boards on the market through innovative designs and a focus on durable products.  That is still the Goal today.
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    Size Guide

    Size guide for long-boarding

    Choosing a longboard can easily be a tough thing to do, and seem a jungle to begin with. We have gathered the most important things to have in mind, when on the lookout for a longboard. There's a lot of different sizes, shapes, types of wheels etc.

    Before buying a longboard, figure out what you're going to be using it for. There exist longboards best for transportation, and longboards designed to roll down steep hills with high speeds, and longboards shaped after surfboards for an awesome surf like feeling.

    You are of course always welcome to contact us here should you be in doubt about which longboard you should consider buying.

    Longboard design

    different shapes of longboards

    The right longboard design will make your longboarding experiences much better. It is important to choose the correct longboard shape, suitable for your style. A Cruiser longboard is typically shaped like a surfboard, and works the same way too. With such a longboard you can achieve that surfing like feeling. There also exists a cruiser longboard in a smaller format, which is called a Mini Cruiser. This board is a smaller fun and practical longboard, which easily can be put under your arm when on the bus or with the train. A longboard made for Downhill is a bit stiffer than the other shapes, since it's made to handle high speeds down steep hills. A downhill longboard is also perfect for slides, due to the materials and the shape of the deck. A Freeride board is a great mix of it all, and is an ideal longboard for the beginner. These types of longboards is often easier to use and get better on than the other. We recommend you start of with a freeride longboard, to gain a better understanding and feel of the sport. There after you can begin to specialize yourself of a particular type within longboarding. There also exists another special type of a longboard, the Surfskate. This longboard is mounted with some special trucks, which spins really fast, and gives opportunity to accelerate, without touching the asphalt with the feet.

    Trucks mounting

    trucks mounting of longboards

    There is to standard types of trucks mountings within longboarding. There's topmounted and drop through. 

    On a topmounted longboard your longboard is raised from the asphalt, which makes it more lively. This is perfect for those who wants the surfing feel longboard, so they can ride through the streets on waves of the city. These topmounteded longboards are more lively and therefore not as ideal for the beginner, who needs a little ease to begin with. A topmounted longboard can both be used for low speed surf feeling, but also the best downhill riders uses topmounted longboards. 

    Et drop through longboard is an all around, easy to to begin with type. Are you the kind of person that likes to play around with your longboard at times, or are using it for transportation, then a longboard with drop through mounting a great choice for you. Most people riding on longboards, will feel best about a longboard with drop through mounting.

    When riding on a longboard it is important to have your safety top notch. We therefore recommened you wear a helmet, knee-, elbow- and wrists pads and protectors. You can find our whole selection of protection gear for longboarding here.

    all longboards

    Surf Feel / Carving:

    Carving is a unique riding style within longboarding that is very similar to ordinary surfing on the water. When carving, you push your body weight alternately toward your heel and toe so you end up skating in an "S" shaped pattern or a soft wave shape. Once you've learned to carve properly, you'll experience extremely good control over your board.

    Cruising:

    Cruising is probably the most relaxing form of longboarding there is. It is generally about going out and enjoying the worlds beauty and having fun. A good cruise trip usually involves a lot of carving in all kinds of speeds, as well as some freeride and speed check. It can also be when you use your board as transportation, to attend school or at work. There are really no limits in crusing.

    Freestyle:

    Freestyle longboarding consists largely of technical stunts. Many of the stunts are inspired by the classic and traditional stunts we know from regular skateboarding. These are usually stunts where you pop the board off the ground and do a lot of flips and spins.

    Long distance push:

    Long distance push is a riding style that, as the name suggests, is about riding longer distances at a time. The riding style requires a board with a comfortable setup and good performance, so it's comfortable and efficient on the long trips. LDP boards are usually very close to the ground as it allows the skater to push it up from the ground without having to dip very much.

    Downhill:

    Downhill is a highly technical high-speed riding style that requires you to be an expert in longboarding, as it may otherwise be extremely dangerous. It consists of riding downhill on mountains, racetrack areas or similar, while sliding side to side and playing with the speeds.

    Length:

    The length of the longboard deck has a major influence on the riding characteristics of the longboard, and how stable you stand. Longer longboards are usually easier to stand on than shorter longboards, as this gives you a wider footstep. Generally, longboards with a length of 0 - 32 "are called mini cruisers, while longboards with a length of 33" - 37 "are known as small longboards. Both sizes are best suited for cruising and transportation. Slightly longer boards with a length of 38 "42" are the most regular longboards and they are best suited for carving, freeride and freestyle. The longest longboards range from 43 "- 48" and are called large longboards or dance boards. They can be used for both carving, crusing, freestyle, and downhill.

    Width:

    Your boards width depends on your footsize. You need to have space for your feet on the board. This also means that the bigger feet you have the wider your longboard needs to be. Boards with more width are often suitable for maneuver where your feet or grip surface is in focus: Sliding, Freestyle, carving. Narrow boards caters more for cruising and transport.

    Wheelbase:

    The wheelbase is the distance between the two trucks of the board. The wheelbase alone gives the board its capacity of changing direction. Long wheelbase allows more control over your change of direction, which is ideal for downhill and slides. If you want to use your longboard for cruising, carve or downhill a wide wheelbase would be ideal, whereas a short wheelbase would be better for freestyle and city riding, where you take small sharp turns all the time.

    Deck material:

    The material of the deck is relevant to flex, durability and quality. If you want a flexible longboard, bamboo is the best sollution for you, it is however not very sustainable. For a sustainable longboard you should choose one made of canadian maple. There is a way to make the decks either more durable or more rigid. It involves a a procedure where a layer of either fiberglass or carbon is incorporated in the materials. The thickness of these layers gives the deck more durability or stiffness. There are many different combinations of these materials that can be made, to make the perfect longboard just for you. The best materials are canadian maple mixed with carbon or fiberglass and the bad materials are recycled wood, since this has zero flexibility. Other half bad materials are chinese maple, whicg has very little flexibility as well. En general when speaking about wood, one determines the quality after how many knots and impurities are in it. The fewer the better. 

    Concave:

    Concave is an inverted curvw that extends from edge to edge of the longboard deck surface. The whole point with concave is to give your board a better reaction capability by pulling up the edges of the board so that they are tightly under the skater's feet. In general, concave allows you stand firmer and have a better grip when skating.

    Flex:

    The flex of a board are an expression of stiffness. Stiff boards have a very fast steering and provides stability and control, which is suitable for Sliding, Freestyle and Downhill. Flexy boards are not very stable, but more comfortable to ride as the deck adapts to your movements. Flexy boards are therefore suitable for carving, freeride and Cruising.

    Deck form:

    Longboard decks are available in many different forms. One of them is called Twintip. Twintip boards are symmetrical and can ride equally in both directions and is therefore good for Slides, Freeride, Freestyle. Pintail boards are inspired by surf boards, with narrow ends and are suitable for cruising. At last we have Directional boards, which can have different shapes. They are directional as the name indicates, which is often used for Downhill and cruising. Longboards can actually also have kicktails, making it possible to pop a board and thus do tricks etc.

    Weight:

    The longboards total weight, when assembled. For you to be able to ride, do tricks and other tough longboard maneuvers like sliding and aggresiv riding with quick turns and so forth, you need to have a longboard that isn't too heavy. On the other hand, your longboard shouldn't be too light because light weight longboards often have lower durablity and easily breaks.

    Wheel edge:

    The edge of the wheel have a greater meaning of your riding style. Wheels with rounded edges are better for street riding and ramps. Wheels with square edges are on the other hand better for longboards used as a transport. In generel when riding feestyle, one should use smal hard wheels with rounded edges. A Longboard used for freeride or cruising however, should have big, soft, square edged wheels. 

    Wheel diameter:

    The size of the wheels should depend on your riding style and what you will use your longboard for. Large diameter wheels are suitable for comfort, speed and grip, while the wheels of small diameter is good for maneuverability and tricks. The width of the wheel determines how much contact you have to the ground. More contact with the ground (wide wheels) provides comfort, stability and grip, less contact with the ground (narrow wheels) provides speed, maneuverability and easier slip for slides.

    Wheel hardness:

    The hardness of a wheel is measured on the durometer scale which ranges from 0 - 100A. 0 is the softest and 100 is the hardest. Soft wheels provide comfort and less strokes for unevenness on the road. Hard wheels provide speed and provides easier-slip for slides.

    Here are some examples of the hardness, you usually see on longboards.
    Wheels with a hardness from 78a-80a make your trips smooth while keeping a good grip on the ground. They are perfect for all-round riding.
    Wheels with a hardness from 81a-83a are fast and will only have a little resistance from the ground. However, these wheels will last longer than soft wheels and work well with skaters who are looking for more advanced things.
    Wheels with a hardness from 84a-86a are quite hard and do therefore not have a very good grip on the ground. They roll super fast and are easy to slide on, but not as comfortable as soft wheels.
    Wheels with a hardness of 87a and up are very hard and therefore have almost no grip. They are good at more traditional skateboarding. 

    Bearings:

    Bearings are divided into ABEC. High ABEC values mean that the bearing is made with more precision and therefore better quality. This means that bearings of ABEC-7 value are better than bearings of ABEC-5 value. It is recommended that your ABEC-value is higher for higher speeds and lower if your wheel will have a lot of impact. Bushings also come in different quality levels, and here some bushings are also better for different riding styles.

    Truck Size:

    Trucks come in various shapes with different angles. Higher angles are designed for more carving turns and lower angles are intended for fewer turns.

    Truck mounting:

    There are two ways to mount a truck. Top mounted trucks are mounted on the underside of the deck. This is clever because you avoid having the truck in the way of your feet, while skating. The drop-through truck passes through the deck which increases the stability. Top mounted trucks are mostly used for freestyle and cruising boards. Drop through gives the board a lower center of gravity and can be used for all riding styles. Both types of mounting have their pros and cons, but your choice depends a lot on which riding styles you use and how technical the stunts you perform are. If you are snowboarder or surfer and want to have a similar feeling on your longboard, then look for a drop-through truck. However, if you're looking for maximum speed and great response, you should get a top-mounted truck.

    Griptape:

    Grip Tape comes in many levels of roughness and kinds. The rougher the grip tape is, the better and firmer you will stand on the longboard. However, with rougher grip tape you will have to compromise the longevity of your shoes, since the rougher grip tape means that it will be rougher on the soles of your shoes as well. As mentioned there are different kinds of griptape. One is called clear sand, which is a layer of see through epoxypaint mixed with sandgrains, which then becomes as rough as sandpaper. This type is usually used on longboards where you would like to see the wood through the griptape. The most common griptape is a kind of rough sandpaper with stick on the back, so you can put it on you longboard. Griptape is a necessity on your longboard, otherwise you cannot stand firmly.  
    Specifications
    Surf feel / Carving ★★☆☆☆
    Cruising ★★★★☆
    Freestyle ★★☆☆☆
    Long Distance Push ★★★★☆
    Downhill ★★★★★
    Length 102,1 cm (40.20'')
    Width 24,9 cm (9,81'')
    Wheelbase 78,0 cm (30,70'')
    Deck material Maple
    Concave Medium
    Flex Stiff
    Deck features Rocker
    Weight No
    Wheel size No
    Wheel edge Squared edge
    Wheel hardness 82A
    Bearings ABEC-7
    Truck Size BEAR GRIZZLY 852
    Truck mounting Drop through
    Griptape Medium