Most riders agree that Landyachtz ranks among the top longboard brands on the planet. With roots in hardcore longboard racing, they’ve always been on a mission to make top-quality boards that are both super durable and amazing to ride.
Aside from outstanding decks of all types and shapes, Landyachtz also designs and produces their own highly-regarded trucks under the Bear Trucks brand name, as well as the recognized Hawgs wheels. As a result, LY offers excellent end-to-end quality for their complete setups.
Landyachtz’s lineup of completes is quite impressive and it’s easy to get lost when trying to choose a complete.
I’ve compiled a comprehensive comparison table for the Landyachtz completes, with key features including target riding style, size and wheelbase, shape, kicks, recommended setup, and price.
Click on the table image below to view it in Google Sheets (or click here):
If you still feel lost amidst the broad Landyachtz longboard lineup, here are my 9 favorite Landyachtz boards for different riding styles:
|Dinghy||Mini cruiser||28.5″||14″ – 15″||$150 – $170|
|Butter||Surfskate||31.2″||15″ – 17.1″||$200|
|Switchblade||Freeride||36″ to 40″||27.25″ to 31″||$260|
|Obsidian||Racing||31″||22.5″ – 23″||$266 (deck)|
|Drop Cat||Drop-through cruiser||33″ – 38.6″||23.9″ – 29.3″||$220|
|Ripper||Pintail w/ kick||36.9″||24.9″||$190|
|Stratus||Dancer||40.5″ – 45.5″||22.3/24.5″ – 27.5/29.5″||$230|
In the rest of this post, I’ll review each of the longboards in Landyachtz’s lineup. Hopefully, this will help you choose the best one for your needs.
Landyachtz’s longboards can be categorized as follows:
- Urban cruisers
- Surf skates
Best Landyachtz urban cruiser
Landyachtz Dinghy 28″
The Dinghy is Landyachtz’s flagship mini cruiser. It is 28.5″ long and 8″ to 8.6″ wide with a 14.6″ to 15″ wheelbase depending on the version.
The Dinghy has a classic mini-cruiser surf shape with a huge kicktail, a small nose kick for tricks, and mellow concave with pronounced wheel flares for foot lock-in when riding faster and slashing hard.
The Dinghy comes fitted with responsive and quick-turning Polar Bear 105mm trucks, and soft 63mm Fatty Hawgs that fit the deck perfectly without wheelbite.
Landyachtz Jammer 29.6″
The Jammer is a wide 29.6″ x 9.2″ directional cruiser with a short and snappy 14.1″ wheelbase. Like the Dinghy, it has a big fat tail and a significant nose kick, and medium+ concave for secure foot hold when slashing around.
Unlike the Dinghy, this cruiser’s 80s-style shape features pronounced taper around the nose and the base of the tail.
The Jammer is nice and comfortable for cruising around town. Meanwhile, the 7-ply maple construction makes it easy to pop over street obstacles and curbs for urban shredding. It’s also a decent board for some park riding.
The tapered deck and the wheel wells allow the Jammer to run narrow 130mm Polar Bear trucks which also contribute to making it super agile. The soft 60mm Chubby Hawgs, relatively big for the deck and truck size, result in a silky smooth and fast, grippy ride.
See the Jammer on Landyachtz
Landyachtz Tugboat 30″
The Tugboat is 30″ x 9″ with a 15″ wheelbase. It has a similar shape to the Dinghy, only bigger and with a slightly more mellow concave. This cruiser is ideal for bigger riders who find the Dinghy for their size or feet.
The larger foot platform results in a more comfy cruising experience, improved stability when riding fast, and increased confidence when landing tricks. The large kicktail and small functional nose kick make the Tugboat a great city slasher – including for banks, driveways, ditches, etc.
The Tugboat can be set up with narrow 130mm Polar Bear street trucks and 60mm Chubby Hawgs for a snappy and fast feel, or with wider 155mm Polar Bears + 63mm EZ Hawgs for more stability and slide-ability.
See the Tugboat on Landyachtz
Landyachtz Schooner 32.9″
The Schooner is a different type of cruiser with a very long 18.9″ wheelbase for its 32.9″ x 9″ size. It’s also noticeably flexier than the others due to the Fiberglass plies inserted in its maple layup.
The fiberglass results in a snappy flex that provides energetic feedback when carving and pumping.
The Schooner’s long wheelbase makes it super stable and more suitable than most small cruisers for fast riding including on decent hills. The rockered shape also results in good foothold and control.
The deck has a mellow (compared to the Dinghy and Tugboat) but effective kicktail, as well as a slightly uplifted nose for foot tucking.
The rocker and flex combine to provide a longboard-like carve and pump feel despite the short length. This results in fast and snappy turns and a comfortable, dampened ride even on rougher terrain.
The Schooner comes equipped with the narrow 130mm Polar Bear trucks for optimal carving response. The wheel flares allow running larger 70mm Hawgs Supreme wheels which result in a very fast roll and a grippy feel for longer rides.
See the Schooner on Landyachtz
Best Landyachtz surfskate
Landyachtz Butter 31.2″
The 31.2″ x 9″ Butter surf skate has a full outline though significantly flatter compared to the Dinghy, with a smaller and more mellow kicktail, flat concave, and no nose kick. It’s particularly well-suited for slashing down alleyways and pumping on banks.
The Butter’s flat shape slightly tapered around the nose is designed to provide complete freedom of movement for surf-style riding. The deck is equipped with soft-top grip tape for barefoot riding.
The Butter comes with Landyachtz’s 130 RKP Banger surf skate front truck for extreme turn and response, allowing for radical cutbacks and tailslides. The rear truck is a regular TKP Polar Bear 130mm for maximum grip and stability. The 65mm Hawgs surf skate wheels offer square lips and a glossy finish for high grip.
Landyachtz Pocket Knife 29.6″
Compared to the Butter, The 29.6″ x 9.1″ Pocket Knife has a smaller, more aggressive shortboard-style shape with a narrower nose and tapered tail. this results in a super nimble surf skate for very tight lines.
The adjustable 13.2″ to 15.3″ wheelbase lets you choose between super snappy tail slides and longer drawn-out surf curves.
While 1.6″ shorter than the Butter, it’s slightly wider toward the front where the nose starts, providing generous foot space above the front truck for highly responsive turns.
Compared to the popular Landyachtz Dinghy, the Pocket Knife is slightly longer and 1″+ wider, with a more shortboard-like outline.
The Pocket Knife’s kicktail is decent-sized but with a very mellow angle – just enough for kick turns when slashing a driveway or bowl, or for hopping on or off a curb. The rockered shape helps keep your feet in place when slashing.
This deck has a bit more concave than its big brother, with slightly raised edges that culminate around the wide point of the deck. This gives you good foot lock-in at this spot when carving tight or riding fast.
The Pocket Knife deck comes with soft-top grip for some sweet barefoot driveway carving. Its comes with the 155mm Banger Surf Skate truck set and grippy 65mm Surf Hawgs wheels.
See the Pocket Knife on Landyatchz’s website.
Landyachtz Surf Life 31.6″
The 31.6″ x 9.5″ Surf Life is the longest and widest of Landyachtz’s surf skates, about 1/2″ longer and wider than the Butter. Unlike the butter’s classic shortboard surfboard shape, the Surf Life boasts an 80s-style outline with a wide nose and tail, a deep kick, and a tapered “waist” for super-fast carves.
This shape is inspired by Landyachtz’s ATV Ditch Life, designed specifically for concrete ditches, pool, and tricks. The Surf Life, though, has much less concave, a flat nose, and a flatter kick for increased freedom of movement for surf-style carving and snap-backs.
Compared to the other Landyachtz surf skates, the Surf Line offers the most foot platform with a comfortable nose and tail. It also has the largest wheelbase, up to 17+” (vs 15″ for its siblings).
The long wheelbase combined with the tapered outline and roomy platform allows for faster and slashier surf skate styles, including in the pool, on street obstacles, on park ramps, and in concrete trenches. The shape also makes it comfortable for long and relaxed surf-style cruising.
The Surf Life also comes fitted with soft-top grip tape for added return and control and surf-style barefoot riding. It ships with the 130mm Banger surf skate truck set and 65mm Hawgs wheels.
See the Surf Life
Landyachtz Groveler 32.6″
The Groveler is a larger and ultra-wide deck with size 32.6″ x 10.3″ and an adjustable wheelbase between 17.7″ and 17.9″. Among the widest surf skates out there, this board provides a comfortable and highly responsive foot platform for deep surf-style carving.
The Groveler has a low concave providing complete freedom of movement when carving on bike paths and boardwalks. The rockered shape, however, helps keep your feet in place, and the deck’s medium flex also adds some bounciness to your carves.
The egg-style surf outline makes this surf skate super fun and comfy for longboard surfboard-style soul riding with nice drawn-out curves. Meanwhile, the 155mm Banger surf trucks enable extreme turns for surf-style maneuvers.
The big 65mm square-lipped Hawgs wheels offer both speed and a nice amount of grip for extreme surf-style turns.
The layer of foam in the grip tape (soft top) also adds stickiness and a nice cushioned feel when carving and pumping.
See the Groveler on Landyachtz
Best Landyachtz hybrid cruisers
ATV Classic 32″
At 32″ x 9″ with a 14″3/8 wheelbase, the ATV Perfecto is one of Landyachtz’s special hybrid boards for combining street riding and comfy cruising.
A classic dual-kick popsicle shape, the ATV Classic is designed for street skating, shuvits, riding fakie, kick tricks, etc, while still being capable of carving and fast riding.
This deck has durable and high-pop composite construction with noticeable concave and subtle foot pockets.
The complete comes with 155mm Polar Bear TKP trucks and fast-rolling, soft and grippy 60mm Lil EZ Hawgs.
ATV Perfecto 32″
The ATV Perfecto offers the same 32″ x 9″ size and 14 3/8″ wheelbase and large dual kicks as its Classic ATV brother. However, instead of a fully symmetrical popsicle shape, the Perfecto has a slightly directional shape for easier cruising with a slightly tapered nose for more responsive carving.
Just like the Classic, the Perfecto is a super capable hybrid deck that works wonders for street, bowl, transitions, and pop tricks. Thanks to its directional touch, it’s also a great board for slashy and fun urban cruising on narrow inner city streets, sidewalks, and back alleys.
The bottom graphic features an awesome pug coming straight from the galaxy. The complete comes with the same setup as the Classic with Polar Bear 155mm trucks and 60mm Lil EZ wheels.
See the ATV Perfecto on Landyachtz
Ditch Life 31″
A 31″ x 9.75″, the Ditch is a wide dual-kick hybrid cruiser designed by Landyachtz team rider Mackenzie Yoshida for shredding steep ditches and rough terrain. It has deep concave resulting in effective foot lock-in for solid aggressive skating.
the Ditch features a steep and super wide kicktail and a significant nose kick for tricks and street obstacle slashing. this board is great for radical riding as well as mellow and fun daily carving. the ample width and comfortable 15″ wheelbase also give it good stability at higher speeds.
the Dich Life ships with the usual AtV setup with the fast-turning 155mm Polar Bear trucks and the smooth and grippy 60mm 78a Chubb Hawgs wheels. the wheel wells below the deck allow you to run larger wheels and/or looser trucks.
the bottom side of the deck shows beautiful see-through sine waves layered on top of a unique color gradient.
See the Ditch Life here
Landyachtz Slim Jim 31″
The Slim Jim hybrid cruiser offers more footroom, larger kicks, and more concave than regular cruisers. It’s designed for a combination of easy cruising and tricks like ollies/nollies, manuals, switch riding, and tech slides.
While it has a directional shape, its highly functional tail and nose kicks are designed for serious tricks, e.g. for street skaters looking for something more comfortable to cruise or commute on daily without giving up the street fun.
The Slim Jim complete ships with Polar Bear 130 TKP trucks to suit the deck’s narrow 8.43″ width, and fast, grippy 60mm 78a Chubby Hawgs.
See the Slim Jim here
Best Landyachtz freeride longboard
Landyachtz Switchblade 36″- 38″
The Switchblade is another Landyachtz bestseller. A symmetrical double drop with large wheel cutouts and a big foot platform, it comes in 36″, 38″, and 40″ lengths with widths ranging from 9.75″ to 10″ and wheelbases 27.25″ to 31″.
This is a very versatile, low-riding board that’s extremely comfortable for distance pushing and good for carving and moderate freeride. It’s a stiff and durable 9-ply board with medium concave and deep foot pockets for solid lock-in at speed.
Check out my full review of the Switchblade here
Best Landyachtz drop-through
Landyachtz Drop Cat 33″ – 38″
The Drop Cat is a rockered directional drop-through commuter longboard. It comes in two sizes, 33″ x 9 5/8″ (23.9 WB) and 38″ x 9.9″ (29.3″ WB).
The innovative high rocker makes this board low riding for pushing and distance and gives good foot lock-in for freeride. The mild flex helps absorb shocks from uneven ground without affecting stability when going fast.
The Drop Cat comes stock with smooth carving 180mm Grizzly Bear trucks and large and grippy 72mm Plow King wheels.
Best Landyachtz pintail longboard
Landyachtz Ripper 36.9″
The Ripper is a 36.9″ x 9″ (WB 24.9″) cruiser with sort of a pintail shape but without the pin tail! It has a long and narrow shape with a squash kicktail that makes it look like a longboard surfboard.
This board has a nice angled kicktail and boasts a pretty good rocker that brings the deck closer to the ground for comfy cruising. The Ripper has a subtle concave, making it a good board for chill and stable riding.
The long wheelbase gives this board a surfy feel, while the tight Polar Bear 130mm RPK trucks, “smaller” 63mm wheels, and functional kicktail keep it responsive and smooth riding.
Best Landyachtz freestyle longboard
Landyachtz Rally Cat 34.7″
A larger hybrid at 34.7″ x 8.9″, the Rally Cat is designed for a mix of cruising, freeride, and serious street/park. Its dual-kicks deck with a lot of rocker, making it low riding and easy to push on.
The Rally Cat has significant tail and nose kicks (almost symmetrical), medium concave, and pronounced wheel flares that create snug pockets for solid foot lock-in when fast riding and performing hard tricks.
This is a great board for serious tricks and smooth cruising. It comes with agile Polar Bear 130mm trucks and fast and smooth 63mm Fatty Hawgs.
See the Rally Cat on the Landyachtz website
Best Landyachtz dancing longboard
Landyachtz Stratus 45.5″
The symmetrical, double-kick Stratus has made a spot for itself among the top dancing and freestyle longboards out there. The Watercolour version is beautiful looking.
The popular dancer is 46″ x 9.25″ with a 27.5″ – 29.5″ adjustable wheelbase – though the Stratus also comes in length 40″ with a 22.3″ – 224.5″ wheelbase.
The full-size deck offers a large foot platform with minimal concave and grip tape for board walking and cross-stepping. It has energetic flex for smooth carving, and nice double kicks for freestyle tricks and quick turns.
The Stratus comes equipped with smooth and responsive Grizzly RKP trucks and relatively small 63mm Fatty Hawgs for low weight and grippy turns.
Learn more about the Stratus in this post.
Best Landyachtz downhill longboard
Landyachtz Obsidian 31″
31″ x 9″ with an adjustable wheelbase of 22-5″ to 23″, the Obsidian is the ultimate bullet-shaped carbon racing board.
This deck has a special shape with several flat leverage points on the side for the highest control in high-speed turns. It has a wide squash tail, no kick, and virtually no concave for optimal placement and freedom of movement when racing.
See the Obsidian here on Landyachtz’s website.