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16 Awesome Mini-Cruiser Skateboards 2023 (Top Brands Only)

16 Awesome Mini-Cruiser Skateboards 2023 (Top Brands Only)

Mini-cruisers are super fun and ultra-portable. My definition of a mini-cruiser is a cruiser skateboard under 30″. These boards are extremely nimble and responsive, simply awesome for moving around campus, sidewalks, narrow alleys, and tight urban areas.

All mini-cruisers are not created equal, they vary a lot in size and shape. A cruiser’s shape can make a big difference, including aspect ratio (length to width), tail and nose size, kicks size and angle, concave and contour, and default setup – choice of trucks and wheel size/duro.

In this post, I provide an overview of the best mini-cruisers currently on the market from top-quality brands. You can choose a brand and check out the minis in their lineup, with the specs and key highlights that make each mini-cruiser unique.

Below the list, you’ll also find a short, no-BS buyer’s guide (jump to section) that recaps the most important things to know about when choosing a mini-cruiser.

best mini-cruisers

Note that the mini-cruiser list below is by no means a ranking. For many of these boards, you can also dig further by going to the in-depth review.

LoadedBallona27.75″ x 9″$219
LandyachtzDinghy28.5″ x 8″$140 – $200
Pocket Knife29.6″ x 9.1″$150
ArborPilsner28.75″ x 8.24″$150 – $195
Pocket Rocket27″ x 7.75″$140 – $180
Pivot Micron26″ x 7.50″$150
Bogart Micron23.75″ x 6.75″$140
GlobeBlazer26″ x 7.25″$170 – $200
Trooper27″ x 7.9″$170
MadridGrub29.5″ x 8.2″$173
Picket28.5″ x 8.25″$165 – $173
Sector 9Jammer28.5″ x 7.875″$160
Bambino26.5″ x 7.5″$129 – $155
Hopper27.5″ x 7.5″$149
DBDad Bod27″ x 10″$160
MagnetoMini-cruiser27.5″ x 7.5″$80 – $140

UPDATE: also check out my newer posts about the best Santa Cruz cruisers (and mini) and Powell-Peralta Cruisers

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Loaded has a single – and awesome – mini-cruiser, the Ballona. Note that I’m not including the 30+” Coyote in this list as per my definition, it’s not really a mini.

Loaded Ballona 27.75″

loaded ballona mini cruiser
loaded ballona mini-cruiser side
loaded ballona mini-cruiser top & bottom
ShapeWide aspect, mellow kicktail (no nose kick)
Size27.75″ x 9″
Wheelbase14.75″ to 16″
ConcaveMellow, slight wheel flares, uplifted edges
Trucks Paris 150mm 50º
WheelsOrangatang 65mm Fat Free 86A


  • Low aspect ratio (very wide)
  • Exceptional stability, rides like a bigger board
  • Really nice carving

The Loaded Ballona is a really wide, comfortable, and stable mini-cruiser. The deck has mellow curvature with a decent-sized but low-angled kicktail, mellow concave, and very subtle wheel flares.

This mini is awesome, namely for anyone, including newbies, looking for an easy-to-handle, super stable, nimble mini city commuter. Great for hopping on and off curbs and floating over bad pavement.

See my in-depth review of the Ballona


Landyachtz Dinghy 28.5″

landyatch dinghy mini-cruiser
landyatch dinghy mini-cruiser side
landyatch dinghy mini-cruiser top side
ShapeWide aspect, mellow kicktail (no nose kick), wheel flares
Size28.5″ x [8″ to 8.6″]
ConcaveMellow, slight wheel flares
Trucks Polar Bear 105mm or 130mm (for Blunt) street trucks
WheelsFatty Hawgs 60/63/72mm (based on version)


  • Great little shredder for riders with some experience. You can do all sorts of tricks while having the cruising ability of a well-designed longboard.
  • Sensitive to poor foot placement or bad balancing, especially if coming from a longboard
  • Sits up quite high, small wheelbase makes it a little tricky
  • Many cool designs (Landyachtz website)

Slightly longer and slimmer than the Ballona, the Dinghy is meant for playful city slashing, street tricks, and even some skatepark. The short wheelbase also makes it super nimble for weaving around people and things in tight spaces.

The huge kicktail gives it great maneuverability and allows for solid pop tricks as well as ditch and bowl riding. The narrower Polar Bear trucks are very quick for tight sidewalk navigation.

It does take a bit of skill to handle the Dinghy as it can be a bit twitchy. Beginners may prefer a more stable board with a lower turn-to-lean ratio.

Check out my full review here.

Landyachtz Pocket Knife 29.5″

Landyachtz Pocket Knife
ShapeSurf shape, mellow kicktail, long pointed nose (no kick)
Size29.6″ x 9.1″
Wheelbase13.2″ – 15.3″
ConcaveMellow, slight wheel flares
Trucks Bear Banger surf truck front, Polar Bear 155mm rear
Wheels65mm Surf Hawgs


  • Great mini for surf-style slashing. Surfboard-inspired shape with a flatish kicktail (diamond shaped) for freedom of movement when surf-skating
  • High-angle RKP surfskate front truck designed for a higher-than-average amount of turn. Polar Bear 155 rear truck for a stable back end you can really dig into with confidence (like surf fins)
  • Adjustable wheelbase – shorter for snappiness vs longer for more drawn-out curves
  • Medium flex for responsive carving
  • soft-top griptape for barefoot riding

Read more about the Pocket Knife (and Landyachtz’ other surfskates)


Arbor cruisers are known for their outstanding quality and durability for decks and parts.

Arbor Pilsner 28.75″

arbor pilsner mini cruiser top bottom
arbor pilsner mini cruiser top side
arbor pilsner mini cruiser side
ShapeWide aspect, big & wide kicktail, wide rounded nose kick
Size28.75″ x 8.25″
Trucks Arbor HBP 5″ street trucks
WheelsArbor Easy Rider Bogart 61mm 78A


  • Wide outline with wide tail and nose (though narrower than the Ballona)
  • Ideal for a slidey, slashy riding style with lots of hard cuts, pops, and snaps while cruising across town.  Also great for the skatepark or bowl.
  • Ability to turn quickly in tight spaces albeit with fast and smooth rolling capability.  Great for campus and crowded sidewalks and city streets.
  • long wheelbase (15.25″) for its size, making it more stable at speed than your average mini.
  • Can take a beating, good longevity.

The Pilsner’s nose kick lets you pop the board on both ends to ollie up curbs. Great for street riding and ramp.

The mellow concave works well for freestyle, just enough to stabilize your feet while sliding or riding faster, without locking them in for kick and flip tricks.

See my complete review of the Pilsner here.

Arbor Pocket Rocket 27″

arbor pocket rocket mini cruiser
Arbor Pocket Rocket top side
Arbor Pocket Rocket mini cruiser side
ShapeSurf shape , functional kicktail & nose kick, diamond tail
Size27″ x 7.75″
Trucks Arbor HBP 4.25” street trucks or Paris Street 108mm
WheelsArbor Easy Rider Bogart 61mm 78A


  • High-quality built, uber-portable little board designed for smooth short commutes (e.g. getting to and from the train station) and super snappy maneuvers.
  • Very lightweight, easy to carry around and stash in a bag or in a small locker – you can even go for a run while holding it under your arm.
  • Fun and fast carving, weaving among people on sidewalks, and hopping on and off curbs.

Despite the decent wheelbase, the Pocket Rocket isn’t the most stable board to learn on – if you’re a newbie you may have a bit of a learning curve.

Bigger riders with large shoe sizes need to get used to their toes and heels hanging off.

See my full review here

Arbor Pivot Micron 26″

Arbor Pivot Micron mini-cruiser top bottom
Arbor Pivot Micron mini-cruiser top side
Arbor Pivot Micron mini-cruiser side
ShapeRockered surfboard shape, wide square kick, no nose
Size26″ x 7.50″
ConcaveFlat concave, slight rocker
Trucks Arbor HBP 4.25″ street trucks
WheelsArbor Easy Rider Bogart 61mm 78A


  • Micro-cruiser that can be stashed in a backpack, a locker, etc
  • Long wheelbase for the size and mellow flex make it a comfy little board to commute on
  • Basically flat deck for freedom of movement. Subtle rocker provides some nice foothold
  • low-angle kick allows for quick steering but not so much pop tricks

See the Pivot Micron here on Evo ($150)

Arbor Bogart Micron 23.75″

ShapeClassic cruiser shape (nano size), functional kick, tiny nose kick
Size23.75″ x 6.75″
ConcaveSubtle concave, slight camber
Trucks Arbor HBP 3.25″ street trucks
WheelsArbor Easy Rider Bogart 61mm 78A


  • Penny cruiser-size deck, tapered rear, angled kicktail, rounded nose (no kick)
  • Comfortable wheelbase (like a traditional street deck) for such a small deck
  • Super smooth rolling, large wheels relative to deck size

The Bogart Micron is a super compact shape – if the Pivot is a micro-cruiser, this is a nano-cruiser. It’s a fantastic little board to carry around just about everywhere.

The board offers an astonishingly smooth and comfy ride. The flat-ish kicktail gives you welcome extra foot room as well as snappy control in turns. The wheelbase gives the board nice stability.

The slight wheel flares provide enough clearance for the 61mm wheels (no wheelbite). Riders with bigger feet may get some foot rub though due to the tiny size.

See the Bogart Micron on Evo ($140)


Globe Blazer 26″

globe blazer top bottom
globe blazer top side
globe blazer side
ShapeClassic cruiser shape, aggressive diamond-shaped kicktail, no nose kick
Size26″ x 7.25″
ConcaveSubtle, slight camber
Trucks 4.25″ (130mm) Tensor alloy street trucks
WheelsGlobe 62mm 78a soft Conical wheels


  • Lightweight, super compact, easy to carry around anywhere, stash in a backpack.
  • 13.75″ wheelbase provides a pretty stable ride, more comfortable than a Penny board for daily commuting to school.
  • Tensor trucks are known for toughness and resistance in hard tricks. Lifetime warranty
  • Super-high rebound 92A bushings give the trucks a softer feel.
  • Many beautiful designs

The Globe Blazer is a best seller that has been around for many years. It’s the same compact size as the Arbor Pivot Micron (above), though slightly narrower with a shorter wheelbase (13.75″ vs 15″).

Compared to the Pivot, the Blazer is a bit more responsive and more trickable, though slightly less stable at speed.

It also offers a surprisingly smooth ride, namely thanks to the 62mm wheels. It has more of a nose allowing for manuals. It has slight camber – vs rocker for the Pivot.

In short (no pun intended), the Blazer is a very nice and easy ride for portable everyday commutes. It’s very quick and turny – complete newbies may want to look at the Pivot for a bit more stability.

See my complete review of the Globe Blazer here.

Globe Trooper 27″

Globe Trooper mini-cruiser
Globe Trooper mini-cruiser top side
Globe Trooper mini-cruiser side
ShapeAggressive slashy compact cruiser shape, large kick and nose kick
Size27″ x 7.9″
ConcaveFull concave, wheel flares
Trucks 5″ Tensor alloy street trucks
WheelsGlobe 60mm 80a wheels


  • Mini-cruiser board with full concave deck, built to rip. Large angled kicktail, functional nose kicks for manuals, and pop tricks
  • The Trooper’s pronounced concave and aggressive contours are evidence of its radical personality
  • The big soft 60mm wheels give it a comfortable ride for city commuting.

Another great mini for street riding, ditch surfing, city slashing, and even skatepark. The Trooper feels a bit like a scaled-down (1.5″ shorter) Dinghy. Super tough Tensor trucks and high-quality Globe wheels.


Madrid Grub 29.5″

Madrid Grub mini-cruiser
Madrid Grub mini-cruiser top side
Madrid Grub mini-cruiser side
ShapeStreet-focused, big squash kicktail, generous nose kick
Size29.5″ x 8.2″
ConcaveHigh concave, flared contours
Trucks Cadillac 8″ trucks
WheelsCadillac Clout 57mm 80A


  • Wide aspect ratio, almost the same width from nose to tail, making it comfortable for your feet
  • Aggressive shape for tricks: high-angle kick, significant nose kick (almost double kick), pronounced concave with wheel flares and foot pockets
  • Smaller and slightly harder wheels for easier sliding and kick tricks. Setup focused on street riding while still providing a nicer cruising experience than street boards
  • Cool designs

Madrid Picket 28.5″

Madrid Picket mini-cruiser
Madrid Picket mini-cruiser top side
ShapeWide surfboard shape with ample diamond-shaped kicktail, no nose kick
Size28.5″ x 8.25″
ConcaveMedium concave
Trucks Cadillac 8″ trucks
WheelsCadillac Clout 57mm 80A


  • Just enough kicktail (low-angle, diamond-shaped) for quick turns and popping up curbs
  • Same size as the Dinghy but much less aggressive (kicktail, nose, concave & contours)
  • Long 15″ wheelbase for the 28.5″ size – longer than the 29.5″ Grub and the 28.5″ Dinghy. Stability at speed
  • Small 57mm wheels focused on street riding while still offering decent comfort for cruising
  • Cool designs


Sector 9’s amazing lineup (see my full review here) includes a few minis that are truly worth a close-up look.

Sector 9 Jammer 28.5″

Sector 9 Jammer mini-cruiser
Sector 9 Jammer mini-cruiser top side
Sector 9 Jammer mini-cruiser side
ShapeClassic surf shape, large angled kicktail, no nose kick
Size28.5″ x 7.875″
ConcaveSubtle, almost flat
Trucks Gullwing Mission trucks 8.375”
WheelsNineball 61mm 78a


  • Quality mini-cruiser with an ample kicktail for quick maneuvers in urban commuting
  • Nearly flat concave and mellow contours for relaxed cruising
  • 61mm wheels provide smooth cushioned ride including on sidewalks and rough pavement
  • Stunning graphics e.g. the Rips and the Cobra

Sector 9 Bambino 26.5″

Sector 9 Bambino mini-cruiser
Sector 9 Bambino mini-cruiser top side
Sector 9 Bambino mini-cruiser side
ShapeUltra-compact cruiser with decent kicktail and subtle nose kick
Size26.5″ x 7.5″
Trucks Gullwing Mission trucks 8.375”
WheelsNineball 61mm 78a


  • Sector 9’s version of the Globe Blazer. A highly portable and trickable mini-cruiser for inner city and campus cruising
  • Easy to pop thanks to the functional kicks
  • Large 61mm wheels for cushy riding without wheelbite
  • Nice and stable 14″ for such a small deck.
  • Mission trucks provide a smooth and snappy feel
  • Really cool artwork e.g. Shorebreak, Skipper, Bivy

Sector 9 Hopper 27.5″

Sector 9 Hopper mini-cruiser
Sector 9 Hopper mini-cruiser top side
Sector 9 Hopper mini-cruiser side
ShapeSurfboard style, decent-sized kicktail (tapered), no nose kick
Size27.5″ x 7.5″
ConcaveLow (almost flat)
Trucks 7.0” Gullwing Mission Trucks
Wheels58mm 78a Nineballs


  • Nimble sidewalk surfing, bowl and skatepark. Slightly longer than the Bambino
  • Narrower street trucks (7″ vs 8.4″ for the Bambino) and smaller 58mm wheels, better suited for street tricks, pool, and ramp.
  • Although smaller, the wheels are soft enough for comfortable city riding
  • Cool designs e.g. Handplant and Hoopla


DB Longboards is another legendary brand that produces stunning longboards and cruisers. Check out my review of their lineup here.

DB Dad Bod 27″

DB Dad Bod mini-cruiser
DB Dad bod mini-cruiser top side
DB Dad bod mini-cruiser side
ShapeSuper wide cruiser with large kicktail & no nose
Size27″ x 10″
ConcaveMedium concave, wheel flares
Trucks 149mm Atlas street trucks
WheelsCloud Ride 66mm 78a


  • Retro shape, super wide (wider than every other mini on this list)
  • Sidewalk surfer with insanely long wheelbase (15.5″) for the size
  • Super comfortable for cruising and fast riding, nice concave for foothold
  • Astonishingly large wheels (66mm) for this deck size! Super smooth and comfy
  • Great for portable commuting, street, and park


Magneto Mini-cruiser 27.5″

ShapeTapered tail, prominent tail & nose kicks
Size27.5″ x 7.5″
ConcaveSubtle radial concave
Trucks 5″ aluminum trucks
Wheels60mm Shore 78A


  • Affordable, good quality mini-cruiser for everyday skating. Fun to ride and easy to carry around.
  • Double-kicks for tricks
  • Good quality components
  • Suitable for some freeriding
  • Many designs to choose from

See my review of the Magneto mini-cruiser here

Mini-cruiser quick buyer’s guide

Here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing a mini-cruiser skateboard.

Deck size & wheelbase

Mini-cruiser deck lengths can range from 23″ to 29.5″. Shorter decks are generally twitchier with less room for a normal stance, especially for taller riders. However, length itself isn’t enough to determine comfort and stability. Wheelbase is a better indicator.

Some shorter decks (e.g. 26″) have a longer wheelbase (e.g. 15″) due to a smaller tail and/or nose. Longer wheelbase means more stability albeit at the expense of some responsiveness.

Conversely, longer decks (e.g. 29″) may have a shorter wheelbase (e.g. 14″) making the board faster turning but less stable and harder to control at speed for a less experienced rider.

Mini-cruiser widths range from 7+” all the way to 10″. The wider the deck, the more comfortable the ride, particularly for bigger feet. Decks with a narrower aspect or with tapered tail or sidecuts are more responsive to toe/heel transitions, but may be more prone to shoe rub.

Tail, nose, kicks

Mini-cruisers that have a wider tail give you more foot space for riding. However, an important aspect is the angle of the kicktail. High-angled kicks allow you to pop the board more easily, but can get in the way of comfortable cruising as you may not leave your back foot on the inclined kick all the time.

Not all mini-cruisers have a nose kick. Those who do are generally designed for a more trick-focused riding style. Aggressive kicks are great for street tricks but may reduce your effective foot platform for regular cruising and commuting.

Construction & flex

Most quality mini-cruisers are build from 7-ply hard Canadian maple, making them robust and durable. Some cruisers also include bamboo layers which result in a lighter deck and a bit more flex.

Flex can be fun for some types of riding. However, the short length of mini-cruisers reduces the impact of flex on riding feel.

Shape, concave, contour

Mini-cruisers generally have surfboard-inspired shapes, although the outline and aspect ratio varies. Some have a lean aspect with tapered tail/nose while others are stubby with a more squared look. As mentioned above, this comes down to a comfort vs responsiveness tradeoff.

Concave and contour is another differentiating factor among mini-cruiser skateboards. Street tricks and speed focused decks have a more aggressive concave with uplifted rails and wheel flares for greater foot lock-in.

Conversely, mini-cruisers designed primarily for mellow and comfortable riding will have flatter concave and contours, resulting in more foot room and freedom of movement.

Mini-cruiser trucks

Mini-cruisers come with street trucks (TKP instead of RKP used on most longboards). Street trucks are shorter, tougher, and snappier. Well-regarded street trucks include Paris Street, Polar Bear, Tensor, Arbor HBP, Cadillac, Gullwing Missions, Atlas, Independent, Thunder, Venture, Grind Kings, Krux, and more.

Truck width generally about matches deck width so the wheels don’t stick out on the sides, or sit completely below the deck.

Mini-cruiser wheels

Mini-cruisers come with wheels as large as is possible without wheelbite to maximize roll speed, riding comfort, and smoothness. Wheels are what really sets mini-cruisers apart from traditional street skateboards.

Wheel size is capped by the deck’s size and shape. A smaller deck may result in wheelbite if fitted with really big wheels (e.g. 65mm). That said, decks with deeper wheel wells, tapered nose/tail, and/or flared contour can accommodate bigger wheels (e.g. 62mm) without wheelbite.

Some street and trick-focused mini-cruisers come stock with smaller and slightly harder wheels. These wheels are better suited for hard landings when doing kick tricks, tech slides, stair jumps, skatepark transitions, etc.

Most mini-cruisers do have a primary focus on comfortable cruising, so they come with wheels with a softer (78A) durometer. Softer wheels provide nice cushioning and vibration damping when riding on rough pavement or sidewalks, and roll more smoothly over cracks and bumps.

As mentioned, though, trick-oriented minis are often fitted with slightly harder (and smaller) wheels e.g. 80A duro. Traditional skateboard wheels have duro of 100+ for hardcore tricks, while mini-cruisers always try to strike a balance between trick ability and riding comfort.