Globe is one of the largest skateboard and longboard manufacturers and distributors in the world, and that’s for a reason. It’s longboard and cruiser product lineup is impressive, both in terms of the number of boards it offers but also in terms of their quality and style.
Globe longboards are known for their quality material and craftsmanship and for their durability. Globe has a particular focus on cruisers, with a broad range of sizes, shapes and styles. Some Globe cruisers are simply stunning.
In this post, I take a closeup look at 10 popular Globe cruisers and longboards. My aim is give you a short and no-BS lowdown on exactly what each board is about and what you expect from it. I also try to clarify how each board differs from others in the Globe lineup. So let’s jump in.
Note: this post focuses on Globe’s longboards and cruisers but you can check out this other post for a review of Globe’s awesome street skateboards.
The Blazer is a sweet, quality, slick-looking and smooth rolling little cruiser, one of Globe’s star products. It’s optimally sized for easy cruising with a soft concave, a medium kicktail, and a stiff and durable deck. It actually comes in 3 sizes, a regular size 26″ x 7.25″ (comparable to the Sagano), a Big Blazer version 32″ x 9.125″ (comparable to the
The Blazer is relatively lightweight for its maple wood construction thanks to the epoxy resin used. It has a
In short: a very comfortable, smooth, portable and stylish mini-cruiser for campus and town commutes. Check out my full review to learn more about the strengths and versions of the Blazer.
In short: a nice little cruiser for smooth carving and slashy urban commuting. See it here on evo ($149 – $169)
The Prowler is a 38″ long, slick drop-through cruiser with a directional, shape that tapers off in the back. It has huge wheel cutouts in the front and back so that the wheels stick out significantly from the deck, providing very high clearance for carving. The arrow-style aspect and the swallow tail give the Prowler a very distinctive look compared to standard cutout shapes.
The deck has a sturdy and stiff 9-ply maple construction laminated using epoxy, making it very durable. The drop-through trucks give the board a lower ride height, making it suitable for some distance cruising. The stability and mellow side-to-side concave make it safe and comfortable to
riding down mild hills at some speed on this board.
The 180mm RKP Slant trucks give the Prowler and smooth and carvy feel for its size, and the 69mm 83A wheels roll fast and smooth over ground imperfections.
In short: a sporty-looking full-size drop-through cruiser for easy pushing over longer commutes and comfortable faster riding on medium hills. Check out the Prowler here on evo ($199)
Globe Byron Bay
The Byron Bay looks a bit like a pintail but with a kicktail. It has a long and narrow shape at 43″ by 9.5″, a nice bamboo flex for fluid carving, and a kick tail for curb hopping. It’s a nice
The long wheelbase and mellow flex make for a smooth and flowy ride. The Byron Bay has responsive 150mm RKP Slant trucks and big soft 70mm (78A) Globe wheels for cruising and carving.
In short: awesome looking surf-style board for cruising and fast distance commuting, great stability at speed, very smooth and comfortable ride. A great carving longboard due to flex. Some versions have a bottle opener.
Check out the Globe Byron Bay here on Evo.
The Bannerstone is
The Bannerstone ships with agile and stable 180mm Slant trucks (with relatively soft bushings) and big soft 72mm (78A) Globe wheels.
In short: another beautifully-crafted Globe board meant for speed and sliding thanks to its top mount, drop deck and large wheel cutouts for good clearance when carving big hills. Also a good low board for distance pushing. See it on Amazon.
Globe HG Bantam
The Bantam is a mini-cruiser (one might say even tiny cruiser) 23″ x 6″ with
The Bantam is designed for short commutes and easy carrying and stashing thanks to its tiny size and super lightweight. It has very mellow concave and a small but steep kicktail that makes the board super maneuverable and facilitates jumping on and off sidewalks and small obstacles. The soft (78A) 59mm Globe wheels also help roll over cracks and bumps comfortably, and the 3.5″ Tensor trucks are no toy trucks! Like the board itself, the trucks are high quality, durable trucks which allow for some decent carving despite their small size.
In short: the Bantam is a nice and smooth-riding tiny mini-
The Globe Geminon is more a product line than a single longboard model. Several quite different boards in the Globe lineup bear the Geminon name. What they all have in common though, is that they are designed for fast freeride and downhill.
Versions of the Geminon include the Geminon 35, a classic 35″ freeride big cutout shape with drop-through maple construction. The Geminon Kick is also a symmetrical freeride board with drop-through trucks, 37″ long with a cool-looking coconut top layer.
The Geminon Drop-Down is a larger, 41″ cutout shape (beautiful looks) but this time with
The Geminon Evo comes in two sizes, 34″ and 38″, and has a bamboo core and exotic Olivewood top and bottom layer for a gorgeous finish and durability. This version has more of a pure downhill shape (not big wheel cutouts, deck covers the wheels) and a steep concave for foot lock-in at speed.
All versions of the Geminon have 180mm Slant RKP trucks and 70mm wheels with either 78A or 83A
In short: Geminon is a line of fast freeride and downhill boards with a focus on speed and stability, offering several options in terms of mount style, right height, wheel clearance, and foot lock-in. See its price on Amazon.
Globe Sun City
The Sun City is a 30″ stubby-looking cruising and carving cruiser shaped like a fishtail short surfboard. It has a 7-ply stiff maple construction with different finish versions, one of which has a great-looking coconut top layer. The Sun City’s shape is similar to
The Sun City comes with 5.25″ Tensor trucks which add to the board’s nimbleness and tight turning ability – though perhaps not as much as
In short: a fun surf-style mini cruiser and carver for surf warmup and parking lot/driveway slashing, or crowded sidewalk cruising at the beach. See its price on Amazon.
UPDATE: see also the Globe Stubby Onshore, a similar cruiser with a surfskate configuration
The Sagano is another mini swallow-tail cruiser, slightly larger than the Bantam and slightly shorter than a street board, at 26″ x 7.5″ with a 13.5″ wheelbase. It has a surfboard-style shape inspired from early skateboards from the 70s. The Sagano has a significant (5.125″) kicktail and a steep concave that gives you control and allows riding comfortably at speed and performing tight carves and slashes with your feet locked-in.
The Sagano has a solid quality 7-ply maple and resin construction with beautiful exotic Olive wood top and bottom layers that make each deck unique and adds to strength and durability.
The complete comes with 56mm (78A) retro wheels which offer a good mix of grip and speed. The wheels get enough clearance in turns thanks to the wheel wells sanded in the deck. The wheels and the 4.5″ Tensor SKP trucks together give the board the responsiveness and turn it needs.
In short: a great-looking retro-style, surf-style mini-cruiser for slashing around the neighborhood and commuting short distances. Great for stashing under a desk or inside a backpack. See it on Amazon.
The Spearpoint is a freeride drop-through longboard with a cutout shape designed for speed and long commutes. It comes in two versions, a full-sized 40″ version
The drop-through design makes the Spearpoint stable at higher speeds, including for downhill freeride runs. Its bamboo construction makes it slightly flexy, lightweight and sturdy, and really nice looking. The mini has a 22.5″ wheelbase vs 30.75″ for the full-size version.
Both versions come with 180mm RKP Slant trucks, which are agile and stable. The mini comes with Globe 62mm 78A wheels vs Globe 69mm (83A) for the full-sized Spearpoint.
In short: great commuting/pushing and freeride board, stable and sturdy, rides like a $300 board. Beautiful quality bamboo material and graphics. See it here on Amazon.
I hope you’ve found the information on these Globe longboards and cruisers useful and that it helps you sort through their broad high-quality product line. There are quite a few more great longboards I haven’t covered in this selection including the Pinner, the All-Time, the Insider, Outsider, the Shooter… Stay stuned for future posts on those.