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Loaded Coyote Review: King of City Slashers [2021 update]

Loaded Coyote Review: King of City Slashers [2021 update]

The Coyote is Loaded’s new compact city cruiser and slasher, and their first maple deck ever. The size of a regular street deck, it fits in a locker, can be strapped to a backpack, and is highly trickable. Unlike a regular skateboard though, the Coyote’s directional shape, wheelbase, concave, and big soft wheels make it a very capable, fun, and fast city commuter board.

The Coyote is essentially a re-creation of the popular Kut-Thaka slasher, which was cut out of surplus Kantaka decks and was then quickly discontinued.

At $199 for the complete and $79 deck-only, the maple-built Coyote is more affordably priced than the defunct Kut-Thaka – and than most other Loaded completes. Although pricier than other best-selling city cruisers like Landyachtz’s Dinghy or Tugboat, the Coyote arguably offers a much smoother and more comfortable ride. Read on to find out why.

Check out the awesome new 2021 artist series graphic for the Coyote here on Loaded’s website

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What is the Loaded Coyote good for?

The Coyote is designed to be a fantastic city cruiser and slasher. It’s a very versatile board, great for cruising and moving around city alleys and sidewalks, doing kick and flip tricks, surfing ditches, and even riding bowls.

Watch this cool new Coyote video from Loaded:

These are some of the Coyote’s main strengths:

  • The ample foot platform (30.75″ x 8.375″) and broad nose provide more space than most cruisers, optimal for longer rides
  • The super-long wheelbase (17.5″ vs 14 to 15″ for most city cruisers) makes it very stable and wobble-free at higher speeds
  • The extra-large soft wheels and the wheel flares make for a wheelbite-free, fast-rolling, smooth cushioned ride
  • The meaty kick tail and broad nose allow for effective ollies and small jumps and enables radical slashing in urban areas
  • Loaded’s special concave and contour, with uplifted rails, provide confidence-boosting lock-in, including for freeriding and slides
  • Coyote is compact enough to be stashed under a desk or in a locker, and lightweight enough (2.8lbs) for carrying around all day long

See the Coyote cruiser complete on Loaded’s website.

The Loaded Coyote deck

Pre-2021 design
2021 artist series

The Coyote deck is a 30.75″-long by 8.375″-wide directional cruiser shape with a large kick and a broad nose. It’s large enough to be comfortable but small enough to be very nimble in the streets.

Contrary to its Kut-Thaka ancestor which was built with bamboo and fiberglass composite, the Coyote deck has a reinforced 7-ply maple layup with thicker-than-normal cross veneers for added stiffness, pop, and cushioning.

Profile and kicks

Like many other Loaded boards, the Coyote has a rockered profile resulting in a slightly lowered ride. The elliptical concave creates a cross-sectional curvature with uplifted rails for solid foothold.

Compared to other decks like the Omakase, however, the Coyote has a more tame concave as the edges have been rounded out somewhat with a less aggressive widthwise curvature for better riding comfort.

Similar to other decks in Loaded’s lineup, the Coyote’s wheel flares are very effective for removing wheelbite in tight turns and slides. The significant flares also provide enough clearance for many sorts of setups with varying truck/wheel sizes.

The wheel flares are also an integral part of the deck’s contour, offering helpful reference points for foot positioning, particularly when riding fast.

Kicks

The relatively large kicktail (roughly 5.5″ as measured by myself) gives you strong leverage for ollies and kick turns, and combines with the rear wheel flare to create a nice pocket for securely tucking your back foot.

The Coyote’s nose is rounded and relatively wide for comfortable forward riding, with a nice small upturned kick (about 2.5″ as measured by yours truly) for catching ollies and performing nose manuals.

Design

The Coyote boasts a very attractive design on the bottom, with bright colored geometric patterns and mirror-like silver patches on a dark green background.

The artwork is signed by local Los Angeles artist and muralist Teddy Kelly. Loaded has plans to set up collabs with different artists for upcoming versions of the Coyote.

The top side of the Coyote deck has a beautiful purple-shaded veneer, though the latter is largely covered by the medium-coarse Jessup grip tape and only shows through the circle and stripe cutouts in the grip tape.

Loaded Coyote top side

UPDATE: new Coyote Artist Series Hola Lou

coyote 2021 new artist series

The new design is just as colorful as the old one, but this time with a dominance of blue, orange, and yellow – colors reminiscent of the Latino roots of Mexican artist and muralist Hola Lou who created the art design. Love the new art on this board!

You can find the Coyote deck standalone here on Loaded’s site

Loaded Coyote setup

The Coyote all-around setup ($199) includes Paris 129mm street trucks, Paris’ proven and durable (guaranteed for life) TKP trucks designed for mini-cruisers of the Coyote’s size.

UPDATE: Loaded’s newer Carving & Slashing option ($215) has the 150mm version of the Paris V3 for a deeper carving feel. The smaller trucks are best-suited for street-style riding with a snappy response and the wheels sticking out less.

The Paris street trucks have a taller profile than standard conventional trucks which results in better clearance. The Coyote’s trucks are also fitted with 7º wedged risers for smoother and more fluid carving and commuting.

The Coyote’s all-around setup includes Orangatang Fat-Free wheels with a 65mm diameter and 80A durometer. These wheels work great for a mix of smooth cruising, tricks, and freeride/slides. They come mounted with Loaded’s quality Jehu bearings with integrated spaces.

See the recommended all-around setup for the Coyote on Loaded’s site

Some riders fit the Coyote with Carver trucks for surf-style pumping and carving. While the Coyote deck is too narrow for the larger CX or C7 trucks, the C5 truck set works quite well with this deck.

Is the Loaded Coyote right for you?

The Coyote is a special mini-cruiser, with a size in-between the Dinghy and the Tugboat though with a significantly longer wheelbase. It has a more durable construction than most cruisers on the market, and bears Loaded’s seal of quality.

Some riders argue that the Coyote’s longer wheelbase keeps it from being a true mini-cruiser. Others, however, feel the Coyote has all the capabilities required from a mini-cruiser and more, including super-smooth cruising, freestyle capabilities, and even freeriding abilities.

So while the Coyote has a higher price point than a typical mini-cruiser, many riders feel its style, strength, riding experience, and speed handling, all in a compact package, make it unique enough to justify the difference.

The Coyote also gets its legitimacy from inheriting the shape and features of the well-liked Kut-Thaka. With the recommended setup, however, the Coyote offers even more of a versatile and smoother ride than the regretted Kut-Thaka.

Check out the Coyote city cruiser complete on the Loaded Boards site.

Russell

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Very useful review. Thanks. Do you have any more detail on c5 trucks with this deck?

Robert Zamora

Monday 4th of October 2021

Hey SP,

I have some polar bear 130mm, 2 pairs actually, that I have on my loaded. One pair has the o-tang 65mm/ 86a yellow wheels on them for cruising around and the other pair of p-bears has the o-tang 62mm / 86a skiffs for more of a street skate vibe. I tried both the Paris 129mm and p-bear 130mm on the Coyote and the p-bear by far feels much better on them. Don’t bother with the wedge raisers. I just just 1/8” raiser and you’re good to go. It’s a bit of pain switching back and forth the trucks depending on what mood I’m in so much so that I’m planning on purchasing a second Coyote deck.

Big Kahuna

Monday 4th of October 2021

Awesome tip, thanks for sharing. Also have some Polar bears I'm planning to swap on for testing. If you can get your hands on a standalone Bolsa deck, it may be a cool alternative to getting a second Coyote. Not sure if they sell the deck alone though.

Ride on!

irving

Monday 5th of July 2021

hi! i just got myself back to skating. i bought a dinghy last january for cruising and then one of my friend introduced me to pumptrack which i think is really good but im still like going down hills (not that extreme ones). im thinking of replacing my dinghy with loaded cayote with a carver cx trucks since carver skateboards are limited. i think they have an option on loaded website where i can customize a board set up. it is just confusing on which set up will i go to. should i stick with the stock carving & slashing option or build one with the cx trucks? thanks.

Big Kahuna

Monday 5th of July 2021

Hey, just a quick heads up, if you can you should hold off buying until July 22, there's an amazing new board about to be launched and it may just fit your needs perfectly! I'm not allowed to say more just yet but it's really cool. Ride on! Jesse

Tommy C

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

How would 66mm Powell Peralta Snakes compare to the fat frees on this deck? Cheers

Kaan

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Hello, I'm 41 years old and I want to start to skateboarding again after maybe 25-30 years. But this time I want to make a safer journey and go for a cruiser board to ride with my son. (He has a skateboard though)

I was trying to find what would be the best option for me and saw your reviews of Landyachtz Dinghy which took me to your Tugboat review and then from Tugboat to Coyote.

I really don't know what would be the difference with any of these but I want something good. If I would go with Dinghy, I would have many design options but with Tugboat and Coyote, I only have 1 option of each in my country.

I also like the design of Carver Hobo 32.5" very much. I can get that too but I can't find a helpful review so I don't know how it compares with the others.

I think after I read your review you'd probably suggest Coyote between Tugboat and Dinghy. I don't know what you would think between Carver Hobo and Coyote but in case you say that Coyote is the right choice, could you please which Paris trucks I should choose? I don't know what 150mm and 129mm difference would feel like. Thank you very much in advance.

Big Kahuna

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Well the answer depends on many factors, the first of which is your size. The Dinghy is great for smaller riders or more advanced ones who like to slash it up a lot. Personally, I find the Coyote to be the smoothest and more comfortable cruiser of all three, and it also works great for some hills. It's one of my top choices overall for carving, cruising, getting around, and city slashing. Surfskates are a different beast, and Carvers are some the best surfskates. Choosing between a Carver and a Coyote is a hard one, depends on what you want to do really. You can fit Carver trucks on a Coyote for a hybrid cruiser/surfskate. But a Carver is a Carver is what you want is surf-style carving and pumpung. As for trucks for the Coyote, if your goal is smooth and fluid turns and easy carving, get the RKP 150mm. If on the other hand you'll looking to get rad and do tricks with your son and his street deck, the 129mm street (TKP) trucks are better suited for kick/flip tricks, transitions, street slashing etc.