Loaded Coyote Review: The Playful City Slasher Is Back!

loaded coyote review

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. 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.

Keep reading to find out why.

See the Coyote city slasher complete on Loaded’s website.

What is the Loaded Coyote good for?

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As I mentioned, the Coyote is designed to be an awesome 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.

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

As mentioned, the Coyote deck has 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

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

Loaded Coyote setup

Loaded Coyote all-around setup

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

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 77A 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.

Loaded Coyote setup top side

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.

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  • Hi, great review!
    I was wondering how the Coyote compares to the loaded Poke as I cant choose which one i want. The plan is to assemble 150mm Paris v2s with some 70mm wheels and some angled risers (All of which i already have) on a board to make a cruising and pumping city slasher.

    Would the Coyote be suitable for this? What would be the diffrence between them when riding? Thanks!

    • Hey Pete, the Poke is significantly bigger at 34″ x 9.125″ vs 30.75″ x 8.375″ for the Coyote. The Poke’s wheelbase is also much longer at 20.75″ vs 17.5″ for the Coyote. Very different riding experience, the Poke gives you comfortable cruising for longer distances and more stability at higher speeds, while the Coyote is more compact, more portable, easier to ollie, kickflip, and skatepark ride with. Difference uses, depends on what you want to do.
      As for the trucks, I think the 150mm would stick out a lot on the Coyote (default setup is 129mm trucks and 65mm wheels). If you want to reuse your Paris trucks and 70mm wheels you should probably go for the Poke. I’ve had one for months and it’s long been my favorite board (including for pumping with Carver CX trucks). Now I also really love the Omakase (much wider) for city cruising. Check out my review of the Poke here and the Omakase here (your trucks and wheels would work great on that one too).
      Hope this helps
      Jesse

  • Hey,
    really love that article.
    But can you compare the Loaded Coyote to the Loaded Omakase?
    And which one would you recommend for cruising around the city?
    Thanks!

    • Hey Lenny, well for one thing the Coyote is quite smaller, like 3″ shorter and over 1″ narrower than the Omakase, with smaller (hence lighter) trucks and wheels, so much more portable. The Coyote feels like a comfortable street deck and is super easy to carry around while the Omakase is bulkier – though it’s still nicely compact compared to full-sized boards. Your choice between the two for city cruising depends on the kind of terrain and the kind of riding you do. If you’re mostly riding on tight sidewalks and crowded streets, and you’re constantly going in and out of buildings and need to carry your board around all the time, the Coyote is nimbler and easier to ollie or hop on/off curbs and cracks. If on the other hand you’re going to be riding bike lanes or smooth roads with long straight sections and some hills, perhaps the Omakase would be a better option since it’s super comfortable and can be taken very fast without issues, yet still very turny – it’s just a bit heavier to get off the ground and bulkier to carry around. Hope that helps!

  • Hi Jesse,

    Great site and reviews! You really helped me out with your reviews. About a year ago I bought a Landyachtz switchblade after reading your review.

    Now I am planning to buy a cruiser with a kicktail. I am seriously in doubt between the new tugboat (2020) and the loaded coyote. In my neighbourhood the sidewalks are not really good and there are a lot of curbs. I am also planning to take it with me on the public transportation. I can get my way with the switchblade but I still consider myself a beginner.
    Can you please advice me what in your opinion is the best minicruiser for a beginner the coyote or the tugboat?

    Keep up the great reviews!

    Ruud

    • Well, the Coyote is slightly longer (30.75″ vs 29.5″) while the Tugboat is slightly wider (9″ vs 8.375″). The great width of the Tugboat can give you more foot comfort, but the Coyote’s wheelbase is 2″ longer which means more stability – important for a beginner. The Coyote has a smaller kicktail but it’s more than sufficient for hopping on and off curbs. Also, the Coyote comes stock with 65mm wheels, bigger than the Tugboat’s (60mm I believe) which means better roll over cracks and bumps. The Coyote has the size of a street deck but feels like a comfy cruiser. The Tugboat is pretty cool too but’s it’s wider so a bit bulkier to carry around, and to me the large kicktail, while good for advanced tricks, reduces the stability a bit. My heart goes to the Coyote, it’s a bit pricier (see it here) but it’s a Loaded… The Tugboat is pretty cool too though. Just my 2c!

      • I’ve been having the same dilemma between the two boards but your response here has pretty much sold me on getting the Coyote. best reviews for both boards I’ve found anywhere! Thanks! also quick FYI I’m seeing both boards looking around the same price ($150) on actionboardshop.com

  • Thoughts on arbor pilsner vs the loaded coyote? One of the biggest wishes is comfort and stability. It’ll be to get from point A to point B, many times on a large college campus and the surrounding area so portability is also in consideration. I’ve used the dinghy and I appreciate it but I prefer something less twitchy and precise foot placement. I use size 11 US shoes and I used to street skate in the past so my level is probably in the intermediate.

    The completes with these boards have the same truck size, does that mean their stability will roughly feel the same? Any input on overall suggestion? Does the wheelbase size make a difference in stability? Despite the truck size being the same.
    I’m a fan of the current artist collaborations on both, especially the simpler arbor design.

    Thanks for your in depth reviews ✌️

    • Hey, if you’re looking for stability then the Coyote has the edge, no doubt. Wheelbase certainly is essential for stability and the Coyote has a full extra 2.5″ – which is significant. The Coyote deck is also 2″ longer and slightly wider. The Coyote is a descendant of the Kut-thaka (read about it here) which was designed with downhill speed in mind as well, hence the long wheelbase. The Coyote has Loaded’s special contour and concave with the comfy wheel flares and the great foot pockets (see the closeups here). I’m a size 12 and I’m super comfortable on this board – a lot more than on the Dinghy. I still run the original Paris trucks and 65mm Fat Frees, they are BUTTERY SMOOTH even though I’m 6’1 180lbs. Super easy to carry around all day.
      Hope this helps!
      Jesse

  • Torn between this and the Landyachtz Schooner. Looking for a fun board to cruise through neighborhoods, greenways, bowls and pop around on. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Hey Lee, never rode the Schooner but after checking it out, it looks quite similar to the Coyote. I’d say the main difference is the rocker and concave, the Shcooner looks flatter than the Coyote, which IMO has an awesome concave with nicely uplifted rails (not too much so it doesn’t trap your feet in) and the cool Loaded-style raised wheelflares/contour that keep your feet in place during tech slides and ollies. I also love the Paris 129mm and 65mm Otang Fat Frees – though the Polar Bears and Easy Hawgs (slightly smaller than the Fat Frees) are good stuff as well.
      So yeah pretty close but personally I like the Coyote for its nice technical shape – though again I haven’t tested the Schooner.

  • Hi,

    what wheels would you put for trying to learn some tricks? The orangutang feel a bit too big and with less control.

    • Hey, the Fat-Free wheels that come stock with the Coyote are relatively large and soft for smooth cruising and slides but there are also other Otang wheels better-suited for tricks, like you could try the 62mm Skiffs in 86A duro (here) or even the the 58mm Onsens (here) for street-style riding. Ride on!

  • Hey, im thinking of buying this deck and am wondering if 180mm Paris 44 degree trucks would work in this? I want a freeride board so I thought these trucks would fit. Any ideas on a freerideing trucks for the coyote deck? Thanks

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