Loaded Omakase Review: A Special Ultra-Wide Cruiser (2020)

loaded omakase review

The Loaded Omakase is no doubt one of Loaded’s most user-friendly longboards. An oversized directional cruiser shape, with 33″ in length it’s unusually wide at 10″, making it extremely inviting for comfortable cruising and commuting.

The awesomeness doesn’t stop at the width though. The Omakase embarks Loaded’s signature hybrid construction and advanced profile, contour, and concave, making the board a capable freerider when fitted with the right setup.

I was truly astonished by the Omakase’s superior carving and pumping abilities resulting from the high leverage over the edges and the super-fast shifting between front and back trucks.

With the Omakase, Loaded also inaugurated new manufacturing capabilities, resulting in the Omakase longboard complete’s competitive price – $269 for the priciest setup, while maintaining Loaded’s legendary quality for materials and processes.

See the Omakase complete longboard cruiser on Loaded’s website

The Omakase also comes in an astonishing electric skateboard version, the Unlimited Solo – which was actually the initial package for this board. Jump to this section for more about the Omakase Solo.

What is the Loaded Omakase good for?

Loaded Omakase wide cruiser

As mentioned above, the Loaded Omakase was originally designed as an e-skate, which explains the large width, long wheelbase for the length, the short kicktail, and the broad flat nose.

For some riders, the longer wheelbase (for the length) and shorter kicktail take a bit of getting used to at first.

The board’s short and wide shape offers a nice advantage for many types of riding, however. The Omakase is a very stable yet nimble, compact and portable longboard.

Even more than its narrower and longer predecessor the Poke cruiser, the Omakase is a very good board for commuting. At the same time, it has a very nice ability to carve down alleys and hop on and off curbs and cracks.

It’s also a great board for tricks and freestyle. If you don’t believe me, just watch the following 30-second clip:

The following recaps my experience of how the Loaded Omakase performs for different riding styles.

Cruising and commuting

  • The Omakase’s unusually wide outline makes it super-stable and comfortable for long commutes – particularly the Grip’n’Rip setup
  • The long wheelbase (for a cruiser) allows for good stability for pushing and hills. The huge In Heat wheels roll very fast.
  • The stable deck and low ride height make for easy pushing, closer to a drop-through
  • The short deck length keeps the board very nimble and responsive
  • The responsive and low riding trucks work great on sidewalks and in tight city areas
  • The Omakase makes a good LDP/skogging deck if using the right setup

Carving

  • The wide deck and uplifted rails provide strong leverage, which makes the Omakase very turny and responsive
  • The Paris V3 trucks are extremely responsive, great for carving
  • The large wheel flares provide lots of clearance for tight carves
  • The huge, soft, sharp In-Heat wheels offer maximum grip
  • The Omakase deck is great with surfskate trucks
  • The short and wide kick allows for surfy maneuvers

Freeride

  • The Omakase’s raised edges, mellow elliptic concave, and contour flares give you great foot lock-in and confidence when going fast
  • The extra-wide and flat nose lets you ride on top of the front truck, resulting in high responsiveness at higher speeds
  • The short tail makes it very easy to push the back truck out for sliding, even with large and grippy In-Heat wheels 

Freestyle tricks

  • Very easy to do manuals, the front of the board lifts up early as your foot gets closer to the kicktail
  • The Omakase’s wide and stable platform results in full foot contact which makes if much easier to perform tricks.

Pumping

  • Besides carving, the wide deck and lifted rails make the Omakase very pumpable, even with the default Paris trucks.
  • The Omakase’s shape greatly facilitates rail-to-rail and nose-to-tail weight transitions. A great deck for long-distance pumping.

Now that we’ve seen the type of riding the Omakase is best for, let’s dive a bit deeper into the board’s key features.

The Loaded Omakase deck

Loaded Omakase construction and flex

Loaded Omakase deck construction

The Omakase is built using Loaded’s proprietary hybrid construction with a three-ply bamboo core (horizontal top and bottom layers, vertical central layer) sandwiched between triaxial fiberglass and epoxy layers.

The result is a lightweight – 4.0 lbs which is relatively light given the sheer surface – and extremely durable deck, something Loaded is famous for.

Another consequence of Loaded’s hybrid layup is the Omakase’s stiff flex, perfect for speed and for pop, though with slight lengthwise flex for smoother riding and road vibration absorption when commuting.

The nose and tail are reinforced with carbon fiber for extra strength and abrasion resistance.

Loaded Omakase wheelbase

loaded omakase wheelbase

The Omakase deck is 33.5″ by 10″ and has two wheelbase options, 20.75″ or 22″. The longer wheelbase is best for bigger riders, longer commutes, and higher speeds.

The shorter wheelbase works great for smaller riders, surfier riding, more responsive carving and quick sliding, or easier kick and flip tricks.

The dual wheelbase option also allows for more board customization, and most importantly, accommodates both RKP and TKP trucks – see the setup section for more.

Loaded Omakase profile

Loaded Omakase profile

Continuing the great tradition of the Poke or the Tesseract, the Omakase’s rocker and elliptic concave give you significant comfort and a safe feel when riding fast and carving hard.

The concave/rocker and raised rails give you extra leverage for fast turning and for effective sliding. Sliding at higher speeds is also easier on the Omakase thanks to the nice foot lock-in due to the cross-sectional curvature.

The Loaded-engineered wheel flares provide strong wheel clearance, including with huge 75mm wheels – I tested them by putting all my weight on a rail for the sharpest possible turn but still didn’t get any wheelbite.

The wheel flares also serve another important function, being an integral part of the Omakase’s contour, which is to help you place your feet when riding fast or carving hard.

The back wheel flare also creates a nice foot pocket at the base of the kick for tucking your foot at speed and for quick turns and surfy maneuvers.

Loaded Omakase kicktail

loaded omakase kick

Compared to other cruisers, the Omakase offers a relatively shorter but wider kicktail. Due to the overall shape of the deck, however, it takes very little pressure on the tail to lift the front of the board off the ground.

This is probably due to the Omakase’s roots as an e-skate where the engine is placed close to the nose, shifting the board’s center of gravity forward.

As a result, the kicktail generates better-than-average pop, leverage for carving and pumping, and control for freestyle tricks and surfy maneuvers.

The nose is super-side and mostly flat from the front wheel flare forward. This greatly increases the foot platform, and allows forward positioning of the front foot – great for speed, sliding, or surfskate carving.

Omakase grip tape

The Omakase comes fitted with a Loaded-assembled grip tape with mellow abrasion from nose to tail.

The grip tape provides the right amount of stickiness and grip for all-purpose riding including cruising, carving, and easy tricks. The rocker and concave provide the added lock-in needed for hardcore sliding and carving.

Loaded Omakase graphics & design

Omakase Roe and Palm graphics

The Omakase comes in a choice of two graphics and wood layer versions.

The Roe version features a gorgeous rosewood bottom veneer with semi-transparent intersecting pastel-shaded circles – one of the circles boasting the same turquoise color as the wheels.

The Palm version has a black walnut bottom veneer, darker and also beautiful, with a pink rectangle between the trucks and palm tree graphics drawn on top of the wood veneer background.

The top side of the Omakase deck shows the top bamboo veneer through circles cut into the dark grip tape, with the Loaded logo laser-etched into the bamboo, creating an attractive, high-quality look.

I must admit part of me wanted to just keep staring at this work of art as opposed to riding it and getting it dirty!

Check out the Omakase deck Roe and Palm versions (deck-only or custom setup) here on Loaded’s website.

Loaded Omakase Setups

Omakase Grip'n'Rip
Omakase Grip’n’Rip

Loaded has two recommended setups they’ve dubbed “Grip’n’Rip” and “All-Around“.

The Grip’n’Rip – the one I own – is amazing for commuting and serious carving.

The Orangatang In-Heat wheels have a huge 75mm diameter for super-fast roll speeds, and a soft 77A durometer for maximum grip in hard carves and maximum shock absorption when commuting on all sorts of pavements.

orangatangs in heat wheels
In Heats 75mm

Seriously, with these wheels, I feel like I’m on some kind of air cushion! I ride down curbs like they don’t even exist, and I pass over cracks and bumps without even noticing it.

The In-Heats are really wide (56mm width and contact patch) with super-sharp edges and offset bearing seats for max traction. They’re insanely fast, and coupled with the Loaded JEHU bearings (a $20 value) they will keep rolling forever.

Love the beautiful blue/turquoise color too.

Check out the Omakase Grip’n’Rip recommended setup on Loaded’s website

Omakase choice of trucks

Paris V3 180 trucks for the Omakase

The 180mm Paris V3 trucks are simply fantastic. They make the Omakase feel really low riding even when fitted with the massive In-Heats.

That’s because although the Paris V3 have a 50º baseplate, they have the ride height of 43º trucks. You can really feel it as it makes pushing and riding on the Omakase very pleasant and comfortable.

The 50º baseplate, the open bushing seat, and the redesigned top conical bushings and pivot cups all lead to deeper, smoother, more fluid turns compared to earlier versions (and to many other trucks).

The V3 is also amazingly pumpable! I’m able to pump the Omakase Grip’n’Rip setup effortlessly from low speeds, something I couldn’t do with the V2 – I had to switch to surfskate trucks for decent pumping.

The Paris trucks have also grown stronger and more durable with more resistant material (and improved heat treatment), reinforced hanger, baseplate, and kingpin.

The Omakase can also be set up with TKP trucks (thank you adjustable wheelbase) e.g. Indy 169s with 60+mm wheels such as Orangatang Skiffs.

With this type of setup, the Omakase feels more like a normal cruiser and is easier to pop and slide than with bigger trucks. It’s not as comfortable for cruising and long commutes, however.

Omakase All-Around setup

loaded omakase all-around recommended setup
Omakase All-Around setup

The All-Around config includes the same Paris V3 trucks but smaller, lighter, and slightly harder freeride Stimulus wheels for easier slides. Lighter wheels also facilitate doing freestyle tricks.

orangatang stimulus wheels
Stimulus 70mm

The Orangatang Stimulus boast a 70mm diameter, a higher 80A durometer, and a reduced contact patch (42mm for a 49mm width). Smaller, slightly harder, narrower wheels break traction much more easily than larger ones.

The All-Around setup also includes the quality Loaded JEHU bearings.

See the Omakase All-Around recommended setup on the Loaded Boards site

Alternative Omakase setups

If you’re interested in doing tricks or racing on your Omakase, this setup chart from Loaded will come in handy:

You can configure your custom Omakase setup here on the Loaded site.

Unlimited x Loaded Solo e-skate

loaded omakase solo electric skateboard

By now you can probably tell I’m a huge fan of the Loaded Omakase. In addition to the “analog” version, I got curious about the e-skate version – even though e-skateboards are not usually my thing.

The Omakase Solo e-skate is fitted with the Unlimited Solo e-kit, a lightweight system with a single motor and battery specially designed for shorter cruiser decks.

loaded omakase solo electric skateboard

The Omakase Solo complete with the kit weighs no more than 4.4 mph. It has a 23-mph top speed and a 7-mile range, which I think is pretty cool. It can ride up hills up to a 9º incline.

The kit is so lightweight you can still do slides and pop tricks on the Omakase solo:

Check out the Unlimited Omakase Solo complete e-skate on the Unlimited x Loaded website

Final words

If you’re looking for a quality longboard cruiser for uber-comfortable commuting and cruising, with a surfy feel and the ability for serious carving, the Omakase is your guy.

As usual with Loaded, this board offers top-quality deck and components, and an innovative (super-wide) shape that actually results in notably great riding performance and experience.

The great thing about the Omakase is that it’s also an outstanding board for speed (freeride, sliding) and for freestyle tricks, given the right setup.

So yeah, the Omakase really is an all-purpose shredder – unlike many other longboards that claim to be. it’s also a compact board and can fit into a gym locker.

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  • Thinking about mount one of these decks whith inverted kingpin front truck and traditional kingpin rear truck both 180mm and Abec11 83a Bigzigs for riding my lokal pumptrack. What you think about this setup? Great article congrats from RJ Brasil.

  • How do you like it compared to the loaded poke?
    Are there anything cant to with one of those?
    Would like to hear your favorite and why?

    • I ride both, love the Omakase’s wide shape, super comfortable for longer commutes and fun for pumping. The Poke is longer and thinner, it has more concave gives more confidence for going fast. Your feet don’t fully fit on the Poke like the Omakase, so it’s a different feeling. It’s a tough choice, I would say go for the Omakase if you plan to ride longer distances, go for the Poke is you want to do more downhill and slides, or for riding pool. Both work great for carving. If you want to do surfskate, the Omakase is closer to a surfskate shape (mellower concave and wider platform.)

  • I got the Loaded Omakase with the V3 trunks with Kegel Purple wheels wedged on both sides. Trunks are loose with Knuckle brushing.
    I found that it is abit too high so pushing is kindaof troublesome, pumping is doable but at a certain speed. Not too sure if this is due to my technique since I am newish to pumping.
    You mentioned that the default setup is pumpable, so I was wondering if removing the wedge would help in making it lower but still pumpable.

    Any suggestions/tips on making the Omakase more pumpable?

  • Hey, thanks for the great review!
    You mentioned that you have used this for pumping, have you tried with a bennett-vector/randall rII truck setup?

    • No I haven’t tried that but my guess is that should work pretty well for LDP. The Paris V2 are not that tall so clearance should be good enough for a pumping setup.

  • Great review! I landed on this article because you recommended this as best beginner board for pumping.

    Where I live, in the Netherlands, you gotta have deep pockets and >€300 for a beginner board is a bit too much imho.

    What would you recommend as your second-best beginners board for pumping at a more affordable price?

    Thank you!

    • The Loaded Omakase with a CX truck is a great pumping setup – still pricey though, but you could probably mount the CX on a cheaper deck.
      The Slide is quite affordable compared to the big boys (see my post here) but whether it’s a good option for you depends on the kind of pumping you want to do – distance? driveway/parking lot? pool? Bike trails?

  • Thanks for all the great info.
    But I still feel a little lost in choosing.
    I’m a beginner. Last year I bought some cheap Penny lookalike that’s giving me some fun while walking/running with my dog.(She is a greyhound and loves skateboards, rollerblades, longboards etc.)
    I’ve always wanted to learn how to skate and this year I want to spend some money on a really good board.
    I love speed more than tricks. For now, at least.
    The idea of surfskating appeals a lot to me but I don`t want to compromise too much on speed neither. Is carving=surfskating?
    I will be skating through streets, sidewalks and such. I would like a lighter board that I can easily take with me and not too big in length neither. I’m about 160 pounds, 5ft 7inches.
    Options:
    Carver Super Surfer 32″, CX or C7
    Lost x Carver Rad Ripper 31″, CX or C7
    Loaded Omakase 33.5″, Grip ‘n Rip
    Landyachtz Drop Hammer Walnut 36.5″
    Arbor Zeppelin Flagship 32″
    Am I on the right track or do you have some other suggestions?

    • Hey Bren, it seems what you want is a city cruiser/slasher, something you can cruise on, use for transport, carry around easily, and do some carving and street surfing on. I would say you should probably eliminate the Drop Hammer which is too big and a drop-through so not as responsive for surf-style riding. The Arbor Zeppelin is shorter and more portable, a great drop-through cruiser, but probably not as surfy as topmount (trucks mounted below the deck vs across). A Carver can be a good option but commuting longer distances (e.g. with your dog) can take a bit more effort – if you do choose a Carver go for the CX.
      The Omakase is a nice option for all-around cruising/carving/commuting, and you could even mount CX trucks on it for a hybrid of comfortable commuting and nice pumping and carving – I’ve done this on my Loaded Poke, it’s an awesome setup.
      Depending on your level, you could even go a bit shorter with the Coyote which is a great city slasher (see here) and still easy enough for a newbie rider, super smooth ride and very lightweight to carry around.

      • Thanks for the swift reply.
        The Coyote also sounds like a really good option and easy to hang in my backpack.
        A friend of mine suggested an earthwing mini glider…would that also work out for me? I’ve been reading up on boards, bearings, lubricants, bushings, all I can get my hands on really. And I got a pintail on loan for learning to carve and pump in the meantime because I couldn’t wait and wanted to practise.
        I feel a little bit like a kid but I’m 38 :))

        • I have both the mini glider and the omakase.

          Omakase is better due to the awesome foot locks, wider board.

          Less flex when going faster downhill too. Also easier to pop. Surprisingly easier to manual too.

          With the mini glider, when Im tired, I tend to monkey toe when sliding, sometimes will clip the wheels due to the cut out which erm… Results in some abrasions.

          That said, mini glider was the first of its kind when it came out, and its hard to find one now. I will buy another mini glider just for keepsake.

          Otherwise, Omakase is the new favourite.

          Curently researching how to fix a small motor on my board, wife gave the green light!

      • Awesome review!
        I’m a total beginner to longboards but currently interested in using them solely for commuting to school (not really into tricks and such). After doing a little research for commuting boards, I narrowed down my list to Omakase, Coyote, or Poke.
        Also, I’m 5’2”, less than 200 lbs and would prefer a smaller board to carry around. I would love your suggestions for what would be great for a beginner like me! And also, my budget is below $500 and I plan to commute by board for a few years.
        Thank you! 😀

  • How would this compare to the carving of a sector 9 sidewinder (34” shoots deck)?
    I weigh 52kg so wondering if it would carve and pump like you get the omakase to with me on it or would I need different trucks / bushings?

    I’m deciding between omakase rip n grip, icarus or the sector 9 34” bamboo drop thru with sidewinders and 70mm wheels.

    Purely for cruising carving and pumping, shitty roads and footpaths with lots of joins in Australia
    Any advice?
    Cheers
    Michelle

  • Awesome reviews man!
    Which one would you recommend for me between the Omakase, Globe Blazer or Landyatchz Dinghy? I’m 6 Ft, 130 Lbs, will mainly use it to cruise around Montreal, go to friends place etc. Will probably not do any tricks, pop, etc ! I’m a beginner. I have a old Arbor Axis which I bought many many years ago. First goal was to do slides and downhill but it wasn’t my thing after all so just used it to cruise around. However it’s now quite worn out and would love to get something smaller, more fun to ride around town, maybe a bit less stiff too.
    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • If you’re a beginner and given your height the Dinghy may be a little small and twitchy for you unless you really want to street tricks, which you don’t. The regular Blazer is even smaller so not that easy to ride unless you get the XL. My favorite of the 3 is the Omakase (see here), it’s still compact yet super comfortable and turny, awesome for cruising, carving, and commuting. Just my 2c!

  • I already have a Poke with Carver CX trucks for pumping and longer rides, which I really like. I purchased the Omakase rip and grip and added a Waterborne attachment and the rear attachment to create a surf trainer that could do really tight turns but the Paris trucks can’t sit in the Waterborne attachment, because of the rounded end of the RKP. I reversed the front truck, but the board doesn’t feel right. It turns too much and there is wheel bite with the stimulus boost wheels. Also the trucks feel too far forward on the board. I was thinking of getting some caliber 44 degree trucks that have a square base and then even drilling some holes in the board to reduce the wheel base a little in the front. It just feels weird not having my feet more under the trucks, like the Poke. Thinking I got the wrong board and should have put this set up on a Coyote or something a little smaller or even got TKPs with 60mm wheels for the Waterborne. Any suggestions?

    • From Patrick, Founder at Waterborne: Caliber trucks will fit the Surf Adapter no problem, and so will almost any TKP truck. As far as wheelbase, shorter wheelbases will pump faster from a standstill and accelerate hard, longer wheelbases will be slower from a stand still but have a very high speed efficient pumping. It comes down to the kind of skating that you want to do. Drilling a few new holes in a deck never hurt anybody, so I say go for it.

  • After this great review I am convinced about getting the Omakase. Although it says that tricks are possible (and they are clearly doing ollies in the videos) can you do a kickflip on this?

  • Hello there,

    Firstly, thank you for the great review, it is very informative. Do you consider this to be the most well rounded offering from Loaded? I formally used to skate a regular board but I am now after a cruiser/longboard to commute and have a bit of fun on going down some hills.

    Essentially I am after two main things:

    1) A kicktail to get up and down curbs
    2) Something that I can learn to slide on and bomb some hills and around town

    I’m keen to go with something by Loaded but open to alternatives. Is the Omakase what I’m looking for or is there something else that I might find easier to slide and push around town?

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    All the best and quarantined regards,

    Jamie

    • Hi Jamie,

      Go for it. This board is so much fun.

      For getting around town, I like softer wheels ~78a while sliding is easier with harder wheels >80a.

      Some days I swap indys and yellow stimulus wheels on to try some tricks..

      Some days I do Paris v3 with yellow stimulus to practise my slides.

      Most days I do Paris v3 with blue fat frees for going around.

      I have a solo kit in the mail now and I suspect I will be riding that a lot.

      This is definitely not a pure bred downhill board, but it’s more than capable for some free rides.

      This review really nailed it when describing the delicious weight shifts and how responsive omakase really is.

      • Paul’s reply is spot-on, the Omakase is awesome for all-around riding, city commuting, and some freeride. Now if you’re interesting is something even more trickable and compact you can also freeride on, the Coyote is another awesome board I ride a lot. Narrower but also super smooth for getting around, and it’s got freeride DNA due to its ancestor the Kut-thaka – large wheelbase for the size, great wheelflared contours and nice comfy concave and uplifted rails for bold slides. I guess which one your choose depends on how much distance you ride, how big you are, and how technical you want to get for slides. Ride on!

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