Thinking about getting a Chub cruiser board?
I tested it out and found some things I like and dislike about it.
Here's my in-depth Chub cruiser board review, to help you decide if it's right for you or not.
We did receive this board for free from Chub, but we accepted it on the terms that we could say our complete honest thoughts. Check out our transparency page that covers our rules.
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Who Is It Best For?
I'd recommend the Chub cruiser board for anyone that wants an extremely wide deck. It's a great barefoot cruiser because of the foam grip tape.
If you're someone who has bigger feet than normal and struggles to find a deck that's wide enough, I'd definitely consider the Chub.
Or if you're someone who's just learning, then this could be a great choice since the extra deck space will be easier to balance on.
These are also great for shredding some curbs, which I've seen many people use the Chub for.
Is It Worth It?
If it fits your needs, then I'd definitely say it's worth it. I do wish they added bearing spacers, just for peace of mind, but it's not a big deal.
If I were to get it for the first time, I would probably pair it with the Paris 195's Reverse Kingpin trucks because the standard Chub trucks feel pretty generic.
Where To Buy?
If you're interested in buying the Chub cruiser board, you can get it from their website.
This thing is actually inspired by a wakeskate – it has foam grip and is much wider than any other cruiser I own.
They offer two widths – 11″ and 13″.
I took this board apart, and for the most part, everything seems solid. Although there were a few minor things I think you should know about, which I'll cover below.
The deck is my favorite part about the Chub. I've mentioned it a bunch, but I'm a big fan of how wide it is. I'm a shoe size 11 and for most cruisers, my feet hang off the edge. But with the Chub, the width and lowkey concave feels perfect.
Plus the foam griptape makes for a grippy, yet comfortable ride. It's the same grip they use on boats – grippy and squishy.
I would probably pick something like this to cruise around on over a Landyachtz dinghy, just for my personal preference.
The dinghy's cool, but that's just still a little too small for me.
One thing that does stand out is the trucks and bushings are pretty generic. They honestly look very similar to Caliber trucks.
They do have an option on their website to customize your setup and add Paris 195's Reverse Kingpin trucks, which is what I would do if I got another one.
Or if you're someone that likes to mix and match different setups, then I would probably just get the deck and use your favorite trucks/wheels.
The bearings are solid, although I noticed there were no spacers, or bearing spacers, whatever you want to call it, but I don't think that's a big deal for cruising.
I also think they should add those in the future just for peace of mind. They prevent friction between the truck axels and the bearings. Even better, now that I'm thinking about it, I'd love if they added bearings that had built-in spacers, like the ones Carver uses.
The wheels are 65mm 78a and have a really neat design that matches the deck graphic. For my preference, I wish they were wider and softer because I mainly just like cruising.
But even with these sized wheels, I got some wheelbite, so there's not much room for increasing the size unless you modify the riser pads.
Likes & Dislikes
After riding it a bunch with my friends, here are the things we like and dislike about it.
I'm a big fan of the deck width since I have larger feet (shoe size US 11).
The other nice part about it is, even though it's big it doesn't feel super heavy. I guess I'm so used to my surfskates that have spring adapters, making them heavier.
I love how aesthetically pleasing the design is. I think they killed it in terms of the deck graphic and matching the wheels. And to top it off with the squishy foam graphic, it just looks sick in my opinion.
I think this would be a great board to pick up for a beginner since there's so much deck space to balance on. In the video above, you can see Alex landed a frontside shove it, which is difficult for him to do on a regular skateboard. But because the deck is so wide, it's a great board to learn basic tricks on.
Even though I just mentioned how it's a solid board to learn basic tricks on, it's not ideal for doing flip tricks. The foam grip isn't as grippy as traditional griptape, making it tougher to flip. Plus since it's a larger deck, it's clunkier.
I usually ride my trucks pretty loose because I like a surfier feel, but it's hard to do that with the chub since you can get wheelbite pretty easily. You can even see in our YouTube video that I got some wheelbite and got thrown off the board (1:47 timestamp).
The nice part about the video we made is that Chub said they're going to add more prominent wheel wells in their future decks. I think that will help a lot.
Comparison to others
Chub Cruiser Board vs Landyachtz Dinghy
The main difference between the Chub cruiser board and Landyachtz Dinghy is the size. There aren't any Dinghy's that are even close to being 11-13″ wide. I'd get the Dinghy if you don't mind it being thinner (closer to a traditional skateboard) and want something more portable.