You’ve probably seen these transparent ghost longboards all over the internet.
And now you’re wondering if they’re worth your hard-earned money, right?
I was curious as well, so I bought their 40″ Platypus, took it apart, and tested it.
Are they good or just an overhyped gimmick? That’s what I’ll be covering in this ghost longboard review.
If you’d rather watch a video, check it out below.
Who Is It Best For?
These are basic cruiser longboards that are being used by a lot of people as fashion pieces.
If you want something that can get you from point A to point B without doing anything fancy, these boards are solid. Just don’t get these if you expect to be doing tricks or bombing hills.
The other reason I can see people getting these types of boards is if you want it as an art piece to hang in your office or bedroom. The really cool part about them is that you can pretty much customize the design to your liking. Whether it’s your name, company logo, or really anything else that you can think of.
Basic cruisers, that look cool and could be used as an art piece.
Now, the deck is made out of plexiglass, which is why everyone trips out about these boards.
They just look so futuristic, especially when paired with wheels that light up. I also love the fact that you can customize your design. I think it’s so cool they give you the flexibility to create your own vision.
It’s pretty thick (about three-quarters of an inch), which made me think that it wasn’t going to flex at all, but surprisingly, it does. Obviously, if you get a shorter board, then it’ll flex less.
I did end up hitting the nose of my board a few times which chipped it, so I’d recommend picking up a nose guard bumper for extra protection.
Sure, it doesn’t look as cool, but it’ll make your board last longer.
You never wanna ride in wet conditions, but if your feet somehow get wet, the deck can get slippery since there’s no griptape. There are solutions for that like transparent griptape, but as a default, there’s no griptape
I was expecting the deck to be more slippery than it was, but as long as you don’t get it wet, it’s pretty grippy.
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Next, we have the hardware which is your standard bolts, nuts, and washers. The nuts have a self-locking plastic to ensure they don’t loosen over time, which is always solid to see.
The bushings are barrel bushings which are the most stable kind. Similar to the hardware, there’s not much room for improvement here. Overall, solid bushings.
Moving on to the trucks, they have their own Ghost longboard reverse kingpin trucks. They allow you to turn as much as you want, without feeling unstable. They’re decent quality, and there’s nothing that stands out as being bad. They’re not the best, but you can’t expect much for a basic cruiser.
The bearings are ABEC 7s, which is standard among longboards. They’re double capped, which from a durability aspect is nice.
Those white plastic spacers are used to light up the wheel when they spin.
Overall, I’d say they’re right in the middle in terms of quality – definitely not high-end, but also not bad – they get the job done.
And finally, we have the wheels, which are 70mm blue led wheels. They offer 3 different types of wheels – light-up led ones, shark wheels, and standard colored wheels. I picked the led wheels basically because it makes the footage I got for this video look cooler. But if I was mainly gonna get something for cruising, I’d suggest going with either the shark wheels or regular ones.
If you’re gonna mostly be using it on smooth pavement, then the regular ones will work just fine. But if you ride on rougher pavement, then go with the shark wheels.
The one thing I noticed while riding the led wheels is that they’re harder since they don’t have as much rubber in them as the others. So as a result, you can feel bumps and cracks more while riding. It’s nothing crazy, but just something I noticed.
Pros & Cons
Alright, after reviewing every single part of this board, here are some pros & cons.
Starting with the pros…
As far as the pros go, I love the unique aesthetic of it. This is why these boards are so popular, they just look so cool.
I also love the fact that they allow you to customize your board. Whether you want your name or company’s name engraved, they can do it. Even if you have a wacky pattern, they can most likely do it.
Overall, these boards are super stable for cruising because they’re heavier, have barrel bushings and reverse kingpin trucks. If you’re a beginner that wants something stable, I’d recommend it.
I noticed the nose and tail chip easily if you hit it on curbs or the pavement. The one cool thing is they now offer rubber nose guards to prevent them from chipping. But compared to a traditional wooden longboard, I’d say this is a con.
Hard To Keep Clean
Since the boards are transparent, they’re harder to keep clean. Fingerprints and dirt show up easier. From a distance, you can’t really notice it, but when you look up close, you definitely can.
Since the decks are thicker than normal, the overall weight of Ghost boards is heavier. So if you’re planning on walking around town with it, I probably wouldn’t get one of these.
Below I’ll answer some common questions I’ve been asked about Ghost Longboards.
Do Ghost Longboards Have Grip?
Ghost longboards don’t have traditional grip tape, but they really don’t need it since they’re meant for basic cruising. As long as you don’t get them wet, the grip is enough without grip tape.
Are Ghost Longboards Good For Beginners?
They’re actually not bad for beginners, especially if you’re looking to just doing basic cruising up and down your street. Just keep in mind that they’re heavier than most other longboards out there. And if you plan to do anything other than basic cruising, I probably wouldn’t get a Ghost Longboard.
Are Ghost Longboards Good For Tricks?
No, you shouldn’t get a Ghost Longboard if you want something to do tricks on. It is possible to do some dancing on them if you get a longer deck, but it’s ultimately not ideal. I’d only suggest getting a Ghost if you want something to get from point A to B without doing anything fancy.