Transparent ghost longboards have taken the internet by storm. Are they really worth it or just an overhyped gimmick?
That’s what I’ll be covering in this ghost longboard review.
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So, if this is the first article you’re reading, I just wanna make it clear that I never receive anything for free, it’s always bought out of pocket, to ensure there are no underlying biases.
My goal is to test skate and surf products to ultimately help you make a better buying decision.
So, these transparent longboards that have been going viral all over the internet are made by a company based out of Utah, called Ghost longboards.
Who Is It Best For?
I always start by going over who I think it’s best for, so after riding this for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that these are basic cruiser boards that are being used by a lot of people as fashion pieces.
If you go to their IG, you can see most of their riders are flexing on the gram with them and I get it, they look sick.
If you want something that can get you from point A to point B without doing anything fancy, these boards are solid.
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 really dope and could be used as an art piece. Boom there it is.
Where To Buy?
If you’re thinking about purchasing a Ghost longboard, you can visit their website here.
Ghost Longboard Discount Code
15% Off Promo Code – shredshack
After testing it for a while, I ended up reaching out to Ghost longboards and was able to get them to make an exclusive discount code for you, so if you decide this is right for you… you can get 15% off your entire order if you use the code “shredshack” at checkout.
I always wanna be transparent, so I will receive a small commission but it’s at no additional cost to you. I’d appreciate it since it helps me continue buying everything out of pocket to ensure there are no underlying biases. Honestly, I think it’s a win, win.
This is the section where I completely take the board apart and inspect the quality.
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 nose guards 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.
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 overtime, 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.
The bearings are ABEC 7s, which is standard among longboards. They’re double capped, which from a durability aspect is nice. The one thing I’ve never seen before are their plastic spacers, which in most cases are made of metal.
If you don’t know, spacers are meant to create less friction between the truck axel and bearings, which allows for smoother turning and protects bearings from wearing down quicker.
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. It’d be nice to see them switch to metal spacers in the future.
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.
Alright, after reviewing every single part of this board, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 things I like and 3 things I dislike.
Starting with the dislikes…
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. So pick up some of those if you’re gonna be riding yours a lot.
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.
And finally, since the decks are thicker than normal wooden ones, the overall weight of Ghost boards are more than usual. So if you’re planning on walking around town with it, I probably wouldn’t get one of these.
You could get a smaller one, but there are better options if you need something lightweight and portable.
As far as the positives 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.
And finally, these boards are super stable for cruising because they’re heavier than normal and have reverse kingpin trucks.
If you have any questions about these boards, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can.