Thinking about getting the Loaded Coyote?
I ended up shredding it and now have a solid idea of who I think it's best for.
Here's my Loaded Coyote review to help you decide if it's right for you or not.
Loaded sent us the Coyote for free, but we only accepted it under the terms that we could say our complete honest thoughts, and they never saw this review before we published it. You can find more info about our review guidelines on our transparency page.
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Who Is It Best For?
One scenario I can think of is if you’re coming from a traditional skateboarding background and you’re used to that popsicle shape, then the Coyote will probably be a solid cruiser transition board. If that makes any sense?
As far as characteristics go, it really comes down to…
- The kicktail is much more lowkey, making it cruiser-friendly
- The aggressive wheel wells are useful for locking you in when carving
So, I think you need to decide if those characteristics make the price difference worth it for you.
You’re obviously paying a premium for the brand. Loaded has established itself over time by delivering quality boards, offering a lifetime warranty, and solid customer service. I’ve always been a fan of Loaded even before they approached us – I know I’ve mentioned this previously but I bought a Tan Tien years back when I was in High School and that thing is still going strong, even after I abused it.
Now if you’re looking for something that can cruise but you want it to be a little heavier on the tricks side, I’m gonna be straight up, I think you should probably just build a popsicle setup with soft wheels or even consider the Landyachtz dinghy.
For me, if it's between the Landyachtz dinghy, the Coyote, and the Omakase – the majority of the time I'm gonna pick the Omakase because I like a more aggressive concave and wider deck. To be honest the coyote is probably going to get used the less out of all three of these boards for me. In most of my riding situations, I either want something that's super lightweight and portable and that's going to be the dinghy in that situation. And then in other situations, I want a wider deck with more concave, something that is just a tank for cruising and that's the Omakase.
I don’t want that to be misinterpreted as the Coyote being a bad cruiser, because it’s definitely not – it just doesn’t fit within my riding preference as well as my other boards.
If you want something in between the dinghy and Omakase, I think it’s a really solid board.
Where To Buy?
If you have a local shop, check if they have it in stock… it's always cool to support local.
Otherwise, you can get it from Loaded's website here.
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So you probably know by now, but we ended up going with the carving and slashing set up because we wanted something that could handle higher speeds and was a little grippier for carving.
But they also have the option to go with the all-around setup, which has their TKP trucks and 80a orangutan wheels. The all-around setup seems to be more popular which makes sense since the deck has a more street-driven shape.
I want to quickly go over all the parts that make up the coyote and give you my thoughts on some things I noticed.
The bearings are Loaded’s Jehu V2 bearings which have built-in spacers.
If you've been watching my videos recently then you know I'm a big fan of bearings that have built-in spacers, it's just less of a headache when you're swapping out wheels – you don’t have to keep track of washers or spacers flying everywhere.
If I'm going to be super nit-picky then I kind of wish they came in different colors so you can match it with your setup, but it's really not a big deal. I think overall these bearings are solid.
The deck shape is nice like I said in the beginning it's around 31 inches, which is similar to a traditional skateboard.
It’s got lowkey concave, nothing aggressive. The wheel wells are probably my favorite part of this deck. It gives you a nice way to lock into carves without having an aggressive concave throughout the whole thing.
The graphic is cool, Loaded seems to always find really dope artists to work with. Now my personal preference I just like the older color scheme but that's not to take away from this graphic – I think it’s still really cool. Hola Lou is an extremely talented artist.
Trucks & Bushings
The Paris V2 150mm 50° trucks are solid. They come stock with 90a barrel and cone bushings, which honestly feels good for what I’ll be using it for.
I did push the speed a little bit, but it’s not a board I’d recommend going super fast with. It does depend on the rider, but for me, I didn’t feel comfortable pushing the speed on this thing – don’t get me wrong it can handle speed, but I wouldn’t recommend pushing it. I did test it out with their softer 87a knuckle bushings, which obviously made carving a little more responsive, but I’ll just keep the 90a bushings.
Another little thing I noticed while taking this board apart was that whatever the riser pad is made out of, made the truck stick to the board. Like there were numerous times I took all the screws out and I still really struggled to get the truck off the deck. Now, this isn’t a big deal but it was kinda annoying.
I'm glad I got the 77a fat-free 65mm wheels versus the 80a because I'm not really looking to do any slides. I found that for my riding preference they grip the pavement well, however, I was still able to throw some low-key power slides when I wanted to control my speed.
One of the most popular suggestions was to test the coyote deck with different surfskate adapters, so I went out and tried it on YOW, Smoothstar, Waterborne, Carver and Gullwing Sidewinders.
Before I tell you my favorites, I wanna say that this test really made me realize the importance of wider decks for surfskates, 9.5 – 10 inches, because it just feels more comfortable for pumping. To each their own, but that’s just my thoughts there.
YOW, Smoothstar & Waterborne
With the YOW, Smoothstar, and Waterborne it kind of just felt off compared to my other surfskate decks.
Side note: I had quite a few people reach out and tell me the coyote deck is really fun with those adapters, so I wanna make it clear that it's all personal preference. I just feel like the larger wheelbase mixed with a thinner deck isn’t ideal for those adapters.
Carver CX & Sidewinders
The standouts even though they might not classify as surfskate adapters were the Carver CX trucks and Gullwing Sidewinders, because they’re a little more lowkey, compared to the spring adapters and I didn’t feel like I needed more deck space.
I honestly might just swap out my Paris V2 trucks with the Carver CX trucks. The way the wheel wells lock you in while carving feel awesome with the CX trucks.
Coyote vs Dinghy vs Omakase
One of the most requested things was comparing the coyote to the dinghy blunt and the Omakase. I kind of like to describe the coyote as almost a crossbreed of the dinghy and Omakase.
|Dinghy Blunt||28.5″ x 8.6″|
|Coyote||30.75″ x 8.375″|
|Omakase||33.5″ x 10″|
The Dinghy Blunt has similar concave to the Coyote – it's lowkey and you don't really notice it while riding. The Omakase is the outlier here, with a much more aggressive concave and griptape.
The Dinghy has more pop in the kicktail compared to the Coyote. The Coyote's kicktail is more lowkey, making it tougher to pop off the ground. You can do it, but it's more of a challenge.
I hope you found this Loaded Coyote review helpful. I'm sure I missed a few things, so if you need any help…