It’s a staple in my quiver.
Is it right for your riding style? Let’s find out.
Who Is It Best For?
I’d recommend the Omakase if you want a beefy cruiser. I’ve even used it for freestyle and freeride. It crushes hills with ease. I take out the
It all depends on your use of it, but I’m gonna say it’s not a super portable board since it’s on the heavier side (8.5lbs) compared to my other cruisers. One of my favorite setups is the Omakase deck paired with Carver CX trucks.
Is It Worth It?
From a quality perspective, yes I would recommend the
However, it’s going to depend on what type of riding you’re looking to do. For most people, the Omakase is going to be overkill. But if you’re a heavier rider or just prefer a beefier cruiser, then it’s a solid choice.
Loaded Omakase Surfskate
I also tested the
Compared to my other surfskates which usually hover around 7-8 pounds.
Also, if you’ve never tried a surfskate setup before, be aware that the surf adapters make the board much higher off the ground than the normal setup. The other thing to note is that it’s a lot thicker than normal surfskate complete decks.
As far as the overall deck shape of the
Sent an anonymous email asking a somewhat generic question about my board at 11:30am.
Got an automated email that confirmed they received my request. Standard, but nice peace of mind.
Received a thorough response within 3 hours. They also linked to additional resources to help answer my question further. That’s some good stuff.
Wheelbase: 20.75″ – 22″
From the wheels to the deck, everything is wider than what you’d find on a traditional cruiser. Depending on what your personal preference is, this could be good or bad.
At the time of writing this, they have two recommended setups…
- Grip N Rip
Or you have the option to build out your own.
I ended up going with the Grip N Rip setup because I’m not looking to throw slides… I just wanted something that was heavier duty than my Landyachtz Dinghy for cruising.
The thing I love about
Just something I haven’t seen a lot of other companies do.
For this setup, it came with Paris V3 165mm 50 degree trucks with 90a bushings and riser pads, 75mm In Heat 77a wheels, and Jehu V2 bearings.
When I unboxed this thing, I was taken back, it’s just a work of art. But it’s easy for a board to look good and perform badly, so let’s check the components.
The first thing you’ll probably notice about the Omakase is the deck. It’s much wider and thicker compared to most cruisers we’ve reviewed.
It’s made of fiberglass and bamboo, making for an extremely durable and lightweight deck.
The nice part is that they offer two wheelbase options – 20.75 and 22 inches.
Because it’s so thick, it’s a great option for larger riders. I read one of the reviews on
The raised wheel wells are a nice addition for two reasons…
- Helps locking you in for more agressive carving.
- Prevents wheelbite for larger wheels.
I love the way that
A subtle yet, beautiful design. The level of detail that
For the Grip N Rip setup, it came with Paris V3 165mm 50 degree trucks with 90a bushings and riser pads.
First off, I love the Electro Lux color of these trucks. Probably my favorite out of any of the trucks I own. The purple/blue/green gradient mixed with a matte finish is a work of art in my opinion.
These trucks offer a stable ride, but you can still carve a solid amount. It’s your typical reverse kingpin 50-degree truck setup. Definitely high-quality and a solid addition to this setup.
I ended up swapping out the front bushings with the Orangatang Knuckles bushings, which makes for a more agile carving experience. I’d definitely recommend it.
Orangatang is one of the best wheel brands out there in my opinion. The wheels included in this setup are the 75mm In Heat 77a wheels.
It’s obvious, but these wheels are very wide and soft. I had no issues making sharper turns since they gripped the pavement so well.
Their width and duro make for a great cruising setup in rougher environments. No issues at all going over rocks or pebbles.
The combination of their width and softness makes for a buttery smooth riding experience.
And if you’re unfamiliar with wheel durometer, then you might not know that 77a is extremely soft. The softness combined with sharp lips makes these wheels nearly impossible to slide out.
If you’re looking for a setup that’ll allow you to do slides, go for their All-Around setup which has their 80a Orangatang wheels. Harder wheels = easier to slide.
Personally, I’m a fan of the bearings because they have built-in spacers and speed rings. This makes changing your wheels a lot easier since you don’t have to keep track of the speed rings.
Let’s be real, we’ve all been changing our wheels, a speed ring flies out and it magically disappears. It’s just so nice having it all in one component.
It’s also nice having both sides sealed with bearing caps. They’re easy to pop off if needed to do maintenance.
These are some of my favorite bearings, although I wish they had different color variations.
Pros & Cons
Now that I’ve reviewed all the parts, I’ll share my thoughts on what I like and dislike about it.
Starting with the likes…
Like I briefly mentioned in the beginning, the Omakase is when the chef creatively brings together the best ingredients. And the Omakase is a shining example of quality.
From the built-in Jehu bearings to the Paris V3 165mm 50 degree trucks, it’s a premium cruiser that I’d recommend over and over again.
Not only are the components of the Omakase high-quality, but it’s creatively put together, making for a visually appealing aesthetic. I love both of the deck graphics they offer – they’re elegant and thoughtfully designed.
The colors they offer, so you can mix and match to get a setup how you want, is a breath of fresh air. Often times you’ll only get two variations to choose from, but I guess that’s another benefit of buying from a well established company like
I never have any issues buying from
Not to mention, they have reliable and fast customer service. And they offer a lifetime, original owner limited warranty.
I’m not gonna lie, finding a dislike about this board was pretty tough. Although if I had to find something, it’d be that it’s on the heavier side for a cruiser.
This is tough because its original purpose was to be a tank for their Unlimited E-Skate system. So in that instance, it makes sense for it to be on the heavier side, but for my personal preference, I’m not a huge fan of the weight.
So, what are some
In this section, I’ll do some comparisons to help make your decision easier.
Loaded Omakase vs Dinghy or Tugboat
First, if you’re not sure the differences between the Dinghy and Tugboat, the Dinghy is basically the smaller version of the Tugboat.
Here’s what I tell people…
If you want an absolute tank of a cruiser, you don’t mind if it’s on the heavier side, and it’s hefty price tag, then I’d recommend the Omakase.
The Landyachtz cruisers like the Dinghy and Tugboat vary in deck shape and size, but for the most part, are much lighter and less expensive than the Omakase.
Landyachtz cruisers are also going to be much easier to ollie up onto curbs since they’re smaller.
Loaded Omakase vs Coyote
Length: 30.75″ Width: 8.375″ Wheelbase: 17.5”
Length: 33.5″ Width: 10″ Wheelbase: 20.75-22″