Thinking about getting the Loaded Omakase?
You're in the right place because I bought it out of pocket and shredded it. I now have a solid idea of the things I like and dislike about it.
Is it actually that good or just overhyped?
Here's my in-depth Loaded Omakase review to help you decide if it's right for you or not.
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Who Is It Best For?
This is a board I’d recommend to someone who wants a tank of a cruiser. Because it's a little longer than most mini cruisers and has reverse kingpins, it's a better option to crush hills with.
Personally, I take out the Loaded Omakase when I know the conditions are gonna be rougher than usual or I’m going to be getting more speed that a smaller board couldn't handle.
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 compared to my other cruisers.
It does depend on what you consider portable, like if you’re used to riding a 40 inch plus board, then sure this is gonna be portable. I’m just used to a Landyachtz Dinghy which is a featherweight compared to this.
Omakase Waterborne Setup
I also tested it with a waterborne adapter and it works well. I think the deck shape is great for it, however, it’s heavy (right around 10 pounds).
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.
Is It Worth It?
Well, answering these questions always depends. But if I'm strictly answering it from a quality perspective, I'd say it's absolutely worth it.
From the bearings to the deck, everything about this board is high quality.
And even though I've only had this for a few months, I’ve had other Loaded products for many years. It's a brand that I trust.
But that's not to say you shouldn't consider other cruisers.
Where To Buy?
The best place to buy the Loaded Omakase is directly from Loaded's website.
That's where I bought mine from and have never had any issues.
If you buy using the link above, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). If you found any useful info in this article I’d really appreciate it since it helps us fund future content.
|Wheelbase||20.75″ – 22″|
The Loaded Omakase was originally created for their Unlimited E-Skate system. So it makes sense why this board is beefed up.
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 Loaded is they have a bunch of information about each component of their setups. Specifically, they give you the durometer of the bushings, which even though I haven’t messed with bushings too much, I just love the level of transparency. It makes it way easier to fine-tune our setups without having to do additional research.
Just something I haven’t seen a lot of other companies do.
Sent them an email asking a somewhat generic question about my board at 11:30am.
Immediately got an automated email that confirmed they received my request. This is pretty standard nowadays, but I'm a fan of it since it lets me know I'll be contacted soon.
Received a thorough response within 3 hours, which is pretty dang impressive. They also linked to additional resources to help answer my question further.
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 is the deck. It’s 10 inches wide, 33.5 inches long with some low-key concave, and a kicktail.
Not to mention the two wheelbase options – 20.75 and 22 inches, so that’s a nice feature. It’s also a thick deck, like there’s no flex to it at all and I read one of the reviews on Loaded’s website, where the person was 300 pounds and had no issues with it.
The weight limit is a common question I get asked, so hopefully, that clears some things up.
I love the way that Loaded approaches their grip tape designs. The Omakase has a creative approach with a triangular cut in the middle, centered around their laser-etched logo.
A subtle yet, beautiful design.
For the setup I got, it came with Paris V3 165mm 50 degree trucks with 90a bushings and riser pads.
First, I love the Electro Lux color of these trucks. Probably my favorite out of any of the trucks I own.
They 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.
Orangatang is one of the best wheel brands out there. 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 makes 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 are extremely soft. These wheels won't allow you to do any slides.
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.
Likes & Dislikes
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 Loaded.
I never have any issues buying from Loaded because they're a well-established company with a proven track record. I bought my first board from them around 8 years ago (Loaded Tan Tien) and still have that board to this day. It's functional and somehow in solid condition even after beating the crap out of it up.
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 it's 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.
Comparison to others
So, what are some Loaded Omakase alternatives?
In this section I'll do some comparisons to help make your decision easier.
Loaded Omakase vs Landyachtz
A common question we'll get DM'd about is something along the lines of… “Hey, how does the Omakase compare to the Landyachtz Dinghy or 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 you're willing to spend $270, 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.