Loaded Poke Review (Coyote & Omakase Comparison)

By Billy James | Updated: February 26, 2022 | Longboards

If you’re looking for a compact freestyle cruiser, the Loaded Poke should be high on your list. Its subtle kicktail/nose, concave, and rocker profile make it a blast to ride.

In this Loaded Poke review, I’ll cover the specs, compare it to others, and the pros/cons.

Is it right for you? Let’s find out.

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Loaded Poke Setups

The first thing I wanna cover is the setups.

You have two complete options to pick from…

The main differences between the setups are the trucks, bushings, and wheels.

The Carving & Slashing comes with…

The Surf Simulation comes with…

loaded poke

Parts Breakdown

Deck Weight: 3lbs
Length: 34in (86cm)
Width: 9.125in (23.18 cm)
Wheelbase: 20.75in (53cm)

Let’s take an in-depth look at the parts, starting with the…

Deck

The Loaded Poke’s deck is a directional shape – the nose is more subtle (lower degree) compared to the kicktail. It’s made of bamboo and fiberglass, offering some subtle flex.

loaded poke deck

Throughout the main section, it has concave. If we’re talking specifics, it’s 1/2″ radial concave. You can see what I mean in the below image.

loaded poke concave

It has wheel wells to prevent wheelbite, but they’re so lowkey it’s hard to notice when riding.

The grip is more aggressive than what you usually find on a cruiser. Often what you’ll find on freestyle boards.

Trucks

As I mentioned, there are two options when it comes to the trucks for the Poke.

If you want something that’ll handle speed/slides better, the Paris 150mm 50° is for you.

The Paris 50° come equipped with 90a barrel and cone bushings.

Paris 150mm 50°

If you want a deep carving experience and not too worried about higher speeds, then the Carver CX is for you.

If you’ve never ridden the CX trucks before, riding fakie on them compared to Paris RKPs is more challenging. It’s not impossible, but because the front truck is surfskate focused, it’s joltier.

If you do a lot of shuvits, then the Carving & Slashing setup will be the better choice.

The CX come equipped with Orangatang Nipple bushings. Soft orange in the front and medium purple in the back.

loaded carver cx

Wheels

Again, depending on the setup you choose, you either get the Orangatang…

As far as the urethane formula goes, Orangatang’s happy thane formula is solid. I really enjoy riding all of their wheels.

The 70mm 83a Stimulus are better if you want to do slides. This is because they’re slightly harder and have a rounded edge. They’re way easier to break traction.

orangatang stimulus 83a

And the 70mm 80a 4Presidents are better if you want more grip. You’ll be able to get into deep carves without them losing traction. They felt slightly slower to ride because they’re a softer wheel.

orangatang 4president 70mm wheels

Pros & cons depending on your riding style.

Bearings

Both setups come with Loaded‘s Jehu V2 bearings that have built-in spacers. They’re solid quality and I’ve never run into any issues with them. I like the idea of changing wheels and not having to keep track of the spacers.

I do wish they came in other color variations, but not a big deal.

loaded jehu bearings

Loaded Poke Alternatives

Loaded offers similar setups like the Omakase and Coyote. So if you’re wondering the differences, I’ll explain below.

For easy reference, I’ll put the length, width, and wheelbase of all three.

Poke: L 34” x W 9.1” x WB 20.75”
Omakase: L 33.5” x W 10” x WB 20.75-22”
Coyote: L 30.75” x W 8.375” x WB 17.5”

Loaded Poke vs Omakase

The Omakase is slightly shorter and wider compared to the Poke.

It has no flex, two wheelbase options and steeper concave.

If you’re a bigger person worried about the weight limit, the Omakase is a better choice. Or if you don’t want any flex/ want more concave.

Loaded Poke vs Coyote

The Coyote is shorter and thinner compared to the Poke.

The Poke would make sense for long distances and higher speeds because it offers more deck space. Not to mention, it has a larger wheelbase.

The Coyote doesn’t have flex since it’s 7 ply maple, similar to a traditional skateboard. The Coyote is easier to pop for fliptricks.

Below are the pros & cons.

Quality

I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone since it’s coming from Loaded. Every single setup I’ve bought from Loaded is still going strong. Personally, I love the tuna graphic on the bottom. Not to mention the subtle raised honeycomb pressed design.

Portable

This thing is lightweight and compact, making it small enough to stash away. Although everyone’s definition of “portable” is subjective.

Expensive

Loaded’s setups are expensive. There’s no other way to put it.

Bottom Line

I’d classify the Loaded Poke as a compact freestyle cruiser. It’s perfect if you live in a city environment and need something agile/portable.

Get the Carving & Slashing setup if you want more stability at higher speeds and want to throw slides.

Go for the Surf Simulation setup if you want to focus on deeper carves.

Hope this Loaded Poke review helped you get a clearer picture of what it’s all about.

Billy James

I started street skating when I was 5 years old. Picked up surfing and snowboarding soon after. These days, if I'm not surfing, I'm trying to replicate it on land or snow. My goal is to shred, then share my thoughts in a honest and transparent way.
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