Ripstik Caster Board - A Winner

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					                  Ripstik Caster Board

                           A Great Way To Get Around.

Best described as a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard, the
Ripstik caster board is the perfect ride for kids looking for the next big thrill.
The board is distinguished by its pivoting deck and 360-degree inclined
caster trucks, which offer a snowboard-like carving ability. A simple weight
transfer lets you turn or accelerate without pushing, just like when youre
carving down the slopes.

The Ripstiks unique twisting motion moves you forward with out ever
pushing off the ground. The board offers such features as spiked traction
pads, a kick tail and nose, and a concave deck design, which combine to
improve your foot control--a must for tricks. And thanks to the 76mm
polyurethane wheels and precision ABEC-5 bearing casters, skaters will
enjoy a smooth ride on almost any type of pavement. Designed for children
8 years and up, the Ripstiks plastic end platforms and metal torsion beam
support up to 220 pounds. Key Features: Inclined caster trucks Concave
deck platforms Traction plates Kick nose Kick tail Rubber-padded handle
Torsion bar 76-millimeter polyurethane wheels High-performance ABEC-5
bearings For ages 8 years and older 220-pound rider weight capacity

* Groundbreaking caster board that acts like a skateboard/s nowboard
* Pivoting deck and 360-degree caster trucks enable snowboard-like
* Spiked traction pads, kick tail and nose, and concave deck design
* 76mm polyurethane wheels and precision ABEC-5 bearing casters;
Value Pack includes two extra wheels
* Designed for riders age 8 years and up; supports up to 220 pounds

I got my Ripstik a few years ago as a gift, and thought it was cool.
Unfortunately, the roads around me weren't smooth, so it started collecting
Fast forward to college, and it is SUCH a fantastic way to get around. The
agility it exhibits (especially when compared to longboards), as well as its
ability to go uphill without pushing make it a blast to ride around.

I love the fact that balancing on it is exactly the same as standing: if you
fall forward, push down on your toes and the board will come right back
under you. It is incredibly stable: You can even be pushed from the side
and not fall over, simply by reacting as if you were on solid ground the
whole time.

There are only 3 issues: Moisture, bumps, and wheels.

1. The Ripstik demands large amounts of traction, and because the wheels
are very hard rubber, there is little to offer when the ground is wet. Good
thing that that is rare in southern California! I simply don't ride it when
there's water around.
2. Ripstiks cannot handle bumps. The board just stops when it hits a bump
more than 2/3 inches high, leaving you in motion without any support. It
also doesn't like rolling parallel to cracks in the ground. My college campus
is very flat, though, so it's not a problem.
3. The rear wheel wears quickly. However, I have learned to counteract
this with better technique: Putting your weight on the front wheel reduces
the wear on the rear wheel, and by sliding the board sid eways instead of
yawing it, you can make the wear on both wheels identical. Swapping them
isn't a problem, either.

Overall, it's a great product, and I highly recommend it.

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