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    Default Polar deck advice on a new set up thanks :)

    Hello,
    Im in the UK I play roller derby and use a longboard, but now want to also add skateboarding to my hobbies.
    Ive been advised by one person, to get a wide-ish deck (8inches?) - he has suggested any deck by Polar. He also advised on trucks, but I didnt catch the name (they were approx £30 each) and a set of Girl wheels, softish ones.

    Just wondered what if anyone had an opinion on this. Im an average skater - I can use a longboard but have never ollied or done anything other than carving and cruising. Im a 5ft girl, around 50kg with small feet (size 3's) if that makes any difference?

    Im interested in using the new indoor skate park thats opened opposite me. Carving and ollies and just basic stuff. Old school stuff really - not massively into flips.

    I have around £150 to spend on the set up.

    Any ideas? Thanks all :)

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    Polar decks are fine, get an 8 inch board to start out with. I would recommend Independent 139's or Thunder 147's for trucks, Spitfire or Bones 52mm for wheels (don't get Girl wheels, your friend doesn't know what he's talking about) , and for bearings, grip, and hardware get whatever you want, it doesn't really matter.

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    Honestly, you're kind of short and have really fucking small feet, I suggest going 7.5-7.75 in deck size if you can find one, and yeah Polar is sick. Get independent, thunder, or venture trucks, and a pair of maybe bones spf wheels (52-55mm would be cool).

    edit: nvm, if you're not interested in street skating, just go with an 8 inch deck, it'll just be heavier and harder to flip.

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    polar is a good choice, but yeah you are tiny so i guess 7.75 might fit you the best tho an 8 is a common standard, indy , thunder and venture are the best and you can't go wrong with either one of them. get bones or spitfire and you'll have a nice setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reo View Post
    Honestly, you're kind of short and have really fucking small feet, I suggest going 7.5-7.75 in deck size if you can find one, and yeah Polar is sick. Get independent, thunder, or venture trucks, and a pair of maybe bones spf wheels (52-55mm would be cool).

    edit: nvm, if you're not interested in street skating, just go with an 8 inch deck, it'll just be heavier and harder to flip.
    I agree with reo, you should start of by getting a 7.5-7.75. Probably 7.5 will be better because your feet are extremely small.

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    Hi all, thanks I really appreciate the advice. I did wonder whether my foot size would make a difference, and obviously Im a fairly light weight rider. I use a landyachtz longboard at the moment - its around 37inch so its not that big a longboard. Its fairly light and I feel comfortable on it, but Im not doing anything other than commuting really, just getting around town taking it out on my days off.
    I know stuff about roller derby wheels, but nothing about skateboard wheels! So its best to avoid 'Girl' wheels? It was the guy at the skate shop that advised that - I wanted to get others opinions first. Nothing bigger than an 8" deck though, right? I'm heading down the new indoor skate park today before work, so will have another look at what theyre selling down there.
    Thanks again

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    ive never noticed a strong correlation between shoe size i mean im a six and i ride 8.5s, my friend is the same size and riders 7.5s, got a friend whos 11s and rides 7.75s although if youre a UK3 a smaller deck would probably be better. imo you don't really need a Polar deck especially when there's lots of UK brands like landscape, heroin, fabric, palace etc out there for £40; would pick those over Polar any day.


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    Just stand on a few boards and see what you like. The smaller the board the easier it might be to maneuver over a wider board but considering you just want to cruise mainly it might not matter much.
    Idk why the guy would recommend girl over the other better wheels out there, mainly spitfire and bones. Ricta and oj wheels are also good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DontHateJustSkate View Post
    ive never noticed a strong correlation between shoe size i mean im a six and i ride 8.5s, my friend is the same size and riders 7.5s, got a friend whos 11s and rides 7.75s although if youre a UK3 a smaller deck would probably be better. imo you don't really need a Polar deck especially when there's lots of UK brands like landscape, heroin, fabric, palace etc out there for £40; would pick those over Polar any day.
    i'm with you on that, palace wood is notorious for being shit though (dwindle). in that sense polar / magenta / anything generator is better, but yeah definitely back a local company like heroin. or descent. or really whatever keeps a local enterprise afloat (polar is swedish & has enough international following going), that's the best thing you could do as a new skater. to be honest i doubt you will really notice the difference in quality from woodshop to woodshop if you're a beginner and don't intend to flip your board. regardless of your tiny size, if you plan on just carving around the park and popping ollies i'd say get an 8, it's a good average and although it might be a bit big for you like others have pointed out, that's what will better fit the use you're looking for and you will like it. just don't go above that, or maybe 8.125 tops

    as far as trucks & wheels, get independents & spitfires if you can afford those. just make sure to avoid wheels with fancy technology ie. solid plastic cores and stuff. those really aren't on point. what you need is a simple set-up with the solid essentials. as far as wheel hardness, considering the use you want to put them to, get soft ones but not too soft. ie. anything in between 95a & 99a should do. again a good average
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    never had a bad experience with palace myself, real nice shapes and concave. one of my friends rides for descent.


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    Thanks all :)
    I had another look tonight after work - it was independent trucks they recommended, at 30 pounds each. Its interesting that some of you have said that Polar boards arent necessarily what I want/need - Id much rather support a local company but im not sure they are supplying any? Which is weird! Its www.sourcebmx.com

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    Just buy whatever you want bro, it's not going to make that huge of a difference. Quicker you buy a board a start skating the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer19 View Post
    Thanks all :)
    I had another look tonight after work - it was independent trucks they recommended, at 30 pounds each. Its interesting that some of you have said that Polar boards arent necessarily what I want/need - Id much rather support a local company but im not sure they are supplying any? Which is weird! Its www.sourcebmx.com
    I just checked that site, they are supplying Polar decks. If you want to support local brands then is it not better to buy Isle, Heroin, or Palace? I'd support Isle or Heroin over Palace or Polar, Palace and Polar are both insanely popular all over the world and are in less need of your support compared to the other two.

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    i met chewy cannon in a bus stop four years ago and he was sound as fuck so im biased for palace now lool

    also that site doesnt really supply much theres plenty of UK shops you could buy from ie Native (my local)


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    Thanks - yeah would rather support something more local than Sweden! :) Ill look at Isle, Heroin or Palace then. Thanks all. The sooner the better!

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    talking about supporting the right people, a good shop to order from if you're in the UK would be Note Skateshop in Manchester : https://www.noteshop.co.uk/ not being from the UK myself I've personally never ordered anything from there but I have some of my good friends who work there, and most importantly they have always been very active for their scene, they carry the best companies and generally are one of UK's most notorious skater-owned shops. their website is really user-friendly (with a lot of advice for beginners) and easy to navigate as well. I'll let you make sure everything related to shipping costs etc. fits your budget before making any move, but buying from there is always going to be a better experience (on both ends) than buying from a website with "BMX" in its name !

    did some research for you, keeping your budget, preferences, product origin (seeing as you seem to care, and rightfully so !) & overall quality in mind, here are some recommendations :

    decks :

    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...re-deck-8.html isle paul shier exposure board size '8, £50
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...ng-deck-8.html descent size 8', £45
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...er-deck-8.html another descent board size 8', £45
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...on-deck-8.html heroin 'chopper' model size 8', £40
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...ve-deck-8.html a third food skateboards size '8 made in Birmingham, £45
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...eck-7-875.html just noticed they carried my own new model board too, french company though. magenta size 7.875, £50

    grip tape :

    I just double checked because some shops don't do it but yeah, any board ordered from Note does come with free grip tape so you'll be good on that.

    trucks :

    - independent 139 : https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...-stage-11.html do not even look any further... £50 a pair

    wheels :

    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...mm-wheels.html landscape 53mm basic wheels, £26. good size, no mention of wheel hardness though. english company
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...eels-54mm.html descent 54mm (average / big) 101a (hard). my personal go-to in terms of specs & an english company. never tried their wheels though but the price looks attractive. £25
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...mm-wheels.html spitfire low downs. 54mm (average / big) 99a (medium / hard leaning more towards hard). spitfire makes some of the best wheels. only model on the website at an reasonable price. £25
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...te-wheels.html heroin glow in the dark 54mm wheels, glow in the dark thing is a gimmick but heroin is sick and the price is good. £26
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...mm-wheels.html palace 53mm wheels danny brady model. again a UK company & attractive price, again no mention of the wheel hardness though...

    bolts :

    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...ips-bolts.html if you get 54mm wheels, maybe you should look into getting risers (https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...iser-pads.html for £3 - you sneak them in between the bottom of the deck and the truck). if you ever do, get those bolts : https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...ips-bolts.html instead of the first link I provided (longer bolts to ensure the nut will still meet the bolt despite the presence of the riser, same price)

    bearings :

    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...-bearings.html girl blue bearings, cheapest ones on the website. not sure you'll need better bearings if you first start out, those should be good enough. £13
    - https://www.noteshop.co.uk/skateboar...-bearings.html the classic bones reds bearings - standard average. if you have 3 extra pounds to spend, get those instead. £16

    hope that helped
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    iirc a third foot do the presses for Native shop decks which are £30


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