No B.S. Summary
The Loaded Pintail passed on and has been replaced with the Fattail!!!
- You can still take your surf style to the street, but now you can practice some of the next generation tricks on the concrete wave to help your above the lip and face work in the water.
The Not So Good
- I've stumped once again and have nothing that I would change about this board.
No B.S. Review
I owe a lot to Loaded Longboards. They were the first skate company to open my eyes to longboarding as both a sport and way to stay in “surf ready shape” during long flat spells or times I am not near the water. Their boards have created a large following of users/riders, and although everyone seems to be offering their own version of a “carving system” or downhill speed machine, Loaded's focus on quality, customer service, and innovation has kept leading the rest of the pack. After reviewing a number of their boards, we were stoked to get a hands-on opportunity to try one of their latest and most versatile advancements to their quiver of amazing rides…the Loaded Fattail.
Loaded wanted to create an updated platform riders could use for better pumping, carving, pedestrian slalom, freestyle and generally any situation where lively, energetic lines are on the menu. They used their tried and true pintail design as a baseline when approaching the Fattail concept and they modernized it so it could keep up with evolutions in riding and performance.
Increased concave locks your feet in better than any board I've stepped on, and the top-mounted and cambered deck provides a high energy performance in and out of each maneuver. The width of the deck has been overhauled and reconfigured as well. It still maintains some subtle tapering near the trucks to increase overall leverage. It also provides the operator slightly more awareness of their foot position while powering through turns or preparing for tricks. The tail received a complete overhaul and has been treated with a silicone for improved functionality in both freestyle tricks and surf-style shredding. The Fattail is also equipped with a slight nose kick for even more free-styling options and user friendliness.
As usual, their famous vertically laminated bamboo core is sandwiched between the highest quality fiberglass skins. The tail is reinforced with an additional layer of glass (top) and carbon fiber (on the bottom). The combination added stiffness and abrasion resistance and just crazy “pop”.
Loaded took the overall esthetic of the Fattail and knocked it out of the park. Although their straight bamboo deck are beautiful, they took it up a notch with the Fattail and finished it with a bamboo veneer with a die cut water droplet pattern! This is filled with transparent urethane and a “floating” graphic to which gives the whole piece a 3D look…just mesmerizing!!!
Testing took place over a few months and in many different settings, terrain, etc. The most stand out and recognizable feature was that this board still performed like my favorite down-hill racer; allowing me to tackle the steepest slopes with all the control and speed necessary to negotiate any concrete wave. However, it offered the flexibility to break from the pure speed focus, and allows riders to change it up a bit more and try some tricks or other complex maneuvers that some of the other boards just cannot provide. The magic for that performance lies in the redesigned tail and nose sections. They are the perfect complement to the deck and I found that they gave flat pumping section new life and a totally new dynamic to enhance the stoke factor of any ride.
With complete decks coming in at: $323.00, I'd highly recommend this deck to anyone…especially those who already surf or skate! If you want to elevate your surfing on concrete or water, this is the board to use to accomplish your goal. Although I love and highly endorse all Loaded products, the Fattail is my new favorite simply because of the sheer number of scenarios and environments you can tackle on just this one ride. Flat or steep, the Fattail will outperform your wildest expectations! As always, thanks for reading and be sure to tell a friend….
The Fattail rides best on 150mm trucks – they recommend Paris, Tracker FasTracks, and Navigator Drone.
Recommended wheel size is 70mm. Loaded's go-to wheels are the Orangatang Stimulus and 4 Presidents.
- / 96.5cm:
- / 22cm:
Wheelbase (Inner): 26.5"
- / 67.3cm:
Wheelbase (Outer): 27.4"
- / 69.6cm:
Weight: deck only
complete: 6.4lbs / 2.9kg