I said in my last photo tour piece that I had acquired a new skateboard, and promised to do a write-up/review of my new mode of transportation. The skate board is actually called The Jumpboard, and as I said before; The board is kick-ass! (in more ways than one).
With all the concerns about oil and alternative energy/alternative transportation - Skateboards just may fill a nitch. The Jumpboard has some very good features that could help that along.
The Jumpboard has been in my possession for a week now, here are some of my thoughts about the board:
- This is no kickboard, that is fur’sure… the swingarms are solid metal (Not Titanium Either!), the shocks add weight as well.
- The shock absorption is phenomenal, the only trouble I’ve encountered is with deep sand (>¼ inch deep, or so), loose gravel (but that was expected), and those freaking “Bump-Pads” that municipalities install on the sidewalk ramps.
- There is definite Stunt capability built into the board… way more than I will ever use
- A very unique board, and currently not being imported into the USA any longer. (As far as I can tell, even the Website that the warning label directs owners to, is no longer functional)
- It is a product of Taiwan, so at least a free people build it.
The Warning Label-
This product is not suitable for children under 14 years of age… blah, blah blah
Warning labels? We don’t need no stinking Warning Labels! (OK I will include a pic. Of the label for y’all curious types)
Though this is one heavy skateboard, I am having a ball riding it. The fun comes at a price, my ankles and knees are sure feeling the use - I’ll tell you true.
The platform is a bit loosy-goosy at first, especially in the kick phase (that is where the ankle stress really hits and to a lesser extent the knees feel it as well), and the deck height is a bit unusual ,but with practice the deck height becomes a background fact and the looseness is a artifact of the shocks… not a true looseness in the carriage.
Overall I am pleased with the board, the shock absorbing feature is an instant sell for me, but at my age - this is the best way I’ve found to utilize it’s strengths and negating it’s inherent weaknesses (the clip features LT - My Siberian Husky, Lead Dog to my Pack - and all-n-all a supper sweet animal:
I hope this answered some of the questions about my Jumpboard, and instigates some others into doing daring deeds (even if it is just for fun).