Best Waveboards (May) 2017 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

By Walter J. Farrell | RIDES

After a careful process of shortlisting and testing, We recommend the Razor RipStik Air for beginners and the Razor RipStik G for expert waveboard skaters. Both the Razor RipStik Air and the RipStik G are amazing waveboards that are complete with topnotch features such as high-grade urethane wheels, concave caster boards with non-slippery grips, and ABEC-5 bearings. More specifically, the RipStik Air is recommended for beginners because of its self-centering casters which make balancing way easier. Meanwhile the RipStik G can be a good choice for pros because of its aircraft grade aluminum G-tube which is designed to make grinding and other tricks easier to perform.

Waveboards, which closely resemble a skateboard, are two-wheeled ‘vehicles’ which are comprised of two separate caster boards joined by a torsion bar. Waveboarding has become mainstream, not only to teenagers but also among children and adults alike.

More than the twisting and the tricks, it’s actually a great form of exercise which delivers health benefits, another factor that catapulted its popularity. It’s enjoyable but to enjoy the full experience of the activity, you need one important thing- the waveboard.

10 Best Waveboards 2017

 WeightDimensionsWheelsCasters
RipStik Caster Board8 lbs. 34"x 9"x 4.5"urethane wheelsInclined 360 degree deck and pivoting deck
Razor RipStik Ripster4.5 lbs. 27" x 9"x 4.5"urethane wheelsInclined 360 degree deck and pivoting deck
Razor RipStik Bright Caster Board8 lbs. 34"x 9"x 4.5"urethane wheelsInclined 360 degree deck and pivoting deck
Deluxe Junior Caster Board in Amazing Blue Color 6.6 lbs. 31.5" x 8.25" x 5"urethane, illuminated wheelsNA*
Zoom Stik Caster Board5.5 lbs.9" x 27" x 4.5"illuminated wheelsNA*
Razor RipStik Caster G8 lbs. 34" x 9" x 4.5"urethane wheelsInclined 360 degree deck and pivoting deck
Street Surfing Wave Rider Sundown6.5 lbs. 34.65" x 16.93" x 11.42"NA*NA*
Dazling Toys High Quality Zooming Boards 6 lbs.33" x 9" x7" urethane wheelsNA*
Razor RipStik Air5.25 lbs. 32.5" x 8.5" x 4.5"urethane wheelsself-centering casters
Enkeeo Caster Board6.85 lbs.34.2" x 6.6" x 5"NA*NA*

*Information not listed by manufacturer

Bad waveboards can inevitably ruin or limit your waveboarding experience. To avoid such instances, we dedicated an entire article to help you choose the right waveboard.

This article is comprised mainly of a buyer’s guide which directs you which things to consider when buying a waveboard, a comparison table which summarizes the important waveboard specs and a set of waveboard reviews we have carefully evaluated.

This article then culminates our verdict of the best waveboards you can get in the market.

"What Should I Consider Before Buying A Waveboard?"

Waveboarding is a fun activity but only when you’re using a waveboard that is reliable and easy to use. With its rising popularity, lots of knock-off products have also mushroomed in the market. Surely, you don’t want to fall in the pit of unreliable and low-quality caster boards. Before you pick the caster board that’s going to establish your cool reputation in the skating park, take time to consider the following things before you make the decision to spend your cash into a caster board.

#1 The Caster Deck and the Torsion Bar

Wave boards are comprised mainly of two separate caster decks, the actual platform where you stand when you are caster boarding. In finding the perfect caster board, one must consider two important things: safety design and aesthetic design. Safety wise, I highly recommend caster boards that have a concave design and a set of grips. Not only do these features ensure your safety but they're also useful in allowing you to achieve optimal foot control. On the other hand, the aesthetic design also matters since caster boards are things that are readily visible in public. You may want something that looks hip and cool.

Connecting the two caster decks is a torsion bar. There are ordinary ones that are covered in rubber and there also some that are especially customized for doing tricks. If you're looking for a caster board that is designed for performing tricks such as grinding, check what the torsion bar is made of. Usually, premium torsion bars designed to make grinding easier are made up of high-grade aluminum.

#2 Height and weight

While most of the caster boards in the market are designed to be usable by both adults and children, it is still of utter importance to consider the height of the caster board. On average most caster boards are about 31"-34" long. However, for kids with smaller stances, a more apt choice would be to consider wave boards that are more compact in size.

Weight also is another factor you should consider, especially if you’re into performing various waveboard tricks. Most waveboards weigh around 7 lbs. - 8 lbs. but you may want to opt into lighter ones that weigh less (5 lbs. or less)

#3 Casual vs. Pro

Waveboards come in different specs and designs and in the end, evaluating the perfect choice for you ends up with the question: what exactly are you using it for? If you’re a beginner and looking for a wave board that fits your xp level (which is close to 0), you might look for a waveboard with a self-centering caster deck. You may not have to stress about the torsion bar or the weight of the waveboard.

On the other hand, if you are a pro determined to be the coolest guy in the skater park, then it’s important to consider the features which actually help you in performing tricks. Lighter caster boards allow you to perform flips easier as compared to a heavier one. Torsion bar that are aircraft grade allows you to grind with ease on whatever rail or platform.

In the end, your purpose will guide you in choosing the most apt choice that will suffice your needs.

How Did We Assess The Products?

It’s a rigorous process to separate the good ones from the unreliable knock-off waveboards. We start off with listing all the available products and then we proceed to the tedious process of researching available feedback and reviews to the listed products. A shortlist is then drawn from the initial filtering of the products based on the available reviews we have gathered. We then hands-on tested the shortlisted products. I can only speak in behalf of those who are still starting out in learning caster boarding so we brought three expert boarders into the team to evaluate our top pick for expert waveboarders.

1. RipStik Caster Board

It’s the pioneer caster board released by RipStik and is one of the most popular brand of caster boards in the market.

It's not really hard to figure out why it's so popular, if not for the ground-breaking design it has, which combines the functionality of a skateboard and a snowboard.

It has a 360-degree caster and pivoting deck which allows you to carve like you're snowboarding in the snow-mountains in Colorado. The ride is even more precise and smoother, thanks to its ABEC-5 bearings and high-grade urethane wheels. Unlike skateboards, this classic RipStik does not need to be pushed from the ground to be able to move forward or increase in speed.

It weighs 7.8 pounds, and is about 34" in length, sizeable enough to be carried by young kids. It also has a 220-pound load capacity. It's designed mostly for kids 8 years old and above but it's also actually for adults. Adults can also enjoy carving and grinding in the streets with this caster board.

The classic RipStik is one of the superb caster boards to consider for anyone interested in casterboarding. Pros may find this caster board useful in exploring new tricks and stunts. It can also be for people who are still starting out to learn how to ride a caster board. Anyone who has an average balance and coordination skills can enjoy caster boarding with this toy.

Over all, the RipStik classic has established a great reputation for its quality design, strong built and the exceptional caster boarding experience it offers. It’s a great deal.

2. Razor RipStik Ripster

When compared to the classic RipStik, the most noticeable difference lies in the size of the Ripster.

RIpster is a compact version of the classsic RipStik, with a length of 27.5 inches, shorter than the 34-inch length of the original RipStik.

In terms of the wheel size, Ripster is also smaller with its 66 mm polyurethane wheels compared to the original's 76 mm wheels.

The greatest advantage of the Ripster over other caster boards is that it's lightweight. A lighter caster board essentially means it's easier to move, accelerate and perform tricks as compared to a heavier board. It's also more suitable for younger children who have smaller stances and are interested in trying out caster boarding.

However, make no mistake that this compact version of the original RipStik is exclusively for tiny kids. It may also be for adults and I'm pretty sure the older folks can also get a knack of the thrills this cute caster board can offer. It's also noteworthy to clarify that none of the specs or features of the classic RipStik is diminished because of its smaller size. Like other caster boards manufactured by RipStik, it still has 360 bearing casters, ABEC-5 bearings, a concave deck and all the other usual features of RipStik caster boards.

We all know the old, kinky adage that "size matters" but for the Ripster caster board, it actually doesn't. In fact, smaller is actually better in this case.

3. Razor RipStik Bright Caster Board

If you’re looking for something that stands-out in a sea of caster boards, the Razor RipStik Bright Caster Board might be a good fit for you.

This RipStik version comes in vibrant and contrasting color combinations which you can choose from.

However, apart from the color innovation, there isn’t really a difference with the original RipStik.

Like the original RipStik, it has a 360-degree caster truck and high-grade urethane wheels which allows you to carve on land like you’re snowboarding and surfing the waves of Hawaii. It still has the slip resistant concave platforms. It weighs about 6.4 lbs and has a 220 pound maximum rider capacity. Like the other RipStik caster boards, it’s just as enjoyable to twist and wiggle to, with a little bit of an upgrade to your coolness level while you’re riding it.

4. Razor RipStik G Caster Board

Another caster board design from the RipStik series of caster boards, the RipStik G is built to be a great caster board for griding in rails and anywhere else where you can do the trick.

It's specially designed with a spinning aluminum G-tube which basically allows you to perform grinding tricks with ease.

Like other RipStik caster boards, it’s built with the must-have features of a typical RipStik caster board. It has a 360-degree bearing caster, a spiked and concave deck, and a pair of polyurethane wheels. A simple shift in weight in either of the caster decks is enough to propel you forward without the need to push your feet against the ground.

RipStik G's distinguishing feature though, as mentioned earlier, is its aircraft grade aluminum G-tube. This feature makes it easier for caster boarding pros to grind on any rail or pavement. Foot control is also at a topnotch level, thanks to its kicktail and nose and spiked traction pads which are non-slippery. It’s safe and powerful.

While the Riptick G is designed mainly for pros that are into grinding and other tricks, novice kids and adults can also enjoy riding this waveboard. It's versatile and it's safe to be used by any person interested in exploring the thrills of caster boarding.

5. Deluxe Junior Caster Board

Companies such as XIno are also supplying caster boards which can compete with the Ripster boards.

Size wise, there is no significant difference as both boards range within the 30”- 34” size range.

Both also have high grade polyurethane wheels and a concave deck design with spiked traction pads which avoid slipping.

The bearings though for the Deluxe Junior Caster board is slightly more precise with its ABEC 7- bearings, better than ABEC-5 rating of Ripster’s.

It’s closely similar to its competitor but what makes this caster board stand-out is its illuminating wheels. Xino’s caster board has illuminating wheels which shines brighter as the speed increases in green, red and blue colors. This improves visibility and therefore the safety of your child in the streets. It functions independently without the need of a battery. Setting aside brand popularity and reputation, this waveboard is actually one of the good ones that are currently out in the market.

6. Street Surfing Wave Rider Sundown

Caster boarding is apparently not just for kids so if you’re looking for a caster board that looks hip and mature, the Street Surfing Wave Rider might be a more apt choice for you. Its ‘wood-look’ is undeniably hip and stunning, an aesthetic look you would normally associate with professional caster boarders.

More than its great look, it’s also built for performing tricks. It has ABEC-7 bearings and polyurethane wheels which makes it fast and precise. It’s torsion bar is also strongly-built which allows it to endure countless strains of physical abuse from grinding alongside with other strenuous tricks. It also weighs about 6.48 pounds and 34” in length, which is considerably average.

In a nutshell, this caster board is a good fit for those who are looking for a caster board for pros that can perform tricks. It’s a little bit pricey than other boards, but if you’re into premium grade caster boards, you might want to consider this board.

7. Dazzling Toys High Quality Zooming Caster RipStik Boards

If you’re on a tight budget and you’re looking for an alternative to the RipStik caster boards, this caster board can do the job. Spec wise, it still has the concave deck and high-grade urethane wheels that is present in almost all caster boards. It weighs about 6 pounds, 33” in length and has a 220 pound load capacity. It basically has all the standard specs a caster board might have.

However, you may have to accept a trade-off for some of its specs considering its economic value compared to other boards on review. It does the job but may not be for a very long time.

8. Razor RipStik Air Caster Board

If you’re looking for a caster that makes balancing easier, the RipStik Air can be an apt choice for you.

Unlike other RipStik boards, it has a self-centering caster which spares you from the difficulty of balancing a 360-degree caster.

The RipStik Air is also the lightest among the RipStik caster boards in the market. It only weighs about 5.25 pounds, which makes it suitable for performing flips, grinding and other tricks. The self-centering caster, more than a tool to make balancing easier, is also good for solid landing when doing a flip.

As expected, it also shares the same signatures features of a RipStik-manufactured caster board: high grade urethane wheels, ABEC-5 bearings, concave deck, kick tail and nose and spiked action pads.

Aesthetic wise, it looks hip enough to be associated by pros in the skating park. It’s great for pros but beginner adults and children can also manage using this toy. It’s good for carving and simple rides across the neighbourhood.

By and large, the self-centering caster looks like the biggest selling point this caster board has. I highly recommend this for those who are looking forward to getting started in the caster boarding sports.

9. Enkeeo Caster Board

For those who are looking for a low-end caster board, the Enkeeo Caster board can be a great deal for you. It’s hip and cool enough to look at and has the basic features a functional caster board must have.

Like most caster boards, the Enkeeo Caster Board is about 34” in length and is impressively lightweight, close to RipStik’s 5.1 pound weight. Its caster board is made up mostly of high-quality ABS plastic which makes it durable enough to endure several occasions of abuse.

When it comes to its deck design, it’s not concave-great like the ones that RipStiks have, but it has anti-slip stripes. It also comes with a carrying bag, which is handy for transporting and storing it.

In a nutshell, it may not be as good as the RipStik series of caster boards, but it’s good enough to do basic caster board tricks. The trade-offs with the Enkeeo Caster Board is fairly acceptable. Its also usable in exercising your hips and your feet.

10. Zoom Stik Caster Board / Skateboard - Light Up Wheels! Skatboarding Sport

The Zoom Stik Caster Board is also one of the affordable alternatives to the RipStik caster boards.

It is just a regular caster board with wheels that light up.

Children and even adults skating at night won’t have to worry of getting hit by a car because this waveboard literally makes you shine in the darkness of the night.

It’s a regular waveboard which does the job but if you’re looking for something more special, you’ll be disappointed because there’s nothing else to be excited about with this board. You may settle with the fact that it can give a decent waveboarding experience.

Our Recommendations

When it comes to waveboards, it’s always a touch choice because all of them almost share the same features. Nearly all have urethane wheels, quality bearings and stylish caster boards. In the end, it all boils down to a product’s quality built and reputation. Brands somehow do matter, since established companies manufacturing waveboards have proven their products to be trustworthy and well built. You also don’t want to end up with a knock-off waveboard which might get broken after a few weeks of usage.

After a rigorous process of nit-picking, I finally arrived at my top 2 picks. One item is for beginners and the second item is intended for pros in the skating jungle.

Best Waveboard Pick for Beginners: Razor RipStik Air Caster Board

It’s undeniable that RipStiks are among the most popular and trusted series of waveboards in the market. Make no mistake, it’s not the brand that makes RipStiks cool but the actual quality built and well-designed features it consistently delivers to waveboard fanatics.

The RipStik Air is not significantly different from other RipStik waveboards. The typical features, urethane wheels, ABEC-5 bearings and strong built, are all present in the RipStik Air. However, its self-centering caster board is what makes it stand-out from the rest of the waveboards when it comes to friendliness to beginners. Having tested these boards without any prior experience in caster or skate boarding, I honestly felt that my caster boarding struggle was lessened with this board’s self-centering caster board. The caster board is made in one piece, a special design which makes balancing and twisting way easier. The balancing aid that its design offers definitely makes it an editor’s choice – worthy caster board. It definitely deserves a medal for being kind to sloppy beginners.

Top Waveboard Pick for Pros: Razor ripstik G

The RipStik G is entirely designed for pros that are into performing tricks. It’s grind-ready, thanks to its topnotch aluminium G-tube which allows you to grind with ease on any rail or pavement. The aircraft grade G-tube combined with the default features of a typical RipStik caster board is a good recipe for performing tricks and navigating through obstacles at an absolute precision. It’s definitely amazing how a single feature can make such a big difference on what a caster board can or can’t do. For the RipStik G, it’s the G-tube that makes it stand out from all the other waveboards intended for pros.

 Razor Ripstik G vs. Razor Ripstik Air

Coming from the same reputable manufacturing company, there’s no doubt that both the Razor Ripstik G and the Razor Ripstik Air are of high-quality built and design. They both have polyurethane wheels and ABEC-5 bearings so the movements from both ripstiks are guaranteed to be smooth and swift. However, several differences are quite noticeable. For starters, the Razor Ripstik Air is incredibly lighter than the Razor Ripstik G, with a difference of about 3 pounds. Both also have different casters: Air’s caster is a self-centering one while Ripstik G’s caster is the signature concave deck design of the classic Ripstik. The highlight feature of the Ripstik G, which is the aircraft grade aluminium G-tube, is obviously absent in the Ripstik Air. Moreover, the Ripstik G is specifically designed for skaters who love to grind in rails and pavements.

If you think about it, the specificity of the market of the Ripstik G somehow hurts it in terms of versatility. The Ripstik Air is definitely the champion of versatility in this duel. I think it’s important to note that the RIpstik Air can also be used in performing tricks. It may lag behind the Ripstik G when it comes to grinding, but Air is better suited for other tricks given that it’s very lightweight. It’s perfect for flips and fast-paced twists and turns. The Ripstik Air is easier to control and the landings are more solid, thanks to its self-centering caster board. It’s safe to say that the RIpstik Air can also compete with the Ripstik G when it comes to caster boarding theatrics.

Lastly, the beginner-friendly specs of the Ripstik air locks in its versatility trophy over the Ripstik G. Its self-centering caster combined with its lightweight built, makes balancing easier for those who are still starting out. It’s a perfect embodiment of a tool that teenagers and their 40-year old parents can both make use of.

Overall, there’s just so much that the Ripstik Air can exclusively offer. Pros and beginners alike will love the Air for what it offers. Unless you’re really down into grinding, giving a raincheck on the G-tube for a Ripstik Air may be a great choice for you.

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Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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