Loaded Dervish Longboard, a 30 Mph speedsters designed for improved edge control with maximum recoil, ideal for easier sliding and higher speed stability.
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Loaded Dervish: A little Everything
So what is your riding intentions? Are you into major downhill speeds? Are you into dancing…? Maybe it is free styling or carving or just slip sliding away. The chart below, shows you a comparison between the top five loaded Longboard models.
From the above chart, you can see that the Loaded Dervish Longboard is meant to do it all within “limitations” making this perfect if you are moving from skateboarding into longboarding and are still determining your “eXtreme” style.
Size is Everything, Yet Not Too Heavy a Load
The specs on the Dervish describe it as having an overall length of 41.5 inches with a width of 8.5 inches. The wheel base is a little longer than some at 33 inches allowing for more control over the flex for maximum stiffness during those major downhill slides. No lugging around some anchor weight here , due to the bamboo core which helps lighten the deck to a mere 3.5 lbs, leaving it fully loaded at less than 7.8 lbs.
Big Wheels Keep On Turning
Fully Loaded or built piece by piece, this drop-thru design works well with most all reverse-kingpin trucks specifically modeled for truck widths of 180mm and above. Not exclusively, but including Paris, Randal R-II, Gullwing Charger and the Fastrack.
Recommended wheels in line with the intended use are the 75mm Orangatang in Heats, or the 70mm Orangatang 4President… But as usual, carving versus sliding, may dictate that you keep a couple different durometer rated wheels in you tool box at all times.
The Dervish can Flex some Muscle
One of the nicest features of loaded longboard is their flex rating system, which continues to allow riders of different weight groups to achieve similar riding experiences by altering the flex within each model design. The Dervish flex-1 is built for rider within the weight group of 170-230+ lbs. While the Flex-2 is for those under 185lbs. Now if you are to compare riding based on soft or stiff flex one would say to stay soft at lower speed, tighter turns, and cruising styles in general, but go stiff when stability at higher speeds is required. Speaking of Speed, here is a Dervish pushing 38 Mph.
Needing a little bounce?
So what is your taste in camber? Well, the Dervish has camber and concave which is, in my opinion, the best feature of this board. The camber allows me to really feel the energy recoil under my feet when carving while the concave lets me grip the edges securely under my feet. With the Dervish deck design I get an experience of empowerment while either carving or sliding.
Identity and Deck Graphics-Just “so-so”
The graphics are ok… Personally, I’m not really inspired by the whole “Whirling Dervish thing” but I like the overall “wood look” which IS pretty nice.