Loaded has created a number of magnificent skateboards since their inception. They started their company in September of 2000. However, their first skateboard “The Vanguard” hit the market in June 2002. Loaded believes in teamwork. They have an extremely talented pool of employees who give their best effort for each and every variation they launch. They usually work under project basis and the team players ensure that they come with something remarkable.
Over the years, Loaded has ensured quality and built a strong brand-value among the customers. As a company, Loaded makes sure that all their products are environment-friendly and the Icarus is no different. The Loaded Icarus is a phenomenal creation that is indeed loaded (pun intended) with awesome features. Without further ado, let’s jump into our Loaded Icarus review.
The Features of Loaded Icarus Longboard
In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the Daedalus. The father and son dup tried to escape the Crete with the help of wings they made from feather and wax.
Well, the Loaded Icarus will definitely give you a feeling of flying away. Loaded has certainly crossed an extra mile when it comes to design. It has a gorgeous outlook with natural wood grains and unique 3-D graphics paint that will win your heart on the very first look. The soft material along with the feather shade prints definitely does justice to its name.
The Icarus comes in two different variants: Flex 1 and Flex 2. The Flex 1 has a stiffer construction than Flex 2 and it’s recommended for skaters who weigh from 170lbs to 200lbs. On the other hand, Flex 2 has a more lightweight construction that suitable for rides weighing between 75lbs to 200lbs. It’s extremely responsive and offers outstanding flexibility as well.
Loaded has delivered top-notch craftsmanship with the Icarus. It’s made with 5-part vertically laminated bamboo core that’s sandwiched between Epoxy and Triaxial fiberglass that offer excellent durability. All of these are pressed together into a concave and convex camber which results in a smooth lightweight ride. The bottom part of the board features Cork bottom layer which provides vibration damping.
The deck is basically the foundation of a skateboard. Both Flex 1 and Flex 2 has a deck with a length of 38.4 inches with a width of 8.6 inches. The deck has a variable concave which might seem a little odd in the beginning. However, Loaded has intentionally made the board in this way so that the skater can get a more flexible ride out of the Icarus.
Trucks are the T-shaped objects which are mounted below the skateboard deck. It’s important that the width of truck axle matches closely with the width of the skateboard deck. The Loaded Icarus features Paris 180mm, 50° matte black longboard trucks that deliver butter smooth turning response with an optimum level of balance.
These trucks make this longboard a perfect suit for hard carving and all-around riding.
You get two wheel choices with the Loaded Icarus. You either opt for Loaded’s go-to Orangtanag 80mm wheels that offer amazing grip, roll speed, and smoothness. This setup is more aggressive and more suitable for advanced skates. You can equip the Icarus with Orangatang 75mm, 83a Durians for a setup that offers just the right amount of balance and grip. If you’re a beginner that this wheel option would be the perfect choice for you.
Pros and Cons of Loaded Icarus Longboard:
Pros: What We Really Love
Cons: What We Don’t Love
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Which variant will be a good option for people weighing 120lbs?
A: The Flex 2 is the lighter variant among the two and it’s an excellent option for people weighing from 75lb to 200lbs. So, Flex 2 will be a better option for people weighing 120lbs.
2. What kind of trucks are used on this board?
A: The Loaded Icarus features Paris 180mm, 50° matte black longboard trucks that offer outstanding performance for carving and all sorts of riding.
3. What makes a longboard different than a shortboard?
A: The main difference between these are their sizes. The shortboards have a smaller size and they are better for performing complicated jumps or tricks. On the other hand, longboards have a larger deck and they’re comparative easier to control than the shortboards.
4. What sort of wheel is used on the Loaded Icarus?
A: The Loaded Icarus offers two different wheelsets. You can either choose from Orangatang 80mm Kegels that offers superb roll speed, grip as well as smoothness or the Orangatang 75mm Durians that offers outstanding grip and slide and more suitable for the beginners.
The name Icarus itself is quite intimidating and Loaded hasn’t let us down with the performance as well. This skateboard offers excellent features and the best part is that it’s a perfect fit for both beginners and professional skaters.
Though the price is on the steeper side, the amazing price to performance ratio makes up for that. Well, the ultimate decision lies on your hands. We have also included the pros and cons in this Loaded Icarus review to help you make the decision and the FAQs that will answer the queries you may have in your mind.