So your kid just informed you that he
wants a “Penny skateboard” as a holiday gift. The first thing
you’ll need to do is put aside your initial queasiness about your
child riding a skateboard and the emergency room bills that may
Now, they don’t cost a mere “penny,”
of course. But Penny
from Australia (OK, the company is
there, but the products are made in China) are pretty affordable on a
modern, frugal budget. They start at 60 bucks for the beginner model,
and top out at around $120.
But are they safe, you ask? (Here
comes the queasiness again…)
First, let’s look at the specs. Penny
boards are manufactured with “a secret plastic formula.”
The Penny Nickel 27” is the top
model, and it features matched Custom 4” Penny trucks; smooth 59mm
78A Penny wheels; and Penny Abec 7 bearings.
Penny skateboards are throwbacks to the
banana-style plastic skateboards that were popular back in the 1970s,
but updated with modern-day upgrades in plastics, alloys, and
The non-slip waffle top is there to
provides perfect flex , and the specially formulated plastic is
advertised to be extremely durable. The braided hanger trucks are
custom-made by Penny.
On the practical side, Penny boards are
extremely portable. A Penny board can fit in just about any locker or
And on the coolness side, Penny boards
come in bright green, light blue, orange, black, purple, red, pink
Reviews for the Penny boards are
uniformly ecstatic. Satisfied customers like that the wheels give
plenty of leeway for turns and carving.
The top-of-the line Nickel 27’ board
provides as fast and smooth a ride as anybody could want.
Riders can do all the flips, kick
flips, ollies, and other tricks they please, and with complete
confidence. The cheaper models are made with the same quality plastic
and hardware as the more expensive ones. Penny doesn’t skimp!
So there’s one thing, at least, that parents can feel good about in
this scenario. Buy a Penny skateboard for your kid, and you are
purchasing a quality product.