Pantheon Pranayama – Lowest, Perfect Fitting Big Wheeled Cruiser PREORDER – PLUS SIZE EDITION
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Pranayama – The Perfect Fitting Low Cruiser Longboard
PLUS SIZE EDITION
Let’s cover the initial bases first. Production is done, and people are begging us for a preorder. At this point, we are comfortable offering, as we know the boards are super solid and production went well. Now they are headed our way. We’ve got a good bit of prep to handle, and we expect to be shipping mid-February, probably some time around the 20th. Expect great things, and order with confidence. We have been enjoying getting a good portion of our orders up front, as it allows us to prepare and do a lot of hard work at once, which is how I like to get things done!
ALSO, very important — if you are reading this, this order is for a short run of heavier, 7-ply core Pranayamas. We have been calling the 6-ply core good up to about 220 lbs. This 7 ply core edition will absolutely handle up to 250 lbs or more. I have had a couple riders that are closer to my own weight (about 170 lbs) tell me that they like this board better than the 6-ply version because of a feeling of enhanced control and less chatter when sliding. Ultimately, this is going to come down to user preference, but do note that this version is stiffer, and we will pay attention to feedback to decide whether or not offering multiple flex options should be necessary for the Pranayama offerings. More standard Pranayamas will be due around April, and we will offer a preorder in March. Once again, THIS ORDER IS FOR A HEAVIER, 7-PLY CORE. Thanks!
The Pranayama has been revamped for 2021. We are committed to constant improvement, and this is definitely the best form that this model has ever taken. We took notes during our last order of double drop pusher longboards (including the Trip, Nexus, and Quest) that included fiberglass and compared that to our wood decks, and we definitely noticed a difference. Ultimately, I consider it my job to enable riders to have the best possible longboard riding experience. The fiberglass models are lasting longer, handling adverse weather conditions better, and are far more warp and failure resistant. As a result, we felt this was the right time to take the Pranayama to the next level of construction.
We have been loosely calling the Pranayama a “distance cruiser” longboard. Truthfully, it’s not always easy to distinguish titles for these boards that explain the subtle differences from one model to the next, but we like the term “cruiser” because when riders think of a classic cruiser longboard, they generally think of something small, smooth, and easy to ride. And almost always, a “cruiser” is equipped with street-style, TKP trucks. Well, the Pranayama is absolutely all those things. Take everything you know about the longboard “cruiser” and throw it out the window. The Pranayama redefines the concept of smooth, small, and easy to ride. It is a whole new version of that.
Pranayama Construction Changes
The 2021 Pranayama has been reworked in terms of its longevity, flex, and reliability. We have created this board with a 6 ply (7 ply for this run) Canadian maple core, encasing either side in triaxial fiberglass. On the outside of the glass, we placed these beautiful, dark, “Black Root” veneers.
Normally, a veneer is used on a skateboard to add aesthetic appeal. It certainly works, as they can be beautiful! BUT, they can also be useful. Using veneer, we have optimized the use of the fiberglass, because fiberglass strength and stiffness is largely determined by the distance between the two outer layers, or core thickness. Our previous fiberglass boards like the Trip used full-thickness maple veneer on the outside, but we are now able to source veneer that was cost effective enough to make sense out of its use. This allowed us to put one extra ply in the core and take out an entire maple ply in the deck–reducing weight–without losing any stiffness! Our veneer acts as a physical barrier from the outside world to the fiberglass. This allows you to worry less about beating up your board, scraping it on curbs, etc, because in a normal fiberglass construction, the exposed glass would scratch up over time, weakening the glass but also exposing the glass to your fingers. If you’ve ever had fiberglass in your fingers, you know what I’m talking about. It sucks! Pain coming from who knows where, because you can rarely see it, and only time seemingly fixes the problem. The benefits of glass, functionally, are there. But the cons are significant. With this method, not only are YOUR hands protected, but the wood worker is also exposed far less to fiberglass as well. Happy hands making happy skateboards. That’s what we’re after!
Ultimately, what you end up with is a far more weatherproof, warp-proof, failure-proof board with a more forgiving flex profile that sucks up more road vibration. What we are getting on our end is happier customers, less customer service issues, and the satisfaction of creating less waste with our products.
The Pranayama History – Low Riding Distance Cruiser Longboard
You’ve settled on the most perfectly fitted cruiser longboard in existence! The Pranayama is still a fairly new board, but it is quickly becoming the most recommended longboard in our lineup. It is low, agile, very easy to skate, and just a ton of fun.
We built the Pranayama off of our double drop Pantheon Trip longboard platform. Despite being as clear as humanly possible that we felt the Trip would and should be optimized with RKP trucks, people were putting TKP trucks on it! Shops were doing it, too. And look, I get it. It’s bite free, hassle free setup that you can put a wider range of wheels on. But it’s not optimized–certainly not up to our standard–and some of the customer feedback we have received with that specific setup corroborated our feelings on it. It had less control than we were used to with the RKP trucks, too much flex, and it bottomed out easily, and it was especially unstable at speed, even while the Ember deck, which also sports TKPs, felt fine at fairly high speeds for us. But one thing really stuck with us was that setup. It was SO LOW and SMOOTH. It really made pushing feel effortless. I could stand on that board, one foot on the ground and the other on the board, both knees locked with just my hips a little offset. The setup really inspired us, and even though it wasn’t what we felt it should be, it got us thinking about what it COULD BE. We envisioned a perfectly assembled cruiser longboard, perfectly fitted specifically for TKP trucks and huge wheels.
In the end, we took everything we learned from our other double drop built for TKP trucks, the Ember Mini Commuter Longboard, and we optimized our Trip platform for an even tighter fit than the Ember to really bring the Pranayama to life with maximized control on the lowest available platform. The tighter wheelbase and shorter neck reduce the flex to enhance control and reduce the flex in the neck that causes bottoming out on such a low platform. What we get is an incredibly tight racecar of a deck, truly built around and optimized for TKP trucks with 85mm wheels, for a perfectly assembled, smooth feeling cruiser longboard. We don’t recommend any other setups on it. Though most riders can run this board down to about 70mm wheels without bottoming out, smaller wheels would be a waste of such closely optimized wheel cutouts and potentially too low for heavier riders, and anything larger will bite. But you put it together like this and you have a ride that is going to be hard to get off of. And that’s the whole point. The Pranayama is really centered around pure ease of push. We expect it to be popular for ultra long distances, beginner skateboarders, skaters just looking for a super chill cruise, and people looking to use a skateboard for exercise.
The Pranayama is truly optimized on Paris 149mm trucks and your choice of any color and durometer (softness) of either the 85mm Seismic Speed Vents OR the 85mm Orangatang Caguama wheels. Paris are notoriously high TKP trucks, so if you want a lower setup, you can try a classic Independent 149mm as well, but really, we love the turn on Paris so much that if wanted it to be lower, we would just pick a slightly smaller wheels like the Orangatang 80mm Kegel or the new 80.5mm Seismic Alpha, or put a little drop through riser on the board. We do feel, though, that most will appreciate the stock height and feel of the suggested setups. It is unlikely that it can get any better, but we will pay attention to reviews and our own experiences and modify this section if necessary.
Length – 31.375 inches
Wheelbase – 26 inches
Width – 9 inches
Drop – 1.3 inch crescent
Profile – Slight Mustache Camber/Rocker
Construction – 7 ply Maple Core, Triaxial Fiberglass, Veneer
Weight Restrictions – Up to 250 pounds. Heavier can ride, but we will need more data to feel comfortable suggesting this board.
DESIGNED AROUND TRADITIONAL STREET TRUCKS ONLY! Don’t MAKE ME come after you for setting this up wrong!
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