2021 Pantheon Trip – PRE-ORDER for December
Out of stock
Pre-Order due December
First thing’s first: This is a pre-order! The Trip is in production, and we await production completion by approximately December 10th. We should have them here and ready to ship within a week from that date. Am I making promises for Christmas? No. No, I am not. I promise to do my absolute best. This year has been crazy, and we’ve been out of these boards since June. It’s not a matter of deadlines and holidays at this point. We just want to be able to get you skateboards and to keep production going to eventually catch up and get everyone a skateboards who wants one! We are simply doing our best, and that’s what I can promise, without a doubt. That said, we will have everything here in line, ready to go. Wheels, bearings, trucks–all in stock. And we are taking preorders with the intention to get everything ready to go, so that as soon as they show up, I’m assembling the trucks onto the boards and boxing and shipping your order.
Low Riding Double Drop Longboard for Distance Skateboarding
The Trip returns in 2021 fashion as our most popular long distance skateboard to date. It has been revamped with a new 6-ply maple core sandwiched by triaxial fiberglass and rosewood veneer. This layup was created for longer lasting performance, a warp-proof platform and even lighter weight construction. This is a small, light, and agile double drop longboard, and it is Pantheon’s specialty. With our proprietary Crescent Drop, The Trip may be one of the most recommended longboards in the world for commuting and distance travel. Our goal with the Trip is to create the highest quality ride possible, extending the value far beyond its price. We optimize the ride by designing around the finest components and combine utilitarian, cost-effective construction methods with perfect attention to detail. If you’re just starting out, the Trip is our best longboard for beginners, being so low, stable, and easy to ride. And it is an integral component to your longboard quiver as a distance skateboard or for using a longboard for fitness and utilitarian travel.
The Trip stays an active part of your longboard quiver as a dedicated distance skateboard. It is more than just a first skateboard. As your quiver grows, this board stays with you and gets ridden daily as an efficient double drop distance and commuter longboard. We only offer the finest components here on our website because we care about your ride experience. That perfect experience is undoubtedly a large part of why people fall in love with Pantheon Longboards.
Features on Our Updated Trip Longboard
· Deep Drop! – This double drop longboard pusher has a 1.3 inch drop! This gets you lower than ever for easier distance pushing and longboard commuting
· Meticulously Designed Flex! – We improved the flex from previous models by changing the curves and construction. More body flex + stronger layup = stronger board without losing liveliness.
· Better Lamination! – Mold improvements and epoxy lamination make this distance longboard deck more durable than ever.
· Fiberglass! – A maple / fiberglass construction makes the 2021 Trip more durable and warp-resistant than ever! We package the fiberglass under a layer of rosewood veneer to protect your fingers and add beauty.
· Aesthetic Improvements – Rosewood veneer and laser cut griptape really make the Trip pop on the street
The Utilitarian Double Drop Longboard for Distance Riding
The Trip is the premier double drop longboard for distance, whether longboard commuting to work or traveling long distances. And it is easily our best longboard for beginners. We tend to suggest the Trip for true distance riding and then point toward the Ember as a mini cruiser commuter longboard or our new 2021 Pranayama Distance Cruiser for lower distance commutes. Any of our double drop longboards will serve as a proper distance skateboard, though the Trip’s fiberglass construction will undoubtedly out-last the all-wood decks in terms of longevity. All are low to the ground, lightweight, and easy to push. All are supportive of large wheels with thin trucks. And they’re all pretty darn small! These characteristics are really our mantra for the purpose of commuter and distance skateboarding. Maximize inputs, include the features that matter, and do it all in the best way possible!
Help with the Asymmetrical Setup Options
Newly offered for the Trip, we can now set up this deck with a front-loaded steering option, as Paris trucks recently released a 43-degree truck in both the 150mm and 165mm options. This setup is noticeably more stable than the 50/50 setup, which is the “industry standard” for virtually all skateboard completes that you might see sold on a rack. You don’t often see asymmetrical setups being offered, but given that we are really a “specialty product/brand,” you can expect us to offer something that we feel is fully optimized. Behold, the asymmetrical setup. Practically speaking, riders will lean toward the 50/43 setup who are interested in stability. That doesn’t mean you’re getting a board that won’t turn. What I mean is that, like car steering, pushing the steering toward the front will stabilize the back end. Since wobbles always come from the back end, the lower the degree in the back, the more stable that back end becomes. Almost all cars, for example, have zero steering in the back, and as a result, you can drive with your knee at 80mph (we don’t recommend this).
The key to an asymmetrical setup is balancing the steering how you want it with bushing choice. I have ridden our 50/43 setup with stock bushings, and it’s fine, but softening up the front makes it feel significantly better. So you’re still getting a lot of turn, but most of how the board reacts is geared toward the front end. If you’re using a Trip at fairly low speeds, cruising through campus or sidewalks and dodging those pedestrians that are constantly trying to juke you out, 50/50 is probably the best bet. But if you’re conquering large distances or hitting hills AND you’re not planning to ride your skateboard backwards, the asymmetrical setup is the jam. Personally, I ride my Trip with the 50/43 150mm Paris and Seismic 85mm Speed Vents. I put Orange Nipple bushings in front, and either stock bushings or Yellow Nipples in back. My Trip is alive, but stable. This provides an excellent contrast from my Pranayama setup, which rides symmetrically and is much more reactive and lively–like a mustang you’re reigning under control. The asymmetrical Trip is the race horse that does exactly what you tell her to do.
The BEST Longboard for Beginners
The Trip may be the best longboard for beginners on the market, and it comes highly recommended. The 1.3-inch drop get you so low to the ground, it will inspire confidence, and it will improve push speed and efficiency for all who skate it. Our premier double drop longboard is pressed with resin to further preserve the wood and increase its life when compared with classic builds pressed with standard wood glue. Concave remains low, and we gave the platform the tiniest bit of camber to “load” the wood. This provides a comfortable and more lively commute. We increased the width by 1/4″ from previous models to 9.25″ at the widest to perfect the setups we are recommending for the deck. The wider profile and increased prominence of the drop platform lock you in and really make this deck perform when sliding down hills and turning around corners.
We are riding this board with Paris 150mm trucks and 85mm Seismic Speed Vents. We keep the setup slim for ergonomics, keeping the feet and hips aligned under the body when pushing. This way you can spend more of your time on board being centered and focusing on power and control. It is important to note that no other double drop longboard on the planet has been designed this way. This is ideal for distance skating, because the less energy you’re spending on your balance, the more energy you have to travel. And beginner longboarders will benefit from not kicking the wheels and smashing face. More distance and commuting efficiency makes for more fun, and that’s the whole point of this deck. We want you to feel empowered to get places on your skateboard. You will ride more often. It is our goal to inspire you to ride your Pantheon Longboard whenever possible.
Some riders will inevitably be less bothered by the width of the overall setup and more into a softer and more grippy ride. For riders with this preference, we offer the new V3 Paris 165mm RKP trucks, which can be paired with 85mm Orangatang Caguamas to run bite free! This is a killer setup, too, with a softer and more plush ride at the expense of a slightly wider setup.
If you are a beginner skateboarder, take extra note of this section. Wheelbite is more frequent among those who don’t understand it. Make sure you get your double drop longboard setup right! Many salespeople will simply recommend the easy setup with 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels. This is fine, and you still get a ton of benefits from the design of the board. But it is not optimized for true distance skating and beginner longboarders will be more likely to kick the wheels!
We designed this board with the intention of assembling a slim overall setup. Typically, I set my Trips up with Paris 150mm trucks and 85mm Seismic Speed Vents. This is the slimmest setup option with the largest wheel diameter. Personally, I like to run my front end nice and loose with a 50 degree truck and a more stable back end with a 43 degree truck in the back. This allows me to push full speed with no real fear of loss of stability. HOWEVER, the 43 degree truck in back will reduce the turning radius ever so slightly. If you are looking for a tight turning radius for riding around a college campus, for example, I would steer you toward a 150mm 50/50 setup. This will offer the slimmest setup with the smallest turning radius.
Furthermore, if you want that super gushy wheel feel and/or your local terrain is substantially rough, you might want a wider contact patch. For this option, we offer the Orangatang Caguama wheels–also 85mm in diameter, but significantly wider. Because the wheels are wider, you need a wider truck to keep from turning the wheel into the neck of the board. For the Caguama setup, we offer 165mm trucks. You can set up your 165mm Paris trucks in the same way that you would with the 150mm. We offer the 50/50 degree front and rear or the asymmetrical 50/43 setup (my personal favorite) for those who want a little more speed stability.
Set your deck up with care, knowing the benefits and risks of your assembly. With the 150mm RKP trucks, bite will just barely be possible with an 85mm Seismic Speed Vent. This happens only at the VERY end of the turn, and for us, has never been an issue while riding. Many people won’t even be able to get bite. While riding, you would only ever slide out before biting if you are going any decent may be able to snag a wheel. You can do one of three things here:
First, you can adjust your bushings. I don’t think anyone of any weight can make Orangatang (Yellow) Hard Nipple bushings bite with Paris 150mm and 85mm Speed Vents. If you opt for the softer bushings, do so according to your weight, ride style, and tolerance for wheel bite.
Secondly, you can just pay attention to how you ride your board, and know that bite is possible at the very end of the turn at very low speeds. At higher speeds, you will literally slide out before this would ever happen. Understand the limitations and ride accordingly! Is it worth it for the thin overall setup? HELL YES IT IS. Your push will be more ergonomic and you will understand the benefit of this from the moment you step on your deck.
Lastly, we are now offering this board with 165mm Paris V3 RKPs as well. This makes for a completely bite free setup, and while we feel that the board is truly optimized with 150mm trucks for a perfectly slim setup, wheelbite tolerance is rider-specific, and we are stoked to offer a setup that can pair nicely with either 85mm Caguama wheels or 85mm Speed Vents with zero risk for wheelbite. Any of these options are valid!
If you are looking for bushing suggestions, we highly recommend Orangantang Nipples and Riptide Canons. Both are slightly oversized bushings that will restrict just that last bit of truck lean, making wheelbite impossible. We also space out the trucks with both speed washers on the inside, which gives you just a touch of extra room. This extra space actually makes a substantial difference! If you are a beginner skateboarder, take extra note of this section. Wheelbite is more frequent among those who don’t understand it. Make sure you get your double drop longboard setup right! Many salespeople will simply recommend the easy setup with 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels. This is fine, and you still get a ton of benefits from the design. But it is not optimized for true distance skating and beginner longboarders will be more likely to kick the wheels!