Wide or narrow? Deep or mellow concave? Old school or new school? How about a shaped deck? You’ll get the answers to all these questions in the first part of our setup section.

Construction and design

In general, the deck (> Fig. 03), as we know it today consists of seven plies of maple wood – usually Canadian – which are glued and pressed together. The several layers make the deck very sturdy and at the same time flexible.

A skateboard deck can be partitioned into three parts: the curved part in the front is called the nose; the one in the back is called the tail. The difference between nose and tail (> Fig. 01)is, in most cases, only minimal. The nose is slightly longer than the tail. The middle part in between the nose and tail is called the wheelbase (> Fig. 01). This is where the trucks are attached to the board.

The bottom ply of a deck is where things get a little more creative. The board graphic not only provides you with information on the manufacturer and the series, but it often depicts funny situations or covers important topics and manages to put a smile on your face in the process.

Fig. 01 The Skateboard Deck
The Skateboard Deck

Size and Concave

As a general rule, commercial decks are measured in inches instead of in centimeters (1 inch = 2.54 cm). They are somewhere between 28" and 33" long and between 7" and 10" wide.

In any case: size matters! Nowadays, 8" decks are the ones which are passed over the counters of skate shops the most. Narrower decks are easier to flip, but they also need smaller trucks, which, in comparison to wide boards with wide trucks, can result in less stability.

When you purchase a deck, simply make sure that you and your feet are comfortable on it.

Concave (> Fig. 02) – the degree of the inward curve – is available in various versions. A deep concave means that the sides of the deck point upwards in a higher angle, which allows you to flip the board more easily and have more feel and control of the board. The most common version of concave – the medium concave – has a rather mellow inward curve, and the mellow concave has an almost flat profile, which leads to more stability, but less maneuverability.

Fig. 02 Concave


Since a deck is made out of pressed wood, it has a certain wear limit. For the pros, a broken deck can be a daily occurrence, due to the extreme stress on the board or due to poor positioning of the feet.

Usually, a deck can withstand weeks if not months of skating. You should protect the deck from water/rain – after all, it is made out of wood.

Old school and shaped decks

For nostalgia addicts, as well as more and more skateboarders in general, old school shapes are a real alternative – even 40 years later. Anyone who can't decide between old school and new school shapes is well-advised to check out the numerous shaped decks. These types of decks usually have a concave just like the current classically-shaped decks, and have a tapered nose and square tails like old school boards.

Try them out and see what you prefer.

Fig. 03 Deck Shapes
Deck Shapes


TITUS T-Fiber is a high-quality layer of fiberglass which is glued to the top deck layer with epoxy. This process is electrostatically charged for extra adhesion, helping to prevent breakage in the nose and tail. The tensile strength of the fiberglass web ensures a longer-lasting pop.

Decks with TITUS T-Fiber Construction


Black Ice is a construction process developed by Plan B Skateboards which makes sliding easier. Thanks to this special construction, your deck slides far more easily on most terrains, meaning that you sometimes don’t even to wax specific obstacles before sliding.

Decks with BLK ICE Construction

Double Impact

The Double Impact construction replaces the top wood veneer with a carbon layer, making the deck lighter and practically unbreakable. Two carbon discs are worked into one of the six maple wood plies and placed at the level of the trucks. This gives you more breakage resistance in the truck area during landings.

Decks with Double Impact Construction


Featherlight decks are made out of seven thin layers which are bonded together with a hard epoxy instead of the usual wood glue. The result is an ultra-light deck with way more pop than the competition.

Decks with Featherlight Construction


A fiberglass layer is placed on top of seven maple plies, providing the deck with more stiffness and tension. The extra reinforcement on top gives Fibertech decks increased resistance to wear and tear and thereby a longer skate life. The board retains its excellent pop far longer than competing boards which are made out of seven maple plies.

Decks with Fibertech Construction


Decks made with a helium construction are made out of seven plies of maple wood which have five air chambers (not helium, actually) worked into them. That doesn’t just make the deck lighter: this special construction is more stable and also has way more pop.

Decks with Helium Construction

Impact Light

In this construction, the seven layers of American maple wood are bonded together with epoxy-based glue and therefore have far more pop. The top layer of maple wood also has a fiberglass mat embedded in it, giving Impact Light Decks a higher resistance to breakage. The carbon inlay creates more tension than conventional decks and a noticeably longer-lasting pop as a result.

Decks with Impact Light Construction

Impact Plus

Eight layers of American maple wood are glued together with epoxy for more pop. Extra fiberglass reinforcements make the boards significantly more stable and durable than classic decks. The carbon fiber in the top wood layer and carbon discs located at the trucks in the bottom wood layer make the pop way crisper and longer-lasting. You can have way more fun with this solid construction that you could with a conventional deck!

Decks with Impact Plus Construction

Impact Support

Decks with an Impact Support Construction have carbon discs around the trucks which are worked into the 7-ply build. This minimizes the risk of breakage and gives the deck an increased level of durability.

Decks with Impact Support Construction

Impact 2.0

Impact 2.0 is an updated version of the Impact Support Construction.

Decks with Impact 2.0 Construction


Ligament Technology Decks are made up of seven plies of maple wood and include a wide polymer band worked into the middle of the deck. This flexible band increases the stiffness of the deck, which makes it for all intents and purposes totally indestructible!

Decks with Ligament Construction

MOB Harter Hund

“Harter Hund” literally means “hard dog” in German and roughly translates as “tough cookie”. Decks made with the aptly-named Harter Hund construction include two 0.7 mm middle veneers which have an extra layer of epoxy, giving the deck more snap and an increased hardness. That also means that the deck has as an 8-ply build but a normal, 7-ply thickness.

Decks with MOB’s Harter Hund Construction

MOB King Kong

Decks with the King Kong construction have an extra fiberglass web between the top two wood veneers. This generates an increased surface tension as well as a construction which can effectively withstand breakage.

Decks with MOB’s King Kong Construction

MOB Tough Cats

Decks with the Tough Cats construction are glued together with epoxy for a higher stiffness level as well as a longer skate life.

Decks with MOB’s Tough Cats Construction

MOB Workhorse

Decks with the Workhorse Construction are first-class seven ply maple decks, pressed together with water-based glue in individual molds. A perfectly level, steady shape is guaranteed.

Decks with MOB’s Workhorse Construction


Instead of the usual seven-layer maple build, P2 decks have a layer of Kevlar-reinforced maple and six additional maple plies. P2 Decks are thinner and lighter than conventional boards and have more pop and stability. The Kevlar reinforcement disperses impact shocks, increasing the P2’s skate life dramatically.

Decks with P2 Construction


Decks with the ProSpec Construction are made with maple layers of varying widths. The deck’s core is made out of thicker layers and has thinner ones surrounding it. This gives the deck a more stable construction in general and of course way more pop.

Decks with ProSpec Construction

Resin-7 Epoxid (R7)

A Resin-7 deck has seven wood layers which are bonded together with epoxy, making the deck noticeably stiffer. That also means that the board is lighter and more stable than normal decks, which are usually are bonded together with a water-based wood glue according to industry standards.

Decks with Resin-7 Construction


Twig Decks are an upgrade on the Featherlight Series and designed for younger skaters. These decks are the thinnest, lightest decks offered by Element and provide an appropriately lightweight setup to the littlest skaters out there.

Decks with the Twig Construction


Thriftwood Decks are predominantly made out of natural, uncolored wood veneer. Opting out of artificial color processing is an environmentally-friendly option for the eco-conscious skater.

Decks with the Thriftwood Construction