I noticed there weren’t too many reviews for this so wanted to give my experience for anybody on the fence about this board.
First, I normally ride a Dinghy and feel very comfortable on it. I’m 5’7”, 160lbs, with a relatively narrow stance and I feel like I can push the Dinghy forever. But I have been looking for ways to improve my ride (city riding, small hills, parking garages, rough pavement) without going to a drop-through or a true longboard.
The Schooner looked to be a solid choice and it has been. The best way I can describe it would be that it has “smoothed” out the ride. It feels like it just wants to keep rolling, pushing is a bit harder but it’s negligible and, for someone who is used to a smaller board, the added stability is welcome.
The downsides that I have found are that turning is a bit wider but, honestly, not by much. I was still able to run the lines I normally take and it was fine. Also, because of the larger wheels, longer wheelbase and slightly wider board, the fun-factor drops a little because going off curbs, rolling down hills and hitting small obstacles aren’t things I have to think about as much now.
Though I can’t speak to somebody’s experience who normally longboards, as someone who uses a mini-cruiser this feels very much like a middle ground. If you’re on the fence for this one I’d say go for it, I did and I haven’t been disappointed. It’s not really a longboard but it’s not a mini either. It’s a sailboat.
***This board was originally…