Skateboard is Small But Sturdy
The Kryptonics company has been making quality skateboard wheels for years, but upon seeing the Torpedo, I really did not know what to think. It has a wonderfully bright yellow plastic deck with a waffle iron looking pattern to it and wide blue wheels, and it was… well, very small.
Seeing that it has a manufacturer’s age range of eight to fifteen years, I thought it would be a great starter board for my eight year old who has developed a new infatuation with skateboards. Upon lifting the small (22 inches long and 6 inches wide) board I was shocked at how deceivingly heavy it was.
As soon as we got home, my daughter wanted to give it a try. She struggled with it for a while and complained that it was a bit too fast for her. I am not sure if it was due to its size, weight, her lack of experience or a combination of all three. I came to the conclusion that maybe it was meant for an older child with more leg strength. So, I asked one of my fourth grade daughter’s classmates and neighbors if he would try it out.
He first thought that because of the bright colors and the plastic deck, the board might have been made for a younger child. But after riding it, he and his brother were pleasantly surprised that it was built well and built strong.
He went as far as to give me his own review of the board (Thanks SM!) : “The trucks were a little too tight, but with adjustments they loosened up. The trucks were well made. The wheels were solid and held up nicely. The board had good speed, but would not be good for tricks because it was too heavy. The plastic body was slippery under the shoes. The board itself seemed small and we had to adjust our feet accordingly.”
Ours was a yellow board with blue wheels, but it is also available in blue with red wheels, orange with blue wheels, green with yellow wheels, pink with black wheels, red with white wheels and purple with green wheels. I think the bright colors, aesthetically pleasing design, compact size and sturdiness of the plastic make this attractive to the younger skaters. It is strong enough to hold the weight of an older child, while also small enough to slip into a backpack if necessary. It is priced at $39.99 and well worth the cost, and can be conveniently found at Target, Toys R Us and Walmart stores.
* Side note: My daughters and I surfed through YouTube to learn more about the Kryptonics Torpedo and we found a video of someone running over their Torpedo skateboard with a car. It was truly amazing!
Kryptonics Torpedo Skateboard
Manufacturer: Bravo Sports
|Appealed to the advertised age range||5|
|Would travel well||5|
|Ease of use||4|
|I would purchase this for my family||yes|
|I would purchase this as a gift||yes|
All ratings on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest.
Meet The Reviewer!
Lucia Alami is a mother of five
daughters, the youngest of which
are a pair of one year-old twins.
She enjoys photography, reading,
writing, drawing, playing board
games and doing craft activities
with her girls.