In any event, skaters who want steep decks are easy to please. In a 5-deck press, which is how most decks are pressed, the top 3 decks are pretty steep concave, while the bottom 2 are usually pretty mellow. Skateboard manufacturers sometimes offer to distributors a choice of "mellow" and "steep" decks. Dwindle, most famously, pride themselves on a "single deck press" technique that makes each product of a particular shape meet the same specifications. So, if one Dwindle deck of a certain shape is mellow, all Dwindle decks of that shape will be mellow.
So, I picked up a nice, mellow 8.25" deck:
|8.25" Mellow Dopamine Skateboard Company deck. 14" wheelbase.|
I was going to try out the new deck at the skatepark, but they didn't open until 4 pm today. So I skated my driveway quarter pipe, grind rail, grind box, and mini bank.
I have tried dozens and dozens of skateboard decks. This Dopamine deck, well, this Dopamine deck is how a skateboard deck SHOULD feel. It is incredibly good! The wood is crisp and just the right amount of flexy. The graphics are good to go on the first slide with no craziness. The shape is just perfect. The concave is medium side-to-side and mellow on the nose and tail, and the deck's pockets are all in the right place. The nose and tail feel slightly scooped, imparting a sure footed-feel and very crisp pop. On a lot of decks, even my beloved Creatures and Almost Double Impacts, there's always that moment as I'm crouching for an ollie where I wonder if the board will pop nicely or not. Other decks, whether they're new, broken in, or getting soggy, don't always pop nicely. This Dopamine deck pops nicely every time. The board is stiff enough to give very good feedback on the angle of the board.
I say again: this Dopamine deck is how skateboard decks should feel.
If you are currently in the market for a new deck, I strongly, strongly encourage you to go over to Dopamine's store on bigcartel and get one. I paid $45 for mine, and it included free griptape. I'm in Maryland, and I got free shipping; you might, too.
Dopamine Skateboard Company is my new favorite skateboard deck manufacturer. Off comes the Creature sticker from my pickup truck, to be replaced by a Dopamine sticker.
Best. Deck. Ever!