Like all intense sports, there’s always another level deeper that you can take things. Most people are content cruising around on their longboards and never learn to slide, but they are missing out on one of the best parts of skating.
Sliding will take you to that next level and give you the control you need to be able to take on any hill or path. Not only is it practical, but it’s more fun than simply cruising. There’s a few things to look for if you want to buy a set of longboard gloves, but lets first start with the basics.
Sliding Pucks and Spark Pucks
Longboard slide gloves are built up with several key components. The first thing you’ll notice is almost always the “puck”. It’s that strange thing hanging off the glove that typically doesn’t look like it belongs there.
Slide gloves have velcro to enable you to change out the pucks as they wear out over time. That’s why they typically look a bit out of place if you’ve never seen them before. Slide pucks come in many shapes, sizes, and designs and will skate and wear differently.
When you are looking for a set of pucks, note the thickness, hardness, and weight to decide what fits the way you skate the best.
There’s also a few features that come as a surprise bonus if you shop with the right brands.
These pucks from Holesom actually have quality smells infused. Think of it like ski wax or surf wax if you’ve ever used those before.
Spark pucks are another awesome addition to the slide glove. These pucks have special rods in them that cause sparks to fly on contact with the ground. It’s a great way to impress the ladies and your friends.
Longboard Gloves with Reinforced Finger Tips
This is key. You don’t want your fingers getting torn up on the ground if they make a little contact. No ones perfect and the protection is why you are wearing the gloves in the first place (aside from the ability to slide of course).
Don’t just grab a cheap pair of gloves because they’re cheap, get the lasting pair that will keep you from ripping up your hands.
Fit and Breathability
Ever here the phrase, “fits just like a glove”? Longboarding gloves should fit your hand and be extra comfortable. Look for stretch panels and neoprene or something similar that lets your hands move naturally without restriction.
Sweaty hands aren’t fun either and unfortunately all gloves on hot days make your hands hotter. Look for something with holes for breathability or a mesh component to keep your hands from burning up.
Where do I grab a pair of slide gloves?
There’s a lot of great companies making longboard slide gloves, so grab the ones from your favorite brand if they are high quality.
We sell Holesom brand slide gloves on Concrete Coast because they are built with quality and performance in mind. The pucks also happen to smell really great!
On top of that, you can grab a pair of Ouray spark pucks to bring your slides to life.
Whatever you choose, enjoy the ride and get out and slide. Let us know if you have any questions or thoughts below!