Arbor Collective Skateboards

Like most little boys, my son wanted one of these four-wheelers for himself after he first laid eyes on some local skaters enjoying their rides. We went through several superhero-themed “kid” skateboards only to come to the conclusion that they were practically disposable due to poor quality and cheap materials, not to mention the absence of any decent performance. I realized that this was an activity not soon to be outgrown, (most of my friends’ husbands are still proud owners of at LEAST one) and decided it was time to step it up a few notches for something with staying power. I turned to Arbor Collective.  I loved the sleek design and use of natural wood. I also happily discovered that on top of incredible aesthetics, performance and craftsmanship, Arbor is committed to creating products in the most environmentally responsible way possible and the owners fully stand behind every snowboard and skateboard they make. They use ecologically based alternatives to harmful chemicals, water-based finishes and recycled materials to produce impressive skateboards in a huge variety of shapes and sizes with designs by featured artists (this mini Pocket Rocket is the choice for my eldest). Arbor Collective has a sweet little showroom in Venice with friendly, helpful staff, and their website tells you about other places you can purchase their products. Have fun!

x Kaela

7 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Steph | July 6, 2010 | Reply

My 4 year old just got a razor scooter for his 4th birthday back at the end of April and has announced that he NEEDS a skateboard. He goes like a demon on his razor, I’m not so sure I am ready for him to have a skateboard. I will have to keep this in mind for next year.

2. Karie Bobzin | July 6, 2010 | Reply

This is such a great recommendation for parents!!! My husband was given an Arbor board a couple years ago from a friend and he loves it, and the kids were interested in it right away. Although our son is only 5 and cannot stand up on it yet, he loves to kneel on it and push it with one foot, then he can lean in to the turns and really learn the nature of four wheels. All the kids that come over play with it too….a lot of the time it is what they want more than the bike, the plasma car or the scooter. They will grow into it….you know I have even learned a thing or two on it. We have other skateboards but Arbor if the best!!!!

3. Tina | July 7, 2010 | Reply

My 3 year old and I just had a park picnic the other day and he was smitten with the skateboarders in the skate park. I was thinking he could get one for Christmas! Thanks for the recommendation.

4. bonnie | July 7, 2010 | Reply

i have a five year old daughter who is obsessed with skateboarding and i will definitely be looking in to this one..she loves trying to keep up with the boys!! thanks for the info…

5. Eryka | July 7, 2010 | Reply

Our entire family are huge fans of ARBOR skateboards. Love their graphic designs. Actually, my husband & I took the our 5 yr. old son & 3 yr. old daughter skateboarding at a local park yesterday. Super smooth rides. All smiles. Bob Carlson, owner of ARBOR Collective got it right!

6. Sarah G | July 11, 2010 | Reply

Forget about the kids…I want one!

7. Melitta Nielsen | July 16, 2010 | Reply

What a great source. I forgot that the skateboards stage comes after the scooter and stays for a long long time! (Daddy still has one of his first skateboards…but nothing as fabulous as these). The Arbor skateboard look like such sleek, fine, ecologically sensitive and sturdy boards so the transition to grown up toys will not be as painful.
I am hoping the helmets are just as cool and displayed everywhere in the store because I am not a fearless Tony Hawk or Chris Cole type of mother. But this is a must Christmas present for my 5 1/2 year old.
I must admit, I hope he keeps it hanging on the wall as a special piece of art. rather than riding it wildly and without abandon like he does his scooter.
Thank you so much for this great suggestion. You made my shopping so much easier!