Based out of Newton, Pennsylvania, this family-owned brand is off to a hot start with some slick looking decks and higher-wisdom vibe. On some third-eye tip, Pantheon seems to be about the actualization of a vision the brains behind the whole operation has been cooking up for quite some time.
Sick ass boards, son.
I took some pictures of the lineup and thought I’d repost the specs from the Pantheon website along with some personal thoughts on the decks. Cause you know. What I think is helluh important and stuff.
FIRST OFF THE MUHFUCKIN LOGOS:
40 Inches Long
1/8″ Crescent Drops
1/4″ Rocker between drops
Flat Truck Mounting
CNC’d Wheel Wells
8-Ply Canadian Maple Construction
Keeping up with trendy and functional topmount shapes the Logos feels solid underfoot. I really like the extensive variable wheelbase options; mega cool for really tweaking the feel of your ride. The microdrops work well with the rocker, and the flares make their home along the bends quite nicely. There’s even a little bit of kicktail action going on if you like the inner wheelbases if you’re into that sort of thing. And the whole hallucinogen-inspired graphic really does tickle me pink. This board totally doesn’t suck; good job guys.
NEXT UP THE GATDAMN GAIA DECK
-38.5 inch length
-10 inch width
-1/8″ crescent shaped micro drops
-wheelbase options from 23 to 28 inches
-progressive radial concave with through-concave drops and tail
-micro-flush mount at 23″ wb option
-CNC Wheel wells
This is neat. The kicktail is wayyy more pronounced than the previous deck which is awesome for those of y’all still on that ‘skate everything’ tip. The crescent drop looks a little funky but still workable since they are shaped kind of like footstops, and the taper ties the whole shebang together to still feel like a classic longboard deck. My only qualm is that I’d only be able to use the drops the way I’d want to if I was using the inner wheelbase since I like to have my feet really close to my trucks whilst riding topmounts. I feel like I’d struggle using the drops well while mounted on the outside wheelbase but that might not necessarily be true for other riders. Still a solid design and spinoff of a classic shape.
AND THEN WE HAVE THE NEXUS.
1-inch crescent drop
mucho concave, but you know…in a way that’s comfy
9-ply rock maple
Mixing it up with a double-drop mounted deck, the Nexus strikes me as a rad long-distance push/freeride/technical downhill monster. The lowered center of gravity allows for easy pushing and the initiation of drifts while the longer wheelbase allows for big, sweepy turns at speed. The forked ends of the board protect it from curbs by allowing your truck baseplate to take the brunt of the impact, which may not be to your liking if you have invested in expensive precision trucks. Still a cool shred-sled, bringing back 2009 in a big way.
WHATS NEXT? HUH?! WELL ITS THIS THING
ITS THE NEXUS AGAIN, but this time she’s topmounted.
38 inches long
29-30 inch wheelbase
9.8 inches wide
9-ply maple construction
1-inch deep crescent drops
Eddie Kihm Graphic
A little narrower and offering a slightly shorter wheelbase option, the topmounted Nexus still offers a lot of the same things its drop through version does with just a few tweaks so that you the boarder can really pick out the deck that fits your style on fleek. And its symmetrical for going ham switch; also a cool feature.
YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS A SICK DECK THEY MADE?! THE EMBRYO YO.
Length – 36.5 inches
Width – 10 inches
Wheelbase – 25.5-29 inches
Rocker – .25 inches
Concave – Plenty!
8-ply Rock Maple
CNC Wheel Wells
CNC Flush Mounts
With all these crazy shapes and designs lately, the Embryo is a breath of fresh air hitting us with a simple, classic shape with mellow rocker almost reminiscent of the old Comet boards. Not much to say about this board since it is pretty basic ya digg. Overall a solid addition that rounds out Pantheon’s lineup pretty well.
WHATS THE LAST BOARD IMA TALK ABOUT?! IS IT LA LUZ?! IT IS-
-34.5 inch length
-9.875 inch width
-wheelbase options from 23-28 inches
-progressive radial concave
-1/8″ crescent shaped microdrops
-flush mount at 23″ WB
-CNC wheel wells
With wheelwells transitioning into bitty little cutouts this deck will probably allow you to run slightly larger wheels than some of Pantheon’s other topmounts. I personally like this one a bunch since its a bit narrower which would allow my smaller feet to be able to get solid leverage over both rails of the board, as opposed to standard 10″ wide boards where I gotta shuffle around a bunch just to do my shit. Comfy rocker, cool shaped drops, another board to get riggedy riggedy wrecked on, son.
Be sure to check out more of Pantheon’s boards at their site http://pantheonlongboards.myshopify.com/