As Loaded Boards marks its 21st year of shaping the longboarding landscape, they unveil a masterpiece that encapsulates art, technology, and a commitment to a better world. The limited-edition Vanguard, adorned with original artwork by Travis Parr, not only celebrates Loaded's rich history but also contributes to a cause. Let's explore why this release is not just a board but a statement.
Artistry for a Cause:
This exclusive run of 250 hand-numbered boards features captivating artwork by Travis Parr, adding a unique and visually stunning element to each piece. In the spirit of giving back, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Center for Humane Technology, a noble initiative working towards aligning technology with humanity's best interests.
21 Years of Flex and Innovation:
The Vanguard longboard has been a cornerstone of Loaded's success, and the 21st-anniversary edition continues this legacy with lightweight snowboard-inspired construction. Camber, sidecuts, and high-energy flex make it ideal for responsive carving, pumping, and commuting. This board is not just a celebration of the past but a testament to 21 years of continuous innovation and evolution.
Tailored for the Enthusiast:
Available in a single length and flex equivalent to a standard Vanguard flex 3, this special complete setup goes beyond expectations. With larger wheels and upgraded bushings, it promises an extra lively and flowy ride, tailored for enthusiasts who crave the perfect balance of comfort and performance.
The Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Carving Setup:
- Deck: Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary
- Trucks: Paris V3 180mm 50°
- Wheels: Orangatang 80mm Kegel or 75mm InHeat's
- Bushings: Orangatang Knuckles (Soft, Orange)
- Bearings: Loaded Jehu V2
- Hardware: Loaded Button Head 1"
Loaded Vanguard 21st Anniversary Deck Spec:
- Length: 38″ / 96.5 cm
- Width: 8.5″ / 21.6 cm
- Wheelbase: 31.5″ / 80.0 cm
- Profile: camber
- Flex: Flexy (64-90+ kg - Equivalent to flex 3)
- Weight (deck only): 2.7 lb / 1.2 kg
The Vanguard's functional design incorporates tapered tips and pronounced cutouts for maximum wheel clearance, facilitating deep carves and tight turns. Sidecuts reduce torsional stiffness, providing nuanced turning radius. The mild concave ensures edge-to-edge control, while the top mount and cambered platform deliver energetic carving performance.
Sustainable Performance with Super Sap:
Loaded Boards takes sustainability seriously, introducing bio-based epoxy by Entropy Resins, aptly named Super Sap. Utilizing bio-based materials from industrial waste streams, this epoxy reduces the carbon footprint, making it better for the planet. Working closely with Entropy, Loaded enhances every major performance characteristic of the resin, ensuring not just eco-friendliness but an even more enjoyable ride.
A Nod to History and Cutting-Edge Technology:
The Vanguard's history dates back to 2002, where it brought snowboard technology to the pavement. Now, in 2024, Loaded celebrates its 21-year milestone with cutting-edge direct printing technology on bamboo veneers. Travis Parr's original painting comes to life on this hand-numbered, limited-edition Vanguard, combining history with modern innovation.
Curvacious Confidence on the Streets:
The lightweight, snowboard-inspired bamboo and fiberglass construction paired with a cambered profile ensure a lively and engaging ride. Whether you're a seasoned snowboarder seeking powder turns on the streets or an enthusiast looking to showcase a piece of longboarding history, the Vanguard is designed for curvaceous confidence.
Loaded Boards' 21st-anniversary Vanguard isn't just a longboard; it's a culmination of art, innovation, and sustainability. As you ride on this piece of history, you're not just experiencing a superior performance – you're contributing to a better, more humane world.