The Sector 9 Lookout is a classic board from the renowned Sector 9 Brand. The makers of the very popular boards, the Sector 9 Shoots and the Sector 9 Fractal, Sector 9 has always produced quality boards and this is no exception.
|Sector 9 Lookout||(9.5 / 10)|
The Sector 9 Lookout has a pin tail shaped deck which is 42 inches from end to end and weighs 7 pounds. The deck is made out of 5 ply vertically laminated bamboo which gives it just a little flex as riders carve and go downhill.
Instead of the stereotypical aluminum trucks that other boards, such as the Atom Pintail, come with, the Sector 9 Lookout comes with 10” GullWing Charger trucks. These trucks typically cost more than $50 and they come included with the Sector 9 Lookout.
The primary use of the GullWing Charger trucks is for downhill riding which means that these trucks provide the perfect mix of stability for speed and looseness for carving. On the Sector 9 Lookout, they perform well above similar trucks and are a great addition to the board.
For wheels, the Sector 9 Lookout comes with 74mm diameter Nineball wheels. Reviewed in our Buying Longboard Wheels guide, these wheels are a great all around wheel. The Sector 9 Nineballs function perfectly well no matter if you’re trying to go through a sharp turn or pull off a long slide.
As an added bonus, the Lookout longboard comes with grip tape to help riders keep their footing. While grip tape is simply designed to increase friction between the longboards deck and the rider’s shoes, it is a nice add on to the complete board package.
Riding the Sector 9 Lookout
The Sector 9 Lookout is designed as a carving and downhill skateboard and it is there where it excels. While riding, the longboard was able to cruise around tight corners easily and speed wobbles were nowhere to be found when going downhill.
On the streets, the griptape came in especially handy when the Sector 9 Lookout took corners at speed. It prevented the riders from slipping off of the board.
Taking the Sector 9 Lookout sliding proved to be an interesting story, however. With the drop through, this board has a low center of gravity which helps riders kick out the board easily. While this longboard is definitely not the best choice for a sliding longboard (see the Sector 9 Mini Shaka for that), riders were actually able to perform some good slides on this board.
In fact, one talented rider reported that it took him under an hour to learn a basic slide with this board. When sliding on the Sector 9 Lookout, however, Review Longboards would definitely recommend different wheels.
While great at downhill and carving, the Sector 9 Nineballs are not ideal for sliding because they simply grip the road too well. For perfect and easy slides Review Longboards would definitely recommend the Sector 9 Butterballs.
Who should buy the Sector 9 Lookout?
Overall, though, the Sector 9 Lookout excels at carving and downhill. With its Gullwing trucks and drop through deck, this Sector 9 longboard easily retains its stability when going fast downhills.
For beginners, the Sector 9 Lookout is one of the best starter boards imaginable and is a great addition to any longboard collection. Review Longboards would definitely recommend this board as an excellent downhill and carving board while still maintaining its sliding capability.