I picked up the Girl Darkroom 8.5 Anderson model from my local skate shop a few weeks ago. I tend to spend most of my time either skating tranny at the park or pushing down the street to the park. You might want to slim things down with an 8 (Mike Mo model) or an 8.12 (Malto or Mariano) if you focus on technical tricks.
Nearly everybody has heard of Girl Skateboards before. Even those who don’t skateboard are familiar with the brand, more often than not. And ever since their newest skate film Pretty Sweet came out late last year, the brand’s been even more popular than usual.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that as far as skate decks go there is not a whole lot of variation. Nearly any deck – no matter which company makes it – is made with the same materials and via the same process. The durability on any deck will be nearly the same.
But for those of us who skate on a daily basis, we know that the little things make all the difference. Well, not really all the difference, but they do make some difference. And that’s why I like Girl’s products. Their decks are nearly perfect in my opinion because of the mellower concave on most models and the noticeable differences in nose and tail. From the get-go, it’s also apparent that their boards are a bit stiffer than those offered by most other brands, though this does nothing to sacrifice pop. In fact, I feel that Girl decks are some of the springiest around.
The Darkroom Skate Deck has held up well so far. The pop is still the same as it was when I got it and the shallow concave is just how I like it. The only negative that I’ve noticed – and it’s hard to call it a negative – is that the graphic has worn off quickly. And when you’re paying money for the label (which, unfortunately, you are), this is a bummer, even if you don’t really care about looks.
At the end of the day, the Girl Darkroom is a great deck for anybody looking for a new skateboard. Like most decks, what really matters is 1) the parts you strap beneath it (trucks, bearings, wheels) and 2) the person riding it. If you like skateboarding, you’ll like this deck. If you don’t like skateboarding, then buy this deck anyways and you’ll like it soon enough.