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Anyone who was a kid in the seventies or eighties will remember the plastic skateboard. Long before there were different boards trucks and wheels for tricks,cruising,parks and racing we made do with one board to do it all from transport to tricks. Like various dodgy 70's and 80's bands the plastic skateboard has recently sneaked out of retirement and is making a comeback. Todays kids are enjoying the plastic cruiser for the first time and nostalgic adults are stealing their kids boards for a quick skate down memory lane or a trip to casualty after hitting the first pothole and discovering that humans don't bounce as well at 35 as they did when they were 10 and skills don't last as long as memories. My boyfriends son loves skateboarding and despite already owning a couple of skateboards and a longboard he really wanted to buy one of these plastic cruisers. After a search online we decided to add to the money he had saved and buy the Stereo Vinyl board for him. The Stereo Vinyl Cruiser comes in a huge range of bright colours for both the board and wheels and arrives ready to ride in a transparent box which contains the board, stickers and a matching pair of sunglasses. Although it's built up and supposedly ready to ride the wheels on ours hardly spun which initially made us wonder if the bearings were rubbish but thankfully it turned out that the nuts had been over tightened so loosening them off slightly solved the problem. The trucks have soft bushings allowing the board to carve easily and the soft 59mm 78a wheels roll smoothly allowing you to survive pavement cracks and small stones that would stop you dead on a regular board with hard 99a polo wheels. The board itself has a circular raised pattern moulded into the plastic to keep your feet from slipping instead of the grip tape found on most boards and there's a small kick tail for wheelies and kerb hopping. The Stereo Vinyl Cruiser measures roughly 22.5 x 6 inches which is a lot smaller than most standard skateboards at around 30-32" long and between 7 and 8.5 inches wide so it's small enough to to take with us on holiday without taking up too much room in a bag and also fits in Ryan's school bag so he can to ride it to school then keep it with him. Obviously wanting to relive the skateboards of our childhood my boyfriend and I couldn't resist having a play with this when it arrived. The board a lot of fun to ride and perfect for cruising around or carving down hills although it takes a bit of getting used to after riding longboards as the short wheelbase obviously isn't as stable so expect some speed wobbles. Although it isn't really designed for tricks it can cope with small ollies and hopping off kerbs but it's primarily a cruiser board and that's what it does best. Ryan has owned this for around 4 months now and still loves it. The board seems pretty robust although the plastic does get grubby quickly and there are a good few scuffs where it has hit pavements or the tail has dragged none of these really affect the durability of the board and so far there's been no need to replace the wheels or bearings. The Stereo Vinyl Cruiser costs between £60-£75 and is available from skate shops and Ebay or Amazon and a new set of wheels costs around £20. Overall I would recommend the Stereo Vinyl Cruiser although I do think they are slightly expensive for what they are the Stereo version still comes in at around £20 cheaper than the Penny brand version.