Rails and grind boxes are a great addition to any skater’s basement, garage, or driveway. They are great for beginners who are just learning basic board slides, all the way to the veteran skateboarder who wants to practice handrail tricks at a lower height. You can try to make your own, but unless you’re a whiz with an Arc welder or a master carpenter or construction prodigy, it’ll be far easier, quicker, safer and probably cheaper to buy what you need ready made.However, knowing where to buy the best cheap skateboard grind rail or box isn’t always easy. If that wasn’t enough, due to the weight and size of rails it’s not very common to find a store with a large variety of skateboard rails for sale. We’ll help you hack through the garbage and get something decent for your dollar!Top Skate Rails and Grind Boxes Comparison ChartPictureNameRail TypeLengthPriceWhere to Buy?1. Element Flat Bar Flat Bar6’$$$Check Price on Amazon2. FreshPark Professional BMX and Skateboarding Grind RailOval Rail6’$$$Check Price on Amazon3. OC Ramps 6′ Long Grind BoxBox6’$$$$Check Price on Amazon4. Mojo Rails Square Grind RailSquare Rail7.5’$$$Check Price on Amazon5. X Factor Driveway Skatepark Grind RailRound Rail54″$$Check Price on Amazon6. Mojo Skate Bench Bench7.5’$$$$Check Price on Amazon7. Freshpark Skateboard Rainbow Grind Rail KitRainbow Rail12’$$$$Check Price on Amazon8. Mojo Port A Park Funbox9’$$$$$Check Price on Amazon9. Mojo Port A Park Manny Pad-Hubba Combo15’$$$$$$Check Price on AmazonTypes of Skateboard Rails and Grind BoxesBefore buying a skate rail or grind box, it’s important to know the different options available and which would be best for your skill level and setup.Pro Tip: Only buy metal rails. There are a few plastic rails out there, but they are typically very poor quality and not recommended for anyone.Flat Bar Skateboard RailThe flat bar skate rail is the industry standard rail today. Take a walk to your local skatepark, and I guarantee you will find multiple variations of flat bar rails around the park.Flat skateboard rails are an excellent choice for beginners as they are very stable and easy to “lock” your trucks onto to. Many rails these days are adjustable so you can set the rail height based on your preference and ability. They are also easier for sliding tricks as they tend to be wider than round rails so it’s less likely that you will slip off to one side or another.Note: Flat grinding rails will require more skate wax than their round counterparts due to the increased surface area that makes contact with your deck or trucks.Round Grind RailsRound skate grind rails are the second most common skateboard rail on the market today. They are very similar to the flat bar, except (you guessed it) the rail is round instead of flat. Also like flat grind rails, round rails are available in adjustable versions to allow for modification and adjustment as skill level increases.Round rails tend to be much more difficult to skate than flat bars just due to the nature of the round surface. Apart from that, round rails tend to be thinner than traditional flat bar rails so that add another level of difficulty when trying to “lock” into grind tricks. Slides aren’t too much harder and they may ever be easier on round rails for beginners since they don’t need to ollie as high.Rainbow Grind RailsAs the name suggests, rainbow grind rails are shaped in an arch shape and resemble a rainbow. To be honest these are more of a novelty and are rarely seen, but they look cool and are tons of fun so I had to include them.Grind BoxesGrind boxes are typically wide wooden boxes with metal edges that allow for grinds and slides. Boxes are typically better for grinds and nose/tail slides than rails due to their sturdiness. The cool thing about boxes is that they can be used as manual pads and flow very nicely in a line.Grind boxes come in a few different styles and variations including benches, manual pads, and angled “hubba” boxes.Grind BenchesGrind benches are typically very similar to boxes, except they are metal and closely resemble benches found in cities and parks.The difference between a normal bench and a skateboard grind bench is the ability to adjust the height and smooth metal sides that are perfect for skateboarding.Manual PadsManual pads or “manny pads” are typically curb height or higher wooden or boxes. They are meant to perform manuals across them and more advanced skaters can do flip tricks in to and out of the manuals. Manual pads are super versatile and can be a fun obstacle to skate on a lazy summer day.Angled “Hubba” Boxes/LedgesAngled boxes or hubba ledges are very similar to normal grind boxes except they are angled or slanted. There are a ton of different variations to this type of box, some including other ramps, stairs, and rails.Wally boxesA “wally” is when a skater rides on a never vertical wall for a short period of time. Wally boxes allow skater’s to combine this wally trick was a grind or slide at the top. Definitely a unique box to have.Best Skate Rails and Grind Boxes ReviewsElement Flat Bar Skate ObstacleDimensions6′ Long4″ wide barAdjustable heights of 10-14″28 lbsProsWide 4″ Flat Bar Great For Grind TricksRail Doesn’t Move or Slip When SkatedAdjustable Heights for Different Skill LevelVery Well Known and Reputable Skateboard BrandDurable and Can Handle All Weather ConditionsEasy AssemblyConsFeet of Rail May Bend Over Time and Cause a Slight WobbleFreshPark Professional BMX and Skateboarding Grind RailDimensions6′ Long3.13″ Wide Oval Rail24 lbsAdjustable height from 9-19″ProsConnectable With Other FreshPark Rails to Build Extra Long RailMicro Adjustments to any height between 9-19″90 Day WarrantyRail Does Not Slide When Skated Due to Base GripsCompletely WeatherproofEasy AssemblyConsOval Rail May Be Difficult to Lock Onto For Novice SkatersOC Ramps 6′ Grind BoxDimensions16″ Wide8″ High6′ Long46 lbsProsHigh-Quality Laminated Wood Top and SidesNo Assembly RequiredGalvanized Steel Corners for Smooth Grinds & SlidesSolid, Long Lasting ConstructionReputable BrandConsFront and Back Edges Prone to Chipping Over TimeMojo Rails Square Grind RailAlso Available in 6′ Version:Dimensions7.5′ Long2″ Wide RailAdjustable Heights from 10-16″35 lbsProsLonger Than Most Other Rails on the MarketRubber Pads on Legs Prevent Rail SlippageCons2″ Rail May Be Too Thin For Some SkatersSacrifices Stability for Longer LengthLeg Pins May Bend or Break Over TimeX Factor Driveway Skatepark Grind RailDimensions54″ Long1.5″ Diameter Rounded RailAdjustable Heights from 8-12″10 lbsProsGreat PriceLightweight and Very PortableRounded Rail Great for Intermediate SkatersConsRail is Quite Short (Less than 5′ Long)Pins in Legs of Rail Bend Over TimeRail May Not be Tall Enough for Advanced SkatersMojo Skate BenchDimensions7.5′ Long14″ WideHeight Settings of 10″, 12″, and 14″55 lbsProsStudy Metal FrameVery Long BenchStudy and AdjustablePerfect to Add into Configurations With Other Ramps and RailsWeather ResistantConsVery Loud When SkatedWood Top Not Durable, May Need to be ReplacedFreshpark Skateboard Rainbow Grind Rail KitDimensions144″ Long3.15″ Thick Oval Rail18-24″ High56 lbsProsVery UniquePerfect For Beginners – Can Ride Right on to the RailCan be Customized and Broken Down into a Traditional Rail3 Month WarrantyConsPaint May Peel Off, However No Negative Impact to Overall Performance Mojo Port A ParkDimensions108″ Long15″ High36″ Wide172 lbsProsSturdy Ramps and Built-In RailWeatherproof Finished SurfaceConsAssembly RequiredMetal Frame Increases Noise Level When SkatedHonorable Mention: Ramptech Manny Super PadDimensions180″ Long18″ High18″ Wide234 lbsProsCountless Possible Variations and ConfigurationsAdded Opportunities for Additional Trick ComplexitySomething for All Ages and Skill LevelsFinished, Protected, and Weatherproof WoodVery Reputable BrandConsAssembly requiredHigh Shipping Cost Due to Size and WeightThe post Best Skateboard Grind Rails & Boxes appeared first on Sport Consumer.
Netflix Cancels Luke Cage
Sunday October 21, 2018
It looks like the Heroes for Hire will both be looking for work, as Deadline Hollywood is exclusively reporting that Netflix has officially canceled Marvel series Luke Cage. This news comes one week after the cancellation of fellow superhero show Iron Fist, and the just as Daredevil is launching its third season on the streaming...
Q-Learning Agents, Part 1
Friday October 05, 2018
Machine Learning provides us an interesting way to solve special kinds of problems. If you’re just playing around, you may see that creating a good problem to work with can be a lot of work on its own. OpenAI gym has recognized this challenge and provided a great solution. They have created a whole collection...