Product Thrash: Omen Sugar
Published at Oct 28, 2014 | Posted by Matt Walker
 

Product Thrash: Omen Sugar

Words by Matt Walker - Stoked Team Rider


Board Reviewed: Omen Sugar

Specs:

Length: 38 sugary sweet inches
Width: 9.5 inches
Flex: Stiff
Wheelbase: Various options from 23.5 – 26.5 inches
Construction: 9 plies of delicious Maple
Concave: 5/8ths inch radial concave (bowl like)
Rocker: 1 inch
Micro-drop: ½ inch
Kick-tail: 5 inches…Pretty big
Shape: Slightly wider in the front, big kick-tail in the back, sharp nose in the front.

Overview:

Overall this is the BEST board I have ridden so far. Omen is really stepping up their game and developing better and better boards. My overall rating rating is a 9.5/10. The Sugar in particular, has many features. The first feature you will recognize is the massive kick-tail. It not only makes the board look sexy, but it actually works (really well). It is easy to ollie, kickflip, pop-shuvit, manual, and do any other tricks you wish to do, especially when you ride the smallest wheelbase, because you get more pop and leverage.

This brings me to the second feature, which is the concave. The concave on this board is so extreme that you will always be locked in. The foot platform has a bowl shape and the intense concave combines with the accelerated rocker to really lock you in well. My feet always feel secure and in place when riding and sliding.

The third point I’d like to touch on is the rocker. There is actually enough rocker in this deck for you to feel it under your feet. I was surprised by the amount of rocker but happy to learn that it really helps you feel comfortable and locked in place, while giving you something to push against when whipping around a quick 180 or 360.

Another feature is the flush truck mounts, which I found helpful when mounting my trucks. Since the board has so much rocker, it would usually be difficult to mount your trucks, but the flush truck mounts provide a flat surface that makes mounting and riding easier and more stable.

There are also many different wheelbase options that allow you to do any kind of shredding you like. Another feature is the wheel wells/flares. The wheel wells help make this an all around board by allowing you to ride any size wheels up to about 72 mm.

The last feature I will talk about is the micro drop. There is about an eighth of an inch of drop to the deck that will keep you even more locked in, make you more comfortable, and provide a better place for your feet. When you go to bust out a slide, you know your feet will always be in the right place because the drop along with the concave and rocker helps you feel exactly where you want to place your feet. All of these features come together to make the sugar a great all around board for anything you want to do including freeride, freestyle, downhill, cruising, carving and even pushing!

Freeride:

This board will take a little getting used to. It is pretty different from most boards so you may need a sesh or two to break it in. You will easily be able to do big standies, quick techy combos, and anything in between like blunt slides with the sugar. The wheels well flares combined with the micro drop, concave, and rocker will give your feet a perfect platform along with locking you in and providing extra leverage. I would highly recommend using the shortest or one of the shorter wheelbases for freeriding. Not only will you get lots of leverage but also a very responsive feel. This is a great all around board, but in my opinion its strongest riding style is freeride and I would give it a 10/10 on this. It will not hold you back and there is no trick that cannot be done on it.

At first you may have a little trouble going very fast and throwing out big slides on a short wheelbase if you are used to a longer one but you will certainly get used to it in a short time and the shorter wheelbase will be to your advantage in the future. The sugar can be spun around very fast and with minimal effort. It is great for doing things like 360’s, endless 180’s, seamless and shuvit 180’s and bigspins. It also has a lot of control when you are doing things like heel and toe checks, or going big. You will be able to dial in on your slides and make them more precise. Don’t believe me? Just ask Sam Galus over at Omen.

Freestyle:

Although a little heavy, it is great for freestyle. You can take this board to a park, pool, or city to skate and as long as you are on the shorter wheelbase you won’t have any trouble. With the heavy weight, it will take a little getting used to but eventually you will be able to do almost any trick you can do on a regular skateboard. The weight doesn’t hold you back; it actually makes it a little more stable for the landings of some sketchy tricks. Popping high ollies and shuvits will not be a problem. It is fun to start to incorporate some freestyle into your freeriding with this board.

Downhill:

With the shortest wheelbase, it is almost too responsive for downhill. Not to worry, with the longest wheelbase this board can break speeds of 45-50 mph. Although the concave is comfortable and helpful, there is nothing special about the concave that is geared toward downhill. It is a great all around board and can definitely be pushed to high speeds and can be used for predrifts with some experience, but if you are ONLY buying this board for downhill I would consider some of omen’s other boards like the spawn or kush. The sugar is great for downhill and super fun, but in my opinion it is designed for more freeriding and there are better downhill options out there that will be better for higher speeds and drifting but probably not as versatile and unable to be used for freeriding and freestyle. The sugar is very stable as it is a thick and stiff board and well constructed with lots of maple (sugar).

Cruising/Carving/Pushing:

With all the comfort built in to this board it makes it a great cruiser. The tail adds even more fun for cruising so you can do manuals and 180s. With some 65+ mm wheels you will easily be able to ride over any sketchy terrain like gravel and rocks because this is an extremely stable deck. For carving you will again have lots of leverage and your feet will be close to the trucks providing control and support and letting you feel exactly what is going on underneath your feet. The concave is so big that it may get in your way a little if your are just carving for days but I have never felt awkward on it. For pushing, the rocker and concave provide a perfect spot for you to place your feet when pushing long distances on flat ground or up a hill. It will feel very comfortable under your feet.

Durability:

10/10. You have nothing to worry about. This board, along with most other omen boards, will literally last you FOREVER! The construction makes it a complete tank in durability and the shape keeps your grip tape from scratching off when you flip your board. The tail and nose will bear the brunt of the damage but still will not get much at all. I never got razor tail or any major damage after 6 months of riding this board. I curbed the sugar and it was going pretty fast. I looked at the nose and I could barely even find where it made contact with the curb. Almost no damage at all. It’s that strong. The spawn, which is constructed somewhat similarly I had for about nine months. I literally had nothing but scratches after heavy shredding. I also dropped this board off of a 30-40 foot cliff while skating a corner in Virginia. I watched it fall and roll and smash into several rocks and trees. When I picked it up, I literally could find no damage but minor scratches to the graphic and just a few small cuts and holes in my grip tape. Wow.

A friend of mine did have a problem with his omen board cracking (I’m not sure how but he literally has videos of himself early grabbing off of rooftops so it was probably that.) and omen sent him a new board for free with no hassle so you should have absolutely no trouble. Plus with those painted sidewall the scratches will not show up as distinctly and your deck will look tasty even after it has been well used. This is a picture of my Sugar after 6 months of hard shredding, and I’m not one of those guys who never gets a scratch on his board.

Setups:

For a while I rode 10 inch 44 calibers, but I wanted to do more spinning, turning, and freestyle so I got 10 inch 50 calibers and I did like them better. I also liked buzzed v3 beefcakes with this board. They help when you are beginning to go faster, and doing a combination of freeride and downhill. For wheels, I would recommend a smaller and consistent wheel like the Volante Checker, 82a Landyachtz Street Hawg, Vault Fibreflex, or any other wheel that you like less than 70mm for freeride. For downhill you can run 71-72 mm if you want to without risers and with risers even bigger wheels are possible to ride. Some complete setups are:

Sugar, 10 inch 44 calibers and Volante Checkers
Sugar, 10 inch 50 calibers and Landyachtz Street Hawgs
Sugar, 186 mm hangar Buzzed V3 precision trucks and Cult Classics or Venom Balls

With all of these I would recommend vicious, gator or blood orange grip, magic bearings and spacers, venom 88a barrel boardside and cone roadside for bushings, landyachtz gloves, holesome pucks, and a triple eight helmet. Maybe some gform pads too.

Modifications :

None are completely necessary. I made a small modification in the back of the foot platform. When I put on my grip tape I made a bubble by putting grip tape under that grip tape. I put this bubble in the shape of a rectangle where I like to place my foot for toesides, because I don’t like to hang my toe off the deck. It worked well and gave me a nice pocket to keep my foot in on bigger toesides and checks and did not get in my way too much on heelsides. I would only recommend doing this if you do not hang toe on toesides and again it is not completely necessary. Some people like to chop their boards but I don’t see a need with the sugar because it is the perfect length and stance for me and the nose is not long enough to be worth chopping (plus it looks cool how it is).!

Should you buy one?:

Yes. I don’t care who you are or what you do. Everyone should have an omen sugar. It is a great versatile all around board for everything and super fun especially for freeriding. It’s also a sick looking board. Get stoked.

Similar Boards and Alternatives:

If the sugar is too big for you, there is the Omen Minisugar. It is for either smaller riders wanting a sugar or for techsliding/riding harder wheels. If it is too small for you, the Omen Barfight and even the Omen Airship are a lot like the Omen Sugar. If you are looking for a downhill and some freeride board, the Omen Spawn is a great board with sick concave, just not quite as versatile as the sugar. Make sure you order your board at the cheapest price guaranteed over at Stoked!


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