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Deck Review: Moonshine County Line (soft & firm flexes)

imageWritten by Gabriel Shin.

  • Length: 43.5”, or 110.49cm
  • Width: (at widest point) 9.5”, or 24.13cm
  • Wheelbase(s): 30.5″ or 77.47cm (smallest) and 31.25″ or 79.37cm (largest)
  • Concave: 0.375″ deep radial, 1/2″ camber profile.
  • Symmetrical DK: Slight upturned kicks
  • Weight & Construction: Soft: 3.45lbs or 1.56kg Firm: 3.58lbs or 1.62kg. Vertically laminated albus wood core sandwiched between two triaxial fiberglass layers with a 60d double-shot urethane rail.
  • Retail Price: $199.00 USD

The County Line decks are Moonshine MFG’s take on the “freestyle/little bit of everything” board, with all the features you’d expect from Moonshine, like the urethane rails and the fully sealed waterproof construction.

Before I really start this review, I just want to thank Greg for hooking me up with these decks, it really means a lot to me. Thank you for keeping the dream alive.

Because I have both flex variants to review, I’ll be comparing them side-by-side with each other. I weigh around 120lbs for reference. The only difference between the two is the colors, weight, and flex patterns. The shape and concave is the shape on both.

My favorite setup on this deck (for freestyle/dancing) would be bear trucks and otang baluts/morongas. I use bear trucks on dropthroughs to use the 52 degree baseplate to compensate for the “low degree truck” feel that comes with dropped decks.

imageSo you’re looking for a deck to do a little bit of everything? Freestyle, dancing, definitely cruising and carving, and maybe even freeride is all possible on the County Line.

Moonshine’s signature urethane rails/truck mounts and sealed waterproof construction are a huge factor in the durability of the board, curbing or landing on a corner in freestyle is never a problem to worry about.

imageThe 5″ wide kicks are very effective and pop well with RKP trucks on either wheelbase, although using TKP trucks on the outer wheelbase feels like the leverage is a little off. Performing manuals and no-complies, you never get the feeling like the board is bending or sagging on both flexes, which is a little surprising for a drop-through with a skinny neck.

Naturally being a dropthrough, you’re going to feel the baseplate get in the way sometimes using the kicks, which is normal and not too much of a problem.

The kicks are gripped with jessup roam (coarse) and the rest of the board is gripped with regular 80grit jessup with a cool little minimalistic line separating the two grits.

imageThe urethane truck mounts are really something cool and feel nice and solid, but mounting trucks on them is a pain. The holes are a tiny bit smaller than hardware screws so you have to either re-bore the holes with a drill or use a screwdriver/drill to get the bolts in.

After you get past the hardware issue though, you can really feel the dampening effect they provide and the durability is great. Don’t worry about the urethane detaching from the wood/fiberglass, it’s solid.

imageThe County Lines have a 1/2″ of camber and this is the part where the different flexes actually matter.

120lbs, soft flex: Just jumping up and down, the flex is very responsive, but not springy and doesn’t give too much before returning to center. I like using the soft flex for more slow stuff like freestyle and cruising. The flex really absorbs impacts and me stomping it in freestyle and has good energy return for pushing around.

120lbs, firm flex: For me, the firm flex is a tiny bit less than that of a Tesseract. If it wasn’t for the camber profile, I would totally use it for freeride. The firm flex feels more solid (obviously) and definitely doesn’t bow down very much.

I got my 178lbs dad to try out the firm flex and here’s some of the things he said:

“The flex is very responsive, but unlike your loaded fattail (flex2), the springyness doesn’t increase or oscillate like that of a bamboo deck. When you bounce on bamboo, the flexes get bigger and bigger. With the Moonshine deck, the flexes get only get smaller.”

Albus wood is a strange wood to flex, but it definitely works.

imageLooking down lengthwise on the County Line, there’s a tiny bit of radial concave which is more prevalent towards the ends of the standing platform and mellows out in the middle to work with the camber and flex. At 9.5″, you can definitely use this board for some light, drifty freeride fun. The concave doesn’t “lock you in” so to speak, it’s that combined with the width of the board, the sheer contact feels enough to push against.

The overall standing platform measures 26″ and feels very open and unrestricted. The necks separate the trucks from the standing platform far enough to feel open, yet close enough for the kicks to be easily used. Unlike some other cambered drop-through decks, the platform doesn’t taper off towards kicks and stays mostly the same width throughout, which feels really nice for dancing.

imageThere are no major glaring issues, but some things that Moonshine should be aware of is that the urethane ink bleeds into the wood core a little. Looks cool in my opinion, but I don’t think it’s intended.

Another thing is the fiberglass is very susceptible to scraping or awkward impacts, especially around the corner edges. If you do a lot of freestyle, this tends to happen on any board and it isn’t going to ruin your deck so don’t worry about it.

imageSo should you buy a County Line? Not going to lie, $199 is a lot for a freestyle deck, $60 more than a Nelson Tempest and $10 more than a Loaded Dervish Sama is all going into the lightweight construction and insane durability that comes with urethane rails and truck mounts. The County Line is primarily a freestyle/cruiser deck, but with the right setup you could also use it for light freeride or even LDP, although the camber isn’t ideal for either.

If you’ve got a lot of money, don’t plan on going fast, and are looking for a strong, light freestyle deck, the County Line is for you. As for which flex is right for you, I recommend the soft flex (green) for people below 150lbs/68kg and the firm flex (red) for people above 180lbs/81kg. Both absorb impacts and abuse well, so it’s just a matter of how damp you want your ride to be.

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