Longboard skateboards have been around for over half a century and have been slowly rising in popularity since the 2000s. Chances are if you are reading this article, you're probably thinking about getting into the sport of longboarding. Unlike traditional skateboards, longboard enthusiasts tend to make their own skateboards. This level of customization could range from someone that has crafted each individual piece of their board to someone that has bought the individual pieces and melded them together. Regardless of the methods, once a longboard has been put together, it is called a complete longboard skateboard. Due to the recent increase in the sport's popularity, more and more beginning longboarders are starting to outright purchase complete longboard skateboards. Most people just don't have the time, patience, or know how to put a longboard skateboard together. Those who have created their own complete longboards in the past generally have a general idea of materials they prefer, the dimensions that fit them best, and know all the little details they want their complete longboards to have. This makes outright purchasing a complete longboard a breeze. But if you don't have a grasp of the options available to you, you could end up paying too much for a complete longboard you don't even want or isn't a suitable fit. There are four major features you should look for when trying to decide on a complete longboard to purchase. First of all, the core truck should be nicely crafted to ensure a smooth ride. This usually means you will have to test out the board the same way you try on a pair of shoes. Speaking of which, do not buy your first complete longboard online as you can't try it out first.