From improving balance to the most used toy around the home, our review of the Gentle Monster Balance Board explores how this balancing tool, with the Montessori approach, also becomes a great toy.
In this review, we’ll cover their original balance board, but if you’re interested in a mini model, you can read the skill board mini review. I enjoy the naming of their board – Skill. That’s because it requires a lot of skill to begin riding this board. The skill board is excellent for advanced users, experienced athletes, or professionals, as the 360° range of motion will challenge many of the muscles you’re not used to and provide a great overall workout. It was tried and supported by Olympians, X-Games gold medalists, NFL players, NHL players, and many other professional sports.
A Closer Look at Skill Board Decks
The decks are of larger size and measure 36.5″ x1 9.5″ (93x50cm). That’s great news for our taller riders, as it should fit people up to 6’5 feet (195cm). However, if you’re tight on space, it could be taught to use it at home. If you’re planning to use this board next to a standing desk, be sure to measure the distance between the table legs.
The board is made by laminating together eight layers of maple plywood and is tested to hold weight up to 300 lbs(136kg). The decks come in two options, with grip tape or without one. Either option looks excellent aesthetically, with a minimalistic logo in the middle of a dark wood finish.
Safety first: Examining Skill board’s safety mechanisms
When compared with other boards skill board offers very few beginner safety features. There are no holes for stoppers, and the edges are smooth, so nothing stops the board from riding off a ball or a roller. There is, however, an option to buy the board with grip tape, which will increase friction and prevent you from slipping off the board. It might seem not good, but to an experienced rider, not having any stopper holes means the construction is sturdier. The lack of edge guards doesn’t give false protection and allows for challenging yourself to the maximum.
Ball, Roller, or Wobble Cushion: Which One is the Best Fit for Your Needs?
Unlike other balance boards, Skill Board comes with a big ball instead packed instead of the usual roller. However, they also sell separate accessories where you can find their roller, more miniature balls, or inflatable wobble cushions. Remember that you can always use rollers, balls, or cushions from other sellers or your other balance board sets.
Skill board original large ball
The large ball is the standard ball that ships with every Original Skill Board. The pressure inside the ball can significantly affect difficulty when balancing on a balance board. Lower pressure makes the ball softer, and higher pressure makes the ball firmer and more prone to move, therefore more challenging to balance. Ball is reinforced to help it withstand the weight of the board and rider. With its nylon armor, the ball should last up to a year with regular use. However, over time, the force of a rider and a board will cause the nylon armor to break down, and the ball will start to take an egg-like shape. Once that happens, it’s time to start looking for another ball.
Medium or small ball
Those looking to customize their Skill Board experience can order additional balls from the accessories section. Generally, the smaller the ball, the easier it is to ride, making it easier for beginners or kids just starting with the Skill Board. Similarly, the medium ball is a versatile option that balances stability and agility. It’s a good choice for those looking for a slightly more challenging ride but with enough stability to maintain balance.
Balancing on the ball requires quite a bit of skill, so there’s always the option to include a cylinder roller. Once you advance enough to balance on board, you can keep the roller as a foam roller for your muscles.
Inflatable wobble cushion
The last and most beginner-friendly option on the list is to include a wobble cushion from skill board accessories. It’ll allow you to experience a little of the 360° range of motion on a single non-rolling point.
Price and product specification
The Skill Board falls within the medium to higher price range, making it a premium product that offers quality materials, advanced engineering, and superior performance for those willing to invest in their skill-building and fitness goals.
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- Versatile: Can be used for various activities, including balance training, core workouts, and more.
- Durable: Made with high-quality maerials.
- Fun: Provides a unique and challenging experience that can be enjoyable for both kids and adults.
- Fitness benefits: helps to improve balance, coordination, core strength, and overall fitness.
- Tailored for Athletes – Feels like boards are made for people who’re always looking to challenge themselves
- Price: Falls within the medium to higher price range, which may be a barrier for some buyers.
- Learning curve: it may take some time and practice to get the hang of riding a balance board on a ball.
- Noise: the board does make some noise when in use.
- Space: Requires a relatively large amount of space to use effectively.
- Ball durability – regular ball replacements will be needed with this board
In conclusion, the Skill Board is an excellent choice for advanced users, experienced athletes, and professionals looking for a challenging workout. The 360° range of motion offered by the Skill Board will challenge many of the muscles you’re not used to. The board is an excellent tool to increase balance, core strength, and skills in many sports. However, the Skill Board falls within the medium to higher price range, which may be a barrier for some buyers. It also requires a relatively large amount of space to use effectively. Overall, the Skill Board offers a unique and challenging experience that can be enjoyable for kids and adults, helping improve balance, coordination, core strength, and overall fitness.