The Tan Tien is pregripped with an aggressive black griptape designed to provide maximum coverage while allowing the board to flex naturally while also providing enhanced traction and control for sliding, pumping, and freestyle tricks using the nose and tail.
Flex 1: Up to 270 lbs
Flex 2: 130-210+ lbs
Flex 3: 80-170+ lbs
Keep in mind that a softer flex pattern will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability slightly at higher speeds. Stiffer flex means more energy potential, more stability at higher speeds, and better longevity through abusive tricks and aerial landings, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising. The Flex 1 is considerably stiffer so as to be appropriate for heavier riders and hardpounding thrashers alike.
A symmetrical deck shape allows for ambidextrous carving and freestyle trickery, while full wheel cutouts provide plenty of clearance for deep carving.
Subtle concave enhances edge feel for turn initiation and slide control.
NOSE & TAIL KICKS
Minimalist nose and tail kicks allow for manuals and freestyle tricks. Reinforced with an extra layer of fiberglass for added stiffness and durability.
The Tan Tien\'s cambered profile and rigid outline shape spring you out of every carve with power and flow; the more you give, the more you get.
We've designed the drop-through to accommodate the Randal R-II, Paris, Bear, Gullwing Charger and Tracker Fastrack Longboard Trucks. All reverse-kingpin trucks work well on this board, but we recommend using at least a 180mm wide truck.
NAME & GRAPHICS
The Tan Tien is the center of gravity and the seat of the life force in yogic and East Asian thought (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dantian)
For this graphic we originally commissioned Polish artist Jan Kallwej to explore East Asian themes from an Eastern European perspective. The intention was to reflect a global approach to balance and the transfer of energy. The initial design was remixed by Nana Studio. After mixed feedback we decided that both versions of the design were too busy for the serenity and harmony that the board was designed to evoke. We've been exploring the functional characteristics of woven bamboo and decided to employ it here first as an aesthetic skin. We then took the star concept from Jan's original art and centered it on the board to express the simplicity and harmony of the Tan Tien.
Driven by progressive longboarding as explored by Loaded's riders, the Tan Tien manifests the desire to develop new tricks and engage new riding styles. From its foot-locking concave, drop-thru truck mounting and pumpable camber, to its responsive nose and tail kicks, the Tan Tien blends carve oriented longboarding with advanced trick riding. The complex contours create a super responsive board that allows for increased confidence when leaning into turns, popping tricks, and powering through slides. With the woven bamboo bottom and the funky grip design the Tan Tien is easy on the eyes. But you'll need to ride this board to truly fathom its potential.
Epoxy and triaxial fiberglass sandwich a vertically-laminated bamboo core, pressed into concave and convex cambers as well as nose and tail kicks. The nose and tails are reinforced with an extra layer of fiberglass for added stiffness and strength without compromising the responsiveness and energy of the central camber. Drop-through cutouts are CNC milled for precision.