Tan Tien

The Loaded Tan Tien
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The new Tan Tien will be available December 7th in select shops worldwide.


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LONGBOARD SPECS


Length: 39" / 99cm
Width: 8.75" / 22.25cm
Wheelbase (Inner Hole): 27" / 68.5cm
Weight:
Deck: 3.1 - 3.5lbs / 1.4-1.6kg
Complete: 6.6 - 7lbs / 3 - 3.2kg 


FLEX

Flex 1170-270+ lbs / 75-122+ kg
Flex 2: 130-210+ lbs / 59-95+ kg
Flex 3: 80-170+ lbs / 36-77+ kg



Tan Tien Update—December 7th, 2016: The latest iteration of the Tan Tien features a new engineered wood bottom veneer and a new grip design.


The Tan Tien blends carve-oriented longboarding with advanced trick riding. A flexible deck, drop-through truck mounts and usable kicks allows the Tan Tien to pack a lot into a relatively small package. The complex contours create a super responsive board that allows for increased confidence when leaning into turns, popping tricks, and powering through slides.
Lines are fluid. Directions are malleable.


The updated grip design and bottom veneer (Dec. 2016) reference the history of the Tan Tien and its conceptual underpinnings. It’ll also make your home smell of many leather bound books.



AVAILABLE 12/7/16

Availability: Out of stock

From: $190.00 to $321.95

Price as configured: $0.00

Trucks, wheels and risers? See our Loaded Setup Matrix.

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GRIP TAPE

The Tan Tien is pre-gripped with an aggressive black griptape designed to provide enhanced traction and control for sliding, pumping, and freestyle tricks. The functional, orbiting griptape pattern allows the board to flex naturally without compromising traction.

FLEX

Flex 1: 170-270+ lbs / 75-122+ kg
Flex 2: 130-210+ lbs / 59-95+ kg
Flex 3: 80-170+ lbs / 36-77+ kg

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.

SHAPE

A symmetrical deck shape allows for ambidextrous carving and freestyle trickery, while full wheel cutouts provide plenty of clearance for deep carving.

CONCAVE

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.

CAMBER

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.

SETUP

The Tan Tien rides best with a 70mm or smaller wheel. We’ve designed the drop-through to accommodate Paris, Bear, and Tracker Fastrack longboard trucks. Most reverse-kingpin trucks work well on this board, but we recommend using at least a 180mm hanger. Always check for wheelbite before riding, and check out our setup matrix to fine-tune your rig.

HISTORY & GRAPHICS

The Tan Tien is the center of gravity and the seat of the life force in yogic and East Asian thought.

Driven by progressive longboarding as explored by Loaded's riders, the Tan Tien was launched in 2010 from a desire to develop new tricks and engage new riding styles. It was the first board that employed nose and tail kicks on a flexible drop-through deck.

When launching the original Tan Tien, we used a hand-woven bamboo veneer with a small center star graphic (designed by Nana Studio) to explore the centrifugal nature of the conceptual Tan Tien. We had technical issues with the woven veneer and in 2012 we ended up working with Los Contratistas to design a new (also centrifugal) graphic on a standard bamboo veneer. We missed the simple beauty of the woven veneer, and in December 2016 we spun full circle and re-launched the Tan Tien with its new engineered veneer and orbital griptape pattern. The varied “topographic high points” in the veneer reflect the fact that all Tan Tien riders share a common soul and are controlled by a hive mind.

CONSTRUCTION

Epoxy and triaxial fiberglass sandwich a vertically laminated bamboo core, which is finished with a multi-centered “engineered” wood veneer and pressed into concave and convex cambers as well as nose and tail kicks. The nose and tail 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.

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