Bustin Bruno Pro review by RJ Roush
In the world of double kick skateboards it’s easy to think that they’re all more or less interchangeable. To the untrianed eye, they all kinda look the same and are assumed to ride the same, but there are a lot of little things that make big differences in each deck. I like to consider myself a connoisseur of double kicks which is why I was stoked when Bustin asked me to do a review on their newest board, the Bustin BrunoPRO.
This board is essentially the standard street deck with some inspiration borrowed from the pool skating world. It’s made of 100% canadian maple, 33.5″ long, 8.5″ wide, 0.375″ of concave, a 16.25″ wheelbase, a long fat tail and an even longer, skinnier nose. Both the nose and tail are nice and steep and the board has great pop for ollies and flip tricks. The wheel well flares also allow you to run some slightly bigger wheels or a bit looser setup without having to worry about wheelbite. I used a 1/8″ riser (though I don’t think I needed to) with Caliber Standard trucks and Ladera Bumps 62mm wheels most of the time.
The BrunoPRO seems to be more geared towards street and park skating than it does to downhill and freeriding, so that’s what I mainly did with it. Like I said before, the long and steep kicktails make for excellent pop and the wheel well flares are small enough that they don’t get in the way of ollies or fliptricks. It takes a little more effort to get good height since the board is slightly longer and heavier than you’re standard street deck, but you get used to it quick if it’s the only board you’re riding. The deck is a good mix of length and width, making it useful in both bowls and more street-oriented obstacles. There’s enough room on the standing platform to make stomping tricks fairly easy and it is still plenty maneuverable for railing tight corners. Overall, the deck is a nice middle ground between pool and street deck shapes.
I also really enjoyed the BrunoPRO on technical streets with lots of curves that require lots of slides. Now dont get me wrong, I am all in favor or skating everything on anything and I know short wheelbases are cool and all, but I need a little bit more than 16.25″ to hit the speeds I want on hills. So, instead of bombing on this board, I took to sliding my way down hills.[sam id=”11″ codes=”true”]
The wheel well flares combined with the kicks make for some good lock-in points for your feet. The 8.5″ width may feel a bit small for those with bigger feet (watch your toes and heels dragging when sliding!), but it allows you to use both rails at the same time for maximum slide control. There’s plenty of tech sliding goodness to be had with this deck—good proportions make it easy to get creative while sideways.
So the board rides well, that much is established, but is the board built well? Like most of it’s doublekick brothers, the BrunoPRO is made out of 7 plys of solid maple, making it burly enough for the meanest encounters with curbs and creatures. That doesn’t mean it’s invincible, though! We will see what happens in the long run for durability, but something I noticed when I first got the board was that there were small chunks of the bottommost ply missing from where the bolt holes were drilled (see the closeup photo). This won’t likely have any effect on the deck for a long time, but it’s important to note that the bolt holes are where stress cracks are most likely to form . This was probably just me getting a board with a manufacturing error and won’t happen to many (if any) others, but let this be a reminder to always look over your deck when you first get it and look for little faults like this one.
There are a lot of doublekicks on the market right now, and the new BrunoPRO comes in at a competitive price with a few features that help it stand out over the rest. This deck is definitely geared more toward park/pool/street skaters, but it can hold its own at freeriding and freestyle sessions. It’s got sharp pop and can handle sharp corners at the same time, which definitely makes it worth checking out.