CHEAP HOLDS MINI BOARD ($35)
BETA Everyone liked the concept behind this board: small, simple and inexpensive. Not only does this tiny, 4.5-by-18.5-inch unit sneak in where larger boards can’t, it’s compact enough to toss in the trunk. With just six holds, a two-pad sloper, jugs, a one-pad edge, a third-pad edge and two sets of shallow pockets, there’s not a lot of fat on this hummer, and finger-board junkies won’t find enough grips to sate the Jones. Then again, for those of us who use only a board’s sloper, jugs and edges anyway, we’ll find plenty of fodder. While the board’s texture is harsh out of the box, a few swipes with sandpaper, a chalk bath and an aggressive scrub will tune it up nicely.
BEEFS Has six holds, but half are too bleak for mortals.
BEST FOR Jug pull-ups and one-pad training.
IF ONLY IT HAD Comfortable edges or slopers instead of the pockets.