Skate Crate: An Old Concept With New Bearings

Are you an adventure-seeker on the hunt for a new toy to travel in style with on your next adventure? Well then look no further, because you’re in luck.

Crafted for adventure, the Skate Crate is a retro-inspired cruiser that’s part skateboard, part fruit crate – reminiscent of a folding metal scooter, but a whole lot cooler. Built for accessibility, the Skate Crate is much easier to ride than a skateboard due to its balance-assisting handlebars. Its perfect for younger kids, or for even adults that want to either keep up with their children or adventure through the streets on their own. Ehm – me.

Founded by skateboard veteran Dave Bergthold, the idea arrived to him when he came across an image of New York City kids riding the classic skate crate in a photo circa 1910. Dating skateboarding’s roots to over 100 years ago, the mesmerizing image completely blew Bergthold away; thus, the Skate Crate was born – or shall we say, resurrected. Made out to be a modern version of the classic, the 2014 Skate Crate fixes all of the vintage Crate’s shortcomings by updating the aged technology with new and better replacements. To make a durable, lasting box, Bergthold chose Baltic Birch plywood, using “lock rabbet” joints for strength and glue to keep it all together. The elegant, bare skateboards are made from American Maple, while the painted styles are made from Baltic Birch; all the decks are a little thicker and more stiff than traditional boards due to the added torque that’s needed for when the rider pulls on the handlebars. Similar to how the skateboards are produced, the handlebars are also custom laminated American Maple with dyed veneer. Smooth and sound, the wheels are standard type and resemble an old clay or metal wheel. In a nutshell, the Skate Craft is a solid piece of workmanship – and awesome.

The fact that it’s easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt, either. Bergthold currently has six gorgeous designs that appeal to people from all around the world in regard to fashionable house décor and head-turning driving flair. The Flying Tiger emulates a senior crate with side cuts and grooves, and Ben Horton’s fierce tiger logo, while the spooky Sidewalk Screamer showcases a “Land Pirate” graphic with a purposely aged green, black, and white paint job. There’s even a DIY Design and Build Kit for those of you that don’t want to adhere to Bergthold’s preconceived models.

Visit the Kickstarter for more information on the up-and-coming, anti-scooter trend.