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Snap folding skateboard slides in your backpack for easy transport

The creators of the SNAP Skateboard bill it as the world's first folding skateboard. The aluminum board folds into three segments so that you can easily transport it when not in use. The hinged, aluminum board is designed for both tricks and cruising. Given that the skateboard has wheels and rolls you where you need to go, we're not sure that it needed to get more portable. But, we suppose that the standard wheeled board can't take you everywhere you need to go, and sometimes you need to slide it in a bag or under your arm, so the smaller, the better.

Instead of the wooden deck that's standard in skateboard design, the SNAP uses aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, presumably because a wood board would crack and splinter if you cut it into three pieces. The board folds from 36 inches (91.4 cm) down to 14 inches (35.6 cm) by way of two patented hinges. It's about 14 x 8 x 5 inches (35.6 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm) when folded, making it easier to fit in your backpack, suitcase, locker, etc. When it's time to skate, steel pins lock the hinges in place, giving you a solid deck to thrash on. The board has grip tape, and the trucks and 56 mm wheels can be removed and replaced with your kit of choice.

We're not sure how far you can trust a board that's split in three as far as tricks go. SNAP's website does specify that it is designed to do tricks as well as cruise the street, with claims of it being stronger than a traditional maple board. But it also says that the middle might buckle if you push it too hard, so maybe try a couple of ollies and kickflips before airing off the quarter pipe or jumping any big staircases.

We're going to guess the SNAP won't become the biggest craze in skating, but it might be a good option if you're frequently in a situation where you're forced to lug your board around by hand. The video below shows it doing some tricks in the park.

Source: gizmag.comAdded: 19 March 2012