Pantheon CHiller Pro Longboard – Chase Hiller Pro Model
$90.00 – $160.00
Pantheon Chiller Pro
Maple / Fiberglass MicroDrop Technical Downhill Longboard
The original Scoot deck has been revamped more times than any other deck in our lineup and it has historically been our most popular downhill board since it started to catch steam after its original release in 2016. It is the most aggressive of any of the downhill boards in our lineup in terms of features and concave, with intense but ergonomic micro drops, a tapered concave from the front to the back, and rear W-concave. It has also historicaly been ridden by our most talented downhill racers, from Scott Hurdleston in the early days to Chase Hiller more recently. We renamed this deck as the CHiller after the skater who has been pushing its limits to the max, sometimes beyond what we even thought was possible! Chase Hiller with a standup topside pendy, anyone? The CHiller Pro deck and mold has been one of the most epic shapes we’ve ever created, and for 2020, we have combined a classic maple construction with fiberglass for a deck that is torsionally race-stiff and ready to perform that also doesn’t break the bank.
A TRUE “PRO MODEL”
We aren’t just sticking Chase’s name on a deck as a vanity project. Proceeds from board sales go into helping Chase cover costs associated with his racing career, from ramen noodles to plane flights. Your purchase helps support his skateboarding. Having a direct connection from board sales to financial support is more rare than you might think in the longboard world, and it’s something we are proud to implement at the base of our business model for this board.
MAPLE / FIBERGLASS CONSTRUCTION
In order to produce the functional and performance oriented, but cost-effective skateboard, we brought the construction of the CHiller to the next level. During our prototype process, we tested several cores with all bamboo/fiberglass, combinations of maple, bamboo, and fiberglass, all maple, and finally a classic maple layup with fiberglass in various positions.
We settled on putting the fiberglass under the top and bottom layers of maple in a classic 8 ply maple sandwich. We did this for a couple reasons. Firstly, fiberglass SUCKS to touch, from both a user-perspective as well as for the person making the board. After you wear your board in, periodically, you’ll pick up your board and loose fiberglass will end up in your hands. The same goes for the person sanding the deck. The more exposed the fiberglass, the more you’re going to feel it. Secondly, we’ve been making wood decks for 6 years and really feel as though boards are most aesthetically pleasing in wood. The CHiller looks better than ever with an all-new graphic and dyed maple veneers.
So now that we’ve told you all the things we don’t like about fiberglass, we’ll tell you why it’s there. The biggest reason is that we wanted to create a deck that wouldn’t warp on you, no matter how much you abuse it. Furthermore, we are able to create a lighter weight layup while still offering downhill-capable rigidity for enhanced control when blasting down hills and into slides. Once we weighed the benefits versus the costs, hiding a couple of layers of triaxial fiberglass inside the board was a no-brainer that will result in even fewer board failures and higher performance.
Finally, we’ve added a sweet griptape design with 36-grit, downhill ready griptape on the top. There is definitely more value than ever in this board!
The biggest change you’ll notice from previous models is that we’ve added a tail! This is hardly a requirement for a downhill longboard, but it is a great addition for fun! We also made some very slight tweaks to the shape, including taking in the width to 9.6″. Along with the thinner profile, what you’ll notice most are pronounced curves in the drops and a comfortable, yet functional, W-concave in the rear of the deck. Last and certainly not least, we set this puppy up the way that Chase has been riding it, by flush mounting and shortening the wheelbase from previous models. Repeat: the platform size HAS NOT CHANGED, but the wheelbase has!
TECHNICAL DOWNHILL LONGBOARD WITH PURPOSE
The most notable thing about this deck is just how functional these curves are going to feel. The CHiller Pro has every feature you could possibly want in a downhill longboard, if you’re a feature-lover. The concave is not basic at all, but it packs the features into the deck in a very ergonomic way. It almost feels like suction cups for your feet. It’s kinda ridiculous. You’re going to look at it and wonder who we sold our soul to in order to bend wood like this, and then you’re going to stand in it every chance you get and attack hills with more confidence than ever. Ridiculously ergonomic wood bends combined with a lightweight, torsionally stiff and strong board make for a winning combination.
In general, the CHiller being just a touch above 9 1/2 inches wide makes for an ideal trucks size somewhere between 145-165mm, depending on your wheel choice.
We are offering the CHiller as a deck only or a complete. If you wish to purchase this board as a complete, we recommend that you primarily consider your purpose with the board. Couple the board with 50 degree Paris 165mm trucks, front and rear, for the most nimble setup available, so that you can easily take those low-speed tight turns around sidewalk corners and easily break traction as you learn to control your slides. Especially consider the symmetrical 50/50-degree setup for anyone who wants the ability to ride switch.
Are you just starting to dabble in the world of downhill and want a little added stability? We recommend the 165mm 50/43 degree setup for a little more stability in that back end. This will render your CHiller still very agile and easy to maneuver in tight spots, but it will add a little extra stability to that back end to help reduce wobbles. At the end of the day, you’re the one in control, and you need to stay within your abilities, but having a little bit of extra stability will help with your confidence and focus the steering toward the front, which is important to your stability! If you plan to ride the asymmetrical setup, we recommend making your bushings asymmetrical as well, whether you purchase them from us or elsewhere. The purple mediums in front and yellow hards in back are a very nice setup for this.
Are you a little more experienced and looking to freeride on bigger hills with greater speed? If you’re looking for a complete to do this, we suggest the 43-degree front and rear option. This will allow you to ride switch comfortable, and the lower degree trucks will turn a little more slowly and lean more, which generally feels a lot better once you’re going in the 20mph+ range. I would hardly say this is a more advanced setup, but it will likely increase confidence for those who are planning to go a little faster. As always, wear proper safety gear (a helmet and gloves at least!) and skate within your limits!
There are so many wheel options out there. At the end of the day, I just want to pick a couple popular wheels that offer high performance to our customers. If you are looking for something specific other than these, all the power to you! We are offering Seismic Tantrums in our favorite durometer, the mango 78a. These come stone ground with a round lip, so they are ready to slide right out of the box. They are a great option for freeriders and cruisers alike, as they feature a large hollow core that reduces weight and makes popping the tail noticeably easier. Our other wheel option we are offering are the Powell KRimes in 72mm, 75a. These are a touch more downhill centric but make a most excellent all-around wheel. They’ll grip a corner and when you let them loose, they slide like butter. You’ll just have to break through the skin first! We highly recommend either of these options, and we’ll bring back the Powell Snakes as soon as we can get them!
Bushings are a very personal thing. Your stock Paris trucks may or may not be able to get wheelbite with the stock bushings. I’d call it borderline, and it’s largely dependent on style and your weight. While I feel comfortable on the stock bushings, usually I will upgrade my own bushings to the Orangatang Nipples option that we offer here on our website. I am 170 lbs and I will either run double yellow (hard) front and back on 43/43 165mm Paris trucks, or I will run purple mediums in front and hard yellows in back on a 50/43 165mm setup. Both are great options. There are tons of other bushings out there, such as Venom or Riptide. Riptide’s website, for example, is super helpful and will even let you SEARCH FOR BUSHINGS BY TRUCK TYPE. This page is legitimately one of the most helpful tools in the skateboard industry. Definitely click that sucker.
Drop: .375″ Modified Crescent