HG decks are designed to have no flat spots. Our research, development and combined skate experience have taught us that flat areas in the deck's design create weak points. The concave in HG decks blend into the nose and tail with no flat spots in between. In cases of hard or heavy impact landing, the weight is distributed more evenly throughout the entire deck, instead of being isolated to the nose, middle or tail section The metal base plates of the trucks are given a slight space on HG decks, to allow the wood to flex on impact Without this space the deck is held rigid by the base plate and is more likely to snap at the pinch point.
All of our decks are built with 100% East Coast hard rock maple. East Coast rock maple trees grow with tighter rings and stronger wood grain due to the regions long, cold winters. The result is a tougher veneer which stands up much better once laminated into a skateboard deck. This means HG decks have stiffer nose-to-tail flex, are more chip resistant, and are less likely to break. These are qualities HG is known for. Maple grown in warmer regions tends to be softer and wear faster.
Each of our decks are pressed, shaped and silk- screened, one by one, in LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Every board is pressed separately ensuring a very accurate shape, close to the mould itself. One at a time pressing also means that the pressure is consistent from one HG deck to the next. Most large scale manufacturers press four to seven decks at one time, making pressure inconsistent per deck and true shapes hard to find.