SpiceSkate Okto Review: Is It Worth the Price?
But is it worth it? That’s the question I’ll try to answer for you in this review.
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Bottom Line Up Front
The SpiceSkate Okto is a functional and viable surfskate truck. In terms of feel, I believe the Okto compares most to the Carver CX and YOW Meraki because it has high rebound.
However, when you hit the extreme edges of a turn, it has a slight folding or buckling sensation that is uncomfortable.
I find the price relative to the performance to be outlandish. I personally much prefer the Carver CX and YOW Meraki over the Okto. So even if the prices were comparable, I’d still choose either of those over the Okto.
I’m also not a fan of either of the complete Okto models. The wheelbases are narrow and the foot placement for both feet is not great.
For these reasons, I do not include the SpiceSkate Okto in my list of the best surfskates. I would recommend a lot of other surfskate trucks over it.
The SpiceSkate Okto swivel mechanism is driven by what they call “capsules.” These are two round metal pieces suspended by eight small tension springs between them.
They have three capsules with different torque strengths to give you a different feel. These are swappable, which is how you adjust the Okto.
Here’s my bottom line: I like how the Okto feels and performs. However, I just don’t think that it performs any better than any of the best surfskates. Plus, it’s far more expensive.
In terms of feel, I would say that it most closely compares to the Carver CX and the YOW Meraki. I’d say it’s more like the CX than the Meraki because it’s tighter and snappier and has less range of motion.
If you look at the capsules up close, you can imagine how, when it goes too far, those springs will fold into each other. And that’s a minor sensation, but you do feel it and it’s just a little bit uncomfortable.
Comparing the SpiceSkate Okto on 15 Variables
To give you a better idea of how the SpiceSkate Okto feels and performs, let me walk you through the 15 different variables that I measure when I test surfskate trucks.
Variable #1: Truck Feel
The first variable is what I call truck feel. By that I mean, is it more on the loose fluid and flowy side, or does it feel more tight, sharp, and snappy.
On that point, I would say it probably depends on the model you get. I can’t speak to the softest yellow capsule because my model didn’t come with that.
I have the red and blue capsules. Those two are definitely on more of the tight, sharp, and snappy side, because the Okto is built to have a lot of rebound.
Variable #2: Flexibility/Range of Motion
I would say it has less flexibility and range of motion than any of the top surfskates except for the Slide V3.
Variable #3: Rail-To-Rail Lean
I would put the Okto about in the middle compared to all the other top surfskate trucks.
Variable #4: Stability
The SpiceSkate Okto is on the more stable side, along with trucks like the Carver CX, Slide, and Curfboard.
Variable #5: Suitable Skill Level
I believe the SpiceSkate Okto is suitable for all skill levels. Because of its stability, I think that it works well for beginners. And because of its function, I think it works great for advanced riders as well.
Variable #6: Forward Momentum
The next variable I consider is how much forward momentum does it generate as you pump. This is opposed to giving you more lateral side-to-side motion.
Variable #7: Best Use
By this I mean, is this a pure surf trainer? Or is it something more versatile that you can use as a street cruiser, surfskate bowl riding, or other applications?
If I were to include it in my list of the best surfskates I would put it in the middle on this point. It generates a lot of forward momentum, so you can pump it over longer distances.
However, SpiceSkate says that it was engineered for specifically bowl riding, wave ramps, and pump tracks. So I think you could use the Okto for any of those things. But it’s more of a specialized truck, as opposed to like a widely versatile truck like the Carver CX.
Variable #8: Suitable Riding Distance
Can you ride this for long distances, or is it just best used for short distances?
I would say you can actually ride the SpiceSkate Okto for long distances. This is because it does generate a lot of forward momentum. However, I wouldn’t use it for that. Reason being, you have a lot better options for that that are a lot cheaper.
The SpiceSkate Okto is definitely not something that I would use for cruising through town. I just don’t see the need for something so complicated and heavy to do that.
Variable #9: Suitable Riding Surfaces
The next variable is suitable riding surfaces, whether you can ride it on smooth surfaces or rough. You can ride the SpiceSkate Okto on either because of its stability.
If you hit large cracks, bumps, and pebbles, its’ not going to squirrel out on you like, say, the SwellTech will. So it is stable for rougher surfaces. But as I said, it’s actually designed for smooth surfaces for surfskate bowl riding, wave ramps, and pump tracks.
Variable #10: Versatility
The SpiceSkate Okto can absolutely can be versatile. You can use it to do pretty much anything you’d want to do, from pure surf training to bowl riding to street cruising. However, I think you have so many other better and cheaper options. So for that reason I wouldn’t use it either.
Variable #11: Wheelbase Offset
The way surfskate trucks are built, the front axle hangs back behind the pivot point. The more that axle hangs back, the longer the deck that you have to have to accommodate your same stance width.
On that point, the Okto is not great. Relative to the Carver C7, Slide, and Waterborne Surf Adapter, which really don’t offset your wheelbase, the SpiceSkate Okto actually has a two-inch wheelbase offset.
This means you have to have a longer deck to accommodate your same stance width, which makes your set-ups heavier and less nimble.
This is an important detail when it comes to the Okto because of the options you have for their complete models, which have relatively narrow wheelbases.
Variable #12: Weight
If you have a heavy surf adapter on the front of your board, that definitely affects your versatility. And on that point, the Okto is not good either.
Weighing 2 pounds 5.2 ounces, it’s actually heavier than all of the other top 10 surfskate trucks except for the SpiceSkate SpicePilot.
As I’ve said, Ithink it most closely compares and feels to the Carver CX, and the Carver CX is only 15 ounces.
It’s interesting because SpiceSkate actually calls this a lightweight truck on their website, and I have no idea why they say that.
Variable #13: Quality
I believe SpiceSkate products are very high quality and I think they’ll last you a long time.
Variable #14: Maintenance
I haven’t had my Okto for a long time. So I can’t speak to whether or not you’ll have any breakage or maintenance issues over time.
But if you compare it to the Carver CX, you can see how it has a lot more moving parts that can break.
Variable #15: Cost
This is a big one for the Okto, because it is by far the most expensive surfskate truck on the market. You’ll spend either $489 or $519 getting an Okto.
For their Okto models, SpiceSkate has a 765 series and an 810 series. There are different models within those series.
The difference between the 765 and 810 is simply a matter of wheelbase. The 765 has a shorter wheelbase, the 810 has a longer wheelbase.
The differences between the models are that they offer different capsules. Some models come with the softest and the medium spring. Other models have the medium and the hardest springs.
If you want more rebound, you want to go with the blue and red capsules. If you’re lighter, you want the yellow and the blue capsules.
Okto 765 Model
That means it’s only suitable for riders with the stance width of between what I would say about 12” and 15”.
SpiceSkate Okto 810 Model
With the two-inch wheelbase offset, that’s only suitable for a stance width of between about 14” and 17.”
My natural stance width is 18” wide. I can ride the Okto 810 model, but it’s not comfortable. It narrows up my stance width, especially when you look at the front foot placement.
It means I have to ride this deck high up. And the further up you get on the nose of this deck, the less width you have.
They actually have kind of similar wheelbases. But the Black Tip works better for me because I’m able to widen my stance. That’s because I have better foot placement on both front and rear.
Here’s what this means. If your stance width is wider than 17”, neither of these models will work for you. This means you’ll spend up to $489 on essentially a surfskate truck that you’ll put on a different deck.
I don’t like the foot placement on either of these models. Like a lot of other surfskate decks, they narrow on the front and rear where you’re placing your feet. This doesn’t make any sense to me.
Assembly Required with Okto Models
Like all of the other SpiceSkate models, a SpiceSkate Okto doesn’t come to you pre-assembled. It comes in a box all separated into parts. You have to assemble it yourself.
What frustrates me is that SpiceSkate tries to sell it as a benefit to customers. But it’s really not.
They’re not compensating you for that in the price. Even though you have to assemble yourself, they’re still the most expensive surfskates.
Maybe you could say that it’s good for people to learn how to put their boards together. But I would argue that you’re going to have to learn all that stuff anyway.
I think it’s fine if SpiceSkate wants to do it that way. But I think they should be compensating their customers for the additional time and hassle with a reduced price.
With that big-picture overview, let me give you my bottom line of why the Okto doesn’t make my list of the best surfskates.
First, it’s the price relative to the performance. The SpiceSkate Okto feels and performs good. But it doesn’t perform any better than any of the others and it’s far more expensive. So I don’t know what you’re paying for.
Second, it’s complicated. But you don’t really get any additional benefit for that more complicated engineering.
SpiceSkate’s motto is, “Unthink It.” But in my opinion, hey’ve actually overthought the Okto.
You simply don’t need this complicated of a surfskate truck to get similar feel and performance. I believe you can actually get better feel and performance out of some of these other ones. Especially the Carver CX, which is nothing more than bushings.
The next point is that it’s less versatile than some. So why spend $489 on a limited board, compared to something that’s a lot cheaper and more versatile?
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