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How to Choose Between a Bongo Board & an Indo Board

by David Pepper

Balance boards are equipment used for developing balance skills that can be transferred to sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and for general motor skills development. The Bongo Board and the Indo Board are competing brands on the market with similar features. The problem is how to choose between a Bongo Board and an Indo Board. Here are a few considerations.

STEPS TO A DECISION

  1. Compare deck shapes. If you are training for a specific sport, look for a balance board deck that is similar in shape to the shape of the board you will be riding. The Indo Board Original is oval-shaped with a 30-by-18-inch flat surfboard-width deck, while the Fitter First Bongo Board has a narrower width resembling a skateboard, with a 32-by-7-inch deck and kick tails for tricks.

  2. Compare rotational possibilities. The Indo Board Original comes with both a 6.5-inch roller and a 14-inch polyvinyl cushion. The roller allows for training back-and-forth movements, while the cushion adds a toe/heel dimension useful for surfers and snowboarders. The Fitter First Bongo comes with a 7-inch polyurethane tapered roller. The taper design also allows for limited toe-heel movements. A cushion is available seperately.

  3. Compare prices. The Indo Board Original lists for $159 to $175, with a street price of about $135 to $160 dollars. The Fitter First Bongo Board retails for $99, with a street price of about $85.

  4. Check manufacturer websites for other possibilities. Both Indo and Bongo make various types and shapes of boards other than the original boards described here. If you are drawn to a certain brand but want a different shape deck or fulcrum, compare specs across manufacturer product lines.

  5. Consider competing products. Many other brands of balance boards exist, with varying rollers, cushions, and higher or lower spherical fulcrums. At least one brand has a useful sphere-and-ring arrangment, providing multiple motions simultaneously.

Tip

  • Extend the usefulness of your board by purchasing separate cushions or differently sized rollers.

Warning

  • Until you develop your balance, use your balance board on soft or carpeted surfaces and consider wearing knee pads and/or a helmet.

About the Author

David Pepper is a Los Angeles-based writer, teacher and filmmaker. He has been writing since 1990. His publication credits include articles for the "Los Angeles" and "New York Times," fiction for journals like "Ends Meet" and "Zyzzyva," and a computer book for Prentice Hall. Pepper holds a Master of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh.