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Off-road hoverboards are perhaps one of the most multifaceted pieces of transport technology to be invented in a long time.
Walk your pets, get a load off strenuous work, clean your house, go for a cruise down the street, have some fun…
The pick is all yours because the options are endless.
You have to wonder though - how can the smooth gliding experience of the hoverboard be transferred to an off road environment?
If you’re a daredevil, or simply curious, you want an adventure. Grass, sand, gravel .. these all seem like they can be a heck of a good time.
But can these all terrain hoverboard handle it?
They sure can… if you buy the right hoverboard.
In this guide, we’ll discuss all things about the off road hoverboard:
Some of us simply have the adventurous bug.
More excitement. More picturesque scenery. More adrenaline-infused exploits.
It’s all attractive.
But beyond that, owning an off road hoverboard has several advantages:
The off road hoverboard is designed to facilitate a smooth ride over demanding terrain by incorporating some very unique features.
Whether you’re a sprightly go-getter or an absolute klutz, this board is jam-packed with components that will instantly give you edge in an off road setting.
Here are the unique features make the off road hoverboard such a powerful vehicle:
This is perhaps the most critical component of any hoverboard.
And it is even more important for a board specifically designed for treacherous terrain.
If you know a thing or two about the hoverboard technology, you know that:
In light of this, hoverboard manufacturers as well regulatory bodies, have decided that the Samsung lithium ion battery pack is the gold standard for powering the smart board.
All our boards, including the off road hoverboard, use these top tier batteries for some critical reasons. They not only have a 10% higher capacity than traditional Chinese battery packs but they are safer to use.
This increase in capacity means that you can expect greater power and mileage. Particularly when riding off road, these benefits can save you many inconveniences.
We can’t imagine that anyone would want their excursions to be cut short by a power failure.
Or worse yet, an explosion from faulty batteries.
These unpleasant surprises are uncalled for and can be avoided with the right battery pack.
Let’s be completely honest, you’re not interested in an off road hoverboard to simply move back and forth.
You want to do all the fancy tricks that Youtube gurus are displaying in their viral videos. And you want to be able to maneuver corners impressively and without having do so with force.
The turning ability and radius of the hoverboard is what will determine how easily this happens.
What influences the turning ability?
Well, it’s a bit tricky.
There’s this misconception out there that off road hoverboards need a massive set of inflatable wheels.
The problem with that is, smaller wheels not only offer better maneuverability but greater acceleration. On the opposite spectrum, larger wheels are better equipped to handle obstacles.
This is why our signature off road hoverboard, with an 8.5 inch wheel, offers the perfect balance.
Similar to turning ability, the climbing or maximum slope angle is important for off road hoverboards.
These terms sound like complicated geometry but they make the magic happen. That is, the magic of flying uphill or handling any sort of incline.
A normal hoverboard will neither function effectively nor remain intact when made to traverse tricky terrain. On the other hand, an off road hoverboard is designed to master both the ascent and descent of slopes.
We’ve touched briefly on wheel size but let’s get into why it’s an important consideration.
The most insightful position is to look at the pros and cons of the varying wheel sizes.
Small 6.5 - 7 Inch Wheels
Large 10 Inch Wheels
Medium Sized 8 Inch Wheels
Range can be affected by how you actually use the hoverboard and not necessarily it’s intrinsic features.
Let me explain.
You can get greater mileage out of a more powerful battery but that’s just one facet.
The speed at which you travel and the surfaces that you navigate will also have an effect on how your power holds up. The best bet is to ensure that your board comes with a top notch Samsung battery pack so it can withstand all the idiosyncrasies of tough turf.
Hoverboards are universally small and compact.
So in general, they all have a degree of portability.
However, an off road hoverboard should be less bulky so it isn’t a burden to carry.
Even regular hoverboards can weigh in at upwards of 20 pounds. While that doesn’t seem like much to handle, it can be quite a downer if you’re in an off road setting and you want to carry your hoverboard for a greater distance or a longer period of time.
Because of the added features, it can be difficult for an off road hoverboard to meet the portability criteria. You can always get a supporting hoverboard carrying case to ease the burden.
While speed can be dangerous, particularly in tricky terrain, some people like to know that their hoverboard can handle some decent acceleration.
Granted, an off road excursion is more about the experience and less about how you quickly you get to the other side.
But nevertheless, speed can come in handy in areas that are less offbeat.
An off road hoverboard needs to be able to take a beating.
The surfaces aren’t smooth, so scratches, dents, and bruises are a real possibility.
But you don’t want that, do you?
If you’re dishing out hundreds of dollars for a hoverboard that is specific to off road riding, you expect it to come through for you even when it takes some hits.
The quality of the materials that it’s made of is what will make the difference.
Beyond being able to perform like a rockstar, you want your hoverboard to actually keep you safe.
Even in the most unfriendly of surfaces, an off road hoverboard should be equipped with inbuilt safety features.
Here’s a checklist that you can use as a guideline:
You’ve got a highly efficient device that proves to be a formidable match for rocky roads.
Is your work done? Not exactly.
Yes, all hoverboards are self balancing, intuitive, and borderline genius gadgets. But, the duty is still on you to pick up, practice, and master the important moves.
There’s not much to it at all.
You simply have to learn:
We’ll walk you through all these.
Let’s get to it.
The first step is to mount your board one foot at a time. Ensure that the board is in a perfect horizontal position and not tilted in any particular direction. This will help you to get a solid footing before moving.
If you need some help, feel free to hold on to a fixed surface like a pole or a wall to help you hop on.
Maintain your balance by keeping your weight evenly distributed throughout the length of the board.
Moving back and forth is a matter of gently shifting your weight and bending your ankles.
To move forward:
To move backward:
And that’s it! It really doesn’t get any simpler.
Naturally, this is a tad more complicated than rocking back and forth but it is still quite simple.
Before you start working on the moves that we’re about to get into, spend some time perfecting the basic linear movements.
When you’ve got that under your belt, it’s time to go up a notch.
There is an overall rule for turning and twisting your board:
Whatever direction that you intend to go, push down your feet and lean on the opposite foot.
It works out that if you want to turn RIGHT, you have to push down on your LEFT foot.
And if you want to turn LEFT, you have to push down on your RIGHT foot.
Try doing this at the pace of a tortoise before experimenting with speed. After you’ve practiced easing into your twists and turns, it will be less complicated and safer to pick up speed.
Okay, this is where it gets a bit tricky.
Don’t worry, it’s still easy, just a bit more movement required on your part. Now, it’s important to note that hoverboards, no matter how powerful, won’t fly up a foot tall curb.
What it can do is give you a few inches of climbing ability. Anywhere between 1-5 inches is possible.
Now onto the tricky bit.
There are two ways that you can approach climbing an incline. Your method of choice will depend on the one that comes more naturally to you.
Getting on and off your hoverboard? Got that one down.
Moving back and forth? Down.
Twisting and turning? Down.
Climbing slopes? Down.
What about some cool tricks?
Well, this is not absolutely necessary but if you do want to perform some sophisticated moves, we want to be sure that you can handle them with ease.
And perhaps, show off a little bit.
But first, we recommend that you become a crackerjack at the basic moves first before graduating to a trick expert.
Now, there are two superb hoverboard moves that will make anyone’s jaw drop. And you will feel like a total champion while doing them.
Increase your confidence and multiply your cool factor with this 180 degree maneuver
Don’t be intimidated, this is so much easier than the geometry may suggest.
So easy in fact that it will only take one line to explain.
While you are in motion, push your feet opposite each other.
And that is all.
Try it. Perfect it. And you’ll live to do it.
Dazzle onlookers with the 360 degree spin
If you haven’t mastered the 180 degree maneuver, stop reading right now because you won’t be able to do this move without it.
You’ve probably already figured it out but the 360 degree spin is basically two 180 degree maneuvers back to back.
Start moving …
Do the first 180 …
Lean back to pick up some momentum …
Then do another 180 in quick succession.
With these moves, you’ll be the subject of curious stares, endless admiration, and hoverboard envy (if there’s such a thing).
Knowing right off the bat what you should and shouldn’t do can save you a headache or two.
So, we’ve compiled a few of our best tips to help you navigate any off road terrain without any mishaps.
Take is easy and relax - Relax your body and only contract your muscles when it’s necessary to control your hoverboard. Wherever you’re riding - on grass or over a rock path - you want to be as limber and as flexible as possible.
While your natural response may be to tense up when you come into contact with bumps and ruts on the trail, it is especially important to remain calm in this scenario. It will allow your body to absorb the minor jolts and will make for a more graceful and joyful ride.
It also helps to ease up on the pressure that you place on the footpads. The more pressure you have, the greater your speed so be selective with when you decide to use heavier footwork.
Your board will get bruised so don’t sweat the small stuff - It may be impossible to keep your hoverboard spotless and in pristine condition. The whole point of the off road experience is to get down, dirty, and a tad unruly.
It is true that a quality hoverboard crafted for off road will be more durable than usual and may be able to come out of several riding sessions without a scratch. But, if you go in with the expectation that you’ll emerge untainted, you may just be disappointed.
Survey your intended path beforehand - Let’s say that you’re thinking of riding on this off road trail that you’ve never been on. If you’re not entirely comfortable going in blind, it would be helpful to traverse the trail on foot first. This way, you know exactly what to expect and there are no unpleasant surprises. If there are too many obstacles, you may even choose to clear the path a bit to make way for your hoverboard.
Practice on a smooth surface first - If you’ve owned or ridden a standard hoverboard model then this may not be necessary. But if you are completely new to this world of self-balancing scooters, going full force into an off road experience may not be the best move. Get comfortable with an easy, bump-free ride first.
When you’re riding downhill, do not lean forward - For many people this comes naturally. But just in case you’re tempted to thrust forward, remember to shift your bodyweight back in order to avoiding falling or gaining too much speed beyond your control.
Learn how to stop and dismount your board the right way - The intuitive response when you sense that you’re going out of control may be to quickly jump off the board. This move will put you in an even bigger jam. The appropriate way to dismount, regardless of what surface you’re riding on, is too lean in the opposite direction that you’re moving. This countermove puts you back in a position of equilibrium so you can slow down and then get off.
While you’re riding, focus on the path ahead of your and not the board - You may want to look down at your feet to examine your every move. A better strategy is to look several feet ahead of you and survey the area. This will allow you to better decide a plan of attack in terms of where you’ll go and how you’ll navigate obstacles. Try not to be too obsessed with one obstacle that you make yourself oblivious to everything else in front of you.
You are nothing short of an off road hoverboard connoisseur.
You know which features matter, why safety is important and how to secure it for yourself, what moves to do and how to do them …
There’s not much that you don’t know.
But in case there are some lingering questions, here is the ultimate FAQ sheet for off road hoverboards.
An off road hoverboard can handle all terrains. Our RockSaw model can sustain:
The hoverboard is in essence an electronic gadget. It is always a plus when your electronics can withstand some water without getting damaged. StreetSaw’s hoverboards have a waterproof rating of IP54.
How much water can it handle? It certainly can’t sustain a full water bath but it is enough to give your hoverboard enough protection to weather some rain or splashes of water. The IP54 rating also offer protection against dust.
Speed is not a feature that is particularly pronounced in a hoverboard that is tailored for off roads. It’s not the primary selection factor for many people.
Off road hoverboards are generally stronger than average so it can certainly handle the rigors of harsher environments.
No restrictions, no can’t dos, no problems. The off road hoverboard can handle any surface. Of course, safety is always first so it’s not wise to do any moves that seem risky or out of your control.
It’s not possible to mirror the highly efficient performance of a hoverboard that is cut out for an off road setting with a standard model. While this is not to say that standard models can’t perform decently in this environment, the niche specific hoverboard is tougher, tailor-built, more durable, and in general, is better equipped for such a purpose.
This is a simple fix. Hold the power button for 5-10 seconds while the board is on a level surface.
Know what’s more difficult than crafting a hoverboard that can handle all off road terrains?
Crafting one that looks so dang good.
Our top pick is …
And this may not come as a surprise to you because we’ve named dropped it a couple of times in this guide.
Nothing we say can do this super board justice.
So let’s get right to the awesome specs:
See the full list of specs here.
The off road hoverboard is…
Pure magic and sheer bliss.
It looks like it belongs in the garage of a superhero.
And it is indeed a machine of heroic proportions.
If you’re a fireball and a go-getter whose ultimate desire is to go off the beaten path, this is the hoverboard for you.
So don’t hesitate and make the RockSaw - or any other off road hoverboard - your instrument of adventure.
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- Chuck H.
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- Ashley C
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