Skatebolt Breeze II Review
Pros: Fast, decent range
Cons: Heavy, so-so performance in our braking test
Manufacturer: Skatebolt Skateboards
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|Pros||Fast, decent range||Impressive performance, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easily||Solid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordable||Inexpensive, fairly fast||Decently fast, solid brakes|
|Cons||Heavy, so-so performance in our braking test||Heavy, so-so range||So-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulky||Unimpressive hill-climbing skills, not our favorite ride||Unimpressive range, mediocre at hills|
|Bottom Line||This board is one of the faster options we have tested but only has mediocre range and ride in our experience||Excelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly less||If you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the one||This board is worth considering if you are shopping on the tightest of budgets but its overall results weren't particularly impressive||This inexpensive board is alright, but there are far better options out there|
|Rating Categories||Skatebolt Breeze II||Onewheel Pint||Backfire G2||Hiboy S22||Teamgee H5|
|Specs||Skatebolt Breeze II||Onewheel Pint||Backfire G2||Hiboy S22||Teamgee H5|
|Tested Maximum Speed||20.73 mph||14.16 mph||21.26 mph||18.16 mph||17.43 mph|
|Tested Maximum Range||12 mi.||10 mi.||12.9 mi.||10.5 mi.||7 mi.|
|Measured Weight||21.1 lbs.||25.5 lbs||16.3 lbs.||17.1 lbs.||14.5 lbs.|
|Measured Uphiill Grade||15% +||15% +||15% +||15% +||10-12%|
|Manufacturer Claimed Range||Up to 15 miles||6-8 miles||11-12.5 miles||Up to 12.5 miles||9 - 11 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||206 min.||120 min.||150 min.||180 min.||170 min.|
|Tested Stopping Distance||77 ft.||14 ft||41 ft.||50 ft.||46 ft.|
|Battery||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion (NMC)||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Deck Length||39.25 inches||27 inches
2X 8 inch platforms
|38 inches||35.5 inches||38 inches|
|Wheel Size||97 mm||10.5 inch||97 mm||90 mm||90 mm|
|Lighting||Brake light||Yes||Available for purchase||No||On remote|
Our Analysis and Test Results
One unique feature that this skateboard has is cruise control, making it easy to maintain a constant speed for longer trips and maximize your battery life.
Our initial series of evaluations for each skateboard focused on how fast each board is, rating and ranking both their top speed and maximum acceleration. As mentioned above, the Skatebolt Breeze II delivered some impeccable results in this pair of tests, earning it one of the better scores of the bunch.
For our top speed test, we gave the Breeze II plenty of runway to get up to its maximum speed before the starting line, then timed how long it took to complete a 200' course on flat ground. We averaged the results of three separate trials for improved accuracy, with the same rider for all boards. We calculated an average top speed of 20.73 mph, with less than a tenth of a mile per hour difference for all three trials.
We repeated a similar testing procedure for the acceleration test, though each board had to start from rest at the starting line. We used a 50' section of pavement for this, again conducting three trials and averaging the results for increased accuracy. The Breeze II took an average of 4.26 seconds to complete the course, with most boards taking 5-7 seconds and the absolute fastest boards taking 4 seconds or less.
We moved on to assessing the range of each of these motor-driven boards, basing our scores on the maximum distance each board can travel when run at moderate speeds and the time it took to completely recharge a fully-depleted battery. The Skatebolt Breeze II delivered solid performances in both tests, earning it an overall range score that is just above average
We maintained a speed of around 12 miles per hour when range testing the Breeze II and found that it made it 12 miles before dying on a full charge. However, it did slow down considerably for the last 0.2 miles, so we would label the effective range in our test at around 11.8 miles. We had the same tester for each board and found that the Skatebolt is right on par with the average range in our tests for these products.
We also found the charging performance of the Breeze II to be fairly average. It took just shy of 3.5 hours for this board to completely recharge in our tests. However, this is quite a bit longer than the claimed 2 hours by the manufacturer.
Our next series of tests for these skateboards compared how comfortable and easy to ride each product is, as well as how they handled bumpier terrain or cracks in the road. The Breeze II gave us a solid middle-of-the-road performance, earning it an average score.
Our judges rated the Breeze II as decently comfortable to stand on, as the deck has a good amount of flex and a noticeable amount of camber. It wasn't our preferred board for longer trips but we didn't dread spending time on it — provided the pavement is smooth.
We found the Breeze II is not much of a breeze to ride if the pavement is full of cracks. We found this board tends to stall if traveling with any amount of speed and takes a little bit of time to kick back on if you hit a crack, leading to a very jarring and unpleasant ride.
For our hill climbing metric, we attempted to ride up successively steeper hills with each board, awarding points based on the max hill grade attained. The Skatebolt continued its trend, earning another middle-of-the-road result.
We had some mixed results with this skateboard. It climbed a 15% grade hill fairly easily with a fresh battery but we found this performance drastically decreased with lower battery levels. After being ridden for around 2 miles or so, this board struggled to make it up any sort of hill — even as low as 10% — dropping its overall score in this metric quite a bit.
When it comes to the build of each electric skateboard, we looked at its weight, the ergonomics and design of the remote control, the responsiveness, and the customer support when determining scores. The Breeze II has a few poor showings, earning it an overall score just below average in this testing metric.
The Breeze II is one of the heftier boards of the bunch, tipping the scales at just over 21 pounds — about 4 pounds heavier than the average.
The remote is decently comfortable to hold and intuitive to use, though the cutout for your finger can be a bit cramped if you have hands on the larger side. It feels a little cheap but we do like that it gives you both board and remote battery status and makes it easy to swap modes. We did notice a slight lag for the board's response but nothing overly problematic.
Unfortunately, we struggled to get in touch with the customer service for this board and found it hard to find additional information about the warranty.
Our last metric evaluated the stopping ability of each skateboard, looking at the distance required to come to a complete stop from a moderate speed and how effectively you can use the brakes to manage your speed on steep descents. Regrettably, the Skatebolt finished with a lackluster performance in these tests, earning it a score well below average.
We measured the distance for each board to come to a complete stop from around 12 mph, as well as the distance it took the board to slow down enough for our tester to feel confident hopping off and running out. We conducted multiple trials, and found it took an average of 77' for the board to come to a complete stop and 35' to slow down enough to run out. This was considerably further than average in both tests.
We found it didn't do much better at managing speed on hills, with this board continuing to accelerate even with full brakes applied on a 15% hill.
Overall, we don't think this skateboard is a great bargain buy, as it pairs an overall so-so score with a price tag that is typically higher than average.
The Skatebolt Breeze II is worth checking out if you are searching for an exceptionally speedy board but its otherwise middling performance makes it hard to recommend for most people.
— David Wise
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