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Skatebolt Breeze II Review

This board is one of the faster options we have tested but only has mediocre range and ride in our experience
Skatebolt Breeze II
Credit: Skatebolt
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Price:   $800 List | $799.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, decent range
Cons:  Heavy, so-so performance in our braking test
Manufacturer:   Skatebolt Skateboards
By David Wise ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 18, 2021
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#5 of 8
  • Speed - 25% 8
  • Range - 20% 6
  • Ride - 20% 5
  • Hills - 15% 5
  • Build - 10% 4
  • Braking - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The Skatebolt Breeze II is undeniably one of the faster electric skateboards we have tested, delivering some of the better results we have seen in both our top speed and acceleration tests. It pairs that with a solid showing in most of our other metrics, though it does fall a little short with customer support in our minds. It also is a little heavier and more expensive than the average board but that's the price you pay for speed.

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Pros Fast, decent rangeFast, super fun to ride, handles extreme terrain with easeImpressive performance considering its price, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easilySolid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordableFast, budget-friendly
Cons Heavy, so-so performance in our braking testHeavy, steeper learning curveHeavy, so-so rangeSo-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulkyPoor range, not the best overall ride
Bottom Line This board is one of the faster options we have tested but only has mediocre range and ride in our experienceCapable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, this board is by far the most fun to rideExcelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly lessIf you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the oneThis board is affordable and impressively fast, but it falls short in elements such as uphill power and especially range
Rating Categories Skatebolt Breeze II Onewheel+ XR Onewheel Pint Backfire G2 Meepo V3
Speed (25%)
8
7
6
7
8
Range (20%)
6
8
5
6
4
Ride (20%)
5
7
7
7
6
Hills (15%)
5
8
9
6
6
Build (10%)
4
7
7
7
6
Braking (10%)
3
9
9
6
7
Specs Skatebolt Breeze II Onewheel+ XR Onewheel Pint Backfire G2 Meepo V3
Tested Maximum Speed 20.73 mph 17 mph 14.16 mph 21.26 mph 22.04 mph
Tested Maximum Range 12 mi. 16.3 mi. 10 mi. 12.9 mi. 8.6 mi.
Measured Weight 21.1 lbs. 27.1 lbs. 25.5 lbs 16.3 lbs. 16.9 lbs.
Measured Uphiill Grade 15% + 15% + 15% + 15% + 15% +
Manufacturer Claimed Range Up to 15 miles 12 - 18 miles 6-8 miles 11-12.5 miles 11 miles standard
20 miles extended
Measured Charge Time 206 min. 120 min. 120 min. 150 min. 150 min.
Tested Stopping Distance 77 ft. 15 ft. 14 ft 41 ft. 38 ft.
Riding Modes 4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
5
Sequoia
Cruz
Mission
Delirium
Elevated
4
Redwood
Pacific
Elevated
Skyline
3
Eco
Sport
Turbo
4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
Battery Lithium Ion Lithium Ion Lithium Ion (NMC) Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Deck Length 39.25 inches 29.5 inches
2X 9 inch platforms
27 inches
2X 8 inch platforms
38 inches 38 inches
Truck Witdth 9.25" N/A N/A 7" 7"
Wheel Size 97 mm 11 inch 10.5 inch 97 mm 90 mm
App available No Yes Yes No No
Lighting Brake light Yes Yes Available for purchase No

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.

Performance Comparison


This board is one of the faster models we have tried.
This board is one of the faster models we have tried.
Credit: Jason Peters

Speed


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.

This board easily made it over 11 miles in our range test.
This board easily made it over 11 miles in our range test.
Credit: Jason Peters

Range


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.

This board does give a solid ride if the pavement is smooth.
This board does give a solid ride if the pavement is smooth.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ride


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.

The combination of flex and camber on this board made for a jarring...
The combination of flex and camber on this board made for a jarring ride if we were riding over cracks.
Credit: Jason Peters

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.

The Skatebolt didn't do all that well in our hill-climbing tests...
The Skatebolt didn't do all that well in our hill-climbing tests once its battery levels had dropped slightly.
Credit: Jason Peters

Hills


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.

This board received some lackluster scores in our build metric.
This board received some lackluster scores in our build metric.
Credit: Jason Peters

Build


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.

Tightening the trucks to dial in the performance of this board.
Tightening the trucks to dial in the performance of this board.
Credit: Jason Peters

Braking


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.

Value


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 tops out at nearly 21 mph.
The Skatebolt tops out at nearly 21 mph.
Credit: Jason Peters

Conclusion


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