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Skque X1L10 ReviewPrice: $360 List
Pros: Great at off-road terrain, rough roads
Cons: Not super stable, small footpads
Bottom line: This board is closer to being a master of none than a jack of all trades
The Skque X1L10 is from a new manufacturer for our review and this board definitely is unique among the group. This model has the largest tires of the standard style hoverboards, on par with the Segway miniPro. Unfortunately, this model fell a little short, earning a mediocre score and failing to impress.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
We felt that the X1L10 had enormous potential before testing it, combining the maneuverability and steering of the smaller boards with the stability and off-road capability of our Top Pick for Commuting, the miniPro. This notion rapidly vanished when we started testing, with the Skque being plagued by a handful of issues and an overall unremarkable performance.
We ranked these products with scores ranging from 0-100, based on each board's performance in our testing process. Our test was divided up into four weighted metrics — Fun Factor, Support, Outdoor Capabilities, and Battery — with the X1L10's performance in each metric being detailed in the following sections.
Fun Factor made up the bulk of the total score, comprising half. We rated this by having a panel of experienced riders take each board out and rank them, as well as by comparing the top speed, easily available accessories, its weight, the available selection of colors, and if there were any Bluetooth connectivity options. The Skque delivered an average performance, meriting a 5 out of 10.
The Skque does have a built-in Bluetooth speaker, but its larger wheels make it incompatible with most third-party accessories. The X1L10 is available in white, blue, black, and red to match your taste. This board is a little on the heavy side, measuring in at 25.7 lbs. You can see how this ranks with the rest of the pack in the chart below.
This model felt alright to ride around but the taller wheels made is feel slightly less stable than the rest of the pack.
The footpads were also on the small side, making it relatively easy to accidentally lift your foot and disengage the drive. The larger, pneumatic wheels did make for a very smooth ride. All in all, the Skque was decently fun to ride, though somewhat uninteresting.
The Skque did quite well in our Outdoor Capabilities metric, tying with a handful of other models for the runner-up position with its score of 7 out of 10. This metric decently boosted the X1L10's overall score, as this metric made up 20% of the final score. We ranked each board's ability at covering grassy patches of off-road terrain, packed dirt or sand, traversing a cracked and bumpy section of pavement, rolling over a standard threshold in a doorway, as well as climbing and descending the steepest hill around.
The extremely large wheels on the Skque allowed it to traverse grass, sand, and dirt sections with ease, though it did struggle a little bit with the areas with longer grass and the lack of substantial tread would cause the wheels to lose traction when heading up a hill off-road. The X1L10 felt substantially less stable when heading up and down a steep hill, with the higher foot platform raising your center of gravity high enough that it was easy to lose your balance and fall.
However, the large wheels do allow the Skque to drive over bumpy and cracked roads with ease, hardly noticing that the pavement was less than ideal. It also clears small lips and thresholds without any hesitation.
The Support metric makes up 20% of the final score — an unusually high amount, but very much necessary in the case of these products. We found that a large portion of these products either broke or were damaged in testing, making it a necessity to be able to contact the manufacturer. The Skque didn't do particularly well in this metric, earning a 4 out of 10. This was based on the level of support we received, the warranty available, how well the board withstood our testing process, and if there was a phone number available to contact the support staff.
The Skque only sustained a small amount of cosmetic damage — minor scrapes and scratches — in our test, about average with the other models in the test.
There is no phone number available and we found the overall support experience to be subpar. They responded quickly to our questions but weren't the most helpful, seemingly preferring us to return the board to the seller over helping us fix a simple issue. The board does come with a 1-year limited warranty, with the full terms on the website or in the manual.
The final metric of our test — Battery — accounted for the last 10% of the score. We compared the range of each board on flat ground, how long it ran for while doing laps on our obstacle course, and how long it took to charge the battery once depleted. The Skque delivered a reasonable performance, earning a 7 out of 10.
This board had a slightly above average range, lasting for about 7.2 miles on flat ground with our adult male tester before stopping. The chart below shows how this compared with the rest of the pack.
The Skque lasted for a decent amount of time, holding on for an hour and forty minutes before kicking the bucket. It also earned a few points for charging relatively quickly, finishing up in two and a half hours.
The Skque is not the best value, costing the same as our top model and performing like a mediocre one.
The large pneumatic wheels of the Skque make it a great choice for rough, flat roads and some minor off-roading, but it gets a little quirky when heading up or down hills.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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