Best High-Performance Skateboard
Evolve GTX Bamboo Street
Tested Top Speed
: 23.8 mph | Tested Maximum Range
: 32.3 miles
Powers up steep hills
Seriously fast acceleration
Long time to charge with the standard charger
Earning the top score out of the entire group, the GTX Street toppled its predecessor with a stellar performance and easily claimed the top spot of the entire group and an Editors' Choice Award. This skateboard is exceptionally fast and has a phenomenal range, lasting for over 30 miles in "Eco" mode. It powers up almost any hill that you can find and is extremely comfortable to ride.
Unfortunately, this amazing performance comes at a hefty price, with this board being the most expensive of the group by far. Additionally, we wished the stopping power was just a little bit better, as you can't completely stop on steeper hills, only reduce your speed to 1-3 mph. However, this is a relatively minor drawback and we would recommend this board for anyone who wants the absolute best of the best when it comes to electric skateboards — if you can afford it.
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A Cautionary Note
The Evolve GTX and GT are both exceptionally high-powered boards that require due respect. While these boards do have restricted riding modes for novice users, beginners should think long and hard about selecting either of these as their first foray into electric skateboarding and we can't emphasize enough that proper protective equipment should be worn. These are seriously fast products that can accelerate and brake rapidly — fast enough to easily launch you off the board if you are unprepared. Even some of our veteran expert riders occasionally were unceremoniously vaulted from these boards when they became too complacent. They are both great boards and we highly recommend them … as long as you know what you are getting into.
Best Board for Commuting and City Travel
Tested Top Speed
: 22 mph | Tested Maximum Range
: 14.5 miles
The range is a little less than we would expect
If you are getting sticker shock from the cost of the GTX but still want one of the best skateboards out there, then you should consider the Boosted Plus. This board is a couple of hundred dollars less expensive and holds its own with the GTX when it comes to speed and overall feel while riding. On top of that, the Plus has superior stopping power, making it an excellent choice for those that are commuting in areas with traffic and obstacles and want the ability to more easily regulate their descent speed.
However, this board can't quite match the raw power of the GTX, struggling to go up the steepest hills in our test that the GTX practically flew up. Also, while the Boosted Plus comes with Boosted's extended battery as a stock option, it couldn't come close to the range of the GTX, only lasting for about half the distance. Regardless, the Plus is still one of our all-time favorite boards and is another fantastic option if you aren't feeling the Evolve GTX or if it is too pricey for you.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Boosted Mini X
Tested Top Speed
: 18.49 mph | Tested Maximum Range
: 10.8 miles
Heavy for such a small board
If you are looking at the premium boards and thinking that they are just a bit too pricey for you, then you may want to consider the Boosted Mini X, which earned our Best Buy Award. While this board isn't an amazingly cheap option, it does a good job of balancing a top-notch performance that holds its own with the premium boards and keeping the price from climbing up too high. The Mini X is quite fast — for a miniature board — does a surprisingly good job at climbing hills, and has stellar stopping power.
Unfortunately, a few concessions had to be made to keep both the size and the price tag of this board on the smaller side. It has a somewhat lackluster range and isn't the most comfortable to ride for longer periods, due to the narrower stance you are forced to take with the shorter deck. This also means it isn't the most fun to ride this board over particularly rough or bumpy roads, but we still had tons of fun riding this little board around. If you are dreaming of a top-tier board but shopping on a budget, then the Mini X is a great option.
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Best on a Tight Budget
Backfire G2 with G2T Motors
Tested Top Speed
: 19.77 mph | Tested Maximum Range
: 10.9 miles
Brakes could be better
If the price tag on the Mini X
is still too high for you, then you should consider the Backfire G2
board. This is by far the best board we have seen in almost four years of testing in its price range, earning it the Best Buy Award. The G2
is quite fast and responsive to remote commands, all while being comfortable to ride and having a moderate range.
However, we did wish that this electric skateboard had a little more power, both when ti came to stopping and going up hills. It has one of the longer runout distances of the group and can't quite make it up the steepest hills, but it cost significantly less than the top boards, making it our top recommendation for anyone shopping for a new skateboard on a skinnier budget.
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Overall Most Fun
Tested Top Speed
: 17 mph | Tested Maximum Range
: 16.3 miles
Handles steep hills
Drives over almost anything
Fast charge time
One of our all-time favorite boards, the Onewheel+ XR is exceptionally fun to ride. This skateboard is self-balancing, forgoing the typical four-wheel configuration in favor of a massive monowheel, this board relies on a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes — with a few your own balancing abilities — to keep you upright while riding…over practically anything. The Onewheel+ XR is exceptionally fast — almost too fast. While the other traditional models, like the Evolve or Boosted, can achieve higher speeds, it feels like you are going much faster on the XR. This board does amazingly well at the off-road terrain, handling things that other boards can't even dream of with ease.
While this board may not be the most practical for the serious skateboarder or the daily commuter, this board is by far the most fun to play around on and can provide hours of entertainment for everything from weddings to a day at the beach — we brought it to both! There is a little bit of a learning curve with this model until you become proficient, but with a little practice — and some protective padding — you will be cruising around like an expert in no time.
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Why You Should Trust Us?
We spent countless hours researching the specifications on these products, sorting through user reviews and experiences, and comparing different manufacturer's claims to first determine which boards good enough to make the cut for our review, and then to determine a grueling series of challenges to crown the winners. We have spent close to four years ranking and scoring these products, buying all the best boards — refusing to accept any free models! — and continually updating our review as new boards have become available.
Our lead tester, Austin Palmer, is an avid skateboarder — both motorized and not — and has been riding for almost 2 decades, logging over a thousand miles. Since 2015, he has personally ridden and tested over 30 electric skateboards. Over these last four years, he has ridden over all sorts of terrain including sand, dirt, grass, rough mountain passes, trails, gravel, snow, and ice.
Analysis and Test Results
We broke our test into six different weighted metrics that encompassed the most important aspects of these products and pushed them to the limit. While your first impression of these products may be that they exist only as a novelty item, these boards can actually be a great tool for the daily commuter, or for the pro skateboarder. It's hard to argue with the ability to easily and quickly activate brakes or to zoom up a hill with ease. These products as a whole are quickly becoming more and more affordable, making them accessible to a wide variety of users.
Related: Buying Advice for Electric Skateboards
We always recommend that everyone wears the proper protective equipment, whether they are a new rider or an experienced one, and check local rules and regulations regarding the use of these products before they go ride — no one wants an injury, ticket, or citation!
Unfortunately, you are definitely going to have to pay for it if you want a high-performance electric skateboard. All the best boards easily cost over a grand — a hefty chunk of change, so it is definitely worth considering how much you plan on using the board and how much utility it will really give you if you are looking at the upper echelon of boards. However, if you are looking to save some cash, then the Backfire G2 with G2T Motors is your best bet. It's the cheapest board that we have seen without any major drawbacks and definitely worth your consideration if you are a budget-minded shopper.
Feel the need for speed?
Do you feel the need…for speed? One of the first tests we conducted, and the most important — making up 25% of the overall score — was looking at both the speed and acceleration of these products. We measured how long it took for each board to complete a known distance, giving it plenty of runway to build up to maximum speed before entering the course, and then calculated its top speed. We averaged the results of multiple trials to come up with our final results.
To assess the acceleration of each board, we timed how long it took each model to travel a 50' course, with a stationary start. We also took into account our various tester's intuition of the acceleration after they had logged significant time on each board.
The Plus is one of the speedier boards we have tested.
Both of our Editors' Choice award winners, the Evolve GTX Bamboo and the Boosted Board Plus did exceptionally well, and along with the Evolve GT, tied for the top spot, all earning a 9 out of 10. This trio of boards all are very fast, putting up an average top speed of over 20 mph in our tests, with the GTX being the fastest — almost hitting an average of 24 mph in our time trials
Surprisingly, we found the Evolve GT had the best acceleration off the line, even beating out its successor, the GTX.
This is most likely due to the slightly smaller wheel size of the GT, but both these boards are bordering on scary when you hit full throttle from a standstill.
This board is one of our first choices for quick trips around town.
The Boosted Plus is a little slower off the line, but not by much. It usually only took a fraction of a second more time on average than the pair of Evolve boards to complete the course.
The Backfire G2 came next, earning an 8 out of 10. This surprisingly speedy board was right behind the frontrunners in our tests, hitting an average top speed of 19.77 mph. It also has solid acceleration, only taking a fraction of a second longer than the Boosted Plus or the Evolve GTX.
The Onewheel+ XR, the Boosted Mini X, and the Riptide R1, followed, each earning a 7 out of 10. The XR hit an average maximum speed of 17 mph in our test — slightly less than the 19 mph claimed by the manufacturer, but more than fast enough for our taste. This board also accelerates extremely quickly — only really exceeded by the Evolve GTX and the GT.
The Onewheel+ XR is quick, but watch out for that pushback.
The R1 by Riptide held its own in this test, matching the performance of some boards that are significantly more expensive. This board averaged a respectable 19.9 mph in our max speed test and fared decently well when it came to acceleration, finishing slightly above average.
The Mini X is a little faster off of the line than the Riptide, but it couldn't quite match its top speed in our tests, hitting an average top speed of 18.49 mph.
Next up, the Boosted Mini S, Inboard M1, the Teamgee H5, and the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition all did slightly better than average with a score of 6 out of 10. The M1 is quite fast, clocking in at an average of 18.97 mph in our tested maximum speed test, but struggles a little bit when it comes to acceleration, being a little slow to get up to speed from a complete stop.
However, it was a little lacking in terms of acceleration.
The Metroboard did consistently above average throughout this metric, coming in at a respectable — though not award winning — 17.65 mph. This board actually had decent acceleration, but only having one powered wheel made it feel exceptionally squirrely and uncontrolled in our acceleration test, causing it to lose some favor.
The single wheel drive on the Metroboard caused some interesting quirks in our acceleration test.
The miniature Mini S is comparable fast, clocking in with an average top speed of 17.13 mph. The manufacturer claims it can go 18 mph, but our best guess is they used a much smaller tester when coming up with that speed, because we never managed to get there. Surprisingly, this little board actually has very good acceleration, finishing in the upper portion of the group and having an exceptionally smooth and easy to ride acceleration curve off the starting line. The Teamgee is just a tiny bit faster than the Mini S, clocking in with an average maximum speed of 17.43 mph in our test — still just a tad bit slower than the Metroboard and the Inboard M1. However, it has the least acceleration of these boards, with the exception of the Inboard.
How far can you go?
Following closely behind Speed, Range is almost as important of a metric for these products. No matter how awesome and amazing an electric skateboard is at zipping around town, climbing hills, and stopping on a dime — it all goes out the window the moment the battery dies. We ran each board on relatively flat terrain until the battery died, keeping them in either an "Eco" mode if it was available, or in the riding mode most closely in the middle. We also timed how long it took for each board to recharge after it was completely drained.
How do these boards ride when the battery dies?
All of the hub motor boards function almost identical to a regular longboard with very little to no additional rolling resistance, with a negligible difference between the different models. As for the belt driven boards, there is a noticeable increase in rolling resistance, but none that stand apart from the group; The exception being the Metroboard which has a significant increase in rolling resistance. Additionally, the Onewheel+ XR requires balancing circuitry to keep you upright, so needless to say, you aren't going anywhere once the battery dies.
The Evolve GTX delivered a phenomenal performance, earning a 10 out of 10 in our range test and putting it at the top of the group.
This board felt like it lasted forever, only calling it quits after 32.3 miles. Unfortunately, this board also takes forever to charge, only filling up the battery after almost 6 hours on the charger.
The Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition
and the Onewheel+ XR
tied for the second highest score in this metric, earning an exceptionally good 8 out of 10.
The Metroboard has a maximum range of 23.4 mph, with a riding profile of 5 beeps out of 9, putting it close to the top of the group. We did notice that this board started to slow down around the 20-mile mark, maxing out at around 13 mph with the throttle held at 100%. This board had about an average time to charge the batteries, taking around 2 hours, 40 minutes in our test.
The Metroboard had plenty of range to keep even our most dedicated skateboard testers satisfied.
The XR stands for extended range, and the Onewheel+ XR definitely lived up to that. This board made it a little less than the Metroboard, but it still traveled an impressive 16.3 miles before dying. On top of that, it also charges exceptionally quickly, only taking about two hours in our test.
The Evolve GT and the Boosted Plus came next, both meriting a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. The Evolve GT went for a total of 18.2 miles failing to operate, though we did like that this board maintained its speed right until the very end. This is a bit of a rarity, as almost every other board that we tested began to slow down well before the battery drained. Most other models would start slowing down around the 50% mark and then would almost be unusably slow for the last few miles before the battery died. The Evolve took approximately 3 hours, 40 minutes to completely charge, though an upgraded, 80-minute fast charger is available to purchase as an upgrade.
It was super comfortable to cruise around town on the Evolve, making it one of our favorites.
The Boosted Plus lasted for a respectable 14.5 miles in the range test, comparing quite favorably with the other boards of the bunch. On top of that, it also charges in less than two hours — one of the faster boards of the group.
Next, both the Boosted Mini X and the Backfire G2 earned a 5 out of 10 for their middle-of-the-road range. Both of these board have almost identical ranges, with the G2 traveling for 10.9 miles before dying and the Mini X making if just a bit less — 10.8 miles. However, the Mini X does charge quite a bit faster than the G2, reaching 100% charge after 111 minutes in our test, compared to the G2's 210 minutes.
The G2 surprised us with its range.
Following these standout performances, the Inboard M1, Riptide R1, and the Boosted Mini S all received a 4 out of 10 for their somewhat lackluster showing.
The Boosted Mini S made is a little farther, failing at just over 7 miles, but also charges quite quickly. The R1 made it the furthest of the group, totally stopping just shy of 9 miles, but it slowed down so much that its effective range feels closer to 6.5 miles. It takes a bit longer to charge as well, clocking in close to two hours. The Inboard made it a bit less, only making it 6.3 miles, though it does only take 90 minutes to recharge. However, the M1 is a bit unique due to the fact that you can buy additional batteries and swap them out, allowing you to drastically increase your range if you are willing to carry additional batteries while you ride — and can afford to buy them!
Finishing at the back of the group, the Teamgee H5 earned a 3 out of 10. This board did make it a little further than the Inboard and the R1, traveling for 7 miles before quitting. Unfortunately, it did start slowing down quite a bit after 5.5 miles and it took around 170 minutes to recharge.
Chris McNamara testing the downhill braking of one of the Boosted Boards. The braking was great until the regenerative braking overcharged the battery causing the brakes to stop working. Make sure to drain the battery enough before a long downhill!
This metric basically encompassed how each board felt, in both ideal and difficult conditions. We evaluated the comfort of each board, as well as which models we were drawn to over and over again, that possessed that certain je ne sais quoi. We also assessed how each board fared in the face of adversity — how it handled traversing bumpy terrain and if it could successfully clear unexpected cracks in the road. You can see how each board ranked in the chart below.
We had a tie for the top scoring position in this metric, with the Evolve GTX, Boosted Plus, Evolve GT and the Onewheel+ XR all earning a well-deserved 7 out of 10.
This board can even go in snow!
We found that the Evolve GT, GTX, and the Boosted are the most comfortable to ride of the bunch, and consequently, were the ones that we were drawn to over and over again if we needed to run a quick errand or just wanted to play around on. One quick side note: We tested the Evolve GT and the GTX with the standard, longboard style wheels that came stock, not with the upgraded all-terrain kit.
This board has an unmatched range.
The XR isn't quite as comfortable to ride for longer periods of time, but we were drawn to it over and over again — almost as much as the above boards — simply because it is so much fun to ride.
Loose sand and dirt can be a rough start.
While the XR model isn't as comfortable to ride as the Evolve or Boosted, its performance at traversing bumpy terrain and handling unexpected cracks is unparalleled. Unsurprising, as it's easy to see that a board designed for traveling over mud, grass, sand, and snow should easily handle some rough spots on the asphalt. The Onewheel+ XR is our top picks whenever adverse conditions exist.
Not all models can handle the slippery snow.
The Evolve GTX handled rough road the best out of the traditional skateboard designs, just slightly better than the GT or the Boosted Plus.
Following closely behind the top boards, the Metroboard, the Boosted Mini X, the Backfire G2, and the Inboard each earned a 6 out of 10. The Metroboard just wasn't quite as comfortable to ride around, and though we did like this model, we just weren't drawn to it quite as much as some of the others. It does a good job handling the bumpy terrain, about as good as the Boosted, but watch out if you hit an unexpected crack. This board has super low clearance, and the motor will bottom out easily on large cracks — enough to send you flying if you aren't careful!
The low clearance of the Metroboard is particularly noticeable here.
The Inboard M1 was quite comfortable to ride around, with a nice wide deck putting it on the same comfort level as the Evolve GT. It did reasonably well at handling cracks and bumps, performing similarly to a standard longboard but the hub motors prevent it from bottoming out when clearing cracks, like the Metroboard is prone to doing.
The Backfire is a little less comfortable to ride than the Inboard — about the same as the Metroboard — and can get a little more squirrely on rough roads, but we did think that it was a more playful and fun board to ride. The Mini X is hampered by its size, making it less comfortable to ride for extended periods of time, but it did surprisingly well with cracked and bumpy pavement — given its short wheelbase — and is a blast to ride.
The Mini X has a kick tail that you can do manuals with.
The Boosted Mini S and the Teamgee H5 finished in the middle of the group, both meriting a 5 out of 10 for its efforts. The Mini S — like the Mini X — is only about average in comfort to ride, due to its smaller size and the forced narrower stance, but we were still decently drawn to it, mainly due to its extremely convenient operation and transportation. Unfortunately, its narrower wheelbase makes it a bit more jarring when going over rough pavement.
Boosted's Minis are small enough to ride around the skatepark.
The H5 has a jarring and unpleasant ride when going over bad pavement, so we weren't particularly drawn to it unless we knew we were going to be going over smooth roads. However, it is comfortable enough that we didn't hate riding it for longer periods, provided the road was smooth.
The Riptide R1 was last in the lineup, both earning 4 out of 10. The Riptide is a surprisingly fun and comfortable board to ride around, but we weren't fans of the remote and how the board responded to its commands.
The deck is a little stiff on this board and it isn't amazingly comfortable to ride.
It also has a stiffer deck, so you definitely feel cracks and crevices a bit more --about the same as the Mini S.
We had a hard time even finding a hill that could best the GTX.
One of the best benefits of having an electric skateboard is the ability to zip up hills with ease. However, not all electric skateboards are created equal, and a hill that is easy for one model may prove an insurmountable obstacle to another. We put these products through their paces to find the maximum hill grade that they could climb and see if it matched the manufacturer's claim. Once again, our tester was an average-sized, adult male for these tests, and a smaller or larger rider might find slightly different hill climbing abilities than we did. However, the overall trend and order would remain the same. You can see how each board stacked up below.
The pair of Evolve boards decisively claimed the top score in this category, a 10 out of 10, for powering up a 23% grade that stumped every other board we tested. These boards didn't struggle it all, with our tester noting that it felt like he "flew up the hill."
Following the GT and the GTX, the Boosted Plus and Onewheel+ XR both earned an 8 out of 10 for their solid performance. These boards shot up a 15% grade, but struggled with the 23% grade. This hill just slightly exceeded the abilities of these boards, with the Boosted Plus lacking the power and the XR's self-balancing circuitry beginning to push back to keep you upright. We would estimate that both of these boards could have handled a slightly less steep hill with ease and would have had no problem with a 20% grade hill — right in line with the manufacturers' specs.
The Metroboard, the Mini X, and the Mini S are the last boards that really excelled in this test, with all three meriting a 7 out of 10. The Metroboard was one of the slowest to get up the 15% hill, but it did make it, holding its own with only one wheel powered of traditional skateboard design. It made it a fraction of the way (about 6') up the steeper, 23% hill, but couldn't quite muster the power to make it all the way up.
The Mini S performed very much the same, even making it up the 15% hill a bit faster than the Metroboard, but again couldn't quite make it on the 23% grade hill. The X performs almost identically to the Mini S, but it did get up the 15% grade a tiny bit faster.
The Backfire G2 and the Teamgee H5 followed, earning a 6 out of 10. These boards both climbed the 15% grade without too much issue — surprising for hub motor boards — but they definitely did protest a bit at the start until they had some momentum built up. We did feel that the Backfire has a slight edge over the H5, going a bit faster and protesting a bit less. However, the 23% grade hill was too much for this pair.
The Riptide did about average in our hill test, earning it a 5 out of 10. This board did make it up the 15% grade hill, but just barely. It crept up the hill, going slow enough where it was much faster to walk
The R1 definitely struggled with the steeper hills.
Next, the Inboard earned a 4 out of 10. This board did quite a bit worse than the Riptide or either of the Minis, struggling to make it up an 8.75% grade.
Some of the different remote styles of the boards we tested.
For this metric, we compared some of the non-riding aspects of these products. We looked at the ergonomics of the remote control (if there was one), how responsive the board and remote felt, the level of customer support we received, and the weight of each unit.
Claiming the top spot, the trio of Boosted boards, the Mini X, the Mini S, and the Plus each earned an 8 out of 10.
The Plus, Mini X, and the Mini S weigh in at 17.8 lbs, 17.5 lbs. and 15.9 lbs, respectively. This puts them roughly in the middle of the pack overall. We did find this to be a bit surprising in the case of the Mini S and the Mini X, as we would have expected these smaller boards to be quite a bit lighter.
This trio all has the same remote that is intuitive and user-friendly, as well as being quite ergonomic to hold and feels very well constructed, although we did have two small complaints with it: the riding mode indicator and the charging port. There isn't a way to know which mode you are in without cycling through the different modes and counting the lights or beeps. We also hoped that Boosted would eventually update the charging port from mini-USB, given that it is slowly becoming obsolete and the ubiquity of Apple Lightning and micro-USB cables and the growing advent of USB-C. However, these are relatively trivial details.
The remote on the Mini S is one of our favorites.
Both of these boards are highly responsive to remote commands, though the Mini S can get a little finicky right before the battery dies. Customer support is quite helpful and was responded promptly and knowledgeably to some of our technical questions. However, we did have to pay for shipping to and from the repair facility to get a remote syncing issue fixed.
Following the pair of Boosted Boards, both the Evolve GTX, the GT, the Backfire G2, and the Onewheel+ XR earned a 7 out of 10.
The Evolve boards are both a little on the heavier side, but have a solid remote. It's easy to hold, but it does take a tiny bit of time to get used to if you aren't already familiar with electric skateboard remotes.
The remote for this board features a small screen to easily display relevant riding data.
The boards are highly responsive to remote commands and their customer support is on point, being very patient with our technical questions and dealing with some repairs quite painlessly.
The Onewheel+ XR has regenerative braking and excellent customer support that matches the Boosted and the Evolve, but is considerably heavier, dropping its score down. We actually found the self-balancing control input of this product to be the most responsive — far superior to those that have remotes. Additionally, there is also a companion app to allow you to adjust settings on these boards through your phone.
The Onewheel+ XR is a solidly built board.
The Backfire G2 is a tiny bit lighter than the Evolve boards and considerably lighter than the XR, but we did notice there to be slightly more of a lag in responding to controls. However, the remote seems quite sturdy and feels relatively ergonomic. We also found the customer support to be more than adequate.
The Inboard M1 earned a 6 out of 10 when it came to its build. The Inboard was a little on the heavy side but has an interestingly shaped remote that was actually quite comfortable to hold, for the most part.
The swappable battery on this model was a nice feature.
The throttle stood out from the remote the most on this board — something we weren't very fond of. It was reasonably responsive to remote commands without too much of a noticeable delay and the customer service we received was fairly helpful. The Inboard also has regenerative braking.
The Riptide R1, the Teamgee, and the Metroboard are about average in this category, each deserving 5 out of 10. The Metroboard has an alright remote control and is highly responsive to commands, but we found the Metroboard support to be lacking in our interactions with them — substantially worse than the Boosted and the Evolve. The Metroboard is also one of the heavier boards.
The Riptide is almost the exact opposite, being one of the lightest boards we have seen but being a little finicky and unreliable to the remote commands. However, the carrying handles are a nice feature and they have solid customer support. The Teamgee is just a bit heavier than the R1, but it is much more responsive to inputs, with no noticeable lag at all. We also liked the remote about as much as the Riptide's, but we found its customer support to be lacking.
Last, but certainly not least, the stopping abilities of each board comprised this final metric. We tested how the brakes worked at allowing you to maintain a controlled descent down a steep hill, as well as how they did at completely stopping you on flat ground and how long the stopping distance was. You can see below how the boards scored in this metric, worth 10% of the overall score.
The Boosted Plus and the Onewheel+ XR had the best brakes of the bunch in our opinion, earning a 9 out of 10 for this set of tests. The Plus does a great job of allowing you to control your speed down a steep hill and took about 25' to come to a complete stop in our tests from a speed of approximately 12 mph.
The XR stops even faster, only taking 15' to completely stop. It also makes it very easy to control your speed while going downhill, but you are limited if the hill gets too steep, as the back of the board will start dragging.
The Evolve GTX, the GT, the Boosted Mini S, and the Mini X all tied, each receiving a 7 out of 10. The Evolves couldn't completely stop our descent on the steepest of hills but would reduce our speed to around 1-3 mph, definitely slow enough to step off without too much worry. However, both Evolve boards stop exceptionally quickly on flat ground — almost abrupt enough to throw you from the board.
The Mini S and the Mini X both have solid stopping capabilities. This little boards can also come to a complete stop on hills, but aren't the fastest at stopping on flat ground, with the Mini X taking about 20' in our test and the Mini S doubling that.
Too Much Faith in the Brakes? Don't Push Your Limits.
While having brakes on a board is a fantastic addition, it's prudent to remember that these are not 100% reliable. Many of these boards all use the electrical properties of the motor to slow down and divert that energy to the battery, rather than a mechanical brake and can become disabled if the battery is too full or under other circumstances. Prudent inspection of the owner's manual will state the required precautions to take when using the brakes on each board.
The Metroboard, the Backfire G2, the Teamgee, and the Inboard M1 did slightly above average, meriting a 6 out of 10. The Metroboard didn't do great at stopping on flat ground, having a stopping distance that was almost double that of the Evolve. It was also possible to control your speed on medium hills, but we found that only having the single wheel with a brake on it caused you to slide around a bit on the steeper hills.
The Inboard was about on par with the Metroboard for stopping distance, taking 35' to come to a complete stop from moderate speed (12 mph). It did a little worse than the Metroboard when came to controlling speed on the downhills, going a little bit faster with the brakes fully engaged on a 15% grade hill.
The Backfire and the Teamgee are both alright at controlling your speed on descents. They can't totally stop you or slow you down all that much if you start going downhill with a ton of speed, but they can definitely drop your speed enough in most cases that you can bail if you have to. The Backfire took about 36' to stop on flat ground, with the Teamgee needing about 10' more of runway to come to a total stop.
The Riptide R1 delivered a middle-of-the-road performance, earning it a 5 out of 10. It takes almost 70' to come to a complete stop at moderate speed, but only about half of that to slow down enough to jump off and run it out, if you had to. It's about average at controlling your speed on steep descents, reducing your speed to somewhere between 6 and 10 mph.
Ready to ride off into the sunset after a long day of testing.
It can be difficult to narrow down the field of electric skateboards to the right product for you, as these items can be a significant investment and have a wide spread of capabilities and features. Hopefully, this review has helped you make the perfect selection and find a board that you will be happy with for years to come.