How does Razor’s hoverboard offering (2.0) stack up to the competition?
Well, let’s start with the basics, so if you’ve never read a hoverboard and have picked up one of these bad boys, you might want to check out our guide to riding a hoverboard here.
Otherwise, let’s crack on with the Razor offering, which is a lighter, more nimble experience than other boards.
The machine itself is much lighter than competing models, meaning it feels a little nimbler on the ground, but also means you can’t lean at such extreme angles while riding it. Think of a hoverboard like a boat and a keel – the lighter the keel on the boat, the more susceptible the thing is to capsizing.
As a result I found that it leaves a little to be desired when it comes to the responsiveness to your feet, but is very smooth in accelerating and decelerating.
There has definitely been an uptick in the number of stacks – or near stacks – with the lighter Razor Hovertrax compared to other models. Techly found this to be the case particularly as the machine is running on lower battery. For whatever reason, the balancing becomes a little less reliable, which is certainly a mark against. If you’re aware of this, though, it’s easy enough to avoid – just keep the battery charged.
One of the most daunting thing about hoverboards is the initial phase.
The best thing about hoverboards is that they’re self-balancing, and the Razor Hovertrax really excels in this aspect. It’s certainly a noob-friendly machine, making it much easier for first-time users to hop straight on and get zooming.
The hoverboard itself
We got a stylish grey and black one, which looks great. It’s also got a streamlined look, somehow jamming all those motors and batteries into a relatively small space compared to some of the other machines we’ve used in the past.
It looks great… the sleekest model we’ve seen, and is surprisingly light to pick up.
On aesthetics alone, it gets a big tick.
With a max speed of around 14km/h, this thing can roll. But just like Homer being disappointed with Australia’s giant can of Foster’s, I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed by the speed of this.
You can move nimbly around obstacles, however, which is a big plus for this one. Less weight definitely equals more manouvrability. Going round and round in circles can be fun, right? In this case, certainly yes.
You can certainly turn corners tightly with this machine, and you get a lot more control in turning, which counds in the Hovertrax’s favour.
Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
Finishes: Spectrum, Carbon Fiber, Galaxy
Product Weight: 29 lbs
Product Dimensions: 24″ L x 8.75″ W x 8.25″ H
EverBalance™ Technology: Automatically levels the Hovertrax 2.0 for an easier mount and extremely smooth ride
Time: Up to 60 minutes of continuous use
Speed: 9 mph (14 km/h) cruise speed
Lights: Multi-color LED display, dual LED hub motors
Wheels: Rubber tires with aluminum hubs
Battery:Quick change 36V lithium ion battery pack with LG cells
Frame: Shatter-resistant polymer with fender bumper protection
Motors: Silent, dual 135 watt (cruising power), 350 watt (peak power) hub motors with gyro sensor technology
Steering: Foot controlled, seamless maneuvering
Foot Platforms: Anti-slip rubber