Scooters have been around a long time.
It doesn’t seem too terribly long ago that they were a simple stick jammed into a skateboard.
Well, those days have certainly long since passed.
Modern times have given us a wide range of personal transportation options. Although still looked upon as toys by some, electric scooters are more and more becoming the device of choice for urban commuters .
Small, lightweight and more powerful than ever it’s becoming harder to separate the toy from the viable mode of transportation.
Additionally, today’s scooter market has several subcategories that expand your choices and options. The one we’re going to look at today is the off-road electric scooter .
Heartier and more robust than their more traditional cousins, you certainly won’t be taking these rides off the side of a Rocky Mountain cliff. They do hold up considerably better than your average scooter . You should make them a strong consideration if fun, casual rides over varied terrains is your end goal.
But make no mistake. If you are also looking for a viable transportation option, a few of these might also do the trick.
Without further ado, let’s present our 5 Best Off Road Electric Scooters.
- 1 – Best in Test 2018
- 2 Razor RX 200 – Best Budget Off Road Electric Scooter 2018
- 3 – Best All Terrain Electric Scooter for Larger People
- 4 What to Consider When Buying an Off-Road Electric Scooter
- 5 Pros and Cons of Off-Road Scooters
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 7 Conclusion
Best in Test 2018
First on our list is the Super Turbo 1000, a nice, futuristic ride that features some bold, if a bit bulky, styling.
Powered by 36-volt lead acid batteries, the 1000-watt motor can hit speeds up to 27 mph depending on capacity .
Powerful enough for a scooter in this segment, the 1000-Elite can also boast a rider weight of between 250 and 300 lbs . Achieving the extra 50lbs requires what Super refers to as a hill kit. Even after adding the kit, the all terrain scooter must stay on flat ground.
Still, very few off road electric scooters offer a capacity of that size, so it’s worth checking out for those who otherwise wouldn’t ride.
Some other nice features include a removable seat deck with attached storage bag that can hold keys or a wallet. LED headlamp and brake light give the whole build a complete feel.
Razor RX 200 –
Best Budget Off Road Electric Scooter 2018
With some retro styling, Razor proves why they are often the go-to when it comes to dependable scooters, electric or otherwise.
Effectively, the RX200 is for younger, smaller riders who want to cut out on dirt tracks and other uneven surfaces. The max carry weight tops out at barely over 150lbs .
That is a bit of a bummer as the RX200 would certainly be a favorite of a lot of enthusiasts who otherwise would not consider it.
Solidly built, the overall weight is 46lbs but rides light thanks to the 24-volt rechargeable battery system. On a full charge, you can reach a top speed of 12 mph and ride for approximately 40 minutes , depending on capacity.
The frame is all steel, and a full, flat deck keeps the rider steady.
Bringing an immaculate, simple design to our list, the E325 backs up out earlier claim of Razor being a clear leader in electric scooter production.
A barely-know-it’s-there chain motor jets you up to 15 mph on the sleek frame . A twist grip throttle helps you keep the speeds even and smooth through acceleration.
The rechargeable battery provides 45 minutes of usage between plug-ins .
The only real hiccup is the 10-inch pneumatic tires that while serviceable, keep you wishing they were a bit grander to offer more varied riding options.
And again, the E325, like its sibling, can only handle a capacity of 220 lbs . A bit improved but still limiting.
Nevertheless, you cannot go wrong with any of the all terrain electric scooters that Razor has to offer and the E325 is no exception.
– Best All Terrain Electric Scooter for Larger People
The second most futuristic off road electric scooter on our list, the Uberscoot packs a lot of punch in is the sharply detailed frame, even as it bears a striking resemblance to the Super Turbo 1000.
Four 12-volt batteries power a 1600-watt chain motor, which gives you roughly a 12-mile range . You gain that range with a charge that can last up to eight hours.
As with most all terrain electric scooters, you can get a little bogged down the higher the capacity. Here that maxes out to 265 lbs . A larger load than most other scooters which helps the Uberscoot appeal to a much wider audience.
One neat little feature is an economy mode that helps you conserve some power and not burn out your charge before its necessary. It throttles back your acceleration and top-out speed on longer rides.
An adjustable seat makes those treks ever more enjoyable.
Stable and nicely appointed, the frame even folds down for easy storage when not in use.
If you’re looking for an off-road electric scooter that doubles as a fat, little monster, then the Qiewa Qpower is for you.1200 W of get up and go with a range of 50 miles , the Qpower is at its best when chewing moderate dirt trails or uneven paths. It runs on a lithium-ion battery, so it does offer a faster charge than other models.
The best aspect of the Qpower is how sturdy the entire build feels. It has a capacity of 220lbs and offers dual shock absorption for those harder hits.
Rounding out the features are dual hydraulic brakes, complete with a brake light and 11-inch tires that look like baby hogs.
What to Consider When Buying an Off-Road Electric Scooter
With all terrain electric scooters, the pricing will vary greatly depending on your specific needs. Because this segment offers both powered and non-powered versions, you can also start at the low, no-frills end and work up from there.
The higher priced, rechargeable models do come with more power and a better level of performance, but if unsure of your commitment, an intermediate version may be the better starting point.
Also, take into account who’s going to be using the scooter. Just you, or the whole family?
In some cases, you can grab a couple of solid, well-rated off road scooters for the same price as one higher end model.
All Terrain Electric Scooter Style
Since we’re focusing on the off-road segment here, the style of scooter may be narrower. But that doesn’t mean a lack of choices.
The off-road scooters are going to have a bulkier build with features that allow them to fight through rough and uneven terrain. However, the non-electric versions will resemble a more traditional kick scooter, just with hogs for tires.
Make sure you get something that is comfortable and looks appealing to you. With so much to choose from you should have very little trouble finding something you will enjoy.
Unlike hoverboards and electric unicycles, electric scooters still offer a mix of battery types, and this proves a big part of your buying decision. The two types are the old workhorse lead-acid and newer lithium-ion.
We’ve all heard the horror stories of lithium-ion battery issues in hoverboards, but don’t let that scare you off. A lot of these originated with cheap off-brands that were made poorly or disregarded safety.
Making sure your scooter is UL 2272 certified will give you the peace of mind you need to make a great purchase.
As for the differences, lithium-ion packs allow a much faster charge and can go longer distances between plug-ins, depending on the speed it travels, and the weight carried.
The lead-acid battery type requires up to half a day, sometimes more, to get a full charge. That’s fine for casual or weekend use, but if you want viable transportation, a faster charge will be necessary.
Performance between the two types is comparable, for now, with the lithium-ion a more viable choice in future scooters.
When choosing an electric scooter with a lithium-ion or acid battery, range will also factor in the decision.
How far will you want to ride on a single charge? How far will you need to ride?
How much time will you have to charge up for the return trip?
Your decision between serious verses casual use will come into play. Tooling down your driveway is a lot different than commuting to and from the office.
Make sure your all terrain electric scooter of choice gives you the right distance for your needs.
Speed will vary a lot between the different scooter options. Safety is also a consideration here, especially if you are buying for a young rider.
Usually, the more powerful the scooter, the faster it goes. But an advertised top speed can be a misnomer, as you will only achieve it under certain conditions.
That max number shrinks if someone on the heavy side is riding.
Here, be sure you have good mix of power and capacity to determine just how fast your off road electric scooter will go.
Tires, Suspension, and Brakes
For the most part, these options do not vary much between product lines.
Suspension and brakes will all be some variation of the same thing, with tires the only feature that may set one scooter apart from another.
The standard tire is a pneumatic version of varying size. Some all terrain electric scooters, however, will opt for an air-filled tire.
Without question, if there is an option for an air-filled tire, go for it. The ride will be smoother than you realize.
More so than any other personal transportation device, a scooter’s performance will decrease based on the weight it carries.
Sturdy, yet incredibly minimalistic, scooters always have youth in mind with their design and function. Very few scooters rate for riders over a certain weight, with 220lbs usually working as the max load.
There are a few models that will handle a higher number, so make sure you understand the specs. As we noted prior, the heavier the load on the off road electric scooter, the worse its performance will be.
Pros and Cons of Off-Road Scooters
First the positives.
Unlike a lot of other electric personal transportation devices, scooters are universal. Pretty much anyone can grab one and go without needed hours, or sometimes days, to learn how to ride.
Also, the entry level price for a scooter is very inexpensive.
Adding to the mass appeal is that scooters tend to be some of the safest options available for personal rides. There is no real trick to balancing or staying upright. As long you hold the handlebars steady, the scooter will remain that way too.
Electric scooters were the logical next step from their kick board cousins, but the increased risk factor was nominal.
Add to that the heavy-duty, off-road segment and you can traverse all kinds of non-paved trails that were once inaccessible to scooters.
There is also a comfort level with the scooter. They’ve been around for some time, and at one point or another, a parent has purchased one for their child.
Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks too.
Among them is the limited nature of the scooter.
The range they provide may leave a rider wanting more power than can be provided. Due to the smaller stature, if someone wants a more extended ride time, they may need to check out other modes of transportation.
A flimsy look and feel, with small wheels, helps to maintain the kid’s toy stigma that has long defined any scooter.
The less sturdy frame also means that scooters are not intended for larger or heavier set individuals. Right or wrong, the deck and removable seat (popular on a lot of scooters) can only handle limited amounts of concentrated weight.
The nit-picky stiff is typically specific to the different scooter segments. For our review, that’s the off-road models.
While they do possess a heartier build and more reinforced elements than their counterparts, the off-road models will not be smashing boulders and chasing bears.
The varied terrain capability is light. Think loose gravel or sand pits where there is still solid grip for the tires. More severe elements will easily win the day against your off-road electric scooter.
Regardless of the drawbacks, electric scooters are loads of fun, and the off-roaders help to kick the experience up a few more notches.
Frequently Asked Questions
With a better understanding of the in and outs of the electric scooter, let’s answer some of the more commonly asked questions.
Electric scooter? Isn’t that a kid’s toy?
No doubt an image that has been hard to shake for the scooter industry is its association as a children’s toy. While this may be true of the scooters of old, today’s rides, particularly the electric versions, are much more advanced, with more significant ride capabilities.
The off-road versions further add to today’s dynamic scooter with the ability to tackle different terrains and riding conditions.
And yes, while still primarily targeted to young riders, there are a lot more adult-centered options geared for general transportation needs.
Can I operate an all terrain electric scooter in lousy weather?
Just how safe are the batteries?
Thankfully, the vast majority of the lithium-ion battery issues centered around the cheap manufacturing of hoverboards, not scooters.
To this day, scooters continue to enjoy an extremely high satisfaction rating among owners. The electric versions only continue that trend.
Is an electric scooter street legal?
That depends on where you live. Most higher-end scooters (and several others across all segments) do meet the requirements for street legality, but different states have different laws governing them.
At the local level, there can be even more restrictions (or allowances), and you should verify what regulations exist, if any, before taking your scooter to a public street.
Though not comprehensive by any means, the above list does give you a good idea of some of the better off-road electric scooters on the market.
We also tossed in the two non-electrics to give you a little contrast and compare, in case an entry-level version would better suit your needs.
Speaking of which, armed with more info, now is a great time to determine your needs and wants out of your scooter.
As we asked at the start, figure out where you will be doing most of your riding and work your way up from there.
Scooters are a lot of fun in the driveway or the backyard, but they also serve useful purposes elsewhere.
Always research before you buy and look at reviews and see if there are any recurring issues or complaints. Are they due to user error or a design or performance concern?
Also don’t be afraid to head down to a retailer and test one out. There is no harm in riding before you buy and that is always the best way to get a great feel for a scooter.
Off-road scooters are even more so.
So have fun in your search, evaluation, and purchase.
You can thank us later when you’re out tearing up the trails with your new favorite off-road scooter underfoot.