While many skateboarders stick with tradition and seek out concrete or asphalt surfaces to ride on, a new breed of rider is looking at off-road skateboarding.
Imagine skateboarding in your backyard, along nature trails, or anywhere else you wouldn’t consider skateboard friendly. That’s exactly what off-road electric skateboards riders are doing.
Selecting the right board can be tricky, so we compiled a list of the Best Off Road Electric Skateboards 2018 :
Riding the Airwheel M3 is like surfing except on the street or over rough terrain. It is large enough to be comfortable to ride and can accommodate almost anyone. Its o versized wheels allow it to roll over most terrain easily and the high-quality shock absorbers make the ride as smooth as possible .
The Airwheel M3 features a handmade deck and come unassembled. While having to assemble the skateboard may seem tedious to some, most people enjoy this feature since customizing the skateboard is based on personal preference and how you plan to ride it.
Assembling the board yourself saves you time in the end; if you plan to customize it. If you’re wary of assembling your new board, keep in mind assembly requires no tools.
The average speed of the skateboard is 12 MPH and its range is about 10 miles . It can climb slopes as steep as 15 degrees easily and responds to your shifting bodyweight.
The remote control that comes with this all-terrain skateboard doesn’t have a digital readout, but there’s an app for your smartphone that will give you much more information, such as how much longer you can ride on the current charge.
Unlike heavier boards, the SKT-1600 is trickster friendly . Its thin design allow for some of the same tricks as a regular skateboard. The deck is twelve ply maple wood and durable. There’s an onboard LED battery life indicator, a feature missing from many electric skateboards.
The small deck size makes the tires stand out, and the tires are likely the best feature of this board. They sport a deep tread and are a full ten inches tall. They’re well suited for riding over rough terrain or cruising along on asphalt. The MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 can reach speeds of 22 MPH, and the large tires really help with control and safety.
Its 36-volt battery can take up to 5 hours to charge, but the wait is worth it when you consider it can last for rides up to 10 miles .
The EMAD Dirt Rider is another off-road electric skateboard built with a thin design and large tires. It weighs a little less than similar boards and its batteries can charge in as little as three hours . While this may not seem significant, many electric skateboards can take up to 8 hours to charge fully, and if the battery dies sooner than expected, carrying less weight back to the charger is a bonus.
The EMAD Dirt Rider’s top speed is around 20 MPH, and it has a 10-mile range. The 800w motor can take you from 0 to 15 MPN in just 3.5 seconds. It features an auto shut off to save battery life and a wireless remote.
A key feature of the Evolve Carbon GT is its deck. Even the fastest electric skateboards tend to have batteries in places that make it awkward to carry the board after your ride. Batteries are often mounted under the deck, in the center, to help with balance, and it’s the simplest way to get them out of the rider’s way. The Evolve Carbon GT’s batteries are built into the deck which makes carrying the board much easier.
Arguably the best feature of this electric skateboard is you can swap from street wheels to off-road tires in less than 10 minutes. Both the street wheels and the off-road tires use the same trucks.
With the off-road tires in place, the Evolve Carbon GT can reach speeds of 21 MPH and ranges up to 18 miles. All while climbing hills as steep as 25 degrees.
The all-terrain electric skateboard uses a Bluetooth speed controller which features a backlit LCD readout. A quick glance will show your speed and battery level. The battery takes about 5 hours to charge, but you can get an optional fast charger to reduce that time to around 3 hours.
This board is light and fast. It weighs in at only 22 lbs., but still boasts speeds of up to 22 MPH with a weight capacity of 225 lbs . However, don’t let this fool you, this e-skateboard is tough. Crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and some of the same materials used to make bulletproof military gear, this board is likely the toughest in its class.
The B10.X1 combines some of the best features found in all-terrain electric skateboards.
The deck is made of wood, and all electronics and batteries are protected by a sturdy aluminum casing.
The 1000-watt motor will push you along at 15 MPH and can tackle climbing some respectable grades. All this in a skateboard that only weighs 14 lbs. is impressive.
The B10.X1 has two-speed modes which make it a great all-terrain electric skateboard for beginners .
It accelerates smoothly and uses a regenerative braking system. After climbing a hill, the regenerative braking system recharges your battery while slowing your descent down the hill. It also has a battery level indicator, so you always know how much time you have left to enjoy riding this board.
The biggest bonus feature of the B10.X1 is the software that controls the board’s speed. While most off-road electric skateboards use BLDC square-wave technology, the B10.X1 uses FOC sine-wave technology which provides a much smoother experience when accelerating or braking.
What to Consider When Buying an Off-road Electric Skateboard
Deciding you want to ride an electric skateboard doesn’t take much persuasion. Seeing someone zipping around town or along nature trails is usually all it takes. Whether you’re seeking a thrill or trying to escape public transit, electric skateboards are just fun and a great alternative to riding the bus or a bike to work. However, not all boards are created equal, and every rider is different. There are a few things you should consider before deciding which board to buy.
To truly enjoy one of these skateboards you must spend some time off-road; even if your primary use for the board is getting to work or zipping around town. The skateboards reviewed in this article have the power and speed to climb hills and trample rocks and sticks. The tires are the deciding factor. For rough streets and packed dirt, any off-road tire will work as well as the next. For rough rides like nature trails or the beach, you’ll want large, pneumatic tires.
Depending on how you’ve decided to use your new electric skateboard and where you will ride it most of the time, the other options beyond tires can be considered personal preferences. Obviously, battery life and speed are important factors, but you may need to sacrifice a little speed for more climbing power or consider a heavier board for longer battery life. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of an e-skateboard. The main components of any electric board are:
- The remote
- The battery pack
- The onboard computer or speed controller
- The motor or motors
The remote control should be durable and include a dead man’s switch feature. In the event you fall off, the board will stop, and you won’t have to recover from your fall and chase your skateboard as it speeds away at 20 MPH or possibly injures someone else in the area.
Bluetooth enabled remotes are considered more reliable as far as the connection is concerned, but the remote will never be more than 2 or 3 feet away when you are riding, so this is only a minor choice. Bluetooth enabled boards offer the added benefit of using a smartphone app to monitor battery life and control the speed of the skateboard. Otherwise, look for a remote that is durable and easy to hold.
The battery pack is the backbone that defines your experience riding your skateboard. Let’s be honest, all things considered, dead batteries kill the fun. If those batteries need to charge for 18 hours, the fun really fizzles away. To squeeze the most fun out of your ride, only consider skateboards that have fast charging battery packs and ranges between 15 and 20 miles. If you plan to travel with your board, you should be aware of any restrictions on shipping or flying with some battery packs.
The onboard computer and its software can make or break your riding experience. The computer monitors the battery to ensure it is working safely and controls your speed. It is also responsible for realizing you are not on the board if you fall off. On the rare occasion that the remote loses its connection with the computer, the computer can safely stop your off-road electric skateboard. These features should be present on any skateboard you are thinking about buying.
The software the computer uses to control speed will be the deciding factor where the computer is concerned. You have two choices of software, FOC, and BLDC control. FOC may be the best choice for new riders. It offers smoother acceleration and breaking, but veteran skateboarders may prefer the faster acceleration of BLDC.
Explaining Trapezoidal or Sinusoidal Commutation, how brushless motors are controlled, is outside the scope of this article. If you need to understand how this works, you can find more information here. But honestly, the only thing to consider is whether you want to get up to speed quickly or ease into it.
Miniature, brushless motors are what make the fun happen in the end. They transfer power from the battery to the tires. Typically, there are two options, hub motors and truck or deck mounted motors.
Hub motors are built into the tires while truck or deck mounted motors are placed away from the wheel and use a belt to speed you along. Hub motors are more reliable in rougher terrain because there’s no belt to get hung on sticks or debris. It’s really a personal choice here. Hub motors are harder to repair in the field but are less likely to be affected by the terrain.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an off-road electric skateboard?
All-terrain electric skateboards have larger, pneumatic tires. They typically have more clearance between the board and the ground. They’re designed to ride over rough terrains such as soft dirt or nature trails without slowing down.
I’m not a skater, can I ride it?
With a little practice, anyone can ride an off-road electric skateboard.
Are off-road skateboards fast?
Most off-road boards can reach speeds between 18 and 22 MPH. The type of terrain and the skater’s weight play a role in performance.
What kind of material is best?
This is more about personal preference and how you plan to use the skateboard. If you need to carry the board very often, carbon fiber might be the best option. If you are taking the board to an off-road area in another vehicle, such as a car or truck, then it’s really only about what material you like. Carbon fiber, wood, and aluminum are all durable.
What kind of maintenance do they need?
Clean up your board after riding, keep the tires inflated and the batteries charged. There is no actual maintenance.