We’ve all been there, right? That commute that becomes a backdrop of white noise. You set your alarm the night before, resigned, and consider the extra factors you might encounter – jam-packed buses and trains, and the inevitable roadblock.
The routine is tedious.
Whether you’re a part-time student or a full-time working adult, “the commute” is an old dilemma we choose to endure – especially as urban populations continue to rise and parking spaces quickly become rare and coveted commodities.
And things aren’t going to get any easier or spacious if we don’t make a conscious change.
Let me start by sharing my own commuting-transformation story.
I started out my freshman year of college doing a lot of walking. It was a great way to keep off the dreaded “Freshman 15” but it was pretty dang time consuming and meant I was showing up to class just in the nick of time. It didn’t impress my professors too much.
So, I took stock and scoured through my parents’ garage for a solution to this problem. I returned to campus after Thanksgiving armed with an old kick scooter I got for my 10th birthday that I barely rode. It started off great – I cut my campus commute in half, and was even able to drive a lot less. I started taking my scooter to the store to pick up small things, or even caught a movie or two near school.
But after the honeymoon stage passed, the rose-tinted glasses came off and I started to see the drawbacks to my initially wonderful plan. Using an average push or kick scooter was great to start out with, especially going downhill. But once those hills leveled out – or worse, inclined into rotten UPHILLS – it became a lot of strenuous work. I would arrive at classes winded or even show up to my shifts at the cafe on campus sweaty and disheveled. It became so bad, I would often choose to hoof it to work instead of taking my once-beloved scooter.
My friends recommended I make the switch to a bike, but I was faced with the same set of problems. So, it was back to the drawing board.
That’s when I saw it – the solution to all my campus commuting problems. She rode across the quad on it, and at first I thought it was an ordinary but especially smart-looking scooter…only she wasn’t pushing. The scooter was gliding all by itself.
It was like a lightbulb going off over my head in one of those old cartoons: an electric scooter.
So I ran back to my shoebox-sized apartment (relishing the idea that I wouldn’t have to run across campus anymore!) and started my research.
“Best electric scooter” turned up a ton of results – it’s a lot like how every pizzeria in New York claims to have the world’s best pizza. There’s a lot of talk, but not a lot of proof. What was I, a lowly college student, to do? Well, I turned to the reviews, and they were actually pretty helpful. After reading quite a few, I confidently purchased my first electric scooter: the Swagger e-scooter from SWAGTRON.
And to this day, I’m so glad I did.
Immediately, the Swagger made the biggest difference to my day-to-day. My cross-campus commute went from being powered by my own two feet, to a 250-watt motor. I was probably averaging, by again my own feet, an average of 2 to 5 mph. With the Swagger, I was zipping everywhere at 15 mph – even up those steep hills I had been cursing all year.
I got to class ten minutes early. I arrived at work fresh and promptly on-time, instead of looking like I had just left the gym. I drove way less, and I was able to leave my car parked for days at a time while I simply recharged my scooter’s electric batteries. I even avoided unsightly clutter by plugging in the charger beneath my bed and stowing the scooter underneath until my next ride – and it was ready and charged for me!
I used my scooter all four years of college, and even kept using it for my first adult job in San Francisco. And to my surprise, I wasn’t alone! There are many young professionals in the Bay Area living and working, but no longer able to drive to work. Lack of parking, congested streets…the list of reasons goes on. Using my favorite e-scooter, I was able to speedily reach the BART, fold it down, and take it on the train – and I spotted many similar aged, working commuters doing the same…some even using a SWAGTRON Swagger as well!
Could the Swagger e-scooter be the perfect commuting tool for you?
Do you travel a lot? Take the train or bus to most of your destinations? Or do you often park far-away and have to walk to your final destination? Well, you don’t have to. A foldable e-scooter just might be the solution to your commuting problems.
The Swagger is a durable and capable traveling companion ideal for any commuter. It can tackle most crack and bumps in the sidewalk, and can maneuver smoothly on any asphalt street. Able to reach speeds of up to speeds as fast as 15 mph, the Swagger will get you where you need to go, as fast as you need. Easily folded and carried – this e-scooter is perfect for anyone who boards a bus or train on their everyday commute.
The Swagger additionally serves as an alternative to expensive electric cars or spending precious minutes scouring parking lots of r seldomly found spaces. It has a remarkably short learning curve and is definitely the friendliest rideables to use – who didn’t own a simple kick scooter as a kid? The transition from your dinky, push scooter to an electric one is a no-brainer.
Designed with a backlit LED display, this scooter easily helps keep track of battery life, current speed, and total distance covered. To guarantee optimal safety for all riders when it comes time to come to a stop, this e-scooter also comes built with both manual and electric brakes.
After years of using my electric scooter, I can’t recommend one enough.
If you have to show up at work in a pristine suit and can’t risk looking like you just left a rigorous CrossFit session, I urge you to look into a Swagger.
If you’re a student constantly late to class because you had to walk three miles to class from some far-off parking lot – don’t wait. Save up, and grab yourself a Swagger.
It’ll be the best investment in transportation you make.
Here are some tips for safety gear to use when riding on a hoverboard. First and foremost, don’t worry about other people, worry about your own safety, your head (helmet) your knees (knee pads) your wrists (learn the right way to fall or you will break wrists…until then – wrist guards. And finally elbows(elbow pads). I’ve been battling this a little bit, but the right gear and learning to fall correctly will help with most skatepark and rideable related sports. On a hoverboard, I would begin with nothing short of a Helmet and wrist guards. If you are already used to knee sliding out of things, maybe knee pads would also do you well.
Here’s some more information from the manufacturers who have studied these products and how they affect your body:
These are really very subtle movements, it is as thought ‘you feel and think where you wanna go and it just goes there!’
Motivation to wear protective gear? Why don’t most people wear protective gear in sports?
Now we’ve been talking a lot about self balancing scooters or a hoverboard, but this would count towards skateboarding, scooters and really any sports where you could wear pads, but it may be that no one else is wearing them.
I find this mostly at the ‘cool skateparks’ where the kids go to show off the tricks they learned all week and don’t ‘need pads’. Also, as many of them NEVER skate in pads, it is way out of the normal for them to suddenly want to spend money on protective equipment that would make them stand out, perhaps as ‘n00b’s or beginners’.
Here’s some reasons:
- Pads can be too Bulky, hot and uncomfortable.
Pads make it hard to do tricks and get in the way. For some, it works only wearing them to practice new things, then once dialed in, they don’t need them anymore. While this may be true for some, this is not for everyone. Also, if you are constantly ‘pushing the envelope’.. (I’m not gonna say ‘gleaming the cube’ because NO one gleamed any cubes) chances are you will try things you cannot land yet.
Proper protective gear vs a new skateboard is tough. I can’t disagree that it can be pricey, but then how much is the pain and healing time of broken bone worth to you? 6 weeks in cast and having to take showers with your arm in a plastic bag?
- Pros don’t wear pads. No. Quite often, they don’t. They do this SO much for a living that they are experts at their craft, KNOW THEIR LIMITS and rarely get injured due to being “better at falling than skateboarding” very possibly. As it turns out, the best skateboarders are also the best at falling without injury. This is something I really have spent a lot of time on and now have a assortment of strange pads that make it look like I’m not always wearing them. I look at this as similar to playing music live. You don’t need the music in front of you after 200 shows, just like the pro’s don’t always wear pads when at demos or contests…depending on the setup.
- Ugly. Yes, but you can make it such you can’t tell… here’s what I used to get around that -> mind you it didn’t stop me from getting a mad chest injury when my wrist guard dug into my upper chest unfortunately… learning how to fall better and ‘take it’ sometimes means you ‘take it’.
Here I’m wearing a Seattle style grunge plaid long sleeve to stay warm in the evening and to cover up my g-shock elbow pads that are slipped on first, followed by motocross elbow pads I put over them.
- So two pairs of elbow pads with one over the other.
- The first hardens on impact and second covers it:
- The first hardens on impact and second covers it:
The G-form pads felt so ‘non-intrusive’ that I was afraid it wouldn’t protect my current injury so I wore motocross pads over them to protect my injured elbow for the time being.
This oughta keep the swell-bow down. Now if you didn’t notice, the jeans are actually Street & Steel that have special pockets in the knees that I put special D30 knee pads into.
Note: the D30s are NOT the ones that come with the jeans, rather an extra purchase to ensure you have better knee protection. These jeans are really made for motorcycles, so this is kinda badass at the same time.
More Hidden Pads are in the Photo above.
Also, what made me have the most problem skating with this getup was the hip and tailbone pads I was also wearing in the photos above.
BILT make a pair that work great, but they’re better off in the daytime as shorts, wearing proper knee pads. Being afraid to hurt my wrists I wear the wrist guards all the time, but man they really hurt when you land ON them under your body. Being a guitarist, I’m very afraid of not wearing wrist guards, working on a better solution, like falling better, but maybe I need different wrist guards again. These armored shorts were great.
Prepare for falls, but never really fall
If you are prepared, chances are you won’t need to fall much from your self balancing scooter, or an all terrain offroad hoverboard, like the SWAGTRON T6. Now you can safely break your fall if needed. Remember to always to fall away from the hoverboard as it is heavy and likely has some momentum. Always step off the self balancing scooter backwards, not forwards to avoid any ankle injuries.
Hoverboards go pretty fast (T6 can go 10-12MPH now!) and they are now getting really really powerful. The off-road T6 all terrain hoverboard has so much power, I would be wary about offering it to a child who has never tried before, without protective equipment. I would start with at least a helmet and some gloves or wrist guards / elbow pads. Trust me on this one.
Today we’re talking about fun and unexptected uses and reviews of hoverboards from back in 2016 all the way up to Labor Day 2017.
Now for the best Swagtron hoverboard review I can give you, I need to break it down by hoverboard model, but I will tell you right now, that hands down, the All terrain hoverboard, the T6 is already my vote for product of the Year. And for good reason.
Since I first stepped onto the T6, I’ve been addicted to it’s power and usefulness, plus it adds a solid 4″ to my height making me 6’4″ when ordering hot dogs and ice cream at the beach from the boardwalk.
What’s so much different about this model from the competitors and everything else?
The wonderful T6 and it’s many not so obvious uses.
1) As a chair.
For real. When you are tired, prop it up on one-wheel sideways and you can sit on it, rather comfortably. Throw your hoodie over it for even more comfort. The mad strength (over 400lbs weight certified) means you can lean on it and not worry about bending the axle. It also swivels, kinda like a bar stool, and it’s the perfect height.
2) As a guitarist’s stool to perform from:
I had a gig and knew that if I sat on the hoverboard, the guitar would be at the same height as our rehearsal.
Also it got me TO the gig.
3) As a bar stool
- Where festival bars exist with limited stools… roll up and have a seat!
4) As an art car additional roving stool
- This means when traveling across a festival on a car designed to carry people, if you have your hoverboard, you can sit down on it and not have to stand
- Very helpful at burning man
- Not all festivals allow hoverboards yet
5) As a mode of transporting water and fuel long distances!
- Carrying water on the T6 all terrain hoverboard is very easy, just balance your load so each arm has the same amount of weight. PULLING a wagon is even easier.
6) As a portable snack table! I just love how easily these things can be put up on one wheel to do many things, even spin around on!
7) It’s ability to travel miles without a recharge and how well it handles off road dirt and sand. Thus as the very best way (if you can ride one…easy, just need a few hours of practice to get the hang of it) to get to a porta-potty without having to move your legs very much, if at all. Trust me! LOL.
Now, moving on, there are all types of hover boards out there, the best hoverboard, the cheapest hoverboard and the hoverboard for sale at big box retailers. The real question is what is it you are looking for, that will work best for you and your needs. If you are buying for your child, then it’s best that they can try out the different kinds before buying, but this is not always the case. I suggest looking at our product page videos to get a solid idea of which product will work best for your child based on what you see.
You can look at the T3 hoverboard, which is our High End, Bluetooth Enabled, LED lights and App-Controllable, where you can set beginner, standard and advanced modes. You can play any music from your phone on the solid high end T3 model and the battery life is quite dependable. The 5 blue dots represent 20% of battery life, and it generally lasts about 3-4 hours.
If you want to spend a little less and this is more for in the home, less out of the home use, the T1 and T5 hoverboards will suit very well to a youngster who wants to ride, perhaps around the backyard and in the driveway. Be very careful around vehicles in the driveway and near roadways. Be sure to wear a helmet at all times and especially when anyone is trying for the first time. Be mindful that first time riders could fall in any direction, so don’t start near a picnic table or benches with corners that could be fallen backwards into. These are relatively safe, and new riders can try squatting down to get used to the motion of moving with the feet. It just takes some practice.
There is an optional handle for the hoverboard, if you really want something to hang on to. I find that the handle could be easily skipped by most skateboarders or scooter riders, but good for non-riders who are trying hoverboards without any skatepark experience on other rideables, electric or non-electric.
It’s likely best to avoid used or auctioned hoverboards for sale online due to not knowing if they are actually UL 2272 certified or what else they may have already endured.
Here’s some final quick buyer tips:
- Always beware of non-official used products.
- Refurbished SWAGTRON:
- Official stock
- Online Support
- SWAGTRON is UL Listed
- UL Listed?
- Recertified or brand new out of the box.
- SWAGTRON is UL Listed,
- learn more about UL on our UL Listed pages.
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So, there are a few things that are difficult for all hoverboard or self balancing scooter riders.
What, you say are they?
Well, for starters, you know that once you are on a hoverboard, you don’t wanna get off it for any reason. ANY reason!
Right. So, for example… gettting through tight spaces by ‘wiggling’ is a skill that we all learn by being lazy and not wanting to carry the board over or through a tight spot that it cannot fit through widthwise..
Here’s your list:
#1 Wiggling. Simply angle the board and wiggle through narrow spots laterally. This is pretty self explanatory. I’ve seen kids wiggle through 1′ spots rather than picking up the hoverboard. I’m guilty of doing this between the cars in the driveway when the tires are too close together to ride through widthwise.
#2 Learn to Ride Backwards Without Falling ALL THE TIME. Simply learn to use your hips and pretend you are ice skating backwards. If you can’t ice skate backwards, just pretend and you’ll get it. Think you have a hockey stick in your hands, perhaps and make sure you are always looking backwards or you may knock over the pole that holds up the tent over the dinner table outside! (from experience)
Here I am showing Jaws how to ride an all terrain hoverboard. Yeah. Jaws. Around :50 I show him how to ride backwards like in hockey.
When you see Aaron playin his ‘mouth harp’ in the video, just know that his pro board has one on it.
And to put that into perspective, when they say ‘Zero Gravity’ in the video, that is a reference to this video of Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki and Tony Hawk weightless skateboarding on a jet:
#3 Learn to ‘sway’ like a rollerskater and pump from your left foot to your right foot, taking turns. This is a little tough to pick up at first, and you may find yourself falling off the side due to major overcompensation that happens when you try something like this for the first time. You can see the little guy in the video for #4 below starting to sway already.
Once you get the hang of it, you can crank up some 21 Pilots, Datsik, Ephwurd or Gastly on the all terrain hoverboard’s bluetooth connection and skate like a roller skater down venice beach boardwalk! Speaking of which, if you look just closely enough, you can just see me (aaron) skating in background of this video shot in DTLA and Venice this May. Can you spot the Swagcycle and T6 all terrain hoverboard at the end of the clip?
#4 Learn to go really fast without getting hurt.
Strangely but obviously this depends on which board you have. Now when learning on a T1 the best way is to start off on SHORT GRASS and crouch down so you have little distance to fall. Practice this over and over and eventually you will be able to go full speed, however some of the more powerful hoverboards, like the T6 go so fast that this may be too fast for you and could also cause ‘unbalancing’ if the board has been abused or dropped a lot of times.
This guy knows how to use his SWAGTRON T1 almost like a T6. I was blown away by this kid’s quick learning ability. Within the first 2 minutes, he was crouched, on the grass, speeding at full speed on is new birthday present.
Here is some footage from this guy’s first day on the board on April 24th, 2017 with a follow up from July 23rd, 2017.
Isn’t it great how before we gave him any instruction, he was smart enough to use the grass and started riding really fast until he got the hang of it, but he was crouched at first! Here are some more hoverboard tricks to try at home on the grass!
There was also a giant duck nearby that day. I think the world has seen enough selfie’s of that, but did I mention that the off-road hoverboard is great for chasing ducks?
#5 Chasing ducks at Tewinkle:
Take a moment, to see how the offroad T6, our new all terrain hoverboard or self balancing scooter for 2017 matches up against the competition
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Do the new off-road hoverboards make them relevant again?
After seeing the craziness ensue around the hoverboard craze in 2015, you probably saw many examples of two wheeled self-balancing scooters, or hoverboards in the news and on television, at airports and on the sidewalks. You also may have noticed that most of these hovercrafts or non-flying wheeled rolling machines were pretty much limited to malls and other nice smooth surfaces like clean California type sidewalks.
How does the fact that off-road hoverboards are out even matter?
You can bet your last dollar that it does! Now you no longer need to worry about being in people’s ways on walkways as you can go off onto the grass. Now you are no longer limited to clean smooth surfaces, but can pretty much go anywhere the other kids go, like any bmx bike can, but with a lot less effort and in style with lights and music!
Why should adults take notice, not just kids?
These all terrain powerful machines may almost be too much power from some young kids to handle. However, kids learn quick and I’ve seen 11-13 year old girls and boys really master the T6 and it can hold over 420 Lbs. So this means no longer do are these units limited to kids who weigh under 175 lbs. With 12 mile ranges, you or anyone able-bodied enough to stand and balance, can commute to and from work 20 miles daily as long as you have a charger at work!
Also, I don’t think that people are so much concerned about being run over by someone on an errant hoverboard as they really don’t get away from you, but more so that you can now explore the parks and all the grassy, not paved areas that may be much more interesting. This opens up a whole new world for exploring and enjoying the outdoors on a personal self balancing device, like the T6 Offroad Hoverboard.
Going offroad this season has been an amazing experience, now you can ride along the boardwalk at the beach at a nice 8MPH cruising speed (as posted) and have not one but two hands free to take photographs, or simply eat french fries while enjoying the breeze. The comments we get daily riding around on these things is quite funny and interesting. Since the technology is still rather new, there are many people who don’t understand it yet and are surprised at just how fun, strong and durable these off road hoverboards are.
So amazingly, I was able to take the T6 all terrain hoverboard to the burning man arts festival, which normally I would spend most of my time traveling around on bikes at.
Unbelievably, I only rode the bike 2 times, more to come about the success of the off road hoverboards on the dried up lake bed, also called the playa (which is like a giant baseball infield without any water in sight). My friends who built cars with gasoline and have fire effects and flames around a lot didn’t expect my battery powered self balancing scooter to last too long into the week.
Here you see yet another of the many uses of the T6, which makes for a great stool as well as a dinner table!
To the surprise of very many, it was a hit and my preferred method of transportation. I learned quickly that you don’t need to get off your hoverboard to enjoy the dance floors, it actually can make things better!
Maybe you are considering trying out a self balancing scooter, here’s where you can actually, finally go and do it!
Let’s put it out there, once and for all: commuting is not fun.
Waking up early, factoring in extra time for crowded buses or trains, and even the occasional road block. The routine itself can be dreary. Whether you’re a student or a working adult, the struggle is an old, worn-out problem we continue to tackle – especially as urban populations are only on the uprise (in other words, cities aren’t going to get any more spacious!)
But what if we told you there was a solution to help break up the daily grind?
Could an e-scooter be the perfect solution to your work or school commute?
Katherine is a lifestyle and advice blogger helping give perspective for anyone just starting their college career or job hunting journey. She also does a few fun traveling vlogs! If you’re a millennial in your early 20’s, you’ll easily be able to relate to Katherine’s videos.
Because Katherine is always commuting for school and work in the Los Angeles area, SWAGTRON reached out and sent her one of our newest e-scooter models, the Swagger Pro.
The Swagger Pro is our most rough-and-tumble scooter model yet, designed with a durable frame and capable of traveling over any bumps or cracks in the sidewalk. Able to reach speeds of up to 18 mph, it’s a fast, travel-friendly commuting companion! Easily collapsed and carried – the Swagger Pro is ideal for anyone who boards a train (like Katherine!) or a bus as part of their daily commute.
Meaning: it is a convenient commuting tool for students or working professionals!
Funnily enough, Katherine’s Swagger Pro arrived while she was still abroad in Europe, so her dad took the scooter out for a spin and took to it right away! Goes to show you that the Swagger Pro is not just beginner friendly, but also ideal for anyone of almost any age.
“It has become a part of my morning commute,” Katherine says in her video. “I always look forward to riding it and everyone in my office always wants to try it.”
Q: So what’s the take-away lesson here?
A: A heavy-duty, collapsible e-scooter just might be the answer to your commuting problems.
There are many young urban professionals in the Bay Area living and working, but no longer driving to work. Using your favorite e-scooter like the Swagger Pro enables you to speedily reach the BART, fold it down, and take it on the train.
Much easier than a bike and without all of the sweat.
If there is one thing e-bikes and electric rideables really have over their analog counterparts, it’s the sweat factor. If you’re a working professional riding your bike or scooter to work, you might arrive just a little…well…sweaty. Maybe even tired. While there is definitely something to be said for real exercise, the switch from your old kick scooter to a motorized e-scooter could take care of that messy problem. You don’t necessarily want to show up looking like you just came from the gym!
Be ahead of the trends and don’t be afraid to get somewhere in style on what appears to now be the best electric scooter for commuting, the Swagger Pro, with speeds up to 17 MPH. You can hang on, apply brakes as needed, and wear a helmet for safety.
Take it from Katherine! Grab yourself an e-scooter and take your next commute to the max.
Watch here as her sister tries, note this is her FIRST time on this Electric Scooter (the Swagger Pro is available now) and does very well! You can too.
On Friday, the day I landed the first ever hoverboard railslide I was lucky to be invited to come hang out at the Braille Skateboarding House in San Leandra, CA during their first ever summer skate camp. I brought along some friends from Sk8 Kamp and we had a grand ol’ time trying out some of their obstacles with different rideables ranging from the folding SwagCycle e bike to several of SWAGTRON’s Voyager Electric Skateboard products.
Gabe seemed to be really into the SwagCycle, so without any delay he hit the parking lot on that thing for quite some time.
I enjoyed moving around some of the ramps and obstacles in the Braille House to try and land some new interesting tricks. I got some backside air transfers on the 2′ launch ramps against the wall then started playing around with the boxes and the rails looking for trick ideas. Some of the Braille skate campers were testing out trick ideas such as having a harness for both feet to allow for ‘jumping’ over ollieing. This allows kids to try tricks they normally can’t. Which is what I love about places like the Braille Skateboarding House. Creativity with skateboarding never ceases to amaze me, but now I have all these other devices to add into the mix. It will never get boring and we’ll never run out of skateable, rideable things to try.
Skateboarding at an adult age seems even more bizarre when you add electric skateboarding and then electric unicycles and hoverboards into the mix. I feel this is a lot like what Warren Miller would call ‘snowriding’. He’s a well known ski/snow film director who for years promote all types of winter sports. I remember watching ‘snowriders 2′ and thinking, “skiier / snowboarding, who cares hit the jump!”. Years later, we have the x-games and for things like rideables, I feel the same way. If you can skate, you can probably hoverboard. An electric skateboard is transportation and an e bike, well that’s just pure fun in the sun, especially at the SoCal beaches like Newport and Huntington Beach.
So after discussing what tools I would need to add rails to my hoverboard, rather than wasting precious time at the Braille House, I decided to NOT initially put rails on the hoverboard. As I saw a large chunk of wax laying around, I suggested to Gabe that I try waxing the bottom of the T6 hoverboard first, before we modify it. I also waxed the yellow rail and that was all it took.
I was able to land a railslide off the box to the rail. It felt a lot like a skateboard railslide from a balance perspective.
Now this is really only possible because the T6 has 10″ air-filled tires and rugged wheels that are good for 1’ step drops without unbalancing and also the 400 lbs. weight limitation really kicks in as I weigh about 175-180 pounds. When I landed on the rail, it would have been a significant amount of force that smaller hoverboards would likely break from. Please, don’t try this with a non-off-road hoverboard! I would recommend not trying this at home, as this was done in a professional skateboarding facility with trained professionals. I feel that this would not work on regular hoverboards and would ONLY try railslides with the T6 All Terrain Hoverboard and with protective gear all around, if at all. Remember this thing has two 400 watt motors, equal to 800 watts of power!
Also, because I USE RAILS on my anti-hero deck, I can do neat things like turn from railslide to 50/50. This is hard to fathom, but very easy with rails, very hard with no rails, try to get into a hurricane or feeble from a sitting boardslide with no rails.
This all led up to this happening at Braille.
I took the skateboard platforms with metal edges and moved them in such a configuration that I could ride the hoverboard with the right height and just enough speed, while making a bit of an interesting line out of it, to slide the rail. Now there was a longer rail and I’m tempted to try it next time… we’ll see if that happens, but for now I was comfortable with being the first one to do this railslide on an off-road T6 hoverboard. The air filled tires really make this hoverboard fun to ride, it feels like BMX bike tires on both of your feet. After a few weeks of practice, you can start to feel a lot more ‘second nature’ on the hoverboards. Even this morning when I took my car to get an oil change, I was able to hoverboard 2 miles to eat breakfast without breaking a sweat. Had I been skating or walking? I would have been drenched in this Southern California summer heat. So all hail the T6 for not laziness, but effective transportation during those ‘last mile’ moments when the car is unavailable or parked.
Here’s what the T6 off-road hoverboard looks like in action:
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SWAGTRON T5: The Hoverboard for Beginners
I have poor balance, a clumsy clown when my feet are on wheels. I would have given up on hoverboards all together but my son was keen on getting the SWAGTRON T5 for his birthday. I tried it, and when a product transforms a graceless person like me into someone who can glide down the street without falling every 10 seconds, it deserves a review.
For all you hoverboard beginners and fellow uncoordinated people, here is a detailed review of SWAGTRON’s T5 self balancing scooter specs and features.
Is the T5 for you?
Out of all the hoverboards I’ve tried, the T5 is one of the friendliest of all beginner-friendly hoverboards. It’s my favorite companion when I learned how to hoverboard, because it solves my balance problem with features that facilitate getting on and off and moving.
However, if you’re an advanced rider, the T5 might be on the slow side for you.
The T5 doesn’t have adrenaline pumping speeds that would scare off new riders. It’s about safety and accommodating beginners and people who have trouble balancing.
It’s for beginners young and old. Period.
According to Dr. Robert Glatter, “Riding the board successfully requires a person to balance, which requires a lot of core abdominal strength.” Those with poor balance can gradually build their core muscles and improve their balance with continued practice on the T5.
Before buying, consider your hoverboard proficiency and what you hope to get from your experience. If it’s high-speed thrills, you might be better off with the T3 or T6 models. If its safety and ease of use, the T5 just might be the correct hoverboard for you.
What is the SWAGTRON T5 Hoverboard?
The T5 is like the youngest child of the SWAGTRON hoverboard fleet. Unlike its beefier brothers like the T3 and T6, the T5 is specifically marketed for beginners with features like learning mode and set speed limit. What the T5 doesn’t deliver in speed and power, it makes up for in reliability and ease of use.
If you’re a total hoverboard newbie or just plain clumsy, the T5 is designed to help you overcome the learning curve and jump right into becoming a decent hoverboard rider.
- Learning Mode cuts the learning curve
- Great choice for first time riders and young kids
- Dual motorized wheels that pack a decent punch
- Safe and secure system with SentryShield™
- Affordable at only $249.99
- No Bluetooth or app
- Slightly lower max speed than other hoverboards
- Lower max weight
- Needs to be on solid, flat ground for optimized performance
T5 Features: The Good and the Bad
Here are the features that explain why the T5 is ideal for beginners and young riders.
One: Learning Mode
The T5 comes with two modes: Learning Mode and Standard Mode.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m not balanced savvy in any way, so getting on and off is as hard as actually moving while on hoverboards. I’ve had to use someone’s shoulder or the wall for help during the first few days, but Learning Mode makes moving MUCH easier than with other hoverboards.
When beginners first get on, we love to look at our feet to give ourselves that little bit of reassurance, but this throws off our balance and causes most hoverboards to jerk into sudden speeds that catch us off guard. I fall off within 3.5 seconds, but the T5 feels more intuitive. It’s more “conscious” of speeds and keeps it within a safe enough limit that doesn’t throw off any would-be beginners.
In terms of younger riders, my son, who is fearless, got on the T5 within minutes and was zipping around like a pro within 2 days! He’ll be switching to Standard Mode soon.
them entertained for a long time. I can watch him go up and down the street at its maximum speed without sweating bullets.
For me, I’m happy with the 7 mph maximum because of my current skill level. My friend, who has been riding hoverboards for at least three years, goes on the T5 in Standard Mode and finds it less thrilling than his T6, which has a max speed of 12 mph.
So, limited speed makes me and my son happy—speedy daredevils, not so much. You will love this safety feature if you’re a beginner or have kids interested in hoverboarding.
Three: Non-Slip Footpads
When you first get on the T5, you’ll notice that it keeps your feet apart at a comfortable width. I like the slip-pad design because they help keep me in control of the T5. The footpads keep my feet from slipping when I lean forward and backward, and I feel stable when I stand upright.
I’ve realized that using the T5 forces me to consciously stand properly, so my posture has significantly improved in addition to my balance. The T5 might be a great option for anyone who wants to work on straightening hunched postures.
Four: 200W Dual Motors
Here are some quick specs:
- Max load of 187.9 lbs
- Max speed of 6.8 mph
- 7 to 12 mile range per charge
- Climbing capability of up to 30º
The T5 is more compact than its predecessors, but it still packs the power you’d want in a hoverboard. It carries all 180 lbs of my brother without a problem. I appreciate the fact that I can take it to the park and around my neighborhood without worrying about it stopping midway. One charge lasts me two or three days.
I’ve ridden it on low pile carpet, hardwood, and the street. The rides are smooth, so my balance isn’t thrown off. Tile, I will admit, is a little slippery, so you might want to be extra cautious. The one issue I did find is that the T5 is really slow on grass, which makes sense considering how rocky and unstable lawns get.
It might be the baby of the SWAGTRON family, but the T5 definitely feels powerful.
Five: Topnotch Electrical and Battery System
Here are quick safety specs:
- Fireproof shell
- SentryShield™ Multi-Layered Battery Protection
- Smart Battery Management System
The T5, like the rest of the SWAGTRON hoverboards, have incredibly safe parts, so you don’t have to worry.
As a parent, safety is important for me, but it’s necessary for anything my son uses. I feel secure having my son use the T5 when I read about all the protective measures SWAGTRON includes. If you’re safety conscious, SWAGTRON might be a suitable brand for you.
Six: LED System and Battery Indicators
The battery and system indicators placed at the center are a quick way to check the status of the T5. I find it easy to view the remaining battery life even as I ride. It’s situated in a viewable spot, so it doesn’t feel awkward looking at it. This is really important for beginners, because any small distraction or change can cause us to lose balance.
Seven: Affordable Beyond Belief
Last but certainly not the least is how insanely affordable the T5 is with its less than $300 price tag. Most hoverboards with decent specs go for about twice the price of the T5, but even with its lower price point, the T5 comes with the features necessary for good, quality hoverboarding.
When you get on the T5, you’ll notice that the iconic SWAGTRON design is more compact. With its lower price tag, it compromises on certain features but does not sacrifice what is demanded by consumers: capability. The T5 performs well—just without any Bluetooth functionality.
If you don’t have the extra bank to purchase ultra expensive hoverboards, the T5 is a possible solution for you.
Other Reviews and Testimonials
Based on reviews and testimonials, buyers purchase the T5 for their children but rave about the ease of use. So much so that most parents, such as myself, have taken to riding it. Buyers also like the durability and range per charge.
Here are some comments certified buyers have made about the T5.
Alternative Products You Might Like
If you want a little more power to your ride, check out these great alternatives.
The Original T1
How it differs from the T5:
- Max load of 220 lbs
- Max speed of 8 mph
- Has protective bumpers
- 250W motors
The T1 is the original SWAGTRON hoverboard and remains to this day a classic. If you want a more powerful motor with a higher max speed of 8 mph, the T1 might work for you. The max load of 220 lbs means it accommodates adults. Beginner to intermediate riders who want a speedier ride might find the T1 more to their taste.
The Bluetooth-Enabled T3
How it differs from the T5:
- Max load of 220 lbs
- Max speed of 8 mph
- Has protective bumpers
- 250W motors
- Integrated speakers
- Bluetooth enabled
- Access to SWAGTRON app
The T3 is an upgraded version of the T1, but speed and power remain the same. With a higher price tag, the T3 gives you extra features that make riding more convenient and fun. You can play music or access your hoverboard through the app. Like the T1, the T3 is suited for beginners to intermediate riders with a focus on tech obsessed consumers. If you like your hoverboards with extra gadgets and gizmos, the T3 might be a good fit for you.
The All-Terrain T6
- Max load of 420 lbs
- Max speed of 12 mph
- Powerful 350W motors
- Integrated speakers
- Bluetooth enabled
- Access to SWAGTRON app
The T6 is the beefy brother of all the SWAGTRON hoverboards. The motors provide a whopping 350W, so you’ll be able to tackle dirt paths and inclines with pizzazz. It’s built for off-roading, and it sets a world record for its 420 lbs max load. If you’re an advanced rider looking for the next challenge, the T6 might become your favorite.
The Final Verdict
The T5 has the features to enable beginners, kids, and anyone who is clumsy, unbalanced, or nervous to cut down the learning curve nightmare for hoverboards. Although the T5 doesn’t have the extra features the T3 or T6 boast, it has the quality design and performance necessary for first time riders.
With the T5’s Learning Mode and speed limit, I’ve become a decent hoverboard rider within a week and my son only took 2 days. If you want to learn to ride, the T5 might be the hoverboard for you.
For more information, click here to check out SWAGTRON’s T5.
This past weekend I was up in the northern California region for a fundraiser that revolves around another type of Sk8 kamp, which we will get back to later…
As I’ve somehow managed to make it to several of these ‘skate camps‘, I felt that we should write about it. We’ll also get to ‘Woodward West’ in a moment, but first, let’s look at this amazing place that I’ve never had the chance to go to yet, but hopefully with enough skating time put it, I will eventually get to skate there. Check out Element:
Element Skateboard Camp
For now I wanted to show you a very recent video from this past week at the amazing Element Skate Camp!
Our friends over at Skidmark Skatemag (A legitimate source for daily skateboarding from amazing skaters filmed by skaters, worth subscribing) just posted this video from this past week at Camp Element around July 18-21st, 2017.
- If you ever wanna go to skate camp, this is where things there are at currently.
- I would have LOVED this as a kid if it existed
- The next best thing is to share this and attend these places as an adult when we get the opportunities.
This video sums up what a week in the summer of 2017 is like:
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been to Woodward half a dozen times now and it’s absolutely an incredible vibe of progression and learning every time we are there.
Thanks to Jake and the local riders who keep woodward rolling all year ’round, I’ve had some amazing street and ramp times at this world class x-games style training facility.
For adults, there are weekend getaways, but you need to make the appointments and don’t EVER SHOW UP without speaking to them and confirming your trip first to avoid any disappointment as this place is STRICT and PRIVATE but for good reason. You will appreciate these rules after you obey them as it keeps out the wrong crowd and everyone is way cool there.
On my first trip to Woodward, I spent 3 days there and here’s my video from the last day. It was SO cool that they let me do this: Thanks to all the riders and skaters we’ve met there:
Then once I proved I can hang with the Woodward Crew, we returned, with toys!
Etnies of Lake Forest.
This is a much smaller, more local, ‘day type camp’ that you can find in the heart of Orange County at the killer Etnies skatepark. I’ve skater there a few times, the people are cool and I love the terrain. I’m sure this camp is killer for local kids and they are lucky to have it. More details on summer camps at Etnie’s skate park of Lake Forest.
Sk8 Kamp at Burning Man.
Seeing as some of us are too old for ‘skate camp’ now, there is an adult version. SK8 Kamp. Driven by Kickstarter, the brand looks like this: (there are no real logos at burning man just ones like this!)
I actually skated this wearing a cowboy hat and a fire suit. Next year there are some plans to have the ability to skate the propane with just jeans by lowering the fire levels to one that’s more skateable with less hazard. Every year it gets just bigger and better all around. Soon there will be a mobile skate ramp I hear…. still searchin’.
To see more of our skateboarding adventures check out this blog piece with the team over at Braille Skateboarding !
Costa Mesa, California has one of the most real skateparks in California. Not only is this nothing like the Etnies park in Lake forest, where there is a staff, strict rules and lots of parents and parking…. it just has great lines and a killer local scene.
I’ve been skating there since 2017 began and compared to DTLA spots (better lighting), Burbank: Less rules, free and better hours… or Venice: Daytime only and I work fulltime so weekends only which are killer busy…but when you skate Venice on a weekend, it feels like you are in a skate video. You literally are in hundreds of tourist videos so it is rather true!
So back to Costa Mesa:
See how much fun we have here?
Check out this video having some fun with the locals on all different rideables in the skateparks.
On these next videos, there’s several different things going on, basically we’re testing out the all terrain hoverboard or the T6 offroad hoverboards, which are the best hoverboards going, personally I feel as you can ride on the grass or the sidewalk and not have to worry about things like cracks, etc.
Notice how I took the SWAGTRON Voyager electric skateboard into the 3′ – 4′ bowl at Costa Mesa and then launched out of it. I was using the hand controller to really get speed through the corners… it’s really nice because you can get speed without throwing so much weight around… keeping you in more control.
Think of it this way… if you are coming out of a corner with a car, it’s great to accelerate. Skaters already do this by pumping the transitions and corners… using an electric skateboard however, the game changes. You can conserve your own pump energy by hitting the gas where needed instead and preparing for your next manouver rather than dealing with gaining more momentum as you would have in the past.
This leads to the thought of when regular skateboards will have the same type of thing, as battery design enclosure evolves smaller and smaller. I can’t wait to skate regular boards that have boosts to get you out of the bowl after you bail, for example!
This weekend I will participate in helping get ready for our SK8 kamp fundraiser August 5th in San Francisco, we’re packing up ramps for burning man and making sure everything works before heading out to Playa for the last week of August-September. See BurningMan.org to learn about the ten principles of burning man or even read my ‘the 10 things I learned at burning man’ blog post that I wrote after my first year ever attending. I should re-read that now and see how I’ve changed!
Okay I’m off to the BRAILLE HOUSE! wish me luck.
loving his T6 off-road hoverboard buy one right now!