Hoverboards / 2-Wheel Scooters / Whatever They’re Called – The Ultimate Buying Guide!

Professional Review 1:

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Adam: Hey everyone, it’s Adam here. Today I’m going to show you guys, this. This is the Segway, hover board, mile rover, io hawk, funky duck, whatever you want to call it, it’s the hover board. If you guys have ever seen this, if you have one of your own, anything, this video will prove helpful to you guys. In this video I have compost five different parts, each part works on something completely different and throughout the entire video at the side there will be annotations to where you can click to see each different category of the video.
Part one is gear and setup, this talks about where to get these things, the price you can get them for, the different kind of gear you may want to use and where while riding, different methods of scratch protection for these, and how to protect the board as well as yourself.
Part two talks about the different styles of riding from foot placement, to ankle versus weight style of riding.
Part three is where we learn to ride. It’s all about getting in the right mindset to ride before you first get on, then learning how to mount, go forward and back, side to side, turning, all the basics.
Once you’ve mastered that we move to part four where we talk about how to ride more effectively. It’s a way of perfecting the art, talking about your posture when you ride, the different types of terrain and places you can ride for different effect, knowing when to stop or slowdown, as well as how to take tricky parts like curbs and ledges.
Then we move onto part five, the advanced tricks. Talking about things like how to get through a space smaller than the width of the board, you can do it. Also moves called the figure eight, doing a one eighty on this thing, and three sixties. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video.
Okay, so first off let’s talk about where to buy these things. You can get these things from some really sketchy sites. They may, look at the reviews, look up not necessarily reviews on the website but from other place like on Google, and if all is good and you find a good deal, you know you can get these things as cheap as two hundred dollars, they also go up to eighteen hundred dollars, one thousand eight hundred bucks. That’s the notorious io hawk, it is a re shelved, re branded version of this bad boy right here, and it’s eighteen hundred dollars. They are basically all the same units from the same manufacturer in China, okay?
One board is not going to perform better than the next, when you’re on this thing they will all feel the same. Like I said pricing you can get them as cheap as two hundred up to eighteen hundred, I went somewhere in the middle. This is from Hyperwalk.com I got this for seven hundred dollars, you can get them … a reliable source on Amazon for three hundred to four hundred dollars.
Okay, so you found your preferred board for the right price and everything looks good, you buy it. It’s in your hands, it’s shipped to your house and you want to get right on, but hold up because you may want some gear. If you are nervous to get on this the first time, you’re kind of scared, you really want to learn how to ride but you’re scared. I highly recommend at least a helmet, if you’re scared. If you feel like you’ve got this than take it at your own risk, but a helmet maybe necessary. Additional things if you’re super nervous and you just want to assure no injuries, elbow pads, knee pads. You will fall, I actually have a couple minor cuts, it won’t be too bad but it could be bad. You may get some cuts on just your elbows and knees so pads like that may totally help.
Also you want to wear shoes. When I first rode on this for the first time I was wearing shoes, and my friend Griffon who was with me in this room was wearing no shoes, he was in his bare feet. This thing hurts, it’s twenty five pounds and if you run over your foot, someone else’s foot, anything. You trip off and hit the back of your ankle, it hurts. Shoes are necessary. You may feel like you’re one with the board without shoes, wear them though. That’s about it for protecting yourself, but you may want to protect the board. So far, and I do believe that in the future technology will become better with these things, the technology is there but the build quality isn’t because it’s from China. No offense but we all know made in China stuff a lot of times they cut corners it’s made of some cheap composite plastics. There’s stories of these things breaking if you’re not careful with them.
You want to protect the board, if the seven hundred or even three hundred dollars you spend on this is a lot of money for you and this is your new baby, you want to take care of it, you don’t want to get it scuffed up. One scratch can make you cry, we can prevent that. Let’s take a look how, I have done, on this board, the complete protection method. This board came with rubber bumpers on the top but no way to install them, they were just sheets of rubber. I epoxied them down and then covered them in tape but you don’t have to do that. The best method I have for you guys is hockey tape, or even duct tape, something like that. Let me move over to the desk and show you guys what I’m talking about.
My biggest complaint about this board is that I love it too much. When I go anywhere and I fall off and it gets scuffed, it’s super annoying and kind of sad. I wanted to protect that, after the first two or three times of falling and I had some scuffs I hated it, so I came up with a way to fix it. I noted where the scratch marks were and even where they weren’t where they may occur. That happened to be the four wheel welds, basically the corners of where the wheel meets the plastic on both sides were kind of scuffed up. It looks a little bit messy here, but the black definitely help. If you’re super, super protective you can put on this tape when you go out, peel it off and you won’t have any scratches. Hopefully the idea is instead of scratching the board when it runs and hits the ground it will just scratch the tape instead, cut it maybe maybe, you peel off the tape and you’re good underneath.
Again, if you don’t have any bumpers over it run the hockey tape over the top, if you’re going fast and you fall off and the board rolls it will roll right on top, that’s what it’s designed to do is roll on top of these welds. If they’re covered in the strips of this durable hockey tape, or any tape that’s thick enough, it won’t touch the plastic it will touch the tape, very basic idea, something you may not have thought of if you’re tired of the scratches or before you even go on, if you want a pristine board your whole life just do that.
I also took weak spots that are known to chip, this plastic is pretty thin and I’m pretty sure if you banged it hard enough on the corners it will actually snap. I took epoxy on a Popsicle stick, if you guys don’t know what two part is epoxy is, really, really strong glue. I just kind of coated the edges in it, what that did was basically bonded that really, really hard bond. Hopefully it won’t break ever. Little things like that make a big difference, you don’t feel it when you’re riding, it doesn’t effect any turning or anything like that, but it just makes it safer and all the more fun when you peel off that tape when you’re done at the day and there’s no scratches.
All right that’s about it for all the methods of protection, whether it’s you or the board, where to get the board, we want to move on to riding this thing. Okay, but before we ride we want to talk about some more things, mainly the different places that you can place your foot when you ride, and also different ways of riding. Before we even get on the board you want to talk about foot placements. When you get on the board, where are you going to put your foot? Well, you put it wherever you want but there’s different places to put it. I ride this with my friend, he likes to put his foot directly straight ride in the middle of that center pad like this. Me, I personally like to have my feet pressed up sideways against the welds. What I mean by that is my feet pushed as far apart as they can, it makes my stance a little bit wider but it makes me more comfortable on it and it makes me feel like I have better control just because my feet are really close to the wheels. Some people may like their legs straight, to put your feet in the middle more like this keeps your legs completely straight down, and some people like that better. Makes you certainly look a little cooler I think.
The instructions, depending on the instruction manual, the one I have, this users manual will tell you, at least the one I have, to keep your heels on the inside and your feet out. Kind of on an angle like this. It does feel kind of nice, it’s not quite natural but it makes it really easy to turn, but not overturn, forward is a breeze, backwards is kind of easy too because your foot when you walk naturally kind of veers out just a little bit. Kind of walks like this, not in a straight line. This is maybe not that drastic but like that, maybe just slight turns maybe feel a little more natural to you but those are the three different ways of riding. I personally again like my feet out like that, and that’s how I’m going to be riding in the video.
You will figure all of that out just by riding, what feels nicest to you, but those are the three things you can definitely try. Next, when you get on and you’re going to want to try to go forward and move around, you’re going to think, “How do I do it?”. There’s different ways of doing it, two main ones, the first one is ankles, it’s how I do it. Technically when people explain this, you look at any other YouTube video it will say, “lean forward to go forward, lean back to go back”, and then turning they can’t really explain, you just kind of turn. It’s like it knows what you want to do, it knows what your brain wants to do. That’s not true, look at the science of it, break it down, I found I wasn’t using my weight to lean forward, especially up curbs. Curbs get tricky.
You can use your weight, and I’ll shift up the camera in a sec to show you what I mean, but personally down here to show you I use my ankles, it’s very, very subtle and you can’t really tell because the board is moving with it. If I were to step off the board, push it aside for a sec. When I go I kind of move my ankle forward to go forward, and back to go back. Similarly to turn, if you want to turn this way you put your foot down, I push the front of my toes down and the other foot back so it kind of alter them, like *click*. It makes it turn, vise versa go boom, and it will turn just the way it works. I push my toe down, my heel down to turn one way, other way … right? It’s like a switch. To go forward up, I don’t actually raise off the board but you know, I kind of push forwards with my feet like that. To go back, lift. That’s just how I do it.
Demonstrating it on the board now, you’re on and you’re not going to be able to tell as much but I push my feet forward, ankles back, to turn this toe will go down, that ankle will go back and it will spin you pretty fast if you do it hard. That’s a really effective method to spin pretty fast. That’s how I turn.
The other way of turning, you have your chest and you lean forward and your weight will carry you. Now I don’t like that because than to stop you have to lean back. It’s not that dramatic you can learn forward a bit, lean back. You can lean forward a bit, lean back, and there you have it. That’s ankle versus weight style of riding, if you want to use your weight to your advantage and shit that around, or if you just want to mess around with your ankles you’d see my chest is staying in the same spot but the board is going everywhere, that’s all footwork. Those are different things you can try on the board, let’s get on this.
Before you ride you have to get in the right mindset, but what does that mean? Getting in the right mindset entails knowing what you have to do before you try and do it. When you get on the board, to stay straight up you’ve got to make sure that your weight is distributed equally on both lets. You can’t put all your weight on one foot, I mean maybe you can if you’re a skilled master genie like I am, but overall if you’re going kind of speedy down a street you want to make sure that instead of … to ensure that you’re going to go in a straight line, get no speed wobble, you’re standing completely straight on the board. You don’t have to stand straight but standing so that your weight is just boom, straight down on both legs evenly.
Just know what to expect, just think about what’s going to happen and be ready for it. Don’t freak out, that’s the biggest thing when you’re on it. Don’t try and stay steady, the board will shake and stuff, relax. Relax, keep your feet flat with even weight and just stand there. All right, so how to mount, it’s very simple. Take your dominant foot, what is your dominant foot? For me it’s my right, maybe you don’t know, honestly whatever your brain feels like is going to be easier for you to stand on one foot, I mean it’s pretty easy like this, but whatever just feels more natural, maybe do it for a little while if you’re really scared. My right foot is my dominant one so I put that on first. Don’t stomp on it like I just did, do a soft plant step up and put your other on. It’s really, really simple. Of course you can hold onto something your first time. Hold onto a pole maybe and get on and then gradually let go. Maybe hold onto what you’re holding onto and just kind of practice doing this while you’re holding on, just kind of wiggling back and forth. Not actually going anywhere but just getting a feel for the board.
That’s mounting but you also want to talk about how to un-mount. I reverse engineer it, I put my right foot on first and followed by my left. I’m going to take my left foot off first so that I’m left with my dominant foot on, my more comfortable one, and then remove that. I’m obviously to the point to where I can get on without having to hold onto something and that’s what you need to get to if you want to have some serious fun on this. You want to be able to free mount. A unicycle, so that may make this a little bit easier on me but you want to be able to free mount. That means not holding onto anything.
You’ve mastered mounting, you’ve got on and off a million times and you’re like, “I’ve got this, I’m ready to let go of that pole,” so you let go. Now where are you going to go? Well, forward or backward is probably your best bet, so how are you going to do it? Just like I talked about before in the different types of riding whether it’s ankle or weight, use your ankles to go forward, use them to go back, or your weight. Just play around with it and that’s why I said when you’re holding onto the pole, make sure you kind of do this. You mess around, you just go back and forth, kind of practice.
Methods of turning, like I talked about. You want to use your toes and your heels and alternate them, so kind of push your toe down, heel down, and turn and vise versa. Other toe down, other heel down, just play with it. The most important thing again is that you get in that mentality and you think about what it is you’re doing and then it will come naturally. All right, so those are obviously the very, very basics of riding. Forward, backward, turn side to side, and that’s it, that’s really all you need to have some serious fun on this. To do crazy maneuvers like I can, well I have limited space here but you want to ride a little more effectively.
When you ride make sure you’re standing straight up, you don’t want to be slouching like this when you ride around. I mean I totally can, I can go on … I can squat on it and ride around, like so. You can, but you want to make sure if you’re going down on a busy city or you don’t want to fall, stand straight up. The more your weight is in a straight line down the easier it’s going to be for balancing.
Obviously when you first start out everyone’s like this, you don’t want to be thinking about your posture but as you get comfortable think about standing up straight. There’s different terrain and places to ride, this effects everything. I’m riding on this carpet right now, as soon as I go onto the square mats in my garage it will feel different. Even on concrete there’s different types of concrete, gravel, everything. These things are known to take grass really well as well, so don’t be afraid about grass. The best is if you’re going to a store, maybe a big chain store, a Walmart, something with slick flooring, a Costco. Don’t actually do this because you may run into some people but … maybe even the cops. You know what I mean, if it’s a slick floor like that, if you’re comfortable using it in your house on hardwood, laminate, something like that, just try different terrains you’ll get different feels. These things are advertised to go over ten miles on a charge and they would if you were in slick flooring the entire time. If you’re on rough bumpy gravel and it’s working on hills and stuff, no.
Another really important thing that will help you from scratching this thing, and it’s the thing that took me the longest to know. Sounds pretty easy but when to stop and start. Learning when to stop and slowdown when you’re going really fast and you want to go faster is crucial. These things I’m pretty sure all have built in beepers, when you’re leaning at your maximum and the motors can’t hold you up anymore it’s going to start going beep, beep, beep. You can maintain that speed but anything more and the motors are going to give out, the thing will roll, you’ll get thrown off the front. Basically if the thing goes beep, beep, beep learn to learn back, trust yourself.
Then there’s learning how to take curbs and ledges, when you approach a curb you must use your ankles. Using your weight to go up a curb or pushing your chest forward is going to suck. Approach the curb straight on, don’t try it on an angle going up forty five degrees, bad idea. This will prevent scuffing if you go up straight. Tilt your feet forward, sometimes what you may even find you do is if you just inch one foot up first, one eight on it, and then back up the other foot and then you can go off. That’s kind of what I do sometimes if the curb is kind of tricky, now I can slowly go up a curb. At first I would put up one, turn around, put up the other and then keep going. It’s kind of confusing but it’s just the way it works. Taking curbs and ledges is something that you have to practice, also if there’s little tiny cracks in a road or a little rivet in the floor or something and you go over it fast, chances are that will be better than if you go over slow. If you go over slow you’re going to this “Ta Tunk,” if you go over it fast you’ll breeze right over.
That’s effective riding, let’s work on the advanced tricks. Okay, so let’s talk about getting through spaces smaller than you, we’re going to have location for this one guys. For demonstration sake these two objects are heavy, they weight a thousand pounds and you can’t move them and they’re your only way through to get to where you want to go but you can’t quite make it. You can see my wheels are wider than where is I want to be able to get through. What do you do? Ever heard of a Ripstick? Turn sideways, and you want to do an S like pattern swaying your feet back and forth like this. I’m kind of bumping these things but hopefully whatever it is you’re doing is like a wall or something and if you just very slightly touch it with the back of your heel it’s not going to move or anything. That’s how you do it, and you get through.
This box is a little to light I want something that won’t move as soon as I poke it. Get out of here. Okay, here’s something. You have your grandmothers box of delicate china, and on the other side you have recycling bin, and you need to get past them for some strange reason and you can’t. I just want to be careful with this China but you’ve got to get through and it’s like, “Oh I’m just not close enough”.
You do the S pattern, really if you learn to turn, you turn a little and then turn your board, and then back up in the same direction. You want to constantly be moving in the direction you’re trying to get to, you can see what I’m doing. Ankle forward, turn the board, ankle back in that same direction and you just slowly move forward. Get out of here China, go back to my grandma. Let’s go put out the recycling, oh yeah it does your recycling.
This next one is the figure eight. Okay, so I just made this, the figure eight. Hopefully this is a little easier way to show you how what I’m doing it makes a figure eight. Obviously you can do this, this is cruising around in a figure eight. Obviously you’re thinking, “Wow, this is easy”. That’s not what the figure eight is. The reason I call this the figure eight, although it’s not really one. The movement I’m doing is this, it’s a little mini sort of figure eight. If I try to do it on the tape you’ll see that I go forward onto this piece, back onto this piece, forward onto this piece, back onto this piece. I guess it could be an X but it just feels kind of like a figure eight. You can go any which way, you can go in circles like I’m doing piece by piece now. It’s basically turning in a circle but as you move you bring the board forward and backward as you go. It’s something that looks pretty cool, and quite frankly is really fun.
Now a one eighty, so let’s start by going backward. I think starting go backwards, turning and going forward is easier. You simply go backwards, then turn around as you move. One eighty is pretty easy, it’s pretty self explanatory. Self explanatory but, the three sixty is that. If you’re going and you start going backwards and keep going, it’s like two spins.
Three sixty is really simple, I don’t mean going and then doing this, and then continuing, that’s lame. If we get a lot of space here and as you go forward you go, backwards, forwards, and you keep going. It’s hard to do it in this small space, it’s really cool. Backwards, forward, keep going. You can even reverse three sixty which is where you’re going backwards, turn to go forward, turn to go backwards, you know … really simple, and that’s it.
There’s not too many tricks you can do on these things because they’re not strong enough yet, one day. You can’t pop them, and do not put straps on your feet and try and jump with these things up onto stuff, the middle will snap right in half. That’s why I’m refined to the amount of tricks I can show you guys.
If you guys have any cooler tricks you want to send me, maybe send me your links like a video message or a video reply, or just give me a title of something and I can come up with a cool move for it. I don’t know, something like that. I want to know some more tricks but I’m kind of limited to my imagination. Everything else I’ve shown you is from stuff I’ve seen on videos, the figure eight is really the only thing that I’ve done that I haven’t seen before.
All right everyone I hope you guys enjoyed this video, if you know what this channel is it’s my daily vlogging channel, and this may be a little bit different but I’ve been on this thing for so long and I’m pretty good at it so I figure I should help you guys out. If this video was cool, if it helped you out, or even if you just enjoyed watching it hit that like button down below because it really helps out. Again, comment if there’s something cool I didn’t mention you have questions about or you want to suggest to me for later like some tricks I can come up with anything like that, hit me up in the comments below. I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and as always this was Adam signing off.
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Professional Review 2:

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Speaker 1: This thing is awesome. It’s a self balancing, two-wheeled electric scooter. Think of it like a mini Segway but just no handlebar. I’m going to give you a quick unboxing, how to ride and my review. Let’s jump right in. These things are trying to get really popular and you might have even seen some famous YouTubers trying them recently. There’s Casey Neistat, Alfie, Jesse from PrankvsPrank. Now, it seems that there’s no official names for these scooters, just slight variation and generic rebranded names of the same Chinese product.
Unboxing is simple. Included is a user manual which is poorly translated from Chinese to English, the charging cable and then the main unit. That’s it. Build quality is really nice. Weighing in at 27 pounds which makes it feel hefty but a good solid build so when you take a few tumbles, it’s not going to fall apart under you. Though it scratches up easily.
I think it would be easy enough for most people to carry it around to class or into the office. Max speed is around seven or eight miles per hour. It will give you a little beeping sound when you’re going max speed. Now, it’s actually pretty fast. An average jogging speed is four to six miles per hour. This is like a fast jogging pace. On a full charge, it can go somewhere in the 15 miles range which is pretty insane. I kept using mine over and over tons of practice riding. It took a few days to finally get it down to low battery. It can carry up to 220 pounds. A bonus point, this thing charges fast. It only takes a couple of hours to fully charge.
Learning to ride scooter is actually really easy. You just hit the power button, gently step on the platform one foot at a time. This black rubber pads are like touch sensitive buttons, turning on the motors when enough pressure is applied. Using a wall or a person for support and practice standing up straight. The key is to just stay relaxed. Pro tip, push your feet to the edges against the rail which seems to help me balance. Then you can start leaning forwards or backwards to move around. That’s really it.
It’s so quick and easy to learn. It’s very intuitive. You just let your brain kind of think about moving around and it will automatically do it for you. I even had my little 9-year old niece learning to ride it in just a few minutes. In about 20 minutes of my first time practicing, I felt very comfortable on it. Going up and downhills takes a little practice but you can fill the gyros working underneath your feet. It’s very good and precise at compensating and balancing stability for you.
The times are rubber, non-inflatable so no concern for flats and great for gription. They’re large enough to roll over and maneuver most sidewalk bumps and twists but not the big ones like these. They’re just too large to hop over and it bottoms out. It really feels like you’re in the future when you’re riding this thing. Just think about moving forward or spinning in a circle and it does it for you. The motors are extremely silent which is great for filming. Now, that’s actually a lot of what I’ll be using my scooter for, making movies. Matched with my Gimbal Stabilizer, it’s like an endless dolly track. It also helps remove that bounce from walking.
Now, one important thing to mention, this thing is not perfect. My friend was riding it. Smashed one wheel pretty hard into an object and ever since then, I’ve been getting that motor to freak out on me and the light turns red. I’ve tried charging it, resetting it, no fix yet. But I’ll probably just send it back for a new one. Now, Segway is going to cost you around 6 to $8,000. This scooter will only cost you around $600. You can even find them cheaper on eBay but I bought mine through Amazon because eBay just feels a little sketchy to me sometimes. Well, Amazon gives me a guarantee of my money back plus I ship mine prime. While most others are slow shipping from China, I’m just too impatient for that. I’ll give you a link to the one I got and the description below.
In closing, this self balancing, two-wheeled electric scooter is so much fun. I had high expectations when I purchased it and it’s totally blown them all away. It’s so much fun to ride, quick to learn, easy to transport and pretty affordable for what you’re getting. If you’re thinking about buying one, I’d highly recommend it. You’ll have a blast. I hope this video is helpful and fun. Leave me a comment or thumbs up if you haven’t already. Subscribe for more videos like this in the future. Thanks.
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