Buying an off-road electric skateboard isn’t easy, as now there are literally hundreds of companies launching new models. In this article we will review the best electric skateboards which you can use in offroad terrains.
In order to choose your board, you must consider your weight, proficiency, riding style and the terrain you want to ride on. Compared to offroad electric biking, esk8ing is a lot more difficult due to the lower center of gravity, need keeping constant balance, as well as the tremendous strain on your ankles and knees, which you feel after riding just a few kilometers.
Electric mountain boards are a bit more expensive than electric boards you can use in urban setting, due to the use of more powerful motor, stronger parts, as well as more expensive, all-terrain tires. Nevertheless, off-road skateboards, have gained some serious traction and a lot of good companies have started making them. Let’s see which those companies are and what they have to offer.
1) EVOLVE GTR Carbon 2 in 1 Long Board
Our favorite off-road electric board is the brutal GTR Carbon by Evolve.
Why do we pick it above the others?
To sum it up: acceleration, charge time, range, max speed, build quality, control. This esk8 is a premium product and comes at a hefty price, but you pay for the best parts as well as characteristics. Having in mind Boosted boards are going down the drain, Evolve are now the king of the esk8 jungle.
To start with, the board comes with a toolbox, a Y tool to unscrew all screws on the board, a charger, a remote control, extra screws as well as stickers.
And let’s face it, this board is beautiful, you can not only see the quality built, but you can also feel it. The carbon feel and the hand made hexagon design is just eye-watering!
As the GTR Carbon comes with a carbon deck, at first I thought it might feel stiff riding it, compared to a bamboo deck, like the Mellow drive, but the off-road wheels suffice for the carbon deck and make the feel even more smooth, even on sand, dirt road and footpaths.
Pros of the Evolve GTR Carbon electric longboard:
- The carbon deck gives you a lot of control, especially on uneven, offroad terrain. When riding at a higher speed, the carbon deck gives you extra security and stability. This stability gives an almost skate-like control, where you can drift at high speed on rough terrain. Pretty cool!
- Forget about what the manufacturer says about the range of this board, when we tried it in an offroad setting, going on rough terrain, with more than 90% of the time using ‘pro mode’, after doing around 15km or more, the battery had 50% left. Doing the simple math, that would give it around 30km of offroad fun if you can actually still stand on your board after that long. Other riders have done lots of battery tests and if you’re riding on normal roads with little to no incline, you can expect to get around 50km with a single charge.
- GTR and custom mode. If you’re going for hardcore riding, Evolve offers you modes where you can get the most power out of the 14AH Samsung lithium-Ion mattery with custom BMS.
- Standard for Evolve, you get premium quality parts such as the Evolve ceramic precision bearings, hand-made carbon deck, Ultra-smooth stepless braking control with regenerative recharging and many more.
Characteristics of the Evolve GTR Carbon:
- Two types of wheels, for urban and offroad riding (the Evolve GT 97mm 76A and Evolve 7″ pneumatic All-Terrain wheels)
- Maximum weight load of 100kg (220pounds)
- Weight of the board: 9.8-10.5kg (street/all-terrain)
- Charging: recharge to full in 4-5 hours
- Length: 39″ / 101cm
- Motor: brushless dual 1500 watt
- Range: 50 (31miles) urban and 30km (19miles) offroad
- 12 months manufacturer guarantee
- Max speed: 26 to 22 miles (urban / all-terrain), decreasing as voltage decreases
Drawbacks of the all-terrain GTR Carbon 2 in 1:
- One thing, which is understandable for an electric off-road longboard, is the weight. You can’t just carry this board everywhere with you, unless you’re riding it ofcourse. The price to pay for getting an off-road skate, I guess.
- Fixed! There was a problem with the charging cover where when you open it the first time, you can’t close it properly, however, Evolve has already addressed and fixed that issue.
2) Backfire G2T – the best budget off-road electric skateboard
Backfire is a skateboard and electric skateboard company with more than 10 years of presence in the market. It has slowly built trust in the esk8 community by providing quality electric skateboards at affordable prices (especially compared to the high end of the price spectrum) between 400-600 dollars. Their first big hit was the Backfire G2 back in 2017, and since then they have kept their quality of the models high.
Let’s take a closer look at the G2T. You can ride it in three-speed modes:
- Eco-mode: most economic, with a max speed of 12.4 mph (20kmh)
- Standard mode: for standard cruising and usage, with a maximum speed of 23.6mph (38kmh)
- Turbo mode: time for some adrenaline rush, go up to 25mph (40kmh)
Have in mind: as fun as it may be, the Turbo mode only lasts for 30 seconds until the board switches back to the previous mode you were using.
Characteristics of the Backfire G2T electric longboard:
- It is powered by the Hobbywing ESC, there are no jolts when accelerating or braking, the ride is smooth.
- It has two motors each 350W
- Regenerative braking – charges the battery when slowing down
- This el. board can easily stop and start on a 15% uphill terrain and can climb slopes up to 30%
- The G2T has a range of: 14.9miles (24km)
- Weight: 14.5lbs (6.5kg)
- Charging the battery to full takes around 2.5hrs
- Breaking is amazing, haven’t ridden a board with a better tuned braking system. The breaking starts smooth and ends in a more sudden manner when your legs are already prepared for the breaking posture.
- G2T is very stable, due to the wider 275mm Caliber II trucks.
- 96mm wheels and 83mm height makes the ride a comfortable choice for more rougher terrains, although compared to the Evolve Carbon GTR and the Skatebolt Tornado, it is not that
- G2T has finally fixed an issue with the previous model with a vibrating motor. Have in mind the price also changes with $50 more for the new model to $599 versus $549.
- You can pick the size of your wheels, making this electric longboard suitable for all-terrains.
- A bit surprising for a model of this price range is the OLED screen which shows speed, range left and other stats, as well as ability to change from kmp to mph.
- When accelerating, the G2T felt a bit weaker than other boards powered by Hobbywing, such as the Wowgo 2s. The Chinese electric board scene has only one competitor in this price range, which is LiYing ESC, which is known to have better acceleration capability. So if you’re a pro and want more torque, you’d better go with a board made by LiYing or just pay a lot more for the premium brands such as Evolve.
- When switching to Turbo mode, you have to let the board free-wheel for a few seconds, otherwise, the mode doesn’t turn on. A pretty weird thing.
- As mentioned above, the Turbo mode lasts only 30 seconds, and there is 30 seconds of ‘cool off’ time until you can use it again.
3) The Off-Road Outstorm electric skateboard (review) going up to 31 Miles per hour
This is the fastest purchasable electric skateboard. It is an amazing buy even if you don’t consider the top speed. The heavy-duty all-terrain tires make this esk8 usable both for commute and some mountain boarding as well.
Remember, this isn’t just a toy, it’s a professional electric longboard, make sure you use protective gear when riding it. The top speed is no joke, so if you’re a beginner to intermediate rider, take your time getting the feel of the board before going full ‘Back to the future’ mode, ok!
Outsorm electric skateboard review, the characteristics
- It has a 19-mile range, which is average, with a 4 hour charge time to full.
- The motor is 3300w using dual brushless motors 1650w each.
- It weighs 32lbs and has dimensions of 42 by 17 by 9 inches
- The tires are pneumatic rubber tires suitable for AT ride.
- The deck is made of 11 layers of Canadian maple
- Comes with a one year warranty (depending on the distributor, check yours before purchase!)
Pros of the Outstorm all-terrain eboard
The powerful motor and all-terrain tires makes it suitable for people with more bodyweight.
This electric longboard is suitable for roads with ruts, humps, holes bumps and the like. The rubber tires don’t care for those, so if you live in a place with bad roads, that esk8 is going to be your best choice.
The battery has a decent amount of life, one charge is enough to last you the whole ride, especially if you’re going all-terrain. For the commute, that’d depend on how far you go, as the max range is 19 miles.
I can’t stress this enough, be careful when riding this board, unless you’re experienced, not only the speed you can reach but the acceleration is very fast due to the DW motor. Make sure to use PPE, a helmet and protective gloves.
The top speed can make the eboard a bit shaky and wobbly, so make sure to tighten the trucks well before going to maximum speed
The board is pretty heavy, so it can’t be easily carried for long distances, it is not a small eboard for commuting daily, it is more of an all terrain board for climbing hills and going on dirt roads with.
Review of the Outstorm after half a year of use:
After heavy use, it now has a range of 15 miles, and only an inner tube needed to be changed, which wasn’t expensive. The battery gets charged to full for much less than expected, just 2 hours.
4) Skatebolt Tornado – the Budget alternative to Evolve and Booster electric boards
No more kick push. The Skatebolt Tornado is so easy to ride, you don’t need previous skating experience in order to learn to ride this board in just a few weeks and go anywhere. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
Pros of the Skatebolt Tornado:
- Has a battery percentage panel on the side of the board so you can check how much battery you have left at any time. On top of that, the remote control also has a 4-light battery percentage panel on it.
- It has two red tail lights so you’re safer when riding it on the streets.
- Regenerative braking – it charges up every time you use the breaks, giving it a much longer range
- Weighs around 17 pounds, so carrying it around may be quite tiresome.
- Takes around 4 hours to charge, which compared to the top brands like Evolve, is quite a lot.
- The remote control is charged by a standard USB cable, not a USB type C. Although that isn’t such a big deal, right?
Characteristics of the Skatebolt Tornado electric skateboard:
- It has bigger wheels (90mm), situated wider than standard, providing a more stable ride
- It is approved by EMC, FCC, LVD and ROHS and comes with a 6-month warranty guaranteed, but some distributors don’t offer that, so check that when purchasing
- The deck is bigger (38*9.4*5.5 in), making the Tornado a good choice for cruising at longer distances
- Comes with 700 Watts of power and a 36 Volt LG rechargeable lithium battery
- It can support a person of up to 280 lbs weight
- With both motors running, it can go up to 25 mph and climb hills of 25 degrees steepness
Here is a table of the Tornado Skatebolt compared to electric skateboards with similar prices:
5) Lloyd All Terrain Carbon Fiber Electric Longboard
Second on the list of best electric skateboards, we have the Lloyd Carbon Fiber Electric Longboard. This is my personal favorite skateboard and that’s for a good reason. This board has a user replaceable interchangeable tires. And it doesn’t end there. You can setup either an all Terrain or a Polyurethane tire as per the surface you are riding in.
In the box, you get the Lloyd Electric Longboard, charger, a charger as well as an optional grip tape. The board comes well packaged too which is a nice touch.
The Lloyd Cabon Fiberboard is really well constructed and is powered by a dual 1600Watt, 24V electric motor. On a full charge, you can drive up to 6-miles. The company claims that it can run for 60-100 minutes but from my testing, I found that it’s more like an hour and nothing more. This electric board charges from 0-100% in around 4 hours.
Here are some of the pros and cons of getting this electric skateboard:
- Excellent performance
- Good ride quality
- Stable on high speeds
- Solid build quality
- Built-in flashlight
- Should have been priced lower
- Weight is a real issue with this board
- Slow charging time
The main reason why this board isn’t for everyone has to do with its weight. At 22 lbs, this longboard is heavy. If you run out of juice and have to lug this board around, you will feel the pain. And the other thing I am not particularly fond of is the price. This is no boosted board and competing at the same price point is not a smart move. Also, the fit and finish are not as good as that of the Boosted skateboard although this two-wheeler looks rugged.
If you are not brand conscious and want an E-skateboard that just works, The Lloyd 3200W All Terrian Longboard is the one to go for.
6) BLITZART Huracane Electric Skateboard
Blitzart Huracane Electric Skateboard is designed to perform optimally both on-road and off-road. And although it has an electric motor and a battery underneath, the ground clearance of this board is sufficient to explore the woods without scraping the bottom of the board.
This Off-road Electric Skateboard has a top speed of 17 MPH and has a range of 10 miles. The charging of the esk8 is completed in less than 3 hours. What’s powering this skateboard is a 350 Watt Hub Electric motor which is highly reliable and performs better than other belt-driven motors.
The board is made from Maple wood and Bamboo deck. The deck consists of well-crafted 7-ply maple wood and has 2 layers of bamboo on the bottom of the board. The board can withstand weights up to 250lbs.
- Excellent Design and build quality
- Good range
- Reliable Electric Motor
- Grab-Handle for convenience
- Priced higher than its direct competitors
- Tires not suitable for extreme off-roading
- Remote Control and Skateboard Synchronization
7) SKATEBOLT Electric Skateboard
The Skatebolt electric skateboard is now on its second generation and is a performance board which works well both on-road and off-road. The skateboard has a top speed of 25mph and has two-speed modes: Low-speed and High-speed. The controller is also ergonomic and also features a reverse button which comes in handy if you want to make a quick reverse turn.
This skateboard packs in a large LG sourced 6600mAh battery which has a range of 15 miles on a single charge. Charging the battery fully takes two and half hours. The great thing about this skateboard is that it features regenerative braking which charges the battery as you brake.
The feature that I love on this skateboard is the built-in LED light which guides you while taking unknown roads during dark. Further, there’s also an LED flashlight which shows the charge remaining on the board.
And unlike many of the electric skateboards out there which don’t come with any certifications, this one has passed quality authentications of EMC, FCC, LGVD and ROHS. Also, replacement parts are easily available for this skateboard which is a great plus.
- Excellent range of 15 miles
- LED light to travel in the dark
- Battery Charge notification
- Quality Certification
- Replacement parts easily available
- LG sourced battery pack
- $500+ price makes it a skateboard not recommendable for all
- Tyres not suitable for extreme off-roading
- Remote Control design takes some to get used to
8) Boosted 2nd Gen Dual+ Electric Skateboard
I know many will bash me for including the Boosted Board in the list but trust me, it’s here for a reason. With a small mod, you can install all-terrain wheels on this making it an awesome off-road machine. The boosted board itself is an excellent skateboard. It has got a powerful 2000 watt electric motor and can easily reach speeds up to 20 mph.
The board has a range of 6-7 miles depending on the weight of the rider and the surface you are riding it on. Charging the board takes 2 hours.
Also Read: The Best Electric Skateboards of 2018
The 2nd generation Boosted Board is more refined and has little to no flaws in the build. You can find hundreds of reviews of the Boosted Board 2 all over the internet with most of the reviews talking about how good the board really is. With the aforementioned quick mod, you can turn your boosted board into an off-road powerhouse.
- Powerful Motors
- Popular for its reliability and Features
- Fairly Portable
- Well designed Controller
- Excellent after-sales service
- Stock tyres not designed for off-road use
- Ground clearance is only decent
- Priced significantly higher than its direct competitors
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Boosted-Standard-Range-Electric-Skateboard/dp/B071ZJGT2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527678598&sr=8-1&keywords=boosted+mini
9) Maverix USA Border X 800W Skateboard
The Border X is a made in USA skateboard which is powered by an 800 Watt electric motor. The board is specifically designed for off-road usage. This purpose-built utility Skateboard has a range of 8 miles and has a top speed of 19MPH.
The great thing about the Maverix USA skateboards is that all their boards come with a 1-year warranty. The skateboard is short and has a good set of wheels. The electric skateboard comes with a controller which lets you toggle between three ‘speed modes’. The ‘fast’ mode improves the throttle response of the skateboard quite a bit. The wheels are large and can take on even bigger bumps.
The board is quite short but don’t let it fool you. Thanks to the use of big tires and a large battery, carrying the board around isn’t going to be an easy task. So, make sure your board has plenty of juice before you head to the woods.
- Large Wheels
- Solid Construction
- Compact yet functional Design
- Revv-happy motor
- Excellent Ground clearance even with the battery pack under the board
- Heavy for a shortboard
- Limited Range compared to the competition
- Tires not suitable for extreme off-roading
10) MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 – 1600w Dirt Electric Skateboard
The MotoTec MT-SKT-1600 is a long name for a skateboard but don’t let the name intimidate you. It is an electric skateboard with dual motors which together produce 1600 watts of power. The top speed of this skateboard is 20 mph. Being an electric scooter, you also get a controller for maneuvering it around. It’s a gun-style controller which fits nicely in the hand and is very intuitive. It lets you move forward, brake and also come to neutral.
The MT-SKT-1600 also has variable speed settings. The user can either dial into slow speed setting or into fast speed setting. The skateboard has a range of 10 miles and takes 2-3 hours to fully charge. It’s undoubtedly one of the best off-road skateboards.
- Compact and ergonomic design
- Raised edges add to the versatility
- Custom speed settings
- Powerful Motor
- Great for off-road use
- The controller doesn’t feel premium
- The suspension setup is too stiff
- Handling could be better
What to look for when buying an Off-Road Electric Skateboard – Buyer guide
1) Good Electric Range
You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the woods with an electric skateboard without any charge. Sure, you can carry the board in your hands but trust me, it’s going to be a pleasant experience thanks to the added weight of the battery. Also, skateboards that are designed for off-road use are usually ruggedized and weight a little more than your everyday skateboard.
2) Replaceable parts
When you go off-road, be prepared to come back with a few broken parts or parts missing altogether! So, you will want to get an off-road skateboard which lets you swap parts right at your home. You want the parts to be user-replaceable. If the company wants the skateboard at their factory to even replace parts as simple as a wheel, it’s a big no-no.
Also, make sure to check for replaceable parts for your skateboard online. Don’t just blindly believe when a manufacturer claims that spare parts for their skateboard are in abundance.
3) Good Wheels
Sure, it’s not a four-wheel SUV that is going off-road. And while many may think that wheels are not that important in skateboards, you will be surprised to find out how much of a difference they make.
A good set of tires can either make or break an off-road skateboard. You should definitely look at the reviews of the skateboard at Amazon before making a purchase decision. The general rule of thumb is, the larger the tires, the better it is.
4) Soft Suspension
While off-road, you will encounter a lot of bumpy roads and uneven surfaces. The stiffer the suspension setup it, the more uncomfortable the ride will be. So, getting a skateboard with a soft suspension is the way to go. It will not only absorb shocks but also impact and vibration.
5) Higher Profile
As with off-road SUVs, even off-road skateboards need good ground clearance. If the clearance isn’t good enough, you will find suspended in the air as you lose contact to the ground. Also, note that some of the skateboards have adjustable shocks which can alter the height of the skateboard. You may want to look at those as well.
There you go. These are the best Off-road electric skateboards you can get right now. These skateboards are just as good on-road and perform just as well as any other skateboards on the market. Which one did you like the most? Do let us know in the comments section down below.
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I agree with the second place for the Backfire G2T, for the price you pay, more or less three times less than an Evolver GTR, you get a pretty close quality to a premium, $1000+ eboard feel.
Loads of power takes hills like a champ good ramp up to top speed and enough “power” to allow you to let go of the throttle and tap it for a small boost something I haven’t seen on a hobbywing based board before. Turbo is a bit of a mixed thing, i don’t really feel it does that much in the low-mid end but in the top end it really shines allowing me to top up to 55km/h but its a rare sight since the 30 seconds it allows you to use it in isn’t entirely enough so hitting 45 more then 55 and without turbo I’ve been hitting 38km/h on 83mm and 42km/h with the 83mm profile on the 96mm but only 38km/h with the right profile (Less power output in it?) I can’t get much into the range, its been very cold so far and I’ve been getting very mixed result everywhere from 6km to 16km on a good day, so id give it an estimate of around 15km in sports mode and maybe perhaps 20km in eco mode will update once I’ve got a more exact answer. Takes around 120min to go from 0-100% (The last 15 – 10% takes the longest, you can get up to 80 – 90% in around an hour), so a huge upgrade from the 4 – 5 hours my G2S took and that’s even with a smaller battery! The board also really carves well, the bushings are perfect for me at 80kg, if the deck were a little flexier id say it feels just like carving on a Loaded Vanguard with Paris trucks you almost get the pump/snowboard feel but also almost.
The board looks like it will last a while, I just hit the point where my PU starts to chunk and I notice dents in the motors and I ride it hard, no performance loss at all at this point and the signal is just as reliable as on day one. It can even take a wash in the shower and still run like a champ right after!
Buuut now the last thing… Vibration? Did they fix it? Yes, its completely gone 200km and I still only feel the road I’m riding on nothing other than that!
Some negative things:
Takes so long to replace the wheels, remote battery life is bad I can get 3 hours of total riding out of mine and the deck really drags the board down.