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Razor adds power with the RipStik Electric (hands-on and the odd falling off)

Razor adds power with the RipS...
The Razor RipStik Electric will be released in winter 2016
The Razor RipStik Electric will be released in winter 2016
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The professionals make riding the Razor RipStik Electric look easy
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The professionals make riding the Razor RipStik Electric look easy
The Razor RipStik Electric weighs 5.2 kg (11.5 lb)
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The Razor RipStik Electric weighs 5.2 kg (11.5 lb)
The Razor RipStik Electric with the remote control attached
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The Razor RipStik Electric with the remote control attached
The remote contorl for the Razor RipStik Electric
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The remote contorl for the Razor RipStik Electric
The Razor RipStik Electric features a lithium battery and an in-wheel hub motor
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The Razor RipStik Electric features a lithium battery and an in-wheel hub motor
The bulge at the rear of the upclong Razor RipStik Electric
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The bulge at the rear of the upclong Razor RipStik Electric
The Razor RipStik Electric is controlled by a joystick-style remote
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The Razor RipStik Electric is controlled by a joystick-style remote
The Razor RipStik Electric will be released in winter 2016
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The Razor RipStik Electric will be released in winter 2016
The Razor RipStik Electric can travel at speeds of up to 10 mph (16 km/h)
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The Razor RipStik Electric can travel at speeds of up to 10 mph (16 km/h)
The Razor RipStik Electric features the traditional caster wheel at the front
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The Razor RipStik Electric features the traditional caster wheel at the front
We try out the Razor RipStik Electric
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We try out the Razor RipStik Electric
The remote cane be stored on the Razor RipStik Electric
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The remote cane be stored on the Razor RipStik Electric
The remote for the Razor RipStik Electric is simple to use
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The remote for the Razor RipStik Electric is simple to use
We try out the upcoming Razor RipStik Electric at the Toy Fair London
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We try out the upcoming Razor RipStik Electric at the Toy Fair London
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Eight years after launching the original RipStik, Razor has created an electric-powered version of its caster board two-wheeled ride-on. The RipStik Electric features an in-wheel hub motor and is controlled by a joystick-style remote. We recently had the chance to hop on one, to see what it can do.

The RipStik Electric is the latest ride-on from Razor to benefit from a bit of power to make it more fun. It features a lithium battery and an in-wheel hub motor capable of powering it along at speeds of up to 10 mph (16 km/h). This allows a hand-held wireless remote to be used to control speed rather than the traditional snake-hips twisting and wiggling.

With the addition of this power comes extra bulk. The RipStik Electric is considerably fatter than its predecessors and has a bulge at the rear where the in-wheel hub motor is located. On the plus side this makes it even more obvious about which way around you should be riding. However it also sees the weight increase from 3.6 kg (8 lb) to 5.2 kg (11.5 lb), which means you won't want to be carrying it around unnecessarily.

The remote for the Razor RipStik Electric is simple to use
The remote for the Razor RipStik Electric is simple to use

The molded traction deck and overall build of the RipStik Electric make it feel like a very solid piece of kit, and one which should be easier to carve along pavements on (local laws permitting, obviously) than its predecessor. The one slight let-down is that the remote doesn't feel quite as sturdy as it looks, though maybe that's because I envisaged constantly smashing it against the ground as I fell off.

This vision of my time with the RipStik Electric was based on previous experiences where I'd come to the conclusion that RipStiks didn't like me or my sense of balance. As such, it was with some trepidation that I stepped onto the new model after a brief demo and instruction from one of Razor's professionals who made it look far too easy.

We try out the upcoming Razor RipStik Electric at the Toy Fair London
We try out the upcoming Razor RipStik Electric at the Toy Fair London

However, despite a few early stumbles and falls, no bones were broken. Once I'd worked out the timing of kicking off with my rear foot before pulling on the remote joystick, getting going felt as natural as jumping on a scooter.

Steering is done by angling your foot over the front caster wheel, and because you use the remote to control speed via the fixed rear wheel, the RipStik Electric is surprisingly easy to use. By that I mean it's easy to keep moving and get where you want to go … not necessarily to look cool while doing so.

After a few runs I was happily weaving between visitors to the re:creation stand at the Toy Fair in London and wishing I had more space to see what it could really do. However, these limitations and a general lack of skill (there was a moment I almost sent a 7 ft/210 cm tall Pikachu flying) prevented me from making the most of the RipStik Electric. If you do fall off, the board will quickly come to a standstill.

The Razor RipStik Electric features the traditional caster wheel at the front
The Razor RipStik Electric features the traditional caster wheel at the front

We think the RipStik Electric is shaping up to be a solid addition to the Razor line-up and look forward to seeing what it's really capable of out in the wild.

The RipStik Electric is due to be available in winter 2016, priced at £200, which is around US$285.

Source: Razor

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1 comment
MQ
It needs a mechanical wheel brake and more jurisdictions would allow it to be used in public access areas. Add lights, more power and voila a minimalist mo"(no)ped"