Razor Hovertrax Review
Razor is a pretty well-known brand, especially if you ask the right generation of kids. They’re best known for the Razor folding kick scooter which started a huge craze back in 1999. The company that creates the product now, RazorUSA, makes a bewildering number of wheeled products. These include electric versions of the kick scooter, bicycles, skateboards, and weird things like the Razor Ripstik.
Running with the theme of electric ride-on products, Razor purchased the licensing rights to hoverboards in the U.S. and thus we have the Razor Hovertrax. Possibly the most American hoverboard available today.
Judging A Book By Its Cover
At first glance the Hovertrax looks just like any other hoverboard from the Far East, but upon closer inspection you’ll notice some major cosmetic differences. The most prominent are probably the two aluminum Razor-branded hubcaps. The other is the lack of those distinctive LED headlights most hoverboards have. Instead it has indicator panels on top between your feet. In other words when you look down you can clearly see the battery level as well as the balance indicator. Overall it’s a good-looking product. With some cheap $200 hoverboards you can see the poor-quality plastic just by looking, but the Hovertrax looks like a proper level of attention has been given to quality. Indeed, the shell is a shatter-resistant polymer, whereas other cheaper models often elicit complaints of shells that don’t take punishment well.
Greased Lightning or Greased Pig?
When we look at the specs of the Hovertrax some numbers look familiar and some not so much. The 220lbs weight limit is basically what I’ve come to expect from this class of scooter, but the top speed of the scooter is a mere six miles per hour. Maybe this is because Razor markets to kids (even those over 200lbs), but that’s at the low end of the market when you look around. In fact, I’ve noticed that scooters meant for the U.S. market that aren’t directly imported from China are often slower. Hey, maybe it’s just coincidence, but perhaps local brands don’t want to be sued when Timmy breaks his wrist. The two hub motors are reportedly quite quiet though, which is a positive thing.
Battery life is disappointing compared to other hoverboards in the $500 segment. After two hours the Hovertrax will run out of puff. That’s as much as three times less than the competition and usually you’ll get double that run time from other products.
Trouble in Paradise
Based on some responses from people who have bought these, there are troubling instances where Hovertrax show up that don’t match the photos, have used or mismatched parts, and simply don’t work. These are a minority and probably have something to do with an overseas supplier messing things up. I hope that gets sorted out, but at least Razor is easy to track down and ask for a refund or replacement should you be so unlucky.
The brand name of the Hovertrax goes a long way to engendering good will for this product.
Design-wise I like it; performance numbers are middling to low. Overall I think it’s a decent product, but it shouldn’t be priced to compete with the Swagway. Razor may hold the patent, but my money would easily go toward the Swagway X1 if I had to choose between these two.