Last year, GOTRAX™ debuted its line of hoverboards—UL-certified self-balancing scooters allow users to accelerate, stop and steer with a simple shift in body weight—with a focus on science and space-themed branding to encourage a sense of learning and discovery in children. “GOTRAX™ is more than just fun tech toys,” says Chief Marketing Officer Jason Wakefield. "We want to inspire. And to us, the holiday is more about the spirit that is embodied today by visionaries like Elon Musk and his mission to take us to new worlds." Learn more and shop hoverboards at GOTRAX.com.
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Welcome to the GOTRAX™ GALAXY, where every day’s the weekend and robots are our friends. We’re on a mission to create electric rideables that boost imaginations and the possibilities for personal transportation. As of 2017, GOTRAX™ is dispatching electric rideables across the planet, starting with the HOVERFLY two-wheel self-balancing electric scooter aka hoverboard. Our company values start right here in our Denver-based marketing headquarters, where our team works their space boots off to raise the standards of the electric rideables industry.
If you're looking for a super fun gift idea for the upcoming holiday season, the GOTRAX™ Hoverfly ION Self Balancing Hoverboard is certainly the way to go! With a powerful 200-watt electric engine and 4 miles on a single battery charge you can spend more time riding and less time plugged-in. The ION hoverboard is equipped with intuitive LED headlights and tail lights and a self-balancing feature making it a perfect beginners hoverboard.
This is the second hoverboard my daughter has had a chance to use and it was definitely a lot easier to work with than the first one. The first one she had was the GOTRAX™ HOVERFLY Hoverboard, which proved to be rather difficult. My daughter, 9-years-old at the time, was able to figure it out and use it. My husband, on the other hand, still has issues to this day. Moving forward to the Hoverfly ION Self Balancing Hoverboard, we noticed a great improvement!
While the hoverboard is very similar to the previous style we tested, I noticed that there is less weight to it. The first one had me struggling to unpackage it because it was rather heavy. Not too heavy to pick up per say, but it was a good bit and more than I cared to handle. This current hoverboard, while it still has a good bit of weight to it at roughly 20 pounds, it seems to be a tad lighter and definitely a bit easier to handle. So as soon as it arrived and we were able to unpackage it, I allowed it to charge for several hours before giving it a go. Let me rephrase that. Before my husband and, now 10-year-old, daughter gave it a go.
Once again, my husband was struggling with moving on the hoverboard, but not nearly as much as the first time. However, compared to my daughter he was moving like a pawpaw on it through the house. On the other hand, my daughter got on it and was able to immediately balance herself and move about without any problems. Oh, the joys of the youth of which my husband and I long for! We'd like to think we can still do things we did at her age, but the reality is our bodies just won't allow for it. Regardless, getting on the hoverboard was definitely a lot easier since it is 'self-balancing' so no more having one person hold it in place while you hop on and hope not to fall! The board moves with the weight of your body, so it feels almost intuitive when riding as well. Of course, I would recommend using it on a flat surface the first few times you try it so that you can get used to the speed and get comfortable turning on it before trying to get too adventurous with it if you're a first time user.
The hoverboard itself is very well built and put together. It seems rather sturdy and has been holding up well. Using it has been a breeze and rather self-explanatory. I love the gorgeous aqua color, too! Of course, they have several color options to choose from so you can find a color more fitting to your style. What makes it even cooler are the blue pulsing LED lights. You can see the ground pretty good with the front facing ones and the rims even light up too for even more lighting! The fact that it's a nice colorful light instead of a standard basic light makes it even better.
Ultimately, this thing is a lot of fun and perfect for kids and teenagers. Heck, even adults can have fun on it - you just have to learn to balance yourself! It’s for riders of all sizes and able to carry up anyone up to 200 lbs. There's a nice variety of colors to choose from rather than the boring old standard black that you see on everything. As you can see, our family was once again not disappointed. Would I recommend this? Absolutely!
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