Hands-on with Boosted’s $750 Mini S and X electric skateboard
Christmas is coming early this year.
Boosted, makers of the immensely popular Boosted Board electric skateboards, is back with not one, not two, not three, but four new re-engineered electric skateboards, including a smaller Boosted Mini that starts at $749.
With years of experience making electric skateboards under its belt and over 10 million miles logged from all its users, Boosted is now ready to expand its lineup with new third-gen boards.
If you’ve ever ridden a Boosted Board before, you know they’re some of the best electric skateboards you can buy. Many electric skateboards of all kinds of sizes, performance, and pricing have sprouted up in the years since Boosted Boards hit the scene, but few come close to matching them on quality.
Two of the biggest requests have been: Make a smaller electric skateboard that’s easier to carry around and make the boards more affordable. At $1,299, Boosted’s entry-level Dual SR electric skateboard was still too pricey for a lot of people.
Boosted Mini S and X
Enter the new $749 Boosted Mini S. At 29.5 inches long, the new Mini is almost nine inches shorter than Boosted’s 38-inch electric longboard. It’s also a few pounds lighter: 15 pounds versus 17 pounds.
Levi Price, an industrial designer at Boosted, tells me everything about the Mini is Boosted-designed through and through. There are no more parts designed by other companies.
The Mini’s deck is inspired by old-school skateboards from the ’80s and features a “deep dish” concave design with a kicktail. The board’s shape helps with keeping your feet planted and for maneuvering around tight corners. The deck itself is also made of new materials. Fiberglass and bamboo core are out, and a new composite material (made from the same durable stuff the best snowboards are made of, I’m told) is in.
Ditto for the new wheels and trucks. These 80mm “Boosted Lunar” wheels are also designed by Boosted instead of off-the-shelf wheels. They’re built to grip the ground better and withstand wear and tear from extended riding. The trucks are now CNC’d from metal instead of cast so they’re more durable.
None of these improvements come at the expense of performance, though. The Mini S is still powered by a belt-drive system (most boards of this size go with weaker hub-based motors). It has three riding modes, a top speed of up to 18 miles per hour, and a range of up to 7 miles.
Need more range? There’s also a $999 Mini X that can hit up to 20 mph and has double the range. The Mini X also has gray wheels instead of the orange.
The Mini S and X are available starting today and ship in May and June, respectively.
Boosted Plus and Stealth
The Mini’s arrival doesn’t mean Boosted’s classic electric longboards are dead. In fact, Boosted’s got two new redesigned electric longboards, too.
The new Boosted Plus is made of the same new materials as the Mini and has the same amount of flex as the old e-longboards when you jump on it. The whole silhouette is an inch wider, and the edges are now straight so you can put your feet anywhere along the board. Price tells me Boosted reworked the board for greater vibration and dampening when “boosting” over all kinds of roads.
The wheels and trucks are Boosted-designed just like on the Mini boards, with the exception that they have larger 85mm wheels (the largest ever on a Boosted Board; the first-gen boards had 75mm wheels and the second-gen board had 80mm wheels).
The Boosted Plus has the same four riding modes as the previous electric longboards, a standard top speed of up to 22 miles per hour and a 14-mile extended range.
Priced at $1,399, the Plus is also $200 cheaper than the previous extended range Dual+XR, which sold for $1,599.
Powerful as the Plus is, there are always those who need the best. And for those riders, Boosted’s introducing the Stealth.
As its name implies, the board is less flashy with a gray colorway and matching wheels. Its top speed is also slightly higher: 24 miles per hour. It gets the same 14-mile range as the Plus.
The Stealth costs $1,599. Both the Plus and Stealth come out in late May to early June.
The new Mini isn’t a response to the sea of cheaper and smaller electric skateboards that now compete with Boosted Boards, Jeff Russakow, the CEO of Boosted, told me.
Russakow says the four new boards were already on the company’s road map, and the Mini, unlike other smaller electric skateboards, isn’t a toy.
“A lot of people are electrifying skateboards,” Russakow said. “They’re toy grade.”
“We build lightweight vehicles that are true vehicles.”
The Mini isn’t a toy, Russakow insists. It has the same performance technology that went into its previous long boards. They’ve simply taken the power from the larger board and brought it to a smaller one.
“We’re still very much about Last Mile Transportation,” Russakow said. “We build lightweight vehicles that are true vehicles.”
I briefly got to try out the Mini indoors at our office. Boosting down a long hallway, the board definitely has the same oomph (just listen to its motor go in the video above!) that has made Boosted’s boards synonymous with electric skateboards.
I’ll have a full review soon, but from just few minutes of riding, I feel certain a lot of people are going to like it. The Mini’s easier to carry on a bus or a train. Some people will still prefer the longboard (Plus and Stealth) design, but my hunch is most people who’ve sat on the fence just got exactly what they’ve been waiting for.