I’ve been a fan of electric skateboards since my very first ride. Well, before my very first ride, actually. The idea of a rolling board with wheels attached to an electric motor excites my inner snowboarder. You see, growing up near the mountains, it’s only natural to surf the snow. But the snow doesn’t last and I can’t get to the mountains on my lunch break. Hence the appeal of surfing the pavement. Hence the appeal of an electric skateboard.
I’ve ridden several electric boards in the last few years. Some have been nice and others have been disappointments. None has impressed me like the Halo Board Carbon Edition which I’ve been testing and having a blast with over the last week.
The Halo Board Carbon Edition doesn’t feature a traditional wood deck. Instead, it’s comprised of Japanese carbon fiber which the company promotes as indescribable. Without a doubt carbon fiber is an incredibly tough material and that’s a welcome feature. My old Arbor board has a split nose from running into one too many curbs and it was made of… wood.
Honestly I love the look of this thing. It’s not trying to be anything else: you won’t find orange wheels here. Instead, the all-black look carves out a unique aesthetic (one which I can’t help thinking a ninja would also approve of).
When viewed from the side it’s easy to see how sleek this beast is. You won’t see bulky battery packs, exposed wiring or anything ugly sticking out or clinging on. Every component lives hidden away and out-of-sight which I think most people will feel is a major bonus. This also means there’s ample clearance for going over large bumps.
One of my favorite features on this board is the handle on the back. I love braking, waiting until the board has almost come to a stop, popping off and letting it roll by a bit before snagging it by the handle. It’s a great way to transition into walking and going wherever it is that I’m going next. Plus, the length of the board seems to be perfectly designed for an adult to carry the board without it dragging on the ground.
Up until this point I’ve mostly just described the way this board looks. The design alone makes this board worth considering, but the performance is as good as the best boards out there (at least on paper).
This is a dual motor machine which employs in-hub technology to conceal the 3,000 watt power train. So ya, this thing is fast: I tell everyone I meet that it really hauls (that is, if they don’t tell me first after watching a demo)! And all that power gets put to good use: the Halo Board Carbon Edition has a range of about 12 miles and a top speed of 22 MPH.
I find it interesting that — at least on paper — the Halo Board Carbon Edition can go toe-to-toe with the Boosted Dual+. Both have a rated speed of 22 MPH, both are rated to go 12 miles per charge and both can go up grades of 25%. That makes this a potentially great alternative to the Boosted brand if you want top-notch specs with a unique look.
Now specs are obviously one thing, but real world performance is something else entirely. Out in the real world this thing absolutely hauls. Seriously: it’s so fast. Actually, there are two speed modes. I’d describe them as really slow and really fast. Clearly, the slower mode is geared toward beginners as it’s just super easy-going. The fast mode, on the other hand, is like someone slapped the board on the butt with a wet towel causing it to take off like a rocket.
The fast mode and all that available speed is incredible to have on tap but I kind of wish there was a middle mode; something in-between would be kind of nice in certain situations. But even for more experienced riders, the slow mode comes in handy from time to time. For instance, if you’re in a crowded location and you’re not in the mood to play people bowling… a slower speed is a good idea.
Speaking of going slower, brakes can make or break an electric board recommendation and thankfully the brakes on the Carbon Edition are superb. While they were a bit loud and whiny on day one, they became nice and quiet as time rolled on. I’d also describe the braking as responsive and quite strong.
During my testing I starting cruising at top speed down a rather steep hill and found myself coming face to face with a minivan full of exiting kids on the left and an opening car door on the right. I hit the brakes and was happily surprised when I came to a fast, yet smooth, near stop. So ya, I’m really impressed with the braking capabilities — even on steep hills.
Sometimes I find that it’s the really small details that make a good product great and that’s the type of situation I discovered when testing the acceleration. I love that the acceleration doesn’t jolt the rider. When you take your finger off the acceleration you don’t have to brace yourself to prevent yourself from flying off the board in the opposite direction — it’s just a flawless and smooth transition into coasting.
I have similar accolades for the way the board handles. Simply put, the handling is comfortable and responsive right out of the box (although you can tweak it with an included tool if you’d like).
The remote is… okay. I wouldn’t call it great but it’s also not bad. It simply gets the job done. Like so many electric boards on the market, this remote is really light and feels a bit on the cheap side and just doesn’t quite feel as high-quality as the rest of the package. Should what I just said about the remote prevent you from buying this board in any way, shape or form? Definitely not.
In a way this board has kind of become my Xbox. What I mean is that it’s what I want to do in my free time.
Two thumbs up from me if you’re looking at buying.