Koowheel Hovershoes Review – Insane New Hover Skates For All Ages!
Hover shoes are new to the market as of 2018, and are set to be one of the hottest new rideable gadgets for all ages this Christmas. In case you don’t know what they are, basically they’re a cross between a hoverboard and a roller skate – they’re not a “shoe” per se though as you stand ON them rather than put your foot INTO them. They’re proving to be a whole lot of fun for all ages, and you might even find these to be an upgrade to the hoverboard that has been so popular in recent years. In this article we’re going to take a look at one of the best known brands, Koowheel Hovershoes (also known as hover skates).
Koowheel are one of the biggest manufacturers of electric bikes, electric scooters, electric longboards and hoverboards. So its not surprising that they’re one of the first to bring the next “big thing”, hovershoes, to the market! Koowheel Hover shoes are basically two separate self-balancing hoverboards featuring in-built gravity sensors that combine the fun of a typical skateboard and the self balancing scooter.
Hovershoes vs hoverboards – how do they compare?
Firstly, like the self balancing scooters we know as hoverboards, you don’t technically “hover” – you stand on a board with wheels which “glides” rather than hovers off the ground. The name has probably been derived from the fact that hoverboards or hovershoes give the wearer a floating feel without having to move their legs. They both use similar self balancing technology which makes them easy to use for even the youngest of riders (they’re suitable from about the age of 5 years to adult).
Unlike the hoverboard (which is just one board), these are two separate boards (one foot is placed on each) that work in a similar way. This gives you more freedom of movement so you can try new skills and tricks that aren’t possible on a hoverboard. Right now hovershoes are a new and pretty revolutionary rideable that many people haven’t even seen yet.
Hover shoes are more portable than a hoverboard because they’re lighter and you can carry one in each hand. Also they’re small enough to fit in a backpack.
See the Koowheel Hovershoes in action
To really grasp the concept of how these “mini hoverboards” work you’ve got to see them in action. Check out this video where you see them being unboxed, and tested out for the first time. As you can see they’re pretty easy to get the hang of! (the video is good but if you want to get to the important stuff just skip the first 2 minutes)
Hover shoe features – how do they work?
These hover skates comes in black with red accents. Each shoe weighs about 3.3 kg and has a joint maximum load capacity of 286lbs. Each shoe has a 250W engine/motor power and is equipped with a 54wh battery that takes approximately 1.5 hours to fully charge. The shoes work within the temperature range of 0° to 40°c.
They can attain a maximum speed of 12 km/h and allow the wearer to drive a maximum of 10 km on each charge. The recommended charging input is AC 100-200V.
Each shoe has an IP65 water resistant design (this does NOT mean they are waterproof – they’re not suitable for riding through puddles or in rain) with dimensions of 5.3 x 4.5 x 8.8 inches. Lithium Polymer batteries are required for the shoes to function.
In the box you get a pair of Hovershoes, a power charger, a storage bag and a user manual.
They are extremely well-built and sport four handles (two each) for carrying purposes. Because they’re light and you can carry one in each hand they’re much more portable than a hoverboard which can be heavy and awkward, especially for younger users.
The wheels are all-metal which ensure unmatched durability. Each shoe is lined with LED’s that turn green or red depending on the wearer’s movement status, the “Hovershoes” name on the side and the “Koowheel” logo on top.
Lights on the skates indicate the following:
- Start up – Blue light flashes
- Shoes start to self-balance – Blue Light On
- Go Forward – The head of the shoes will portray colourful lights while the end of each shoe will show green
- Speeding (>15 km/h) – Red light flashes (meteor style)
- Low Battery – Red light flashes
- Error – Red light always on
They come with standard 1 year warranty covering any manufacturing defects. Koowheel are a US based company which means quick response and service, usually within 24 hours. Koowheel claims to test all parts individually and run every pair for 250 minutes before delivery.
Who can ride them?
The Koowheel Hovershoes can be used by any person, adult or child. They’re suitable for most children from the age of 5 and any adult with max weight of up to 286lbs. MOST people manage to master these within 5 – 30 minutes as they’re pretty easy to learn and use.
Here’s why we love them
They have the following advantages:
- Extremely well-built, sturdy and durable
- IP65 water resistant (that means they’re splash proof rather than waterproof) – it’s still not recommended you ride when raining or through puddles.
- They’re a great alternative to hoverboards, skateboards or roller skates if you’re looking for something new to ride.
- They can be utilised as a means of transport for short rides within the 10 km range
- Can be used by people of all ages – EVERYONE will want a go on these. They’re so new most people will never even have seen something like this yet.
- Self-balancing ability of the shoes makes it easy to balance and learn to use them (that doesn’t mean safety wear such as helmet and elbow/knee pads shouldn’t be worn – particularly important for younger riders!
They’re great, but they’re not perfect
The following are some drawbacks:
- The narrow wheels make riding quite strenuous on the legs if you’re wearing them for a long time.
- Must be well-charged before use to prevent running out of juice while en-route (they charge pretty quickly though and both can be charged at the same time with the dual charger cable).
- Ideal for smooth surfaces, concrete and asphalt. Unsuitable for stone-paved or rugged roads. They also don’t handle mid to steep slopes well so level ground is best.
- More of a gimmick than a means of daily transportation – they can be used for a short commute, but most people will probably use these for fun and opt for something like an electric scooter (which is much faster and sturdier for travel) when commuting.
How safe are they to ride?
Product safety and certification
These are tested and found to be free from any potential fire hazards. They have passed UL2272 testing requirements which are based on the national standards for hoverboard electrical safety.
Safety when riding
First of all, no matter how excited you are to get started after unboxing, you should read the manual! Manufacturer advice on how to ride and use your hover shoes safely is important!
Riding on the Hovershoes isn’t too difficult but does require some practice that varies from person to person. The claim that the shoes can be mastered in less than 10 to 30 minutes isn’t always true. Although they are self balancing, you do need to learn how to move backwards and forwards, turn around, and just get used to maneuvering around on them. Anyone who has ridden a hoverboard, skateboard, roller skates or roller blades etc before will probably find them super easy to learn though.
The best way to master these Koowheel shoes properly is to borrow a support like walker or crutch or someone’s hand during the learning period, so that even if the shoes pull your legs away from each other (and they probably will when you first get started), the external support will keep you from falling over.
Anyone on any rideable should wear safety gear such as a helmet and knee/elbow pads, and this is especially important for children.
We recommend hover shoes – will YOU be trying them?
These electric rideables come with a price tag of $389.99. Not on the cheap side, but the shoes provide plenty of fun and are an awesome upgrade to the hoverboard, skateboard or roller skates, despite being a bit more expensive.
Koowheel built these shoes with premium materials and safe UL certified batteries – these unique electric roller freeline hoverskates are built to last and deliver. It is worth mentioning that the product isn’t scratchproof, but that’s the same for most rideables.
If you’re looking for something new to try and are tired of your hoverboard or skateboard (or want a gift for your kids that you KNOW will be well received) these skate type shoes are a good bang for your buck, especially seeing as there are other brands charging almost $100 more for almost the exact same product. And they’re also a gift that the whole family can enjoy.
I hope you’ve found my Koowheel Hover shoes review helpful, if you’ve tried them yourself or have any questions I’d love to hear from you. Just comment in the box below.