This can’t be good for your knees:
Like a snakeboard, except different:
Stern here — That video is pretty impressive. I’ve seen these in the wild a couple of times in New York, but nothing as slick as that. These “drift skates” are only $36 direct from China, but my survival instinct prevents me from ordering a pair.
Gary’s turn: This video is truly amazing. I did notice all of the pavement was high quality smooth. Not typical street asphalt, but they look great. In a quick search I discovered:
1- Amazon is selling (what appear to be) high quality Freelance Skates for $100+
2 – Wikipedia seems to think that Freeline Skates is the original manufacturer and has a reference to www.freelineskates.com/store/c-1-skates.aspx
3 – Freelineskates.com is dead
4 – The Freeline Sports, Inc.page on Facebook lists the company as “Permanently closed” and the last posting was in 2014.
The fad was over before it began. I wonder if there is a serious face-plant that caused the collapse of the Freeline empire. Could this be the next Hoverboard – an idea without an owner and lots of cheap crappy knockoffs?
Razor has started selling a minimalistic skateboard. So minimalistic that it has only three wheels.
It’s small and light and designed to be carried about by students, I think.
Videos on Youtube indicate that it is possible, with some difficulty, to do many traditional skateboard tricks on a Sole Skate.
Given the apparent build quality, I wouldn’t expect to get away with those tricks for long. But in the meantime, this thing is probably worth the $20 it costs.
After the breakaway success of the Roller Buggy, it appears that there are still parents out there who think that beauty is more than skin deep, or their offspring have too many teeth. Alternatively, it could be a good way to get your insurance company to pay for plastic surgery.
While the jogging stroller has become commonplace, our friends at Quinny are rolling out a “Longboard Stroller”.
It appears to be nothing more than a skateboard with a seat bolted to it. The Quinny website reads: “It brings together the comfort of a traditional stroller and the excitement of longboarding.”
We all know that dads need lots of excitement when taking out their kids. Moms if you want to get a divorce, I’m guessing if you show a judge this photo, you’ll be able to get what you want.
“Why only to European Union countries? The Quinny longboardstroller was developed, tested, and approved for use in the European Community. This product was not designed for other territories, notably in to North America, Australia, or New Zealand, and this longboardstroller is not intended for use in those territories.”
In other words, Quinny is afraid of the American, Australian and New Zealand legal system. I wonder why?
We’re used to seeing entrepreneurs randomly combining two things together and calling it a vehicle (scooter with suitcase, bicycle with skis, etc.) I think this is the first time we’ve seen a three-way combination.
Sbyke sells a scooter/skateboard/penny farthing.
They offer a video discussing the device, but as is normal for new WheeledThings, it’s mostly people talking about the device, not so many action shots.
The high end model lists for $249, and I’m seeing it on sale for $180.
What happens if you combine Orbitwheels
with a Razor Ripstick?
I suspect the answer looks something like the Skatecycle,
This device is real and the manufacturer shares some videos online
that make clear it’s possible to control these things pretty well. Is that Washington Square Park? I like that none of the pedestrians even break stride for this guy. The device fits into its environment pretty well.
Available online from various sources for about $170.
I’m surprised that the Orbitwheel hasn’t been mentioned on WheeledThing before. It’s been advertised in the Skymall catalog for a while, with photos showing a cheerful Asian woman posing in a pair of Orbitwheels. We know she is only posing because she doesn’t have any broken bones.
Videos exist of people using these, on flat surfaces, at low speeds.
On the plus side, they sell for only about $100 a pair.
More details on their website, http://inventist.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=10&Itemid=118
Evidently, mountain skateboards are a genre (google “mountain long board” for examples). I’m calling out this particular model only because it’s the first brought to my attention, plus the treads amuse me.
The problem with this thing, I suspect, is that it distributes your weight over so small an area that you’re bound to faceplant if you hit any sort of obstacle, which pretty much limits its usefulness to smooth slopes. There’s nothing in their promotional videos to suggest otherwise.