EPIKGO are not at all shy when it comes to their boards. The high-flying Silicon Valley brand came to our attention with their high-spec products, and price tags to match! EPIKGO’s Classic makes some brave claims of pushing the boundaries of a board, being one of the safest, most durable and most balanced boards on the market – we investigated more to see if EPIKGO really does get you more bang for your buck.
Despite being relatively pricey, the EPIKGO is one of the most reliable and well performing off road hoverboards available today. It’s light on features but makes up for this by doing the basics about as well as they can be done. It’s built well, feels sturdy, performs incredibly well and even look really quite nice.
|Quick Specs||Top Speed||10mph|
|Motor||400W dual motors|
|Maximum Range||12 miles|
|Charge Time||1-2 hours|
EPIKGO are really proud of how safe their boards are, describing their Classic board as the “pinnacle of safety”. All EPIKGO boards are UL 2272 certified, like many other boards on the market at the moment, but when the Classic was being developed, all aspects of the board’s design and software development held the rider’s safety and experience at the centre of importance. To keep you safe, (and to keep your “responsible” friend’s mind at rest) the board had to be put through 159 tests to ensure its safety, and EPIKGO are really confident the board will get you to wherever you’re going in one piece.
The board’s LED Headlights mean everyone will see you coming as you’re cruising at a speed of 10mph, and the ride will be nothing but smooth thanks to its carefully thought out design. LED turn signals and rubber cushioned foot pads mean you’ll be effortlessly swinging around obstacles, testing out the board’s 0º turning circle and the power in its 400W dual motors.
Sizing in at 23in x 9.5in and 26lbs, the EPIKGO Classic is not the most compact or lightest board we’ve reviewed, but considering the amount of power and impressive features the board has, we’re surprised it doesn’t weigh in at double that. It’s weight is definitely justified by its performance, and doesn’t stop the board accelerating quicker than any other board in its class.
Design and Build Quality
The EPIKGO Classic has a truly gorgeous, sleek design, coming in three color options – ‘Elite Silver’, ‘Space Grey’, and ‘Rose Gold’. The board is designed to be durable, with “indestructible” aluminium wheel fenders and an ABS body chassis protecting its interior, making it a lot less likely to get at all damaged in crashes, and pretty resistant to even the most accident prone. The board’s water resistance combined with its thick tires means you won’t be afraid to take the EPIKGO Classic for a spin on the beach.
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Performance and Range
The board’s dual 400W motors means there’s plenty of power to play with, that’s 400W of power per wheel! – 80% more than any toy balance board on the market. You’re reminded this board is no toy when it glides up 18º slopes with ease, thanks to its unmatched torque and acceleration, and with a range of up to 12 miles you’ll be spending more time cruising around, and less time waiting for the board to charge up.
Thick, hard rubber tyres allow the EPIKGO Classic to take you pretty much anywhere you would walk, riding confidently through grass, dirt and even the beach! This ability to truly go off-roading is a real game changer for us at AltRiders, and is something we’ve wanted to see be done well in a board for some time.
Halo Rover vs EPIKGO
When we first looked at the EPIKGO and the four other leading off road hoverboards back in September, we really appreciated the simplicity of the EPIKGO along with the Halo Rover. With these being, in our opinion, the two leading off road boards on the market at the moment, we thought it’d be useful to give the two a direct comparison.
Whilst they both have 800W motors powering the wheels, the Halo Rover came in significantly heavier, with an additional 6lbs! We’re not sure where this added weight benefits the Halo, if anything it’s dead weight that gives the EPIKGO the edge when it comes to acceleration, and the slightly longer ride time before it comes to charging. When you do come to charge the boards, the EPIKGO again takes the crown with a much faster charging speed – something we know is becoming more and more important for riders.
An edge that the Halo does have however, is its usability – we really liked the 3 speed settings of beginner, intermediate and advanced – a great way to ease yourself in if you’re new to hoverboarding. Whilst the two boards are pretty similar in design and with premium manufacturing materials, the Halo is significantly larger; 4.5 inches in length! This combined with its increased weight might give you more confidence in your stability on the Halo, but we reckon after a few hours on either board you won’t be worrying about balance, but more about speed. We therefore think the EPIKGO has another edge on the Halo. The Halo Rover also does have a greater variety in features, including a speaker system.
Both great boards, but it’ll come down to what features you prioritise as to which you should buy. The EPIKGO isn’t complicated by things like the sound system found on the Halo, and the simplicity of the EPIKGO makes it much more effective at the basics. If you’re looking for a great performing off road hoverboard then get the EPIKGO. If you’re looking for a better all round experience then get the Halo Rover.
Read more about the Halo Rover in our review.
Check the latest price of the Halo Rover on the Halo Board website.
What We Like About the EPIKGO Classic
Easy to use – We’ve all heard of a self-balancing board before, and the image of President Bush doing the impossible and falling off a Segway comes to mind, but we reckon you’d be taking to this board like a duck to water.
Good safety features – EPIKGO have really thought about the concerns people have when it comes to hoverboards, and have put a lot of effort into making a safe and enjoyable ride.
Great, versatile performance – The powerful motors and off-roading capabilities put the EPIKGO Classic in the top league of quality hoverboard. We love that you can go properly off road, and that its durable design will keep you going for a long lifetime.
What We Don’t Like About the EPIKGO Classic
Heavy – The board is a bit heavy at 26lbs, and there’s definitely lighter boards on the market. But it’s a price you have to pay for the amount of power you get with the board, and thanks to its decent battery life, you’ll be spending a lot more time riding than carrying.
For those that don’t mind spending a little bit more in return for a quality product, the EPIKGO Classic is a pretty good choice – durable, safe and powerful. There are of course cheaper options on the market, but it might be that you’re left wanting if you really care about quality in a product.
Check the latest price on the Epikgo website.
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