The company has dropped “Boards” from its moniker, which is emblematic of its shift towards transportation as a whole. There are no firm statements about what to expect, but it’ll be products based on the concept of getting people from A to B in the age of electrically powered vehicles.
Boosted is also now its own OEM for wheels, decks, trucks and motors. All of the decks are taking their cues from snowboard construction methods, using a composite build with lightweight poplar at its core wrapped in fiberglass. This is meant to dampen noise and provide a smooth ride, while still being light and snappy. Plus, all the edges are sheathed with a polymer bumper to protect against impacts.
The iconic orange wheels still exist — unless you opt for a premium model — only now they’re sporting the Boosted brand. There are also re-designed trucks from Boosted, which are CNC precision machined instead of cast to increase overall strength. The remote control, however, hasn’t changed one bit and I’m not mad at it. This is one of the more comfortable controllers I’ve tried. You’re also going to get a slightly tweaked version of the same dual brushless electric motors on all these models.
First up, and arguably the most interesting form factor of the bunch is the Boosted Mini. There will be two versions of this model: the Mini S (standard range) and Mini X (extended range). They will be the same overall size and look, albeit with the X rocking those premium grey tones and a fatter battery. The Mini is just shy of your average skateboard deck length, measuring only 29.5 inches long. There’s a good amount of concave here, as well as a kicktail (with screw-on skid plate) which will all help you maneuver this board in ways that you can’t with a longboard.
|Boosted Mini S – $749||Boosted Mini X – $999|
|Range||Up to 7 miles||Up to 14 miles|
|Top speed||Up to 18MPH||Up to 20MPH|
|Hill climbing||Up to 20% grade||Up to 20% grade|
|Modes||3 ride modes||3 ride modes|
|Wheels||Boosted Lunar 80mm||Boosted Lunar 80mm|
|Weight||15 LBS||16.8 LBS|
Now on to the more familiar form factor that Boosted has been known for: the Plus and Stealth longboard models. All the various previous models that boosted offered have been rolled into a single Plus version. This comes with extended range as standard and four ride modes. It’s still the same 38-inch deck length, but with slightly straightened edge lines and the new poplar and fiberglass construction with ABS edge bumper.
Although the flexible bamboo deck has been transformed, you should still expect that bouncy yet smooth ride that Boosted’s known for. While the Plus model comes standard with what were once all the bells and whistles, the Stealth takes things up a notch higher. The top speed has been bumped up to 24 MPH and there are additional ride modes as well. You’ll be paying top dollar for the Stealth model, but considering it’s still the same price as the previous Dual+ version, it’s not too shabby.
|Boosted Plus – $1,399||Boosted Stealth – $1,599|
|Range||Up to 14 miles||Up to 14 miles|
|Top speed||Up to 22MPH||Up to 24MPH|
|Hill climbing||Up to 25% grade||Up to 25% grade|
|Modes||4 ride modes||3 ride modes|
|Wheels||Boosted Stratus 85mm||Boosted Stratus 85mm|
|Weight||17 LBS||17 LBS|
The Boosted Mini S will begin shipping in May 2018 with the Mini X not far behind with an estimated ship date of June. The Boosted Plus and Stealth models are both slated to begin shipping in late May / early June 2018. All four of Boosted’s new boards are available for pre-order starting today at the company’s website and we’ll have our own look at the Boosted Mini S in the coming weeks.