off reviewing this thing for awhile, and I think I sort of annoyed
Larry Martel at Rollerboard, plus, I managed to lose the pictures
that I had of me riding this thing. If I find them I'll definitely
put them up.
of any company that comes from outside of skateboarding to market
a product to skateboarders. I'm especially wary of a product that
looks quite a bit like an inline skate (no, I don't have a problem
with people who ride inline skates, but the crossover appeal seems
is an inline skateboard. The top is made from plastic, and has griptape
on it, while on the bottom there is a single line of four wheels.
I initially thought there would be problems with the balance of it,
but soon found that it wasn't at all hard to balance. The wheels are
quite soft, and this also stabilizes the ride quite a bit, dampening
bumps when you're cruising around.
couple of times I rode the board, it was a little bit sketchy, but
after that, I could tic-tack to get speed, and could ollie and shove-it
easily. Kickflips are pretty difficult, both because the board is
a little heavy, and because it doesn't have a particularly upturned
nose to kick out. You can also sort of grind on it by just getting
on a curb with the wheels against the curb (like a noseslide, but
lengthwise on the board).
would be easy now to rail against this product for trying to be better
than skateboarding or something like this, but in talking to Larry
Martel, the president of Rollerboard, he's made it clear that its
intention is to be an alternative to skateboarding, not to try and
replace skateboarding (not that that would happen). That sort of changed
my perspective, I mean, I did have fun riding it around, especially
in my room, though certainly not the kind of fun that would make me
leave my skate in the closet. I do have an issue with the website,
which had a FAQ asking, "What makes Rollerboard more exciting to ride
[than a skateboard]?", which gives me a different feeling than what
Larry had said, as if they were really trying to lure people away
from skateboarding or snowboarding or whatever.
was really trying to legitimize these boards, I think they should
definitely look for color alternatives, which Larry had promised me
they were (yellow doesn't cut it). This board also feels like a toy.
Maybe it's because it's made of heavy plastic, or the way they market
it (see this poster
on their site), or that it came in this cardboard box like those $50
skateboards you can buy at Target.
of the board doesn't really lend itself to tricks. Ollieing is sort
of awkward, and there isn't a well-defined nose or tail that would
make tricks from skateboarding easy to cross over. But, the board
is reasonably fun to ride, and looking at the website, it costs $58.95.
I take issue with them using an insecure form asking for your credit
card over the internet, that's a bad business move, and I hope they
take care of that soon.
to Larry Martel and Rollerboard for letting me check out the board.