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Off-Road hoverboards used to be the stuff of dreams, but over the last few years, more manufacturers have been releasing more rugged versions of best hoverboards so we can leave the road and explore the paths that are less traveled.
The Hoverfly XL from GoTrax is one of these modern two-wheeled off-the-beaten-path beasts. I use the word beast because this personal transport has some real power when on the prowl. Plus, it comes with all of the features that hoverboard riders could want at a great price.
This 2019 hoverboard has a lot of cool features and I enjoyed testing it. Read my Hoverfly XL hoverboard review to find out what else we liked and what we didn’t like about this hoverboard model.
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The GoTrax HoverFly XL self-balancing scooter is a superb choice, scoring high marks in nearly every category, whether it be performance, ease of use, safety, or power. Getting so many features at an affordable price is what really knocks this one out of the park.
What we liked
What we didn’t like
One of the most impressive things about the Hoverfly XL is the build quality. The first thing that you notice about this device is that it has a solid construction.
The 8.5-inch tires are quality rubber, with aluminum rims. The foot pads have a nice grip and are also a thick rubber material. The chassis is encased in a durable shell that feels solid and tough.
This hoverboard can stand up to some abuse.
The styling of this unit is sleek while maintaining a rugged off-road attitude. GoTrax really took everything into account when detailing this model.
Everything from the shape of the LED lights, to the style of the rims, visually suggests serious speed and performance.
Aside from being on the heavy side, the design of this hoverboard makes it super easy to use, even for new riders: The footpads feel great, the height of your feet from the ground feels perfect.
GoTrax really designed it to feel like a natural extension of your own body.
The company boasts about the superior torque on this model and they are not wrong. Torque refers to the rotational force of the motor. This hoverboard has a lot of it.
Dual 350W motors give this model some impressive power. So much so that you have to lean forward very lightly when you begin riding. Otherwise, it will take off way too fast.
You can feel the power beneath you. The motors provide plenty of force to tackle inclines up to 30 degrees and handle a maximum weight of 220 lbs, as well handling off-road terrain.
On flat surfaces or inclines, it performed flawlessly, providing a comfortable and stable ride. No matter the speed, it was smooth sailing. Since this hoverboard is also designed for off-road fun, we took it into the grass and it didn’t disappoint.
It does well on flat grass with fairly even terrain. When the ground gets uneven and bumpy it still performs excellent, but you have to lean forward to give it more power, which is expected. The only problem we had off-road was when the ground was a both wet and uneven (Not swamp-like, just muddy.).
In those conditions, the tires did not want to grip and we had trouble getting enough momentum to move forward. Despite this, the Hoverfly XL earns high marks for performing well in NEARLY every off-road situation.
It will happily roll over all kinds of sticks, rocks, and leaves without any problems, as long as these obstacles are small and close to the ground.
Three different modes
The company claims that the battery can be charged in 1.5 hours, which is fairly quick. In our tests, we found that to be accurate.
Our battery charged in about an hour and 20 minutes. How much run time you’ll get from the battery is hard to calculate. It really depends on factors like the weight of the rider, what kind of terrain you are riding on and how fast you are going.
GoTrax says that you will get a range of 12 miles on a single charge. We had our doubts about this after witnessing how much power this hoverboard had. Surely it wouldn’t go that far.
Well, we were pleasantly surprised when we calculated a trip of about 11 miles.
iOS/Android Mobile App
The iOS and Android compatible mobile app displays stats and unlocks “pro mode” after you have mastered the training mode and standard mode. Pro Mode removes speed, driving force, and steering sensitivity restrictions. The app is easy to install and use, though it is pretty basic. Update: They are no longer carrying bluetooth on this Gotrax XL model so app is not an option.
If you’re looking for a hoverboard with a great price, this is one of your best options. While it doesn’t have all of the extra features that more pricey options have, you get a lot for your money. It boasts solid performance, has a quality build, is powerful and easy to use. Despite the lack of a Bluetooth speaker, you still get a fun and efficient ride out of the Gotrax Hoverfly XL Hoverboard.
This model handles off-road riding very well as long as you stick to drier ground that is fairly flat. You may have noticed that we have very few negative things to say about the HoverFly XL and that is because it simply excels in nearly every category.
Buying a hoverboard can be a daunting prospect, but we can say with confidence that this one will not let you down.
We purchased this board for my daughter for Christmas and the manual that came with it was not very helpful. I would love to know how to change the modes from training to standard to pro. Please help!
The light on motherboard on one side is solid orange and charger is solid green does this mean it’s charged
Does the charging time always beep?
You guys need to change your review it is B.S. This product does not have bluetooth. As of April they no longer make it with bluetooth so the APP. Is worthless as well.
Great review Conner.
The Hoverfly XL really seems like an interesting board. It charges really fast compared with the competition and 2×350 watt motors at such a low price is a steal. A very interesting addition to the market indeed.