AIR­WHEEL M3

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Tested -

Elec­tric skate­board

I knew that this was go­ing to be a lit­tle trick­ier than the hov­er­board, but as I watched the M3 demon­stra­tion in our of­fice park­ing area, I was start­ing to feel cocky, es­pe­cially be­cause of my skat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing sec­ondary school­ing and into my ter­tiary years. Oh, and let’s not for­get the gifted thumbs that have led me to count­less tro­phies on Playsta­tion Net­work. A par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive touch is nec­es­sary be­cause the M3 uses a re­mote throt­tle that you hold in your hand and get on with it. Easy, right? Wrong. Well, at least I was, when the M3 shot out from me the first time. The throt­tle is twitchy and the M3 is ca­pa­ble of a 20 km/h top speed, so hel­met and some pad­ding come highly rec­om­mended.

I even­tu­ally got slightly com­fort­able, but its 11,5 kg mass makes the elec­tric skate­board a lit­tle less wieldy than the World In­dus­tries boards I used to kick around on in my youth.

At least you’ll get to school faster than your mates, kids, be­cause kick­ing is so 2006. Adults, es­pe­cially first-timers, need not ap­ply.

Price: R7 990,

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