Boosted and electric skateboards are, for better or worse, synonymous. As annoying as it is, casual observers of the industry tend to call all electric skateboards “Boosted boards” in much the same way as all photocopiers are apparently “Xerox machines” and all tissues are apparently “Kleenex.” When a brand becomes truly synonymous with its product this is the inevitable result, which in-turn doubles as a pretty good indicator that the brand in question has become the market leader and the agreed standard by which all other competing products are to be measured.
Boosted may hold pride of place as “the standard,” but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re perfect. There are faster boards out there, there are boards with more range, there are more versatile boards and there are even boards that tick all three boxes (and more) and still come in cheaper than Boosted’s hefty price tag. Suffice to say that Boosted does indeed fall short in a lot of places when looked at on a purely cost vs. performance spec ratio. So then why are Boosted still considered “the standard?” It can’t all come down to unabashed, aggressive influencer marketing, can it?
A TL;DR is available at the end of this review.
My History with Boosted
Before becoming a Boosted Stealth owner I had only ever been a Boosted “borrower.” I enjoyed a bit of time here and there on different V1 (Gen1) and V2 (Gen2) Boosted’s owned by friends, but I never owned a Gen1 or a Gen2. Much earlier in my electric skateboarding journey I had only ever owned Evolve’s, and although I came to respect the superior ride feel and advanced ecosystem of Boosted over Evolve, I still couldn’t justify the price, particularly not in the pre-extended range (XR) battery days. A standard range Boosted board has barely enough range to get you out of a standard-sized Australian suburb. It’s a lot of money to pay for a board that gets you absolutely nowhere at all (unless you live and work in the city). This is one of the reasons why Evolve, particularly their big range Carbon GT and Bamboo GTX boards are so popular down here; we need the range and Evolve is cheaper than Boosted in Australia by a considerable margin as well.
When the XR battery was announced, I was still skeptical. Whatever type of pie-in-the-sky mileage Boosted promoted, the real-world metric was more like, “Take whatever range you usually get from a standard Boosted battery and double it.” Well, I get between 3.7 and 4.3 miles (6-7 km) out of a standard Boosted battery pack (in PRO mode and riding as hard as possible). Double is 7.4 to 8.6 miles (12-14 km), which is still a pretty laughable situation for something marketed as “extended range.” 14 km is still less than half the range of Evolve’s lesser models, such as the Bamboo GT (on paper). But then I thought about it some more.
My commute to work is about 6.2 miles (10 km) give or take a couple of kilometres depending on my starting point (sometimes I drive part of the way there to save time). “So why am I so hung up about range?” I thought to myself.
For my purposes having an insane amount of range seems like a luxury (and a lot of extra weight in excess and unneeded battery cells) that isn’t entirely necessary when put under a microscope. The features most essential to me for my particular commute is to have a comfortable, flexy and responsive ride, and a board reasonably light in weight (as far as full sized electric longboards are concerned), as I have to kick-up and carry the board at several annoying points along the way (you can’t kick-up Evolve’s due to their rear-mounted motors). These were the things that were starting to become more important to me than having excess range, thus Boosted and their “last mile” ethos started to make more and more sense to me as a viable option. Sure, there are plenty of other brands out there that fit this bill too, even a lot of budget boards, I know, I’ve ridden a lot of them. But at the end of the day no budget board can ever really replace a premium product if you’re looking to use and abuse an electric skateboard as much as you would a car.
I then entered a period of hesitation. Other premium brands on the horizon promised a comparable Boosted experience, but I needed a solution now, not later. I decided the Boosted Gen2 Dual+ XR was the board for me, but then Axle Gate happened. Not willing to take the risk, I decided to wait a little longer to see what Boosted did next.
Enter Gen3 and the Boosted Stealth.
Boosted’s decision to move away from Caliber trucks on the Gen1 to their own in-house design with the Gen2 was arguably the root cause behind Axle Gate. Instead of returning to Caliber or another like-brand for the Gen3, Boosted doubled-down on their own manufacturing process and built a new, stronger truck for the new models based on lessons learned. Fair enough. As a customer all I wanted to know was that the problem was recognised and rectified. The last thing I need is a truck axle failing at 24 mph! To know that a solution was in place for the new models was the confidence I needed to pull the trigger. But gaining stronger trucks with the Gen3 also meant sacrificing some of the much beloved Loaded/Orangatang parts that made the Gen1’s and Gen2’s so great.
With the release of the Gen3’s, Boosted said goodbye to the iconic Loaded Vanguard deck and Orangatang wheels. Curious, even mildly frustrating? Sure. The Loaded deck in particular was a huge part of what made the ride feeling of a Boosted board so incredibly sublime. As for the wheels, well, wheels are easily replaceable enough. But the deck? The deck is arguably the single biggest change from Gen2 to Gen3.
The choice, for me, ultimately came down to ride feel vs. safety. Do I get a Gen2 Dual+ XR with all of that Loaded Vanguard goodness and a higher risk of truck failure, or do I get a Stealth, sacrificing the Loaded Vanguard in the name of stronger trucks? Safety won out.
The Perfect Boosted Board
So, no. Boosted isn’t the perfect electric skateboard for a mind geared only towards specs. The Stealth isn’t even the perfect Boosted for a mind geared only towards parts. The perfect Boosted doesn’t exist from my point-of-view.
The perfect Boosted is really a Stealth (complete with HYPER mode) on a Loaded Vanguard deck with Orangatang wheels (or perhaps a Gen2 Dual+ XR with Stealth ESC programming (e.g. HYPER mode) and stronger trucks). Which ever way you cut it, unless you’re willing to play an expensive game of mix-n-match, the best you can get is close to perfect, which for me is a Boosted Stealth with blue 77A Orangatang Caguama’s and purple/medium Orangatang Nipples. The Gen3 deck is still good – an innovation in electric skateboarding in fact, but it’s just not a Loaded Vanguard.
As a self-confessed “thane snob,” I will admit that the stock wheels and bushings on the Stealth have never even seen the light of day. They were the first things to come off. #thanesnob
So, if Boosted isn’t the perfect electric skateboard and if the Stealth isn’t even the perfect Boosted, why spend all that money? I’ll cut right to the chase: Unless you’re looking to replace your car with an electric skateboard, you probably don’t need a Boosted. If you’re objective is simply to get a high-speed and long-range beast for some weekend fun, there are plenty of other boards out there to fill this need. Maybe you just want a casual cruiser, a campus commuter, some weekend wheels or some other kind of leisure board? Perhaps racing is your goal or to be the undisputed pack leader during group rides? There are plenty of other boards out there to suit all of these needs. But if you want something high-quality, comfortable and durable, something with a seamless and integrated ecosystem, something that offers a well-balanced blend of performance and usability in a full-size, yet light-weight (relatively speaking) package, from a company with second-to-none after-sales support? If you’re going to be putting dozens and dozens of miles on your board (in lieu of a car) every day come rain, hail or shine, then you need a Boosted.
Deck and Enclosures
The Gen3 decks are a poplar and fiberglass composite with vibration dampening foam and polymer reinforced sidewalls. If a snowboard and a Loaded Vanguard had a love-child, the Gen3 decks would be it. It’s essentially the same 38-inch Loaded Vanguard shape we know and love (although now slightly wider in centre), but now built in-house by Boosted who have taken inspiration from the snowboarding world. The result is something super strong and strikingly beautiful. A subtle concave cradles the feet nicely and the camber (bow/arch) in the centre of the board creates the flex and rebound you want from a daily commuter.
The two-stage griptape has had a bit of an overhaul from the Gen2’s. The more abrasive griptape that used to be exclusively reserved for the rear foot on the older Dual+ models has been extended much further up the deck. Not quite enough to cover the front foot fully, but enough to create a new design aesthetic. In any event it’s worth mentioning that both of the griptapes featured on the Gen3’s (Plus and Stealth) are hardly what I’d classify as “abrasive.” Both are quite forgiving compared to regular griptapes, but continue to do the job at the same time.
The fiberglass finish of the underside of the deck creates a glossy, almost mirror-like finish that reminds you of the snowboard inspiration involved in this design.
If you’re looking for an honest opinion on the difference between the Loaded Vanguard and Gen3 decks, I’ll give it to you straight: I prefer the Loaded Vanguard by a hair. Whilst I appreciate the build quality and thus additional strength of materials involved in the Gen3 decks, and I further appreciate how hard Boosted have worked to try and replicate the same Loaded Vanguard look and feel, it falls ever-so-slightly short.
The Gen3 decks aren’t quite as flexy as the Loaded Vanguard decks. Further to this the Gen3 decks have a slightly more aggressive rebound; that is to say they’re generally less flexy (slightly), whilst at the same time being more bouncy, if that makes any sense? Honestly, for the first couple of rides the aggressive bounciness of the deck can catch you off-guard. Hit an inconsistency in the road and if you’re not ready for it the rebound of the deck could just about bounce you off!
In return for this subtle change in ride feel you get a stronger deck with reinforced edges. I’ve been able to kick-up my board over and over again for well over three months now with absolutely no sign of wear to the rear tail. As for the ride, well, if you’re used to a Gen2 Loaded Vanguard, you’ll get used to a Gen3 deck within a few short rides. Yes, it’s different. Yes, like me, you’ll probably prefer the Loaded Vanguard by a hair. But once you get used to the Gen3 deck and learn to anticipate and respond to how it moves, you won’t have any issues. It’s a short and shallow learning curve.
The Gen3’s run with the same split enclosure system Boosted have run since Gen1. The battery pack is mounted towards the front truck, whilst the ESC enclosure is mounted towards the rear truck close to where the motors are mounted. This system has some distinct advantages in terms of weight distribution and overall balance. The enclosures themselves remain virtually unchanged from what you’d see under a Gen2 Dual+ XR.
On the XR battery pack you have the charging port, power button and LED lighting system to indicate the battery charge level. I particularly appreciate the quality of the charging port cover. It clicks into place with confidence and is a reminder of the level of proprietary ingenuity that goes into all Boosted products.
The ESC enclosure is a stand-alone item with heat sink fins running along both sides of the enclosure.
All-in-all the materials are high quality and robust. A Boosted board, if nothing else, is a product of constituent parts you can tell were built to go together. There’s a certain amount of satisfaction you get from knowing this when you look at the finished product. It doesn’t look like a “Frankenboard.” It looks like the damn Tesla of electric skateboards!
Powertrain and Remote
The basic power ecosystem is a 13s2p 18650 battery pack leading into a propitiatory ESC, which in-turn delivers power to the dual motor belt drive system. Exact specs on the hardware are a little hard to come by. The dual motor belt drive system is quoted as having a power output of 2100 Watts and the 18650 cells are said to be LG HG2’s; that’s a 26-cell pack apparently totaling 199Wh (not air travel friendly).
Those with more knowledge about the world of 18650 cells don’t sing a lot of praise for the LG HG2 cell. But again, there’s something about the overall Boosted ecosystem that compensates for this. The power delivery and the way Boosted have programmed their ESC, resulting in essentially zero battery sag is the stuff dreams are made of, regardless of the cell type.
The quality and finish of the entire motor assembly system is virtually unparalleled and, of course, belt tension is adjustable.
The famous Boosted board remote is the envy of electric skateboard manufacturers the world over. It’s a surprisingly simple device when compared to a lot of the remotes doing the rounds nowadays, but the reality is the Boosted remote “just works.” A cliché phrase, I know, but it’s true and accurate. Everyone else keeps trying to emulate it for a reason.
No LCD screen (or other type of display) and no bells and whistles. It’s a remote that feels solid in the hand (the most solid and balanced of any electric skateboard remote) and is operated by a simple deadman trigger and thumb-wheel. There’s a multi-function button down the bottom to turn the remote on and off, and cycle through the speed modes (among other things). An LED system indicates the board’s battery level, connectivity and remote battery level. I really like the idea of having to tap the multi-function button once in order to view the board’s battery level on the remote. This is a feature other ESC and remote combos (e.g. Hobbywing) have replicated. The idea, I believe, is for the remote to become less of a distraction. Riding other boards with remotes that have LCD screens or LED’s that are always on, you tend to want to always look at the remote and give yourself range anxiety in the process. By having the LED’s “go dark” unless you intentionally turn them on, you can just enjoy the ride, and with little-to-no sag involved in riding a Boosted anyway, you just don’t get that range anxiety. If you know the range you’ve got per charge based on your speed mode setting (check the app) the only other thing you need to know is that your trip is exactly that distance or less. Then you just ride. I never check my board’s battery level whilst riding anymore.
Two minor gripes I have with the Boosted remote is that they still charge via mini-USB. That’s right, I said mini-USB (not micro). USB technology is now at the very tail end of micro; we are now well into the USB-C era, yet Boosted are still rocking a mini-USB charging port and cable for their remote. I’m sure they have their reasons, but from the outside looking in it’s a real head-scratcher.
The second minor gripe is the inability to change speed modes whilst moving. Coming from other boards that let you do this, it’s something you miss.
Acceleration and Braking
Now this really is the stuff dreams are made of! Boosted’s proprietary ESC and remote are dialed in so well that it’s virtually impossible to be bucked off of a Boosted board (unless the bouncy Gen3 decks catch you off-guard).
For me, the absolute gold standard remote interface is a simple thumb wheel (minus any extra knob or joystick, which ruins the finesse) with plenty of room for the wheel to travel forwards and backwards. This is where Boosted has always had it right. Never change, Boosted. Never, ever change. With these two simple ingredients riders are able to finesse their control input with absolute confidence that the board will respond accurately and reliably each and every time.
When speaking of a Boosted board and acceleration, only one word springs to mind: Perfection. The dual motor belt drive system delivers power and torque to the ground in a perfect blend of immediate and satisfying performance combined with confidence and safety. There is no jerkiness and there is no sudden 0-100 power curve that sends your board flying, leaving you on the ground flat on your ass. Yet somehow the magic of Boosted always allows you to be one of the fastest guys off-the-line, yet somehow you’re also the least in danger of being bucked off their board. What kind of sorcery is this?
Yes, the power delivery is sublime and so far unmatched by any other board in my experience (at least in the consumer-commuter market).
Braking is the exact equal and opposite to the acceleration curve on a Boosted board, which is fantastic on one hand because it’s predictable and incredibly smooth. My personal preference, however, would be for the brakes to be ever-so-slightly more aggressive than the acceleration curve. I’ve had a few close calls on the Boosted that I know I could have handled better were the brakes that that little bit more aggressive.
A feature I never thought I would enjoy as much as I have is the fact that once you brake your Boosted to a complete stop, continued backward pressure on the remote’s control wheel will proceed to put your board in reverse. More on this feature in the next section.
Ridability and Maneuverability
We’ve already addressed the elephant in the room: I prefer the Loaded Vanguard deck of the Gen1’s and Gen2’s over the new Gen3 deck, but only by a hair. I’m certainly not disappointed! The Stealth flexes and carves like a dream, but you do feel like you have to be more intentional and forceful with your carves on the Stealth compared to the Vanguard deck of the Gen1’s and 2’s. This means you also have to get used to the natural consequence of being more intentional and forceful with your carves, and that is a more aggressive rebound. Again, you get used to it quickly, but the Loaded Vanguard of the previous generations had a more natural and organic flex and rebound to it that the Gen3 decks lack.
Boosted boards are built around the very idea of “rideability.” The ecosystem that defines the board is really something that so far is unequaled by any other product. It’s just so damn, well, “nice.”
The board also maneuvers incredibly well. With medium/purple Orangatang Nipples running quite loose, I get turns out of this board that would almost rival a dual kingpin setup (almost). No wheel bite either.
Another surprising point to the boards maneuverability is the brake-to-reverse functionality I mentioned in the previous section. Seasoned Boosted riders know exactly what I’m talking about, but as this is a full review I need to mention it.
“Why do you need reverse on an electric skateboard?” Yep, I’ve said it too. Truth be told, you don’t. Any type of reverse function that forces you to come to a dead stop, look at your remote and down-shift or change speed modes into reverse and then (finally) go in reverse, isn’t what I’d call “intuitive functionality,” and yes, you’re better off without it. However, Boosted’s reverse functionality is an entirely different ballgame. Let’s say you overshoot your stopping point by a foot or so and now you need to get out of someone/something’s way? Easy, I’ll just keep my thumb down on the brake slightly and slide on backwards. It comes in handy more than you’d think and now I miss it riding on boards without it.
Boosted’s app is one of those magic things that has set Boosted apart from the beginning. There are still very few consumer boards out there that come with a functional/useful app.
Three user-input metrics help the app give you a tremendous amount of useful information. The metrics are rider weight, ratio of hills vs. flat riding and ratio of cruising vs. shredding. Based on these metrics the app will tell you the estimated range of your board per mode. From there you can choose your mode (as you can also do from the remote), get a live read-out of the boards battery percentage (complementing the LED systems on the board and the remote), as well as a trip meter and overall odometer. You can also record your rides in much the same way as you would through a third party sports tracker app.
It’s a simple app with a very user friendly UI, but it gives me everything I could want out of a partnering app, and again, it “just works.”
The mobile notification you get when your board is done charging is another one of those little things about Boosted that makes you smile.
Vibration (Rattle Gate)
Now for a bit of a downside. I call my Stealth “the rattler.” From the day of my very first ride my Stealth has had an incessant rattle come from somewhere around the front truck and battery pack. I took the problem to Boosted, my Boosted distributor, Reddit and various Facebook groups. I’ve heard all of the potential problems it “could be” and tried all of the potential solutions. There were a lot of them. Trust me there’s nothing you can suggest that I haven’t already tried. Nothing gets rid of this rattle.
In the end some fellow Gen3 riders conceded that the Gen3’s just rattle. The short boards (the Mini S and Mini X) seem to be immune, but the longboards (the Plus and the Stealth) suffer from a rattle that can be nothing other than the battery enclosure vibrating against the bottom of the fiberglass deck. Nothing fixes it. Not tightening down the bolts and not padding and taping-down any componentry between the enclosure and the deck. It’s subtle and only the rider can notice it to any great degree, but when you’ve paid through the nose for a product that shouldn’t have these little imperfections, it does leave a slightly sour taste in the mouth.
After owning a slew of hub motor boards and now a Boosted, I just can’t go back to any board with rear mounted motors. Okay, there’s an exception or two for the cream-of-the-crop boards out there that pretty much all have rear mounted motors, but I’d hardly use them for daily commuting.
For daily commuting I just have to be able to kick-up my board. It’s absolutely essential! The ability to be able to do this with Boosted’s motors mounted under the deck (in the somewhat traditional way) combined with near-perfect weight distribution due to the split enclosures in an overall reasonably light weight package (17.85 lbs or 8.1 kg), makes the Boosted Stealth easy to move and carry when you’re not riding it. Making it even easier to carry is the fact that there’s no bulk in the centre of the board. Without any board-length enclosure, holding the board horizontally by your side is like holding a regular longboard. These little 1% gains certainly add up when you’re talking about a daily driver that you have to carry almost as much as you ride.
Performance: Claimed vs. Reality
- Top Speed: 24 mph (38.6 kph)
- Range: 14 miles (22.5 km)
- Hills: 25%
- Weight: 17 lbs (7.7 kg)
Reality (for this section please note that I weigh about 205 lbs (93 kg) and ride flat-out as often as possible)
- Top Speed: 24.2 mph (39 kph) [HYPER mode]
- Range: 4.9, 7.14 and 9.3 miles (7.9, 11.5 and 15 km) [HYPER, PRO and EXPERT mode respectively]
- Hills: 25% likely
- Weight: 17.85 lbs (8.1 kg)
It is worth discussing at this point that the Boosted Stealth consists of five speed modes (BEGINNER, ECO, EXPERT, PRO and HYPER). PRO is probably my default mode as it enables me to get to work in most circumstances. For quick trips and local errand running, I’ll often shift into HYPER, as I could care less about range if I’m only whipping up to the shops for a loaf of bread. For slightly longer rides with friends, I’ll often bump it down into EXPERT to ensure I make it to our charge/turn-around point, which is never much further than 7 to 9 miles (11.2 to 14.4 km) away from our starting point.
I confess I’ve never used the ECO or BEGINNER modes and probably never will. My point is with just the top three speed modes, the Boosted Stealth is a board that has you covered in almost every and all circumstances, even most group rides, which always tend to have charge/drink breaks every 8 or so miles, which is the perfect time to put a bit of extra juice in your Boosted.
Range anxiety? Not really. In reality the Boosted Stealth (or any Boosted with an XR battery) works out just fine. It’s only when I feel like taking a long, leisurely, solo cruise that my hand drifts past the Boosted and reaches for a board with longer range. In 8/10 other circumstances, the Boosted fits the bill!
Slightly misleading, though, is the fact that Boosted choose their website specs from different speed modes. For example, 24 mph is indeed the achievable top speed on the Boosted Stealth, but only in HYPER mode. 14 miles is indeed the achievable range on the Boosted Stealth, but only in BEGINNER mode (with my rider weight and aggressive riding style).
You see? The 24 mph HYPER mode will only give you 4.9 miles range, whereas the 14 miles range achievable in BEGINNER mode will only give you a top speed of 12.4 mph by comparison.
This brings me back to the idea of choosing a default mode for yourself. Mine is PRO. In PRO mode I regularly achieve a 21.7 mph (35 kph) top speed and a 7.14 mile (11.5 km) range. This is a far better gauge of real-world performance. The fastest? No. The best range? No. The most integrated, finely-tuned and inter-connected feeling you’ll ever experience on an electric skateboard? Yes!
As for hills, the steepest hills in my area only range from 12 to 15.7% at most. Suffice to say the Boosted Stealth didn’t have any trouble tackling them at full speed at almost any battery level. I’ve tested a lot of boards on the same inclines, so I have pretty good gauge on what the Boosted might be able to realistically tackle considering it didn’t even flinch at my inclines, even on low battery. I’m fairly confident in saying that Boosted’s claim of being able to tackle 25% inclines probably isn’t terribly over-stated. Considering Boosted are a San Francisco based company, I’m sure these boards have been tested at 25% and beyond many, many times. Hills aren’t too much of a concern for a top-of-the-range Boosted.
Regarding battery sag, as you may have already guessed, I have found that there essentially is no battery sag. For this and this alone Boosted is worth the price of admission!
I found the weight of my Boosted Stealth to be fractionally heavier than the stated spec on the Boosted website, but not by much.
Some Other Minor Gripes
An odd issue became apparent with all Gen3 models according to Reddit and social media. It became dubbed the “bent motor shaft issue.” The story goes that boards were being assembled with the belts being over-tightened and then shipped out to customers. This over-tension resulted in too much strain being placed on the motor shafts, which resulted in them bending, which resulted in an abnormal sound being produced by the boards. Eventually information surfaced that the sound being generated wasn’t by the motor shafts being bent at all, but rather the motor pulley becoming slightly loose under the strain of the belt. Anyone reporting this issue has had/is having the issue resolved by replacement parts being sent out to them.
As I heard about this issue early, as soon as I got my board, whilst I was in the process of changing my wheels, I also loosened the belts slightly from the factory setting. As I result I have never suffered the “bent motor shaft issue.” I highly, highly recommend any new Gen3 Boosted owner take the same precaution.
Second, I feel there was a missed opportunity to do one of two things with Boosted’s Gen3 lineup of boards, namely to implement a true long-range battery option. If Boosted had this I wouldn’t be looking to longer range options for my second board for those lazy Sunday morning cruises. In lieu of this they should have implemented a true, tool-less swappable battery system. Six screws and a connector requiring the further use of tools to remove is not and never will be “swappable” by the wider esk8 community’s definition. To be fair Boosted describe their system as “user-replaceable,” but this isn’t what we want. We want tool-less (or at least one model with a super long range battery).
Finally, I’d like to make mention of the useless accessories port. In my hunt for the elusive rattle, one of the possibilities was that the useless accessories port positioned under the front truck was the culprit (it wasn’t). Upon looking at this pointless device I knew I had to make a point of it during my review. Apparently this accessories port exists for some long awaited, but never actually appearing, propitiatory Boosted accessories. Where are they? In lieu of this port actually being utilized by the Boosted ecosystem, its ridiculous positioning renders it useless for even doing something as simple as charging your remote or mobile device. Would it really have been so hard to place an accessories port on the battery pack so that it can be used for simple, routine tasks as well as whatever Boosted has planned for the future?
For all of Boosted’s positive points, the useless accessories port is by contrast, by far one of the strangest ones.
Is the Boosted Stealth the perfect electric skateboard? No.
Can Boosted’s popularity be reduced to simply over-hyped infuencer marketing? Also no.
The reality is Boosted make some pretty special electric skateboards. They are “the standard” because their products strike a near-perfect blend between outright performance and real-world, daily usability. If you want more outright performance and less real-world, daily usability, then there are other boards out there for you. In fact, the upper end of the performance spectrum is currently seeing an explosion in available options. If you want less outright performance and more real-world, daily usability, you can slide down the other end of the spectrum where there are other options also. Boosted sits somewhere in the middle and is the premium option in this category.
It is true that for the money you’re paying for a Boosted Stealth there shouldn’t be any risk of “bent motor shafts” and it certainly shouldn’t rattle like an old tram! These issues should have been sorted during beta testing. Annoying? Yes, but it doesn’t erase Boosted’s many other superior selling points. Quality, durability, reliability and that “ecosystem” to name a few.
For a board largely designed for the daily commute or the “last mile,” it goes just fast enough and just far enough for its intended use whilst keeping the board light and easy to live with (carry, store etc.) when you’re not using it, which for Boosted’s target demographic is something that can be equally as important.
As for some of changes from Gen2 to Gen3 and the Stealth: The Gen3 decks are an innovation for the electric skateboard industry, but fall ever-so-short of the much beloved ride feel previously delivered by the Loaded Vanguard deck. HYPER mode (exclusive to the Stealth) is a ranger-eater, but it’s nice to have for shorter distances. Also #lifeistooshortforcheapurethane
Finally, is a Boosted board, particularly a Boosted Stealth worth the hype and, at the end of the day, worth your hard earned cash? If you’re shopping based on performance specs alone, no it isn’t. If you’re shopping for a budget board just get your feet wet, no it isn’t. But if you’re looking for a board with just enough (finely-tuned) performance, balanced with high-end quality, practical design elements and long-term durability, then yes, a Boosted Stealth is worth every cent.
Samuel James is an Australian based e-skater and blogger. He has been testing, riding and reviewing electric skateboards since 2017. Connect with Sam on Instagram and check out his website for even more content.