You may have seen hoverboards in action whizzing along tarmac, tackling ramps in skateboard parks and even rolling along carpet, but the one question everyone asks before they buy one is, do hoverboards work on grass?
The answer to this question is a big fat yes, but the smoothness of your ride will depend on the type of hoverboard you are riding.
If you want to make mincemeat of grass, hills, gravel and all manner of surfaces, then your best bet is an all terrain hoverboard such as the Blue Galaxy 10” All Terrain Official Hoverboard
It has 10 inch inflatable tyres which can manage the wildest of terrain and you get 10 inches of ground clearance, so grassy fields and angled surfaces are a doddle to ride. It’s a heavyweight hoverboard too as it can handle riders weighing up to 120K and still give a smooth, unrivalled ride.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that these chunky wheels will slow you down because the Blue Galaxy can reach speeds of up to 14km/h and it has a mega battery that will give you two hours of uninterrupted riding time.
If you want a hoverboard with smaller wheels that can still move at speed over grass, then consider an 8.5” wheel version, such as the G2 8.5” Off Road Hummer Official Hoverboard
This rugged off-roader is one of the sturdiest hoverboards on the market today and benefits from intelligent auto balance technology and precise gyro control, which makes for a really smooth and responsive ride.
You can ride a 6.5” hoverboard on grass, but the ride won’t be as smooth as it would be on an off-road or all terrain model.
When you ride on grass, it will feel different to riding on a hard surface and you will need to adjust your speed and stance accordingly. If you are a heavier rider, be prepared to tackle grass a little slower than you would a flat, solid surface like tarmac. Freshly mown grass will be much easier to traverse with longer grass proving more of a challenge.
You will find that riding your hoverboard on grass drains the battery, so expect to have to recharge a little more regularly. This is because it takes more power to move the board over grass than it does a flat surface.
Before you tackle grass, practice riding your hoverboard on a smooth, flat surface at as lower speed and take note of how your movements affect the balance and responsiveness of the board.
When you first ride on grass, do so very slowly and make sure it is as short as possible – you’d be mad to try and ride on longer, lumpier grass if it is the first time you’ve gone green. Test out a small area of dry, short grass first, before you go for anything more ambitious.
Try and avoid wet or damp grass, because this can clog up the hoverboard mechanics and cause problems. It’s also best to wear a helmet to avoid injury.