Product Feature: Rock It, Kick It, Fold It, Grab It – What Am I?
Question: Rock It, Kick It, Fold It, Grab It. What am I?
Answer: Rockboard Original Scooter
The Rockboard Original Scooter, a 2011 Toy of the Year Awards finalist, is a 2-in-1 scooter where you can rock it (propulsion is achieved with each rock, wasting zero energy and allowing the scooter to reach speeds up to 10mph), kick it (just like a traditional scooter), fold it (it folds to a compact storage convenient for storing) and grab it (the scooter comes fully-assembled, ready-to-ride! So grab it and GO!) Pretty sweet, right?
Check out the video below for a glimpse of the action:
My first impression of the Rockboard Original Scooter when I took it out of the box was that it was much bigger that I anticipated (this is because I am much more familiar with some of the smaller competitor brands). However, this looks MUCH sturdier and therefore more likely to be safer. The urethane wheels are nearly 8 inches round and have rigid nylon spokes. The base is 27-29 inches long, depending on which mode you’re in. It’s also fairly wide, which makes it comfortable even for adults, and is completely covered with a non-slip material. The scooter can accommodate anyone ages 8+ and up to 200 lbs so it’s appropriate for a wide range of consumers. The padded handlebars are adjustable from 36-46.5 inches and has a spring-enhanced diecast aluminum rear trailing arm. On a side note, Rockboard does offer a Mini Scooter, a smaller-kid version of their Original Scooter, which is a 2012 Toy of the Year Awards winner in the Outdoor Toys category.
Over the weekend, we got together with some friends and lucky for me, there were 6 kids (ages 5-12) and their respective parents who were able to test-ride the Rockboard Scooter. Though the manufacturer suggests that the Rockboard Original Scooter is appropriate for those who are ages 8, I let some of the younger kids try. The 5 and 7 year olds (both my children), who are both on the petite side, had a harder time but everyone else (ages 8-12 plus 3 adults) absolutely loved it. It took a little adjusting to for the two 8 year old girls (they had to exert a little more power than they were used to), but once they got the hang of it, they were off – rocking and scooting and demanding a scooter for themselves! I think the age recommendation should be accompanied with a height suggestion as I believe that was the reason why my kids had a harder time. The Mini-Scooter would probably be a better fit for them.
All the adults who test-rode the scooter felt that it is sturdy and constructed well and definitely a great work-out. You may want to stretch the calves prior to riding! The only downside is that it is a bit heavy to carry around, but I feel that is a minor point and that the solid construction of the scooter is much more important to me.
My children’s friends are very much looking forward to the variety that this scooter can bring to the outdoor activities that they can all enjoy together (I now must bring this with me to every get together we have this summer!)
The approximate retail value of the Rockboard Original Scooter is $199 and can be found online at various retailers like Amazon, Toys R Us and Target. For more information about Rockboard and their product line, please visit http://www.rockboard.com/.
And always remember, please don’t forget to ride responsibly and always wear your protective gear!
Founded in 2008 by partners Richard Miller and Dillion Yu, Rockboard is manufactured by M.Y. Products LLC, a privately-owned company based in Franklin, IN. Rockboard’s mission is to provide children and adolescents with a fun, safe, and effective way to stay active during outdoor play with products such as the award-winning hybrid Rockboard Scooter. Rockboard is dedicated to developing innovative and versatile products of the highest quality and most superior design.
Disclosure: I received a Rockboard Scooter for review purposes only; no other compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.