Disclosure: This post includes items that were sent for review from Rockboard. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
Raising three boys in a “skater” town, I am bound to have at least 1 skateboarder in my crew. The kids walk the streets of town, peering in the windows of Fairman’s and looking for our local stunt man celebrity. As they find their way in the world of sports, they are working on balance, agility, and speed…
…As well as style. My middle guy certainly has his own style, and he immediately claimed this skater hat.
Last week my husband and I were on Fall break, so we decided to test out the Rockboard scooter between grading papers. Immediately we were impressed with the sturdy and solid aluminum frame.
The Rockboard Original is like 2 scooters in one. You can ride the scooter as a traditional kick scooter, and that works as expected. However, the real fun comes when you put it in the Rockboarding mode.
The kids were fighting my husband and I for the Rockboard Scooter, but he and I were having too much fun shredding up the driveway to share! The scooter has an adjustable handlebar and holds up to 200 pounds, so this is a perfect family toy that can comfortably entertain your family members aged 8 through adulthood.
By alternating your weight between the front and back of the board (like a seesaw), the scooter gains speed. Boy does it gain speed. We were flying all over the driveway, with lots of control. A hand brake allowed us to stop if needed.
One of the coolest parts of the Rockboard scooter was the mechanics. I took a video of my husband flying by me, and then I put it in slow motion so that you could really see how the Rockboard works. How cool is this?
Even I got in on the fun. I am pretty uncoordinated, and even I could easily ride this scooter in Rockboard mode. My husband made fun of my cheesy look here, but I was really just having a lot of fun.
Look how well made this scooter is!
Rockboard also sent over a Descender for us to try out, an all-terrain skateboard with 36 wheels and treads that help grip any surface. The Descender came with a CD that shares tricks and tips, though we were just getting the hang of it by doing some backyard downhill racing.
It worked pretty well in the yard, though it probably would have picked up speed if we had mowed the lawn first (but it still moved through our long grass). The slower speed allowed us to practice our balance before going all out.
I am particularly excited to get the Descender going in the snow – I will definitely post some pictures of that. Riding the Rockboard Descender felt like a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard – an interesting combination.
Our middle guy strapped on his safety gear and took a few rides on the Descender like a sled.
I would definitely recommend both the Rockboard Scooter and the Rockboard Descender for sporty kids aged 8+. This gear encourages adventurous kids to test their limits and build confidence in their abilities. Visit Rockboard on twitter and Facebook to learn more.