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Pro Powerful off-the-shelf "off-road" board
With an 800 W motor, the E-Glide GT Powerboard is a specialty board for those who want off-road capabilities and the extra comfort afforded by pneumatic (air filled) tires. The 9-inch Kenda wheels give the ability to ride both off-road and over the roughest streets with pneumatic comfort.
Pro Small drop deck
A unique feature of the GT Powerboard is the quarter-inch "drop deck" it includes. Though small, this can be extremely helpful to brace your feet when accelerating or braking. This is something most other electric skateboards do not offer.
Pro 15-22 mile range depending on batteries selected
You can choose from two battery sizes to customize the board for your needs. The stock SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries make the total weight of the board 72 lb (very heavy for an e-board). For an additional cost, you can upgrade to lithium batteries to save weight and increase range from 15 to 22 miles. Upgrading to the lithium battery (quality Panasonic cells) will set you back an additional $945, and their suggested charger is an additional $120, but this reduces the weight from 72 lb to 50 lb. It’s still one of the heaviest electric skateboards, but also one of the few off-the-shelf "off-road" boards.
Pro Built and assembled from a majority of local parts
If you call E-Glide you will likely speak with the owner. He will quickly give you a sense for their passion to use the best components from local companies. The lithium batteries are from a nearby manufacturer and use some of the highest quality H2A Panasonic cells. This is not a cheap "assembled in China" board, and the quality and price reflect that.
Con One of the heaviest boards around
The E-Glide GT Powerboard weighs in at a hefty 72 lb, meaning this is not a board you will be carrying around under your arm. A unique option is the addition of pneumatic tires and 9-inch Kenda wheels, which increase the overall weight vs. a standard skateboard's urethane wheels. This setup, while heavy, is ideal for extremely rough roads and off-road use that a regular electric skateboard cannot reasonably handle.
Con A wired remote
Wireless remote control is one of the most common methods to control modern e-boards. The fact that this remote requires a wired connection is a unique feature of this board, and not in a good way. You will have a cable to negotiate while riding, and the remote itself is a bit heavier and bulkier compared to a wireless controller.
The one benefit of this feature is that you will not suffer from interference or possible dropped connections due to wireless issues.