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Boosted's 2018 line includes faster and shorter electric skateboards

Boosted's 2018 line includes faster and shorter electric skateboards
From Engadget - April 17, 2018

The company has dropped "Boards" from its moniker, which is emblematic of its shift towards transportation as a whole. There are no firm statements about what to expect, but it will be products based on the concept of getting people from A to B in the age of electrically powered vehicles.

Boosted is also now its own OEM for wheels, decks, trucks and motors. All of the decks are taking their cues from snowboard construction methods, using a composite build with lightweight poplar at its core wrapped in fiberglass. This is meant to dampen noise and provide a smooth ride, while still being light and snappy. Plus, all the edges are sheathed with a polymer bumper to protect against impacts.

The iconic orange wheels still exist -- unless you opt for a premium model -- only now they are sporting the Boosted brand. There are also re-designed trucks from Boosted, which are CNC precision machined instead of cast to increase overall strength. The remote control, however, has not changed one bit and I am not mad at it. This is one of the more comfortable controllers I have tried. You are also going to get a slightly tweaked version of the same dual brushless electric motors on all these models.

First up, and arguably the most interesting form factor of the bunch is the Boosted Mini. There will be two versions of this model: the Mini S (standard range) and Mini X (extended range). They will be the same overall size and look, albeit with the X rocking those premium grey tones and a fatter battery. The Mini is just shy of your average skateboard deck length, measuring only 29.5 inches long. There's a good amount of concave here, as well as a kicktail (with screw-on skid plate) which will all help you maneuver this board in ways that you ca not with a longboard.

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