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We spotted the dudes behind the ZBoard at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this week, but we weren’t content to just ride the electric skateboard up and down the halls of Pier 94. We asked them to take a walk with us to Washington Square Park so we could take the board for a spin in a more realistic setting — also, any excuse to skip out of work a bit earlier to go skating in the park on a sunny Friday afternoon is hard to turn down. We initially asked them to meet us at one of New York City’s many skate parks, but they balked at the suggestion — after all, it’s more of a commuting board than anything else. It’s big and fairly heavy, so attempting to go vert with the thing is pretty much out — grinding and kickflips are likely off the table, too.
Co-creator Geoff Larson told us he managed to get the thing up on two wheels, but that’s about the limit of trickery at the moment — we’re sure that’ll change pretty quickly, as soon as more boards make their way into the hands of the public. In the meantime, the ZBoard is all about getting around, giving you about 10 miles on a single charge. Larson added that one skater said he planned to use his ZBoard to make the long trip to the skatepark and back, carrying his manual board along for the ride. Join us after the break for some sneakers-on impressions.
Gallery: ZBoard electric skateboard hands-on