If you’re an adult, chances are, you don’t go around wearing a pair of Heelys, those sneakers fitted with wheels at the soles, so you can slide and glide your way on the ground. Then again, people go around riding “hoverboards” and motorized skateboards everywhere. We have a feeling that’s why the Razor Turbo Jetts exist.
A pair of motorized skates, the contraption straps to the heel of whatever footwear you’re wearing, effectively turning your shoe into motorized Heelys. Except, you know, you can remove the skates at any time (thank God), so you’re not stuck wearing shoes with goofy-looking wheels on the soles the whole day.
The Razor Turbo Jetts come with one powered skate and one non-powered one, so you use it with the powered skate in front and the non-powered skate in the back, essentially allowing the front skate to drag the rear unit along. That means, you ride the skates with your legs spread apart, which should help make it easier to maintain your balance to ensure a minimal learning curve. Both skates consist of a polymer frame that mounts to the back of your shoe and a hook-and-loop strap for securing everything to the footwear, with the powered skate getting an added enclosure that houses the battery and motor.
When strapped on, the rear wheel of the powered skates are designed to be positioned slightly above the ground, so you can still walk normally even with the darn things on. To start skating, simply put your powered foot out front and raise the tip of your toes until the rear wheel touches the ground. As soon as that happens, the 80-watt gear-driven motor automatically activates, propelling your forward at speeds of up to 10 mph. Yes, using this looks just as goofy as wearing a pair of Heelys (actually, it’s goofier because Heelys’ wheels are pretty discreet), but we definitely see a reason for it if it gets you to work or school much faster.
The Razor Turbo Jetts can fit children’s shoes and adult shoes up to size 12, so Razor is expecting both young ones and grownups to use this. Do note, the maximum supported weight is just 176 pounds, so this isn’t a likely fit for taller and heavier adults. If you were hoping to use these as replacement for a motorized skateboard, you might want to think twice, since it can only keep you moving at up to 30 minutes between charges. Considering the max speed (10 miles per hour), there’s a good chance it might not be enough to get you where you’re going, depending on how far you plan to travel using the skates.
The good news? The 12-volt battery packs are swappable, so carrying a couple of these things should let you cover a good load of distance. Since 10 mph is reasonably fast, Razor is recommending this for kids no younger than nine. And, yes, kids should definitely safety gear when playing with these things.
Want one? The Razor Turbo Jetts are available now.