I was out at the Outdoor Retailer’s show in Salt Lake City two weekends ago and saw this cool new product called the Xlider. It’s similar to the Rip Stick by RAZOR, but the standing surfaces are totally independent once you learn how to navigate on them. Here is a link to their website.
I’ll have to admit it the Freeboard is pretty cool. I think it’s a little more on the extremer side than the Xliders. The Xliders are more of an art or dance like move. The Freeboard is a replication of downhill snowboarding, which still looks like fun! If the Xliders had some foot bindings then maybe you could jump on them if the casters would permit it without spinning in the opposite direction of your motion, which could be bad for the landing.
Got to agree on the freeboard, the other to me looks like you have a very steep learning curve, and as has shown with wind surfing that can spell to big inital sales and no contuinuiation sales. The other aspect is little or no barrier to entry, its going to be a shit and get unless you can promote the heck out of it and develope a strong brand name.
I would have to disagree with you on the learning curve issue. My friend jumped on a pair at the O.R. show and took to it right away. He’s about 30 years old, so it’s not like the Xliders are marketed to a younger age group. I imagine after about 30 minutes and you’d have the concept down.
Now if they had bindings they would be a lot more fun for vertical movements like I stated before.
not only do I sound older than both of them put togeather i am damn close in reality (52). On the little kids doing stupid stuff, hey darwin was right and the apple don’t fall far from the tree. Looking back at the stuff I and others like me in my generation did and got away with shows you that luck is a component in life as in poker.
hey I’m 26, I see these kids rolling around, and just think…cor I wish I had some back in ‘my day…’ I also remember bombing round on my bike, playing knock ‘a’ door run, playing out on the street with to occasional football in to a window…its all part of growing up…and having fun.
I have to laugh because I work with two guys -grown men in their 20s & 30s- who wear Heelys. Traveling with them at the airport is interesting because they wheel through the terminal to their gate. …Both embarrassing and practical!