Sharper Image hopes the RapStik is the next Razor scooter

by Mike

RapStik Caster Board
Remember when those Razor scooters from Sharper Image were all the rage? I do. They got thousands of people to shell out $100 for a two wheeled metal scooter. Nowadays, you can pick one up for $20. With one of their newest products, the RipStik Caster Board, it’s pretty clear that Sharper Image is trying to reproduce the success of those Razor scooters. To do this, they’re combining surfing and snowboarding onto a board with only two wheels.

I’m going to explain what this thing does with a nice little equation:
(surfing + snowboarding) + wheels (I’m not quite sure what it equals though, maybe fun?).

It can also make 360-degree turns quickly and smoothly. I can do that on my bike, scooter, rollerblades, skateboard. . . but I guess they consider it a major selling point. The only really interesting feature of this board is how you move — by subtly moving back and forth to propel it, supposedly up hills even. This can be done because of the flexible rear panels, which are controlled by a spring-oriented bar located on the top of the wheels. Just wondering, does anybody actually understand what that means, or are they just trying to make it sound fancier than it really is in order to convince people to shell out $100 for it? I’m no expert, but that seems a bit high pricewise for something that seems to be exactly like a skateboard or scooter, only with that minor movement difference. Oh, wait, it’s not expensive at all, it comes with a instructional DVD; that explains it all!

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4 reviews or comments

Elliot Pomeroy Says: November 7, 2007 at 4:24 am

Loved the ripstick when I got one. Took a day to learn and now I’m off! Got mine in the UK from in case anyone else is looking.

Kevin Says: September 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm

So i have 2 rip sticks and i do love them very much. alittle hard to get good at at but worth it. the only down side is that i burn through a new pair of wheels every week. im not even sure where to buy more wheels like these either. skateboard and roller blade wheels are just too soft and only last 4 days tops.

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