***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
When I was a kid, I remember watching movies like "Back to the Future" and being absolutely amazed by the Hoverboard and other futuristic innovations that, at the time, weren't even remotely available for purchase. I mean, the 80s and early 90s were pretty lame in comparison to the things kids can do nowadays.
Case in point: Transportation.
When I was a kid, I walked 10 miles, uphill, in 5 feet of snow to get to school.
Okay, so that's a total lie. I walked about 6 blocks. Yes, there would often be snow since I'm in Ohio, but it wasn't like walking during a never ending blizzard or anything. Well, not usually, at least....
Anyway, today, kids have more options than that to get around. The perfect examples of high-tech, personal transportation come from my favorite scooter brand, Razor. They have some pretty amazing electric scooters, which top my wish list, as well as something a bit more fantastical....Turbo Jetts Electric Heel Wheels.
These are exactly what they sound like: Motorized wheels that go right onto your shoes! (IF you wear between a Youth 12 and Adult 12 and weigh up to 176lbs.) These are taking the streets by storm, and are absolutely awesome....Once you get the hang of them. Check out Razor's instructional video that shows how to get started below.
Looks pretty nifty, don't you agree?
I mean, who'd have ever thought that something this cool would be available for just anyone to enjoy? I always figured that something like Turbo Jetts would be reserved for the super wealthy, or those who have access to much neater things than the general public does.
Thanks to the innovative team at Razor, everyone can enjoy this zippy, fun technology!
We received our very own pair of Turbo Jetts to check out for ourselves. We packed up the littles and headed to my former Elementary School's parking lot to try out, since it had just been freshly paved. This was the safest and most level place to attempt to get the hang of these motor powered heel wheels.
The Turbo Jetts were simple to charge and put on. There are adjustable straps that make them the perfect fit whether you're a 3rd grader like my daughter or a 40 year old man, like my husband.
The first thing we noticed upon putting on the Turbo Jetts is that they DO feel a bit awkward. One side is MUCH heftier than the other, as it contains the electric motor. This definitely feels odd, as one foot feels a lot heavier than the other. This was a challenge for the kiddos, and also for Dan when he tried them out. It takes some real getting used to at first.
As always, kids should wear a proper helmet when using Turbo Jetts. There WILL be falls while they're learned to maneuver these babies, so you want to be sure to take the proper precautions to avoid potential injury.
So the good news is, we think the whole concept behind these is amazing. Being able to zip around on electric, motorized "shoes" is something extra special, and definitely gets a lot of stares, oohs, and ahhs from those passing by. Once they're mastered, these heel wheels could be unstoppable.
The bad news?
I have to be completely transparent and honest here. These are NOT easy to get the hang of. We all had some difficulty getting going, and we all fell multiple times, busting our butts in the process.
Sophie and Xander literally both gave up in tears after a couple hours of trying, and they both got very upset that they couldn't make these work like the people in the many videos we watched. I'm talking massive amounts of tears and complete and utter defeat. We had to make the disappointment better with ice cream.
So these have been an unsuccessful venture for us....
For now, at least. We're going to keep trying.
Please note: This isn't a problem with the product, it's a lack of coordination on the kids' parts, and once they started rolling, they had an incredibly hard time keeping their balance and staying in an upright position.
These may be easier for those who are experienced skaters or rollerbladers, but none of us have those skills....So we fell. A lot. Even my 18 year old tried to make them work, since these were going to get him to and from his job at Pizza Hut here in town, and he couldn't do it, either.
Check out this brief video of Dan's blunders below to get an idea of the challenges involved in getting past the Turbo Jetts "Learning Curve":
So, it's pretty clear that my family needs a LOT more practice with our Razor Turbo Jetts Electric Heel Wheels.
We have been trying to get the hang of them for a couple of weeks now, and no one has been able to master them yet. We just can't seem to get them going while remaining upright. No matter how hard we try, our balance just sucks.
Practice makes perfect, though, and I am determined that at least ONE of my family members will learn how to do this. It's too neat a concept to let them go to waste, so come heck or high water, we WILL overcome our challenges and someone will be zipping around in these....eventually. I will be sure to update and post again once this happens, of course.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this product. First, the Cool Factor is undeniable. I mean, who wouldn't want to zip around town in motorized shoes?! When they work properly, like we've seen in lots of videos, these are the most terrific things since sliced bread.
It's just a matter of getting used to them enough to make that happen that seems to be challenging, at least for us.
So the concept is fantastic, but the execution is a little more difficult than I had anticipated, and they've just left my kids feeling upset and sad. This isn't any fault of the brand or the product, as both are wonderful and Turbo Jetts are definitely a quality product, if you're coordinated enough to master them.
I honestly am now wishing I'd chosen to review one of Razor's motorized scooters, instead. That would actually be getting tons of use, and there would be a lot less tears and frustration.
If you're confident in your balancing abilities and want a super cool way to zip around town, definitely grab a pair of Turbo Jetts. They are definitely innovative, and sure to be a great conversation starter.
If you, like us, are a bit more on the clumsy side, I'd have to recommend checking out one of Razors motorized, electric scooters, instead.
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