Gotrax Hoverfly XL Hoverboard Review 2019

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Gotrax Hoverfly XL Hoverboard Review 2019
9.5 Total Score
  • High torque 350W motor.
  • Suitable for different terrains, offroading, and urban areas.
  • Loud Bluetooth speaker.
  • LED lights which look great.
  • 3 speed modes: training, standard and pro mode.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Long range/distance.
  • High max rider weight.

Gotrax Hoverfly XL Key Features

MotorMax speedDistanceWheel sizeMax weightCharging timeBluetooth or Smartphone app? Colors availableWaterproof?
350W7.4 MPH / 11.9KM9-10 miles / 14-16 km8.5" 220LB / 99KG2-3 hoursYes, Bluetooth speaker and smartphone app7No

Gotrax Hoverfly XL Overview

Gotrax has established themselves as one of the market leaders in personal electric transport. They’re renowned quality and high specification for both electric scooters like the Gotrax GXL and their hoverboard range have made their products some of the most popular in 2019.

The Gotrax XL is the second hoverboard/self-balancing scooter that we have reviewed so far. The XL is one of 3 hoverboards produced by Gotrax, and as the XL name suggests, its the bigger more expensive hoverboard model in Gotrax line of products. The higher price is still affordable, and we think is warranted, given the extensive features which come with the model. It’s powerful, fast, has a high weight capacity and is even suitable for offroading.

Read our full Gotrax XL review below and see why we think its one of the best hoverboards for offroading, as well as one of the best hoverboards for adults in 2019.

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Speed and power & Distance

How fast does it go?

We put this question first for a reason. The first question buyers usually want to know is the Gotrax XL top speed. The XL goes 7.4 MPH or 11.9KM. It’s joint first with the Gotrax ECO as the quickest in the Gotrax range of hoverboards, and although it might not sound that fast when you’re actually riding the XL, we thought it felt much quicker.

What age/weight is it suitable for?

Unlike its younger sibling, the Gotrax ION, The Gotrax XL is designed for heavier riders with a max weight of 220LB or 99KG, so it should be suitable for kids, teenagers and a regular adult.

Gotrax Hoverfly XL for adults and teenagers

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What is the range/distance?

The distance on the XL is listed as approximately 9-10 miles or 14-16 km. This is fairly impressive given its small size and higher max weight.

Can it be used offroad?

The Gotrax XL comes with hard rubber all-terrain tires which are suitable for offroading. Its got a tough looking exterior, with bumpers and anti-slip grips and looks ready to take on both the streets and offroad trails.

However, a word of warning is needed here, the Gotrax XL is not waterproof or even water resistant, so their claims that it’s a proper offroad electric vehicle are sort of misleading. You will not be able to claim your warranty if your Gotrax XL is water damaged whilst offroading. Whilst its still one of the best hoverboards for offroading, we just want to make sure you exercise caution and only use it in dry conditions.

Battery life

How long does it take to charge?

With a completely flat battery, the Gotrax XL should be fully charged in around 2-3 hours. This is, again, impressive compared to the Gotrax ION as the XL has a longer battery life and shorter charging time.

Battery protection & safety

All Gotrax hoverboards are compliant with the industry UL 2272 safety standards. These standards are designed to prevent: overcharging, under-voltage and over-heating. You should always check that your hoverboard is built to these standards, regardless of your choice.

How long will the battery last for?

We were unable to find any information on how many cycles the Gotrax XL specifically lasts for, however, generally speaking, batteries of this kind should last 500 – 1000 charge cycles, or 2-4 years depending on usage.

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Design and Ergonomics

Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?

The Gotrax Hoverfly XL connects to your phone via Bluetooth and has a loud Bluetooth speaker so that you can play your favorite tunes whilst you ride.

There is also a Gotrax Hoverfly App for iOS and Android which, at the time of writing appears to be in BETA. The app reportedly allows you to view battery usage, temperature, speed and more. As mentioned, the App is in BETA and the reviews leave a lot to be desired, so hopefully, the reliability of the App will be improved in later releases.

Gotrax Hoverfly App

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Does it have lights?

The Gotrax XL has LED lights front and rear which light the ground beneath you. These lights are also made from UL Certified materials. This gives the Gotrax XL a really modern, futuristic look when riding.

Wheel size & material

As the name suggests, the inflatable hard rubber tires on the Gotrax XL are extra large. They’re actually the biggest in the Gotrax range at 8.5″.

Does it come in different colors?

The Gotrax Hoverfly XL comes in 7 different colors: black, blue, galaxy, green, pink, purple and red. We think each of the colors looks great, and there should be something there for everyone’s style and preference!

 

Gotrax Hoverfly XL colors

Build quality and ease of use

Is it easy to ride?

Another popular question when looking for a hoverboard is ‘how easy is it to ride?’. And to a lot of peoples surprise, it’s actually quite an easy thing to get the hang of.

The Gotrax Hoverfly XL has self balancing technology which, as the name suggests, self balances so that you can get on the board when its stationary.

If you’re a first time rider, you can use the training mode with reduced speed so you can get the hang of the basics. There are also two other speed modes, standard mode, and pro mode so that you can gradually increase the speed when riding safely.

Once you’re on the hoverboard, the advanced Gotrax gyroscopic technology allows you to navigate forward, backward and turn by simply tilting your bodyweight and adjusting your foot placement. Although it looks very difficult to do in videos, it’s actually very intuitive when you start using it.

Safety and usability on the road

Similarly to the other Gotrax hoverboards, the Gotrax Hoverfly XL comes with rubber non-slip foot grips and bumpers. Some reviewers said that it didn’t perform well in wet conditions, but since it’s not waterproof, you probably shouldn’t be using the XL in these conditions anyway – more on this below.

Is the Gotrax Hoverfly XL waterproof?

Gotrax state that none of their hoverboards are even water resistant, let alone waterproof, and as mentioned earlier in the Gotrax XL review, hoverboards damaged with liquid are not entitled to any kind of warranty. More info on the warranty disclaimer here.

In short, the Gotrax Hoverfly XL should only be used in dry conditions.

Gotrax Hoverfly XL Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals 2019

Will there be any Gotrax Hoverfly XL Black Friday deals in 2019? Our team thinks its likely. In previous years, we’ve seen substantial discounts on hoverboards around the time of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so if you’re looking to buy, it might be worth waiting to see if any Gotrax Hoverfly XL Black Friday deals are released. Check the latest price here for more information. Alternatively, discover our list of possible Black Friday hoverboard deals this 2019!

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9.5 Total Score
Gotrax Hoverfly XL Bottom Line

The Gotrax Hoverfly XL does well in almost every review category. It's a powerful all-terrain scooter suitable for adults and children. The XL is packed with features like LED lights, a loud Bluetooth speaker, smartphone app and durable off-road suitable tires. Surprisingly, it's still one of the more affordable hoverboards and a great choice for both new and experienced riders. Our verdict: this is the best hoverboard for offroading and all-terrain riders.

PROS
  • High torque 350W motor.
  • Suitable for different terrains, offroading, and urban areas.
  • Loud Bluetooth speaker.
  • LED lights which look great.
  • 3 speed modes: training, standard and pro mode.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Long range/distance.
  • High max rider weight.
CONS
  • Not waterproof or even water resistant.
  • It is a quite a heavy hoverboard.
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