FEB 16, 2016
The Space Scooter is the scooter that keeps going, and you don’t even need to kick. You don’t need to charge it overnight or fill it up with gas either — just pump your feet up and down.
This uniquely designed scooter is finally coming over to the western hemisphere after successfully taking off in Europe, and was featured at this year’s Toy Fair. The difference is what’s under your feet: Instead of a flat deck, the Space Scooter has a “Pump & Go” system that looks and moves like a seesaw. To keep or build your momentum, shift your weight back and forth between your feet to pump the deck and keep the wheels moving.
It sounds pretty difficult, but you get used to it surprisingly quickly. I took the Space Scooter for a spin outside the Mashable offices, and it only took two laps up and down the block until I felt as comfortable as I do on a kick scooter. There’s also a handbrake to adjust your speed, without needing to skid your shoes on the ground.
If you don’t feel like using the pump system, you can lock the deck into a flat position and ride it just like a kick scooter. You can also fold down the Space Scooter’s handlebars to take up less storage space.
The Space Scooters come in a variety of colors and two sizes: a “junior” model for kids and a “regular” model for adults. The junior scooter holds weight up to 130 pounds, and the regular scooter can hold 200 pounds.
The scooters are now available online and are coming to more stores throughout the U.S. soon. The junior Space Scooters cost $109, and the regular Space Scooters are $149.