If you’re a beginner looking to get into the wonderful but painful world of skateboarding, there are a couple of tips you might want to keep in mind. First, a good helmet might cost a little bit of money up front, but it can save thousands on medical bills—not to mention, your life. Second, treat stairs like the devil’s advocate; attempting to skate down them doesn’t usually end up well.
That is unless you’re riding the Stair Rover Longboard, which includes an extra set of wheels meant to make traversing uneven terrain a heck of a lot easier.
Designed by Allrover, the Stair Rover can be best described as a longboard with training wheels. The board features a total of eight 60mm 80a ‘rebounce’ wheels affixed to flexible v-frames that swivel independently. Combined with the thermoplastic chassis and shock absorbers, these design features make riding down those pedestrian-only vertical steps less of an issue for the non-professionals among us.
Of course, you still need to know how to ride a longboard to ride the Stair Rover efficiently. While it does make skating easier, the sense of balance you gain from practice and tons of face-plants into the concrete can only be learned—not taught.
The Stair Rover weighs 9 lbs and measures 31.5 inches long, 9.8 inches wide, and 4.7 inches tall. It has custom 50-degree aluminum trucks made for smoother turns and features a ply maple wood deck. Starting at $249.99, it’s not a bag of peanuts, but if you live in a city with no shortage of stairs, it just might make sense to add to your vehicle arsenal.