The 90s had their skateboards and roller blades. Nowadays, these relicts of coolness have been replaced by hoverboards – portable, self-balancing that can come with several entertaining features. Hoverboards have been perennial favorites for young kids, although there’s nothing stopping adults from enjoying them, as well.
The Halo Rover has been one of the most popular hoverboards of the past years, at one time earning the title of being the Best Off-Road Hoverboard. What makes this particular hoverboard so good? Is it worth the expensive price tag?
Design and build quality
At first glance, it’s easy to notice how the Halo Rover was designed to favor functionality than aesthetics. It looks industrial, almost minimalist. It’s also a little bigger and wider than most other hoverboards. The Halo Rover is available in three color options: black, white, or pink.
Halo claims that the Rover is made with an “indestructible” aluminum frame. Of course, this is just hyperbole. However, the Rover does come pretty close to being indestructible if you use it under normal circumstances. Its aluminum construction also extends to its wheel guards which protect you from debris or mud spatters.
However, the casing around the foot pads seems to be made of cheap plastic. Owners have even chimed in with accounts of the plastic casing getting cracked easily. To make matters worse, the plastic casing is not covered by the Rover’s warranty. Rubber bumpers on the front and back provide some impact protection, but it would have been better if Halo used higher quality material on the casing in the first place.
One of the more distinctive features of the Halo Rover is the wide LED panels at the front which help provide visibility while riding at night. The back panel is outfitted with red lighted panels that act as turn signals.
The Halo Rover’s main distinguishing characteristic is its off-road capabilities. Whether you ride it indoors or outdoors, the Rover delivers a satisfactory riding experience. Its non-flat 8.5” tires play a central role in helping it traverse through rough terrain. These tires are more than an inch bigger than those found in typical hoverboards and have a knobby high-grip surface.
The build of the Halo Rover is rated IXP4 water-resistant. This means that it can handle water splashes and light rains without compromising its internal components. However, it’s only water-resistant, not waterproof. Getting the Rover submerged in water, or riding it in heavy rains, is not recommended.
The powerful features and durable build of the Halo Rover make it pretty hefty. At 45 pounds, the Halo Rover is not exactly the type of hoverboard you want to carry around regularly or for long periods. It’s also noticeably wider than most other hoverboards, which helps it maintain stability even in rough terrain.
At the core of the Halo Rover’s knack for all-terrain travel is its dual independent motors capable of a total output of 800W. The Halo Rover is powerful enough to climb slopes inclined at up to 20 degrees, whereas most other hoverboards can only climb 15 degrees. Of course, this will not be possible without the traction provided by its knobby rubber tires.
The extra-large tires allow the Halo Rover to traverse uneven terrain and challenging surfaces such as sand, gravel, mud, or snow. The Rover provides an exceptionally smooth ride even over streets with potholes.
The Rover can carry passengers up to a maximum weight of 220 lbs., making it powerful enough even for bigger adults. Halo recommends that users of the Rover have a minimum weight of 45 lbs. so that its self-balancing sensors can function as intended.
The Rover can achieve a maximum speed of 9 mph. This might not sound much on paper but takes a whole different meaning when experienced in person. In fact, you can fall off at 9mph if you’re not careful and this is not a speed setting fit for beginners.
The Halo hoverboards are known for being very stable and having exceptionally responsive controls, and the Rover merely continues this trend. It performs well when making rapid changes in direction, or even in rapid back-and-forth movement. However, its wide footprint requires a wider angle when making turns.
Much like most of the modern hoverboards, the Halo Rover can connect to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. Although Bluetooth connectivity is considered par for the course for today’s hoverboards, the breadth of functions accessible to Halo Rover owners sets it apart from the rest.
The mobile app provides an easy to toggle between three riding modes: Training, Normal, and Advanced. Each of these modes has unique speed and sensitivity settings, making the Rover fit for riders with different skill levels. If you want to set customized speed limits or to manually adjust the Rover’s steering sensitivity, then these can also be done using the mobile app.
The mobile app also makes it easy to monitor the hoverboard’s battery life, your current movement speed, and the distance that you have traveled. Battery life monitoring is especially critical, as the Rover has been known to suddenly stop dead in its tracks when the battery gets fully drained.
As expected, the Halo Rover comes equipped with Bluetooth-compatible speakers. This means you can ride on the streets with the Rover to the tune of your favorite songs. In combination with the bright LED lights, the Halo Rover will have you cruising in style in no time. Although our expectations for the Bluetooth speakers are not very high to start with, it’s worth mentioning that the audio quality will not blow anyone away.
The Halo Rover is powered by the UL 2272-certified LG FireSafe Battery, ensuring you that it will not suddenly catch fire or explode even while it’s plugged in. This battery allows you to travel up to 10 miles on a single battery charge, even while traveling at maximum speed. This range is way above average, and the Rover’s battery probably has one of the highest capacities out of any hoverboards of the same class.
Charging the Rover’s battery from 0% to full takes around 2.5 hours. For best results and to keep the battery from getting damaged, make sure to only charge the battery using a UL-certified or official Halo AC charger.
At around $550, the Halo Rover is more expensive than many of the comparable hoverboards in the market. However, the Rover does come with advanced features, a more durable build, and more power than many of today’s hoverboards.
One thing to consider when looking at the price is the fact the all-terrain capabilities of the Rover probably contribute to making it more expensive. For comparison, EPIKGO also has an all-terrain hoverboard that costs around the same as the Halo Rover.
Is it worth it?
Despite the high price tag, the Halo Rover delivers at a high enough level of safety and quality that will satisfy most buyers. It is more powerful and more durable than most other hoverboards and can boast of Halo’s superior stability and control sensitivity. It is also one of the few all-terrain hoverboards in the market today. If you’re looking for a hoverboard that can overcome rough conditions, then the Halo Rover is certainly worth your consideration.
To sweeten the deal, the Halo Rover comes with its carrying case for easier storage and transportation. This heavy-duty carrying case comes with a shoulder strap and dual zippers. It’s much more durable than any other third-party case, so you don’t need to waste your time looking at other retailers.
Lastly, the Halo Rover is proudly made in the USA. Based in Los Angeles, Halo is one of the few existing US-based hoverboard manufacturers. In a market flooded with products from China, you can be confident with Halo’s home-grown brand of safety and quality standards.