Personal Transportation

Go and stow quickly with the Elos mini-longboard

Early in the morning or directly after work are not the times one wants to walk to the bus or the train to get to work or back home. That’s why last mile solutions are so attractive: They offer a way to cut down what can be a 15 to 20 minute or more journey to something a lot more manageable.

Looking a bit like a giant guitar pick on wheels, the Elos is a tool for those last miles that offers a familiar, longboard-esque build in a much more compact frame. A few thoughtful design decisions allows users retain control without worrying about its durability. Its wide deck allows riders to easily access lots of angles when steering, while metal protection both at its front and its nose gives it the strength to last through high-speed rides. After some feet-on time with it in Elos’ backyard in Silicon Valley, we think even the balance-challenged may have a shot with it.

The Kickstarter campaign claims only five minutes or so are needed to learn how to properly handle the Elos, opening up the product to many more potential riders who may not usually consider something like this. And with its built-in handle and small size, it can fit into a messenger bag or a bookbag for maximum portability for all those different people. Elos perks start at $119 and ship in December 2016, right in time for Christmas. Its Kickstarter campaign is looking for $56,000 by November 29th, 2016 to see success.

The Elos is a charming little sidekick for the jaded city slicker tired of trudging those last 15 minutes to the office. And while there are a variety of clever options in this segment like the Walkbot and the MovPak combination backpack/skateboard, it’s the Elos’ utility as a hardened mini-longboard and its, well, miniscule proportions that makes it a decently priced standout.

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