Inline skates could make a big comeback with a new electric version that has tank-like undersides for wheeling around on grass and dirt. No Spandex necessary this time around, though.
Dubbed "Off-Road Rollerblades," these skates have a battery-powered 350W DC motor at the back of each boot. Rubber track blades can handle rough surfaces, and a cabled handheld controller adjusts the speed.
The inline skates can reach up to 9 miles per hour and go 12 miles before the batteries need recharging, Gizmag reported.
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These new speedy kicks come from Polish transportation tinkerer Jack Skopinski. Last year his Warsaw-based company Aero-Service grabbed attention for a bright green four-wheeled tilting scooter called the EV4 that can lean into turns.
Skopinski designed the inline skates as a form of personal transportation that could be tossed into a bag between trips, he told Gizmag. They retail for 5,500 Polish zloty, which is around $1,400. Skopinski also plans to make electric inline skates for city-dwellers. (In case you were wondering, the original Rollerblades still exist.)
Watch these off-roaders take on grass, dirt, and bumpy surfaces here: