Quick List: Best Off-Road Electric Scooters
To find the 6 best off-road electric scooters, I shortlisted 24 candidates and tested them across a variety of challenging terrain, including parks, fields, dirt paths, grassy knolls, forested trails, and rocky tracks.
Central to my considerations were ride quality (including handling, ground clearance, shock absorption, and tire performance), power (including torque and acceleration, braking strength, and incline ability), and durability (including IP ratings and each scooter’s craftsmanship i.e. did they withstand grueling off-road rides). Learn more about how I tested and selected the scooters.
See my 6 top picks below (ordered by Holiday Sale prices):
- Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 ($1,099)
- SPLACH Titan ($1,399) – Save $65 with code: ESI
- Mantis V2 ($1,499) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
- Varla Eagle One Pro ($1,999) – Save $100 with code: BFCM100
- NAMI Klima ($1,999) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
- Mantis King GT ($2,095) – Save $100 with code: ESI100
See all 24 of the shortlisted electric scooters that I tested in the photo carousel below.
Best Off-Road Electric Scooters
- SPLACH Titan – 64 lbs and a simple folding mechanism
Best Foldable Electric Scooters (Portable, Compact & Small)
- Mantis V2 – 30 degrees max (18 degrees optimal)
Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills: Breeze Up the Steepest of Inclines
- NAMI Klima – Adjustable hydraulic shocks and swingarms (scores 9.5 out of 10 on our shock absorption scale)
Electric Scooters With Suspension: 5 Buttery-Smooth Rides
- Mantis King GT – IPX5 water-resistance rating
Waterproof Electric Scooters: Best Scooters For Riding in the Rain
Best Under $1,250
SPLACH Titan Overview:
The best off-road scooters are a marriage of brawn and beauty. They’re built like tanks, exude bursting power, and ride like a hot knife cutting through butter. Cue the all-new SPLACH Titan, a model with few – if any – equals.
So, why is it so special? Well, SPLACH isn’t your average scooter brand. No. This outlier makes premium scooters, sells them at bargain prices, and eschews profits in the process. What’s not to love?
It’s a question you’ll be asking yourself after several spins on the Titan. Here, you get game-changing performance, exquisite suspension, and the durability required to master any terrain – all for $1,139. If you’re looking for that WOW factor on a tight budget, you can call off the search.
Why I Recommend the SPLACH Titan:
When considering which scooter is best for your off-roading needs, attention invariably gets drawn to the suspension set-up. Bumps and jolts are two a penny when erring away from the beaten track, so you’ll want a model that gives your joints and muscles an easy time. Well, this is one of many areas where the SPLACH Titan excels.
Armed with perfectly-calibrated front and rear springs, the Titan takes everything from forest trails and dirt tracks to rocky routes in its stride. Thanks to its rubber bushings and deep-traveling swingarms, the suspension adapts to different terrain with minimal fuss. Its performance is comparable to the significantly more expensive, yet supremely smooth, INOKIM OxO. And unlike other scooters, there’s no bottoming out (clanking of the springs), even when the springs are compressed to their maximum.
But of course, a great suspension system needs a strong supporting cast. The Titan certainly has that, with ultra-wide 27-inch handlebars, ergonomic controls, and lavish, air-filled tires each playing a crucial role when it comes to balance and stability.
The wheels in particular are very interesting. They feature a tread and profile that I’ve never seen on 9-inch tires before, falling somewhere between rounded and square. Knobbly and extra thick, they feel at home on looser, scratchier terrain – their traction and cushioning credentials are faultless. And if you do decide you want a larger surface area, for an extra $150 you can purchase the Titan with 10-inch tires. These come with an even more textured tread for greater grip.
But regardless of which tires you choose, one thing you’ll notice is the Titan’s power. Brandishing dual 52V 1000W motors that can summon a peak output of 2600W, this scooter crackles with ferocious energy. It can hit a top speed of 37 mph, fizz from 0-15 mph in 2.5 seconds and reach 25 mph in 4.9 seconds. It explodes out of the blocks and keeps getting faster. No other model in its price category can touch the performance levels on display here.
Then there’s the 52V 20.8Ah battery, which delivers a maximum range of 44 miles, or 29 miles when riding across varying terrain at high speeds. These are again class-leading statistics, with even the much pricier Apollo Ghost ($1,699) unable to match it for stamina.
With the torquey motors and battery working together, the Titan is also a vanquisher of hills; steep inclines are well within its capabilities, meaning you can take on those mountainous routes without rolling back down to where you came from.
Brakes, too, are a vital component when it comes to all-terrain scootering. Predictably, this is another area where it comes up trumps. Armed with front and rear discs that deliver a performance usually only found with hydraulics, you can expect to come to a complete stop from 15 mph in an impressive 2.4 meters. This should ensure you don’t go careening into trees or lakes; but a word of warning: the electronic brake is very strong and takes a little getting used to (you can adjust its strength or turn it off completely via the display, though).
Now, I said that the best off-road scooters are built like tanks, and the SPLACH Titan doesn’t disappoint. The aluminum frame is the definition of sturdy, while the stem has been reinforced to minimize the risk of wobble. Coming complete with an IP54 water-resistance rating, you’ll find that water splashes and dust ingress are minimal threats here.
Few scooters are perfect, of course, and the one smudge on the Titan’s spec sheet is its short deck. Measuring just 19.5 inches long – with 1.5 inches shaved off by the charge ports – you may feel that space is at a bit of a premium if you have large feet.
No such shortcomings are to be found when it comes to the light package, however. The headlight shines as bright as a star, while the swaggy stem and deck LEDs are made for Instagram. You can also control their brightness and color via a mobile app, which will never not be a cool feature in my book.
To cap everything off, the Titan comes with an NFC card reader that’s based on the same technology used for apartment block key fobs. This means the scooter is immobilized unless activated by the card – which should deter thieves.
Rarely does a scooter represent such outstanding value for money. For $1,139 you get an off-road monster that scores maximum points in all the right areas.
Best Under $1,500
Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 (52V)
Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 (52V) Overview:
Looking for an off-road dreadnaught that doesn’t come with the price tag of a small battleship? You’re in luck because the Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 has just set sail and it’s laying all before it to waste.
Armed with terrain-agnostic tires, 8 inches of ground clearance, and an impressive suspension system, the D6+ 2.0 is the rarest of things: a mid-level performance scooter that’s been specifically built for off-roading.
It may look a little outdated compared to its rivals – and sure, it can be a bit rough around the edges – but few models priced under $1,500 can handle the rough with the smooth so ably.
Why I Recommend the Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 (52V):
For a scooter to qualify as an all-terrain heavyweight, it must have two things: great tires, and a great suspension system. The Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 ticks both boxes.
It sports 10-inch hybrid tires that have a thick, knobby tread pattern. This ensures there’s enough traction on loose terrain; what’s more, their rounded front-on profile grants you as much control in the corners as they do on the straights.
There is usually, however, a payoff. With the D6+ 2.0, it comes in the form of the scooter’s performance on smooth roads. Because of the tread, you feel a constant vibration along the way. Though let’s be real, you’re not buying this scooter for leisurely inner-city rides.
That’s because the D6+ 2.0 comes with a suspension setup that works admirably on rougher terrain. Though at first, it may feel a bit stiff, you quickly warm to its refusal to bottom out. It can’t quite match the shock-absorbing credentials of the all-terrain juggernaut that’s the Mantis King GT, but it certainly performs better than some of the Wolf Warrior scooters.
Of course, a good off-roader also needs oodles of power to get it over uneven terrain. It’s fair to say it’s pretty charitable in this department. Boosted by a dual Sine Wave controller that generates a peak current of 40A, its 52V 1000W motors can whip up a top speed of 40 mph. Out of the 69 scooters in our database that cost less than $1,750, it shares the fastest top speed with the Varla Eagle One and Mantis V2. It zooms from 0-15 mph in 2.4 seconds, too.
Stamina is equally important – and again, it delivers. Its 26Ah battery – complete with 18650 cells – can produce a maximum range of 40 miles when taking it easy, or 25 miles during aggressive riding. This is more than enough juice for a day of roughing it in the wild.
With the motors, battery, and powerful controllers working in cahoots, it can also conquer steep inclines without so much as a wheeze.
A couple of other important features that make the D6+ 2.0 a good off-roader are its IP54 water-resistance rating and sturdy, wobble-free stem. Firstly, its IP rating not only protects against rain, puddles, and splashes of water, but it also affords protection against dust ingress.
As for the stem, it supplies durability and stability in spades. I rode the scooter over rough terrain and exerted a lot of force on it as I pulled back on the handlebars, yet it remained rock solid with no signs of flex.
The deck, meanwhile, is super wide and grippy, offering plenty of space to find a stance that suits your riding style.
Adding to this fortress are the scooter's safety credentials in the form of its brakes and lights. With dual hydraulic discs working simultaneously with an electronic braking system, you’ll be brought to a safe stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. This level of performance is superb.
And, if you happen to get caught out on a trail at night, fear not, because the lighting rig will do a good job of helping you navigate your way through the darkness. It has a bright, low-mounted headlight that’s supported by button LEDs at the front and rear of the deck. The rear lights also masquerade as turn signals and brake lights. One small source of irritation, though, is that when you turn the lights on, the scooter makes a high-pitched buzzing sound.
The Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 isn’t flawless. It’s clunky and produces a lot of noise. But, if it’s a rugged all-weather, all-terrain bulldozer that you seek, then you can’t go wrong with it.
Best Under $1,750
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
Mantis V2 Overview:
If it’s silky smooth, best-in-class suspension that forms the bedrock of your off-roading dreams then the Mantis V2 (18.2Ah) will cradle you into a deep, satisfying sleep. Or perhaps its huge, 10-inch pneumatic tires would be enough to satisfy your all-terrain expectations? From every vantage point, this scooter is purpose-built to make light of dirt tracks, forest paths, and hiking trails.
Sporting dual 60V 1000W motors, this sub-$2,000 bargain whistles up to top speeds of 40 mph and can accelerate from 0-15 mph in a ferocious 2.1 seconds. Armed with Sine Wave controllers that serenely funnel power to the motors, the Mantis V2 is a spiky scooter with the blend of grace and brawn that riders have been praying for.
Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:
Bumpy terrain? Pah. Adjustable front and rear springs, swingarms, and those beastly 10-inch pneumatic tires mean balance and comfort are assured, wherever your sense of adventure takes you. We’re not exaggerating when we say that the Mantis V2 delivers the best shock absorption for its price – we even think it is a close match to the much-vaunted, quadruple-springed Apollo Phantom. It takes the most uneven, rugged terrain in its balletic stride, saving your joints and muscles a lot of aggro in the process.
Where the Mantis V2 falls short against its competitors, however, is in the stamina department. With a maximum range of 33 miles (when riding on eco mode), you would perhaps expect a little more from the V2 – but the truth is that its price is much cheaper than other scooters that deliver its combination of speed and battery power.
Yet a silver lining sheens in the form of its charging time: nestling between 10 and 12 hours, the 18.2Ah version of the Mantis V2 takes a full 3 to 4 hours less to reach full juice than the 24.5Ah version – and this can be reduced by up to 50% with an extra charger.
If you’re liking what you see from the Mantis V2 but wish it came with a longer range, we suggest opting for the 24.5Ah version. Not only will it give you an extra 10-12 miles of range but the larger battery also uses superior LG cells which promise a higher number of recharge cycles to deliver peak performance for longer. Plus, the 24.5Ah version shares the same design as the 18.2Ah model, so you benefit from everything that this formidable off-road electric scooter has to offer.
Considering its power, it's reassuring to know that the Mantis V2 is built with rider safety front of mind. Wide handlebars, a roomy anti-slip rubber deck, a large kickplate, and powerful hydraulic brakes coalesce to maximize control and security.
Kaabo is a manufacturer known for its build quality, and the V2 strengthens this aura. Its aviation-grade aluminum alloy frame and locking mechanism safeguard against any potential for instability or stem wobble, while the foam handgrips that blighted the V1 and other previous Mantis models have been jettisoned in favor of more durable rubber grips.
The Mantis V2 also comes loaded with an array of added features. The handlebar houses a QS-S4 display that allows you to gauge speed, battery life, distance covered, and riding mode, while the headlight and turn signals represent a real upgrade on the V1. You can also switch between Eco or Turbo modes, and Single or Dual motors, via buttons located below the console. These functions grant you control over speed and battery life, which is a welcome feature on any scooter.
And if that wasn’t enough to illuminate your interest, there’s mood deck lighting that brings enough swag to the table to stop Nicky Minaj in her tracks. This commitment to style is Mantis’ calling card, and the V2 represents another firm thumbs up from us. The simple matte black facade is artfully underscored by flourishes of red on the tire treads and suspension springs.
All things considered, the Mantis V2 represents great value for money as a performance scooter that enables you to tackle trails, forests, and hiking paths. This is a plucky all-rounder that will deliver supreme ride comfort wherever you choose to take it.
Best Under $2,000
Varla Eagle One Pro
Varla Eagle One Pro Overview:
Looking for an off-road behemoth that will deliver serious bang for your buck? Introducing the Eagle One Pro, Varla’s biggest and toughest scooter yet.
Equipped with huge 11-inch tires, a top-rate suspension system, and brakes that would stop a rhino in its tracks, the Varla Eagle One Pro ticks pretty much all the boxes required for a robust, all-terrain juggernaut.
Sure, it’s not without its flaws, but when it soars, it soars. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a scooter for $2,000 that delivers a comparable highlight reel.
Why I Recommend the Varla Eagle One Pro:
The first thing you’ll notice upon unboxing the Eagle One Pro is its mammoth 11-inch tires. These tubeless beasts are purpose-built for absorbing the shocks and bumps that are synonymous with off-roading. Forest trails? No problem. Dirt tracks? Easy peasy.
Dovetailing effectively with the ultra-durable tires is the front and rear hydraulic suspension. The dual shocks are well-calibrated to ensure a cushioned ride, while 6.7 inches of ground clearance means it rolls over challenging obstacles without incurring damage to the underside of the deck. So impressive is this ride quality, in fact, that I’ve awarded it 7 out of 10 on the shock absorption scale.
So far, pretty darn good. But what about power? Well, thanks to its dual 1000W motors and 30A controllers, the Eagle One Pro has more than enough. A top speed of 45 mph will thrill seasoned pros and performance newcomers alike, however, I did find that for a 60V scooter, its acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.5 seconds is perhaps a little on the slow-and-steady side compared to, say, the Mantis V2. This is due to its hulking 90 lbs mass, but it shouldn’t deter you too much if off-roading is your primary objective.
And besides, the Varla more than makes amends with its impressive 27Ah Lithium-ion battery, which produces a maximum range of 45 miles (or 34 miles when taking real-world off-road riding conditions into account). Now made of 21700 cells, its 1620Wh of stored energy means it’s 71% larger than the unit found on the Pro’s predecessor, the Eagle One. This performance is further enhanced by the presence of a smart battery management system that regulates the flow of energy in and out of the battery, as well as operating temperatures.
As for hills? The Pro can summon enough torque to conquer steep inclines, meaning you’ll encounter no difficulties when taking on undulating trails.
Difficulties may be around the corner, however. Quite literally. Because while the steering damping on the stem is great for when it comes to stability on off-road tracks, it does mean that you have to work a lot harder when turning. The good news is that the damping will loosen with repeated rides.
Elsewhere, the handlebars are wide enough to ensure you always retain a sense of balance and control when going off-piste, while the cable management is neat and tidy to avoid becoming a nuisance. The chunky frame is as tough as they come, too.
One of the design features that I particularly liked was the grip-slathered kickplate. This is the first time I've seen and tested a scooter with this integration and while it sounds trivial it makes a big difference to the amount of control you have when scaling treacherous off-road routes.
Add in the dual hydraulic brakes and this is a scooter that guarantees control. Sharp and responsive, the brakes can be relied upon for avoiding potential hazards like steep drops or sudden turns.
Likewise, the near-peerless 10W headlight will prove invaluable if you find yourself navigating your way home in the dark. You’ll also find an effective taillight that doubles as a brake light.
Priced at $2,099, the Eagle One Pro is a budget-friendly, all-terrain crowd-pleaser that’ll ensure you’re never be left riding on a wing and prayer when it comes to tackling challenging routes. Varla’s best scooter yet? You bet.
Best Under $2,250
Mantis King GT
Mantis King GT Overview:
Winner of our prestigious Best All Terrain Electric Scooter award, the Mantis King GT has sent shockwaves across the off-road landscape with its savage power, balletic agility, and rugged durability.
As the latest steely assassin to emerge in a celebrated lineage of light-heavyweight champs, it won’t surprise any aficionados that not one, but two scooters from the Kaabo Mantis range feature in our off-road guide.
Yet the King GT isn’t like any other Mantis; compared to its stable-mates, this model is Godzilla in a nursery of raptors. It’s bigger, it’s meaner, and it eats any terrain that has the temerity to get in its way for breakfast.
Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:
The first thing that leaps out when admiring the Mantis King GT’s hit parade of a spec sheet is its otherworldly suspension. This dual hydraulic system is fully adjustable. By turning a small dial, you can alter both the front and rear shock absorbers to either completely engulf bumps and vibrations from unpredictable terrain, or stiffen the springs for fast-paced, rubber-burning drag races.
The level of customization on display here goes toe-to-toe with the venerated capabilities of the NAMI Burn-e 2 – which comes at a considerably higher cost.
Supplementing this excellence is the 10 by 3-inch pneumatic hybrid off-road tires, which add an extra level of shock absorption while gripping the terrain like a limpet on a rock. They’re also mounted on split-rims, which will save you time when it comes to changing them.
Then we have the dual 1100W motors and 30A Sine Wave controllers. Together, this dastardly duo delivers an incredibly smooth acceleration from 0 to 15 mph in just 1.9 seconds, and it’ll take you just over 12 seconds to reach the scooter’s rip-roaring 43 mph top speed.
When it comes to hill climbing, those powerful motors come into their own. Generating a peak power output of 4200W, they reduce even the steepest of inclines to mere footnotes – this is a scooter that zooms uphill with the vigor of a mountain goat.
The outstanding 56-mile range (or 38 miles under realistic conditions) is another staple for the highlight reel. This long-distance capability comes courtesy of its 60V 24Ah battery. Not only does the unit deliver an excellent range, but it also has an optimal 21700 cell arrangement and is made by Samsung, meaning it can sustain its ultra-efficient performance after hundreds of charge cycles.
And thanks to the dual charging ports, a full re-juice takes just 6 hours with standard chargers, or a mind-blowing 2.4 hours if you opt for the fast chargers.
There’s no drop-off in standards when it comes to the brakes, either. The Zoom hydraulics do an exceptional job of maintaining control by bringing you to a sharp and responsive stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters.
When off-roading, you’ll also find that, despite weighing a hefty 74 lbs, the Mantis King GT is a dream to handle. The 23 by 8.5-inch deck provides plenty of space for both feet, while the 26-inch wide handlebars deliver exceptional control and stability.
This is a Kaabo scooter, after all, so you can also look forward to a robust premium frame, built-in steering damping to ensure there’s no wobble at high speeds, and a kickplate that allows you to distribute your weight more evenly for maximum balance and control.
On the handlebars, you’ll find a large TFT display that perfectly fits the luxury billing of this scooter. It’s centrally mounted, waterproof, and displays everything you need to know in full color. You also get detailed readouts of key information, including speed, battery life, mileage, and the temperature of core components. As if that wasn’t enough, you have the option to select which of the 6 riding modes best suits your preference and environment.
To the left, you’ll find the controls for the lights, turn signals, and horn arranged in a well-presented button pad. Adding to its ergonomically-finessed cockpit is the thumb throttle. Based on years of electric scooter tests, I find that thumb throttles allow for far better modulation of your speed compared to finger variants.
The final piece to this marvelous puzzle is the IPX5 water resistance rating that reassuringly protects the scooter’s integral workings. You can storm through puddles and swat away light showers with little to no concern.
To summarise: the Mantis King GT excels in every area. It’s a statement of intent from Kaabo that has thrust the Mantis name into direct competition with all-terrain monoliths like the NAMI Burn-e 2. Ultimately, if you’re looking for the best off-road electric scooter that can tackle any terrain, then the GT will be perfect for you.
Best Under $2,500
NAMI Klima Overview:
The name NAMI conjures up images of explosive speed, exquisite design, and the crème de la crème of features. But they’re also all-terrain titans, as demonstrated by the Burn-e 2 and, now, the Klima.
Everything about the Klima is geared for off-roading. Next-level suspension, traction-loving tires, ferocious dual motors, and exceptional build quality coalesce to create a scooter that’s as at home on sinewy forest trails and mountainous terrain as it is on smooth roads.
And the best bit of all? Unlike its predecessors, it’s surprisingly affordable. Despite costing over one thousand dollars less than the world-class Burn-e 2, it shares all of the industry-leading features to make it an altogether more accessible scooter.
Why I Recommend the NAMI Klima:
There’s only one place to start when it comes to talking about the NAMI Klima’s off-roading credentials: its one-of-a-kind, game-changing, fully adjustable suspension system. I saw it first on the Burn-e 2 and was left dumbstruck.
By turning the dials located above each of the KKE hydraulic shocks, you can adjust the rebound and compression rates to match your weight and terrain. No other scooter on this list, bar the Mantis King GT, boasts this capability. The result is a ride that’s smoother than smooth, whether you’re on or off-road. It’s so refined that I scored it a 9.5/10 on the shock absorption scale.
The Klima’s dynamite ride quality is reinforced by its 10-inch tubeless tires. They sport a mild tread pattern which allows the scooter to both glide along roads and latch onto looser, uneven terrain.
Elsewhere, the 27-inch handlebars are the perfect width for maintaining balance and control on scratchier surfaces, while its grippy, 19 x 9.25-inch deck is the optimal size for a comfortable riding position. The stem, meanwhile, is reinforced and rock solid – even when pulling back hard on the handlebars. And the frame? Well, the IP55 dust and water-resistant, one-piece chassis withstands anything nature can throw at it.
However, while the Klima’s exquisite ride and build quality are wow-worthy, perhaps its most notable quality is the power that it wields. Brandishing dual 60V 1000W motors, an ergonomic thumb throttle, and seismic 40A Sine Wave controllers, it can produce a peak power output of 5,040W and a top speed of 42 mph.
But the real jaw-dropper is its acceleration rate. It explodes from 0-15 mph in a ridiculous 1.9 seconds, and it gets to 25 mph in just 2.9 seconds – no other scooter goes faster.
Allied with this speed is a mammoth 25Ah battery that has a maximum range of 50 miles, or 39 miles based on my hands-on tests. This is more than enough juice to conquer that National Park route – and once emptied, it takes just 6 hours to recharge.
It almost goes without saying that when it comes to hills, the Klima swats them away like flies. The unreal levels of torque it produces means it can vanquish extremely steep inclines with zero effort.
With such power comes the need for top-dollar brakes, and it doesn’t disappoint. Its Logan 2-piston hydraulic discs and regenerative braking system will bring you to a smooth stop from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters.
When it comes to customization, NAMI has few, if any, peers. Practically every node of the Klima can be tailored to fit your preferences: from its accelerative and regen braking strength to its top speed, and the parameters of its riding modes. You can even create a custom riding mode from scratch.
And how’s this for a nifty off-road feature: below the display, you’ll find a USB charging port. This allows you to recharge your devices while you’re out in the sticks. Invaluable, if you ask me.
As is the Klima’s ebullient lighting package. Its 2000-lumen headlight illuminates dark forest trails, while turn signals, a brake light, and a taillight also come as part of the package.
Because make no mistake: the NAMI Klima is a bonafide bargain. You’ll not find such all-around excellence on any other scooter within its price class (though, the Mantis King GT may have something to say about that). This is a model that’s going to continue leaving shockwaves reverberating across the electric scooter landscape for years to come.
Compare Off-Road Electric Scooters
|SPLACH Titan||Nanrobot D6+ 2.0||Mantis V2||Eagle One Pro||Mantis King GT||NAMI Klima|
|Where to Buy||SPLACH||Nanrobot||Fluid Free Ride||Varla||Voro Motors||Fluid Free Ride|
|Price Category||Under $1,250||Under $1,500||Under $1,750||Under $2,000||Under $2,250||Under $2,500|
|Top Speed||37 mph||40 mph||40 mph||45 mph||43 mph||42 mph|
|0-15 MPH||2.5 s||2.4 s||2.1 s||2.5 s||1.9 s||1.9 s|
|0-25 MPH||4.9 s||5.1 s||4.7 s||5.0 s||4.0 s||2.9 s|
|Max Range||44 miles||40 miles||33 miles||45 miles||56 miles||50 miles|
|Tested Range||29 miles||25 miles||28 miles||34 miles||38 miles||39 miles|
|Braking||2.4 meters||2.1 meters||2.0 meters||3.0 meters||2.1 meters||2.1 meters|
|Max Incline||20 degrees||30 degrees||30 degrees||35 degrees||30 degrees||30 degrees|
|Optimal Incline||12 degrees||18 degrees||18 degrees||21 degrees||18 degrees||18 degrees|
|Motor||52V 1000W (x2)||52V 1000W (x2)||60V 1000W (x2)||60V 1000W (x2)||60V 1100W (x2)||60V 1000W (x2)|
|Battery||52V 20.8Ah FST||52V 26Ah FST||60V 18.2Ah FST||60V 27Ah FST||60V 24Ah Samsung||60V 25Ah FST|
|Charge Time||6 hours||10 hours||12 hours||7 hours||6 hours||6 hours|
|Brakes||Discs (x2), Electronic||Discs (x2), Electronic||Semi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic||Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic|
|Suspension||Springs, Swingarms||Springs, Swingarms||Springs, Swingarms||Hydraulic Springs, Swingarms||Adjust. Hydraulic Springs, Swingarms||Adjust. Hydraulic Shocks, Swingarms|
|Tire Size||9 inch||10 inch||10 inch||11 inch||10 inch||10 inch|
|Tire Type||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Tubeless)||Air (Inner-Tube)||Air (Tubeless)|
|Tire Tread||Off-Road||Off-Road||Street, (Off-Road Available)||Street||Off-Road||Street|
|Weight||64 lbs||77 lbs||65 lbs||90 lbs||79 lbs||79 lbs|
|Load||220 lbs||330 lbs||265 lbs||330 lbs||265 lbs||265 lbs|
|Foldability||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem||Folds at Stem|
|Lights||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight||Headlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn Signals||Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals|
How Did I Test the Scooters?
To find the 6 best off-road electric scooters, I shortlisted 24 candidates and tested them across a variety of challenging terrain, including parks, fields, dirt paths, grassy knolls, forested trails, and rocky tracks.
Central to my considerations were ride quality (including handling, ground clearance, shock absorption, and tire performance), power (including torque and acceleration, braking strength, and incline ability), and durability (including IP ratings and each scooter’s craftsmanship i.e. did they withstand grueling off-road rides).
These tests were carried out as part of a wider, standardized testing process that I implement for every electric scooter that I review. Find out more about how I test below:
Off-Road Electric Scooters That I Tested:
Click through the photo carousel to see all of the scooters that I tested for this guide.
While riding off-road is extremely fun, the control that you have is vitally important as it determines your ability to successfully navigate challenging terrain.
Aside from testing each scooter hands-on to garner insights into their handling, I also conducted several assessments to determine how the geometry of each influenced their maneuverability.
To do this, I first measured the width of their handlebars. Based on my tests, there’s a direct correlation between width and control (i.e. the wider the bars, the greater your control). As a result, I only selected the scooters that had handlebars measuring 25 inches or wider.
I then measured each scooter’s deck, kickplate, and kickplate angle. Together, these provided comparable data across usable deck space. The scooters that offered ample room, as well as grip, were selected.
The last step in the process was to assess stability. Here, I measured the angle at which each scooter’s steering column was positioned to a vertical axis through their front axles (otherwise known as rake angle). The smaller the angle, the less effort required to turn the handlebars, but the less stable the scooter. Conversely, larger rake angles required more effort to turn but made the scooters more stable while riding fast. During my assessments, I made sure to select the scooters that hit the sweet spot between the two to maintain both stability and nimbleness.
There’s a lot of subjectivity involved in testing a scooter’s shock-absorbing capabilities, but the sheer number of tests that I’ve conducted over the years places me in a position of authority on the subject.
To assess each scooter’s ability to soak up shocks, I tested them across a gauntlet of parks, fields, dirt paths, grassy knolls, forested trails, and rocky tracks. This allowed me to ascertain rebound and compression rates, the balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the scooter, the amount of travel that the swingarms and suspension provided, and whether there was any bottoming out.
All of this coalesced into a shock absorption rating out of 10 – where 1 was extremely stiff and 10 was extremely soft.
I also reported on the adjustability of the suspension systems, as well as the ability to add preload (i.e. could they be adjusted on the fly to match the terrain / could the springs be tightened to prevent them from bottoming out).
Tires are just as important as shock absorption when it comes to off-roading. To assess performance in this area, I paid particular attention to each scooter’s responsiveness, agility, and traction.
Based on my tests, the top performers had tires that were pneumatic and at least 10 inches high (with the exception of the SPLACH Titan) with a knobbly tread pattern. Combined, these design attributes were able to maintain the most traction on loose and gritty surfaces.
Having adequate ground clearance is imperative. Without it, you risk damaging your scooter’s underbelly, which is where you’ll find a lot of its most sensitive components.
By measuring the distance between the ground and the bottom of each scooter, I was able to make recommendations on the terrain that each could handle (i.e. the greater the clearance, the greater the scooter’s ability to tackle unpredictable terrain.
Torque (Acceleration & Hill Climbing)
Although all of the scooters in my shortlist had fast top speeds, the explosiveness of their motors was key to off-roading.
When traversing off-road routes, you’re likely going to encounter unpredictable terrain, so you need a scooter that has the torque and acceleration to keep you moving through it.
To establish accurate results, I conducted multiple acceleration tests across different intervals (i.e. 0-15 mph, 0-25 mph, etc). For each interval, I conducted 3x two-way directional runs and then averaged the data (in seconds). To ensure consistency across each scooter, zero-start modes were enabled, the performance settings were dialed up to the max, the tires were pumped up to their recommended PSI, and the batteries were fully charged.
However, it’s worth noting that these tests were done on a dry, flat road – as opposed to a dirt track. Nevertheless, the acceleration data served as a useful foundation for comparing performance. For clarity, I still tested each scooter’s acceleration while riding over dirt tracks, but I didn’t record the data since each test couldn’t be standardized (i.e. the environment per test would have been different as a result of displaced leaf litter, twigs, etc).
In addition to the acceleration data, I made assessments on the amount of wheel spin, the responsiveness of the throttles, and how each scooter performed on inclines (i.e. did they power up hills, or did performance wane). I also reported on the maximum and optimal incline capabilities of each scooter to provide comparable hill-climbing performance data.
Nature is unpredictable, so a good set of brakes is a must. To determine which scooters had the power to qualify as viable off-roaders, I ran multiple tests to measure stopping distances from 15 mph.
Based on my many braking tests, stopping distances can be interpreted as follows: Excellent (less than 2.5 meters), Very Good (2.5 – 3.0 meters), Good (3.0 – 3.5 meters), Fair (3.5 – 4.0 meters), and Poor (more than 4.0 meters).
In the interest of safety, I selected the scooters that achieved stopping distances of 3.5 meters or less. I also assessed the position and responsiveness of the brake levers.
While the grueling off-road tests naturally highlighted any flaws or vulnerabilities, I also assessed the craftsmanship and rigidity of each scooter.
To do this, I assessed the materials used (i.e. for the frame and consumables), how the parts were designed (i.e. were they OEM or proprietary, forged or cast, manufactured using one-piece CNC or welded together), and how they were assembled (i.e. did each part fit seamlessly with the next to achieve a desired outcome or did it have a clunky Frankenstein feel).
I then tested the rigidity of each scooter’s folding joint to assess stem wobble, whilst also paying attention to the cable management (i.e. is it tucked away to avoid any unwanted snags on rogue branches), and the resilience of the tires concerning puncture prevention.
As part of my selection process, I only chose scooters that felt rock-solid.
IP Ratings (Water & Dust Resistance)
IP stands for ‘Ingress Protection’ – that is, the protection of an electrical enclosure from the ingress of dirt, dust, and water.
Most scooters come with an IP rating, but they vary in the level of protection that they provide. To account for this, I reported on each scooter’s rating to provide insights into their ability to deal with different weather and terrain.
Results From My Performance Tests:
See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across maximum range, tested range, top speed, acceleration, and braking.
Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test top speed.
Realistic Range (Riding Fast)
Ordered from longest to shortest range – Learn about how I test real-world range.
Braking (From 15 MPH)
Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.
Off-Road Electric Scooter FAQs
What is the Best Electric Scooter For Off-Roading?
The best off-road electric scooters, ordered by price, are:
- SPLACH Titan (Budget)
- Nanrobot D6+ 2.0 (Budget)
- Mantis V2 (Mid-Range)
- Varla Eagle One Pro (Mid-Range)
- Mantis King GT (Premium)
- NAMI Klima (Premium)
How Much Are Off-Road Electric Scooters?
Off-road electric scooters cost between $1,000 and $3,500.
Typically, as the price increases, so too does the scooter's ability to tackle varying terrain. For instance, the SPLACH Titan – a scooter that costs $1,249 – can easily glide over compacted dirt tracks, while a scooter like the NAMI Klima – which costs $2,199 – can maintain a supreme level of ride quality over all types of terrain, including those that are unpredictable and challenging.
Can Electric Scooters Go on Grass?
Yes. Although, you’ll need to pick a scooter that has dual suspension to soak up the irregularities of the terrain.
Can Electric Scooters Go on Sand?
No. While some electric scooters are protected against dust ingress (via IP ratings), riding in deep sand can have a detrimental effect on the motors and even cause abrasion to the frame.
However, if you plan to ride on a boardwalk near a beach and it's lightly covered in sand, then you can ride your scooter here. You just need to be careful because your tires may lose traction.
Can Electric Scooters Go on Gravel?
Yes. However, normal street-grade tires tend to lose grip on gravel, making it hard to control the scooter.
If gravel is going to be a regular part of your off-road rides, choose a model that can be equipped with specialist off-road tires to minimize wheel spin as much as possible.
What Makes an Electric Scooter Good for Off-Roading?
This largely depends on the type of terrain that makes up your off-road route, but there are a few key things that you should look for when making your selection.
Most street-grade tires will be fine on flat and grassy surfaces, and they’ll even do a decent job on forest trails and dirt paths, but for the best off-road experience, we recommend choosing a scooter that can be fitted with knobby tires.
These are designed specifically for off-roading and their three-dimensional tread has more grip on loose surfaces. Not only does this make for a more enjoyable and comfortable ride, but it also gives you more balance and stability, preventing wheel spin on unpredictable surfaces.
Similarly, air-filled tires offer the plushest ride. The same can be said for the size of the tires – the larger they are, the more grip they'll have and the greater the shock absorption.
Off-road tracks are bumpy and can wreak havoc on your wrists and knees if you’re riding a scooter without adequate suspension. Shock absorbers do exactly what they say on the tin, diffusing vibrations from uneven surfaces and making it easy for you to roll with the bumps and dips in the terrain underfoot.
If you plan to ride on varying types of terrain, we suggest you choose an electric scooter with an adjustable suspension system so that you can dial in the exact amount of damping and shock absorption that you need.
Construction & Build Quality
Your scooter is likely to be met with a fair amount of abuse if you’re a regular off-roader. As a result, you need a model that boasts a tank-like build and is reinforced in all the right places (including the stem and chassis).
Off-road routes can be unpredictable so you must have a braking system that you can rely on. This will give you more control and help to keep you safe. Typically, the strongest braking setups consist of dual hydraulic disc brakes.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t go off-roading to get from A to B – I do it for the thrill and the enjoyment of the ride. As a result, you don’t want a scooter with a flash-in-the-pain mileage that’ll run out of juice mid-ride. A lengthy range will allow you to make the most of what your scooter has to offer.
Lastly, a good off-roader packs a punch. Off-roading is an adrenaline sport and you can’t get those adrenal glands activated if your scooter doesn’t have the muscle to get your blood pumping.
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