Segway Drift W1 e-skates are not for commuting

Shoes on Segway Drift W1 e-skates

What are drift e-skates?

Split a skateboard in two and you get freeline skates.

Split a hoverboard in two and you get hovershoes or as Segway would call them - the Segway Drift W1 e-skates.

They look like two mini one-wheels.

What’s great about the Drift W1?

It’s relative easy to learn and get a hang of even though they look dangerous. Simply "look ahead and think about moving forward".

It’s a lot of fun. It’s fun in the beginning at least. In the long run, the W1 would probably stay in your closet or something.

Segways don’t catch fire like hoverboards from many brands.

Not for commuting

Although Segway designed the Drift W1 to be a “new type of personal transportation”, it’s not great for commuting.

Unless the road is smooth for the whole commute, the Drift W1 is not going to do very well. 

Because there’s no suspension, going over bumps can be scary.

Also, the W1 can barely go over slight inclines. For anything that can be called a hill, you’d have to carry it. Fortunately, the W1 does have convenient carry handles. Each e-skate weighs about 7.72 lbs (3.5 kgs) so you’ll get a pretty good workout.

The W1 also seems to be pretty slow (max speed 7 mph). If you’re in a hurry, you’d probably be better off running.

But the W1 may be great for cruising around town. Just be careful of bumps on the road.


From the instructions manual

Do not traverse bumps or uneven terrain. Do not ride on public roads, motorways, highways, or streets. Avoid slopes steeper than 10º. Do not ride through puddles...


Some specs

Max speed: 7.5 mph

Max payload: 220 lbs

Ride time: 45 mins

Segway Drift e-s​​​​kates don’t actually drift

It’s called the Segway Drift W1 e-skates but these skates don’t actually drift.

Some talented guy may one day show up and show us that the Segway can actually drift. But for most people, I’d say it’s impossible to drift because it’s too slow.

Designed for comfort

According to Segway, the Drift W1 is designed for “maximum comfort”.

As mentioned earlier, the Drift W1’s do not have a suspension system. It may be comfortable indoors or on smooth surfaces, but once you take it outside you’ll feel all the bumps and vibrations.

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