The Descender is suitable for anyone who weighs less than 200 lbs (that’s about 90 Kg). Don’t expect to be able to do all those flips and other tricks that you can do with a regular snowboard or skateboard. The flip side (pun unintended), is that you don’t need to wait for snow or limit yourself to smooth surfaces.
The large free-wheeling treads make the Descender just as usable on rocky terrain as on grass or even snow. That makes it the only “crossover board” that can be used all through the year. In fact, you can think of the Descender as a device that bridges seasons.
The Descender measures 31”x10” x 5”. Its four treads are wrapped around triple sets of wheels, making it a total of 36 wheels. This configuration optimizes traction and power, especially on uneven surfaces.
Whether the Descender can hold its own against a conventional skateboard on smooth terrain is an interesting question. At first glance, it would appear that when the playing field is level (this time, pun intended), an ordinary skateboard may be better.
If you’re free between 12th and 15th February 2012, stop by at the Jacob Javits Centre in New York. You can get to try out the Descender at the American International Toy Fair.
Rockboard are planning to launch the Descender in spring this year.