An RV Guide to the Virginia Eastern Shore

If you’re retired and living the RV life, your vacation options are almost limitless. With so many places to go, it can be hard to know what’s worth a stop. If you and your traveling companion are planning a trip to the beautiful state of Virginia, here are some must-see stops.

Kiptopeke State Park

On Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay. It’s also a great place to explore unique migratory bird habitats along the Atlantic flyway. This park definitely is for birders. They have songbird blinds around a freshwater pond to observe the birds. They also have raptor-watching stations and hawk migration events as well.

Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge

This wildlife refuge is certainly a site to see if you consider yourself a birder. Established in 1984, this wildlife refuge serves as one of the country’s most valuable stopovers for migratory birds and insects. This Refuge is most popular during bird migration season, so plan accordingly and grab your binoculars if you love birds Outside of migration season, this refuge hosts 34 mammal species and over 400 species of birds, so there is always something to see no matter what time of year you go! They also have Guided tours of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge. These are a great way to experience an otherwise inaccessible part of the refuge complex. Be sure to pre-register so you can enjoy a fall or winter tour!

Cape Charles Brewing Co

This local eatery was a smash hit with my family and me. With, beer, burgers, and fish sandwiches, it is perfect RV road trip food. Just the slice of heaven you are hoping to find when you stop into

Sun Country Cape Charles

This used to be called Cherrystone campground Sun Country bought it a few years ago. Very large campground along the Chesapeake Bay. If you are able to be a bit farther away, you can be put in a more quiet area. Overall, the campground is nice. The adult pool was clean and right alongside the beach, so it offered a great view!

Nearby are some beautiful hiking and biking trails. This is a great way to appreciate the local scenery and get some much-needed exercise while you’re at it!

Virginia might not seem like much at first glance, but there is a reason it was one of the oldest states settled in American History. The wildlife, the woods, and the beautiful sunsets are enough to attract any wanderer. Next time you are driving through Virginia, consider one, or all of these fabulous stops!

Looking for how to spend your time in the RV? Songs can get old, and road games only take you so far. Try these trivia questions!

An Exciting Bike Trail for Every State in America

The beauty of the US lies in its diversity. Diversity can be anything from a cultural difference to a dish you’ve never had or, in this case, a bike trail.

If you are a biker, that last one is important to you. When it comes to the diversity of terrain in each state, it can only mean one thing – more exciting bike trails.

And to anyone who may travel to visit any of these, we recommend this article of road trip games to make the trip go by faster.

Here’s a look at top bike trails in America, state by state.

Top 50 Biking Trails in Every State in America

Alabama: Sylaward

Located near Sylacauga, at the southwestern edge of the Talladega National Forest, is Sylaward. It is well known to be one of the most amazing biking trails to visit for new and intermediate bikers. This bike trail offers 14 miles of gradual climbs that are especially good for beginners. It also includes beautiful lakeside scenery along the way.

Difficulty:   Intermediate

Length:  14.9 miles / 7.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Alaska: The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

This 11-mile long bike trail meanders along the Cook Inlet shoreline and an aromatic forest. Those who choose to ride here can expect gorgeous views of Mt Denali, beluga whales, and moose. It’s also wheelchair accessible for most of the trail.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  10.7 miles / 17.2 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / bird watching / running

Arizona: Sweetwater Preserve

For bike trails, arid Arizona offers the Sweetwater Preserve. It’s a cluster of interconnected trails with beautiful cacti and rock gardens. Its longest is almost 8 miles. But you might want to walk in some places though. Or ride fairly slowly unless you want to find yourself hugging a cactus!

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  7.7 miles / 12.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / running

Arkansas: The Arkansas River Trail

This bike trail is a 16 mile paved trail loop with multiple entry points. It follows along a beautiful shoreline and gives you an amazing view while you ride.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  16 miles / 25.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running

Colorado: Monarch Crest

The Monarch Crest trail is a whopping 36 miles full of intense downhill riding. Regarded by some as one of Colorado’s to 10 trails for experienced bikers, this bike trail has earned its reputation.

Difficulty:  Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  36.2 miles / 58.6 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Connecticut: Shenipsit Trail

When it comes to biking trails, Colorado has thousands to choose from. But the Shenipsit trail (Blue Blazes) is one of the most difficult trails around and is considered expert level. It’s boasting a double black diamond rating and it’s easy to see why. While only being a little under 5 miles, it has steep climbs and drops that will get your blood pumping.

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Difficulty:  Extra Difficult

Length:  14.1 miles / 22.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Delaware: Ramsey’s Revenge

Ramsey’s Revenge, located in northern Delaware, is a 7 mile racing loop of green trees, streams, and bumpy rock. Tricky turns and drops is the name of the game with this bike trail. Be careful not to lose your footing!

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  7 miles / 11.2 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / racing

Florida: Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

If 14.5-miles of paved asphalt sound good to you, you’ll love this paved trail. It’s the perfect trail for family time as the 20mph speed limit keeps the pace slow.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  14.5 miles / 23.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running

Georgia: Paynes Creek

This biking trail set in a beautiful wooded area is basically a flat trail. With next to no hazards on the way, its awesome for beginners. It can also act as a relaxing ride for any more experienced riders.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  7 miles / 11.2 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Hawaii: Peacock Flats

Located in the Kuaokala-Mokuleia area, the Peacock Flats are home to bike trail that feels made for thrill seekers. The trail begins with a arduous climb spotted by breathtaking views. Consequently it ends with an heart-stopping downhill descent full of difficult turns.

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Difficulty:  Very Difficult

Length:  21.8 miles / 35 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Idaho: Bald Mountain, Sun Valley/Ketchum

400-miles of singletrack, 30-miles of paved track, and 13-miles of downhill track. Sun Valley will thoroughly spoil you for choice.

Difficulty:  Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  13.5 miles / 21.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Illinois: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

With 8 trails and 8 miles of single-track, there’s plenty of room for everyone to stretch their legs here. These bike trails generally range from easy to a mild challenge for the most part.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  7.9 miles / 12.7 kilometers

Activities:   biking / hiking / walking

Indiana: Prairie Creek Trail

Being just under 1 and a half miles, the Prairie Creek trail is a multi-use strip of beautiful greenery that altogether encompasses what most look for in a bike trail. A forest canopy above, soil beneath your wheels, and enough declines to keep you on your toes.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  1.4 miles / 2.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / running

Iowa: Sugar Bottom

Sugar bottom is a collection of a smaller, connected bike trails that range from high skill challenges, and casual riding. Since these trails vary in skill level, they make for a thrilling ride for beginners and pros alike.

Difficulty:  Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  11.1 miles / 17.9 kilometer

Activities:  biking

Kansas: Lawrence Loop

The main loop of the Lawrence River bike trails is great practice area for those new to biking. Correspondingly, the loop is dotted by enticing challenges for beginners to test their skill and perfect their techniques. Although most of the obstacles are completely optional and are easily rode past, those who do might miss out on some of the fun!

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Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  8.3 miles / 13.4 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running / hiking

Kentucky: Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

This 11 mile, flowing bike trail has all of the most amazing views of the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes anyone could ever ask for. Because this loop is made up of rapid climbs and declines, its just begging for speed!

Difficulty:  Difficult

Length:  10.5 miles / 16.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / camping / hiking

Louisiana: Monkey Trail

While the name is hilarious, the ride is a thrilling 10 mile loop of twists, turns, drops, and climbs. This single-track bike trail is really fun for anyone with a bit experience.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  10.2 miles / 16.4 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / running / horseback riding

Maine: Carriage Trails

These 47 miles of hard-packed gravel roads that run through Acadia National Park have a lot of eye candy. It comes in the form of waterfalls, stone bridges, coastal views, and most surprisingly, North America’s only fjord. There are also horse drawn carriage rides available for anyone looking for a more relaxing tour of this picturesque location.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  47 miles / 75.6 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running / carriage rides

Maryland: Bacon Ridge Trail System

Bacon Ridge is a relatively new trail that’s already fast becoming popular with families and new riders looking to test their skills. It consists of three individual bike trails that are full of exciting declines and equally exciting sharp turns between trees.

Difficulty:  Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  14.4 miles / 23.2 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hunting / hiking

Massachusetts: Blue Heron Loop

Though this trail system may at times be confusing, it’s a great ride around beautiful marshlands.

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Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  8.6 miles / 13.8 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Michigan: Sleeping Bear

This 20 bike trail is the best way of sampling Michigan’s finest views, especially the lake.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  20 miles / 32.1 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running /  horseback riding

Minnesota: Lebanon Hills

The trails at Lebanon Hills provide a fairly unique opportunity for beginners and pros to enjoy the same set of trails. The outer loop is a great place for beginners to experience a variety of challenges (ranging from simple rough terrain to jumps across mid sized gaps). The inner loops  further expand on these ideas and push them to the extreme.

Difficulty:  Intermediate –  Difficult

Length:  10.4 miles / 16.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking

Missouri: Katy Trail, Clinton to St. Charles

This gargantuan 250-mile bike trail runs across the entire state and is one of the longest in the country. Explore it on your own in small parts or enter the 5-day Katy Trail Ride held every summer. Additionally, there are a number of stopping points that provide any need amenities.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  248.6 miles / 400 kilometers

Activities:  biking / camping

Montana: Homestake To Pipestone Pass

This is a great trail for beginners and families who don’t mind working a little hard. If you can get up the scenic pass, you get to enjoy a “flowing” ride on this bike trail.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  9 miles / 14.4 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Nebraska: Tranquility

The name says it all. This is a serene trail featuring smooth rolling trails coupled with beautiful scenery is an amazing place to go to clear your head and get a breath of fresh air.

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Difficulty:  Intermediate – difficult

Length:  9 miles / 14.4 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / running

Nevada: Tahoe Rim Trail

Although this trail may be a bit more challenging, its amazing scenery make up for that. And if your looking for a longer ride, there are a few connected bike trails that total up to 100 miles of rocky rides and stunning views.

Difficulty:  Difficult

Length:  23.3 miles / 37.4 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

New Hampshire: Gyroscope Trails

Gyro is a very short bike trail, being just two miles long, but it acts as a great entry into mountain biking. It is a brilliant trail if you have small children because offers smooth tread and minimal elevation change. And the view of the mountains is just a bonus.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  2.4 miles / 3.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running

New Jersey: Allaire State Park

A perfect family outing, and afterward, a great day sampling the parks wares. These weaving bike trails also make for an easy ride for those new to off-road biking.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  11.4 miles / 18.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping / hunting / fishing

New Mexico: Albuquerque Bosque

Easily accessible, hard-pack tread, minimal elevation changes, and occasional sand bogs make this a great experience for new riders. With around 26 bike trails, totaling almost 109 miles, there’s enough more than enough space to stretch your legs and explore.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  108.9 miles / 175.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping / fishing

New York: Triple Divide Trail, Rochester to Williamsport

This long route offers a glimpse of the New York wildlife and has amazing views of many national landmarks along the way. A example of this is undeniably the Hudson River. This ginormous 245 mile bike trail obviously dwarfs most others in shear scale alone. And this is thanks to the teamwork of what is likely hundreds of people.

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Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  243.9 miles / 392.5 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

North Carolina: Lake James State Park

Located in the Pisgah National Forest this 15-mile trail system is made up of fast, flowy, roller-coaster like, single-track trails that would hasten the heartbeat of any thrill seeker.

Difficulty:  Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  15.4 miles / 24.8 kilometers

Activities:  biking

North Dakota: Maah Daah Hey Trail

This bike trail is one of the designated International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic rides and it shows. Evidently, this 97-mile trail is the best way to enjoy North Dakota’s natural beauty and breathtaking atmosphere.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  96.7 miles / 155.6 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Ohio: Royalview (Mill Stream Run)

Though the bike trails here are rated beginner level, they can still offer excitement for the more advanced rider if they look for it. There’s definitely little something for everyone here.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  9 miles / 14.5 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Oklahoma: Oklahoma River Trail

This collection of bike trails delivers a great deal of variety with surprisingly little size. Everything from easy, beginner friendly trails to some of the most difficult in the area. And with 13 bike trails to choose from, you have plenty of circuits ride and master.

Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  21.5 miles / 34.6 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running / horseback riding

Oregon: Willamette River Loop, Portland

If you’re looking for an urban trail with lots of character, then this 14-mile bike trail loop is one of the best in the country. Whenever you ride this little slice of heaven, you can look forward to riverside views and beautiful forests.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  14.1 miles / 22.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running / picnicking

Pennsylvania: Great Allegheny Passage

Because the Great Allegheny Passage is a rail-to-trail, it’s massive and it covers more than 340 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. The 150-mile Pennsylvania stretch is an idyllic, car-free trail suitable for all experience levels and bike types.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  344.3 miles / 554.1 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / horseback riding

Rhode Island: East Bay Bike Path, Providence to Bristol

12.5 miles of stunning views, carefree riding, and low difficultly would make this an unquestionably great family outing. Compared to other trails, it may be a tad short but makes up for that with the picnic spots you’ll find along the way.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  12.5 miles / 20.1 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running

South Carolina: Forks Area Trail System

Commonly called FATS this bike trail system offers smooth, hazard-free riding. What’s more, it’s located in a nicely wooded forest nestled between the Savannah River and the Smoky Mountain Range.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  39.7 miles / 63.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

South Dakota: George S. Mickelson Trail, Deadwood to Edgemont

This scenic 113-mile rail-trail offers a surprising amount of eye candy in the form of prairies, ponderosa pine forests, creeks, and even Mt Rushmore. Because of these features, it was a must pick for this list.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  113.6 miles / 182.8 kilometers

Activities:  biking / running / educational

Tennessee: White Oak Mountain Biology Trails

Located on the Southern Adventist University campus, this 18-mile bike trail system is well maintained by the school’s biology department and offers amazing views of the Oolteway Valley.

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Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  18.8 miles / 30.3 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / running

Texas: Harry Moss Park

The 5 mile-long Harry S Moss Park bike trail is located along the bank of the White Rock Creek. Given that it features brick reinforcements, wooden beams, and bridges, it clear that safety was something that was taken into account. That coupled with the fact there are 6 loops in total landed this trail squarely on our list.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate

Length:  5.5 miles / 8.9 kilometers

Activities: biking

Utah: Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point offers flat, smooth singletrack trails, with amazing views of the Utah desert. Although there are a few sections that may prove to be too difficult for beginners, most of the hard parts can be avoided by using alternate pathes.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  13.8 miles / 22.2 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Vermont: Kingdom Trails

Ranked as one of the best trails for mountain bikers, this 35-mile long cluster of bike trails is versatile in its offerings as it has everything for both beginners and expert riders alike. Additionally everything from flowing downhill paths to narrow wooden bridges that twist and turn can be found on the trails.

Difficulty:  Easy – Intermediate – Difficult

Length:  34.8 miles / 56.0 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping

Virginia: Meadowood

This fairly new trail system was designed and constructed to be an accessible, challenging, and above all, fun trail for riders of all levels. That is to say it’s perfect for your next family adventure or solo thrill seeking.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  7.3 miles / 11.7 kilometers

Activities:  biking / educational

Washington: Olympic Discovery Trail

This monster of rail-trail covers 135 miles and pass by (and subsequently through) a number interesting places. It includes tunnels, trestles, and bridges that ride along a so many great views that you might spend more time taking pictures than riding!

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Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  134.8 miles / 216.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / camping / horseback riding

West Virginia: Greenbrier River Trail

The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, an awesome 82-mile bike trail, and the beautiful views of the Greenbrier River altogether make this trail a bikers paradise.

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  81.8 miles / 131.6 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking / fishing

Wisconsin: Rock Lake Epic

27 miles of twists and turns in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest make this trail an adventurous ride, while the five wilderness lakes, primitive campsites, and 90-foot wood plank bridge offer great views to make it a memorable ride.

Difficulty:  Difficult

Length:  27.0 miles / 43.5 kilometers

Activities:  biking / camping

Wyoming: Tyler Draw

This 5.5-mile trail is smooth, flowy and has little change in elevation. Be sure to ride this trail in the early morning or in the evening as at the present time it has no tree cover to protect you from the glaring summer sun.

There you have it, an epic bike trail for you to explore – as an individual or as a family. Not only will you have great fun on these trails, but you’ll improve your physical and mental health at the same time.

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Difficulty:  Intermediate

Length:  5.5 miles / 8.9 kilometers

Activities:  biking / hiking

Conclusion

To summarize, bike trails can be an important part of a regions identity and culture. They can range from extreme challenges that people will travel cross country to try to common paths used by the community. And often times it can take large amounts of teamwork in order to build and preserve them.

There are thousands of bike trails across the US. Because of that this list is but a fraction of what is out there. Not to mention the hundreds or possible thousands that aren’t marked. And each one is a new challenge to conquer. So get out there and ride.

But don’t forget your helmet!

6 Best Electric Skateboard Reviews

Electric skateboards are a big purchase for a lot of people. You’ll be putting your safety at risk. When choosing the best electric skateboard for your needs (whether commuting or just for fun), it is always recommended to go for a totally safe e-board. 

Some of the important features to look out for include:
  • Durable build: Being something that you depend on your daily commute, you won’t want to end up with a broken piece of wood in the middle of the road.

  • Reliable battery range: This feature will determine how far your skateboard can take you. Depending on how far you commute, choose an e-board with a battery range that you can rely on.

  • Good acceleration and speed: If you are a professional speed junkie, go for a fast electric skateboard. If not, choose something moderate.

  • Good brakes: In case of an emergency braking you wouldn’t want to be thrown off the board. Always, go for a skateboard with hard, responsive brakes.

6 Best Electric Skateboards

With that in mind, here are some of the best electric skateboards to buy right now:

1. Boosted Mini X


Boosted Mini X Electric Skateboard

  • Exhilarating top speeds of 20 mph gets you there faster
  • Climb the steepest hills of your commute without breaking a sweat
  • 3 ride modes specifically tuned to the Boosted mini. Brakes- Regenerative Brakes.Power- 1,000 Watts

The specifications of the Boosted Mini X clearly shows why the skateboard is highly rated. With a speed of 20 mph, it’s quite fast.

It has a huge battery capacity that can take you up to 14 miles when it’s fully charged. What’s more, it’s two hub motors are powerful enough to tackle even the steepest of terrains. 

2. Evolve Carbon GT


Evolve Skateboards – Carbon GT All-Terrain Electric Longboard…

  • RANGE – Up to 12 miles. Varies depending on rider weight, terrain and riding style.
  • TOP SPEED – Approximately 22-25 mph. This may vary depending on rider weight and terrain
  • HILLS – Up to 25 percent gradient in GT mode.

When it came out in 2016, the Carbon GT revolutionized the e-skateboard world with its stunning design. And in 2019, it’s still a force to reckon with.

With a top speed of 27 mph (also fastest in the world) and a dual motor design that outputs 3000W, this skateboard is powerful and reliable. It also features a dependable battery that can last up to 31 miles.

3. Boosted Dual Plus


Boosted 2nd Gen Dual+ Standard Range Electric Skateboard

  • Get around with incredible speed and ease on the most powerful electric skateboard
  • Standard Range Battery – 6 to 7 miles
  • Light enough to carry anywhere – powerful enough to go everywhere

With a speed of 22 mph and a 25% climbing grade, this is the perfect out-of-the-city skateboard. Its controller is easy to use, the brakes are impressive thanks to its dual-wheel drive, and the overall construction is stunning.

You don’t have to be intimidated by the sharp specs of this skateboard because it comes with four different riding modes, from beginner to pro. With the beginner mode, the skateboard limits your speed to 11 mph. But with the pro mode, you can hit the full specs. This mode should, however, should be left to the professionals.

Its battery capacity is good, but not as good as most of the skateboards on the list. It will get you up to 12 miles on a full charge (but this will depend on the mode used).

4. Teamgee H8


Teamgee H8 31″ Electric Skateboard, 15 MPH Top Speed, 480W Motor, 8…

  • Thinnest E-skateboard–Teamgee hides a high-performance battery inside the deck, which makes it look like a regular…
  • ADJUSTABLE SPEED REMOTE– With its intuitive ergonomic wireless remote control,Cruising mode, 3 speed…
  • EASIER TO CARRY– Only 11.6lbs, throw away the bulky boosted board. H8 electric board reach speeds up to 15mph, and 15…

The Teamgee H8 is not your ordinary e-board – it’s a beast. The board is super thin, making it super-light. In fact, it’s one of the thinnest electric skateboards you’ll come across. 

It also features an adjustable speed remote, coming in at a top speed of 15 mph. On a fully charged battery, you can go as far as 12 miles. 

5. SKATEBOLT Longboard


SKATEBOLT Electric Skateboard Longboard with Remote Controller, 25 MPH…

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE – 25 mph top speed and 25% grade hill climbing, high quality ride at a great choice for both beginners…
  • LONGER RANGE WITH EXTENED RANGE BATTERY – Hurricane Electric Skateboard with 6600mAh, 36V Lithium Samsung battery, more…
  • Durable & Stable – High density 8 layers maple wood skateboard with cover grip tape across top of deck provides a…

This electric board can reach a top speed of 25 mph and has an extended battery range, meaning you can go further for longer!

Practical for both the daily commuter as well as the true skateboarder.

6. Spadger Longboard


Spadger Electric Skateboard D5X Plus 37’’ Boosted Longboard, 25Mph…

  • Super Flexible Skateboard: 85% Explosion-proof material, improving the impact resistance up to 10 times, very flexible…
  • Strong Power and Fast Response: 900W super power motors, 97mm PU wheels, up to 23mph speed, 165 lbs only need 3.5…
  • From The Beginner to The Pro: Skateboards wireless remote control 4 speed modes, the Beginner mode: 0-9mph,the Eco…

With a speed of 23 mph, the Spadger Electric Longboard is one of the fastest electric longboards in the market. If you are not so much into speed, you have the option of switching from Eco Mode to Beginner Mode that will offer you a sedate speed of 11 mph. 

When fully charged, the battery range is about 15 miles. It is also light, durable, and can hold over 264 pounds of weight.

Choosing the Best Electric Skateboard

When you choose the best electric skateboard for yourself, there are multiple factors to take into consideration.

Brand

There are brands out there that are known to be unreliable. We haven’t included any of them in our list of the best ones of course, but if you opt for one outside of this list, make sure to do some research first.

Recalls

Electric skateboards are known to get recalled from time to time. Be sure to stay up to date on these, because you don’t want to be using one that is recalled. This doesn’t just include the skateboard itself, it also includes motors and other parts.

Average lifespan

Nothing will last forever, including your electric skateboard. However, certain ones will last longer than others. 

Customer support

You want to make sure you choose a brand or store that has good customer service. If you should run into any problems, you’re going to need someone to guide you through it.

Warranty

Keep an eye on the warranty. If one isn’t offered, or if it’s a short warranty, you may want to look into a different board.

Maneuverability

Your skateboard needs to be easy to control and ride. If it’s not, it’s not worth your time at all.

Value

If you’re choosing an inexpensive skateboard, make sure it has good quality. Also, just because a board is expensive, doesn’t automatically mean it’s of good quality.

Try to choose a board within your budget that has everything you’re looking for.

Specific Features to Look For

There are specific features to look for in a skateboard. These include: 

  • Speed: Single vs dual motor

  • Size: Choose the best sized board for your height and weight

  • Connectivity: Handheld controllers

  • Battery life: Tested in miles rather than standard runtime

  • Brakes: Test them out

  • Wheel quality: High-density rubber is best

  • Portability: Weight and size

  • Weight: 12 to 16 pounds is standard

  • Material: Composite wood is best

  • Water resistance: Look for ratings from the manufacturer

  • Warranty: Average from one to two years

What Deck Size to Choose

Your deck size will depend on your height. You’ll want to get the best performance possible. 

  • Mini board: Best for those taller than 3’5″, with a U.S. shoe size of 4 or higher

  • Mid board: Best for those taller than 4’5″, with a U.S. shoe size of 7 or higher

  • Full board: Best for those taller than 5’3″, with a U.S. shoe size of 9 or higher

Always Go for Reputable Brands

Whatever you use your electric skateboard for – daily commuting or fun – be sure you get it from a reputable skateboard brand. This is because no matter the quality or material, electric skateboards do break down.

And when that happens, you’ll want to deal with a brand that has readily available spare parts and brilliant customer service and support. The above 6 picks are great choices to consider.

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10 Best Tennis Shoes Reviews For 2022

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Tennis is a demanding game. Players need more than just skills and practice to perform well. Tennis rackets, bags, and possibly most important is tennis shoes. They need shoes that can increase their endurance and performance as well as support their quick motions on the court.

However, a lot of players tend to buy normal trail shoes for their game. These type of shoes aren’t recommended for playing tennis as they absorb running impact and produce sudden forward motions. They’re also not designed for sidestepping which is important in tennis.

Whether you play daily of just during the weekends, wearing the best tennis shoes should never be underestimated. There is a wide range of tennis footwear available on the market, offering different reliability, stability, comfort, and breathability.

Your best tennis shoes will depend on the style and type of surface you play on.

So, what are your ideal tennis shoes?

Best Tennis Shoes to Consider

1. ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 8

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ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 8 Tennis Shoes

  • Re-engineered outsole lugs for better off-road traction
  • Reduced amount of overlays around the forefoot without sacrificing durability
  • Comes in a plethora of colors

Versatility is the name of the game with the ASICS Gel-Ventures. Because of their durable grip pattern that works for a number of different surfaces, these tennis shoes are incredibly adaptable. The re-engineered outsole lugs only add to these traits by providing better traction for players. And the cherry on top and the place they get their name, the gel technology! The gel that’s inserted just below the heel provides a level of shock absorption that is like no other.

The Gel-Venture 8’s are specially designed to provide a snug(but comfortable!) fit around the forefoot. And the mesh used for this is rather breathable and keeps you cool and comfortable as you play.

2. adidas Women’s Gamecourt

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Adidas Women’s Gamecourt Tennis Shoes

  • Sock-like fit; Snug feel
  • Cloudfoam midsole for step-in comfort and superior cushioning
  • Mesh upper for breathability

The Adidas Gamecourt tennis shoes are made to provide a “sock-like” fit and do so better than almost any other. Because the majority of the shoe is made with a super breathable and flexible mesh, it conforms to the foot so well you might forget you’re wearing shoes! This paired with the Cloadfoam midsole creates a feeling of almost airy support without feeling restricted as you might with other shoes. It is these qualities that landed it a place on this list.

3. Nike Air Vapormax Plus


Nike Air Vapormax Plus Tennis Shoes

  • TPU cage provides enhanced stability
  • Bouncy feeling because of the Tuned Air Technology present in the sole
  • Stylish look comes in a wide range of colors

If your gameplay is a little rough, you’ll need comfortable, well-made tennis shoes that provide stability when you’re on the court. The Nike Air Vapormax Plus is durable and easily conforms to your foot. It has a TPu exoskeleton that gives you maximum stability with a stylish look, perfect for all-around tennis players.

The shoe also features Nike’s Tuned Air technology that is designed to provide maximum shock absorption and gives the shoe a bouncy feeling. Because this is paired with the neoprene mesh upper, it makes the entire shoe feel almost plush.

4. adidas Men’s Barricade Clay

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adidas Men’s Barricade Clay Tennis Shoes

  • Textile upper is durable and comfortable
  • Made with a series of recycled materials, this upper features at least 50% recycled content.
  • Adiwear outsole offers the ultimate in high-wear durability

The adidas Barricade series are widely known to be some of the best tennis shoes on the market and with good reason. Because of their Adiwear outsole and tough textile upper, Barricades are some of the most durable shoes you can buy. And durability isn’t all they have going for them.

They are made of 50% recycled material so you can help the planet and look good while doing it.

5. ASICS Gel-Resolution 6 Tennis Shoes


ASICS Women’s Gel-Resolution 7 Tennis Shoe, White/Silver, 9.5 M US

  • 6-Month Outsole Warranty: Warranty against excessive outsole wear up to 6 months.
  • Gender-Specific Cushioning: Women’s models feature a lower-density top layer in the midsole, allowing female athletes to…
  • Flexion Fit Upper: Proprietary upper which provides form fitting comfort without sacrificing support.

This latest model of the Gel-Resolution features an external heel counter that offers more stability and midfoot support. Its Flexion Fit construction extends to the midsole to offer better lateral support and movement.

With excellent traction on the court, great breathability, and lightweight, these are one of the most reliable tennis shoes on the market right now.

6. New Balance Men’s 696 V4

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New Balance Men’s 696 V4 Tennis Shoes

  • These New Balance tennis shoes come in bright, seasonal colors to refresh your game gear
  • A full-length NDurance outsole provides superior traction and durability
  • Outsole material designed specifically for hard court play

These shoes are designed with comfort in mind above all else. The New Balance 696 V4 features a perforated synthetic upper that makes the shoe super breathable and airy feeling. Paired with the REVlite midsole that cushions your every step and herringbone outsole pattern that grips the court makes the 696 V4s some of the most comfortable shoes money can buy.

7. Wonesion Womens Just So So

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Wonesion Womens Just So So Fashion Tennis Shoes

  • The sole Is made of hollow carved technology, providing stable support and optimal shock absorption for sport.
  • The insole adopt honeycomb hole design, Keep your feet balanced and protect your ankle ,tongues and feet from hurt.
  • Fashion knitted mesh material and lightweight support maximizes the upper and let your foot always keeps dry and cool.

Wonesion has perfected the art of mixing fashion and function and has used this blend to make these shoes. Whether on the court or for daily use, a wide variety of colors and patterns to pick from and a stylish design lets you put your best foot forward in any situation. And with their hollow carved outsole and fashion knitted mesh, you’ll be comfortable while doing it.

8. Slazenger Lifestyle Tennis Shoes


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  • Trainers
  • Lace-up – Shaped / cushioned heel
  • Reinforced TPU arch shank – Herringbone grip pattern

If you are an amateur player on a budget, the Slazenger shoes are a great choice. Available for both men and women, the shoes have smooth molded soles for traction and an inner footbed for long, tough matches.

9. Nike AirZoom Pegasus

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Nike Womens Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Black/White/Dark Grey/Anthracite…

  • Dynamic Fit technology delivers a one-to-one fit.
  • Engineered mesh upper offers lightweight ventilation.
  • Zoom Air units provide responsive cushioning.

When it comes to serving the tennis ball, you’ll obviously want to sock it up to your opponents. A sock-like pair of shoes will be perfect for this job.

The state-of-the-art AirZoom Ultrafly boasts of a “sock-lite” feature that will give you improved mobility and secure fit.

It is lightweight to help players move, jump, and make more accurate shots. The shoe also features strong Flywire cables to lock down the mid-foot at the perfect position. It comes with a Zoom Air unit for supported stability and extra cushioning.

10. K-Swiss Hypercourt Express

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K-Swiss Women’s Hypercourt Express Tennis Shoes

  • Draggaurd Rubber & Aosta Rubber Outsole
  • Molded Ortholite x40 Sock Liner
  • EVA midsole

K-Swiss have really outdone themselves with these shoes. The Hypercourt Express tennis shoes achieve a level of durability far above others like it by crafting it using their Seamfree™ technology that allows them to fuse layers of TPU and breathable mesh without any stitching. This prevents any stress points in the shoe that could weaken and tear over time.

These are also a great pick for anyone with ankle problems because of the heavily padded ankle collar and a die-cut EVA sock liner that adds responsive cushioning underfoot.

Choose the Best Tennis Shoes

Tennis is a very fast sport, so it demands a lot from your feet. Because of this, it’s crucial to choose a pair of shoes that will completely support your feet while playing.

Up to 70 percent of mistakes on the tennis court are due to mistakes with footwork.

Your toes are the region that are going to take the hardest hit, so it’s necessary to have a pair of shoes with a lot of support there.

You will want to look for a pair of sneakers that’s both comfortable and supportive.

How to break in tennis shoes

An important part to buying a new pair of tennis shoes is breaking them in, or stretching your tennis shoes.

You could take them to a professional to do this, but it’s really not necessary.

A simple way to stretch your tennis shoes is to fill a freezer bag about halfway with water, remove all air from the bag, and seal it.

You’ll want to put the bag in your shoe, as far forward as you possibly can. Then you’ll put the shoes in the freezer and leave them there for eight or more hours.

You can repeat this until you’re completely satisfied.

Lacing your tennis shoes

Honestly, this doesn’t have as simple of an answer as you might think.

Different types of feet require a different type of tying method. But, what are they?

Wide feet

Of course, if you have wide feet, you’re going to need some extra room.

To give your feet some extra room to move around, use the eyelets that are closest to the tongue of the shoe.

Narrow feet

When you have narrow feet, you need to ensure that your shoes are tight enough to properly fit you.

When tying them, pull the laces tight to the sides by using the eyelets furthest from the tongue of the sneaker, then lace them up and pull tightly.

Heel issues

If you have heel issues, you’re going to want to use all the eyelets of the sneaker and tie them tightly at the top to give your heels optimal support.

How to Stop Tennis Shoes from Squeaking

Many tennis shoes have a problem with squeaking, which can be very annoying to players on the court.

There are a few different things you can do to prevent the squeaking, or at least make it less noticeable.

One way is to use baby powder on the insole of your shoe, and always wear socks.

Another way is to fix any loose soles if you have any. This could be causing the squeaking.

You also will want to clean and dry your sneakers after using them, because that could also be the cause of the squeaking.

How should tennis shoes fit?

Obviously, tennis shoes need to give you complete support and comfort.

There should be 3/8 to half an inch between your big toe and the end of the sneaker when it is sized properly.

Bottom Line

If you are shopping for new tennis shoes, keep in mind that tennis is a technical sport that requires more than just skills – you need to have the best tennis shoes. Having the right shoes will tremendously improve your game. These 10 picks are great choices to consider.

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