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When I was still in college I walked around 5 miles a day to/from campus and between classes. While I enjoyed the exercise (mostly) there was one main problem with my walks. They took forever! There were 30,000 fellow students all vying for the limited parking spots at my school. This meant I always had to parks 7 blocks away between the church and the creepy apartment building…followed by a 25-minute walk to campus. If I wasn’t on time, forget it, I wasn’t going.
Then one day and I was half jogging to class (only half jogging because running with a backpack sucks) I got passed by a guy on a scooter. My first thought was, “What a goober!” But my snap judgment quickly turned to jealousy as I say him fade from sight in front of me. 20 minutes later when I got to class sweaty and out of breath, scooter-boy was sitting on the front row, cool as a cucumber.
That was the beginning of an appreciation of kick scooters for adults! Later, when Kirstie (my wife) had a very rough pregnancy and was on bed rest, we got a visit from our local Bishop…via a large wheel scooter. It was then, perhaps, that I realized I had come full circle. Not only was a kick scooter for commuting an excellent option, but they are portable, fast, and fun! Not to mention you still get your exercise and preserve your shoes. Now if only they made kick scooters for heavy adults…. oh wait….
The Best Kick Scooters for Heavy Adults (and big kids)
Why would an adult want a kick scooter?
Really? If you need an answer to this question, you probably wouldn’t be here. Anyone that isn’t a crusty old codger can appreciate the value of using a leg powered scooter to get around. However, even if you’re already sold on the idea, there might be a few perks you hadn’t even thought of! Here are my favorites:
- Scooters are fast! When I first got a scooter I was able to cut my commute time to a 1/3 of what it used to be! My 20-minute walk now took me significantly less than 10 minutes and when I arrived I wasn’t sweaty and breathing hard from my speedwalk.
- Scooters can fold up and go just about anywhere. Under your desk? Of course. Next to your chair in the lecture? Yes. Strapped to your backpack? Why not! Just try that with a bike…
- Great exercise! Having a scooter still allows you to get all the benefits of exercise while avoiding many of the drawbacks. Scooters are easier on the joints than jogging (not to mention more fun) and have the added bonus that you can keep up with your kids when they’re biking or scootering themselves!
- They’re green. They’re good for the environment if you care about that sort of thing. If you don’t, (you should), get a scooter anyway!
Convinced that you need a scooter yet? I better be careful, I might just convince myself to buy another one… But since we’ve established how valuable they are, let’s talk about some options!
The Best All-Around Kick Scooter For Adults
For average-sized and slightly overweight adults, this is the scooter to get. Not only is it the best looking scooter of the bunch (in my humble opinion) it has a slew of features where it beats out the others:
It has the biggest wheels. This gives it the smoothest ride of all the scooters we tested (except the Schwinn which doesn’t really count…)
It comes with a kickstand. Without a kickstand, every time you get off your scooter you either have to hold it up, pick it up, or put it on the ground.
It has the second-highest weight capacity. All but the heaviest riders will fit within this scooter’s 265-pound weight capacity. If you need a kick scooter for 300 lbs person or larger then scroll on down!
Large deck size. Unless you have goliath-feet, you’ll have no problem fitting them on this deck.
5 height adjustments. Most of the other scooters we looked at had only 3 height adjustments for the handlebars. If you have 3 adjustments you could probably find a usable one, but 5 gives you a much better chance to find a well-fitting and comfortable option.
Give the great price, excellent features, customer reviews, and overall awesomeness, this is the scooter you want!
But wait…who wouldn’t want this scooter?
Unless you exceed the weight capacity or simply can’t fit this scooter into your budget, this is the best option. If either of those things is true, there are options for heavier riders and budget-conscious scooter-ers.
The Best Kick Scooter For Heavy Adults (up to 800lbs)
Don’t be put off by the name here, every one of these scooters is hand-assembled in Old Forge, Pensylvania. Perhaps this home-built quality and personal attention to detail is the reason that this scooter has the highest weight capacity on the market! It has all the usual features that you would expect as well as a whopping 800+ pound capacity! The fact that it is literally the only option if you weight 400 or 500+ pounds makes it a must-buy!
While I couldn’t find anyone near the weight capacity that had actually ridden this scooter there were several people in the 3-400 pound range (and up to 6’9″) that rode this scooter and reported that it felt rock solid to them!
While it is the most expensive scooter on this list, the adage the “you get what you pay for” is true here. It is a high-quality scooter and, even if you aren’t obese, this is an excellent choice that will last forever.
Best Kick Scooter for Commuting Long Distances
If you need to commute lost distances on roads or really crappy sidewalks then the Schwinn Shuffle may very well be your best option. It’s monster bike-tires will roll over everything except yetis and large boulders. What’s more, the tires are pneumatic so you’ll experience a smooth and comfortable ride. Also, this “scooter” features hand brakes so, if you’re used to biking, you won’t be stomping around at the back of your scooter trying to find the foot brake.
However, speaking of bikes, let’s calls this scooter what it really is. It’s a bike without a seat or pedals. It’s big, it doesn’t fold, and (unlike a bike) it has no gears so you’re limited by the speed of a single leg.
At this point I’m left wondering, is this a big wheel scooter or just a strange bike? Wouldn’t bikes for heavy people be more comfortable? Either way, this thing has a 200-pound weight capacity and, if you want to commute long distances on a leg driven scooter, you’ll have to have it!
Portable Kick Scooter for Adults on a Budget
If the scooters so far have been a bit too serious for your taste, you’re in luck. Maybe all you is something to get around on during the weekend or cruise to the park with your kids. If so, then the MacWheel scooter is the one you need. It has several beneficial features that not only make it adult-friendly, but also very beginner-friendly!
It has a hand brake. This is the only scooter on the list with both a foot brake and a hand brake. Whether you’re used to a bike or scooter you should have no problem getting stopped!
It has suspension front and rear. Not only is this the only scooter we reviewed with suspension, but it also has it both front and rear! It has smaller tires than others but, with the added suspension, you should have a nice smooth ride!
It has a kickstand. Watching your kids at the park? Push down the kickstand and your scooter can stay right next to you, ready for action!
Its weight capacity will support most adults. This scooter’s 220-pound weight capacity is adequate for teens, big kids, and most adults. While I wouldn’t be comfortable getting too close to the weight capacity, it will be plenty durable for anyone small enough to ride it!
While the cheaper price does mean slighter cheaper materials, by all reports this scooter steers well, is durable, stable, and enjoyable to ride. Not to mention it’s the cheapest adult scooter on the market that will actually last more than a month!
What makes a scooter good for heavy adults?
In my search for the perfect grown-up scooter I considered dozens of factors. There are literally thousands of scooters on the market, most of which are flimsy pieces of thin metal with crappy wheels…not suitable for serious use from anyone, let along adults. The main considerations which helped me narrow down this field (in order of importance) were:
Weight Capacity: Let’s face it…everybody weighs more now than when they were a kid. That’s not shocking. However, if you’re anything like me, you weigh more now than you did even last year. Most “adult scooters” have the same generic weight limit of 100kgs (220lbs). Almost every scooter we saw with this weight limit had several reports of it breaking on users who weighed far less. Because of this, we searched for scooters that would give most adults a significant cushion. Our theory is, the further you are from the weight limit, the less wear and tear there will be on your scooter.
Wheel Size: It’s unusual to find any sort of suspension in a person powered scooter. Not only does it add a level of maintenance, but it also decreases durability and, according to general consensus, is not very effective. Instead of suspension, most manufacturers of high-quality scooters opt to create scooters with larger wheels. Larger wheels are much quieter and smoother than small wheels as they roll over bumps with much less resistance. Additionally, larger wheels tend to be more stable at speed and in wet conditions.
Deck Size: I did a fair amount of scootering in my youth so, when the boys at the therapeutic home I worked at heard of my scooter skills, they took me to the skate park and challenged me. I had to borrow a scooter from one of the boys and, much to my chagrin, my size 13 foot was the size of the entire deck. Because of that, I was unable to ride comfortably, let alone quickly or aggressively. A comfortable scooter is one on which you can comfortably rest both feet on the deck, one in front of the other.
Bar Height and Adjustability: Scooter weight limits are based on what the deck can support. If the handlebars do not adjust high enough for you, you will end up putting too much weight on them. This will result in difficulty steering, instability at speed, higher likelihood of breaking your new scooter, and a very store neck/back. We looked for scooters will the greatest variability in height, meaning that they can easily support users up to 6’7″!
Size, portability, and weight: Nobody wants a log on wheels. One of the main draws of scooters is that they are lightweight and easy to transport when they’re not in use. 3 of the 4 scooters we recommend fold up quickly and can stash under your desk or just about anywhere else if needed.
Price: Price was of lower importance in our search. While we did avoid scooters that were out of reach of average people, the cost is not a major concern for most. A high-quality scooter is literally a vehicle that can take the place of a much more expensive option (car, bike, taxi, etc.) on short trips and can provide years and years of service without needing gas, charging, maintenance, etc. Don’t skimp or you’ll regret it very soon.
Deck Height: While deck height will not be a concern for most people, short adults may find that big wheels lead to a tall deck height weight, in turn, leads to really tired legs. Imagine, if your deck is too tall, you have to do a little mini squat every time you push off and stand back up. None of the scooters we chose should pose this problem.
Looks: Looks come in last on our list but they were considered. After all, no one wants to show up to class, a business meeting, or even the park looking like they borrowed their 8 year old’s scooter.
So, if none of the scooters on our list is quite the right fit for you (if you have 3 legs for example) then those guidelines should be able to give you a good checklist when looking at all the scooters on the market!
Protective Gear is Cool….
If you’re tempted to avoid this part, don’t! Remember those safety assemblies you had in kindergarten about wearing helmets? In mine, they showed up the helmet from some kid who got hit by a car while riding his bike. The helmet was cracked in half but the kid was fine. As an adult, though, I often go without my helmet. Not because I’m smarter, stronger, or more capable. Although those things may be true…the real reason that I and other people go without helmets is because of laziness and stupidity.
One of my best friends was hit and killed by a car while riding a motorcycle. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and smashed the back of his head on the asphalt. I’m not saying that he would have been fine if he was wearing a helmet, but it would have helped. Also, he could have been in the exact spot and riding a scooter. Don’t fool yourself that you’ll be fine because scooters are slow because people die while walking. Get yourself a helmet and wear it.
Now that that is out of the way, trust me, kick scooter for adults are generally safe, great exercise, and tons of fun! Not to mention they are a fast and effective way of getting around that is portable and can fit just about anywhere. So get yourself a big wheel scooter and start gliding!