The LOU Board: A Lightweight Swiss Army Knife?

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One of the hottest new electric boards on the market is the Lou Board. She, yeah they call her 'she', was conceptualized just last year(2016), and already it’s gained quite a following. It was created by SoFlow, a company based in Switzerland and it was Kickstarted with great success. In case you haven’t gotten around to look into it, let us present you with our Lou Board review that’s going to teach you everything you need to know about it. 

Before we go on, there are actually three Lou Boards. Thanks to a great interest for eboards today, SoFlow’s Kickstarter campaign skyrocketed, reaching both its stretch goals with ease, and amassing some 320.000 Swiss francs, or some 300.000 dollars. With that, they made three Lou boards, the Lou 1.0, Lou 2.0, and Lou 3.0.

So, basically, instead of covering one board, we’ll cover all three in this review, so you would know exactly what you’re looking at if you decide to go out and get one.

Let's get to it!


The Lou Board didn't make it to the list of the Best Electric Skateboards for 2018 🙁 Comment if you believe it should have made the list!

The Lou Board Specifications

As always we supply a quick overview of the specs:

LOU 1.0

LOU 2.0

LOU 3.0

Motors

Single Hub Motor

Single Hub Motor

Dual Hub Motors

Top Speed

17 mph

17 mph

21 mph

Battery

79 Wh 

79 Wh 

108 Wh

Range

9 Miles

9 Miles

15 Miles

Weight

11 lbs

10 lbs

12 lbs

Deck Length

66 x 26 x 13 cm

66 x 26 x 13 cm

66 x 26 x 13 cm

Wheels

80 mm, 78A

80 mm, 78A

80 mm, 78A

Aesthetically, these boards are virtually equal. They all have the same deck size and shape and come in the same colors.

The real difference lies in what's under the hood and which material is used for the deck. 

Motors & Speed: 

Another similarity between these boards is that they all use hub motors instead of the increasingly obsolete belt motors.

Hub motors are installed directly into the wheels which allows for better transfer of power, but also allows the wheels to roll as if they would on an actual skateboard.

Lou 1.0 and 2.0 have one hub motor, installed in the left back wheel, while Lou 3.0 has two.

Lou 1.0 and 2.0 feature a fairly fine 1.5 kW motor, powered by a 36V, 2.2 Ah battery. Such setup allows the boards to reach a top speed of 28 km/h or 17 mph, which, for a 26-inch board is pretty fast. 

On the other hand, Lou 3.0 is much more powerful, with the board's 3 kW motors, powered by a 36V, 3 Ah battery, allowing the board to develop an impressive speed of 35 km/h (21 mph).

The LOU Board 3.0 with the dual motor setup.


Battery (Replaceable) And Range

We've said it before and we will say it again, the battery on an electric skateboard is the most crucial component. 

The LOU 1.0 and 2.0 feature a 79 Wh battery that can take you for 9 miles on a single charge. Not very far but this is a small board and that automatically means that you can't fit a big battery.  

79 Wh also means that some airlines will allow the board as a carry on, because it is under the 100 Wh limit. However this is never a certainty, we don't advise you to take your board with you on airplane rides as it may get confiscated.

The LOU 3.0 has a bigger 108 Wh battery , which is needed to power the double motor setup. It also has a better range of 15 miles.

Oh and maybe one of the nicer features of this board is that the battery pack is replaceable! Great move from the guys at So Flow. If you want to become a key player in this market, replaceable batteries are a must!


Take a look at how easy the battery can be replaced:

Super Lightweight,Kicktails and Water Resistance!

Another cool feature that skaters are sure to like is the kicktail. All Lou boards feature this kicktail which allows the rider to make very tight turns. In addition, this features is virtually non-existent on most other eboards, making the Lou boards feel much more akin to old-school boards.

And, with the special rubber grip on the boards, it makes controlling a Lou board very easy and intuitive. You can also do tricks with it, but, due to sensitive electronics and battery, you should really keep it on the down low.

The Lou boards are also made water resistant, and they’re rated to IP54, which means they’re protected against dust and splashing water – basically, you can ride the board in the rain, and there shouldn't be any damage to the inside components. Still, we wouldn’t recommend that you ride in storms, mostly because you’ll probably find yourself with your face in the mud.


The LOU Remote Controller 

Naturally, an eboard has to feature a remote control.

Normally there isn't that much to say about the remote controller but in LOU's case there was quite a bit commotion around it.

Namely because the original controller looked really really cheap.

As you can see on the picture they luckily came out with a new controller.



They Have an App

However, Lou boards also come with the Lou board app for your smartphone. The app allows you to customize your board's performance, and decide on a speed cap for the board if you're not feeling that comfortable zooming 21 miles an hour down the street on a fairly short board. The app also allows for troubleshooting and features a GPS that connects to the board so you know where the board is located at all times, which is useful if you’re lost or the board gets stolen. 

The Good & The Bad

Now that we went over most of the features and specifications it's time to take a look at what we liked and didn't like:

The Good

The Bad

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    One of the lightest boards on the market
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    Small for factor, very portable
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    Replaceable battery
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    Awesome kick tail for short turns
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    The LOU 1.0 is fairly cheap
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    Nice and sleek aesthetics
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    Decent range on all the models
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    Decent top speeds
  • Stiff ride that some people won't enjoy
  • Shorter deck means less stability at higher speeds
  • They charge high shipping costs

How does it stack up against the Competition?

In this section of our reviews we take a look at how the LOU board stacks up against the competition in its price/spec class:

The Lou 3.0

  • Top Speed: 21 mph
  • Range: 15 miles
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Price: check latest price here

Acton Blink S2

  • Top Speed: 18 mph
  • Range: 14 miles
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Price: check latest price here

Boosted V2 Dual+

2nd generation Boosted Board

Image from BoostedBoards.com

  • Top Speed: 22 mph
  • Range: 12 miles
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs
  • Price: check latest price here

Is this bad girl for you?!

(Again, the LOU is a girls for those who didn't read the intro....)

The LOU range of boards truly is one of a kind. They look good, have decent specs, come at a reasonable price point and above all they're well built.

When portability is key.

We recommend this board for people who live in urban areas, who need to pick up their board a lot and don't need to go further than 15 miles. This board is one of the lightest on the market so taking it on the subway/bus/tram or train is no problem at all. If you compare this to some other boards as the Evolve GT line or the Blink S2, the LOU boards are much more portable!

Overall a really decent board which will get you were you need, with a decent speed and without the hassle of a 20 lbs block you're carrying around.

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4 Comments on “The LOU Board: A Lightweight Swiss Army Knife?”

  1. Have you really try the board or have you done the review base on internet comments?
    If its true, its really good. The best I’ve seen online of this board.
    Does the 1.0 really last 9 miles IN REAL WORLD CONDITIONS?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Pol! Thanks for your comment, glad you like it!
      Unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to really ride this board. I did extensive research and questioned real world owners about this board to come to this review.

  2. Just purchased lou #1 and agree with all comments. Yuntec just quit so bought this. It is fast for its size. Feels a little scary like, because of speed and relative length. Less acceleration than yuntec but way more top end

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