So everyone I knew growing up had a Razor scooter. It was just one of those things that you, at some point in your earlier years, had to have. Whether you got one out of fear of being ostracized or you actually had a yearning to skateboard with a handle, a Razor scooter ended up in your garage. It made sense though, especially for parents. They aren’t exactly pricey, and it gave their kids a reason to put down the Gameboy and experience sunlight. I remember when I got my first Razor. I was so excited…for about two weeks. No, I didn’t fall into one of those hardcore tween scooter gangs. I wasn’t cool enough for that. I think I left it at the park, leaving behind a part of my childhood forever. Now as an adult, I’m looking to up my kick scooter game. Finding a real adult kick scooter isn’t easy. Kick scootering as an adult is a whole other experience. So where to start? Well lucky for me, my old favorite brand Razor has its own adult kick scooter, the Razor A5 Lux scooter. I started with a Razor, why not continue with a Razor? Let’s take this scooter out for a test drive! Here is my Razor A5 Lux scooter review.
The Razor A5 Lux was introduced as an adult version of their beloved kid scooters. More as a new mode of transportation rather than a fun toy, adult kick scooter enthusiasts could now glide to work instead of wasting money on public trans. It’s a nice looking scooter available in a range of colors. The scooter can definitely still do tricks if an adult was looking to do that, but as just a scooter lover, I look at it strictly as a way to get myself from one place to another in a timely fashion.
At first glance, the Razor A5 Lux scooter looks like a normal Razor scooter, just
bigger. When I really thought about that though, I was a little disappointed. As kids we would never notice the subtle errors of our cool Razor scooters, but as an adult many of the shortcomings were painfully obvious. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice looking scooter that definitely evokes the styling of it’s child and teen focused model. But there in lies the problem. Quite frankly, the A5 Lux looks cheap. It still resembles a children’s toy. I’m all for appreciating nostalgia, but if I look as though I just swiped a kids toy while I’m scooting down the street, there will be problems.
The kick scooter wheels seem to be made of urethane plastic, which gives it a smooth ride. They were sort of slippery, and when turning I noticed the wheels giving into the turn too much causing sharp turns. The Razor A5 Lux says it can hold up to 220 lbs, but based on the look and feel of the scooter I felt as though they were going to break. All though I’m well under 200 lbs, it made me feel like big blue Violet from Willy Wonka.
The Handle Bars
The handle bars are made of some sort of foam material and capped off at the ends by plastic. They were comfortable to hold and steer with. The whole stand was hard to raise, having to pull out a screw to do so. Once I did, however, the handle bars and stand were solid and easy to maneuver.
The Razor A5 Lux kick scooter deck is made out of apparently Aircraft-grade aluminum and features the Razor logo as a foot grip. The deck itself seemed sturdy, but very thin. I wasn’t able to comfortably put both my feet on the scooter while riding. The metal was slippery as well, making the foot grip extremely necessary. If I was gliding on the scooter it was always with one foot on the deck and one foot just hanging in the air.
The scooter folds very easy. The stand folds down onto the deck and locks into
position. The only problem is that even when folded, the scooter is still very big. Now I understand that this is is a larger version of the Razor scooter to fit adults, but I wish the scooter could fold more. I’ve seen other adult kick scooters fold into smaller forms. It is fairly light, but having to carrying it when you’re not riding it would get old very fast. You couldn’t really store it somewhere small either.
Fit and Finish
The Razor looks clean and I like the use of color on the handle bars and wheels. Looking at it closer, it appears quickly made. There are obvious welding marks, the foot grip is off centered, and there are “Lawyer Approved” and gaudy logo stickers that could easily be peeled off everywhere. These aren’t disruptive deformities, however, and as a whole it looks like a typical Razor scooter.
My coworker and I rode the A5 Lux in a parking lot, so there was a lot of turbulence. The Razor handled fairly well. As I’ve listed before, I could only ride with one leg on the scooter. I was worried that the wheels were not going to hold up against the gravel, but for the most part it was fine. As big as it is, it still weirdly felt small and that I was going to break it at any minute. I didn’t feel very safe riding it, and I couldn’t imagine riding it in the street or down hills. It doesn’t feel like a kick scooter that could handle a lot of obstacles.
Value and Conclusion
The Razor A5 Lux scooter prices out around $75-$85, making it one of the cheapest adult scooters you can buy. Razor scooters have always been notoriously cheaper, that’s why every kid had one growing up. Razor scooters are built in China which also attributes to their lower price.
All in all, the Razor A5 Lux scooter is an okay mode of transportation. If you’re looking for some quick fun and don’t feel like spending money, the A5 Lux is not a bad purchase. My feeling is, as an adult, I have to start making more practical decisions. If I want a kick scooter for the purpose of making my life easier, shouldn’t I shell out some more money on a scooter I feel more comfortable with that is less likely to break? The average cost of other brand adult kick scooters ranges from $175-$220. If I’m planning on really using a kick scooter, then I want one that has value in construction and materials. The Razor A5 Lux Scooter, unlike say a Xootr or Micro Kickboard, looks and feels cheaply made. I’m going to look for a REAL adult kick scooter, one that was made with adults in mind.