What on earth is this thing?
16th July 2009
It’s either the ultimate way to get round the mountains or just a gimick for the unfit and lazy. What do you think?
Méribel has just bought a fleet of them and claim they are fun, useful and apparently eco-friendly.
Though here at PlanetSKI we’re not quite sure how they are more environmentally responsible than simply putting one foot in front of the other and walking 🙂
The ‘Segway Human Transporter’ will probably either take off or go the way of the Sinclair, C5 – older readers may remember those.They reach a top speed of 6km per hour so they are not perhaps as exciting as the guy in the photo to the right is making them look.
The marketing guff says “With deeply treaded tires, scratch resistant fenders and higher ground clearance, the Segway X2 gives a smooth and stable ride, without damaging the ground. Visitors can discover the beauty of the Valley des Allues safely, while respecting the calm of a protected area. Users of these revolutionary machines and hikers will happily share Méribel’s tracks without any problems. At a running cost of approximately 1€ per 400km, the Segway human transporter is the most ecological and economical motorised way of transport.”
They are available for hire this summer at La Chaudanne for an introductory circuit. 10 mins will cost you 5€.
Alternatively you can go on a 1 or 2 hour circuit guided by an instructor, for groups of 5.
1 hour is 25€ and 2 hours costs 45€.
Don’t forget to check out the latest blog from our content editor, James Cove, on his new found fascination with The Tour de France.