The SwiftyONE MK3 Kick Scooter Vs Xootr

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I became interested recently in the unique folding mechanism of the SwiftyONE MK3 kick scooter, the way the rear wheel can be rolled forward under then up through the chassis.

After reviewing YouTube videos on how the Swifty works I decided to buy one, to compare it to my Xootr scooter.

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I ordered a SwiftyONE MK3 Tall from Swifty HQ in England. Four days later it arrived at my home in Los Angeles, CA.

Swifty website: https://swiftyscooters.com/
Xootr website: https://www.xootr.com/

The SwiftyONE MK3 folded up doesn’t fit behind  my drivers seat like the Xootr

Swifty’s too bulky to be stashed behind the driver’s seat of my car, which is so easy to do with my folded Xootr Street scooter.
Swifty’s too bulky to be stashed behind the driver’s seat of my car, which is so easy to do with my folded Xootr Street scooter.

Folded up, the Swifty’s too bulky to be stashed behind the driver’s seat of my car, which is so easy to do with my folded Xootr Street scooter.

Speed: the same, on both scooters. Number of scoots to get from A to B: the same.

Swifty vs Xootr floorboard

The floorboard on the SwiftyONE MK3 is narrower than the floorboard on the Xootr.
The floorboard on the SwiftyONE MK3 is narrower than the floorboard on the Xootr.

The floorboard on the Swifty is narrower than the floorboard on the Xootr. The wider Xootr floorboard offers more room for one or both feet, and for switching feet.

SwiftyONE MK3 rear brake vs the Xootr scooter rear fender

Swifty’s rear brake is a heel-operated pedal, and there’s no rear fender.
Swifty’s rear brake is a heel-operated pedal, and there’s no rear fender.

Swifty’s rear brake is a heel-operated pedal, and there’s no rear fender. You have to be careful that your back foot doesn’t touch the turning wheel when you’re under way. Xootr has a rear fender, with a friction brake on its under side. Easy to operate with graded foot pressure as needed, applied on the top of the fender.

The Swifty floorboard is higher above the pavement than the Xootr scooter’s

The floorboard on the Swifty is 4.5” above the pavement. Xootr’s floorboard is 3” above the pavement.
The floorboard on the Swifty is 4.5” above the pavement. Xootr’s floorboard is 3” above the pavement.

The floorboard on the Swifty is 4.5” above the pavement. Xootr’s floorboard is 3” above the pavement. With each scoot on a Swifty the rider has to make a knee bend that’s one and a half times deeper than on a Xootr. That adds up! The lower center of gravity on the Xootr also makes the steering feel more stable than on the Swifty, even though Xootr’s handlebars are only half as wide as Swifty’s.

Swifty wheel diameter compared to the Xootr scooter

Wheel diameter: 15” on the Swifty, 7” on the Xootr.
Wheel diameter: 15” on the Swifty, 7” on the Xootr.

Wheel diameter: 15” on the Swifty, 7” on the Xootr. Swifty’s inflated tires and larger wheels make for smooth passage over pavement irregularities, in contrast to the Xootr where one has to exercise caution especially on downhill runs at higher speeds.

The Swifty’s complicated to unfold; the Xootr’s easy with its QuickClick latch.

The Xootr Street scooter will remain my primary scooter over the SwiftyONE MK3

The SwiftyONE MK3 Kick Scooter Vs Xootr
The SwiftyONE MK3 Kick Scooter Vs Xootr

For me, easier scoots from a lower floorboard, board stability, more room to stand while riding, same speed and travel distance per scoot, ease of toting the Xootr on public transportation, and small folded size for easy stowage mean that my Xootr Street scooter is going to remain my primary scooter.

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Nice review .I have a Razor a5 air and a5 lux…both are pretty low..the air being lower and more stable and smoother with the air tires..to me a higher deck makes it a little more difficult to scoot…and a little harder on the legs..do enjoy your posts…really good to see a comparison on the Swiftyone ..I agree lower deck,easier scooter and more comfort much better for me…Thank You…

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