In a Nutshell:

Rugged, durable and versatile, with lots of high-value add-ons available, this is a true adventure vehicle. TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter is recommended for anyone who can afford it, and the lift, truck, or van to get it from one place to another (and the extra battery to extend its range).

Customization options
Ease of Use
Comfort
Performance

Overall Rating

4.4/5

Benefits

  • Loads of fun to drive
  • Designed as an adventure chair
  • Moderately adjustable
  • Rugged, durable and versatile

Drawbacks

  • High price
  • Lack of portability
  • Limited range (12 miles)
  • Battery upgrades are expensive
TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter
4.4

Recommended for: Anyone who can afford it, plus the lift, truck, or van to get it from one place to another (and the extra battery to extend its range).

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Is your mobility issue cramping your lifestyle? Do you miss weekends spent hiking, fishing, camping, and more?

Are you looking for a mobility aid to help you get back out there and enjoy those things again? If so, you’ll love this review.

Make no mistake, the TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter is an expensive vehicle, which might be out of reach for some. Then again, can you put a price tag on freedom and independence?

In the following sections, we’ll tell you about the Terrain Hopper. It can do a lot, and in fact, it has a few capabilities we’ve never seen on any other mobility aid, but it’s not a perfect machine, and its shortcomings extend beyond the matter of price.

Not to worry. We’ll provide all the details below so you can decide for yourself if this is the machine you’ve been searching for. If that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in!

Key Features of the TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter

The first thing we want to mention here is that the TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter is actually available in two variants on the company’s website: the Overlander 4ZS and the Overlander Mini.

The differences between them are scant (they are only a thousand dollars apart in price), with the TerrainHopper Overlander Mini being slightly less capable of the two. Our review is focused on the flagship model, the 4ZS.

When you see the Terrain Hopper for the first time, you may not even realize that it’s an all-terrain mobility device. It looks a lot like an ATV and has specs that match.

TerrainHopper Overlander 4ZS Specifications

Here are the basic stats of the machine:

  • Overall Dimensions: 46” high (36” with seat folded down) x 66” long (72” with winch)
  • Seat Width: 18”
  • Seat to Floor Height: 24”
  • Total Weight: 350 pounds
  • Maximum Supported User Weight: 350 pounds
  • 10” ground clearance
  • Can handle slopes of up to 45 degrees
  • Two-speed options – the first has a max speed of 4 MPH for handling the roughest, most extreme terrains, while the second tops out at 12 MPH for cruising. You can switch back and forth between them at the touch of a button.
  • Dual steering option – Handlebars (like an ATV) or joystick controls – again, changing from one to the other is simple.
  • Twin roll bars that open on both sides
  • An overhead roll bar
  • Max Range: 12 miles (can be upgraded to 17 with battery upgrade, and can be doubled by adding a second battery – sold separately)
  • It comes with a four-point safety harness

Note the top speed, the high ground clearance, and the presence of the roll bars. This wheelchair was designed for action and adventure. If there is any doubt about that, add the presence of the monster all-terrain tires and a four-point harness, and it becomes clear (Note: Monster tires are not available on the Mini).

This isn’t your grandpa’s mobility aid. The TerrainHopper Overlander 4ZS is a beast that can take you places most other mobility aids just can’t handle. The 45-degree slope handling? That’s not a typo. And did we mention the fact that it’s four-wheel drive, too?

Side view of TerrainHopper Overlander 4ZS in Blue Color

Adjustability

The Terrain Hopper is moderately adjustable. You can order the seat in either manual or electric configurations and slide it back and forth like the seats in your car to make it a better overall fit for you.

The seat also rotates, making transfers into and out of the Terrain Hopper easier. To make things even easier, the roll bars on either side lift up and out of the way. Once you’re securely in place, you can pull them back down, buckle up, and get ready to ride.

Comfort

Comfort-wise, it’s adequate but not exceptional. This isn’t a chair you’ll want to lounge in or nap in, but if you’re getting one of these, that’s probably the last thing on your mind. The major point is, TerrainHopper wheelchairs are certainly comfortable enough to spend several hours riding the trails in.

An image of Overlander 4ZS in red color

Storage, Customization Options, and Extras

While there are a fair number of high-value options available, including a lighting kit, sound kit, and even a winch and towing cable with a 1-ton capacity, the Terrain Hopper falls short in onboard storage.

We were a bit disappointed in that, given that it’s designed as an adventure chair, but it’s easy enough to find aftermarket storage solutions, so it’s not the end of the world.

One thing that will blow you away is the color options available. There are thousands to choose from, so you can get the aesthetic you want.

Not a Very Portable Machine

Top view of Overlander 4ZS in blue color

There are two reasons the Terrain Hopper didn’t place higher on our list of finalists in the roundup review. The first, as we have discussed, is the stock model’s range. Of course, that can be overcome by investing in extra batteries.

Unfortunately, there’s no getting around this unit’s lack of portability. It’s a hefty piece of equipment, weighing in at 350 pounds. Worse, it doesn’t come apart or break down into smaller, manageably sized pieces, so moving it from place to place is a challenge. Your options are:

  • Drive it to your destination (it may be possible with extra batteries, but it still could be a daunting trip)
  • Buy a full-sized van with a ramp
  • Buy a full-sized pickup truck with a ramp
  • Buy a lift for your existing vehicle

There’s just no way you’re going to be able to fit this in the trunk of any car, hatchback, or SUV, so you’ll need to factor one of the above into your cost picture if you’re considering buying this model.

Easy to Use and Fun to Drive

Joystick control and interior of  Overlander 4ZS

This looks and handles like an ATV. If you’ve driven one, you’ll take to the TerrainHopper Overlander 4Z like a duck to water. Even if you haven’t, although the steering is a bit different from your car, the principles are the same, and it won’t take you very long to master it because the controls are well placed and intuitive.

With multiple control options available, however, there is a learning curve here, and you’ll need to spend some time practicing until you’ve mastered switching from one means of steering to the other, and to get a feel for the Terrain Hopper’s handling in general.

It’s well worth taking the time though, and you’ll love every second of it.

Pros & Cons of the TerrainHopper

We like almost everything about the Terrain Hopper. It’s loads of fun to drive and is a supremely capable machine. That said, it’s not for everyone.

Back view of the Overlander 4ZS in yellow color

The major drawback is the price. You can put a down payment on a house (a really good home, in some parts of the country) for what the Terrain Hopper will cost you. No matter how cool it is, and how much you love it, that fact is going to put it out of reach for some.

The Terrain Hopper’s relative lack of portability is another potential deal breaker. In addition to buying the machine itself, if you don’t already have a truck or a van, you’ll have to invest in a lift to get it where you want to go. That expense needs to be factored into the equation as well.

The other minor issue we’d mention here in our TerrainHopper review is the underwhelming range of the chair’s stock configuration. You can’t do much adventuring with a twelve-mile range.

Fortunately, if you spend the money for the battery upgrade, you can boost that to seventeen, and if you buy a second battery, you can double that to a respectable 34. That’s much better, but batteries aren’t cheap, and this is already an expensive chair, so again we come back to the issue of price.

If you can afford it though, it’s a wonder.

Terrain Hopper Review Conclusion

Although it’s got its shortcomings, we have to admit; we’re in love with the TerrainHopper Mobility Scooter. Unless you’re a diehard adventurer, however, it’s going to be way more chair than you’ll need. We recommend it, but only for people who are looking to go on hair-raising, off-road adventures. For everyone else, there are other, much less expensive options that will serve you just as well.

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