Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Top 5 Scooters for Riding in the Rain

It’s winter, it’s raining. You want to go riding in the rain on your electric scooter, but first you need to know: “What scooter can I ride without killing it?” And “What scooter can I ride in the rain without it killing me?” 

To find our raining champions, we’ve used exclusive new data from the ESG lab based on scooters in our garage, with guidance from our in-house moto racing champion who has spent 20+ years riding a motorcycle in the rain (and other elements). 

To select the best scooter to ride in the rain you need a scooter with:

  • An IP rating (waterproof electric scooters don’t really exist)
  • Great wet traction (don’t get caught slippin’)
  • Large pneumatic tires (for stability and control)
  • Rear wheel drive (for traction while accelerating)
  • Fender protection (so you don’t wreck your sick outfit)
  • Good deck grip (to keep you and the scooter going in the same direction)

Here’s how to read the data* for the best scooters for riding in the rain. Go here for a more detailed account of our methodology.

SpecificationMeasurementNote
IP RatingMeasure of dirt and water resistanceHigher numbers are better
Wet TractionPercentage (%) of traction on
wet compared to traction on dry
Higher % is better
Tire SizeTire diameterLarger is better
MotorFront, rear or dualRear motor is best
(or dual with front disabled)
Fender ProtectionAngle from rear wheel to outer
edge of fender; measured
in degrees (°)
90° or higher
is better
Deck TractionHorizontal force required to slip,
measured in pounds (lbs)
Heavier/More lbs is better
*Note: We used a tension scale (digital hanging scale) to measure tire and deck traction in pounds (lbs) of drag. 

Top 5 Electric Scooters for the Rain

#5 Fiido Q1S

Fiido Q1S seated electric scooter - man riding scoter in rain, cropped, side shot
IP RatingWet TractionTire SizeMotorFender ProtectionDeck Traction
IP3489.2%12.5 inRear motor97°N/A

The Fiido is a seated scooter that’s always ready-to-go to the store, rain or shine; no backpack required. With our favorite twist-grip and ultra smooth acceleration, the Fiido has the easiest throttle to control in the rain. 

A low rider stance and large diameter tires, give it a confidence-inspiring ride. However, it scored the lowest of the group for wet-traction, resulting in the longest wet-stopping distance of 16 ft. 

One thing the Fiido is lacking for foul weather is a rear light, but since most scooter taillights are mounted low, we would recommend adding a high-mounted red light to the back of your helmet no matter which scooter you end up choosing for the rain.

Other Fiido content: First Look | Fiido Review: Video + Written

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#4 Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11

Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 electric scooter - man demonstrating water spray off back tire, cropped shot
IP RatingWet TractionTire SizeMotor Fender ProtectionDeck Traction
IPX489.3%11.0 inDual motor 
(defaults to rear motor in single motor)
84°24.8 lbs

When people think of a scooter for bad riding conditions like water, dirt, mud, or a post-apocalyptic world, they think Wolf Warrior. And it’s no wonder. It looks like a dirt-bike and a Jeep had a baby, and rides just how it looks. 

Its burly hydraulic suspension is one of the best in the beast class, and keeps it glued to the road. It’s got the brightest headlights of any scooter we’ve ever tested, so you can see where you’re riding in the rain, and ample deck lighting means you’ll also be seen. In our performance test, it has a wet-stopping distance of 11 ft.  

When the rain starts, you’ll definitely want to select single motor and eco mode. Once you do, this Wolf keeps calm and carries on. The enormous 2100 wh battery delivers long range, however the fender protection comes up more than a little short. We recommend extending the fenders for all-weather riding. 

Other Wolf Warrior content: Wolf Warrior Review: video + written

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#3 Apollo Explore

Apollo Explore electric scooter - demonstrating deck traction test with shoe and weight
IP RatingWet TractionTire SizeMotor Fender ProtectionDeck Traction
IP5490.7%10.0 inRear motor100°36.6 lbs

Two standout features set Apollo apart from similar scooters: an IP54 water resistance rating, and an outstanding 24 month warranty. Before you get too excited about the warranty it’s important to know that in spite of having IP ratings, no scooter on the market includes warranty coverage for water damage, so steer clear of deep puddles. 

The Explore scored top marks for tire traction and emergency braking in the wet, with a 11 ft wet-stopping distance. It also required the most finesse to keep the rear wheel going in the same direction as the front. The Explore has an enormous, patterned grip tape deck which took first place for deck traction and has excellent stem and deck lighting, to help you be seen. 

Sometimes it’s also important to be heard, so we’re glad that they’ve fixed one “ding” we gave it in our last review. The Explore now includes a bell.

Other Apollo Explore content: Apollo Explore Review: video + written

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#2 EMOVE Cruiser

EMOVE Cruiser electric scooter - measuring tire traction with weight on deck, cropped shot
IP RatingWet TractionTire SizeMotorFender ProtectionDeck Traction
IPX691.3%10.0 inRear motor114°34 lbs

The Cruiser is the world’s most famous wet-weather commuter due to its IPX6 water resistance rating. Aside from being the only scooter on the list to include turn signals, plusses of the Cruiser include over 50.3 miles of range and flat-resistant tubeless tires to help keep you from doing the walk-of-shame home in the rain. 

It’s long wheelbase and excellent fender protection give it a stable, comfortable ride in the rain. The deck is roomy and scored 2nd place in traction tests with a wet-stopping distance of 11 ft, but you do need to watch your footing near the smooth, beveled edges. We highly recommend adding more grip tape at the edges, if you’re planning to commute in the rain.

Other EMOVE Cruiser content: EMOVE Cruiser Review: video + written

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#1 Segway Ninebot Max

Segway Ninebot Max electric scooter - man riding in rain, braking on scooter, side shot
IP RatingWet TractionTire SizeMotorFender ProtectionDeck Traction
IPX5100%10.0 inRear motor123°26.5 lbs

The Segway Ninebot Max is known for being the most durable scooter on the planet. In addition to protecting itself from the weather, the Max keeps the rider dry and safe by having the best fender protection, as well as the best brake configuration for predictable, powerful wet-weather braking with a wet-stopping distance of 11 ft. 

An easy-to-control front drum brake and electronic-ABS rear brake yield effortless emergency stopping power. While the Max’s rubber foot grip doesn’t provide the ultimate traction of grip tape, it still makes the rider feel surefooted, providing the same level of grip whether wet or dry. In fact, the Max astonished us, matching each of its dry performance numbers, in the wet. 

It’s also confidence inspiring knowing that the sharing market has been operating thousands upon thousands of Ninebot Max-variants, rain or shine, for years now. 

The IPX5 rated Ninebot Max is also our clear winner for the best scooter to ride in the rain.

Other Ninebot Max content: Ninebot Max Review: video + written

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Scooter Warranty Disclaimer

If you take a look at most warranties for electric scooters, even for those that carry an IP rating, water damage is not covered under warranty. These are the best scooters for riding in the rain, but manufacturers often do not cover water-related damage.

For example, the warranty for the #1 scooter on the list, the Segway Ninebot Max, limits against damage caused by water submersion, high pressure water spray, and freezing, and the riding instructions tell owners not to ride through puddles.

It’s important to understand your scooter’s warranty policy and its limitations when it comes to water damage before braving the rain on your electric ride.

Wet Testing Methodology

The scooters were ranked by: Ingress protection (IP) against water, braking performance on wet pavement, fender protection, wet vs. dry tire traction, and deck traction in the wet. The scooters were also subjectively scored for wet weather ride quality.

IP Rating

The (IP) rating of a scooter is a score for resistance to being exposed to solids and liquids. A typical IP rating for a scooter would be something like IP54. Here, “5” is the dust protection rating, and 4 is the water protection rating. The main thing to know is that the last digit is the one you care about for rain. Higher is better, and the bare minimum for riding in the rain is IPX4.

Wet Braking

Braking performance on wet pavement was exactly that. We measured performance in the wet and compared braking distances to recorded braking distances on dry pavement. This is the only score where a smaller number is better. The winning combination to shoot for is a short stopping distance that doesn’t require supernatural braking skills to pull off.

Wet v. Dry Traction

Wet vs. dry traction was measured with a drag test. We pulled a weighted scooter sideways and measured the amount of force required to break traction with a tension scale. In this case the wet traction score of each scooter was only compared to the dry traction of that same scooter, giving an indication of how much you would need to adjust your riding on that scooter in the wet versus how you would ride it in the dry.

A score of 90% would indicate that you have 90% as much traction in the wet as in the dry. Of course, higher is better, with 100% being the highest score and indicating equal traction on wet and dry pavement.

Fender Protection

Fender protection was measured by laying a straight surface from the edge of the tire to the rearward edge of the rear fender. This shows what direction water will spray when leaving the tire and fender. Zero degrees (°) would be no fender at all, with water shooting straight at the rider’s ankles and above, where 60° would hit the rider’s waist and above, 90° would shoot water straight up, and 180° would shoot water straight back at pavement level.

Score would fall between 0° to 180°, with a higher angle being better. It’s ideal if the angle exceeds 90°, so water is shooting away from the rider rather than towards the rider.

Deck Traction

Deck traction was measured in a similar manner, pulling a weighted shoe across the deck. Here we were able to compare absolute traction from scooter to scooter, since the weight and contact patch of the dragging device was the same for each test. A higher number here indicates more foot traction.

The subjective score for wet weather ride quality doesn’t appear as a score in the video, but was weighted equally to the other criteria when determining the final rankings. The ride quality score takes into account, things like: skill level required to achieve maximum braking in the wet, ease of throttle control, and things like slipping off of the deck of the EMOVE Cruiser during the brake test (something that actually happened, though the slip in the video was staged, of course).

For more on how to ride in the rain, check out GREAT WINTER RIDING SHOW – Top Tips for Winter Riding | ESG Liveshow #66.

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Paul

With a background in applied physics, Paul is ESG’s Hardware Program Manager and a former motorcycle roadracing champion and manager of scooter repair workhouses for Lime and Skip; Paul has spent more of his life riding (and working) on two wheels than four.

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