If I were to tell you that the next Tesla model was going to be half the price of this year’s and have the exact same performance, you’d probably call me a liar. However, this year’s Puck Remote, the “Midnight Puck” from the guys at Hoyt St. in Portland, Oregon is going to be just that. According to Jeff Johnson, Co-Founder of Hoyt. St., the name was coined by Andrew (@DerelictRobot), a beloved member of the Esk8 community who happens to live in Portland. We came across a picture of one of the prototype models and reached out to Mr. Johnson to get details. I’ll start you off with the one of the most important: the new remote will be the exact same in function and form as the original. That means you get the same internals, the same functionality, the same epic feel, and essentially the same machine but with a new stealthy look and a significantly smaller dent in your wallet.
It Won’t Break the Bank
You probably didn’t know about it, but now you do. It’s on the way, and it’s only a slight derivation of the original Hoyt St. Puck Remote that we reviewed last December. The original passed all of the tests with flying colors but one: price. The bamboo remote retails for nearly $200, inherently pricing out most of the market. This means that for those of you that want a solid, reliable, durable beast of a thumb-roller remote, you’ve been out of luck until now. The new remote is set to have a retail price of just $99. Insanity!
It’s Almost Here
If you want your dream remote for the new affordable price, you don’t have to wait very long. The remote is said to hit the market around June, although there has been no word on whether or not pre-orders will be available.
What are the differences?
The only difference between the Midnight Puck and the original is that this new iteration will have an injection molded nylon shell, rather than the CnC’d bamboo that we have now. Although scuffs and marks may show differently over time, the new version will be stealthier, cheaper, and again have all of the same functionality.
Has it Been Tested Yet?
Right now it’s still in the prototype stage, and it is being tested in the Portland area by Hoyt St. and a few others. We don’t know yet what the difference between the nylon shell and bamboo means for the remote over time, however with Hoyt St. you can be sure that its durable as hell.
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