If you’re going to hit the rocks you might as well look good doing it! Redcat Racing’s Everest 10 is the cousin to the Rockslide 10, with the biggest differences being in the drivetrain and power plant. That means, like the RS10, the Everest is a rock slamming champion. With waterproof electronics and multi-link suspension, there isn’t much out there that can ruin your fun. If you’re a beginner and you want to get into rock crawling, this might be the perfect crawler to get you started. If you’re a pro trying to add something neat to your RC army, the Everest won’t disappoint. Keep reading this Redcat Racing Everest 10 Review to get the scoop on this crawler beast!
So you think rock crawling is the ultimate hobby. Scratch that, you absolutely LOVE rock crawling, it’s more than a hobby, or pastime. It’s a lifestyle, a culture — hours and hours of rock crawling excitement and maybe… the reason your wife thinks you need an intervention. Don’t worry I’m not here to judge.
In fact, I think I may have found you a rock crawling soulmate.
If you’re familiar with the RS10 Rockslide from Redcat Racing, this baby won’t look TOO new. But appearances can be deceitful. The Everest 10 (also from Redcat Racing), comes out the box and ready for the rocks.
Redcat Racing Everest 10 Review
Don’t get too worked up yet. This review is going to give you all the rock slamming details on the Everest 10!
But first, take a look at a video of this beast in action.
Specs and Features
Everest 10 and RS10 – How are they related
As I mentioned before, the Everest 10 is mighty similar to the RS10. More so, as it relates to the aluminum chassis that hosts a myriad of bits and pieces that make this thing work like magic: the ESC, the electronics (which are waterproof by the way) and we can’t forget the battery. Connected to the chassis are four lower links — these attach to the axles and coiled shocks. The battery tray is fixed to the chassis by four machine screws. These are easy to remove and don’t get in the way of you getting closer to your rock crawler.
A Close Look at the Chassis
To be blunt, there isn’t much to its inner workings. But that doesn’t stop the Everest 10 from bashing those rocks into oblivion. Considering how sparse the setup might seem (once you pull it apart), it’s pretty amazing that this thing comes ready to run out the box.
While the Everest is a lot like the Rockslide, the difference lies in the power plant and drivetrain. As opposed to the MOA (motor on axle) setup, this unit is shaft-driven with a single brushed motor on the chassis.
You’ll find that the four-like suspension, however, is pretty much the same as the RS10. But who said that was a bad thing? This makes the Everest 10 great for modding and upgrades!
Redcat Racing Everest 10 Specifications
- Electric brushed motor
- Forward and reverse
- 4 wheel drive
- Aluminum chassis
- Aluminum capped, oil filled shocks
- 2.4GHZ radio system
- 7.2v 2000mAh NiMh battery (charger included)
The Everest 10 comes pre-assembled, but you can always customize this rock crawler to suit your personal needs. The fact that the components are waterproof is great. You can crawl over rocks that are close to water and not get high blood pressure because your unit’s going haywire while you’re at it.
I should mention the plastic parts of the Everest 10. As you’ve probably gathered, these pieces break pretty easily. Good news is, they’re also easy to replace. I mean it’s not like you buy a rock crawler so you can pet and pamper it, and keep it inside away from…you know…rocks!
This machine is complete four-wheel-drive with no differentials. It can run pretty well on high traction surfaces (carpets for example) but keep in mind this isn’t a carpet crawler.
Here’s what you get in the box
- The model – duh!
- The battery and charger
Here’s what you don’t get in the box:
- The two channel 2.4GHZ radio requires 8 AA batteries. These don’t come with the package, and you’ll have to source them yourself. Shouldn’t be too hard. It’s not like you’re trying to find the lost kingdom of El Dorado.
Redcat Racing’s Everest 10 works out well as an introductory rock crawler because it packs a wallop, AND it comes at a low price. So if you’re skeptical about getting into the hobby, it may not be a bad place to start.
Let’s take a look at some of its standout features:
Everest 10 Standout Features
- The electronics are waterproof
- The unit comes ready to run out the box
- Super durable no matter the location
- Unit has multi-link suspension (front and rear)
If you’re the kind of driver who gets hands on with his/her toys, you might find yourself wanting to add rear steer. In the case that you do give in to the urge, notice that the front lower links have a bend that offers clearance for tires. However, the rear lower links don’t. What you’ll probably want to do is bend the stock units, or simply order the appropriate parts.
This product comes with its fair share of problems, but that doesn’t make it a bad choice on the part of the buyer. Let’s talk about the negatives:
The Fair Share of Problems
I mentioned that the parts are plastic and break easily. I know, that sucks. But is it really a deal breaker? Not by a long shot. You can easily source parts, and replacing them is a cinch.
Another thing I should probably mention is the speed. While speed isn’t a defining factor for a rock crawler, you might want to know that this thing moves as fast as the typical walking speed of an adult. It would hardly set any world records racing on the track. But you don’t get rock crawlers for tearing up tracks; you buy them to crawl over rocks.
The only thing that potentially gets in the way of its rock crawling ability is its turning capabilities. They’re not terrible by any means, but some users have found that the machine isn’t the best at sharp turns.
All things considered, the Everest 10 is a great product, ideal for beginners, and packs enough excitement for experts. There isn’t much to the setup, but sometimes simplicity is key. There aren’t many obstacles you can put in front of this bad boy to slow him down.