Can Your Truck Do This? – The Duratrax Evader DT Review

Posted: January 9, 2011 in General RC, Videos and Action!
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Can your truck take as much abuse as the Duratrax Evader DT? This truck is a quick battle tank that can go where no other truck has gone before!

Duratrax Evader DT Review

Duratrax Evader DT Review

DT? DT is for “Desert Truck”. No, by no means is a DT any Short Course or “SC” Truck. A DT has a smaller track, and shorter width. You may even mistake this for a 1/12 SC truck. However, Duratrax claims that this is a true 1/10 scale size. It probably just means that Desert Trucks are in reality the smaller cousins to the now-popular Short Course Trucks.

Duratrax Evader DT vs Traxxas Slash vs HPI Blitze

Duratrax Evader DT vs Traxxas Slash vs HPI Blitze

The 2WD kit comes RTR, and the truck is fitted with a Photon 2, 27-turn motor, and a Sprint 2 ESC. The stock radio is a Tactic FM – a little disappointment considering the 2.4Ghz one that goes with all other current Duratrax models.

Finish wise, the truck is decorated with very life-like detail, down to coated side-mirrors and even a spare wheel fitted on the rear – which seems to help land the truck tail-end first during jumps.

While stock equipment includes a NiMh battery, the Evader DT can go as fast as 19 mph, or just over 30 km/h with a 2-cell Lipo. Fairly decent speed for something it’s size.

What’s most impressive however, is how “bash-friendly”, or durable the machine is. It’s smaller size may not allow it to take the double jumps and table-tops as well as its more popular track-bred cousins like the HPI Blitz and the Traxxas Slash, but it certainly can take as much abuse as you might subject it to. The team from Big Squid RC ran a battery of physical tests on the Evader DT, including:

– Repeatedly dropping it from 20 feet

– Running it down a flight of stairs

– Speeding it off the edge of a spectator stand

– Slamming it at full throttle into a roadside kerb

Duratrax Evader DT Bash Tests | Big Squid RC

Duratrax Evader DT Bash Tests | Big Squid RC

Duratrax Evader DT Bash Tests | Big Squid RC

Duratrax Evader DT Bash Tests | Big Squid RC

Surprisingly, it held perfectly to all that deliberate abuse. Mind you, all these were done on stock parts. And the shocks were mere nylon composite ones. No breakage, no dents. To watch a video of this abuse, follow the link at the end of this post.

About the author: Julian Wong, aged 26, married and self-employed actively trades stocks and forex, and runs several internet marketing programs. His favorite outdoor past-time is off-road RC cars, and he is a proud owner of a Kyosho Inferno and a HPI Savage X 4.6 – both running on Nitro. If you are interested in RC modification, RC videos, and RC racing, or want to be informed of coupon promotions and RC special deals online, do check out his link RC blog at hpisavagex46.


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