ECX’s surprisingly fun and well-featured
scaler puts you on the trail for cheap
text & photos by Peter Vieira
1/12-scale 4X4 Trail Truck | r Tr
Trail trucks are red hot, and odds are you’re eyeballing one
for your fleet if you don’t have a rig already. Less hot is the cost
of hitting the trail, with RTR machines from Axial, Vaterra, and
RC4WD each blowing a hole in your wallet to the tune of $350–
$450. But suppose you could get into solid-axle 4X4 off-roading
with a well-equipped RTR for $180—that sounds a lot more doable. And that’s exactly what we have here with the ECX Barrage.
At 1/12 scale, this trail-ready ride is a click smaller than the big
guns, but it’s no mini. Nor does it skimp on features, as it rolls out
of the box with a steel ladder frame, LED lighting, Falken replica
rubber, and a battery with charger. Even the AAs for the radio are
included. I had a bunch of fun with this not-so-little truck—here’s
what you need to know.