;e Slash 4X4 and Stampede 4X4 are both a ton of fun, and if you’re a monster
guy or more into race-looks, you already know which one you want. If you truly
could go either way, the Slash 4X4 is the more versatile machine based on our
testing, but whether or not it’s the best choice for you depends on where and
how you like to drive. If you’re all about gnarly terrain and jumping, you might
be happier with a Stampede. ;e key word there is “happier,” not just “happy,”
because anyone who likes fun-running RC will have a blast with a short-course
or monster truck in general, and the Slash 4X4 and Stampede 4X4 in particular.
;ere’s no wrong choice here. Line up our tests with the things you most want to
do with your RC truck, and you’ll see which one is the best pick for you. ✇
Might as well, as Van Halen would say. We launched the Slash and
Stampede o; a variety of natural and man-made jumps, including
plastic skateboard ramps.
SLASH 4X4 ;e Slash jumps well, but the notorious “parachute e;ect”
created by air trapped under the big body causes the nose of the truck
to lift once it leaves the ground. Its smaller tires have less rotating mass
than the Stampede, so in-air corrections with the throttle and brake
aren’t as responsive. ;e Slash is also more prone to chassis slap. ;e
suspension is as e;ective as the Stampede’s, but those smaller tires
simply mean the chassis is closer to the ground on every touchdown.
STAMPEDE 4X4 ;e Stampede loves to jump. ;e narrow body
doesn’t scoop air, so the truck flies true, and landings are as smooth
as butter. ;e Stampede’s big tires make it more responsive to mid-air
corrections with the throttle and brake, but extreme inputs can cause
the truck to over-rotate—easy does it.
ADVANTAGE: MONSTER TRUCK
STAMPEDE 4X4 Getting the Stampede up to speed required a
little finesse; punching the throttle resulted in a big-time wheelie
and that caused the truck to be a little unstable. To solve this, the
wheelie bar was lowered to its lowest height setting, and in the
end made the Stampede accelerate out of the hole faster than the
Slash thanks to less tire slip. ;e Stampede tracked fairly straight
with minor corrections needed to keep it in line, but if you get into an
over-correction cycle you may roll it over. ;e Stampede has lower
gearing but taller monster truck tires, which gets the final drive ratio
to be about the same as the Slash. Top speed for the Stampede
ended up being 30mph with the included 7-cell battery pack.
ADVANTAGE: SHORT-COURSE TRUCK
Both trucks were taken over to Speedzone Hobbies
in Peachtree City, Georgia, for lap testing. It’s doubtful
you’ll ever see a Slash and Stampede with transponders
strapped in for organized head-to-head competition, but
as a means of seeing how any RC car really performs, you
can’t beat a track.
SLASH 4X4 Even though the Slash has tires with a small
contact patch, traction was good on the slippery track.
Sliding in the turns was minimal, and its long wheelbase
and wide width made it stable over the small bumps on
STAMPEDE 4X4 Fat tires, a short wheelbase, and loose
dirt made the Stampede more of a handful on the track.
Spinouts while going down the straight occurred often
unless a light touch was used on the throttle. Getting the
Stampede around the turns required a slow speed while
o;-power to give the front tires maximum traction. ;e
short wheelbase also knocked the Stampede around
more in bumpy sections.
ADVANTAGE: SHORT-COURSE TRUCK