In this guide we’ll take a look at the best RC rock crawlers.
We’ve compared performance, durability, manoeuvrability and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best RC Rock Crawler?

  • Features
  • Perfect for all levels of experience
  • Fast for a rock crawler!
  • Body work and colour is great
  • Cost
Rating
9.7/10
  • Features
  • Suitable for beginners but easy to upgrade
  • Good value for money
  • Performs well out of the box
  • Cost
Rating
9.5/10
  • Features
  • Tough and capable straight out of the box
  • Powerful and fun
  • Lots of extra features you don’t get with other cheaper rock crawlers
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Good price for the standard and quality
  • Strong protection for both gears and drive shafts
  • A competition level crawler
  • Cost
Rating
8.9/10
  • Features
  • Awesome design
  • Good suspension
  • Seriously fun to watch it tackle all types of terrain!
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10
  • Features
  • DIY so get to know the mechanics of the vehicle properly
  • Fun to build and great quality product
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Cost
Rating
8.6/10
  • Features
  • Cool, slightly different design
  • Performs well on all terrains
  • Easy to customise
  • Cost
Rating
8.3/10
  • Features
  • Great starter crawler for kids and beginners
  • Pretty speedy for the size!
  • Includes everything you need to have fun straight out the box
  • Cost
Rating
8.2/10
  • Features
  • Great design – very realistic
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Lots of room for upgrades
  • Cost
Rating
8.0/10
  • Features
  • Easily climbs and scales rocks at speed
  • The perfect Christmas or birthday present for kids
  • Great value
  • Cost
Rating
7.9/10

More Detailed RC Rock Crawler Reviews

Axial SCX10 Deadbolt 4WD RC Rock Crawler

First up we’ve got the Axial SCX10 which has provided me with hours of fun from the get-go. This model includes a rock solid transmission with a protective cover to protect the gears from dirt and debris, as well as 1.9 Walker Evans Racing wheels and Maxxis Trepador tires for high performance rock scaling.

In terms of the usual RC features, the Axial SCX10 includes everything you would want in an RC vehicle, and it scales rocks and boulders like they’re nothing! It’s great for either beginners or those with more experience, and all you need to buy is a battery and charger.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 10.95lbs
Scale:: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? No

Pros

  • Perfect for all levels of experience
  • Fast for a rock crawler!
  • Body work and colour is great

Cons

  • Plastic parts could be tougher

Redcat Racing Everest 10 Electric Rock Crawler

Next on the list we’ve got the Redcat Racing Everest 10 which is a crawler I’m seriously fond of. It has an electric brushed motor, it’s 4WD, equipped with waterproof electronics and has multi-link suspension on both front and rear. This makes it powerful, durable and suitable for all weather driving. The NiMh battery and charger is included meaning no extra expense (aside from a few AA batteries).

This model arrives fully assembled and ready to have fun with. It’s great for both beginners and those with RC experience, as this crawler is easy to upgrade for slightly more power. All in all, a solid choice and at a good price.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to Run
Weight: 7.95 lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Suitable for beginners but easy to upgrade
  • Good value for money
  • Performs well out of the box

Cons

  • The model is a little top heavy, some wheel weights would stop this

Redcat Racing Everest Gen7 Pro RC Rock Crawler

Another Redcat Everest product in the form of the Gen7 Pro Rock Crawler. While this model is a little more expensive than the Everest 10, it does boast features that you simply wouldn’t get for a cheaper price.

This crawler is ready to run, with a brushed 550 motor and Super Swamper tires. The body tilt system allows you to access the battery easily and quickly, while the product also comes with a fully functional spare tire, two scale ramps, axe, shovel and gas cans. It’s fun and realistic, while also performing well against more expensive rock crawlers.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 11.3lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Exceed RC MaxStone RC Rock Crawler

The Exceed RC MaxStone RC Rock Crawler is next on the list and another that gets the seal of approval from me. The 4WD drive offers great grip, and the multi-link suspension makes it smooth to drive and an effective crawler.

It embodies features from real-life rock crawlers such as full ball bearing and multi-link suspension. This makes it one of the best on the list. It’s durable, offers high-performance, has waterproof electronics and looks pretty cool too!

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 9.5lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Good price for the standard and quality
  • Strong protection for both gears and drive shafts
  • A competition level crawler

Cons

  • Slower than others on the list but these aren’t designed for speed
  • Battery life could be better

Exceed RC MadTorque Rock Crawler

Another Exceed model and we’ve got the Exceed RC MadTorque Crawler. This one has a bit of an edge over other models, it’s a 6×6! This means it can flex and articulate over practically any obstacle with ease. It has front-wheel steering and four-wheel independent suspension, waterproof electronics and a high performance motor.

Built ready to run with a great design, for something a little different that is easily able to tackle all types of terrain, the MadTorque is a solid choice.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 15lbs
Scale: 1/8
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Awesome design
  • Good suspension
  • Seriously fun to watch it tackle all types of terrain!

Cons

  • Slow but built as a climber, not a racer
  • Heavy

Axial RR10 Bomber RC Rock Racer

Back to the Axial brand now and let me introduce the RR10 Bomber Electric Crawler which, yes, is expensive for a rock crawler, but in my opinion is totally worth it.

This little model boasts a King Shocks feature which offers smooth performance, steering links for more precise turns, and upper and lower suspension links for control over the roughest terrain.

It’s built ready to run and everyone seems to love it! It’s unassembled, meaning you get all the fun of building it yourself and the performance is rock solid. Upgrading is easy for slightly more power, and DIY vehicles are great if you want to get to know the mechanics behind how your RC works.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? DIY
Weight: 10.04lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed or Brushless
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? No

Pros

  • DIY so get to know the mechanics of the vehicle properly
  • Fun to build and great quality product
  • Easy to upgrade

Cons

  • Does not include everything you need to run it – will need to purchase a servo, ESC, battery and motor

Gmade 51011 R1 RC Rock Crawler Buggy

The Gmade 51011 R1 is a slightly lesser known brand, but don’t let this put you off! This model is ready to run and equipped with a brushed motor, Drag brakes, instant reverse and bighorn tires. You can also custom tune your suspension set up depending on the terrain you are using it on.

Batteries are not included which allows you the choice of a NiMh or LiPo for added customisation, and the design of the model is cool – although a bit of an acquired taste!

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 9lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? No

Pros

  • Cool, slightly different design
  • Performs well on all terrains
  • Easy to customise

Cons

  • Batteries not included

RGT 1/24 Scale Rock Crawler Adventurer

The RGT RC Crawler is another winner in my book thanks to the great design and fantastic price tag. It’s only small, a 1/24 scale, but don’t let that put you off. It’s ready to run and boasts all the same features as its larger counterparts.

While this little model might not do as well on tough terrain, it’s great if you want a little bash around in the kitchen or garden. It features a propor-tional throttle and steering for control when tackling inclines, as well as a micro LiPo battery. The classic Land Rover design is the icing on the cake.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to run
Weight: 1.43lbs
Scale: 1/24
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Great starter crawler for kids and beginners
  • Pretty speedy for the size!
  • Includes everything you need to have fun straight out the box

Cons

  • Doesn’t perform as well on seriously tough terrain
  • Not waterproof but this is being seriously picky!

RGT 1/10 Scale RC Crawlers Off Rock Cruiser

Next up we’ve got the RGT Off Rock Cruiser which gets my seal of approval for both the design and functionality. This vehicle comes with an LED headlight and tail light making it great for those late night drives, as well as high performance tires for rock crawling and mud digging. The waterproof electronics allow you to enjoy it all day (and all night if you like!) whatever the weather.

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to Run
4WD or 2WD? 4WD
Weight: 5.2lbs
Scale: 1/10
Motor: Brushed
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Great design – very realistic
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Lots of room for upgrades

Cons

  • Cheaper product so plastic parts less durable

DOUBLE E ZK-01 RC Monster Truck Rock Crawler

Last on the list we’ve got the DOUBLE E ZK-01 which is great quality for an even better price. This model is perfect for kids, providing hours of enjoyment and guaranteed to get them away from screens!

This rock crawler is great on all terrains. It’s 4WD with both front and rear dual motors. The kids will love the power but the suspension springs, responsive steering and throttle help prevent damage. It comes with a rechargeable 6V 800 mAh battery pack for long life performance. Finally, it comes ready to run straight out the box – so no faffing around shopping for extra bits!

Specifications:

DIY or Ready to Run? Ready to Run
4WD or 2WD?
Weight: 3.35lbs
Scale: 1:12
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? Yes

Pros

  • Easily climbs and scales rocks at speed
  • The perfect Christmas or birthday present for kids
  • Great value

Cons

  • Battery not hugely long-lasting
  • Not as durable or sturdy as some others on the list

RC Rock Crawler Buying Guide

As the name suggests, rock crawlers are designed to be used over rocks and difficult terrain – areas that cars or buggies wouldn’t be able to tackle. Unlike RC cars or buggies, they are not designed for speed. Instead, they are specifically designed for rough ground and, despite their lack of speed, they certainly offer a different challenge when it comes to RC piloting.

Selecting the right rock crawler is not an easy decision, and one that requires some thought. Whether you’re after the best value for money, the coolest design or an exterior that can take a serious bashing, this guide will help you choose the best crawler for you – so you can get outside for some adrenaline filled fun!

The Need for Speed

If you’re looking for something speedy, you better look elsewhere! Rock crawlers are not designed to go fast, and this can often catch people out! If you want something that can race around, go for a car, buggy or truck.

Instead, rock crawlers are designed to tackle tough terrain, inclines and obstacles. They aren’t going to break any records for speed, but they’re still a whole bunch of fun in their own right!

Ready-to-Run or DIY

Buying a DIY kit is a fun way to get to know the mechanics of your rock crawler. If, however, you’re just wanting to drive and get started right away – get yourself a ready to run kit which are generally ready to go straight out the box.

Motors

Brushed motors are usually used for crawling, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are far cheaper. Brushed motors also provide excellent slow speed control, making them ideal for crawling where accuracy and control is key. Brushless on the other hand, give more of an out-of-control speed feel – not ideal for rock crawling!

2WD or 4WD

Most rock crawlers are 4WD in order to tackle the tough terrains. While 2WD models are often cheaper, it may limit the terrain you can use your crawler on. All the RCs on this list are 4WD.