The Hoverboard requires being placed in the backpack, and can be activated by simply double-tapping the jump button (default PC: , Xbox: , PS4: , Switch: ). It will activate from any slot, including those on the Terrain Tool, and can be activated with context keys when placed on the Widget slots.
While active, the Hoverboard will drain 1 Power per second, requiring the player to have a constant source of power, such as a QT-RTG.
The Hoverboard can be used while holding any object, and allows for movement at full speed regardless of the size of the object. This allows for rapid transport of even Tier 4 objects which normally prevent movement, without packaging and attaching to a rover. However, when an item is picked up into the backpack, the hoverboard disengages and must be opened again.
Using the hoverboard for 10 seconds straight will complete the "Hang Ten-Squared" achievement, which requires the player to slide for 10 seconds.