Future Motion's Onewheel electric boards have added power and range over the years, but accessibility? Not so much. They've still been expensive and intimidating, not to mention clunky to carry around. That's where the just-unveiled Onewheel Pint might help. It's not only more affordable (relatively speaking) at $950, it's gentler on newcomers who'd otherwise worry about crashing out.
Founder Kyle Doerkson invented the Onewheel in 2014 to mimic the sensation of snowboarding on powder. The Onewheel+ XR, which came out last year, was a bigger and more powerful version of the original board. The Pint is this year's fun-sized version.
The Onewheel PINT Self Balancing Board is shorter, smaller, and lighter than the XR, and has an integrated handle in the wheel; you can practically sling it over your shoulder, like a Continental soldier. It also has more safety features, like Simplestop technology. On the XR, you had to lift your heel off the side of the front panel to stop. On the Pint, you can enable Simplestop on the app to make the board stop if you simply lean backwards.
I have 20 years of experience on boards—skate, surf, and snow. The feeling of carving in deep powder is addictive, but I also know what it feels like to tip the nose of your board down a steep slope, and, just for a split second, think “Oh, man … I hope this works out.”
At 23 pounds, the Pint is only three pounds lighter than the XR. Overall, though, it feels much more manageable to carry. It's a few inches shorter, with a smaller, thinner wheel. Instead of holding it by the end, you can carry it by your side with the handle integrated in the wheel. I never felt like I was going to drop it on my foot.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that with a full charge, the Pint has a range of 6 to 8 miles, compared with the XR’s 12 to 18. Over a week of aimless, hour-long joyrides through my neighborhood, and through gravel paths and grassy parks, the Pint ran out of battery every other day. If I used it to commute, I would keep a charger at work.
Even with its limited range, the Pint is a much more useful and versatile Onewheel than the XR. It’s much easier to carry and stow. Holding it while walking into a diner for lunch with a friend is just like carrying a smallish suitcase.
And if you’ve been waiting to be able to afford a Onewheel—who am I kidding, there’s no way you’re still reading this. You bought the board as soon as you saw the picture. At $950, this is by far the most accessible price tag that Onewheel has been able to offer for a board that might be even more fun, and is definitely more convenient, than the XR.
The Onewheel PINT Self Balancing Board is evocative, to say the least, but that's why you're drawn to it in the first place.
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