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Onewheel Pint Review

Excelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly less
Onewheel Pint
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Price:   $1,050 List
Pros:  Impressive performance, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easily
Cons:  Heavy, so-so range
Manufacturer:   Onewheel
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Sep 24, 2019
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  • Speed - 25% 6.0
  • Range - 20% 5.0
  • Ride - 20% 7.0
  • Hills - 15% 9.0
  • Build - 10% 7.0
  • Braking - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Pint by Onewheel is an absolute blast to ride and packs a surprising amount of power in a pint-sized package. This smaller and more compact self-balancing monowheel skateboard is a little slower than the original with a reduced range but is still quite fast and handles rougher roads — and even light off-roading — like a champ. The Pint is our top recommendation for someone who wants the unique experience of riding this style of board or for anyone hoping to head off-pavement on their electric skateboard.

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Pros Impressive performance, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easilySolid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordableFast, decent rangeInexpensive, fairly fastDecently fast, solid brakes
Cons Heavy, so-so rangeSo-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulkyHeavy, so-so performance in our braking testUnimpressive hill-climbing skills, not our favorite rideUnimpressive range, mediocre at hills
Bottom Line Excelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly lessIf you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the oneThis board is one of the faster options we have tested but only has mediocre range and ride in our experienceThis board is worth considering if you are shopping on the tightest of budgets but its overall results weren't particularly impressiveThis inexpensive board is alright, but there are far better options out there
Rating Categories Onewheel Pint Backfire G2 Skatebolt Breeze II Hiboy S22 Teamgee H5
Speed (25%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Range (20%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Ride (20%)
7.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
Hills (15%)
9.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
6.0
Build (10%)
7.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Braking (10%)
9.0
6.0
3.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Onewheel Pint Backfire G2 Skatebolt Breeze II Hiboy S22 Teamgee H5
Tested Maximum Speed 14.16 mph 21.26 mph 20.73 mph 18.16 mph 17.43 mph
Tested Maximum Range 10 mi. 12.9 mi. 12 mi. 10.5 mi. 7 mi.
Measured Weight 25.5 lbs 16.3 lbs. 21.1 lbs. 17.1 lbs. 14.5 lbs.
Measured Uphiill Grade 15% + 15% + 15% + 15% + 10-12%
Manufacturer Claimed Range 6-8 miles 11-12.5 miles Up to 15 miles Up to 12.5 miles 9 - 11 miles
Measured Charge Time 120 min. 150 min. 206 min. 180 min. 170 min.
Tested Stopping Distance 14 ft 41 ft. 77 ft. 50 ft. 46 ft.
Riding Modes 4
Redwood
Pacific
Elevated
Skyline
3
Eco
Sport
Turbo
4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
2
Fast
Slow
Battery Lithium Ion (NMC) Lithium Ion Lithium Ion Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Deck Length 27 inches
2X 8 inch platforms
38 inches 39.25 inches 35.5 inches 38 inches
Truck Witdth N/A 7" 9.25" 7.5" 7"
Wheel Size 10.5 inch 97 mm 97 mm 90 mm 90 mm
App available Yes No No No No
Lighting Yes Available for purchase Brake light No On remote

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Pint isn't quite as powerful as some of the full-sized Onewheel boards we've tested in the past, it still goes plenty fast for most people — and at a more palatable price. It is also a great option if you live somewhere where the pavement is in poor shape, handling bumps, cracks, and rough roads much better than most of the other boards in the typical 4-wheel configuration.

Performance Comparison


Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - this self-balancing monowheel is tons of fun to ride.
This self-balancing monowheel is tons of fun to ride.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Speed


Our most significant rating metric — Speed — accounts for 25% of the Pint's final score. In this metric, we compared both the top speed of each electric skateboard and their acceleration to determine scores. The Pint isn't the fastest board we have seen so far but is faster than plenty of other boards we have tested, earning it an above-average score.


For our speed test, we timed how long it took the Pint to complete a measured course, allowing it to reach its top speed before entering the track. We repeated this multiple times, averaging the results to come up with a top speed. In our tests, this board hit just a bit more than 14 miles per hour in our tests on flat ground — just a bit shy of the claimed top speed of 16 miles per hour by the manufacturer.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - you can get some serious speed on the pint.
You can get some serious speed on the Pint.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We found the self-balancing circuitry began to push back at this speed and prevented us from going any faster, but we did hit the 16 mph speed when going downhill with this board, according to its companion app.


To compare the acceleration of each board, we repeated the above test but this time had the Pint start from a stationary position. This board did exceptionally well, having one of the fastest average times of the group. It's exceptionally quick to start and doesn't take long to hit its maximum speed.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - the onewheel pint's range is about average compared to the other...
The Onewheel Pint's range is about average compared to the other products in the group.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


Our next metric focused on the effective range of the Pint, comprising 20% of its final score. This is a particularly important metric for this board since it essentially transforms into a giant paperweight when its battery is dead and can't be ridden around manually, like a typical electric skateboard. Luckily, the Pint did decently well in this set of tests, earning a score in the middle of the group.


Our range test is quite simple. We ran the Pint on flat ground at medium speed, measuring the maximum distance we were able to travel and taking note if the board started getting slower or began to struggle as the battery level dropped. The Onewheel made it for about 10 miles before completely dying, but the last tenth of a mile or so was quite a struggle. This was even 2 miles further than we expected based on the manufacturer's claims.


We also timed how long it took for the battery to recharge when it was completely depleted and found that it took just under two hours for the Pint, which was a bit longer than the one hour and twenty minutes that the manufacturer claims it takes.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - the pint is fairly comfortable and pleasant to ride for even long...
The Pint is fairly comfortable and pleasant to ride for even long distances.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ride


Our Ride metric is also responsible for 20% of the total score and is based on how comfortable each board is to ride for long periods, how it handles rougher terrain, and how much we are drawn to each board — whether or not we would want to use it recreationally outside of our testing process. The Pint did very well in this series of tests and offered one of the best rides we have seen to date, earning it a score right at the top of the group.


The Pint does an outstanding job at handling bumpy and uneven terrain, easily cruising over obstacles that would stop plenty of other skateboards in their tracks. It also does a great job of handling cracks and other sections of damaged pavement, flying over them without a hint of hesitation. This board feels playful and fun, but it can be a little fatiguing to ride for long periods, especially for your leading leg and your core muscles.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - the pint had no problems cruising over rough roads and even shallow...
The Pint had no problems cruising over rough roads and even shallow puddles without issues.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hills


Next, we tested out how effectively each of these boards can climb hills of varying steepness, which accounts for 15% of the final score for each product. To score the performance of the Pint, we started on a hill with a 5% grade, then worked up steeper and steeper hills until it couldn't make it up. The Onewheel Pint did exceptionally well in this metric, earning one of the top scores of the entire group.


This electric skateboard zoomed right up a hill with a 14-15% grade without slowing down or hesitating in the slightest. We think this board had plenty of power to go up an even steeper hill, but the bottom of the board would begin to drag if the hill was any steeper.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - the pint seems solidly built with a deck that is wide enough to...
The Pint seems solidly built with a deck that is wide enough to support your feet comfortably.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Build


For our Build metric — worth 10% of the total score for each E-skateboard — we ranked and compared how much each board weighed, how the remote felt, how responsive the board is to inputs, and the quality of the customer service and support. The Pint did quite well, scoring towards the top of the group.


The Pint is a heavy board, weighing just a bit more than 25 lbs. However, its convenient handle makes it easy to carry.


The Pint does not have a remote and responds to your weight shifting forward and back to control the speed and leaning to turn. It responds very rapidly to inputs and has an easy-to-use companion app on your smartphone to change the riding modes. Customer service was responsive to our questions, and the Pint has one of the longer warranty periods of the group of 12 months.

Onewheel Pint electric skateboard - the onewheel is very responsive to commands and stops quickly.
The Onewheel is very responsive to commands and stops quickly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


For our last series of tests, which constitutes the remaining 10% of the score, we compared how quickly each board can stop on flat ground from a moderate speed and how easy it is to control your speed when descending hills. The Pint finished out our tests with another top-notch performance, again earning one of the highest scores of the group.


The Pint makes it easy enough to ride down a steep hill, allowing you to go as slow as you want. It also stops exceptionally quickly on flat ground, only taking about 15' to come to a complete stop when traveling at a speed of around 12 mph.


You probably could stop in an even shorter distance, but the back of the board would drag on the ground and could cause you to lose control.

Value


Though still costly, the Pint is a good price for an off-road board and is a ton of fun to ride.

Conclusion


If you always wanted to get a one wheel, self-balancing skateboard of your own and couldn't afford the price tag of the super premium models, the Pint is for you. This board is fast, climbs hills easily, and has a reasonable range, all while being exceptionally fun to ride at a price that is about half that of the top boards.

Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman
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