Onewheel Pint Review
Pros: Impressive performance considering its price, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easily
Cons: Heavy, so-so range
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Our Analysis and Test Results
While the Pint isn't quite as powerful as its full-size sibling, it still goes plenty fast for most people at a much 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.
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.
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 at all to hit its maximum speed.
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 test for range 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.
Our Ride metric is also responsible for 20% of the total score for the Pint and is based on how comfortable each one is to ride for long periods of time, 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 a little more playful and fun than its larger counterpart but it can be a little fatiguing to ride for long periods, especially for your leading leg and your core muscles.
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 groups.
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.
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 close to the top of the group.
The Pint is a heavy board, weighing just a bit more than 25 lbs. This is almost as much as the larger Onewheel+ XR but we thought it is quite a bit easier to carry, due to its smaller size and convenient carrying handle.
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.
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.
If you are looking for an off-road board that is a ton of fun to ride on a budget, the Pint is your best option.
If you always wanted to get a one wheel, self-balancing skateboard of your own and couldn't afford the price tag of the original, then 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