Ahhhh, the age old question, Onewheel or a Boosted Board, which is better? You probably think I’m biased since I own a Onewheel rental business but that’s actually not the case. Before I started my business, I was debating between the Onewheel Plus or Boosted Board v2, which should I buy, and which I should rent. So I bought one of each and here’s what I found.
Although having some board
When I jumped on the Boosted Board for the first time sitting still I immediately felt comfortable since its essentially a longboard and I had ridden longboards before. However, once I got the remote in my hand and started accelerating, that’s where the comfort stopped. I found it hard to control my speed with the remote and was constantly at odds with what my hand was doing and what the rest of my body was prepared for. This, in turn, caused me to fall off the back of the board several times since the torque and acceleration
The first time I attempted the Onewheel it was strange, to say the least. I had never been on anything like it before and really didn’t know what to expect, so, I started on grass instead of payment, that way if I fell it would be a softer landing. I did not have this luxury with the Boosted Board since it does not go off-road.
When I first tipped the board to its horizontal balance point I was very shaky and ended up jumping off a couple of times. There is a small level of balance you must achieve initially before the motor kicks in and you start moving, after that, just like a bike, you feel more in control the faster you go. After a few awkward attempts, I realized
Advantage: Tie. Both boards have some learning curve but I would say overall you could be fairly comfortable on either within an hour (faster if you have board
Boosted’s website lists the standard battery’s range at 6-7 miles while
“The big difference is in the charge time. I found my boosted took about an hour to reach a full charge where the Onewheel took only 20 minutes.”
The Boosted v2 weighs in at 15lbs while the Onewheel Plus has a weight of 25lbs giving the boosted a 10-pound leg up. Although the
Advantage: Boosted Board
This for me was like night and day between the two boards. The
I think we all know the answer to this one. A big reason the Onewheel is so unique is the large go-cart tire at its center that allows you to go over any terrain, and I mean ANY terrain. I’ve taken it on sand, trails, grass, over tree roots, curbs, and gravel and have yet to find anything that stops it besides full water submersion. The Boosted Board, on the other hand, is relegated to the pavement, and ideally smooth pavement at that. I found myself having to pick the boosted up constantly over chunky sections of a road, raised sidewalks, and many other obstacles. This is not fun when you’re just trying to enjoy the ride and creates an atmosphere of constant vigilance.
Maintaining your board is very important. You should always give whichever board you have a once over after every ride to make sure there is nothing obviously broken or out of place. This could end up saving your ass at some point while cruising at high speed and potentially prevent irreversible damage to the board and yourself.
Based on my experience, the Onewheel needs fairly minimal maintenance, you should leave it plugged in overnight about once a week to keep the battery happy, check your tire pressure every once and a while, and occasionally oil the bearings.
The Boosted Board is another story, this requires some fairly regular maintenance. Your board should be cleaned by wiping it down with a damp cloth after every use. The nut on the front of each truck is the kingpin. Adjusting this nut alters the turning dynamics of your board. Tighten or loosen a quarter to half turn at a time, then ride and adjust more if necessary. An overly tight kingpin will cause the board to be difficult to turn. An under tightened kingpin will turn much more easily, however, will be more unstable at higher speeds. You should check the belts regularly for cracks, Knicks, and tears and replace them if anything is found. Four wheels instead of one mean more that needs changing and more regularly.
Although I love all forms of rideable tech, the Onewheel, in my opinion, is the clear winner. Its versatility and ride are unlike anything I have ever been on, and its fast charging time allows you ride further, longer. Though it does have some disadvantages,