Turns out, I might have overestimated my skateboarding skills.
Because it has just one wheel, getting up on the OneWheel takes a good amount of balance. You can see my not-so-graceful first attempt to stand on the board in the video above.
Once you’re up and balanced, though, riding the OneWheel is fairly intuitive. It’s basically like riding a Segway, but in one-wheeled skateboard form. So not at all like that, I guess.
To move forward, you lean your body forward, and to go in reverse you lean backward. Lights on the board activate depending on the direction you’re headed.
Thanks to its giant go-kart-style wheel, the OneWheel can run over things that would stop most other skateboards in their tracks. You can even lower the OneWheel’s tire pressure and take it off road if you’re so inclined.
The downside? The OneWheel gets only between four and six miles on a single charge and has a top speed of 12 mph. Still, the board’s charger lets you refill the battery in just 20 minutes.
Just make sure you don’t get caught too far from home when the board’s battery calls it quits, or you’ll have to lug this 25-pound beast around with you.
You can get the OneWheel for … $1,499?! Wow, really?!
OK, you can get the OneWheel for $1,499 through the company’s site at rideonewheel.com.