Whether you own a Onewheel and could not take it on your trip or you’re new to Onewheeling and want to give them a try, renting one is the way to go. Renting a Onewheel comes down to essentially two top websites that will have you covered no matter where you are located within the USA.
Currently the best places to rent a Onewheel in your area would be with Suprents.com or Friendwitha.com. Both companies offer rental insurance and discounts for multiple day rentals however each company has a different approach to rentals.
SUPrents vs Friendwitha Onewheel Rental Process
Suprents.com doesn’t just rent Onewheels. Along with renting EUC’s, eFoils and Paddleboards, SUPrents lets you demo a product giving you the ability to buy after your demo period. You do not necessarily need to demo their products to get a rental however they provide this option on their website.
Similarly, friendwitha.com has one wheel rentals but they also rent far more items. From camera and music equipment, electronic and sporting goods, they have a vast selection. The main difference here is their model is similar to Turo.com in which they provide listings for other people’s equipment for rent. You essentially are renting other people’s things. Focusing on Onewheels here is a side-by-side comparison:
|Onewheel Pint Rental||$29-$60/day*||$30-$60/day*¹|
|Onewheel Pint X Rental||$36-$67/day*||$30-$65/day*¹|
|Onewheel GT Rental||$38-$73/day*||$33-$47/day*¹|
|Late Fee||$49/day||25% of daily rental cost/hour|
ª Limited availability. User location dependent. / ² Cost dependent on model. ³Includes theft
Pros and Cons of SUPrents & Friendswitha
- Comes with charger
- Available everywhere
- Always renting new
- Option to add a fender
- Option to add a helmet
- More hassle-free rental process
- Ships to you.
- 3 day minimum rental.
- Potentially more costly.
- Comes with charger
- Can be a better value opposed to SUPrents.
- Supporting others within the community (loaners make money on the rental).
- More variety of days to rent (not limited to 3-10 day windows). Can rent for 1 day.
- More variety of boards (some loaners come with flight fins, float plates, B.A.N.G.S, fender, etc.
- Have to drive and meet the loaner.
- Can be limited availability in rural/suburban areas.
- Some boards can be heavily used.
- Some areas may not have the set up you want (fender or model Onewheel).
- Late Fees can be very high if the Onewheel is late.
Onewheel Vacation Rental
If you are planning a vacation and cannot bring your Onewheel on an airplane due to the battery size, really the most efficient way to rent a Onewheel is to book the rental prior to arriving to your destination. Renting with SupRents and having the board ready day one of your vacation.
SupRents says it generally takes 1-5 days depending on where your rental is being shipped to and when you place your order. They recommend placing your order 7 or more days in advance. Shipping is free and a small perk is that if your rental ends on a Sunday, they offer a grace day for shipping (extra rental day for free).
If a custom board is available in your area and you don’t mind meeting up with a loaner, Friendswitha.com can be a cheaper route and you help others make some money in the Onewheel Community. You may even be able to get a quick lesson from the loaner and make a friend out of it.
If you are looking for a more hassle-free rental process, you should probably rent from SUPrents. Their boards rent in new condition. They even have Pint X boards which are about double the range of a standard Pint. You have the ability to pay for a complete board in advance by sending them a deposit. If you enjoy the board and want to keep it, you have a new Onewheel on a ‘try before you buy’ basis!
Both offer insurance for damage protection. This I do recommend especially on ‘Friendswitha’ as their boards are used. Accidental damage or prior damage? don’t take the risk on it and opt for the damage protection insurance.
Personally, I have purchased a used Onewheel from SUPRents. These are Onewheel rentals they sell afterwards. Their secondhand rented boards are a good way to get a deal on a lightly used Onewheel. Because they sell secondhand Onewheels, I don’t think demoing a board is necessary. You can always buy one later. They also have optional gear to rent so there’s no excuse not to wear protective equipment. Wear the gear especially if you are a new rider. Its a simple way to avoid serious injury.
Some shops and Onewheel community events have board demos however demoing a Onewheel would entail renting one or borrowing one from a friend.
Pint and Pint X are compact and able to be stowed anywhere however if you’re looking to get some good trail range out of the board, rent a Pint X or GT. Discontinued XR’s are ideal however they are really only available for rent on Friendswitha.com.
Onewheel riding is realtively easy. The Onewheel is self-balancing and appears more difficult to ride than it actually is. Most riders can learn to ride with basic operations within an hour or riding.
Pint and Pint X weight recommended weight limits are 250lbs (113 kg). XR and GT Onewheels have a 275lb (125kg) limit.
You should operate the board under normal riding conditions. Avoid getting the board wet. If you spring for the insurance, you’ll likely be safe when riding along a beach coastline.