Okay Review from a total Noob:
I've had my pint for 3 days now and put a mile on it each day. So far I've only ridden it "off road" on dirt, grass/weeds, gravel or brick. Dirt is by FAR my favorite of those options. Last night I reached my top speed of 7 MPH. I also had my first real wipeout. I think both these things are good tho, as they indicate I'm starting to feel more confident.
Is the board Squirrely? Yes, surprisingly so! I really was not prepared for the extreme roundness of the wheel and learning to maintain my toe/heel balance has been a much steeper learning curve than maintaining my front/back foot balance. This is coming into play in both my turning and stopping as well. I'm thinking I may want to start messing around with my shaping a bit accordingly.
Coming from a Snowboarding background, the "foot freedom" really keeps astonishing me. My wipeout happened when riding over a lot of debris and the board started bouncing me around until I just couldn't manage to hang on any longer. I seem to make constant minor adjustments that I really wasn't expecting to be able to do lol. Also, the principals of turning are very different. Instead of straightening out my back leg and leaning my whole body into a turn, on the Pint it's really only about that toe/heel balance of your front foot. I'm nailing the broader, sweeping turns now but find that on tighter/faster turns, my body really wants to dig in and the board often ends up throwing me off instead. Same thing when riding faster and trying to come to a sudden stop. I'm sure I just need more practice with this tho. Interestingly, on a snowboard I've always favored my Heel side, but on the Pint I'm definitely more comfortable on my Toe side (although I bet this might change if riding on a steep decline). One thing that's really cool about the wheel is, even though it's really round, there is still sort of a "lip" to it's curve and you can really feel when you've managed to lock onto it.
How do you more experienced riders pull off those tighter/faster turns? Any pointers would be much appreciated! I totally have "grip tape hand" hand right now from constantly picking up my board and reorienting her.
A note about the SimpleStop feature: I'm really debating turning this off. While I get it's purpose and usefulness, I think it might be causing some unnecessary issues right now while I'm still learning. When I'm feeling a little overzealous and decide to "jump right back on my board," I have a tendency to over extend my weight distribution and immediately nose dive instead of bringing the board up to balance. My instinct then is to stay put and bring the board to balance in the opposite direction by leaning on my back foot, which then triggers the simple stop and I end up tail diving instead and causing the wheel to spin out (wheel slip?).
As mentioned above, I love this baby off road. If you were worried the Pint is more of an asphalt surfer, fret not. It takes every single rock, divit, small drop off, branch or twig like a total champ and still feels super cush. I bought mine because I needed a small and portable commuter, but now that I have it I am realizing I'll probably use it off road just as often (if not more). I think this weekend I'll take her down to my actual road to test range and the feel on pavement; I live on one of the best motorcycle drives in Northern Cali, so should be fun!
Other than all of that, I can say that I am thoroughly addicted. I find myself absolutely rushing to get home every night to get on my board before it gets too dark. Riding at twilight is actually really awesome, that's when the light display really catches my eye.