OK Fellas.... Just unboxed the New + and took it for a short trip around the block..... WOW is about the only word I can think of. Now WOW was my word when I rode the original but man this thing is very sweet.
We have 3 Original Onewheels, and I have only put about 500 miles on mine, and 50-100 on my sons, so unlike some in here I may not have put the original Onewheel to all the tests. But I have been on many surfaces. Observation between the 2 are this.
Speed: Acceleration is better.... Not in a way you might think. The plus is more responsive and much smoother. With my original Onewheel it was no issue going from the 5 to 13 quickly. You notice it much more on the original Onewheel than the plus. The acceleration on the PLUS its so smooth going 5-15 without the fight of the wobble I would get on the original. Also I start to get pushback at 13mph on all 3 of our original Onewheels. So On the original onewheel right when i get to the zone I like to ride...(for me 13-15 I am fighting the thing most of the time.) Not with this one. Super smooth. In fact I haven't gotten too much pushback yet... Only because I just got on it without helmet or pads so I didn't push it past 17mph.... I will report back later. I have hit 20.4 on the Original and for me that was scary fast mostly because the board felt extremely unstable anything above 15 for me in the past. 16 on this was super smooth and very stable. Didn't feel anything like I did at 16 on my Original Onewheel.
Smooth: This may sound crazy but it is a big difference. I'm 50 and have had numerous vehicles in my life. The best comparison to me is the original is like a Prius (had 3 of them) and the Plus is like my Lexus GX SUV..... When you have a Prius you don't really notice the wind noise, the vibration of the road, and the little nuances of driving UNTIL.... You get in something that is super smooth, quiet, and cancels out all the vibration, noise, and chatter..... Too me it was that different. Just to make sure I wasn't totally biased. I had my wife ride her board and then hop on this one and needless to say that was a big mistake because now I may not have a Onewheel + anymore. Super smooth in all areas. The ride, the acceleration, the braking, the feel of the road (not sure what my PSI is so maybe it's fairly low on the plus) but the road feels much smoother under me.
FootPads: ... Night and day. I have ridden snowboards for a long time and I ride with my goofy front foot open about 20 degrees. I had a few issues where I got tossed on the original....Probably my fault but since then I kept my front foot at 90degrees just to make sure I didn't get off the sensors. With the new pads it feels so much better and being able to ride more open with my front foot feels so much better. There is a much more solid feel to the pads and I am not sure but the new one feels a bit heavier (lb or 2).... Plus not looking down every 30 seconds to check my foot is not slipping off one of the sensors is awesome. I cant imagine anyone who won't love the new footpads. Very sweet.... Even my wife who has never snowboarded said the "place she puts her feet" (her technical language) feels so much better.
I will update my thoughts more when I actually take it out later for a long journey. But first impression is WOW... As great as the Original was this thing surpassed my expectations.
Side Note: The OW Buddy does show it and is clocking my speed and the light on/off but it doesn't show the mode I am riding in.