I needed a commuter ride, something I could easily take on-board a train, manageable storage space, and as minimal storage as possible.
A bicycle wasn't feasible for me; I'm really sick of the trend of bike-thievery being the new-normal in the Bay Area. That, and bike maintenance is definitely not my thing. I don't enjoy having to lock it up on train rides, and I'm not a fan of the bulkiness of bikes.
Skateboards were also an option, so were motorized scooters, and even the booster boards. The Ninebot was also attractive, but I looked way too goofy riding a 9bot.
It came down to the OneWheel being compact enough to lug around, support all the riding needs I wanted for commuting (not to mention, the all-terrain aspect). The novelty of riding one wheel was also appealing, as well as the style of the board.
After 1200 miles later, I'm extremely satisfied in the investment. I could have bought a car, but loaded up upwards of $5000 in gas and insurance and maintenance costs by now. So far, the OW has only cost me $500 in general maintenance and upkeep.
So I'm extremely happy to have saved up a ton of money, while making my daily work commute extremely efficient.