It’s widely agreed that most grip tape replacement will be an improvement over the stock grip tape that ships with your Onewheel. This was especially true with the XR model which had notoriously un-grippy grip tape. The GT and Pint models introduced significantly better grip tape, but we feel that there are much better aftermarket options available.
Grip tape is a very important part of the Onewheel product. Just like with grip tape on skateboards, the grip tape helps prevent your feet from coming off of the board. This is especially important on rough terrain such as trails and gravel. Grip tape has had to do a bit of evolving with the inclusion of the product on eSkates and Onewheels due to the fact that these boards get incredibly dirty when riding on trails, through water, and other off-road conditions. These are conditions that are rarely an issue with skateboards, so naturally the product needed to be improved in order to keep up with the demands of riders. This has lead to aftermarket brands to produce grip tape specially crafted for the Onewheel product which offer a variety of styles.
If you’re shopped around for aftermarket grip tape for your Onewheel, you might be a bit confused on some of the terms used to describe the product. See our definitions below to help you in your shopping!
- Grit: Like sandpaper, this refers to the amount of roughness or how sharp the surface is. A rough grit will give you better foot traction, but make it more difficult to adjust your foot placement. A sharp grit offers good traction, but is hard on shoes and makes any skin contact more extreme.
- Spacing: Good grit spacing is important so the grip doesn’t get “clogged” when riding dirt. Good spacing can also increase traction and allow for easier cleaning.
- Precut: Most aftermarket Onewheel grip tape is precut to the shape of the Onewheel footpads for easy installation. If not, you will need to trim or cut it. It’s a good idea to confirm the grip you are buying is compatible with your footpads
Some riders use custom skateboard grip tape on their Onewheel, but keep in mind that most skateboard grip do not have the appropriate grit, durability and shape for a Onewheel. The Onewheel foot pads are slightly wider than most skateboards so make sure the grip you choose is large enough and trim it with a razor blade to fit
Related: Can I change the grip tape?