The 5 Best Adult Pogo Sticks
5. Flybar 1000 Extreme
4. National Sporting Goods Flight
3. Vurtego V4 Pro
2. Flybar Super 2
1. Flybar Super 1505
How To Choose The Right Pogo Stick
One of the first things to consider when choosing a pogo stick is its weight capacity. It is never safe to jump on a pogo stick that is not designed to support your weight. Some models may only be able to support users up to 160 pounds, while others may be capable of supporting users in the 200 pound range.
The next thing to think about is your intended use. Will you be using it for stunts and tricks or for basic jumping as a fun way to add a little extra exercise to your day? Stunt models will have a number of features that make them better to suited to the task. This will often include a body made out of a lightweight, yet sturdy metal, like aluminum, and a high performance carbon fiber spring. A stunt model will often provide maximum jump height, as well.
If you plan on taking your pogo stick on the go, you should consider its portability. Some models feature handles and foot rests that you can fold up. This makes them easier to slide into the back of a car or store in a closet. Handle type is a good thing to look at, as well. Most models will feature a basic T-style handle, but their are some that offer additional grip areas or angled handles. Being able to alter your grip while jumping can make extended periods of use more enjoyable. Some people also find that angled handles are more ergonomic.
Take a moment to look at the safety features on the models you have under consideration. Handles covered with thick, dense foam are more forgiving if they accidentally come into contact with your body than those covered with hard rubber. The trade-off is that hard rubber handles won't deteriorate as quickly as foam handles. Enclosed springs are safer than exposed springs. An adult probably knows not to stick their hand anywhere near the spring when jumping, but a child may not. If you think you may let your kid or a younger sibling use the pogo stick periodically, it is probably best to choose a model that has an enclosed spring.
Pogo Stick Riding Tips For Beginners
Most people just buy a pogo stick and start jumping. They are often disappointed when they find it is harder than they expected. While some users may go back and start doing some research on the basics of pogo stick jumping, most just wind up tossing the stick into the garage or a closet, never to look at it again. Luckily, that won't be you. By reading through these few simple tips, you'll be ready and able to start on a path to proficient jumping in no time.
First, let's start with safety. While you are learning, you should always wear a helmet. A simple bicycle or ski helmet will suffice. It is best to train on a large, flat surface devoid of obstacles, such as a driveway or empty parking lot. Do not practice too close to a busy street as you may wind up sailing out into the middle of it after a particularly wild jump. It is also a smart idea to avoid jumping on wet, slippery surfaces or soft surfaces like dirt or grass.
To start jumping, place a single foot on the footrest. Begin by putting a little bit of your weight onto the stick and pressing down slightly with that foot. Once you have engaged the spring, lift your second foot and place it on the other foot rest, pulling the handlebars in towards your body at the same time. Pulling the handlebars in towards your body will help your keep your balance. More than likely the pogo stick will immediately start to tip as your step up with your second leg. Don't fight it. Instead, just perform your first jump in that direction. Do a single jump and then step down from the stick. Continue mounting and performing a single jump until you are comfortable with the process. Once you are comfortable with single jumps, start adding more and more.
It is very important that you keep the pogo stick pulled tight against your body. It is natural to want to push it away as you jump, but the further out the stick is from your body, the harder it will be to balance. You should also try and keep your weight centered over the stick as much as possible. The most efficient way to jump is by putting your full weight onto the stick each time you land. This will allow you to jump higher, for longer, with less fatigue.
The Legend Behind The Pogo Stick
Legend has it that George Hansburg was traveling through Burma in the early 1900s when he met a poor farmer. The farmer had a daughter by the name of Pogo who wanted to go to the temple every day to pray, but it was a long, difficult walk through mud and rocks. Being so poor, the farmer couldn't afford to buy his daughter a pair of shoes. Instead, he fashioned a stick for her that she could use to hop along the path to the temple. Hansburg was so impressed by the little girl hopping to the temple everyday that he returned to America and created the very first commercial jumping stick, which he named the Pogo stick in her honor.
While this story has a nice ring to it, and makes for a great conversation starter, it more than likely isn't true. It stems from an appearance he made on the game show What's My Line in 1959. The truth, unfortunately, is slightly less inspiring and interesting.
Hansburg didn't receive his first pogo stick patent until 1955, more than 30 years after the pogo stick fad had taken off in Europe. More than likely the pogo stick came about by building on a series of inventions that started with the the compression spring stilts created by George H. Herrington in 1891. Over time, they evolved into a single stick version with dual footrests, and eventually into the two-handed single-spring model that we know today.