Death-defying children's hobbies

A pogo stick can bounce you 7 feet in the air. Stunt prop or kids' toy? You be the judge.

Don't you love when innocent playground activities meld with extreme sports?

The Pneumatic Drive Highest-Jumping Pogo Stick
Hammacher Schlemmer

The same crazy folks at Hammacher Schlemmer that brought us the Mountain Scooter, Gravity-Defying Boots and Push-Free Skateboard, are now pushing The Pneumatic Drive Highest-Jumping Pogo Stick.

This is not the pogo stick of our childhoods. No, no, this one's inner compression spring generates more than 1,500 pounds of thrust capable of hurtling you seven feet in the air, which incidentally is the world record for pogoing set by--you guessed it--The Pneumatic Drive Highest-Jumping Pogo Stick. Air can be added by bike pump or air compressor to the pneumatic cylinder to make pogoing as dangerous, and expensive, as possible. This toy will set you back $350, and may require that you wear a helmet.

But really, who cares that one false move could mean eating through a straw for the rest of your life? It's FUN.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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