Dueling jet packs prepare to take off
$250,000 or $155,000 for a half-minute flight.
If there was ever a case where we would strongly encourage competition, this would be it--and the products in question have barely hit the market.
In March we lusted unabashedly for a Jetson-style "rival model that's "competitive priced" at only $155,000, according to Popular Mechanics. Still a tad steep for us, but that's a pretty good price trajectory." being developed in Mexico, but its $250,000 price tag put it slightly out of range for a Father's Day gift. Only a few months later, however, we learn that Jetpack International is offering a
The trajectory in the air, however, is less comforting. The Jet Pack H202 and the Rocket Belt can fly only for 33 seconds and 30 seconds at a time, respectively. As Jetpack founder Troy Widgery told the magazine: "If something goes wrong, you can get killed." We were planning on waiting till they shook out the bugs first anyway.