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Many years ago when I was a kid, I used to have a pogo stick, and I can remember taking ages trying to master the skill of balancing on it to do consecutive jumps without falling off after just 2. Gradually over time, I became quite good at it, and even set myself little challenges jumping over obstacles etc. Great fun, but did result in a broken wrist once - long story, but not a good idea to try and jump over footballs!!
Undeterred, my kids were talking to my parents one day, and they were telling them stories about me and this pogo stick when I was a kid. The kids seemed to like the sound of it and one day walking around a car boot sale, I noticed one for sale for £5 which was in really good condition, and it wasn't really an extortionate amount to spend for something that could have turned out to be just another passing fad for them.
On getting it home, I wondered why the Pogo Stick was called Master (some sort of top of the range professional pogo stick?) and doing a quick check on the web found one on Amazon at over £35 - so my £5 payment was an absolute bargain, and the thing looked like it had been hardly used.
So what did we get? Well size wise, it seems to be aimed more at the adult market because it is quite substantially built. Height is 42 inches with the handles having a spread of 12 inches. Two hollow aluminium shafts run up either side from the foot rests up to the top to form the handles, and sit either side of the central covered spring in the middle of the pogo stick. Each aluminium shaft also has the 'Master' motif embossed upon it. The whole assembly then sits on the central spring loaded shaft which comes out of the bottom of the spring, and the bottom of the shaft also has a rubber pad attached to it where it comes into contact with the ground. The handles have also been nicely finished off with a blue padded grip, which can slide off and be replaced if required, and the pedals surfaces are covered with a non-slip covering to prevent your feet sliding off. Looking on the web, the weight range for this pogo stick is from 80 to 160 lbs, which means it is more aimed at the teenager/adult end of the scale, and the age range they recommend is from 8 years upwards, which is probably fairly accurate because when out neighbour's 5 year old tried to use it, she didn't really have enough weight or push to make it bounce.
It is best to use this pogo stick on a hard surface, such as a driveway or a path, because that will transmit the most 'bounce' back upwards, meaning that you can jump higher, and my kids do manage to get a good few feet off the ground with their jumping (no broken bones - yet!!). However, don't try to use it on the grass as the central shaft just sinks in to the ground, giving no return bounce. Once you master the balance aspect of it (and it didn't take long for my kids) and start going on journeys with it around the neighbourhood, it can become quite tiring, and I know my kids come back very tired and aching the next day having used so much energy with this pogo stick. So if you are in the weight range, and want a good workout, this is the exercise toy for you. Of note, after seeing my kids on it and having a go themselves, we now have 4 other kids in the neighbourhood who have convinced their parents to buy them a pogo stick - such is the fun and infectious appeal of this with the younger generation.
In summary, this is a quality built item that we've had for several months now, and my kids still use it and enjoy it, and it still remains a regular mainstay of the summer toy kit on the lawn. Whilst I only paid £5 for it, I would have paid the £35 for it having now seen how much fun my kids have with it, and how much appeal it seems to have had across the other kids around neighbourhood. So highly recommended.
My little brother got this as a birthday present last year and it has been a great source of entertainment for everyone. It is a metal and plastic pogo stick which has two pedals which go up and down on a spring, and two handles to hold onto. It is quite a simple concept - you stand on the two pedals and try to balance while jumping up and down on - however it is not that easy to actually do. It took me a few days to actually be able to move around on it well, and my little brother has only just managed to get the hang of it. It is definitely easier to do the bigger you are. It is best used on hard ground in order to get the maximum amount of bounce, as jumping on grass will not have the desired effect.
It is quite a heavy toy and definitely seems to be pretty strong. It has fallen heavily onto our patio many times and not had a scratch on it - I was more concerned for the patio. The box says that it will last for years and I definitely believe it. It is recommended for children over the age of 8 years, but is not solely for young children - it can be used by anyone who is not too big for it. I am 19 and still have great fun using it. It apparently will safely support people from 80 to 160 lbs, but I'm sure a few pounds either way won't make a huge difference. For younger children who are not that experienced with pogo sticks, I would recommend that they only use it under adult supervision or while wearing safety equipment, as falling from it onto hard ground can be quite painful.
The spring is very good, and I have managed to get a good couple of feet into the air, and the foot pads and handles are non-slip which make it relatively safe to jump around on. It is a really fun toy that can provide hours of entertainment. It is great for competing with friends to see who can stay on the longest or who can jump the highest. It can be purchased on Amazon for £39.50 which considering that it lasts for a very long time and does not get boring at all, I think is a very good price.
I recently got this product as a birthday present for my 9 year old little sister, i have 2 other sisters also 22, and its always somewhat of a competition to get her the gift she will like the most.....and while this was a good gift idea and she did enjoy it, the novelty wore off pretty quick....so if your looking for the kind of thing that will keep a child entertained for hours this is probably not the best buy.
This particular product would probably suit a boy more than a girl, this is simply because of lack of variation on colours, while blue and grey seem pretty neutral, a nine year old girls wants pink! The spring in this product is pretty powerful, i had ago myself, and i could get a lot higher on it than my little sister, a more heavy child will find this more fun due to being able to gain more hight, so i would suggest older children for this product. Obviously a solid floor is needed for this product to be pretty much any fun at all, you are not going to get far off the ground on grass are you? This may cause you to become ever more worried about the prospect of the child falling off, i think pogo sticks are best given to children under supervision.
If a reasonably cheap fun novelty gift, which is bound to get everyone involved, adults included, is what you are looking for a pogo stick is a good choice, and this, function wise, even if not in appearance is a pretty good pogo stick, a good spring and none slip pads for the feet to minimise risk or injury (however these do hurt if you arnt wearing shoes!) is what your after, then look no further!! a fun and interesting gift idea, and it is not too difficult, you will find that even a child will master it after a short period of time, but possibly think of a different brand if colour is as important to you as function when buying this product.
Having owned and loved a pogo stick as a child I was overjoyed to receive this for my 22nd (yes, 22nd!) birthday a few years ago. I don't see why the kids should get to have all the fun without the grown ups joining in occasionally!
This pogo stick is a good choice for fun loving adults, as it has quite a high upper weight limit of 160lbs, or 11st 5lbs. I think you could probably get away with using it even if you were a couple of pounds heavier than that but I wouldn't push it too much, it wouldn't be much fun if it collapsed on you.
The design of the stick is pretty standard, exactly the shape you'd expect from a pogo stick, with two handles at the top and two pedals for your feet at the bottom. These are covered with non slip rubber covers to help you grip or to stop your feet sliding off. I would still recommend that you wear shoes when using this product though as with just socks would still be quite slippy and unsafe and bare feet would probably be painful!
The bounce in the pogo stick comes from a big strong spring in the middle, and this pogo has a lot of bounce, you can get pretty high which is rather exhilarating. Although this pogo stick claims to be suitable for children from ages 8 and up, I would probably recommend supervising children that young as it can take a while to get the hang of using it and a fall can be quite nasty, not least because you have a metal pole between your legs!
The pogo bounces best on a harder surface such as tarmac or concrete, and as its become quite an unusual toy for children to own, you'll find that the child who has one will be instantly popular with their friends queueing up to have a turn.
The only thing about this pogo stick that's a disappointment is the colour scheme, grey and blue are a bit industrial looking and not really 'fun' enough for such a frivolous item!