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Some detailed impressions
on February 20, 2007
Ahhh, the ridicule I get for writing a few pogo stick reviews... but these things really are fun.
I find that the best pogo stick reviews and discussions can be found at the xpogo website forum. You'll find comments from people who have tested all the pogo sticks and provided honest, critical feedback. So take a look at recent reviews at xpogo before buying any pogo stick.
I own a Flybar 1200, which I love (See my review). If I was in the market for another pogo stick, I'd check out Vurtego, Motostik, and Power Pogo products, among others.
At xpogo, there's a long thread on the Flybar 800, with reasonable reviews starting around Sept 20, 2006. The 800 seems to be great if you are under 120-135 Lbs. I'm a bit over that, which means that it isn't for me, unfortunately. The 800 is smaller and lighter than the Flybar 1200, which reportedly makes it more controllable. There was a problem with surgical-tubing-like bands ("thrusters") breaking which may be under control. Flybar (SBI) offers remarkably good customer service, so they are likely to address any problems you have.
Keep in mind that pogo sticks have changed since the old days. The new technologies are actually kind've interesting. The Motostik has a spring, and is reminiscent of the Master and GG sticks of the old days. It is pretty quiet, which might be a plus. The FB 1200 and 800 use elastomere "thrusters" that provide a sling-shot like bounce. The Vurtego and Power Pogo products feel a bit like a rubber ball bouncing. You adjust them as if you were inflating a ball. So if you want to drop big $$ on a pogo stick, take a look at what is out there. There's a very, very good chance you'll choose a Flybar, but be aware of your options.
I think that a pogo stick renaissance is just around the corner. And, I think it might be good for kids to bounce around on these things because all those heel strikes might affect calcium levels and actually strengthen bones. There's research linking heel strikes to calcium levels and bone strength. If these results hold up, then the pogo sticking as a child and teen may offer lifelong health benefits.