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Extreme Pogo Stick

Release Your Inner Boing

Like the hula hoop, the pogo stick is one of those childhood toys that brings out the kids in us. Just pure, classic fun. But if you’ve ever tried a basic pogo stick, you know all too well that bouncing off the ground even just an inch or two takes tons of effort. With their steel-spring construction, traditional pogo sticks aren’t really all that bouncy. Rubber-band cores give a little more oomph to newer models, but the really big bounce still eludes most jumpers.

We big kids — and little ones with lofty hops in mind
— need a super-powered pogo stick. The Vurtego, which uses a patented air-spring propulsion system, unleashes the big bounce. In the hands of a master jumper (none of us here qualify…yet), this puppy can soar as high as eight feet in the air. Bruce Spencer, the 65-year-old inventor, gets a good four feet out of his Vurtego. He jumps every day, proclaiming the health benefits: improving circulation, building bone density and reducing body fat. His son Brian, company co-founder, just likes to have fun. Brian calls pogo sticking a new fuel-free urban sport and has an eight-foot jump on record. (Don’t worry, you can adjust the tension if you don’t want to soar to such heights.) Ready for a ride, anyone?

— Beth
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bruce
    Bruce

    We're Bruce and Brian Spencer, a father and son team that will be handling questions about the Daily Grommet's very unusual featured product for the day. We're so sure that there will be a ton of questions, we both decided to make ourselves available to answer them. Together we founded Vurtego Pogo and ultimately invented and test flew the Vurtego pogo stick to its leadership position as the "World's Best" high-performance pogo stick. "Modern Marvels" did a feature on us and deemed the Vurtego pogo stick to be the "World's Strongest." Either way, you're probably wondering why in the world you should buy one! We could try in advance to answer all of what we expect will be your FAQ's, but what's the fun in that?

    Go ahead, hit us with your best thought-out questions, or your zany off-the-wall questions, and we'll do our best not to laugh and give you straight answers. Just for the record though, pogo sticking is fun, exciting, excellent exercise, and an economical way to get a full-body workout in just a few minutes a day. It's great for older kids (10+) and adults of all ages.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    11/6/09 12:20 PM

    So I know the Vurtego looks extreme - it is!! But I was the tester and was suprised at how quickly I was able to get the feel for. Of course, I'm nowhere near the pro that you guys are, Brian & Bruce - yet! My 12-yr-old son took to it immediately so I think it's a great gift for teens(the perfect alternative to yet another video game system!).

  • Pezz
    Pezz
    11/6/09 12:34 PM

    These sticks look awesome!! Do you guys have any plans to get them into retailers?

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 12:40 PM

    Thanks for jumping on the forum Jeanne. You're right about it being great for teens, and it's definitely not as extreme as we make it look in our videos. People of all ages buy the V3 for fitness training and if you have ever jumped on a pogo stick as a kid (and who hasn't) it's easy to pick up on and not that difficult. About the only caution here is that riders should weigh about 100 pounds or more to get the best performance out of the V3.

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 12:45 PM

    Hi Pezz. Because the V3 is made entirely in the USA out of very high quality aerospace materials, the only way we can keep the cost at a reasonable level is to sell them online. We're working on ways to cut the costs, but bottom line is that the retailers want to mark up the price more than we want them to. The retail price would end up being considerably more than what we charge online and retailers wouldn't be able to compete. Maybe someday!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    11/6/09 12:55 PM

    Amazing video; Brian and Bruce -- you both are great on video! Who wouldn't want one of these after watching your Dad have fun and get a work out? Talk about cross-training . . . while keeping a smile on your face.

  • Liz
    Liz
    11/6/09 12:55 PM

    Can't wait to spread the word on this one. Not only a great product, but this was one of my favority Daily Grommet videos to date. The jumping smiles must be contagious :)

  • Kate
    Kate
    11/6/09 1:14 PM

    I can easily see this re-energizing everyone's love for pogo sticking. You say that you have done an eight foot jump, is that a world record?

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 1:18 PM

    The current world record is 8'6" over a bar and was set at Pogopalooza 6 by Dan Mahoney, a sixteen year old from Nova Scotia. Pogopalooza is held every summer and is basically the world championships of pogoing. It was held in Pittsburgh this summer and is scheduled for Salt Lake City next Summer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/6/09 1:34 PM

    This is one of those items that you have to recategorize in your head from just a toy to its new potential as a lifelong friend! It's made in the US, built to last, and will provide entertainment and exercise into your 60s and beyond.

    The video you taped was great, you guys need your own show!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 1:39 PM

    Katherine,

    Actually, Brian has his own show! You can check it out at http://www.guysguide.tv/

    He also hosts "Planet X", an extreme sport cable TV program.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/6/09 1:41 PM

    Bruce, Can you really travel, like go to school or work, on the Vurtego? Or would you have to be a fitness god to survive a mile of travel?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/6/09 1:43 PM

    @Liz....glad you loved the video. I have watched it at LEAST 15 times. Bruce and Brian really charmed me, and the pogo stick is incredible. I really appreciate you want to spread the word on this Grommet.

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 1:51 PM

    Jules: You can travel on the pogo if you are fit enough, but certainly not any great distance. It is just too much of a workout to be good for traveling on. You'd need to stop and take a shower every quarter mile!

  • Dave
    Dave
    11/6/09 2:09 PM

    This looks so amazing. I have such great memories of never ending pogo stick competitions (we called them wars) with my brother - we'd get way up past 100. Is that possible with this, or is it just too tiring?

  • Mark
    Mark
    11/6/09 2:21 PM

    Confessions of a grommet spouse…I get to try out (be the Guinea pig for) some of the cool things they test before they become Grommets. This thing is a blast! It doesn't feel like a toy – It’s sturdy and screams quality/high-end. And as much as it doesn’t feel like a toy, it sure plays like one. After you get over the surprise of how effortlessly it propels you up (and how high!), you easily get the feel for it and away you go. I won’t be jumping our minivan (with or without permission), but on Christmas morning, our kids will be jumping snow banks with it….Awesome video!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 2:29 PM

    Hi Dave. You can definitely bounce for a lot more than 100 bounces. It gets tiring when you do high bounces, but you can do low bounces as well. One of the competitions at Pogopalooza is to see who can do the FEWEST bounces in one minute. Now THAT is tiring! That means you are going as high as you can on every bounce. The record is somewhere around 42 bounces in a minute. Needless to say, when you are using the pogo stick for workout purposes, YOU decide how high you want to go and how long you want to work out. You can get a full workout in just a few minutes if you want to.

  • maureen
    maureen
    11/6/09 2:29 PM

    I've got 2 teens (both around 100 lbs) who would love this - but I'm betting my husband will want to be able to jump on it too. Am I better off going for a Medium? Is that closest to the "one-size-fits-all"?

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 3:00 PM

    Hi Maureen. Sorry to be so slow to respond but I'm trying to run a business here while moderating this chat. And Brian flaked on me as well. He's busy filming some stuff for Planet X down in San Diego. Anyway, in answer to your questions, the Medium is the best one-size-fits-all stick, but it may be a little tall for the teens. If they are 5'2" tall or taller, the medium will work fine right now. Otherwise, they'll grow into it in a few weeks if they are typical teens!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 3:05 PM

    This one's for Mark. Thanks for the positive strokes, but be careful jumping over snowbanks. I'm not sure snow and ice are a good mix with pogo sticks. Maybe we need to get working on a spiked bounce bad for traction in the snow. Out here in sunny SoCal we don't have to worry much about snow and ice. :)

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 3:51 PM

    Gotta get back to work. We'll keep monitoring comments and answering questions over the weekend, but we may not be all that prompt. Remember, "Patience is a virtue".

  •  alejandro
    alejandro
    8/13/12 7:44 PM

    @Bruce how the pogo stick is good for bone density? is it hard on your knees?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/17/12 1:44 PM

    @ alejandro: Bruce says the pogo stick is great for bone density & is easy on your knees. NASA testing has shown that rebound exercise helps build bone density. Going back & forth from weightlessness to 2-3 g's on the pogo stick makes it a totally fun rebound exerciser.

  •  alejandro
    alejandro
    8/13/12 7:44 PM

    @Bruce how the pogo stick is good for bone density? is it hard on your knees?

  • Ed Loessi
    Ed Loessi
    11/6/09 4:28 PM

    This might seem a bit crazy but could you pogo up or down one of those semi-smooth switch back mountain bike trails? Maybe an extreme pogo sport in the making!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/6/09 4:49 PM

    I like your style, Ed. Going downhill is a lot easier and less work than pogoing uphill. We've tried riding up a beginners slope ski lift in the summertime and pogoing down and it is a blast. If it's too steep there is a traction problem since our bounce pad is smooth and not very large. A larger pad with "knobbies" would help. One other problem is that dirt and dust can get inside the pogo stick and gum things up. Extra maintenance would be required if you pogoed in the dirt regularly.

  • Drew
    Drew
    11/8/09 11:05 AM

    This is one amazing looking Grommet! I'm contemplating getting one as a mode of transportation. Vertegoing across Boston Common from the Back Bay to lunch in the financial district seems like a lot more fun (and faster and better work-out)..than walking.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/8/09 11:41 AM

    Drew - just be prepared to sweat! Traveling on the Vurtego is quite a workout. Stop to do a pogo performance for the tourists and you may even earn enough cash for lunch!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    11/9/09 5:37 PM

    OK i love pogosticking so i may have to get this. My question is about shoes, do you remember those springy shoes that made you feel like you were on the moon, since they are along the lines of the pogostick, i was wondering if you have any plans to expand into this new product?

  • Steve
    Steve
    11/9/09 10:17 PM

    Hi i might get one and i think my bro would like to use it too. he is 6'1" but i am only 5'7" so far. would you recommend us getting a medium or a large?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/9/09 11:09 PM

    Melissa and Steve -- Bruce or Brian will be hopping back on to get an answer for you, stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    11/9/09 11:17 PM

    Hi Melissa and Steve, As to the spring shoes, we have no plans in that direction. There is a company that makes high performance spring shoes, but we will be sticking with pogo sticks, which is our area of expertise. And Steve, the best fit for the 6'1"/5'7" combo would be a medium. I'm 6'1" and can easily ride a medium or a large, but someone 5'7" tall would struggle a bit with the large. Also, a medium can be adjusted upward by adding riser bars so it's between a medium and a large, but a large can not be made smaller.

  • Zach
    Zach
    12/27/09 11:31 PM

    you said pogopalooza was coming to Salt Lake when is that I want to go

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/28/09 8:44 AM

    @Zach - We've asked Bruce or Brian to stop back with details about Pogopalooza in Salt Lake City. Sounds like fun!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    12/28/09 1:20 PM

    Pogopalooza 7 is in the planning stages at this time. It probably won't be firmed up until late spring. Information should be posted on http://www.xpogo.com when it is available.

  • zachary
    zachary
    1/6/10 10:23 PM

    thanks and the pogo stick is amazing

  • arne houben
    arne houben
    4/29/10 2:32 PM

    can you buy it in belgium , duitsland or nederland . becous i want a v3 en i dont wanne buy it from america

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/29/10 4:25 PM

    @Arne - I will put you in contact directly.

  • larry
    larry
    10/8/10 9:57 PM

    what is the weight limit ??

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/8/10 11:12 PM

    @larry - up to 275 lbs.

  • Patty
    Patty
    12/17/10 12:44 AM

    It's all fun & games until the first lawsuit gets filed... As a mediator and as a mom, I guess I'm a little concerned about the safety aspect. Mind you I am definitely not one of those parents who thinks all children should be sent out into the world encased in bubble wrap... but this thing goes *so high* -- easily as high as people go when catching air on skis or a snowboard or mountain bike -- the difference is kids on skis/snowboards/mountain bikes land on a much broader and more stable surface than kids using this pogo stick will have to land on.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to be a pogo-stick-in-the-mud. I had a pogo stick as a kid and I loved it. But part of why I loved it was that I never ended up in the emergency room because of it... Just a thought.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/17/10 1:12 AM

    @Patty: There is a valve to release pressure and make the Pogo Stick stay closer to the ground. It takes extreme athleticism, practice, and conditioning to achieve the serious air. Those not into the extreme sports aspect of the Vurtego pogo stick get it for its unparalleled quality. I don't think you're a pogo-stick in the mud at all! Just someone concerned for her child's safety.

  • larry carbone
    larry carbone
    10/27/11 12:22 PM

    is there weight limits and if so can you email me please .

    THANKS !!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/27/11 12:43 PM

    @larry carbone: The weight limit is 275 pounds.

  • Steve Syrcle
    Steve Syrcle
    12/13/11 4:31 PM

    I am extremely impressed with the video of this product. I am from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho which is a resort town just east of Spokane Washington and think this would be a HUGE hit here. Are you in this area and if not, do you want to be? Email me back if your looking for a dealer in this area. Steve

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/11 6:46 PM

    @Steve Syrcle: I have forwarded your information on to Bruce. Thanks for stopping by.

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