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Flybar 1200 Review

Jan 1 2010, 12:00am CST | by , in Reviews | Misc

Flybar 1200 Review
 
 
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Flybar 1200 Review

published: 05/11/05 last updated: 05/11/05
Reviewer: Ken Wold

We reported about this Pogo Stick of the Future last September the first time. I4U Reviewer Ken Wold is test-piloting the Flybar 1200 for you. Read below if he survived the 1,200 pounds of thrust of the Flybar.


The Flybar 1200 sells for $299.99 on Amazon.com.

 

Flybar 1200 pogo stick review
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Overview
With the word “fly” in the name, it better do what it implies.  Put me on that bar and let me feel like I’m free, unimpeded, independent and wild.  The Flybar provides you with that freedom for as long as you choose to attain it or until your body gives out.  I guarantee you will slow down before the Flybar does.  Yes, it really is designed that well.  Even the packaging kept it compact, protected yet instantly ready to “jump” out of the box and calling you to climb aboard.  You can see and feel the quality and ruggedness immediately while retaining its sleek, futuristic design.  After all, how do you replace the icon of icons in the “pogo stick” without ensuring everything incorporated to replace and improve it is first-class?  This isn’t your parents or grandparent’s old stick.  If it had wings you’d think it really could fly.  In a world full of seriousness and never enough time for fun; this simple concept, but futuristic looks and high tech materials will provide you and your family with the release you need.  So, go ahead and relieve your frustrations.  The Flybar can take it.  Let’s look at what it is and what it does.

Flybar 1200 pogo stick review

The Flybar 1200


Take it out of the box; four solid screws to attach the handle and you’re almost ready to go airborne.  No steel coils in this rebounding, gravity defying machine.  How about 12 individual “rubber bands” called thrusters (I know you’ll ask where the engine is when you’re on it) providing 100 pounds of energy stretching approximately 300 percent beyond their normal length with no degradation in strength.  Did I say it the Flybar will place you in “suspended animation” five feet above the ground.  Hey, the current record liftoff is over eight feet.  It’s customizable for anyone’s weight and desires for jump height.  Just utilize the included tool to engage the number of thrusters.  The more you engage, the higher you fly.  This 20-pound aircraft aluminum exotic machine can reach 1,200 pounds of thrust depending upon your strength, skill and customized adjustments you make.  Think of the stunts and exercise benefits you can attain! I did a 360, one-legged right angle turn and even managed to “stuff” a basketball on the fly.  It doesn’t take long to familiarize yourself and know your limits (if you have any).  You will want to open up the flybar hardened shell to perform the thruster adjustments for the first time, but soon after I managed to make any adjustments I wanted through 12 unique and intuitive slots on the outside to engage or disengage the thrusters based upon my desired height attainment and particular rider needs.  The outside truly looks like a flying machine with tough rubberized covered handlebars and a protective rubber cup in between for safety of the rider.  The foot pegs also have excellent skid plates to prevent slippage.  The piston rod extends down to the heavy rubber covered tip.  The piston is also adjustable for varying heights and to assist in providing you with greater jumping ability based on extending or lowering that piston rod.  These adjustments can also be made externally through provided numbered slots (three) using the included adjustment tool.  The instructions and diagrams are thorough giving you a great guide from beginning to end.  Maintenance is relatively easy and non-routine due to the durability of the Flybar.  The thruster elasticity will lengthen with time, but you can even reposition them to gain maximum life and performance.  Keep dirt out of the bearings as much as possible.  Now you’re ready to learn, balance and fly the machine. 

I haven’t been on a “pogo stick” in about 20 years, our kids and the children in the neighborhood gazed upon the Flybar and I as some sort of “aliens”.  However, once they realized what this “foreign” (to them) machine could do; it was too late.  They were excited, inquisitive and wanted to jump on it right away as well.  I had to politely advise them that safety was important and they needed to first learn all about it and it would take practice.  Next thing I knew, they were running home to tell their parents about this “flying” machine and how much they wanted one.  Even though I had not been aboard a “stick” in sometime, it came back to me almost immediately; as easy as riding a bike.  Of course, my kids had to show up their “old man”.  It didn’t work. But I knew it wouldn’t take long before they would far surpass what I could ever hope to do on this fun machine.  I have to tell you I was reluctant the Flybar could do what it was supposed to do, but it performed flawlessly and gave all of us a new sense of enjoyment and many more days, weeks and years of fun.  Please make sure, however, if children operate the Flybar that they use a helmet, knee and elbow pads.  Chances are, they will never need to be impacted upon because it won’t take long to grasp the entire device.  And, oh how you will gain some exercise and anaerobic activity for the whole family with virtually every muscle group being utilized. 


Conclusion
SBI Enterprises (manufacturer of the original pogo stick) has engineered a far superior successor to the “stick” and look for even more exciting variations in the future.  The Flybar 800 and 400 models will soon be introduced to accommodate intermediate and child riders who do not need or desire the same height expectations as adult “fliers” do.  Those who love skateboarding, snowboarding or other extreme, high flying sports/devices will simply find the Flybar exhilarating and challenging. See also Flybar.com for videos of the Flybar in action.

 
How to Buy
The Flybar 1200 sells for $299.99 on Amazon.com.
 



 



















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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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