The best pogo sticks today are no longer just a child’s toy. Kids and adults alike can have some bouncing fun, enjoy a good physical workout, or even progress into the sport of extreme pogo.
Let’s jump right in! We have carefully reviewed dozens of pogo sticks to select the 6 best models in 2020. From cheap bungee jumpers for little ones to heavyweight pogos for adults, there’s something here for everyone.
You’ll find each of our top picks for young kids, teens, adults and toddlers in the reviews below.
Following the reviews we have a Buying Guide on what to look for in a pogo stick, FAQs, tips on how to pogo and an all important Safety Guide.
Top 6 Best Pogo Sticks in 2020 – Reviews
If you want to find the best pogo stick for any weight or age range, these reviews will help you make the right choice.
1. Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick (Kids / Teens)
Best Pogo Stick for 9 Year Old to Early Teens
- Age Guide: 9+
- Weight Limit: 80 – 160 pounds
- Colors: choice of 7 colors (Black/Silver shown)
Non-slip footrests help keep feet firmly in place during energetic bouncing while both the hand grips and frame are foam covered for better safety and durability. The foam also protects delicate toes if the stick is dropped on them!
The spring is covered too so there’s no exposure to moving parts which means no risk of trousers (or fingers) getting caught up in the spring.
Parents will like the fact that the tip, footrests and hand grips are all replaceable. This makes the Foam Master better value for money by extending its lifespan – those parts (especially the tip) can take a serious beating over the years.
The recommended weight range of 80-160 pounds is sufficient for most kids and young teens. But, like all spring pogos, it may not bounce very high if your child is at the lowest end of the scale – because they will find it harder to compress the spring.
The spring can also be very stiff when new – it takes some time to loosen it enough to enjoy the full bounce height.
If your child is light and finds it difficult at first, a heavier person could use the pogo for a while to help loosen it up. Flybar also suggest applying an oil based lubricant (WD-40 or Vaseline) on the spring if required.
- Up to about 2 feet bounce height
- Spare parts (tip, hand grips and footrests) are available – can greatly extend the life of the pogo stick
- Foam covered frame and grips for safety
- Flybar are the leading US manufacturer, founded in 1918
- Spring can be hard to compress when new, or if you weigh less than 90 pounds – lubricant can help
2. Flybar Foam Maverick Pogo Stick (Kids)
Best Pogo Stick for 8 Year Old and Younger
- Age Guide: 5 – 9
- Weight Limit: 40 – 80 pounds
- Colors: choice of 7 colors (Red/Blue shown)
Like its big brother (the Foam Master) above, it features non-slip footrests to increase stability. But it is designed especially for younger children so the entire stick is wrapped in foam for protection – including the metal frame, padded hand grips and the enclosed spring.
The Maverick comes fully assembled and the tip, footrests and hand grips are all replaceable. This can help extend its lifespan so you could hand it down to younger siblings or friends if your child outgrows it.
The recommended weight limit of 40-80 pounds is fine for most kids aged 5 – 9. But, if your child is at the very upper end of this weight range, the stick is more likely to bottom out – and kids grow so fast they may soon outgrow it. In that case, consider the Foam Master above instead (80 pound minimum weight) for future proofing.
On the other hand, this pogo won’t bounce too high if your child is at the very lower end of the weight range. But that may not be such a bad thing for little ones – they will likely grow all too quickly and then be able to bounce much higher.
As with most models, some users say that the spring is very stiff when new – it takes time to loosen it up. If your child is very light and struggles to get it going, a heavier person could use the pogo for a while to speed up the process.
- One of the cheapest here
- The entire stick is covered in foam for safety
- Spare parts (tip, hand grips and footrests) are available – can greatly extend the life of the pogo stick
- Flybar are the leading US manufacturer
- Weight range is only 40 pounds so some kids may outgrow it in a couple of years
3. Flybar Super Pogo (Teens / Adults)
Best Pogo Stick for Teens and Adults
- Age Guide: 14+
- Weight Limit: 120 – 210 pounds
- Colors: 1 color (Chrome/Black as shown)
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pogo-er, the grip tape covered foot rests provide good control and stability. The foot rests are also extra strong (injection molded) and large enough for big feet or to cope with tricks where you need to take your feet off the rests.
The Super Pogo is one of the only classic sticks on the market that can cope with the weight of a full sized adult, up to around 210 pounds. If you’re much heavier than this you’d need to invest way more in buying an air-powered pogo like the Vurtego V4 (see review no. 6 below).
The super wide range in weight capacity (120 – 210 pounds) also makes this pogo an excellent buying choice for a fast growing teen. They won’t need to upgrade to a pogo with a higher weight limit after a couple of years – this one can handle the weight of an adult!
Beginners may find that the spring seems very stiff at first but this is often due to lack of practice – it takes time to master the art of actively jumping with enough force to compress it. You can’t just stand on the pogo and expect it to bounce…
- Can cope with weight up to 210 pounds
- Up to about 4 feet bounce height
- Sturdy steel construction
- Good size and design for tricks
- Spare parts are available
- Noisier than pogo sticks for kids
4. My First Foam Pogo Jumper (Little Ones)
Best Pogo for Toddlers
- Age Guide: 3+
- Weight Limit: up to 250 pounds
- Colors: choice of 13 colors, characters, LED lights or sound (Blue shown)
The more you pull on the bungee cord, the higher you bounce up – about 6 to 9 inches. It’s not a traditional pogo but it does teach little ones the basics of jumping. This should help them to more easily get the hang of a classic spring pogo stick when they get older.
Not only will this Jumper put a huge smile on your toddler’s face, but the base is made of soft foam so is suitable for indoor use, as well as outdoors. It doesn’t scratch floors and is the only pogo here that can be safely enjoyed throughout the year, even if it’s raining or snowing outside!
Many fun versions are available to keep even the most choosy toddler happy. Not only do they come in various colors but some have cool characters (e.g. a frog or pink unicorn) while others include a jump counter or LED lights – the police officer version has a realistic police siren sound too.
The foam base can hold up to a whopping 250 pounds and the bungee cord stretches up to 40 inches so kids definitely can’t grow too big to have a good boing on this. In fact it can easily cope with the weight of a teen, or adult.
But note that the base does contain a squeaker – so it squeaks every time you hop. Toddlers usually find this hugely amusing but it may get a bit tiring for parents to listen to after a while.
We can’t recommend spoiling kids’ fun but, if the noise becomes unbearable, some users find that if an adult bounces on it for a while that usually kills off the squeaker inside. No more squeaks…
- The cheapest here
- Can be used indoors or outdoors
- Great choice of colors and characters
- Folds up small for easy transport or storage
- No minimum weight, huge maximum weight limit
- No spring so bounce height is less than a foot (but safer for toddlers)
- Squeaker inside is fun for kids, not so much for parents
5. Aero Advantage Pogo Stick (Kids)
- Age Guide: 5 – 10
- Weight Limit: 40 – 80 pounds
- Colors: choice of 4 colors (Red/Black shown)
The Aero has non-slip pedals to help feet grip, the low-friction spring is enclosed for safety and the handle is covered with foam.
About 37 inches tall, the Aero comes fully assembled and the tip, footrests and hand grips are all said to be replaceable which can help extend its lifespan and let younger kids take over if your child outgrows it.
As with most pogos, the spring is deliberately designed to be stiff when new – it takes some jumping time to loosen it up. If your child is very light and struggles to bounce, a heavier child could use the pogo for a while to speed up the process.
Note: although Amazon’s description states a weight range of 40 – 90 pounds, we have checked the PDF manual on the seller’s website and it states 40 – 80 pounds so we believe that to be the correct figure.
- One of the cheapest here
- Spare parts are available – can greatly extend the life of the pogo stick
- Foam covered handle for comfort and safety
- Only has a 40 pound range in weight limit (per the manual) so kids may quickly outgrow it
6. Vurtego V4 Pro Air Powered Pogo Stick (Adults)
Most Wished For – Ideal for Extreme Pogo
- Age Guide: 8+
- Weight Limit: 75+ pounds
- Colors: 1 color (Green/Black as shown)
What makes the V4 so different from a traditional spring pogo is that it is one of the new generation of models powered by an easily adjustable air spring. You just pump it up with a bike pump – the bounce height depends on how much air you put in.
This makes it supremely versatile – beginners can pump in just enough air to bounce up a couple of feet and enjoy a fun cardio workout. Then add more air as you gain experience to gradually increase the height.
Maybe one day you too could achieve an exhilarating (but kind of terrifying!) extreme pogo bounce. The video below gives an idea of what it can do – in the right hands,and with practice. Some of the coolest stunts are definitely not for beginners…
The V4 Pro is available in 3 sizes based on height, not weight. Realistically there is no maximum weight limit. 300+ pounds? No problem! As long as you weigh more than 75 pounds you can use one:
- Small – 4’8″ – 5’3″
- Medium – 5’4″ – 5’11”
- Large – 6′ and up
Considering the price, if buying for a teen who is still growing, make sure they’re not likely to jump up into another height category anytime soon! It’s one thing to quickly outgrow a $50 pogo but quite another to have to buy a larger one of these.
- Can handle any maximum weight (75 pounds minimum)
- Up to 10 feet bounce height, but easily reduced for beginners
- Great design for tricks and extreme pogo
- Made from sturdy aircraft grade materials
- Spare parts are available from Vurtego
- Reassuringly expensive…
- Helmet definitely required!
Pogo Stick Buying Guide
What You Need to Look For in a Pogo Stick
Some of the basic things to look for when buying a pogo stick include the cosmetic details (such as color) and the type of metal used. Steel is stronger but heavier whereas aluminum is lighter and more weather resistant.
Quality rubber tips on the base are important for improved friction and durability. It’s useful if a spare is included – if not, check if spares are readily available as they do wear out.
A heavier pogo stick will typically be more springy, be easier to use and have less chance of tipping over than a lighter stick.
However, a lighter stick is easier to carry to a safe place to use. It’s surprising just how quickly kids can tire when carrying something heavy. They also quickly lose interest in anything that they consider to be a struggle.
The amount of ‘springiness’ in a pogo stick also varies:
- Low in kids’ pogo sticks, for safety – delivered by a regulated coil
- Medium in sticks for teens and adults – delivered by a reinforced spring
- High in extreme models – delivered by a high intensity spring / compressed air actuator
Shock absorbers are especially important for a smoother ride on extreme pogo sticks. Going way higher into the air also means they land much harder on the ground
Also look for the following safety features, especially when buying a pogo stick for kids:
- (Non-slip) rubber tip
- (Non-slip) rubber on the foot rests
- Foam padded frame
- Foam covered dual handle bars
- Fully encased spring mechanism
- For toddlers – stability provided by a box shaped foam base, instead of foot rests
What Height Should a Pogo Stick Be?
The overall height of a pogo stick is not as important as the height between the foot rests and the handlebars. If the handlebars are too low or too high when you stand on the stick, you’ll have a harder job controlling it and may tire more easily.
Ideally, when you stand on a pogo stick, the handlebars should be at the same height as your waist. Obviously manufacturers can’t make sticks that are the perfect height for everyone. But many do produce some models in different sizes – you should purchase the closest possible match.
If buying an adult pogo stick, it’s even more important to try to match up the distance between the foot rests and handlebars with the distance between the bottom of your feet and your waist. Because adults won’t grow any taller – so buying a pogo with the ideal height now should result in many years of use and great value for money.
What Age is Appropriate for a Pogo Stick?
There are bungee jumper pogos that are suitable for kids as young as 3 but traditional spring sticks usually have a minimum recommended age of 5 years old.
Most manufacturers offer a range of pogo sticks that target different age groups, weights, heights and skill levels.
The way the products are marketed and the suggested age and weight limits often make it obvious who they are aimed at.
For kids, it makes sense to buy a pogo stick where your child is in the lower half of the recommended age and weight range. That means it should stay usable for a good few years, even as they grow.
But make sure they are not at the very bottom of (or below) the weight range.If they are, the spring mechanism will likely be too strong for your child’s weight to make it bounce. For very young kids, also check that the footrest isn’t too high for them to climb up onto safely.
If your toddler isn’t quite ready for a pogo stick yet, why not take a look at the feature packed water tables that we reviewed recently. They’re splashing good fun outdoors and are suitable for ages 18 months and over – some double up as sand tables too so can be played with indoors.
Pogo Stick Weight Limit
Does it matter? Yes, very much so. Every pogo stick is designed to be safe (and fun) for users within a certain height and weight range.
If you are below (or only just above) the minimum weight capacity:
- You may not be able to get the pogo stick to bounce at all – the spring will be too strong and need more weight to compress it
If you exceed the maximum weight capacity:
- The spring might break – this could cause an accident and may be difficult to replace
- You may not be able to jump as high or might ‘bottom out’ at the base of the spring
- The rubber cap around the base might become misshapen – this could cause the pogo stick to under-perform or even cause an accident
Always choose a pogo stick in accordance with the weight of the intended user – manufacturers provide minimum and maximum weight limits for a reason. Provided you stay within the correct weight, height, age and skills range, you should get many years of pleasure hopping around!
Pogo Stick FAQ
What Is a Pogo Stick?
It is a pole made of 2 overlapping sections that have a spring or gas loaded mechanism between them.
As the stick lands on the ground, the spring mechanism is compressed by the weight of the user.
As the user pulls back up, the spring recoils, pushing both the stick and user up from the ground and into the air.
There are footrests for the feet near the bottom and a handle at the top to assist with balance. It can be used as either a toy, exercise equipment or extreme sports apparatus.
Are Pogo Sticks Good Exercise?
Yes! Bouncing on a pogo stick is a form of plyometric exercise. That’s a fancy way of saying that it is exceptional at developing a strong core, building leg muscles and absorbing shock.
Additionally, it gives the arm muscles a good anaerobic workout and is an intense, low-impact cardio exercise.
Pogo sticking can burn as many as 100 calories in just 10 minutes! If you are enthusiastic about fitness, or determined to work off some weight, it can be an awesome workout. If you are a more focused athlete you could burn even more calories than that. What isn’t there to like?
For those who think that ‘exercise’ is a nasty 8 letter word, pogo sticks are a fun way to exercise at home. There’s no need to join an expensive gym or wear unflattering sports kit…
Of course, if sport is your thing, there’s nothing to stop you bouncing away at home – as well as lifting weights, running or playing team sports.
What will using a Pogo Stick Teach my Kids?
Using a pogo stick can help children develop their balance, agility and co-ordination skills. Over the course of a few months, this regular exercise may also improve their endurance and leg strength.
If used in school, teachers could use a pogo stick as a practical example to illustrate the basics of ideas like the elastic properties of physics and the action reaction principle.
How do I maintain a Pogo Stick?
Before each use, to ensure that it is safe:
- Check that all parts are secure and fastened properly
- Replace any parts that have come off
- Follow manufacturer instructions – some sticks may require lubricating every few days if used heavily
After each use:
- Clean it if dirty and do not leave in damp conditions (rain, snow, damp outbuilding) as this may cause rust
- Keep it in temperatures as close as possible to room temperature
- Leave it in a safe place so that it doesn’t get stolen
Are Pogo Sticks Noisy?
They contain moving parts so pogo sticks do make some sound as the spring compresses or recoils and as the stick hits the ground. A larger adult stick is likely to be more noisy than one designed for kids. However, most aren’t too noisy and it is unlikely that you will annoy your neighbors.
How Popular are Pogo Sticks?
Pogo sticks were very popular up until the early 1980’s, after which their share of the recreational toys market began to decline as electronic games took over.
However, in the early 2000’s, Bruce Middleton (who studied at MIT), Ben Brown (a robotics engineer at Carnegie Mellon University) and Bruce Spencer (a retired firefighter from Huntingdon Beach) were independently experimenting with the idea of gas pressured “springing mechanisms”.
What emerged were pogo sticks which had a considerably higher bounce than the traditional spring design – potentially over 10 feet!
These “extreme” pogo sticks opened up a new market called Xpogo. Adrenaline junkies were attracted to the idea of using the new sticks for dare devil stunts such as somersaults and backflips.
Aided by amazing Youtube videos of stunts and tricks, this has seen an increase in the number of extreme pogo sticks on the market.
But pogo sticking in general has also benefited from the renewed publicity. Adults and kids are turning to standard pogo sticks just for fun or as a way to improve health or reduce weight, because they provide an intense, low-impact cardio exercise.
Pogo sticks have also enjoyed a resurgence with schools and parents as they are a good way to get kids off their phones and involved in active play outdoors.
Who Invented the Pogo Stick?
The origins of the pogo stick are somewhat mysterious and there are many conflicting reports. One even claims that it was invented by a blacksmith in the Transylvanian village of Pogo in the 1700’s! But early forms of the stick were simple wooden stilts.
There wasn’t a single inventor of the pogo stick as we know it today. It would be more truthful to say that the 3 necessary design features of a pogo stick were described in 3 separate patents over a period of about 30 years:
- Spring action – in 1891, George Herrington of Wichita, Kansas patented a pair of “spring stilts” that had compression springs under each footrest.
- Footrests – in 1920, the Germans Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschalk filed a patent for an improved “spring action hopping stilt”. This was a single pole with a footrest to each side and was considered to be easier to use than a pair of stilts.
One theory is that the name Pogo comes from the first 2 letters of each surname (Pohlig and Gottschalk) as that was a popular naming convention in Germany. Another theory is that the name is a play on the German dialect word “Pogge” which means ‘frog’.
- Handle – in 1921, Walter Lines filed a patent for a “jumping stick” which had a handle at the top of the stick. However, an issue with the single handle was that it could strike the user in the mouth when the stick bounced back up.
Despite these facts, many people wrongly credit Illinois baby furniture and toy designer George Hansburg as being the inventor of the pogo stick – they claim that he patented it in 1919.
But what he patented then was a toy car with a rubber band powered propeller motor. He received patents for several different designs but his first patent for anything like a pogo stick was in 1957.
It had the unique feature of 2 separate handles – this dual handle design became the industry standard.
However, prior to 1957, his company (SBI Enterprises) was already manufacturing pogo sticks at his factory in Elmhurst, New York.
In 1919, the Gimble Brothers Department Store had asked him if to design a jumping stick that would be more resilient than the wooden ones they had imported from Germany.
The wooden ones had rotted due to the damp conditions on the long journey to America by ship.
His answer was a painted, all metal stick with an enclosed spring mechanism.
Hansburg claimed that he got the idea for the name Pogo from a Burmese man who fashioned a jumping stick for his daughter, Pogo, so that she could get between temples without walking through the mud!
The name “pogo” is not trademarked and many companies now sell their own version of it.
How To Use a Pogo Stick
Most children have no difficulty in hopping onto their stick and then using it to bounce up and down. Believe it or not, it is actually adults who tend to feel the most intimidated by the thought of starting to use one.
This may be because they are more self-conscious but it is worth remembering that even professional pogo-ers make mistakes.
Try following the simple steps below and you’ll be taking your first few hops in no time. Remember to wear protective gear – it isn’t just for kids! That way, only your pride will be hurt if you don’t get it spot on at your first attempt…
How to get on the pogo stick:
- Find a solid surface to practice on
- Stand the pogo stick upright and facing slightly away from yourself
- Hold onto the handlebars
- Place one foot in the footrest
- Start to pull the stick towards yourself as you place your second foot on the other footrest – try to spread your weight equally between the footrests
- Try to balance as long as you can, then jump off and land on your feet
- Tip: If you find this difficult, try doing it next to a wall so that you can steady yourself with a hand on the wall whilst getting your second foot on
How to make your first bounce:
- As above, but when you have your first foot on the footrest, press the footrest downwards before quickly placing your second foot on the other footrest
- The stick will start to push you up into the air. As it lands back on the ground again, jump off it and land on your feet
How to bounce more than once:
- Get on the pogo stick as described in taking your first bounce
- The stick will start to push you up into the air
- As the stick lands back on the ground, immediately thrust downwards with both of your legs – you should look as if you are starting to move into a crouching position
- Then quickly jerk the handlebars upwards so that your body moves back into a fully upright position as the stick bounces off the ground again
- Repeat – jump off the stick when you have had enough fun or when your legs say “no more!”
Tips on bouncing:
- You will lose your balance if you don’t start bouncing as soon as both feet are on the stick
- If you begin to tip over, just bounce in that direction and lean your body in the opposite direction to the tip
- To stop the stick moving away from your body – and potentially breaking – grip it between your legs by pointing your knees inwards, hold the handlebars towards your body and lean slightly over the handlebars
- Until you are more experienced don’t try to bounce too high
- If at any time you feel yourself going way off balance, don’t be afraid to throw the stick to the ground and land on your feet – it is better to risk a scuff to the stick than to yourself
If you still struggle to stay upright, practice your balance OFF the pogo stick. Use a balance board and try the following:
- Keep the board still whilst standing with feet at either end of the board
- Rock back and forth on the board by shifting your weight from one foot to the other whilst you have one foot in front of the other on the board
- Tilt the board from side to side by shifting your weight from one foot to the other whilst standing with your feet side by side
Pogo Stick Tricks for Beginners
First you must nail the basics of bouncing up and down pretty much on the same spot. From there, you can move on up to building your endurance:
- Keep a note of how many consecutive jumps you can make and work on beating your own record each time
- Find another pogo-er and see who can do the most jumps in a set time
- Create a basic ‘assault’ course with increasingly difficult challenges, such as obstacles to navigate and low steps to jump up or down
- Try racing over a certain distance
Instructions on how to perform some basic tricks, such as hopping with no hands, can be seen in this video:
Are Pogo Sticks Safe?
Pogo sticks of old were fun but the risk of injury was higher back then. The foot rests were small and basic so it was easy for your feet to slip off. They had a hard metal handle bar that could hit you in the chin as the stick bounced back up.
There was also no protection around the spring mechanism so clothing or shoe laces could easily got snagged in it and destabilize you (or ruin your clothes). The base was typically small and uncovered so it could easily wobble or slip.
Designers of modern pogo sticks have taken many steps to minimize these dangers. Pogo sticking is now much safer – even Xpogo (extreme pogo sticking) is fairly safe, relative to many other extreme sports.
The greatest danger is when you are first learning as pogo sticks require balance, skill and co-ordination. See our safety tips below.
Pogo Stick Safety Tips
As well as the safety features mentioned above in what to look for when buying a pogo stick, there are other steps you can take to make them even safer:
- Only purchase a pogo stick that is appropriate to the user’s age, weight and height
- Wear suitable protective clothing (see our guide below)
- Only use a pogo stick on a suitable surface (see our guide below)
- Wrap LED lights around the frame to make yourself more visible if pogo sticking in the dark
- Do not attempt tricks until you are very good at pogo sticking. Ensure you are supervised by someone who can provide help in an emergency should it go wrong
- Take care of your pogo stick and keep it in good condition
- Be aware of potential hazards. Watch out for toddlers playing, pedestrians, cyclists, skate boarders, pets etc.
- Do not use your pogo stick in the middle of the street / road
Is Protective Gear Required for Pogo Sticking?
In a nutshell, yes! If you don’t, you risk more than a few grazes if you fall off. You could break limbs or, especially, bang your head.
Safety gear becomes even more important if you are using an extreme pogo stick as there is greater risk of more serious injury due to the stick bouncing considerably higher.
Don’t let this put you off jumping onto a pogo stick though! If you wear the following you are at a much reduced risk of injury:
- A well-fitting helmet – this is the bare minimum!
- Elbow pads
- Knee pads. Yes, these can get in the way a bit when trying to use a pogo stick but that is preferable to a hurt knee
- Closed toe shoes with rubber soles. If there are laces, these must be properly tied. Never try to pogo while barefoot or in sandals
What Surfaces can I Use a Pogo Stick on?
The best surfaces to avoid injury on a pogo stick are hard surfaces outdoors where there is plenty of room, such as concrete, asphalt or very dry and firm grassed areas.
Avoid the following surfaces:
- Moist grass – your pogo stick may get stuck which is unsafe and may leave unsightly marks on the grass
- Dirt or sand – your pogo stick may sink or skid into it making it unsafe
- Gravel (unless experienced) – there is a greater risk of the stick wobbling and a risk of more serious injury if you fall
- Uneven ground – same risks as gravel
- Wooden floors – as the floor may become damaged (or give way) due to the very small footprint of the pogo stick tip bearing all of your weight
- Stairs or steps – you could, and probably will, fall if you try to go up or down these