VURTEGO POGO PUMP BUYING GUIDE

GET THE RIGHT PUMP

If you don’t already know, Vurtego pogo sticks use our patented air spring as opposed to a traditional metal spring. Because of that, you’ll need a way to pump your pogo stick up before you can bounce on it. If you don’t already have one, we’re going to help you find the right one, whether it’s something cheap that you can get for your kid to destroy (they break everything anyways, right?) or something that’s a little more expensive but will last for a long time. There are two main ways to fill your Vurtego pogo stick with air: an air compressor or a pump. If you happen to have an air compressor and a tire filler attachment, you’re all set. If you don’t – or if you plan on taking your pogo stick on the run – you’ll need a pump. Here’s a guide on choosing the right pump.

While we don’t physically sell pumps, we can give you a few different suggestions based on our own experience.

There are two types of pumps sold these days: Schrader Valve and Presta Valve…and then there are combo pumps that have both valves on them.

Schrader Valve

SCHRADER VALVE – GOOD

Schrader valves are the ones you’ve probably seen on just about every car and bike tire for the past 40 years. Our pogo sticks use the Schrader valve, so you’ll need to make sure that the pump you purchase has a Schrader valve nozzle. It doesn’t end there…some manufacturers make the nozzle so big that it doesn’t fit on the top of our stick – and the same goes for bikes with closely set spokes.

PRESTA VALVE – BAD

The Presta valve, otherwise known as the French valve, is used for high pressure bicycle racing tires…just like the ones used in the Tour de France. If you get a pump that has a Presta valve, it’s not going to work with our pogo stick. DON’T GET A PUMP WITH A PRESTA VALVE!!! They’re stupid, and they suck, and they make our lives really difficult…so we hate them…like, a lot!

Presta Valve

RECOMMENDED PUMPS

BV High Pressure Floor Pump

AWESOME STUFF

Sturdy feel, good air flow

Relatively accurate gauge

160 psi max

10.2 x 5 x 25.5″ | 3.5 lbs

SUCKY STUFF

A little heavy and bulky 

Presta valve connection is weak…but who cares, it’s Presta, we hate it

GET THIS PUMP IF . . .

You expect the pump should last for around a year with moderate use.

You promise to be gentle with it. Since it’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum, it’s made with cheaper quality materials. Make sure to pump nice and slowly.

BV-GF31P Floor Pump

AWESOME STUFF

Durable construction

Oversized, padded handle

160 psi max

6 X 10 X 27″  |  3 lbs

SUCKY STUFF

A bit on the expensive end

Slightly heavier than other pumps, but that’s due to the more durable materials

The dual head is somewhat big and can make filling up bike tires on a kids’ bike tough

GET THIS PUMP IF . . .

You don’t mind paying a bit extra for something that should last a few years with fairly regular use.

WHAT IF I CAN’T BUY THE RECOMMENDED PUMPS?

NO NEED TO WORRY – WE’RE HERE TO HELP

We sell our pogo sticks all over the world, so we realize that some of you can’t purchase one of the above pumps from Amazon.

If you’re in that situation, you’ll probably need to purchase one at a local bike shop, sporting goods store, or some other website. Keep reading and we’ll clarify things a little more to make sure you understand what you need and why.

NOT ALL PUMPS WORK WITH OUR POGO STICKS

There are tons and tons of pumps out there. Some are good, some of them are cheap, and some of them can just go to hell because the air fill valve nozzle is the size of an elephant. Because of that, not all pumps work with our pogo sticks…a lot of times they don’t even work with smaller bikes because the nozzle won’t fit in between the spokes. It’s like some people don’t even test out the design of their products before they manufacture them. It sucks. We wish they did. It would make our lives a little easier.

THE TWO THINGS TO LOOKOUT FOR

There are two issues that come up when trying to find a pump that works with our pogo sticks:

  1. Making sure the pump uses a Schrader Valve – the standard for car and bike tires in the US – as opposed to the stupid French Presta Valve
  2. Many of the new pumps out there have a gigantic nozzle that’s just too big for our pogo sticks

Those are the only two things you need to watch out for.

The first one is simple. Get a pump with a Schrader valve.

The second one is a little more complicated. There’s a limited amount of space to put all of the components needed in our top cap (handlebar cutout, four handlebar bolts, and the air fill valve), and the amount of space left over determines the size of the hole that we can create for the fill valve.

As of right now, the size of the hole in our top cap is 0.93″ (2.36cm) wide. The nozzles on pumps seem to range in size from 0.75″ all the way up to 1.1″ (1.91-2.8cm). Most of the pumps with nozzles larger than our 0.93″ hole are Schrader/Presta combo valves…that is, they have both valves on the same nozzle, which results in them being pretty freakin’ big.

You’re probably a bit confused because we just threw out a bunch of number garbage, so make sure to take a look at the image to get a good idea of why certain pumps won’t work.

Nozzle vs Top Cap Dimensions

As you can see, the hole in our top cap where the air fill valve sits is 0.93″ across, which means that the nozzle on the pump you get must be smaller than that…or you would need to remove the top cap to inflate the pogo stick, which you definitely don’t want to do.

Your goal is to find a pump that has a nozzle smaller than 0.93″ (2.36cm). If you get a pump that has only a Schrader valve, it’s almost guaranteed to work with our pogo sticks. If you get a pump that has both a Schrader valve and Presta valve, just make sure to check the nozzle size prior to purchase.

If you’re buying your pump from a store, you can always take your pogo stick to the store and test out the pumps to make sure you get one that fits!

THE PUMP YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND AT YOUR LOCAL STORE

Cheap Foot Pump

AWESOME STUFF

Hmmm…we’ll get back to you on this one

Oh! It’ll definitely work

Pretty small and light – super portable

SUCKY STUFF

It WILL break if you’re not extremely gentle with it

Only goes up to 100 psi on the gauge…but more like 80psi in reality

It’ll probably break in like 6 months

GET THIS PUMP IF . . .

You really only want to spend $10 on a pump.

You live outside of the US and can only find this kind of pump at your local store and you already searched everywhere else and have no other choice.

You’ll pump like a 90 year-old man, being ever so soft with it so that the legs don’t break and render it useless.