Like any extreme sport, our pogo sticks can certainly be dangerous. We have guys doing flips over cars on them. If you want to push the limits, you have to accept injuries.
That being said, most people never get to that level, and our sticks are only as dangerous as you want them to be.
When you first get your pogo stick, you’ll barely be able to get more than a foot or two off the ground. If you take a spill at this point, you’ll dust yourself off and laugh about it. It’ll take practice before you get comfortable and are able to jump more than a couple feet. And by that point, you’ll be good enough to avoid bad spills so long as you’re just jumping up and down. The real danger kicks in when you start trying to do the big air tricks (flips, stickflips, tornadoes, Bennett-twister…). When you get to that stage, there is the potential for injury.
We always recommend helmets. No matter what! Even when you’re only two feet off the ground you have the potential to very seriously injure yourself if you fall in just the right way.
When looking for a helmet, make sure it’s CSPC Certified. That basically means it’ll definitely save your noggin if you hit it.
Here’s the helmet I usually recommend – it’s stylish and safe: Triple Eight Certified Rubber Helmet and can be found on Amazon.
Also, any time you take a hard fall and hit your head, it’s time for a new helmet. They are a one and done deal. The foam inside of the helmet cracks and won’t provide the same level of protection again. Many people don’t know that.
Elbow pads are nice too, but not as necessary. It’s not too likely that you’ll fall on your elbows. If you suffer from super sweaty hands (SSH) as we call it, you may want to consider some aftermarket grips or some gloves.
There are some common sense rules to follow when it comes to using our pogo sticks. Our safety page discusses the different things you should NOT do. Follow those rules, and you shouldn’t have to worry too much about getting injured.