Gasoline-powered, but no wheels...

I heard about them, but I thought they were a joke.

Then I ran across a link.

They actually made gasoline-powered pogo-sticks that even grandpa can ride!

It's a single-cylinder engine, with the bouncing foot being connected directly to the piston, called the Hop Rod. There are a bunch of adverts and slightly more modern test-drives in a short video on the site.

They're... odd.

Still, I wondered. Maybe the Hop Rod provided the inspiration for other wheel-less powered transports?

Do you remember those Russian boots? 4 metre strides and speeds of 40kph were promised, but that was 8 years ago. According to The New York Times they fell foul of Soviet secrecy and then Russian financial mis-management.

They're still around, waiting for some entrepreneur to hop on the band-wagon...

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Labot20019 years ago
I've seen something like the second picture before about 2 or 3 years ago. They were called Kangaroo Shoes, maybe? I wanted them for Christmas - then I found out they cost $250. Whoops.