Courtesy of Hallie Cotnam for the CBC
Oh, Canada

Man Invents Backpack-Mounted “Jetpack” for Speedy Ice Skating

byVictor Tangermann
Jan 15
Courtesy of Hallie Cotnam for the CBC

"I was actually getting a little scared at one point because I was going a little too fast."

Weed Whacker Skating

Canadian tinkerer Brydon Gibson, a 24-year-old Ottawa native, has built himself a “jetpack” that can allow him to ice skate at up to 25 mph, the CBC reports.

To be clear, the term “jetpack” is a bit of a misnomer — it pushes him along using an old-fashioned propeller, not a jet engine. But it still looks like a fun time.

“I got my hands on some weed whacker motors and I figured strapping one on my back and making skating a little bit lazier would [be] a good idea,” Gibson told the broadcaster.

Oh Canada

“I was actually getting a little scared at one point because I was going a little too fast,” Gibson added, noting that the only braking method is a “finicky” kill switch.

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In total, the “jetpack” weighs in at just over 13 pounds. Gibson was inspired by experience building remote-controlled airplanes and boats.

“It’s kind of gotten me into some rough scenarios.… I’ve almost lost a finger in the past, but I’ve never had any serious injuries yet,” he noted.

Bored Inventor

“Spare time with COVID, [and] not seeing anyone? I’m doing this instead,” said Gibson.

The inventor has ambitions to upgrade the project.

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“Bigger propeller, more thrust, more speed, more fun,” he told the CBC. “This is what I do. This is my life.”

READ MORE: With spare parts and derring-do, Ottawa’s own ‘Rocketman’ reinvents skating


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