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.


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.


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

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