You Can't Buy These Underwater Iron Man Thrusters Without Government Approval

You Can't Buy These Underwater Iron Man Thrusters Without Gov't Approval

If you combined the SkyMall catalogue with the Christmas list of some spoiled rich kid you'd end up with Hammacher Schlemmer: an impossible menagerie of everything from shoe polishers, to talking scales, to this amazing set of underwater thrusters that you wear like a pair of Iron Man's pants. If there's a better way to spend $US31,000 we haven't seen it.

A pair of six-inch electric thrusters silently propel a swimmer to speeds of up to three-and-a-half knots, and on a full charge the propulsion pants have a range of about 3.2km. But, you can extend that by bringing along an extra battery that can actually be swapped in while underwater.

But if that isn't hardcore enough for you, check out the limitations on who can buy a pair, and where they can use it:

Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer for recreational use by U.S. citizens within U.S. territorial waters, its advanced design requires purchase approval from the U.S. Department of State.

It seems like it's easier to buy a gun, high-end explosives, or even a small army than it is to order one of these for a fun weekend on the lake. America! [Hammacher Schlemmer]

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    Get a friend in America to buy one and then ship it over here. Stuff them. With that attitude, it just makes me want to disobey them.

      Enjoy your time in Guantanamo. Send me a post card please.

    Yea! Don't gimme that attitude!

    Google tells me that is 6.48kph (ie a brisk walk) for us land lubbers.

    Last edited 03/09/14 4:04 am

    Where it takes less effort to buy a legal gun than it does underwater thrusters.

    Where snide uninformed comments about the USA and guns pass for wit.

    They are restricted as these are a key tool used for covert entry into harbors and such if you want to conduct reconnaissance, attach limpet mines to ships, destroy facilities, etc. Actually a hell of a lot more potent in the hands of the right person than a gun.

      And because bad people for some reason struggle with flippers. Yep.

      interesting theory but there are underwater scooters which can do the same job and even faster and also cheaper!

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