Kit fit for a superhero

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So, you want to be a superhero. Do you have the required zeal for truth and justice or some cataclysmic issues to work through? Check. Do you have the urge to fight crime, battle bad guys and make a name as a masked vigilante? Check.  Well, how about some superpowers? No? Don’t panic. Does Batman need superpowers? How about Green Arrow, or Hawkeye and Black Widow in the Avengers? With just a few well-chosen gadgets you could be out battling dark forces in less than no time.
 
Note: The writers and publishers of this article do not recommend vigilante behaviour or superheroics, make any guarantees about safety or warrant that the products on this page will be effective in crime-fighting activities. Haven’t you seen Super and Kick Ass?

Yukon Tracker Night Vision Goggles
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Yukon Tracker Night Vision Goggles

RRP: £559
As any Batman fan knows, most crime-fighting happens after dark. This leaves your average caped crusader at a disadvantage, so why not give yourself the edge with some Night Vision Goggles? The Yukon Tracker Night Vision Goggles deliver advanced night vision from high-resolution binocular goggles, with a wide 30 degree field of view, rubber armour protection and a built-in infrared illuminator to give you visibility in near-total darkness. Just make sure that bumbling supervillains don’t knock them out of whack.

eBay loves: Being able to spot thugs and miscreants even when they’re hiding in the shadows.
Watch out for: The slight inconvenience of having protruding binocular goggles strapped to your face.

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Forcefield Pro Shirt

RRP: £199
Would Batman or Iron Man go into action without a little protection? Well, neither should you. The Forcefield Pro Shirt combines energy-absorbing pads made from multiple materials with a shell made from breathable BeCool fibre fabric, giving you ultimate flexibility and lightweight protection. Your back, shoulders, chest, elbow and wrists will now be safe from incoming blows (though not sharp edges), and you can go into combat with criminals with impunity (until someone whacks really hard you in the groin or stomach).

eBay loves: After a tough night of crime fighting, remove the pads and stick it in the wash.
Watch out for: Your head is still unprotected, so pack some tough headgear.

Pro-Jump EXO Jumping Stilts
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Pro-Jump EXO Jumping Stilts

Pro-Jump EXO Jumping Stilts

RRP: £249
OK, so you don’t have superpowers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel at high speeds or leap inhuman distances with a single bound. Strap on a pair of Pro-Jump EXO Jumping Silts and you can jump up to five feet into the air, take giant two-metre strides or run at up to 20 miles per hour – though it’s going to take some practice. Put the hours in and get out there. Low walls, small cars and other minor obstacles are no longer an impediment. You’ll be catching even the fastest super-crims in absolutely no time!

eBay loves: Leaping over tall buildings – or at least low garden walls – with a single bound.
Watch out for: Injury. Get some good protective gear and stay out of A&E.

ATLAS APA-3 Powered Ascender and REBS Compact Launcher
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ATLAS APA-3 Powered Ascender and REBS Compact Launcher

ATLAS APA-3 Powered Ascender and REBS Compact Launcher

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Wayne Industries has the monopoly on pistol-sized grappling guns, so in the real world we have to make do with a compact launcher and the ATLAS APA-3 Powered Ascender. Already in use by the US military, the ATLAS APA-3 can lift a man up the side of a building at speeds of over four feet per second, while the REBS Compact Launcher can fire a rope and grappling hook hundreds of feet into the air. The days of Adam West striding manfully up Gotham’s skyscrapers will just be a memory.

eBay loves: Reverse rappelling up the side of buildings without breaking a sweat.
Watch out for: Purchasing. This kind of cool police and military kit isn’t widely available in online stores.

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Samsung Gear S

RRP: £369
Superheroes don’t have time to fiddle with their smartphones – if they need fast information or a chat with a sidekick, flunky or easily-kidnapped love interest, then they need to be able to do it without pausing the fight against crime. That’s where the Samsung Gear S comes in. It’s the first smartwatch to work without a smartphone, allowing you to take and make calls, read emails and access social networks from the watch itself. What’s more, it can monitor your heart rate and help you navigate from your supehero hideout to the villain’s trap-filled lair. What could be handier than that?
 
eBay loves: Getting vital Twitter updates without taking out your phone.
Watch out for: The two-day battery life. You don’t want to run out of juice in the middle of the battle to save New York from the Chitauri.

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Martin Jetpack

Every budding superhero wants to fly, but what can you do without superpowers or wings? Strap yourself into the Martin Jetpack, and its 2.0 litre V4 engine will have you flying at speeds of up to 74kph at altitudes of up to and over 800 feet. With a flight time of over 30 minutes you’ll easily make it to your next battle against evil robots, cosmic invaders or genetically-modified monsters and back, and you’ll look really cool while you’re doing it.
 
eBay loves: Flying from one super-brawl to the next with a personal jetpack.
Watch out for: The wait. It’s not available until 2017, and just l ook at the price!
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