Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jumping Stilt Reviews: Poweriser, 7 Stilts, Air-trekker, PowerStrider

When it comes to jumping stilts, spring stilts, Powerisers, and Powerbocking in general there seems to be a fair amount of Brand Confusion.

The difficulties start at the generic name for jumping/spring/power stilts and the sport of powerbocking. Adding to it is the fact that stilts made in the same factory are often named and branded differently by each importer and customer. Even the model names can be designed to confuse.

The USA enjoys having multiple brands of stilts available for purchase. As an expert, instructor, and independent dealer, DC Power Stilts is in a good position to review all brands of stilts brands to offer and to evaluate jumping stilts on their merits.

The major brands and models available in the USA are as follows:

Poweriser
Models: Standard, Advanced, Kids

The first licensee of the German patent, Hitech & C Co was the company to start mass production and consumer pricing to the market. Essentially they created the recreational market for spring stilts. Manufactured by a Korean company in the Philippines, their production quality has been decent over time. Although their design improvements are mostly related to making the product cheaper to compete better with the Chinese brands, they offer a good warranty and generally hold up well. Poweriser currently hold the patent for inventing the popular kids-sized stilts and generally stands by their products and offers a good value.

Verdict: We offer and recommend this brand for their durability and value.

Air Trekker & Chinese brands
US Models: CZ-Adult, CZ-Extreme, Youth, M115


Broken and stripped parts
The Guangzhou Up Wing Sport Goods Industry in China started as a knock-off producer, with PoweriZer (note the Z instead of S), but the confusion was ended via a court case that forced them to change the product name. They currently manufacture stilts under the following additional brands: PowerStrider, Upwing, Pro Jump, Fly Jumper. The Chinese have brought prices way down by lowering the manufacturing quality.  Many of their stilts were shipped with springs that snapped in half right out of the box (see photo).

On the plus side, the Chinese company has innovated design-wise by copying and mass producing the designs of some of the high-end stilts. As a result, they had some misses like the ill-fated tilting footplate models, but they also had some hits like the CZ Aluminum model which are under eight lbs each instead of ten. Being 20% lighter makes a big difference. While the design of the CZ stilts are very good for the price, the problem is that they suffer from cheap manufacturing and don't hold up with serious use. We recommend the PowerStrider Brand but they closed their doors after being unable to profit due to warranty claims from production quality. Parts for this brand is still available via the Air Trekker line and website.  

Verdict: These are the cheapest which makes them a good choice as a novelty gift or item, but these stilts break in various ways for those who regularly use them. 

The 7 League Stilts
US Models: GT Cobra

In answer to the demand for higher-quality mass produced stilts, stilts enthusiasts in Europe formed Future Tech to refine, improve, and test the designs for mass production in China. The 7 league Boots brand has higher quality parts and some design improvements: the springs are a bit more responsive, the cuff is held more tightly in place, and they are much more durable overall. Their 2012 introduction to the USA market didn't go smoothly because there were several fixes required to be made by the importer.

Verdict: Even though these are the most expensive stilts on the market, DC Power Stilts was impressed enough with this brand to acquire them and now offers the GT Cobra for sale in North America.

Other Brands ($1,500+)
If you would like more information about some of the $1,500+ import or custom build options, send your question and we'll respond with more info.  Generally the mass-produced brands above offer 99% of the same function for a much better value.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Holidays (Last minute Shipping)

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays! There is nothing like watching someone you care about open up a large wrapped box on Christmas and their amazed expression as they realize they have been given an awesome pair of power stilts.

Now I want to help make that magical moment happen. I get lots of logistical questions this time of year because the moment is fast-approaching, and FedEx isn't as fast as Santa's sleigh. Our standard shipping method is via FedEx Ground. The following are FedEx shipping times, broken up by each Brand. Note that it also takes about one full business day to process and pack the order. We'll work to try to ensure fast shipping times this week.

7s Stilts (7 League Boots):

Poweriser Items

Pads/Helmets/other

DC Power Stilts is happy to send you items using expedited delivery but the shipping cost is approximately twice the amount for FedEx 2-day, and around 3x times for FedEx overnight.

Monday, November 12, 2012

New 7s Stilts & Black Friday Discount

This time of year offers many, crisp cool days for outdoor fun and exercise without sweating too much, it's also the season of goodwill and generosity.  Share the gift of a higher perspective!

Announcing the 7s Stilts!
DC Power Stilts has noticed that 7MeilenStiefel (7 League Boots) are the preferred brand for serious bockers in Europe. After putting them through the test, we found that these are the highest-quality jumping stilt in production, which is why we are now offering them to our customers in the USA!

The 7s stilts offer many innovations and are perfectly suited for the teen or adult who wants a highly adjustable, high quality product at great value.
> What makes 7 League Stilts GT Cobra so great?

Thank You
We haven't thanked our stilts community enough for supporting DC Power Stilts so we are offering this deep discount to help you find out about this new product:
BLACK FRIDAY COUPON
Take $70 off each pair of 7s Stilts with the coupon: OhThank7

You can use this coupon right now!  You don't have to wait, or wake up early, or wait in line.  This coupon is good until Dec 1, 2012.

Be a Gift-Giving Hero
Stilts come in a big box, which looks great wrapped under a tree, and there's no better feeling than watching someone receive an awesome gift.  On the other hand, who is more deserving of awesome gift than yourself?

Lets Move for Youth Fitness!
Poweriser Kids Stilts are an awesome way to get kids moving and having fun. Moving faster and standing taller is a huge incentive to get kids outside and doing something easy and safe to use. A perfect gift, still just $195. (for kids 66-110 lbs, ≈ ages 8-12)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

7 League Boots GT Cobra Initial Impressions

Well I've had enough time after my unboxing video to get a general idea of how these stilts perform straight out of the box. Check out the video below to find out all about it.




Now that you've watched that video let's actually look at them in use. Here is Chris of XD Bockers first try on them.


He takes a bit to become accustomed to the stilts, but warms up to them later in the day as seen in our easter meet video.



In short I found the build quality of the stilts to be great. The lower joint assembly was really silent in use, the springs were smooth although a bit to soft for me. The hooves were fantastic and provided excellent grip. The Cuffs were very comfortable and held up secure.

I'll be doing another follow up for my final verdict in a couple weeks. So if you haven't already please subscribe and watch for it.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

7 League Boots GT Cobra Unboxing

Hey everyone! It's been a while, recently I just received a set of 7 league boots GT Cobras. Here is the unboxing video!




I've already had a chance to try them out and will be following up with my first impressions within the next couple of days. Be sure to watch for it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Holidays from DC Power Stilts

DC Power Stilts: Instruction > Sales > Service > Community
December 2011 - Happy Holidays!

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Happy holidays from DC Power Stilts!Stilting Santa

We give thanks for your support of the powerbocking community, and for being a part of DC Power Stilts.

It is not too late to be a gift-giving hero!
You can put an awesome big-box gift under the tree whether you are buying sleek set of Poweriser Kids for kids or getting Poweriser Advanced for your teen or kid-at-heart.

Time is running out!
Complete your Poweriser order by Thursday and you can take advantage of our ground shipping rates to anywhere in the Continental US, with arrival by the 25th. 

We also offer expedited shipping services if needed overnight or in 2-days.  Or pay no shipping! Our DC Headquarters is fully stocked with a pair of stilts in every size and you can load them up right into your sleigh.
> Contact us to schedule a pickup

New Lesson Formats:
We still offer 10 Minute Tryout Lessons and Private lessons.  Due to customer demand, we have formalized our special event format to make it easier to get your friends a chance to go stilt walking.  Lessons make a great gift too!

PowerStrider USA

PowerStrider closes its USA warehouse
DC Power Stilts is brand-independant!  We share what we know about the current trends regarding equipment.  We'll test and evaluate new brands and only endorse items that would offer solid quality for a good value.  We'll let you know when we endorse a product and offer you the best of what is available.

Stay tuned, you'll be the first to know when a product meets our standards!

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Customers love us, and we strive to provide consistent 5-star service!  Our goal is to offer quality goods at fair prices and upfront shipping rates to anywhere in the continental USA.  We also offer free customer pickup.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Newsletter: May 2011 - Spring Stilt Season

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for being part of the powerbocking community, and for your support of DC Power Stilts. We have already attended the first national bocking meetup (Bock The South) and we are gearing up for the biggest meet ever: Capital Bocking USA.

Please Join us @ Capital Bocking USA: June 24-26, 2011
Experts on stilts from across the country will again descended upon Washington DC, leaping, bounding and performing acrobatics in competition. You can join us to compete, learn, spectate or help!
Lets us know that you are coming:
> Learn More
> Order your shirt and/or RSVP on Facebook


Schedule a Private Lesson...
DC Power Stilts is the only business on the East Coast to offer beginner, advanced, and intermediate instruction. You can skip the awkward beginner phase, jump into impressive tricks, or get live, video analysis so your big stunts are smooth and graceful!
> Private lessons and Free Tips

Bring an Unforgettable Experience to your Next Event
DC Power Stilts can bring an unforgettable stilts try-out experience to your next event. People at your event will partner up to share a new exciting and memorable experience. 100% interactive and fun.
> Lets set something up

5-Star Service
Customers love us, and we strive to provide consistent 5-star service! Our goal is to offer quality goods at fair prices and upfront shipping rates to anywhere in the continental USA. We also offer free customer pickup.
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Start a Local Powerbocking Club
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bock The South 2011: Video

Thanks to David, Ann-Marie, Randy, Nick, Josie, Kathleen, and Doug for all attending and making Bock the South a blast!



Video Source


See you at Capital Bocking 2011!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bock Report: Easter Bock

Hello all!

We had a fantastic Easter. The XD Bockers went out to the park. Totting bunny ears, and baskets full of easter eggs. We had a fantastic time handing them out to kids of all ages at the park. Not to mention enjoyed hopping around.

Watch our events video to see us at it.





Alternate link here.

Don't forget to make time for Bock the South! It's coming up fast on the first weekend of May. See you out there!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bock The South 2011

Mark your calendars for May the 7th through the 8th. The XD Bockers of Savannah, Georgia are hosting the first annual Jumping Stilts meet up event for the Southern United States.

Powerbockers from all over will travel to Savannah, GA. To meet up, and participate in some powerbocking.

Check out our Event Flyer. Excited? Print it out and show some friends. Don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook Event page!

Keep an eye out for more event details as they come!




Sunday, February 20, 2011

2/11/2011 XD Bockers meet


Source


Above you'll find the last video edited together by our club. It basically is just some random clips at one of our most recent meet ups. In it we gave a lot of walking lessons, and did some light bouncing around.

If you happen to be in Georgia and have wanted to get a free walking lesson and a chance to try out. Do not forget that it's available through XD Bockers

We plan on releasing more videos throughout the season as the weather continues to stay nice. Keep an eye out here for any release!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trick Spotlight: Eltovator



Named after Elton the originator of this unusual technique. The Eltovator is deemed a trick due to the difficulty of the maneuver. The user gets on the ground on there knees directly behind them. Then with a burst of energy backwards. They hurl themselves over their hooves. As the hooves pivot on the ground. They quickly stand and take a step to balance themselves.

This takes loads of practice to accomplish. We recommend you practice in the grass. As the falls forward upon failing this trick can hurt. Mainly in the wrists and knees.


But here's a basic how to once you've found yourself on the ground.

Get to the position as shown in the below videos.

Get your mind focused to do the trick. Take a couple small "practice motions" to help get ready if needed.

Lean as far back towards your hooves as you can.

We highly recommend you put both hands at the bottom of your spring and hold on. This gets your bodies weight far enough back to pivot on the springs properly when you attempt this.

As you go backwards and pivot over your hooves, Let go of the springs, stand up and step immediately forward. Other wise you'll fall.




Video here on youtube. Or head over to xdbockers.com and check out the trick section!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

DCpowerstilts meet the XD Bockers




We had a great meet up in Savannah, Georgia with David from DCpowerstilts and all the local members of the XD Bockers. Josie, Doug, Kathleen, and DJ were all able to join David and Anne-marie

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 2010 Newsletter - Awesome Halloween Ideas

October 2010 Newsletter - Don't Fall Autumn Edition

Happy October! Insanely hot, Summer days are now in the past. Crisp, cool days are perfect for stepping out on your power stilts. Some thoughts and ideas for the season:

Halloween is coming up...
Costume time! How about blowing them all away by adding some stilts... Some costume ideas that work great with power stilts: Burner, Stilt Showgirl, Satyr, SciFi Punk, Parade Jester, Uncle Sam, Demon, Angel, Cheerleader, creature, alien, etc. (Click links to see photo ideas) You'll want to get your stilts ASAP if you don't already have a pair because you will need time to practice.

Remember Stilting over the Summer in DC?
Commemorate and show off your unique skills with a DC-themed "Capital Bocking USA" wicking, active performance shirt. The all-American design is perfect for showing your patriotic during this election season as well. Show off your patriotic red, white & blue for just $28.
(Limited supply, so order soon to ensure you can get one in your size.)

New: Private Event Try-out lessons
DC Power Stilts is equipped to provide try-out lessons for your next event. Over fifty try-out lessons were given at a big opening party put on by the famous PinkLine Project. Let me know if your event needs an interactive component that will make a big splash!

If Autumn leads to a Fall...
Safety gear is so important that DC Power Stilts now carries high-end Triple-Eight Saver Series Protective Gear, and Viking Skate Helmets. Although hard falling is unusual, wearing these cool pads every time further minimizes your risks. Wrist protection is extremely important so I am testing top-of-the-line Triple-Eight "Hired Hands" wrist protection (pictured right). Seems to me keeping your hands safe is worth the $40. Let us know if you would be interested in a pair.

5-Star Service
Customers love us, and we strive to provide consistent 5-star service! Our goal is to offer quality goods at fair prices and upfront shipping rates to anywhere in the continental USA. We also offer free customer pickup.
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Upcoming Meetup: Rally to Restore Sanity / Keep Fear Alive
October 30 - National Mall, Washington, DC
What happens when political comedians get together to put on a huge show in the middle of Washington DC? No one knows since it's never been done... Lets attend on stilts!
> Let me know if you would like to join us.

Upcoming Meetups: XD Bockers (DC Power Stilts Affiliate)
Weekly - Savannah, Georgia
> Learn More

And finally, please join us on Facebook!
Your feed will immediately get tips, news, coupons, event announcements, videos, and who-knows-what-else.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Tips: Springs Break In Period

Powerbocking Tips and Advice:
New Poweriser spring break in period

When you have either first strapped on your brand new set of Jumping Stilts. Or have recently replaced your springs. You'll notice that the spring is stiff and slightly difficult to compress. For a Newbie this is something you won't be able to tell the difference on. But for an experienced user, you'll notice that you won't even get any give in the spring at all.

This is simply due to the way springs are made. Over time the fiberglass in side begins to break down resulting in a softer and more responsive feel.

New users will need to use this period to work on mostly walking, and light running. Try simple Pogo Jumps and Bounces on the spring for a while. Typically about the time you get the basics down your springs will have "broken in" and you'll get the response you need out of them.

A good way to spot Unbroken in Springs against a Broken in Springs is when you wear them. Broken in springs will bounce ever so slightly as you walk. Unbroken in springs will stay stiff as a board and not move at all.

For experienced users it's best to break your springs in by first walking around for a couple minutes. Adjust yourself to the feeling you've almost forgotten about from when you were a newbie. Do a small jump. Walk a bit, and begin jumping more and more.

Springs break down quickest after being nearly bottomed out constantly. Just take it slow and you'll find that you've broken your spring in after only a couple sessions.

Tip: Try a bunch of set ups. Run into a jump, launch yourself from one foot. Land hard utilizing your arms to help bottom. Keep going until you've nearly bottomed about three times.

Mix those up with some hard pogo jumps. Be sure to use both legs equally to keep wear even on both springs.

Remember! If this seems like hard or annoying work. Think of it this way. You're burning a bunch of calories! An average adult will burn nearly 300 calories in 15 minutes of jumping.
 

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