Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Miracles since 2008

Poem inspired by my customers

Twas the week before Christmas, with time running out,
The gift has been chosen, too late for ground route,
The tree has been set, and decorated with care,
lonely for power stilts that soon would be there.

We waited all night and morning snug in our beds,
While bocking tricks and videos played in our heads.
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
Stilts were being labeled, and shipped via sky,

Then all of a sudden there came a loud clatter,
and then on the walkway a faint pitter-patter,
Away to the window I flew with fling of quilts,
FedEx Express Overnight arrived with spring stilts.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be named Nick.
Miracles delivered when he drove out of sight,
He bellowed:
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

And to share my inspiration:
Thank you so VERY much, David, for making this happen. I suspect that my other two kids--as well as kids in our neighborhood--will be buying more from you. I will be CERTAIN to recommend you. Thank you again, David. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

How long will Shipping take?

I just added this to my FAQ Page. Every customer wants to know how long shipping will take. As each order ships, I always send you the FedEx tracking information. However it's often useful to have the answer before placing the order, for planning purposes.

So whats the answer? It depends where you live :)

Here's the map:

Please note: These estimated shipping times are not a guarantee. Shipping normally starts the business-day-after the order was placed. Packages in transit will move over the weekends, but FedEx pickups and deliveries only occur on weekdays.

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sign-Up to Join Us

Given the unpredictable weather this time of year, I'm not generally scheduling promotional events, but I am doing tryouts evenings and weekends by appointment. I'm based out of Friendship Heights and if you can make it here, I'm very open on the available day/times.

New: There's now an online signup form that streamlines the process.
    Use our new form to:
  • sign up for a free tryout
  • schedule a lesson
  • sign up for news and discounts
  • send us a message

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Video from Bock NYC

Group trick:

Nicely edited! (I'm in camouflage pants with blue springs.)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Upgrading to the Calf Cuff

A customer recently ordered the upgrade kit for his 7 League boots to put on the Poweriser calf cuffs.

Hey. Would just like to say thanks for the cuffs. I also noticed that you added the bolts on there too, thanks for that ;D, really shows you care about your customers... I'm sure it will work out. Thanks again, hope to do business with you again.

Bravo for happy customers!! He's agreed to put together a tutorial on how to do the upgrade, so I'll post that on my website soon. Apparently it was pretty easy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cure Pain! Feel Younger!

Love to see another satisfied customer...
Hi David,

Just to let you know, the Powerisers are great! I spent most of this long weekend at Rock Creek Park trying them out, and it has been great fun.

I used to run in college (competitive, 800m and 1500m), but I often had an injured achilles tendon or trouble with my ankle. All of that is a thing of the past with these Powerisers.

The response from people is great too.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Items In DC Right Now

Speaking of in-person pickup, I have a beautiful pair of shiny new blue kids stilts (for 66-110lbs), which are the hottest-selling item so far. Don't worry parents... I have the kid-sized safety pads in stock too. I also have both the classic stilts and advanced stilts in 110-154lb range. If you are in that weight range, you could be bocking home today!

Otherwise, your order can be shipped here from the warehouse at no cost to you, although it does take about 3-5 business days.

Free In-Person Pickup

I just wanted to clarify some things about the DC Power Stilts free in-person pickup. It's a unique feature of our business that is a combination of savings, convenience, and service. When you place an order at the DC Power Stilts Web Shop, specify the "free pickup" delivery option. I'll email you once I have your item here. If your item is in-stock, you can arrange to pick it up right away! We are based in in Friendship Heights. For extra convenience, I can bring it to your neighborhood if I have business there (for example, weekend lessons or promotional try-outs). When you pick up your stilts, you may get them adjusted, fitted and even try them on prior to committing to the payment. A 10-min intro lesson is included also.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Good Route For Fresh Air

For some quick exercise and some fresh air, I usually do a loop starting down River Road and connecting to the Capital Crescent trail. Taking the trail to Bethesda, then stopping for a well earned ice cream or a snack. Finally I'll go bocking back down to Friendship Height on the sidewalk of Wisconsin Ave, about 5 miles.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What is the Warranty?

Poweriser USA provides a general one-year free-from-defects warranty except for springs and hoof rods that come with a six-month warranty.

As for the warranty, the standard warranty is provided by the manufacturer so as a result is the same no matter where you buy them, however I do additionally offer locally managed service for customers which makes it easier in case of an issue.

For more details, see the appropriate page on the DC Power Stilts site.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Poweriser Luggage Road Test

This bag was road-tested at Bock NYC, and performed admirably. It has a strap for holding the stilts securely, and plating to keep them from being dinged up. is able to hold stilts, padding, clothes, and had empty room for bringing things back. The dis/advantage to this suitcase is that it's pretty large, but it's the perfect shape suitcase for our stilts. I have a very large Swiss Army suitcase/duffel that I use for skiing, and it didn't come close to being able to fit the spring stilts.

Pulling it on the wheels was ideal for walking to the train and the bus. With two sets of handles and a shoulder strap, lifting it over turnstyles and climbing up multiple sets of stairs to get out of the NYC subway was as easy as grabbing it.

Overall, the trip added a few scuffs, but this is the solution for traveling with stilts. Tip: It comes with a lock in the side pocket, but US airlines prohibit most kinds of zipper locks.

Monday, October 20, 2008

7 leagueboots not competetive

Interesting... I Emailed the European manufacturer of 7 League Boots, which is a similar product to the Poweriser, but with slightly different design and spring characteristics.

It seems they aren't interested in working with an established USA dealer and perhaps are not priced competitively enough to be interested in our market...
thank you for your interest in our incredible 7leagueboot!... only jumping stilts like the original German Powerskip are allowed to be sold together with our 7leagueboot! We only accept equal products like the original Powerskip!

So we advise you that it is not possible to consider you as our 7leagueboot-trader!
I think this is just an excuse, as there's very little demand for the skips, and there aren't any businesses that could profit from just that brand. Seems like they are pretty far from being equal to the Powerskip. The stilts are twice as much as the Poweriser brand, and don't even offer the new cuffs.

I wonder if they are afraid to open a dealership in the USA? Could it be our product certifications and packaging requirements? Our culture of lawyers and insurance costs?

Bock NYC Aftermath and Report

Bock NYC Was a great success this year!! Since I was staying in midtown, I was the first to arrive at Battery Park. Everyone showed up pretty quickly and impressive vaults of the staircases and many various other tricks ensued. For most people there it seemed that someone on spring stilts was very unusual... but over a dozen people at once? Wow, only in NYC (or Boston /DC /UK...)

Anyways we went up to the courthouse with a nice set of stairs such that you could choose how big you wanted to go. A few skateboarders had set up shop but it was a good place to chill out and have lunch while watching Dawsome doing linked multiple flips.

From there we walked about 3.5 miles through most of lower Manhattan. It was mostly teeming with people going every which way but it was fun to be up above everyone else. The view is only 18 inches higher, but you feel miles above the rat race. We stopped a few places and gave roving demos of jumping and running. People definitely noticed us, and I saw alot of smiles as we passed by.

Finally we stopped in Times Square and formed a "bockers" circle. People gave us some good space as we took turns performing a crowd pleasing and traffic-clogging show for about 20 minutes. We weren't asked to leave, but as our hunger and thirst gave way, we headed back to Penn Station.

Weather was just about perfect and we didn't have any major casualties. More importantly, good times were had by all. Check out my youtube and flickr photo streams for details.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Special Event Coming up... NYC on October 17-19

Ever wonder what would happen if a whole crowd of people got together on power stilts and bocked across a crowded city? This event is going to have professional bockers from all over as we converge for jumping, acrobatics, running around, and having fun in the Big Apple. I am planning to attend and will help arrange carpools up from DC... please let me know if you are interested. If you are new to power stilts, you will especially benefit from bocking around with some of the world's elite for an entire weekend. Link here on the activities page.

FYI, No Try-out lessons next weekend

I'll be at the annual Hang Gliding and Paragliding Festival.

Also, don't forget to visit the DC Power Stilts web site. Thanks and have a great day!

Summer Sale Ends Sep 25

Sorry, but everything good must come to an end, including the $20-off Summer sale. September 25 will be the last day to save $20 on each pair of stilts. With the summer discount and the free delivery option, its the best deal you'll find anywhere. Online ordering through Google checkout ensures your security. (If you prefer, you may pay by cash/check at in-person deliveries.)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Web Shop + Summer Discount

Introducing the DC Power Stilts Web Shop. You could sign up for an all inclusive lesson, or browse and "Window shop" while browsing the site. (Your shopping basket will stay on the site until you are ready to place the order.) Online ordering through Google checkout ensures your security. (or if you prefer, you may pay by cash/check at in-person deliveries.)

Also... there's currently a $20 Summer sale! You can even double-up for a $40 discount when ordering stilts+lesson at the same time. Along with the option of zero shipping cost, its the best deal on the web right now.

Can I Buy The Classic Stilts and Upgrade Later?

There were a couple of questions about starting with the classic stilts, and upgrading the hardware later. It's a great idea as the upgrade path will give you the same comfort and support as the advanced stilts for around the same price, but with less cost up front. Since replacement service is performed free for Customers, this upgrade option is close to hassle-free. For upgrade options (and an interesting schematic of the hardware), see our Upgrades Kits.

Welcome to Bocking!

I want to say thank you for your interest and participation. But mostly, I want to show you your videos and photos. We now have a Flickr photostream and a Youtube video page... please check out your photos and add your comments. I'm especially interested in your ideas for photo titles, so please drop by and put in any suggestions. Also, don't forget to Friend or subscribe to us.

Tell your Friends

You've seen how fun power stilts are to try... now forward this link to your friends who might like to try it! I will be doing more free try-outs and want people to get on the tryout list so they know when and where to find me. Even better, come out with your friends so you can take photos and video while your friends learn to walk again.

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