Imagine being able to jump up to nine feet in the air, run up to 25 miles per hour, and be the talk of the whole town. When I first saw these jumping stilts in the Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies I just had to get some to try out. The very next day I began researching about the stilts. I found out that the inventor was a German engineer named Alexander Boeck, the average cost of a pair is around five or six-hundred dollars, and the majority of “Bockers” in the united states are in the Southwest region.
I was so amazed by what would be possible to do in them so I found a dealer in Phoenix, Arizona and bought my Air-Trekkers. Originally invented and patented by German engineer Alexander Boeck, Air-Trekkers are a spring-loaded stilt that you safely strap onto each leg. Once strapped on, you stand 18″ taller, with three foot long carbon-fiber springs attached to your legs, ready to send you into the air. Alexander got the idea about the stilts while he was researching the movements of kangaroos in Australia.
He wanted to harness the speed and power of the kangaroo so that any person could achieve super human abilities. He began to draw out plans and eventually he came to the design used today. He had submitted his patent in 1999; however, the manufacturers cannot deviate from the plan that was patented in Europe in 2002 and 2004 in the United States. Although the design has now been changed to lighten the stilts. The original Powerskips are considered a brand for professional and serious enthusiast use, costing up to 1000 dollars and are very high quality.
Velocity Stilts are Powerskips that have been modified with different bindings and stripped down to minimize weight. Velocity Stilts occasionally retain the Powerskip logo on some parts and are sold at around 800 dollars. Powerisers are produced by Korean Company, but are manufactured in Philippines to lower cost. High quality and medium price-range. Known for its aluminum & black style jumping stilts. 7 League Boots are produced by an Austrian company. High quality and are the most expensive of the non-pro brands. Known for its yellow style jumping stilts.
FlyingLocust also known as: Air-Trekkers, Fly Jumpers, PowerStriders, Jumping Jacks and Pro Jumps. They are all produced by the same company in China. Medium quality and low price $399. Once a budget is realized the next step is to order the stilts. Then in about one to two weeks along comes the shipping man with a large box. In that large box is a brand new pair of jumping stilts. Opening the box very carefully can be a little hard due to the excitement. Once the stilts are out of the box go outside and find a place with a high wall or have a friend to help keep balance.
Then walk around until comfortable. After the initial hour or so the average new bocker can walk without the aid of a wall or friend. Be sure to have all the proper safety gear before starting to jump: a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads. After jumping and walking around for a while be sure to take a break as there is nothing worse than becoming tired and falling. There are many “Bocking” clubs and dealers in the Southwest region of the United States. One of my favorite clubs is the PowerRaptors. hey have dominated most of the competitions here in America and even a few in Europe. Some of the members were even part of President Obama’s inauguration balls entertainment. To become a member of the PowerRaptors you have to show your skill by completing four side flips in a row and various other tricks. Being part of the club automatically gets you a sponsor and a monthly sponsor check. The club has biweekly meetings which any member can attend. The best part is the recognition that you receive by having the official spring cover.
Bocking is a fun and new way to exercise. It allows the bocker to exert more force while jumping and running without hurting the body due to the spring. The spring takes all the inertia and condenses it to make the bocker sore. For years little kids have always dreamt of having super powers. Now they really can have super powers with power stilts. Power stilts also come in kids sizes. Soon more people will begin to sore through the skies and run quick as lightning with this wonderful invention. Power stilts will eventually lead to a more fit, healthier and “greener” planet.