HOW HIGH OFF THE GROUND?
Q: What is the distance from the ground to the top of the foot platform?
A: Approximately 17 inches.
WHAT WEIGHT RANGE OF SPRING SHOULD I BUY?
Q: What weight range of spring should I buy?
A: The spring weight rating system is for ease of use as well as safety. When a powerbocker uses stilts, the springs compress and deform. If the spring deforms too much, it could fail causing the user injury. You will avoid this problem by staying within your weight range. You may move up in weight class but you should NEVER use a pair of stilts with a spring below your weight range.
Q: I have been told that I should move above my weight rating, is this advisable?
A: Some Powerbockers move up in weight range to get a stiffer spring. The stiffer springs allows them to get more height (i.e. for layout backflips). However, the stiffer spring will seem very stiff when being used for regular recreational activity. It is sort of like having a sport-suspension on a car. When you are driving competitively you appreciate the stiffer suspension. However, it can be a little bit much when it comes to the daily commute.
Our advise is to stay within your weight rating when starting off. Then, if you want to move up in weight rating, you can simply purchase replacement springs from our parts sections.
WILL THESE GIVE ME SUPERHUMAN ABILITY?
Q: Can I really run 20 MPH?
A: The simple answer is yes, it is possible, Jumping Stilts have been considered for military application. One particular set of stilts was tested by the US Air Force. The user maintained an average speed of 23 MPH over ¼ mile distance, while chasing a military quad.
FIBERGLASS SPRING VS. CARBON FIBER-WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Q: What is the difference between the fiberglass and carbon fiber spring?
A: The springs are very similar. In fact, the original Powerskip spring (the most expensive on the market) still uses fiberglass.
However, the carbon fiber spring is claimed to be lighter, stronger, and springier.
More testing needs to be done, but either fiberglass or carbon fiber will do the trick.
POWERIZER VS. POWERSKIP
Q: What is the difference between Powerskip and Powerizer?
A: Powerskips were invented by Alexander Boeck and he owns the patent. His company, called ALANSportartikel GmbH, manufacturers Powerskip. These stilts are extremely high quality. They are also slightly lighter that the Powerizer/Powerizer. But the main difference is the quality of the spring. The Powerskip springs are touted to be the best in the world.
Powerizer/Poweriser are manufactured by Asian companies licensed under the patent holder. At first glance, the stilts look almost identical. However, upon closer examination, you will note that the Powerskip has superior welding and hardware. However, the Powerizer/Poweriser has a footplate that can easily be replaced with snowboard bindings and is easily upgradeable. Also, the Powerskip spring is interchangeable with the Poweriser/Powerizer. That means, that if you are just getting into the sport, you can purchase the less expensive Powerizer/Poweriser and later upgrade to the high performance spring.