david staples: cure for slippery winter sidewalks? retractable spikes on boots - stainless steel ice balls
Did we fall down on our slippery sidewalk this winter?
I wiped it off about two months ago, just broke the fall with my hands and cut the knuckles.
They're still hurting.
It's a brutal winter for waterfalls and landing, which is why I'm excited about a new product that is becoming the main product in Alberta's main workplace: with retractable
Click on the button on the back of the boot and Kickspike deploys six stainless steel spikes for traction on ice and snow.
Darrell Bachmann, president and designer of Kickspike, 51, said: "They are amazing . ".
"That's how confident you are.
You know what it's like to walk on the ice.
Once you put on these boots, you will never be afraid again.
"Kickspike boots are made with retractable spikes built into the sole.
Larry Wong/POSTMEDIA network the boots has a compelling story of origin, starting with the love of golf at Bachmann. As a six-year-
An old boy on Vancouver Island, who picked up loose balls from the blackberry bushes at a local driving range, then returned them to the operator.
In return, they let him play for free.
Bachmann continues to study as director of golf courses at various colleges in Ontario.
He quickly became a curriculum director who oversees curriculum construction in Courtney
At a trade show in 1992, he saw a new product-plastic screws --
Will replace the nails of the steel nails.
The steel nails have severely torn the fragile golf greens.
He said that Bachmann was immediately banned from using metal spikes in his Chilliwack course, the first to do so.
Four years later, metal spikes were banned around the world, but with the advent of a new generation of plastic spikes, the new design includes longer, sharper spikes with a positive appeal.
They are harder than the old metal spikes in the green.
In bach man's view, the answer is a retractable metal spike on a golf shoe, which may be back when a player is on the grass.
From his years of maintenance at the golf course, he has become a welding worker and a craftsman, so he has developed a prototype himself.
He took part in a large golf trade show in Florida, which attracted a lot of interest from all sides, including the US representative.
Postal staff may like these shoes, the US post said.
Bachmann was given some media coverage due to that meeting and was invited to the CBC-
Dragon Cave TV show
In a show in September 2009, Hugh Willon investors, all five of whom agreed to invest $1 million in business.
The two investors then withdrew from the deal, which led bach man to withdraw from the deal as well.
With the active promotion of the product, he found new investors with better conditions.
When Bachmann fully studied the market, he realized that the retractable spikes on golf shoes were only a small part of the market compared to working boots and shoes.
He developed more prototypes.
He spent six years and 232 different prototypes preparing to sell the product in 2015.
"I just kept grinding, grinding, grinding.
At first, there were 245 pieces of each shoe, including the mechanical device, but he divided it into seven parts.
"You would think I was crazy, but I sat there almost without blinking for four hours in a row, looking at the mechanism and how I could do it in a different way.
Bachmann signed an agreement with the boot maker Red Wing to produce boots at their Chinese factory.
He began selling them in the United States. S.
Alaska executives in the hockey game, racing on wet ice and beating a Samboni, promoted the boots to Anchorage.
The latest one costs $299 per pair.
He currently sells these products online, but now finds a huge market in Alberta.
"To be honest, I believe Edmonton will probably take everything I can do in the next three years.
"He has completed a mountaineering boot and plans to wear regular shoes which will help the elderly and the disabled.
"There is no doubt that I want to make a lot of money, but there is a real positive factor that is actually changing people's lives.
He sold 2,500 Boots last year and is expected to sell 10,000 this year.
He has now won major contracts with Shell, PCL and Atco.
He said it was easy to sell with these big industrial companies, which came down to a simple fact: "We haven't fallen in four years and a few months --