PROBLEMS putting on your ski boots could be a thing of the piste – thanks to an entrepreneurial district nurse.
District nurse Lindsay Sumner, of Dronfield Woodhouse, on the outskirts of Sheffield, has created a simple aid that banishes the difficulty and exertion of putting on ski boots.
Lindsay says her invention is light, quick and easy to use and doubles up as an accessories bag.
She will be introducing Slippin at the Ski and Snowboard Show 2011 at Earls Court, London.
Lindsay said: “I love ski-ing and can’t wait to hit the slopes each day, but I’ve always found it difficult to push my feet into my boots. And I’m not the only one. Moans and groans from novice and experienced skiers are common sounds in boot rooms the world over!
“People with high in-steps, knee or ankle stiffness, or just tired legs, can also find it hard to squeeze into their boots.
“My inspiration for Slippin came from silicon-coated nylon which is used in the health service as a slide sheet to help move patients in their beds.
“I realised that it was smooth and robust enough to give skiers an effortless entry into their boots.
“With the backing of my family, I came up with the Slippin. Skiers and businesses at home and abroad have helped me to trial the Slippin and positive results have encouraged me to test the market.”
Lindsay has been joined in the Slippin venture by her sister, Penny Anderson, a secondary school special education needs co-ordinator.
Trials have been conducted with the kind assistance of businesses, including Sheffield Ski Village, ski boot retailers in Scotland, technicians at ski hire shops in the French resort of La Plagne and skiers of all abilities. Eighty per cent of trialists said that Slippin helped them to get their ski boots on.
Slippin works by putting it against the inside back of the boot, sliding the foot against it, and pulling it out with a fixed strap. It retails at £9.99 – with a 20 per cent discount for sales at the ski and snowboard show.