Love skiing, not the walking
We all love to ski but we've all experienced the pain that comes with walking in flat soled ski boots. We have created Zuke to solve this problem. Zuke is a one-time attachment that gives your ski boots curved soles, making walking easy and pain-free.
Zuke fits into your ski binding!
Zuke, unlike other ski boot walking aids, stays on your boot at all times, even when you're skiing! We've designed Zuke with two modes; skiing and walking. In ski mode, simply step into the ski bindings as normal without removing anything. Your boot will insert and eject from your binding as normal, meaning you can ski freely and safely, and with nothing to carry!
Ski, Switch, Walk
When Zuke is attached your boots safely clip in and out of your bindings as normal. No hassle and nothing to carry.
Switch quickly between skiing and walking modes. Ideal for walking to ski lifts, between runs, at lunch and of course, après ski.
Zuke's curved soles make walking easy and comfortable.
Snow, ice, gravel, concrete, no matter what surface you are walking on, Zuke will add comfort to your stride.
Zuke was founded in the UK by Inventor Rony Shirion, who said: “We want Zuke to take the experience of your ski holiday to a different level. We enjoy skiing but we’ve never liked walking in the boots, so we came up with this idea and have developed it through to a fully tried and tested product. Our main goal was to try to prevent injuries when walking around the resort. Zuke not only provides more comfort, but it also increases safety when walking on any surface. The reaction so far has been amazing. It’s totally changed the way we walk in ski boots and the best thing of all is not to worry about taking it off when putting skis on, you forget it’s even there.
We have gone through an extensive design process to get Zuke to where it is now. We have rigorously tested and evaluated many prototypes and critiqued every element of the product. This process has made sure we deliver the best product possible to the hands of our supporters. Check out some of this design process below.
Thank you so much for your support, and we are really looking forward to delivering the final product to you in time for winter 2018-19.
Zuke gives your boots curved soles, making walking smooth, comfy and safe.
With a quick switch, Zuke fits into your ski binding. No hassle and nothing to carry.
A glove-friendly lever plus rugged textures make switching between walking and skiing modes quick and simple in snow and ice conditions.
We've put your safety at the forefront when designing Zuke, so you can ski with confidence. We've kept free space at the front and back of the boot, Zuke doesn't change the way your boot fits into the ski binding. Your boots remain securely fastened in the ski, just like normal.
Zuke uses a high-friction rubber compound all over the sole, so you can walk in confidence too.
Zuke fits easily to boot sizes 23-30 for both women and men's sizes. To make it as easy as possible, we'll supply you with a fitting jig and all the fixings you need.
Once the campaign is complete, we'll send out a survey to find out which size you need.
We've rigorously tested Zuke in snow and ice conditions. The anti-freeze locking system self-ejects snow and ice, meaning Zuke remains fully functional in skiing temperatures. It has a tough stainless steel metal frame with a nano-treated rubber overmould, meaning it's built to last.
Zuke is very easy to attach to your boot. With your product you will receive a fitting jig which makes sure Zuke is fit correctly. Zuke only requires two fixings on each boot, and we'll supply these to you too. Zuke is one-time fit product, once it's attached, you never need to take it off again!
The CAD model below shows the product aesthetics and specification.
Zuke will fit over 80% of ski boots and ski bindings on the market. We are committed to making sure you are happy with your purchase, so we have set up a quick and simple two-step-check to ensure that Zuke fits your boots and bindings. These checks will only take a few moments, but please carry them out before investing.
For Check 1, we need to make sure that Zuke is compatible with your ski boots.
Your ski boot will have a flat surface on each side of the front sole. This is highlighted in blue in the example image below. Zuke attaches onto these surfaces. These surfaces must be at least 12mm high all the way along. To measure, place a ruler flat on the side of the boot as shown. Please check both sides of the boot. If both sides are equal or greater than 12mm, then Zuke will fit your boot. Please proceed to Check 2.
If the surfaces are less than 12mm high, we are sorry that this version of Zuke will not fit your boot.
For Check 2, we need to make sure that Zuke is compatible with your ski bindings. There are two types of downhill ski bindings shown below; Adjustable Bindings, and Fixed Bindings.
Zuke will fit adjustable bindings. If you have these, you are finished with the checks and good to go.
Nearly all rental skiis use adjustable bindings, though you may want to check with your provider.
Fixed Binding Check
This check is only required if you have fixed bindings.
When your boot is in the fixed binding, the gap between the bottom of the boot and the top of the ski must be more than or equal to 13mm. If so, then you are finished with the checks and Zuke will fit your binding.
If the gap is less than 13mm, then we are sorry that this version of Zuke will not fit your binding.
Thank you very much for viewing our campaign, we really hope you choose to invest and help us make Zuke a reality.
Risks and challenges
We currently have a functional prototype of Zuke that is undergoing final preparations for mass production. During the manufacturing process there may be necessary changes in the interest of making Zuke the best it can be for you. We will keep our backers informed of any updates or changes between now, and when Zuke is delivered to your hands. We are so passionate about bringing Zuke to life for you, and we will do our best to overcome any challenges we encounter on the way. We are looking forward to the day we deliver Zuke to the hands of our ski-loving backers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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