My Canadian friend, Mark Kelly, gave me permission to post this short blog on our site. It’s a valuable document describing one option on how to build “tyre socks” for you jumping stilts. “Tyre socks” is a British term given to an attempt to prolong the life of your jumping stilt’s feet.
Many performers utilize the method described below. They use all sorts of materials, from wagon wheels, to mountain bike treads, to carpet. I’ve even seen one unit with small kids shoes attached to the bottom of the feet.
Tire socks are a inexpensive easy way to extend the life of your rubber pads/feet/hooves on your jumping stilts.It works for all brands and models including poweriser ,powerstrider ,skyrunner ,air-trekkers ,powerskips ,projumps ,flyjumper ,upwing ,powerizer ,powerskip and many of the others.Here are simple instructions on how to make yourself a set and extend the life of the pads on your jumping stilts.
This is all you need to make yourself a pair of tire socks and extend the life of any jumping stilts rubber pads. Duct tape,2.5 inch hose clamps and a 12 inch kids tire the harder the better.
Cut the tire in half using a hacksaw or a pair of snips.You will feel that there is a wire that goes around on each side of the tire you can cut that off the tire if you want to .That is preference and also depends on the width of the tire. You can use 2 clamps or 3 im going to use 2.
Fully extend the hose clamps and put them over the foot of your stilt and place the middle of the tire on the end of the rubber foot as shown.
Fold the tire over the stilt as shown making sure it is tight around the foot pad and tighten the clamps untill they hold it tight.
Wrap the duct tape around the loose ends of the hose clamps so they dont flop around.You can use different color tires and tape for you desired effect.
There you have it an easy way to save your rubber pads and your money.