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Zuke brings a new curve to walking in ski boots

Zuke brings a new curve to wal...
Zuke is made to fit boot sizes 23 to 30
Zuke is made to fit boot sizes 23 to 30
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Zuke is designed to stay on the boots full-time
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Zuke is designed to stay on the boots full-time
Zuke is made to fit boot sizes 23 to 30
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Zuke is made to fit boot sizes 23 to 30

Although downhill skiing itself is a lot of fun, trying to walk around in the boots can be … challenging. It was with this limitation in mind that British skier and entrepreneur Rony Shirion designed Zuke, a permanent attachment that brings a curved sole to ski boots.

The problem with walking in traditional downhill ski boots is the fact that their soles are flat and rigid – your feet can't roll on and off of the ground, as they would with regular ol' shoes. While there are already other attachments that can be used to make ski boots easier to walk in, these usually have to be taken off while skiing.

Zuke, on the other hand, is designed to stay on the boots full-time. A rubber sole piece in the front stays forward when the boots are being used for walking, and is then pulled back into the middle when clipping into the ski bindings. According to Shirion, the mechanism is highly resistant to freezing up.

If you're interested in getting a set, Zuke is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of £40 (about US$56) is required for a pair, which should ship in November if they reach production. The planned retail price is £80.

You can see Zuke in use, in the following video.

Sources: Zuke, Kickstarter

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1 comment
Daishi
Great concept. I used to snowboard and decided to give skiing a go this year. I did a lot of speculating about the difficulty of skiing but underestimated the challenge of walking in ski boots. I would rate it as much harder than skiing. It was like trying to move with both legs in a super tight cast.