Meet Debbie Isaacs a Greenwich local who has designed a product that every active person will want (great Christmas gift). Debbie has designed the Slingstrap for the explorers, the wanderers and everyday adventurers. It’s a slim, lightweight cross body strap made from neoprene that slings snugly around the torso and fits everything you need, such as mobile phone, keys, cards, notes, coins and water bottle without weighing you down. We asked Debbie to tell us about her product.
How Did You Come Up with the Idea for the Slingstrap?
I love to walk, it’s the easiest and cheapest exercise that gets you out of the house but where you can still take in the scenery and stop to smell the roses. I also love my Activewear but unfortunately the pockets, if there are any, are tiny. If I went out for a walk there was no way to carry money or water for a drink securely in my exercise gear.
On my walks I also saw a lot of people walking, jogging etc who were experiencing similar issues. Trying to juggle water, phone, keys etc whilst exercising is just a recipe for disaster! Just think dropped phone or lost keys for starters.
You want your hands free to move with your body or hold onto handlebars, yet you don’t want to have to take a bag or backpack as they are cumbersome and heavy.
There had to be a solution! Bumbags/ Fanny packs are not it! Besides the horrible names and being ugly as, you still can’t fit much in them and they pull down at the hips, which if you have a bad back is not ideal.
I then started to think – what if, you could fit all your essential stuff including a water bottle securely into a slim strap that followed your centre of gravity and which could become a stylish accessory?
So, the kernel of an idea was planted and there was definitely a niche for it but how do you get a product made? You go to Google and search and type just that, then sift through all the things that pop up until you find information about a company, Inventor Group, who can help you each step of the way. After working with the Inventor Group, the Slingstrap was born!!
How long was it between coming up with the idea and launching the Slingstrap?
It’s taken 2 years from concept idea to actual product with many design tweaks and various samples in between. with the assistance and support of the Inventor Group with research, development, sourcing materials, sourcing manufacturers, testing and trademarking.
When Would You Use the Slingstrap?
It’s suitable for all activities where you need to carry your essential items closely and securely without being weighed down with back packs or hand bags. It leaves your hands and mind free to do and enjoy your everyday adventures such as:
- walking the dog
- running/ jogging
- horse riding
- outdoor fitness
- sporting activities
- gym classes
- mums and dads who need a hands free to wrangle toddlers
- people on crutches
How Do I Purchase the Slingstrap?
Slingstrap is available online here!! It is also being sold at Howards Storage World (but only in Hobart at this stage).
What do you like about living in Greenwich/Lane Cove?
I love the village atmosphere and vibe as well as the sense of true community. It is fabulous to be so close to City and Chatswood and all the public transport and amenities like restaurants and shops. We are really spoilt for choice.
What is your favourite thing to do in Greenwich/Lane Cove?
Walk, shop and eat. I’m currently obsessed with Four Frogs Creperie.
Well done Debbie, we have so many talented inventors and creatives in Lane Cove. Do you know a Lane Cove local ITC should interview?
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