By Paul Fitzgerald
A business woman in London, ON, has developed a clever invention that will turn any home and hotel room into a smart gear storage and drying facility.
Meet the PDH365 − a portable, clean and sanitary way to deal with full sets of sweat soaked sports equipment, including all undergarments, jerseys, athletic footwear and accessories for any sport.
This portable, collapsible sports gear drying hanger is perfect for home and while traveling and staying at hotels, and it also doubles up as a drying hanger for everyday laundry and instant closet organizer for storing all sorts of items like towels, linen, sweaters and blankets.
Christine Holmes, the founder and owner of Sixteen & 8 Sports Inc., is the brainchild behind the new product that has a US Patent and Canadian-Pending Patent, and it’s now being sold anywhere from stores like Pete’s Sports in London to major commercial retail chain stores online: Costco, Walmart, Best Buy and Staples. The product will make for a perfect Holiday gift, or a great purchase anytime of the year for families who have a house full of athletes.
The local entrepreneur came up with idea for the innovative portable sports gear drying hanger while her son was playing hockey.
“My son started playing hockey at an early age and as he got older he had more gear and a love for multiple sports and space became very limited to dry out his equipment at home and while on the road,” says Holmes during an interview.
“My son, like scores of other athletes, relied on the floor at home and hotel rooms to dry out his equipment. What concerned me most was that lack of space and the germs from the floor that would get on his equipment, especially at hotel rooms. I tried out other sports drying racks, but they didn’t do the trick, so I invented my own and the rest is history. ”
It’s a known fact that hotel rooms harbour bacteria of sorts and “hot spots” can take up over 81% percent of hotel room surfaces, which includes the floor, bed and furniture, where sports gear is typically dried. Recent tests on hotel rooms have revealed traces of urine, semen, fecal matter, along with hair, fingernail clippings, mold, insect parts, dust mites and bed bugs.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that I have developed a new product that will help athletes store and dry their equipment out in a safe manner,” she says. “I am also thrilled that major commercial outlets are now carrying my product, and I know that every athlete here locally, across Canada and the United States will benefit big time with owning one.”
The PDH365, which is manufactured in Kitchener, ON, has many bragging rights. It offers over 200” more in drying space compared to traditional drying stands, and since it is compact and weighs only three pounds it will fit in most hockey bags and luggage too. It collapses to 23” W x 19” L x 3.5” H and is versatile, thanks to its specially designed hanger hooks (door/wall). You can also hang the PDH365 on closet rods, secure shower rods, garment stands, back of the door wardrobe hangers, or set it up in the basement or garage.
That’s right, “hook, drop and dry” is now as easy as 1, 2, 3, and this product is ideal for both large spaces, as well as tight living spaces like dorm rooms.
Even better, this “Made-In-Canada-Invention” is also environmentally friendly as air drying does not require energy, which means you can now fire your dryer and save on dryer sheets for good. The PDH365 is also great for storing bulky items, work wear equipment, and is ideal for camping and outdoor enthusiasts who want to dry out their sleeping bags, bathing suits and towels and fishing gear.
The PDH365 retails at a number of stores online, so get yours today: