SLAM: How did Zipway begin?
JS: It was really a stroke of luck. My business partner came to me after speaking with a guy who was shopping for people interested in the Zipway idea and said this was something very special. He sent it to me and told me to zip them off. As soon as I zipped them off I was like, “Ohhhh, OK, I get it.’
SLAM: Did you not like the tearaways in the NBA?
JS: No, they were difficult. You try to line up the buttons and sometimes they might pop, so you have that gap in your pants. As players, you like your legs to stay warm and with the buttons you got those air pockets in there. With these, you don’t have that. And if you want your legs to get some air, you can unzip and they won’t go anywhere until you pull them off.
SLAM: What group of athletes have given the strongest positive response to this?
JS: It’s really been all groups. The younger group obviously because they’re so used to change and they like new products. They quickly adapt. The older group likes the technology and they’re excited about it but the younger group really likes the excitement of it.