With the desire to make this new skate available to a lower budget we took the time to talk to companies about making special plastic blends that could serve to re-create the Carbon effect at a more affordable price.
After two meetings with DuPont we were told that they had the perfect plastic for us: DuPont Hytrel TPC-ET Thermoplastic polyester elastomer.
Hytrel, a thermoplastic and elastomer in one. Hytrel thermoplastic polyester elastomers provide the flexibility of rubber, the strength of plastic and the processibility of thermoplastics.
Hytrel is also available in a full range of Shore D hardness (30D to 82D). Special grades are heat stabilized, flame retardant and blow molded. Concentrates include black pigments, UV protection additives, hydrolysis resistant additives, heat stabilizers and flame retardants.
New: Hytrel RS renewable sourced thermoplastic elastomers can help reduce environmental footprint without compromising performance. New grades containing 35% to 65% of renewable sourced material are in development and early tests show they grant the same performance and processing characteristics of original Hytrel.
Ideal specs: Hytrel is ideal for parts requiring excellent flex fatigue and broad use temperature. It resists tearing, flex-cut growth, creep and abrasion. It offers strength and stiffness plus outstanding toughness while resisting hydrocarbons and many other fluids. Hytrel can be processed easily by conventional thermoplastic processes, such as injection molding, blow molding, calendaring, rotational molding, extrusion and meltcasting.
We made our first tests with this material injection into a one piece plastic skate and tested it, advancing to test a variety of hardness until we found the perfect one.
We also redesigned the internal structure making a fully integrated cuff with built-in flex and support zones. The resulting product is made of a new patented construction that grantees satisfaction on all demands of an aggressive skate.
- Shoe-like fit.
- Shoe-like appearance.
- 35% less volume than that of a standard hard boot.
- 25% less weight than a standard hard boot.
- Total control with direct power transfer.
- Higher cut than Carbon skate with more lateral support.
- Rear V-cut.
- Includes quality Sifika Shock absorber.
- New Powerslide Slimfit innersole
- Neoprene and Microfiber interior lining for optimum control, last and comfort.
- Compatible with the Carbon soul plates, thin, light, high performance design.
- Strong nanoleather upper (via).