Injected Carbon Fiber VS Traditional  One. Salomon And Alpina Disagree

Injected Carbon Fiber VS Traditional One. Salomon And Alpina Disagree

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When Salomon Nordic rolled out their latest S / Lab Carbon Skate boots last year, there were some questioning looks: where are carbon fiber cuffs? They are there - except that are made very differently. Traditional carbon fiber is woven, laid up, and then “glued” together with resin that needs to be cured - a time/effort consuming process that requires considerable skill. The result is amazing, however: anything & everything where the cost is no object is being produced that way, from uber-fancy icepicks to intercontinental ballistic missiles. With injected carbon the process is far simpler and consist of the short, “chopped” carbon fiber strands being mixed with other thermoplastics at certain temperatures. The resulting product ( cuffs in our example) is significantly cheaper. But is as good as the…
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Alpina Starts Offering Top Rollerski Boots For Sale

Alpina Starts Offering Top Rollerski Boots For Sale

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How's your summer training going? Still sweating in those fancy winter boots of yours? Good news for you: then: Alpina starts offering full-carbon rollerski boots to all willing & able to stomach their price tag. They are incredibly light - being essentially a stripped-down version of Elite 3.0 with a breathable uppers. They were in existence since last season but were limited to a very few elite athletes in skiing and biathlon, on request. Allegedly, only some ten pairs were produced so far- you now have a chance to become a #11 if you contact Alpina directly - product that niche and that fancy would only be produced on order, Alpina says.
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SRB Rollerskis: When Only Best Is Good Enough

SRB Rollerskis: When Only Best Is Good Enough

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Wenn nur das Beste gut genug ist / When Only Best Is Good Enough. That's from the promo booklet of the top-of-the-line SR1 Skate rollerskis, but might as well be used as the motto for the whole company: SRB assures with a quality of production that stems from 135 years of expertise in toolmaking and impressive level of investment into manufacturing. [caption id="attachment_16528" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Arno Barthelmes & Co. GmbH first products were tuning forks - precision resonators, widely used in medical and musical industry - hence the company logo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16526" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Toni Escher, product manager SRB: We are the German brand and we concentrate on the German-speaking markets. The German national team in xcskiing and biathlon use our rollerskis – but so also do the Czech national…
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Packaging Can Be Theater…

Packaging Can Be Theater…

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“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” You know who said? Steve Jobs. If you need higher authority on how to do marketing, you're much smarter than us. Apple allegedly maintains a special "unpackaging room" where hundreds of potential package designs are being tried & tested to get the all-important unwrapping experience perfect. The august world of cross country skiing,by contrast, holds true that every product should reach the end customer in packaging that not only is made of recycled material - it also looks recycled. That environmentalist in us applauds the former - but consumer in us has an issue with the latter. Enter Spine Sports. And casts a glance at the packaging issue. [caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignnone" width="1313"] Those €500 boots come to you in box that…
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Bonés Skiroll Graphene Or Fancy Engineering Comes To Rollerski World

Bonés Skiroll Graphene Or Fancy Engineering Comes To Rollerski World

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Let’s start with admission: it’s great fun to write about something new, different and, with a right push, with a potential of changing things around. Drastically and to the better. Let us explain. You all have noticed that in the past few years the “carbon fiber revolution” has arrived to cross country skiing. First all boots manufacturers then ski makers ( not all) turn to new ways of adding stability, cutting down weight and utilizing high stiffness carbon fibers provide. This year rollerski manufacturers caught up and put out on the market more CF models than ever before. End of the phase? Nope. Enter Jorge Vidal a former television reporter and avid sport enthusiast from Jaca, Spain. Back in 2013 Jorge launched Bonés Skiroll, a clean-slate project in the country…
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