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Bringing A Little Bit Of “Green” To Skiing

What do ski hills and cornfields have in common? If your answer was "ski boot," you're not wrong.


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April 1, 2009 by Canadian Plastics



What do ski hills and cornfields have in common? If your answer was “ski boot,” you’re not wrong.

The collar of the Salomon ‘Ghost’ freerider alpine ski-boot is one of the first applications with Dupont’s Hytrel RS (renewably-sourced) thermoplastic elastomer. The TPE provides all the performance characteristics necessary for a winter sports application, but the grade used to mold the collar contains 27 wt per cent renewably-sourced polyol derived from corn or other natural resources.

Ski-boot collars help provide a secure fit of the boot to the skier and protect the lower require. Additionally, they need to be flexible enough to ensure a good and reliable transfer of movement from the leg to the ski. The Hytrel RS material provides excellent flex fatigue and flexibility at temperatures as low as -4F/ 20C and high impact resistance.

The collar is injection molded as a single piece and coloured white using masterbatch. The Salomon ‘Ghost’ motif is added to the collar using pad printing.

E. I. du Pont Canada Company (Mississauga, Ont.);

www.dupont.com;

1-800-387-2122