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Arkema Latest Solutions for Ski Boots

A few days ahead of the Sochi Olympic games, Arkema (France) presented its bio-based Pebax® RNew 80R53 grade for ski boots at ISPO, the outdoor sportswear exhibition in Munich.

At ISPO 2014, Arkema presented its latest Pebax® Rnew grade : Pebax® RNew 80R53, a grade that goes beyond the limits of thermoplastic elastomers.

This new rigid bio-based Pebax® opens up the scope of ski boot design combining light weight, astonishing responsiveness to skiers’ movements, and creativity in decoration. ISPO Munich held from January 26 to 29, is the European trade fair for winter and outdoor sports that offers a showcase for the latest trends in ski equipment.

Pebax® Rnew 80R53 is 50% more rigid than existing Pebax® grades, already well-known for several years as reference materials for both alpine touring and cross-country ski boots.

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It retains the key Pebax® characteristics and environmental qualities that appeal to sportsmen and women: produced from renewable raw materials with more than 90% bio-based content, lightweight, renowned long-term UV resistance and offering great creativity for novel designs, it maintains perfect quality and performance under extreme cold conditions.

In addition, thanks to its rigidity and superior processability, Pebax® Rnew 80R53 allows unequalled design freedom for thinner and even more lightweight and dynamic shoes.

It stands out as the material of choice to achieve a perfect balance between light weight and the downhill performance required by more and more sportsmen and women experiencing free-ride skiing.

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