The Boa Vaypor replaces the lower laces on the boot with a Boa dial. Bont is the only professional speed boot maker to have the official Boa license.
If you want the best speed skating boot that money can buy, look no further than the Vaypor. Tested by the world's best skaters and designed by Mr. Inze Bont. The top of the boot uses laces and a top velcro strap and the bottom section uses a Boa dial. The benefit of this system is that you can make the top of the boot extremely tight and you can adjust the bottom section while you are skating. This is useful to tighten your boots mid-marathon before the sprint or you may want to loosen your boots during training without having to retie your laces.
The Vaypor is made to order and not kept in stock. The usual production time is 3-6 weeks to make this boot.Features
- Base: 100% carbon with uni directional carbon and matte finish
- Outer skin: Durolite
- Liner: Durolite (stock) or suede-L (semi-custom)
- Pitch: 12mm
- Air vents: Toe and tongue
- Innersole: EVA thermo-moldable
- Heat moldable: Fully heat moldable base utilizing epoxy thermoset resin
- Padding: Medium density memory foam
- Protection: Front TPU bumper
Bont’s method of producing skates by hand inside out is a process that is far more skill intensive, time consuming and thus resulting in far greater costs than the current mainstream skate construction methods, but one that allows the Bont range of skating skates to lead the market in performance. The Bont production line has been engineered by founder Inze Bont to allow for our monocoque skates to be hand made in the most time efficient manner possible. This is a process which continues to be developed and refined. Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming. Bont’s drive for design innovation is matched by its innovation in manufacturing processes.
Check out the last design, footbed, liner, anti-stretch, carbon fiber and upper tabs for information on the full process.
Carbon fiber is a revolutionary material that is as strong as steel with a fraction of the weight and Bont has been producing carbon based footwear since 1989. The material is mainly comprised of carbon atoms that are bonded together and aligned to form the long axis of the fiber. Several thousand of these fibers are twisted together to form a yarn which is then in turn woven into a fabric. We source our carbon exclusively from the world’s #1 carbon manufacturer, Toray of Japan.
3k plain is a tightly woven carbon that is used in the aircraft industry and is what we use in Bont shoes.
Unidirectional is what we use inside shoes like the a-one to make them extremely stiff. The benefit of unidirectional carbon is that we can choose which direction we want to lay the carbon and we can produce extremely stiff, light weight shoes using it.
This is a cheaper form of carbon that is not as strong as 3k and is around 20% cheaper.
In the old days, if you bought a plastic or nylon based shoe, you knew what you were getting. But now-a-days, with all these modern expensive materials, it's getting tougher, so here are some ways that manufacturers use materials that you need to watch out for.
- One layer of carbon: When you buy a shoe and you see that it has a carbon base, chances are that only the outer single layer is carbon. Under that carbon layer can be an injection molded plastic or nylon base or a fiberglass base.
- Unidirectional carbon: You see unidirectional carbon printed on a variety of shoes, however, many of them use injection molded carbon in the plastic and call this unidirectional carbon. We feel that this is a misuse of the terminology. For us, unidirectional carbon means carbon fiber material where all the strands travel in the same direction.
- Silver fiberglass: A number of shoes use a plastic injection molded base, with some carbon particles in it and a single layer of silver fiberglass for the outer layer. They are allowed to print ‘carbon’ on the base because there is carbon dust in the plastic mold under the fiberglass but the fiberglass woven material on the outside is certainly not carbon. Carbon fiber is always black.
- 100% composite: This term covers anything basically… The question you need to ask is… a composite of what? Usually it is a nylon fiberglass composite that you will find in shoes.
- Monocoque: A monocoque shoe is one where the carbon has been directly laminated onto the liner. Some companies are jumping on the monocoque band wagon and calling a carbon shell with integrated heel cup a monocoque shoe. It isn’t.
A last is a plastic replica of a foot that the boot is built around. At Bont, we have been perfecting our lasts since 1975 and the process is ongoing. Unlike the standard shoe last many companies use, we put extra effort into creating and developing our lasts so that they fit right out of the box.
The footbed is the first part of the shoe added to the last. It is made in-house from a heat moldable EVA. The footbed is 65A hardness and only 3mm thick which makes it extremely light weight and heat moldable.
Our liners have been chosen out of hundreds of liners. They are not only light weight and strong, but fights odour and is not easily broken down by sweat. Our liner material include Microfiber, Suede-L and Durolite.
Between the outer skin and the liner, we add a material that is proprietary to Bont to stop the boot from stretching over time. This material has similar strength characteristics to Kevlar. This material is stitched to the outer skin and bonded to the liner so it can never move or be removed, it becomes part of the boots structure. This layer is the reason that Bont boots do not stretch out as much as other brands of boots over time.
UPPERThe light weight upper is then glued and sewn onto the boot. Holes are hand punched through the uppers and the liner for ventilation. The buckles and straps are attached. The location of the straps is such that they pull the foot down and into the back of the boot. The excess glue is cleaned off and the boot is ready to be ridden in. The boot has passed through 16 independent stages of quality control for it to be deemed ready for action. The result is a boot with the best strength to weight ratio on the market.
This boot is designed for high class athletes, so the padding used is thin, dense and a little unforgiving. However, this makes for a super light and responsive skate. The closed cell memory foam used also does not retain water. If you are after a more comfortable ride, please select one of our softer padding options.
Epoxy or polyepoxide is a thermosetting epoxide polymer that cures when mixed with a catalyzing agent or "hardener". The process of polymerization is called "curing", can be controlled through temperature and choice of resin and hardener compounds; the process can take minutes to hours.
Resin development is something that we have been doing for over 36 years. Formulating a resin that is super stiff, yet becomes moldable at low temperatures and has a fast cure time is critical for our unique requirement which is why we are probably the only cycle shoe manufacturer who develops our own resins in-house.
Our resin becomes soft at just 60°C (140°F) which is the lowest in the industry. Once you heat the resin, mold the shoe and let it set, it is permanently set without the need to remold. You can also reheat the resin as many times as you like.
The temperature of the air and the amount of humidity are critical in determining the amount of hardener that needs to be added to the resin. That is why we have a computer that mixes the resin and hardener together and dispenses the resin after measuring the air temperature and humidity.
Most manufacturers use a process known in the industry as pre-preg. This is where the resin is "pre-impregnated" into the carbon fiber. In virtually all applications, the resin is chosen by the carbon fiber manufacturer in a one shoe fits all kind of deal. The shoe manufacturer has no way of altering the resin to meet the heat moldablilty requirements of modern shoes and that is why they require very high temperatures to make the shoes slightly heat moldable. Pre-preg manufacturing is fine for bike frames or crank sets that do not need to be heat molded by the rider, but they are unsuitable for the construction of cycling shoes.
ONE PIECE CONSTRUCTION
Bont’s method of producing our high-end skates by a method we call One Piece Construction. This process is far more skill intensive, time-consuming and thus resulting in far greater costs than the current mainstream skate construction method, but one that allows the Bont range of skating skates to lead the market in performance. A two-piece boot is made when the base is pre-made and then the liner and outer skin are glued onto the base. Much of the stitching on a two-piece boot is purely cosmetic. A two-piece boot can have nicer looking stitching because the stitching is done before the boot is made and it serves no purpose. The stitching on Bont one-piece boots is stitching the outer skin to the anti-stretch material that has been bonded into the carbon.
Bont boots are the most heat moldable boots available. Bont's proprietary resin has been developed and perfected over 36 years to be an extremely stiff resin that becomes pliable at relatively low temperatures. Unlike other skates which are moldable only in select locations, all Bont boots are able to be molded over the entire base providing skaters not only with the most anatomically designed boot on the market today but also with the ability to fine-tune the fit of the entire boot to give a customized fit.
Our Pro Team skaters are some of the best in the World and love to give us constant feedback. From the little things like the placement of the buckle to trialing the latest materials, they are helping Bont create products that not only look good but perform at the elite level.
Bont is one of the only brands to have the official licence to use genuine Boa dials made in the USA. The Boa dial offers a replacement to traditional laces, ratchets, Velcro straps, or any of the other various closure mechanisms, instead utilizing a steel lace, nylon guides and mechanical reel to keep shoe snugly on foot. The Boa dials allow you to easily tighten and loosen your skates by turning the dial.
If you need to repair your Boa dial, please see this page: https://www.boafit.com/repair
As the name suggests, durolite is an extremely durable and lightweight material that can withstand minor crashes without scratching. It comes in a wide variety of colors and three types of finishes; matte, shiny, and metallic.
Strength to weight ratio's have always played an important part in Bont skates design as all materials considered and developed for products within the Bont range must comply with strict standards. Durolite has been developed and chosen for its extremely durable nature and light weight. It can withstand minor crashes without scratching.
Small eyelets put pressure on a very small area and can cause pain. Bont eyelets have a large head which spreads the pressure over a larger area to help overcome any discomfort.
To give you that little bit more support and neatly tuck your laces away.
MATTE DRY CARBON BASE
The base of the boot has an attractive matte dry carbon look now with anti-slip sanding effect at the mounting slots.
This boot has no additional fees for altering the colors. You can select the colors that you want and other semi custom options from this web page.
Other semi custom options that you can select for no additional fee include:
- Wide or narrow fit.
- One foot longer than the other (eg. you can order a size 7 right foot and a size 8 left foot).
- Skinny ankles (we cut the trim where the eyelets are punched back so you have more room to tighten your boots).
- Add or remove carbon for more or less flex (The boot is already extremely stiff and adding more carbon may possibly mean that you can not pull your laces tight because the boot is so stiff).
The Vaypor is stitched by an expert sewer who has no other role apart from stitching. Unlike most boots on the market that use cosmetic stitching, the stitching on Bont boots actually serves a specific purpose and stitches the outer skin to the boot itself. This results in less stretch and a longer lasting boot.
The Vapyor tongue has a number of features. It is heat moldable so it can be heated in the oven and molded to your foot but it will also mold to your foot with the temperature from your own body heat. It has ventilation to let hot air out of the boot, a handy velcro placeholder to stop your tongue from moving and foam that is thin and light yet still protects your foot from the laces.
TPU TOE PROTECTOR
The TPU toe protector not only protects the front of your boot from impact but it also has ventilation which keeps your feet cool.
Cycling scientists have proven that cooler feet can boost performance. In this boot we have incorporated ventilation tongue and the TPU toe protector to help circulation air and cool your feet.
The crono has water print decals on the side and back of the boot and it is covered in a gloss coating. Each boot is individually numbered with a water print.