The Quadstar skate breaks the mold of what materials an mid level skate should be made from and it takes performance beyond most brands high end boots. Mid level skates boots typically offer a poor fit from a boot made from wood, cardboard and fake leather. The Quadstar skate features a genuine Australian leather outer skin with triple layer protection in the toe area. The base is made of fiberglass so it is extremely strong and the entire boot is heat mouldable. In fact, it's the most moldable boot on the market. The Quadstar is designed to be better than our competitor's high end skates, at a fraction of the price. The skate has high performance, ultra-lightweight wheels with high precision mini bearings. The plate is fiberglass reinforced and mated with the fiberglass boot, it is incredibly strong and light. The skate is so good that Bont Quadstar Mr Furious used them in the 2014 world cup.
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Most skates are made with sponge foam padding. It’s light, it’s cheap and it doesn’t crush down. But what it does do is absorb water when it gets wet. So, if your feet sweat, you skate through a puddle or if it starts raining, your boots start absorbing the water which makes your boots very heavy indeed. This type of foam is known in the industry as open cell foam, because the cells are porous. The foam used in making a Bont boot is a high quality closed cell memory foam which doesn’t absorb water. So you don’t have to worry about them absorbing water while you skate.
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 Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming.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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.