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  • MANUFACTURING

    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 Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming.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

    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


    3k plain is a tightly woven carbon that is used in the aircraft industry and is what we use in Bont shoes.

    UNIDIRECTIONAL


    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.

    12K PLAIN


    This is a cheaper form of carbon that is not as strong as 3k and is around 20% cheaper.

     

    INDUSTRY MISREPRESENTATION

    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.
  • LAST DESIGN

    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.

  • FOOTBED

    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.

  • LINER

    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.

      

  • ANTI-STRETCH

    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.

     

  • UPPER

    The 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.
  • PADDING

    This boot utilises closed cell memory foam that will not retain water assisting in maintaining a lighter shoe during wet conditions as well as ensuring sweat which can begin to break down the durability of the shoe is not absorbed.

  • PADDING

    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.

  • RESIN DEVELOPMENT

    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. 

  • TEAM TESTING

    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.
  • TEAM TESTING

    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.

  • TEAM TESTING

    Our Bont Quadstar 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.
  • 6061 ALUMINIUM

    6061 Aluminum is a very versatile metal which makes it easy for us to extrude and machine. It has very good anti-corrosive properties and specifically for roller skating it is not a very brittle metal which is good for fighting against stress fatigue.
  • 6061 T6 ALUMINIUM

    6061 Aluminum is a very versatile metal which makes it easy for us to extrude and machine. It has very good anti-corrosive properties and specifically for inline racing it is not a very brittle metal which is good for fighting against stress fatigue. It is a beautiful looking metal which anodizes and polishes well which allowed us to get that really expensive look on this frame. T6 - means that the 3PF frame has been solution heat treated and then artificially aged. This tempering process greatly increases the hardness of the metal. The extrusion must be held in a special jig while it is tempered to stop it from twisting.

  • 7050 T6 ALUMINIUM

    7050 is an Aerospace aluminum alloy. It is the premier choice for aerospace applications requiring the best combination of strength, stress corrosion cracking resistance and toughness. 7050 exhibits better toughness/corrosion resistance characteristics than 7075. T6 - means that the 3PF frame has been solution heat treated and then artificially aged. This tempering process greatly increases the hardness of the metal. The extrusion must be held in a special jig while it is tempered to stop it from twisting.

  • ACTION

    The infinity plates parts are interchangeable between different actions so rather than purchasing multiple plates, you can buy the parts you need to totally transform your plates action.

  • ADJUSTABILITY

    Normally, skaters buy a plate length recommended to them by another skater, their shop, their coach or they may even just skate on the plate that comes with the boot. So how do you know if you would prefer a longer or shorter wheelbase or if you like to have your front and rear axles further to the front or rear of the skate? The Infinity plate lets you move your axles further forwards or backwards so you can find the right setup for your skating style. It also gives you the flexibility to adjust the plate's length depending on where you are skating. Skating on a tight rink? Move the axles closer together. Going for a road skate? Extend the axles for more stability.

  • AERODYNAMICS

    The Crono 2 is designed to slip through the air with the least amount of air resistance.

  • ANATOMICAL FOREFOOT SHAPE

    Conventional quad skates offer a “dress shoe” type shaping. Although highly aesthetic this will cause the toes along with the metatarsals to be overly constricted, compressing the nerves between the metatarsals which often results in the common "hot foot" sensation.

    Bont skates anatomical shaping allows the foot to function in its most efficient and anatomically correct position.

  • ANATOMICAL HEEL CUP

    The anatomical heel cup shaping of Bont quad skates provides increased stability and more power through your push. This stabilization is achieved without any mechanical operation or over tightening of straps/laces allowing for increased comfort and blood circulation. The heel cup is fully heat moldable in the oven.

  • ANTI-ABRASION MICROFIBER TOE PROTECTOR

    The Anti-abrasion toe protector protects the toes of your boot from scuffing and crashes.

  • ANTI-ABRASION MICROFIBER TOE PROTECTOR

    The Anti-abrasion toe protector protects the toes of your boot from scuffing and crashes.

  • ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

  • ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

    How to assemble your Athena plate

     

    How to adjust your pivot pins

  • BOA DIAL

    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

  • BRILLIANT FINISH

    The 3PF 6061 frame is highly polished with beautifully beveled edges. The type of polishing that we chose is known in the industry as 'brilliant finish' simply because it is an extremely high standard of polishing. The frame is then anodized in gun metal gray and printed in black to give a very refined look.

  • CARBON FIBER PLATE

    The Infinity's carbon fiber plate is the strongest plate on the market. This part offers exceptional strength while keeping weight to a minimum. The plate is made in a high pressure mold where the carbon fiber is hand laid and then baked in an autoclave.

    • CONSISTENCY

      Consistency has been the focus when creating our blades. Machining time is expensive and blade manufacturers grind the steel in batches at high speeds to reduce costs. This results in the steel warping due to the high temperature of the grinding stone grinding the steel. Our aim for the GT3 and the Platinum was to make every blade the same so we purchased the best grinding stones from Germany and we slowly grind one set of steel blades at a time. This is an extremely slow process with higher costs but the result is steel that has no warping. All skaters, not just Olympians, should enjoy perfect blades. However, we didn't stop with the grinding. We looked at the other aspects of making the blade even more perfect. We developed a new stronger glue that allowed us to reduce the tube slot width by 0.1mm. The tube slot needs a certain amount of room for the glue on either side of the blade. The greater the gap, the more chance the steel has to warp while the glue sets. By reducing this gap, we improved the consistency of the straightness of the blade after gluing. Lastly, we invested heavily in jigs. Each blade is clamped in 9 locations while it sets and we let the blades set for 14 hours until the glue has fully cured. This means that we can only make a few sets of blades per day, but each set is perfect.
    • COMPUTER AIDED STRESS TESTING

      Bont employs the most advanced computer-aided frame stress testing on the market. This ensures that every part of the frame is strong enough to withstand month after month of skating without suffering metal fatigue which is a popular cause of frame breakage. The design was then tested in our 3D simulator which tests the frames strengths and weaknesses in a real skating simulation. The design was tweaked and re-tested. This is why Bont has not had a single frame break in the last 12 years.

      Computer Aided Stress Testing
    • CUSHIONS

      The cushions are made with extremely high end urethane and they are made in the USA. They come in 4 hardnesses.

    • DUROLITE

      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.

    • DUROLITE LINER

      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.

    • EYELETS

      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.

    • EYELETS

      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.

    • FRAME LENGTH

      The 3PF frame comes in 2 lengths. 13.2" 4x110mm or 12.8" 4x100mm that will fit 105mm wheels.

    • LACE COVER

      To give you that little bit more support and neatly tuck your laces away.

    • LIGHT WEIGHT

      At Bont, we pride ourselves at being lighter and stronger than the competition. That is why we manufacture our boots by hand, building the boot from the inside out by hand laying the carbon or fiberglass around the last (plastic foot). This method of manufacturing is extremely time consuming compared to the traditional method of quad boot manufacturing.
    • LINER MICROFIBER

    • LINER SUEDE-L

    • 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.

    • MICRO ADJUSTABLE BUCKLE

      The micro adjustable buckle adds an additional level of tightness. You can bend down and tighten your boot during the race if need be.

    • NO TOE STOP

      Don't want to use a stopper? The Infinity plate can be ordered with four rear sliders to create an NTS setup.

    • OUTERSKIN GENUINE LEATHER

    • OUTERSKIN GENUINE LEATHER

      Premium full-grain Australian cowhide is used for the outer skin of the Super B. This leather is low maintenance and durable at 1.2mm thick it also has stretch.

    • OUTERSKIN GENUINE THICK LEATHER

    • OUTERSKIN MICROFIBER

    • OUTERSKIN SUEDE

    • PRE-BENT

      Aluminum tubes do not like to be bent. They always spring back to the straight position. To solve this problem, we have two solutions:

      • We make the tube out of an aluminum that is more likely to stay bent than other brands of blades.
      • We cut the slot for the steel blade in the aluminum tube on a slight bend. The tube is straight but the steel blade is already on a slight curve. This curve is slight and you will still need to bend the blade more to get the optimum bend to suit your radius. However, you now only need to bend the aluminum tube a very small amount to get your optimum bend. This small amount of tube bending is not enough to stress the tube and the result is a blade that holds it's bend for a much longer period. Some skaters may never need to re-bend their blades.

    • PREFECT FLEX

      Many skaters believe that a stiffer frame is better, however, that is not the case. A frame needs a slight amount of flex in various areas in order to help you turn and to stop the frame skipping at the end of the push. A slight amount of flex near the wheels adds grip at the end of your push. The 3PF frame as been engineered with just the right amount of flex.
    • SEMI-CUSTOM

      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).
    • SEMI-CUSTOM

      Cosmetic Options

      Each of the additional options below cost the basic $50 semi custom fee above + $10 for each option below.

      • Stitching Color
      • Lace Cover (Please specify the position: side or front?)
      • Bont Logo on lace cover (Please specify the color for the logo)
      • Lace Cover: with or without Bont logo
      • Low Cut with Bont logo on the side
      • Straight cut with Bont logo on the side
      • Heel Lace Snug (Please specify the color, black or white)
      • Logo on Tongue (Please specify the color for the logo)
      • Lower cut back
      • Loop on back of boot
      • Embroidery on strap. (Limited to 8 letters including spaces per strap)
        1. SEMI-CUSTOM

          Fit Options

          Here are a list of some of the semi custom fit options that you can specify when ordering your boots:

          • One foot longer or wider than the other
          • Skinny ankles
          • Skinny feet
          • Wide feet
          • Slightly abnormal shaped feet
          • Flat feet
          • Leaving room for your orthotics to fit into your boot
          We adjust the last before building your stock boot to accommodate for any of these modifications.

          Performance Options

          • Boot height
          • Heel rise
          All of the above options including color options are covered by one low $50 fee.

           

          Cosmetic Options

          Each of the additional options below cost the basic $50 semi custom fee above + $10 for each option below.

          • Stitching Color
          • Lace Cover (Please specify the position: side or front?)
          • Bont Logo on lace cover (Please specify the color for the logo)
          • Lace Cover: with or without Bont logo
          • Low Cut with Bont logo on the side
          • Straight cut with Bont logo on the side
          • Heel Lace Snug (Please specify the color, black or white)
          • Logo on Tongue (Please specify the color for the logo)
          • Zig Zag velcro closing (Triathlon shoe closing)
          • Lower cut back
          • Loop on back of boot
          • Embroidery on strap. (Limited to 8 letters including spaces per strap)
          1. STITCHING

            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.

          2. STITCHING

            This boot 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 purpose and stitches the outer skin to the boot itself. This results in less stretch and a longer lasting boot. The Hybrid incorporates a beautifully crafted double stitch into parts of the boot.
          3. STITCHING

            The Super B is stitched by an expert sewer who has no other role apart from stitching. Every stitch serves a purpose and stitches the outer skin to the boot itself to result in less stretch and a longer last boot. This sets us apart from most other boots on the market that use cosmetic stitching.

          4. TENDON PILLOW

            Padding around the Achilles tendon secures the foot in place to prevent heel slippage for a custom fit.

          5. TENDON PILLOW

            Padding around the Achilles tendon secures the foot in place to prevent heel slippage for a custom fit.

          6. TOE PROTECTOR

            The rubber protective front bumper protects the front of your boot from impact. It can be replaced by using a hair dryer to make the rubber warm and carefully peeled off. Then use a strong adhesive, such as super glue, to attach the bumper to the boot. Replacement protective bumper come as a set of two bumpers (left and right).

          7. TOE PROTECTOR

            The rubber protective front bumper protects the front of your boot from impact. It can be replaced by using a hair dryer to make the rubber warm and carefully peeled off. Then use a strong adhesive, such as super glue, to attach the bumper to the boot. Replacement protective bumper come as a set of two bumpers (left and right).

          8. TONGUE

            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.

          9. TONGUE

            Leather top with 8mm padding and mesh lining creates a luxurious tongue padding for comfort and protects your foot from the laces. Add a lace loop to keep in the place for the prefect fit.

          10. TPU TOE PROTECTOR

             The toe protector protects the front of the boot.

          11. VENTILATION

            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.

          12. VENTILATION

            Cycling scientists have proven that cooler feet can boost performance. This model boot has a ventilation in the tongue to let hot air out of the top of the boot, and also ventilation holes on top of your toes that let cool air in and hot air out.

          13. WATER PRINTING

            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.

          14. SIZE CHART RETRO ELITE SUIT

            Please note we sell Women and Men’s Elite suits based on the sizing chart below. The chart is based on a looser fit, for those that are on the smaller side of a size we recommend sizing down.

            XS S M L XL
            Chest 32" - 34" 34" - 36" 36" - 38" 38" - 40" 40" - 42"
            Zipper 22" 22.5" 23" 23" 24"
            Back 28" 28.5" 29" 29.5" 30"
            Bicep 8.5" - 11.5" 9" - 12" 10" - 13" 11" - 14" 12" - 15"
            Waist 27" - 29" 29" - 31" 31" - 33" 33" - 35" 35" - 36"
            Hips 31" - 33.5" 33.5" - 35" 35.5" - 38" 38" - 40" 40" - 42.5"
            Length 13" 13.5" 14" 15.5" 17.5"
            Inseam 8.75" 9" 9.25" 9.5" 10"
            Leg Gripper 13" - 19" 14" - 20" 15" - 21" 16" - 22" 16" - 23"
          15. SIZE CHART RETRO NEO SUIT

            Please note the Neo suit is unisex sizing. This chart is based on a looser fit, for those that are on the small size of a size we recommend sizing down.

            XXS XS S M L XL
            Chest 29" - 32" 32" - 34" 34" - 36" 36" - 38" 38" - 40" 40" - 42"
            Zipper 21.5" 22" 22.5" 23" 23" 24"
            Back 27.5" 28" 28.5" 29" 29.5" 30"
            Bicep 8" - 11" 8.5" - 11.5" 9" - 12" 10" - 13" 11" - 14" 12" - 15"
            Waist 25" - 27" 27" - 29" 29" - 31" 31" - 33" 33" - 35" 35" - 36"
            Hips 29" - 31" 31" - 33.5" 33.5" - 35" 35.5" - 38" 38" - 40" 40" - 42.5"
            Length 12.5" 13" 13.5" 14" 15.5" 17.5"
            Inseam 8.5" 8.75" 9" 9.25" 9.5" 10"
            Leg Gripper 12" - 18" 13" - 19" 14" - 20" 15" - 21" 16" - 22" 16" - 23"
          16. SIZE CHART RACING SUIT

            3XS 2XS XS S M L
            Height (CM) 135 - 145 145 - 154 154 - 160 160 - 165 165 - 170 170 - 175
            Weight (KG) 25 - 33 33 - 42 42 - 50 50 - 55 55 - 60 60 - 65
            Waist (CM) 55 60 64 70 74 78
            Chest (CM) 63 70 77 84 88 92
            Hip (CM) 67 74 81 88 92 96
          17. SIZE CHART TIGHTS

            • Waist: Measurement to be taken around the narrowest part of waist
            • Hip: Measurement to be taken around fullest part
            • Inner leg length: Measurement to be taken from end of crotch to end of tights along seam
            XS S M L XL XXL
            Waist < 24" 24" - 28" 28" - 32" 32" - 36" 36" - 40" 40" >
            Hips 30" - 34" 34" - 38" 38" - 42" 42" - 46" 46" - 50" 50" - 54"
            Weight in KGs 40 - 55 50 - 65 60 - 80 70 - 95 90 - 110 100 >
            Inner leg length 28" 28.5" 29" 29.5" 30" 30.5"