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 Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming.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.
It all starts with the last which is the plastic foot shape that the boot is built around. Pick up any quad boot (apart from a Bont) and you will see that the toe area is round and it looks a little like the shape of your foot but from a technical perspective it is more like a dress shoe last than a performance last. That’s why our competitor’s boots need weeks to break in and they use a lot of padding to make up for the deficiencies in their last design. Now take a look at a Bont boot and you will see that it actually looks like a real foot. That’s because we don’t just go to a last maker and ask them for a last. Mr Inze Bont builds all our lasts from scratch based on sanding custom skates for 37 years. This means we can use thinner padding which equates to better performance and we have less break in time.
Next up is the foot bed. The Bont foot bed is the first part of the skate added to the last. It is made in-house from a heat moldable EVA. The foot bed is 65A hardness and only 3mm thick which makes it extremely light weight and heat moldable.
The liner is then added which has been chosen out of hundreds of liners. This liner is not only light weight and strong, but it fights odour and is not easily broken down by sweat.
Traditional quad boots are made with a liner and an outer skin. If the boot has any stitching it is usually cosmetic and everything is glued together. Bont Boots as you would have guessed by now are made in an entirely different way. We have an additional layer between the two layers which is made of an anti-stretch material. This means that your boots won’t stretch as much as most quad boots. In addition, we stitch the 3 layers together as the final step after the boot has been glued together which also aids in strengthening the boot.
Carbon and Fiberglass
We then hand lay the carbon or fiberglass paying particular attention to the stress it will need to bear whilst skating. Each and every layer is laid with a purpose. We use cross weave 3K 198 gram aircraft grade Toray® carbon. The carbon is painted with our proprietary thermo set resin which allows you to heat mold your Bont boots in an oven.
The light weight upper is then glued and sewn onto the shoe. The excess glue is cleaned off and the shoe is ready to be skated 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.