Bont Skates was founded in Sydney in 1975 when Inze Bont, a recreational short track ice speed skater decided to fiberglass the back of his leather speed skates to gain more support. Bont quickly became the world's largest producer of ice speed skates and then branched out into inline speed skates, quad speed skates, roller derby skates, and long track speed skates. Bont was the first footwear manufacturer to use exotic material like fiberglass in 1974, Kevlar in 1986 and Carbon Fiber in 1989, and the first to use heat moldable resins and thermoplastics. Bont was also the first company to use adjustable ice blades and remains the world's largest producer of speed skates and custom speed skates.
Bont Skates is famous for pioneering every major boot advancement adopted by other skate manufacturers in the industry today. Bont was the first footwear manufacturer to use materials like fiberglass in 1974, Kevlar in 1986 and Carbon Fiber in 1989, and the first to use heat moldable resins and thermoplastics. Bont Skates invented heat moldable boots and was the first ice skate company to make skates where the blade and frame could be adjusted on the boot. Bont was the first skate company to use lace covers, velcro, and aluminum strengtheners in the boots. We push the limits of technology in ice speed skates, short track skates, roller skates, inline speed skates, and roller derby skates to help you perform at your best.
We source our carbon exclusively from the world's #1 carbon manufacturer, Toray of Japan. The carbon base of Bont boots is made by hand by sandwiching different types of carbon. The fibers are hand laid in the matrix according to the strain they will have to bear. The carbon is embedded with epoxy thermosetting resin.
SKATE FOAM PADDING
Unlike most brands of skates, Bont exclusively uses closed cell memory foam in our skate production. Most brands of ice, inline, short track, quad and derby skates use open-cell foam which is cheaper and absorbs water. Closed-cell foam does not absorb your sweat or water that you may skate through. This keeps your skates free of moisture.
SKATE RESIN DEVELOPMENT
Formulating a resin for ice speed skates, short track skates, roller skates, inline speed skates and roller derby skates 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 ice, inline or quad skate 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 boot and let it set, it is permanently set without the need to remold the skate. You can also reheat the skate's 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 skate's resin. That is why we have a computer that mixes the skate's 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, not by the skate manufacturer. The skate manufacturer has no way of altering the resin to meet the heat moldability requirements of modern skates and that is why they require very high temperatures to make the skates slightly heat moldable.
ONE PIECE SKATE CONSTRUCTION
Bont Skate's method of producing our high-end roller derby, ice, inline and quad roller 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 ice, inline and quad skates that 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. Bont high end and mid-range inline and ice boots are all made using the one-piece construction as well as some of the entry-level skates. Using the one-piece construction method, the outer skin of the boot is stitched to the anti-stretch material that has been bonded into the carbon. This ensures your quad, ice, inline short track or derby skate does not stretch over time. This process was pioneered in the production of custom speed skates.
Bont has produced more custom speed skates than all other skate manufacturers combined. Bont is famous for producing custom inline speed skates, custom short track speed skates, custom long track speed skates, custom quad speed skates, custom roller skates, and custom roller derby skates. Our production time is between 3-8 weeks to produce skates made around a mold of your feet. We can accept moulds made by plaster, laser scan, or our original molding socks with carbon molding box.
SHORT TRACK ICE SPEED SKATING BLADES
Bont Skates is a pioneer in the production of ice short track speed skating blades. Bont Skates invented the adjustable short track blade in 1975. Bont Skates also invented the pre-bent blade where the steel is cut into the tube on a curve and Bont Skates pioneered the use of K390 powder metal tool steel, the fastest short track blade material. Bont also produces a range of cut-proof gloves, sharpening stones, sharpening jigs and short track accessories such as corner belts. We do not use bi-metal as we do not feel that it is a good enough material for short track speed skating.
INLINE, QUAD AND ROLLER DERBY WHEELS
Bont Skates in partnership with the world's best wheel manufacturers such as MPC develops the best inline quad and roller derby wheels in the world. Our wheels are famous for pushing the boundaries of technology especially with the use of aluminum hubs. Wheels such as the Royal assassin quad wheel and the Red Magic Hard Core are the best wheels in their respective fields. Our high-end inline speed skate wheels use a dual durometer pour.
INLINE SPEED SKATING FRAMES
Bont Skates uses some of the most exotic materials such as carbon fiber and 7050 aerospace-grade aluminum to produce our inline speed skating frames. All inline racing frames are first tested by the most advanced computer-aided frame stress testing on the market before being tested in the real world by our professional inline speed skating team.
THE BEST SKATE BEARINGS
We insist on only producing the best inline and quad skate bearings in the world. We partner with the best bearing producers such as Jesa of Switzerland to produce our skate bearings. We go the extra mile using premium hardened steel, we double polish the inner race and we use extremely precise balls. The skate bearings come with light racing oil rather than grease. We produce ceramic bearings, 608, 167, 688, abec 7 and abec 5 skate bearings.
We have a wide range of ice, inline, short track, quad and derby skate accessories including sharpening jigs, sharpening stones, bearing press pullers, 608 and 688 bearing cleaner, bags and backpacks, wheel bags, skate innersoles, water bottles, ezeefit, laces, skate Allen key, toe guard protector, leather toe protector, short track gloves, short track helmet, inline skate helmet, skate buckle kit, replacement buckle kit, corner belt, fingertips and skate mounting bolts.
Our roller derby, quad, short track, long track and inline skate apparel consists of: inline racing suits, warmup jackets, compression tights, caps, hats and t-shirts.