Ice Skates. Speed Skates.
Bont Skates was founded producing short track ice speed skates. We have a long and distinguished history of building long and short track skates. Bont was the first skate company to use materials such as fiberglass, kevlar, and carbon fiber in short track skate manufacturing.
Every modern short track boot is based on a Bont boot. Additionally, Bont was the first company to use thermoplastics and thermoset resins as well as the first company to produce blades that can be offset on the boot. Bont short and long track skates are extremely fast and lightweight. We design, manufacture, and have perfected a range of ice skates for beginners through to speed skates for elite skaters.
Bont has also pioneered many innovations in short track blades. We developed the first powder metal tool steel short track blade and also pioneered the use of pre-bent blades. The Bont Platinum series of short track blades are regarded as the best in the world. Bont also produces short track sharpening jigs and sharpening stones, including ceramic and diamond sharpening stones.
OUR CORE TECHNOLOGY
Bont is famous for pioneering every major boot advancement adopted by other boot 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 invented heat moldable boots, and was the first 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 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.
Unlike most brands of skates, Bont exclusively uses closed cell memory foam. Most brands of boots 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.
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 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 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, not by the skate manufacturer. The shoe manufacturer has no way of altering the resin to meet the heat moldability requirements of modern shoes and that is why they require very high temperatures to make the shoes slightly heat moldable.
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 was founded in Sydney in 1975 when Inze Bont, a recreational speed skater decided to fiberglass the back of his leather speed skates to gain more support. 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 the first company to use adjustable ice blades and has grown into the world's largest producer of speed skates.