- Base: Carbon fiber
- Outer skin: Australian leather
- Liner: Suede-L
- Boot height: Standard
- Innersole: EVA thermo-moldable
- Heat moldable: Fully heat moldable base utilizing epoxy thermoset resin
- Padding: Memory foam
- Size options: Kids 9/27 - adult 13/50
- Fit options: Standard, narrow, wide, double wide
- Semi custom MyBonts option is available at addition cost
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 Inadequate processes such as using generic vacuum boxes for curing the carbon have been replaced by methods such as pressure wrapping which provides four atmospheres of pressure rather than the traditional one atmosphere from vacuum forming.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 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 is a tightly woven carbon that is used in the aircraft industry and is what we use in Bont shoes.
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.
This is a cheaper form of carbon that is not as strong as 3k and is around 20% cheaper.
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.
The Bont 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.
Our liners have been chosen out of hundreds of different types of liners. They are not only light weight and strong, but fights odour and is not easily broken down by sweat. Bont uses Microfiber, Suede-Like and Durolite as our liners and all three are vegan.
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 and is stitched to the outer skin and bonded to the liner so it can never move or be removed. It becomes part of the boot's structure and the reason that Bont boots do not stretch out as much as other brands of boots over time.
UPPERThe Bont light weight upper is 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.
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.
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 produces 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 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.
TEAM TESTINGOur 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 help Bont create products that not only look good but perform at the elite international level.
ANATOMICAL FOREFOOT SHAPE
Conventional quad roller 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's anatomical shaping allows the foot to function in its most efficient and anatomically correct position. Combined with the ability to heat mold all out boots, you can get the right fit for your foot.
ANATOMICAL HEEL CUP
The anatomical heel cup shaping of Bont quad roller 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 to help get the prefect fit.
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.
LIGHT WEIGHTAt 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 skate boot manufacturing but ensures light weight.
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
- Boot height
- Heel rise
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)