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snowboard boot made from carbon fiber - 6th SENSE

In season 2016/17, after five years of development, a racing snowboard boot made from carbon fiber - 6th SENSE, is coming. The boot is a pinnacle of our R & D team, which will surely dictate the future trends in the production of snowboard and ski hard boots made of carbon.

A lot of potential... that said Dodge Carbon fiber boots have shown there's a lot of FUD and issues to overcome.  I wish him the best of luck.

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Interesting and following. It is great to see another company trying to introduce another HB boot to give us more options. I hope they succeed and wish them luck.  My first reaction to seeing the shape reminded me of cross between a Burton Furnace boot and the new Mountain Slope.

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If they managed to drop the ramp angle further and make it even lighter, that's already a success. 

The heel block still looks tucked in too much, tough. 

As for the carbon fibre tongue, I'm not 100% sure if its a good idea to have a 3d curved structure that has to flex repetitively. 

Also, for a small run, the molds for composite lamination are a lot cheaper than injection molds. 

Well done Andrej and co! Great to have another option. 

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I spoke some time ago with Andrej when I saw the boots. 

If memory servers me right He said that one boot will weight approx 1.5 kgs without liner, which was half of what my upz weighted at the time.

The boots have been tested in Europe and Asia by both carvers and racers.

All reviews are super positive.

Slovenian snowboard team has tested them, advised minimal changes and I would not be surprised to see these in world cup next season. 

As soon as I lay may hands on them I will post more pix.

There is a few options to test these in EU at one of the carving sessions.


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On 1/19/2020 at 5:17 PM, nigelc said:

Do heavier boots contribute to damping?

Depends on context, application, etc. Considering the mass and materials used in most of the 'higher end' boards, the effect of the boot is likely overbalanced by the rest of the system.

That said, it's harder for a given input to 'displace' the greater mass.

On 1/19/2020 at 5:17 PM, nigelc said:

What advantage do lighter boots give?

Again, depends on the rider, gear selection, and technique. And again, probably won't make much difference for the most popular configurations.

That said, in most athletic situations requiring cyclical changes in direction or displacement, lighter footwear is considered an advantage. 

It used to be you could to get a bicycle racing frame with either 'road race' or 'criterium' geometry. The former was more stable for longer events over greater distances. The latter was for precise and rapid handling in close quarters. In that context, the twitchier handling characteristics would let you essentially 'put the bike wherever you needed to be'.

Similarly, on the feet of a skilled rider, on a board with favorable rebound characteristics, lighter boots will allow that rider to exit/enter/modulate a turn faster and with greater accuracy.

One of the primary gains associated with the use of carbon fiber in footwear is the 0ptimized 'transmissibility' of the material. Which is to say, your brain has a much better understanding of what is going on under the feet on account of better, faster, cleaner data transmission.

Think cable/broadband v dial-up.

The process of maintaining equilibrium in the athletic context can burn a lot of energy in short order, so when you make it easier to 'balance', you by default make the athlete more 'effective'.

This may be one of the reasons why runners are faster in the Nike Vaporfly series. Less energy devoted to equilibrium means more available for propulsion.

Of course, that carbon effect is mitigated by other materials between the boot shell and the snow.  If you already ride a damp board/binding combo, a carbon boot shell will simply confirm that, rather than fully enhancing snow feel. 

On the other hand, there are many situations where additional data is simply wasted or unwelcome*. 

And few have any practical side-by-side experience with carbon element footwear, so it's difficult to justify.


-> *I heard that some athletes on the Dodge ski boot had difficulty sorting the signal from the noise, and that situation 'detracted' from their performance.

 Or at least their perception of same. 


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On 1/19/2020 at 10:17 PM, nigelc said:

Do heavier boots contribute to damping? What advantage do lighter boots give? Apart from convenience for flying

My main motivation was convenience for flying, when switching from the HSPs to Backland Carbon boots. Plus 25 or so years of technical boot development which skiers have enjoyed. Even Mountain Slope is an old design. The "Sense" boots look interesting. 

I would say that the clever bit about modern Carbon boots is that they achieve similar performance at less weight; the Carbon is probably used to deliver that, rather than to deliver something you don't want (greater stiffness). Carbon is probably also more stable over a range of temperatures and stress. It's a composite so you can engineer it very precisely. 

Lighter boots.... feel lighter. It may be psychological, and mostly I don't notice, but when jumping my gear definitely feels lighter. Perhaps it's like "power to weight ratio" in a car. With the race bike analogy, I want the lightest machine I can get at a reasonable price. I'm not going to drill the components out, but lighter always feels better. 

Heavier boots... you could buy some ankle weights and strap a kilo on each ankle to see the benefits of that at a cheap price today. Metal boards actually use metal and rubber for their dampening effect, it's not specifically mass which is the issue.

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