Olympus Mons Cube by La Sportiva: ALONGSIDE VIBRAM THE BEST PRODUCT FOR MOUNTAINEERING AT ISPO 2019

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La Sportiva, the Trentino company, world leader in the field of outdoor footwear and clothing, opens 2019 in the name of eco-sustainability with solutions, materials and certifications designed to minimize the environmental impact of their products and give an even stronger and tangible sign of corporate commitment to the environment. The company’s commitment continues with new products, both in Apparel and Hardgoods , the heart of the FW19/20 collection, on show at ISPO.

The international jury at ISPO 2019 has awarded the Olympus Mons Cube by La Sportiva as “Gold Winner” in the category “Mountaineering & Expedition Footwear”. Its winning features include its reduced weight, which is also thanks to Vibram Litebase technology.

 

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 ISPO Award 2019: Vibram alongside La Sportiva with the best product for mountaineering

 

Vibram is celebrating together with its long-term partner La Sportiva on the occasion of the “Gold Winner ISPO 2019” award, which was attributed by the international jury of experts to the Olympus Mons Cube in the category “Mountaineering & Expedition Footwear”. The jury, made up of sector journalists, design experts, product technicians, retailers and athletes, defined this product “the ultimate in technicality for Himalayan technical mountaineering, Arctic crossings and extremely cold Alpine environments”, offering the best solutions in terms of thermal properties, lightness, rapid fitting, safety and waterproofing.

The boot’s lightness is where Vibram has proudly made its contribution with the sole equipped with the latest technology developed by the company, Vibram Litebase, which has been designed to drastically reduce the weight of the rubber sole while leaving the performance of the footwear unchanged.

The innovative solution developed by Vibram allows for a reduction of the rubber base by approximately 40-50%, from 1.7 mm to 0.5/0.9 mm (according to the type of sole), with a consequential reduction in overall weight of the sole of 2530%. The distinctive advantage that Litebase offers lies in the possibility for footwear brands to use extremely light soles which are identical to traditional Vibram soles in terms of design and compound, and which therefore have the same characteristics of grip, traction, duration and resistance to wear.

In the model voted as best in its category, La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube, Vibram has combined Litebase technology with the Mont compound, which has been tested on the highest mountains in the world and developed to maintain traction performance even at extremely low temperatures for the utmost support and excellent resistance to wear. The heel, which is also extremely light, is made from Vibram Morflex Expanded EVA. Special characteristics of the sole: lightness, resistance to abrasions and thermal insulation.
This is an important success in terms of performance for the solid partnership between Vibram and La Sportiva, which has once again proved to be a winning combination.

 

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LA SPORTIVA 2019-20: NOVELTIES

 

La Sportiva, the Trentino company, world leader in the field of outdoor footwear and clothing, opens 2019 in the name of eco-sustainability with solutions, materials and certifications designed to minimize the environmental impact of their products and give an even stronger and tangible sign of corporate commitment to the environment. The company’s commitment continues with new products, both in Apparel and Hardgoods , the heart of the FW19/20 collection, on show at ISPO.

The new Ski-Tour apparel line sees the launch of garments made entirely or partially from fabrics and padding obtained from the reuse of recycled polyester and certified by RePET®, resulting from the recycling of plastic bottles.

On the Hardgoods side, the collection of technical ski boots (skialp) is completed with Skorpius CR, a boot dedicated to advanced ski mountaineers with a reinforced carbon shell for powerful and safe skiing, triple compatibility with Tech, AT and Trab TR2 bindings and shell and cuff in the innovative and eco-compatible Pebax® Rnew® Bio-based material, a polymer obtained from castor oil plants. At the same time the company continues to invest in its “racing department” reaching the fifth edition of the famous race boot now under the name of STRATOS V (v as victory but also V as the Roman number five) further lightened (540 grams including the bootie) and already at the feet of the current world champion Michele Boscacci, who has just signed a new 5 year contract with the company.

Important news for the Footwear division too with the introduction of TX Top GTX, an approach shoe that is part of the famous Traverse X series with integrated gaiter and super gripping Vibram® Megagrip sole, the new born shoe for Winter Running Kaptiva GTX, a winter version of the long awaited SS19 model that uses the brand new Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit membrane, laminated directly onto the uppers for maximum flexibility and comfort, and Blizzard GTX: the first Trail Running shoe within the La Sportiva Mountain Running® collection with spikes integrated into the sole for safe running on snow and icy terrain.

 

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Info by Abel de Frutos for Trailrunningspain