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PEBAX® POLYMERS - SPECIFIED BY THE WORLD'S LEADING SPORTS BRANDS

RUNNING SHOES

 

There are many parts of a running shoe that can be enhanced with Pebax® elastomers. Midsole components like the torsion bars and plates, along with other components like heel counters are great applications for Pebax® resins. These lightweight polymers provide high energy return that world champion runners recognize. A wide range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid grades makes for a wide spectrum of uses.

REINFORCED GRADES FOR ADDED PERFORMANCE

For even more structure and snapback properties, glass and carbon fiber filled Pebax® and Rilsan® components can be incorporated into foam midsoles. This combination allows for comfortable, lightweight constructions to produce high energy return.

Suggested grades to start your development:

  • Pebax® 40 Shore D to 70 Shore D
  • Pebax® Clear 1200
  • Filled Pebax® and Rilsan® grades for more rigidity:
    • Rilsan® BSR30 (carbon fiber) (Datasheet US/SI)
    • Rilsan® BZM8 O TL (glass fiber) (Datasheet US/SI)
    • Rilsan® BZM7 O TL (glass fiber) 

ADHESIVES FOR UPPERS

Low melt temperature adhesives for thermoforming uppers are also available in the Platamid® product range. In the form of fusable filaments (yarn), Platamid® resins can bring the 3D shape to footwear and maintain it over time. Learn more about Platamid® hot melt adhesives.

CLEATED SHOES

 

Outsole plates are used widely for cleated footwear. The lightweight rigidity and high energy return of Pebax® TPE is the reason why many professional athletes choose Pebax Powered® cleats. Where extreme rigidity is required like baseball, football, and soccer cleats, glass fiber and carbon fiber (for reduced weight) filled grades are available. For added design flexibility, transparent Pebax® Clear grades are also available.

ROSS FLEX TEST

For cleated footwear especially, the Ross Flex test is an important indicator for long-lasting, high performance cleats. Pebax® and Rilsan® grades can endure more than 50,000 cycles, even at cold temperatures (-40ºC) and up to a 90º bend angle without breaking.

Suggested grades to start your development:

  • Pebax® 63R53 SP 01
  • Pebax® Rnew® 40R53 SP 01 (Datasheet US/SI)
  • Rilsan® BZM30 (glass fiber) (Datasheet US/SI)
  • Rilsan® BZM8 O TL (glass fiber) (Datasheet US/SI)
  • Rilsan® BZM7 O TL (glass fiber) 
  • Pebax® Clear 1200 (Datasheet US/SI)
  • Some Pebax® grades can be foamed. Currently used by several partners. Contact our team for more information below.

Lightweight

Solutions from the Pebax® family offer extreme lightweight performance. Compared to alternatives like TPU and COPE these solutions can be up to 20% lighter. The strong mechanical properties of Pebax® elastomers can also allow for thinner designs, reducing even more weight and costs.

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Energy Return

Yes, there is science to support it! Pebax® elastomers exhibit a lower energy loss factor when relaxed after being stressed compared to TPU. This means athletes with a shoe or cleat with Pebax® TPE in it will get more out of every step.

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Durability

Shock resistance, enduring elasticity, toughness, and flexibility are important for any sports application. Long-lasting Pebax® solutions maintain these properties in cold and hot conditions, so no matter what the season, athletes can rely on consistent performance from their equipment.

Transparency

The growing Pebax® Clear range provides all the same benefits you'd expect from a classical Pebax® resin with the added characteristic of transparency. This allows for more design flexibility, making the equipment look as good as it can perform.

Pebax® Clear grades:

  • Pebax® Clear 1200 (Datasheet US/SI)

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Strength & Rigidity

For even more lightweight performance, injection foaming for direct injection molding is possible with some Pebax® grades. This can add significant flexibility and fatigue resistance while maintaining rapid response/recovery and a low compression set. Several partners are using this technology today. Contact our team for more information.

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Foam

For even more lightweight performance, injection foaming for direct injection molding is possible with some Pebax® grades. This can add significant flexibility and fatigue resistance while maintaining rapid response/recovery and a low compression set. Several partners are using this technology today. Contact our team for more information.

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