Graphene: A hyper-material for sport

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Graphene: A hyper-material for sport

The addition of graphene to traditional materials brings a new and unexpected mass distribution to skis, revolutionising their bindings and design. One example is the Head Supershape ski, delivering unprecedented new sports performance.

 

This new material allows a redistribution of the masses in skis. With the graphene placed centrally, the wood has been shifted to the edges, increasing the point of contact with the snow for easier and more natural deflection. All Supershape models have different rockers, depending on the ski’s geometry, for a product suited to every skier type. The lightness achieved by applying the new material allows the use of a thicker and broader aluminium plate over the whole ski, giving more reactivity and power. As well as a revolution in the design of sports equipment, we are witnessing a new dimension of the discipline. The unique properties of graphene make a totally different ski structure possible. A perfect grip on descent and the new mass distribution guarantees precise curve entry and exit acceleration, something hard to achieve with other models. Concentrating the graphene in the centre of the ski also means thicknesses can be defined very differently, so thinner in the centre and with more material at the tip and tail, for skis with balanced and more manageable deflection.


The changed weight at the extremes has resulted in new purpose-designed geometries for each of the four models in the Head Supershape line. This small but major revolution in the skiing world is also impacting on other sports, including tennis which is experiencing an unexpected and innovative drive in racket design and manufacture.

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Last modified: 17 March 2017