Salewa’s new crampon-compatible Ortles Coulior Mountain Boot features Xenia Materials’ thermoplastic composites. The toecap is produced on a polymeric base reinforced with carbon fiber. The boot weighs 725 grams and the frame is designed with carbon fiber, hinged joint closures and a narrowed toe area.
This carbon fiber boot was designed to offer and guarantee both stiffness and flexibility. The processing of last generation carbon-reinforced thermoplastic composites and the injection molding process allow the standardization and realization of structures with improved and optimized thickness, which would otherwise turn out to be very expensive and difficult to achieve through the traditional lamination process. Thermoplastic composites are, furthermore, easily and efficiently recyclable.
The compact, solid and agile design, characterized by a narrowed toe area, provides the Ortles Couloir with more precision while climbing both rock and ice. The boot’s frame has been designed in carbon fiber in order to offer both lightness and stiffness. Moreover, its hinged joint closure ensures greater comfort while walking and more grip while climbing.