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2004/119/2 Inline skate with spare boot, Pyrotechnics boot with Slingshot clap-type inline roller frame, Road Rage race wheels, kangaroo leather / graphite fibre / aluminium / urethane / steel, by Bont International Pty Ltd, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia, 2003. Click to enlarge.

Inline skate with spare boot by Bont International

Made
The Bont Pyrotechnic clap inline skates represent world class sports technology and innovation, designed and produced by a Sydney based company. Each component of the skater's equipment can affect their performance and speed which makes form fitting comfortable, strong and lightweight boots an important factor. Bont is the world's first to introduce materials such as kevlar, carbon fibre, velcro, neoprene, heat moldable thermoplastics, and moulding sox for custom made boots.

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Summary

Object No.

2004/119/2

Object Statement

Inline skate with spare boot, Pyrotechnics boot with Slingshot clap-type inline roller frame, Road Rage race wheels, kangaroo leather / graphite fibre / aluminium / urethane / steel, by Bont International Pty Ltd, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia, 2003

Physical Description

Inline skate with spare boot, Pyrotechnics boot with Slingshot clap-type inline roller frame and Bont Road Rage race wheels, kangaroo leather / graphite fibre / aluminium / urethane / steel, made by Bont International Pty Ltd, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia, 2003

The 'Pyrotechnics' model is the top of the line Bont racing boot. The upper and insole lining is made of black kangaroo leather with silver leather decorative shapes sewn onto the sides of the boot (the shapes allude to lightning or racing stripes). The lower sides and bottom of the boot is made of moulded black epoxy / kevlar / carbon composite fibre. The tongue and base of the boot are heat moldable to allow a custom fit to one's foot. The tightness of the lace cover of the boot is adjusted by pulling the cover down and onto the velcro tabs at the side of the boot. The spare boot has no inline frame attached.

The clap-type inline frame consists of an red, blue and silver coloured upper aluminium frame screwed to the bottom of the boot. Two racing wheels are fitted to the bottom rear of the frame. A second aluminium frame holding three racing wheels is hinged at front of the upper frame. The spring-loaded hinge allows the inline racer to lift his/her heel up near the end of each push movement, raising the two rear wheels but keeping the three front wheels on the racing surface which apply force an instant longer than with conventional (non-hinged) inline frames. A grey rubber or polymer bumper attached to the top rear of the secondary frame softens the impact of the frame as the spring returns it to position after the foot is lifted from the racing surface.

The five yellow racing wheels are decorated with a blue lightning pattern and a blue-outlined yellow water splash within a red background within a circular band on the sides of the wheels. All wheels have roller bearings in their centres through which pass the axles fixing them to the frames.

Marks

"BONT Skates" is woven into the centre of the black fabric lace cover of the boot and Bont is embroidered in script font onto the rear of the boot.

The BONT logo is adhered onto the rear side of the upper part of the clap-type inline frame and "Slingshot" is printed in red on the side of the secondary frame.

The decoration on each of the racing wheels has a clear area where the words"ROAD RAGE" in yellow appear through the lightning motif.

Dimensions

Height

130 mm

Width

105 mm

Production

Notes

Bont International Pty Ltd has its factory in the Sydney suburb of Campsie where it makes top quality boots, blades and wheel assemblies for ice and in-line skating and exports 95% of its product. It also sells clothing and other accessories for these sports (these items are manufactured overseas). Bont skates is a world leader is skate technology being the first to introduce materials such as kevlar, carbon fibre, velcro, neoprene, heat moldable thermoplastics, and moulding sox for custom made boots. It is a family owned and managed business with husband and wife, Inze and Sara Bont, as joint CEOs, Inze also as head of R&D, son Alexander is the Marketing Manager and daughter Rebecca is the fashion designer. Bont sponsors racers and other sports people in Australia and other countries. The skates Bont donated to the Museum represent many of their innovations as well as being fitted with their version of the clap-skate, which are significantly faster than fixed blades or wheels.

History

Notes

The skates were donated to the Museum new and unused.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Bont International, 2004

Acquisition Date

11 August 2004

Cite this Object

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Inline skate with spare boot by Bont International 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2021, <https://ma.as/346732>

Wikipedia

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