Monthly Archives: July 2019

7月最終週

6月7日の札幌会場からスタートした、カスタムフェア。

先週末は最終の東京五反田会場が終了しました。これで今年のカスタムフェアは終了となります。これまでFTブースにお越しいただいたお客様、大変ありがとうございました。

7月後半となりますが、FTブーツ展示会が山形のTRUNKBASEで行われます。試し履きするラストチャンスです。

期日は、7月最終末の26日(金)~28日(日)。

まだ来年のマテリアルがお決まりでない方は、ぜひ足を運んでみてください。実際に商品を見て触って、足入れをする事ができます。

特にブーツは自分の足にあう物をチョイスしましょう。モデルによってそれぞれ特長がありますので、この機会に試し履きしてみてください。分からない事は店舗スタッフまでお声がけください。

それではご来場お待ちしています。

Full Tilt Boots. Derived From NASA Engineers.

NASA and Ski Boots

Yes, you read that title correctly! During the late 60s and early 70s, NASA was in the early stages of developing the modern spacesuit. During this process, they ran into a big issue with the design in that the heating, cooling and electrical lines that ran throughout the suits, which powered the suit and kept the astronaut alive. These lines would kink, crease and crimp when the astronauts would walk and flex their arms, therefore cutting off electricity.

Al Gross with Dixie Rinehart ultimately came up with a solution to include articulating hinges with ribs that allowed a natural flex in the astronaut’s ankles, knees, and elbows; preserving the shape and functionality around the joint. Think of these hinges acting like a bendy straw. They can bend and maneuver, without compromising the performance of the straw.

XRay boot // P: SOLE Charmonix

Articulating Hinges

When Gross and Rinehart eventually left NASA, they knew they were onto something with their ribbed design. When they found employment with a small company in Aspen known as Comfort Products, headed up by former racer Eric Giese. At Comfort Products, Al Gross applied his knowledge of space-age technology to skiing.

Do these ‘ribs’ that allow a natural flex sound familiar at all yet? Try looking at the tongue of your Full Tilt Boots! Al Gross was able to take the ribbed design they used on NASA spacesuits and transform the design into a fully functioning ski boot.

Full Tilt ‘Ribbed’ Tongue

The 3 Piece Boot Is Born

With a ribbed tongue, a ski boot has the ability to bend and flex without compromising performance or causing any distortion in the boot (think of the bendy straw example). Armed with this new revolutionary design, Al Gross, Dixie Rinehart, and Eric Giese paved the way for the 3-piece boot to be created and ultimately made history in the world of skiing.

Full Tilt Boots 3-Piece Design
Full Tilt Boots 3-Piece Design

Want to learn more? Read up on Full Tilt’s full history!