Sports like hockey and speed skating are defined by their finesse, power, speed and agility. However, protection has become smaller and lighter, while athletes have become stronger and faster. Skate blades are one of the single biggest dangers on the ice, accounting for a minimum 15% of injuries.
Hockey equipment has traded off performance for safety. Hockey gloves have shorter cuffs, elbow pads are smaller, and shin pads are narrower and more open in the rear. Goalie equipment has similar challenges with goalie pads generally only being loosely buckled up at the back. Exposed areas of the wrist, calf and achilles are highly susceptible to laceration from skates. These regions contain critical arteries, tendons, muscle, and/ or other soft tissue.
Speed skating requires athletes to perform on the edge with any fall having the potential for severe injury. While great care is taken to avoid such accidents, the International Skating Union (ISU) does set out guidelines for required protection.
Speed skating, especially short track, is a sport always has the potential for injury due to the nature of the racing. Whether an athlete is skating in close proximity to others or due a crash, the consequences can be serious if proper protection is not worn. Though precautions are taken, an errant blade can strike a skate anywhere on the body and it is important to protect the most critical areas. Whether in training or competition, new to the sport or experienced, protection should not be taken for granted.
Injuries due to lacerations from razor sharp blades are increasing in occurrence and severity. These injuries do not discriminate and can happen in an instant. Unlike professional leagues where medical attention is readily available, minor and recreational leagues and events do not have that luxury. Playing the odds and assuming injuries won’t happen to you or your child is an ineffective strategy...often realized when it’s too late.
BASE360 products seamlessly integrate Cut Protection Zones™ with high performance Coolskin® fabric. Athletes benefit from a base layer that provides added safety without sacrificing comfort or performance.
BASE360’s Cut Protection Zones are manufactured using a variety of material, that can HPPE and Kevlar®, that are bonded with our garment through a proprietary process creating a light weight and flexible base layer. Unique designs provide protection only in specific areas, optimizing the ratio of protection to performance and maximizing active stretch between panels and across fabrics. Doing so enhances the capability of the base layer to continue to wick moisture off the skin and maintain its elasticity to perform at the highest level.
KEVLAR® is a high strength and light weight synthetic fiber made by from aramid polymer by DuPont that dramatically improves the performance of a variety of consumer and industrial products due to its high tenacity and cut resistance.
BASE360 socks are knitted using a specific BASE CutTech™ blend that includes a High Performance Polyethylene (HPPE) fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel, on a weight-for-weight basis.HPPE has the property to transfer heat very quickly from the inside to the outside and therefore a sock made with sufficient HPPE content releases body heat much faster to the outside of the sock compared to other materials. This will prevent (body) heat accumulation inside the sock and maintain a cool feel.