The Protégé is designed for Jam skating. It has a very low counter to make pulling off those dance moves a breeze. A lace cover keeps your laces out of the way.
Uni-directional Carbon Base
The Protégé has a carbon fiber base that is made of uni-directional carbon fiber. The same material that you find in high end bikes. It is an ultra light, ultra strong material. We source our carbon exclusively from the world's #1 carbon manufacturer, Toray of Japan. The base of the Vaypor is made by hand by sandwiching cross weave carbon and uni-directional carbon fiber which is embedded with epoxy thermo setting resin. The fibers are hand laid in the matrix according to the strain they will have to bear.
The Skate in Action
Check out Spencer Grant using the Bont Protégé boot:
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Durolite Outer Skin
Strength to weight ratio's have always played an important part in Bont cycling shoe design as all materials considered and developed for products within the Bont range must comply to strict standards. Durolite has been developed and chosen for the Protégé upper and liner for its extremely durable nature and light weight. Initially stock colors will be matt white and matt black with additional colors available in our semi custom range.
Semi Custom Options
Bont offers an enormous variety of semi custom options.
Here are a list of some of the semi custom fit options that you can specify when ordering your boots:
- One foot longer or wider than the other
- Skinny ankles
- Skinny feet
- Wide feet
- Slightly abnormal shaped feet
- Flat feet
- Leaving room for your orthotics to fit into your boot
We adjust the last before building your stock boot to accommodate for any of these modifications.
All of the above options including color options are covered by one low $50 fee.
The Protégé is stitched by an expert sewer who has no other role apart from stitching. Unlike most boots on the market that use cosmetic stitching, the stitching on Bont boots actually serves a purpose and stitches the outer skin to the boot itself. This results in less stretch and a longer lasting boot. The Hybrid incorporates a beautifully crafted double stitch into parts of the boot.
Between the outer skin and the liner we add a material that is proprietary to Bont to stop the boot from stretching over time. This material has similar strength characteristics to Kevlar. This material is stitched to the outer skin and bonded to the liner so it can never move or be removed, it becomes part of the boots structure. This layer is the reason that Bont boots do not stretch out as much as other brands of boots over time.
A last is a plastic replica of a foot that the boot is built around. Last makers do not make skate lasts, they only make shoe lasts so perfecting a speed skating last is not an easy prospect. At Bont, we have been perfecting our lasts since 1975 and the process is ongoing. We feel that we put more effort into our last than any other skating brand and it is the reason that Bont boots fit more skaters than any other brand on the market.
The Protégé is designed for high class athletes so the padding used is a thin, dense padding that is quite unforgiving. The padding is harder than our previous generations of Vaypor and it is also lighter. Like all Bont padding, we use a closed cell memory foam that will not retain water. If you are after a more comfortable ride, please select one of our softer padding options.
The Protégé's tongue has a number of features. It is heat moldable so it can be heated in the oven and molded to your foot but it will also mold to your foot with the temperature from your own body heat. It has ventilation to let hot air out of the boot. The tongue has a handy velcro place holder that stops your tongue from moving. The tongue is made from foam that is thin and light yet still protects your foot from the laces.
Bont quad boot is the most heat moldable shoes available. Bont's proprietary resin has been developed and perfected over 36 years to be an extremely stiff resin that becomes pliable at relatively low temperatures. Unlike other shoes which are moldable only in select locations, all Bont cycling shoes are able to be molded over the entire chasis providing cyclist not only with the most anatomically designed cycling shoe on the market today, but also with the ability to fine tune the fit of the entire shoe to give a customised fit.
Anatomical Forefoot Shape
Conventional quad skates offer a “dress shoe” type shaping. Although highly aesthetic this will cause the toes along with the metatarsals to be overly constricted, compressing the nerves between the metatarsals which often results in the common "hot foot" sensation.
Bont skates anatomical shaping allows the foot to function in its most efficient and anatomically correct position.
Anatomical Heel Cup
The anatomical heel cup shaping of Bont quad skates provides increased stability and more power through your push. This stabilization is achieved without any mechanical operation or over tightening of straps/laces allowing for increased comfort and blood circulation. The heel cup is fully heat moldable in the oven.