TubeTec, an innovative sole construction technologyFrom Hanwag, a novelty that enables outdoor footwear to offer excellent cushioning without giving up stability and resistance.
One of the biggest problems linked to the design of soles for outdoor activities is that one is forced to agree to a compromise in the balance between cushioning and stability.
A challenge brilliantly won by Hanwag, which has invented a new way of constructing the bottom: the TubeTec system, designed and made in Europe.
Andreas Settele, Head of Research & Development at Hanwag, illustrates the details: “The cemented construction we conceived offers excellent, long-lasting cushioning while being extremely stable at the same time. For the cushioning we used a PU midsole that is particularly soft and sensitive but also less stable than other materials. In order to overcome this limit and make the sole system suitable for the outdoor world, we developed a TPU “tube” that is able to protect the softest parts of the soles from mechanical damage, whilst also providing the required and necessary stability”.
In order to complete the system Hanwag re-engineered the insole, structuring it with two materials, so as to offer further flexibility under the toes and in the heel area. Finally, it redesigned also the outsole, which has two distinct sections and, thanks to the Hanwag 3D PrismBase technology, is very lightweight.
The compound is perfect to offer grip and traction.
The TubeTec technology has made its debut with the Bendigo and Calpa models, which have been presented by Hanwag among the novelties for next summer in the hiking category.