21 April 2015
21 April 2015
Prince has launched the TeXtreme collection with which they hold on to their history of innovative technology that can be felt and seen.
“By adding TeXtreme to the frame of the racquet, we are able to provide superior torsional stability, which results in increased power and control. The optimal structure of the TeXtreme carbon fibre material gives mechanical benefits without losing the material characteristics of the fibre for optimal performance,” says Tyler Herring, Vice President Product & Marketing, Prince Global Sports.
TeXtreme says that Prince wanted to utilise a material designed to be thinner, lighter and more durable than traditional woven fibres, of which TeXtreme was the best choice for them. It says the new collection features the addition of TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics, which are created with a thinner structure and straighter carbon fibres to create a composite material that is 20% lighter in weight with improved stiffness. Applying this material in the shaft and lower hoop with a 45° orientation, racquet twisting is reduced by 25% without increased weight.
“This partnership illustrates the value of the TeXtreme Technology by being able to have a visible and proven technology with outstanding references. We are happy to see Prince achieving these features that will give the players better possibilities to perform at their best,” says Andreas Martsman, VP Marketing & Sales of TeXtreme.
TeXtreme claims that this is the next generation of carbon fibre material in the sporting goods industry. It is based on using Spread Tows instead of yarns to achieve materials that are used to produce ultra light weight and high-performance products. Companies utilising the TeXtreme Technology achieve better properties on weight, stiffness, strength, etc. compared to those using other conventional carbon fibre materials.
“Prince has always prided itself on having visible technology,” says Mike Ballardie, CEO, Prince Global Sports. “When we apply TeXtreme to the frames, it is clearly visible from the shaft up to the bottom of the hoop. While these new racquets have a bold, fresh look that can’t be missed, this is not smoke and mirrors; it’s real, it’s visible and players will feel the difference when they play,” Ballardie concludes.
Photo provided by Prince.
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