TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS
Building a ski is a multi-step process and every element of the ski is thought out and designed down to the last detail. The team carefully selects materials without compromising the quality, durability and performance of each ski.
Au-delà d’être un ski québécois, nous misons avec discipline sur la production responsable de toute notre technologie de glisse. Un tour d’horizon rapide sur les faits concrets : matériaux composites biosourcés à 50% pour le topsheet (ce qu’on voit à l’oeil nu), graphiques imprimés directement sans film, résines biosourcées à 30%, essences de bois issus de coupes responsables situées à moins de 100km du lieu de production (Rimouski).
The camber 3-Point Ski System maximizes the ski's handling and energy storage capacity without compromising agility. Instead of having a traditional edge pressure distribution on the snow, three distinct high pressure zones are created.
All Ferreol skis are made with a semi-cap construction. Although this is the most complex and expensive method, it is also the strongest and most efficient. It offers the same durability and edge retention as standard or "sandwich" construction, but with less weight and better impact resistance. Unlike other manufacturers, our semi-cap construction includes a full-length sidewall for complete protection.
The tail of our skis is designed to maintain the binding of your skins in place. In addition, it can be notched for a better fit with your skin clip. So you can venture out with confidence, even in the most challenging conditions.
The poplar cores used in Ferreol skis come from sustainable forests. This means that they are cut with the utmost respect for the environment. Selective cutting is done to improve forest regeneration. To minimize waste, the wood is assembled and travels less than 100 km before arriving at the manufacturing plant, located in Rimouski. Finally, poplar makes the skis lighter and more resistant.
The maple cores used in Ferreol skis also come from sustainable forests located within 100 km of the manufacturing plant. Maple maximizes the durability of the skis.
The birch wood mounting plate makes the skis lighter, while meeting the highest safety standards for anchoring bindings. Cherry wood also keeps the ski playful in deep snow.
Our polyamide topsheet is 50% biobased, made from 20% recycled materials and manufactured with castor oil. This makes our skis extremely durable and water-repellent, which guarantees the longevity of our products. In addition, the graphics are digitally printed on this material, which reduces the environmental impact of our topsheet.
Ferreol uses Entropy Resins' Super Sap epoxy in all its skis. This 30% biobased resin offers the same performance as traditional resins, but with less environmental impact.
The Titanal mounting plate is designed to handle the toughest conditions. It adds isotropic rigidity under the boot, which increases grip and stability on firm snow. In addition, its superior quality allows it to exceed the necessary safety standards
Although fiberglass is not as rigid as carbon fiber, it is stronger. Strength is the ability of a fiber to not break under the weight of a load. That's why this fiber is the ideal choice when it comes to adding strength and durability to skis.
Carbon fiber has the perfect mechanical properties for building high-end skis. It is also well suited for touring skis because of its excellent lightness/stiffness ratio. Carbon makes the ski light on the way up, but strong on the way down.
Well known in the food industry for its seeds, flax is a plant that can also be used as a natural fiber in composite materials. Its mechanical properties fall between those of glass and carbon fibers, making it an ideal choice to replace synthetic fibers. In addition, the production of flax fiber is virtually carbon neutral. At equivalent mass, flax fiber (1.1 kgCO2eq) is 10 times less harmful than carbon fiber (11.4 kgCO2eq), and more than twice as harmful as glass fiber (2.45 kgCO2eq).