Footwear product specialist, W.L. Gore & Associates, Newark, Del.
“Gore-Tex Surround product technology is noteworthy for 2015 because it is the only 360-degree breathable, durable, waterproof [membrane technology for] hiking, multifunctional/multisport footwear for moderate and warmer conditions. [It] quickly channels sweat away from the feet through an open, patented construction below the foot. Excess moisture and heat can escape not only through the upper construction but also downward below the foot, and then laterally.”
President, OrthoLite, Amherst, Mass.
“We have two compounds in the same vein: Imperial and Imperial Plus. Like traditional OrthoLite, they are moisture-wicking, breathable and antimicrobial, but they’re denser. There is more body under the foot and a much higher ‘cush’ factor. It’s ideal in places where traditionally poured polyurethane has been used, and for [thinner] dress product.”
President & CEO, Vibram USA, Concord, Mass.
“Megagrip and -40C. Megagrip offers grip properties on dry and wet terrains while maintaining durability and wear. We can make it in a variety of hardnesses for different extreme outdoor activities and winter or summer. Our -40C compound provides extreme heat and bitter cold performance with a [temperature range of] 20 below zero to 250 degrees Celsius.”
Senior product manager, Poron Cushioning, Rogers Corp., Rogers, Conn.
“Minimalist athletic styling is trending across categories. [We’ve developed] Poron Ethereal, a lightweight cushioning technology that maintains its resistance to compression and cushioning performance. Being open-cell, it offers breathability and moisture absorption. It maintains more than 90 percent cushioning properties long term, with the weight of the material at about 40 grams per pair.”
CEO & co-founder, PlusFoam, Newport Beach, Calif.
“Our pellet program. We’re now offering our material in pellets for injection molding in a foam process. You can [use] it in an injection mold process, using PlusFoam instead of EVA. Our material is the flour, eggs and water that someone puts into their cake, and it’s [available] in any Pantone color.”