Paying attention to the detail: Materials Matter

January 21, 2020

With the Whitedot brand focused so heavily on the purity of purpose and the clarity of the design of our products, our skis not only have to perform perfectly every time, but they also have to look good whilst doing so. The last process in the manufacture of a Whitedot ski is the lacquering and polishing.

Each pair is finished with a brushed, anti-scratch top sheet that helps to reduce edge chipping and excess snow sticking to the skis, therefore decreasing the underfoot weight when sat on chair lifts of touring in the backcountry. We hand finish each sidewall edge to a rounded transition to protect and further reduce edge chipping and top sheet delamination. The skis are also put through a Montana to structure the base for incredible glide.

To ensure maximum performance and customer satisfaction we ship each ski with a factory-applied protection wax before it goes through a rigorous QC inspection.

Wood Core

Whitedot skis materials matter - Core materials

We always use tried and tested Poplar and Ashwood. The two kinds of wood are laminated first and then the pair of cores are CNC’d together from the same blank core. Our approach with this process is quite unique, we are proud of the results because it makes each ski a matched pair which ensures the skis perform and flex in the same way. Poplar remains an industry standard due to its durability and elasticity while Ash, as a hardwood, strategically placed under the bindings (for retention) gives unparalleled pop and strength. The wooden cores in all of our skis are produced from materials sourced from sustainable forests.

Carbon Aramid

Whitedot skis materials matter - Carbon aramid

A mixture of Carbon and Kevlar is found in every Whitedot ski; we use Carbon/Kevlar stringers that are constructed from this material or as with the new Carbon Light series you will find 618gm/SqM sheets within the construction of that range. We use and integrate the Carbon Aramid for its consistent strength, weight-saving abilities, pop and excellent bonding properties when used in conjunction with Carbon-fibre.

Carbon Fibre

Whitedot skis materials matter - Carbon fibre

A well-known material and used worldwide in an array of technical and detailed products however we use Carbon-fibre because it gives our skis extremely lightweight properties, added strength and pop whilst keeping the volumes of materials in the construction to a minimum. We apply 618gm/SqM layers in each model in our Carbonlite series.


Whitedot skis materials matter - Flax

Otherwise known as linen. Although Flax is an age-old material, its use amongst sports equipment manufacturers is only relatively recent. Whitedot is pushing forward with its use and integration of Flax within our skis, we are at the forefront in developments with this exciting material. We have optimised it within the Carbon Light series; layers of Flax produce a lighter, stronger and denser material than tri-axle fibre-glass yet offer unparalleled dampening properties.


Whitedot skis materials matter - Fibreglass

We continue to use this fibre-glass in our skis, every Whitedot ski uses tri-axle fibre-glass for its known power transition and torsional rigidity along with a biaxial fibre-glass for strength. To aid the reduction of vibration and chatter from the tip and tail of our models, we apply an additional platform of bi-axle fibreglass at both the tip and tail. Additionally, we add a dry weave binding retention plate that is designed with fibres that when drilled enclose the binding screws for further retention, when this is paired with the screw adhesive it forms an incredibly strong bond.

Base Material

Whitedot skis materials matter - Base materials

Each Whitedot ski is finished with an ISO7200 high-speed 1.2mm base. We use this standard of ISO7200 material because it allows for a reliable, smooth and efficient glide whilst at the same time the wax absorption properties are extremely high so it retains the wax for longer. In order to make our skis stand-out from the crowd and get noticed we die-cut each base with a precision laser to ensure they have a perfect bond and seal against each section.

360° Edges

Whitedot skis materials matter - 360 degree edges

The edges on Whitedot skis are all put through a custom-built machine that is programmed with the profile of the ski. This feeds the steel edge material through and perfectly forms the metal to the shape of each ski. This creates a seamless finish to the edge of our skis and with only one joinpoint at the tail of the ski reduces the chance of edge pulls and blow-outs.

Top sheets

Whitedot skis materials matter - Top sheets

For the 2020 season, we are continuing with our classic ‘double layer’ of gloss lacquer which is added to the graphical top sheet to give each colour maximum vibrancy to make the skis stand out from the crowd. 

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