Duo add ion-mask to shoes

Scott Sports protects running shoe range with nano-coating technology; Mizuno applies treatment to golf shoes

Running equipment and apparel provider Scott Sports is to start using P2i’s ion-mask water repellence technology to protect its range of running shoes.

From August 2011, Scott Sports will introduce ion-mask in its performance, training and trail running shoe ranges to offer ‘maximum comfort and performance’.

The move sees production of ion-mask treated shoes pass the one million pair mark. Ion-mask technology works by applying a nanoscopic protective polymer layer to the whole shoe, on which water forms beads and simply rolls off, instead of being absorbed.

And by optimising temperature and breathability for feet, Scott Sports said ion-mask will ensure its footwear keeps feet more comfortable and dry even in wet conditions.

Scott Sports product manager David Borrmann said: “It is vital that runners keep their feet dry, so we will be introducing ion-mask to our eRide Grip, T2 and IceRunner footwear ranges.”

Mizuno has also opted to use ion-mask on a new golf shoe collection for the Asia market.

Minoru Inaoka, planning manager at Mizuno, said: “Mizuno is constantly searching for new technologies to improve our products and the way they perform. Ion-mask enables Mizuno to offer two functions that were considered incompatible: breathability and water resistance.”

Dr Stephen Coulson, chief technology officer at P2i, said: “This new partnership is an extremely powerful endorsement of our technology, and a first for both Mizuno and P2i in the Asia-Pacific region.”