Developed exclusively for AKU, the new MICHELIN Pulsar Technical soles is the product of a close collaboration between a team of skilled footwear specialists.
Drawing on MICHELIN’s own extensive ground contact expertise, the MICHELIN Technical Soles designers worked hand-in-glove with AKU management to create an all-round high performance product that adapts easily to all kinds of terrain and conditions, making it a real “must have” for outdoor enthusiasts.
The combination of the MICHELIN Technical Sole and the AKU Elica-Natural Stride System, which accommodates the foot’s anatomy and biomechanics to support the natural inclination of the heel and forefoot, results in more even weight distribution on the sole of the foot both as it lands and pushes off again.
The MICHELIN Pulsar sole was developed to accommodate the Aku Elica-Natural Stride System, with an asymmetric design for ground contact (1) in line with the natural stride axis. It takes its inspiration from the MICHELIN Wild Grip’R Descent mountain bike tyre which itself was developed for downhill cycling on mixed terrain, with progressive lateral grip and a motocross-derived tread pattern.
All in all, it’s a good test bench for a sole made to tackle all kinds of ground surfaces, something it can accomplish effectively thanks to deep grooves that boost adaptability to very different kinds of terrain (2).
In addition, the sculptures are positioned in irregular groups to focus on the areas of greatest stress. Smaller and more aggressive sculptures under the big toe deliver progressive traction (3), while aggressive shoulder sculptures improve lateral traction and stability (4).
Bridge reinforcements also achieve the same for stability and wear resistance (5).
Massive sculptures at the heel boost braking ability (7).
A high distance ratio between the sculptures also facilitates selfcleaning (6), while two flexion channels make for greater flexibility when the foot is rolling.
The mountain environment, the culture and value systems associated with it have long been a source of both inspiration and corporate responsibility for AKU, Italy’s leading hiking and outdoor footwear specialist.
To ensure it offers outdoor enthusiasts exactly the footwear solutions they need, for summer 2017, AKU will be combining the MICHELIN Pulsar Technical soles with its own in-house AKU Elica-Natural Stride System in three lines of their Multiterrain collection.
LA VAL, PULSAR and MONTERA are three new models available in a choice of 40 different versions. Although all are designed for light trekking and hiking, they are also aimed at three different kinds of users with very distinct approaches and characters. These are ultralight, versatile boots perfect for dynamic, intensive use. They also incorporate leading-edge technologies to support their high performance all-around focus.
These are three different models that can effortlessly adapt to different types of terrain and conditions, delivering progressive traction, superb stability and excellent selfcleaning: a real must-have for active outdoor enthusiasts.
"We selected MICHELIN Technical Soles because it complements our company’s commitment to innovative footwear. Behind each model lies a genuine love for manufacturing, built on the ageold prestigious tradition of Italian workmanship. The constant search of best technical solutions for outdoor activities has led us to work with the MICHELIN Technical Soles teams and to obtain an excellent result."
- Giulio Piccin (Product Manager AKU
"We are very satisfied with the result of this coordinated development work conducted with AKU technicians. Using their input and requirements as a starting point, we engineered a high performance sole which was then tested on all terrain conditions. It’s a technical solution that translates into a versatile product tailored specifically for AKU."
- Andrea de Pascale (Head of Marketing & Partnership Development at JVI for MICHELIN Technical Soles)
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