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Through research, experimentation, and intentional design, we have developed our skis using natural materials that maintain high levels of performance while reducing environmentally intensive inputs. 

Paulownia Cores

  • Paulownia is a fast-growing hardwood that has been cultivated in China for over 3,000 years.  It is a hardy species that can tolerate poor conditions in a wide variety of growing areas.  It is lightweight, rot-resistant, and has a beautiful grain structure that makes it ideal for handicrafts such as furniture, musical instruments, and of course, skis!  A single Paulownia tree will produce a cubic meter of hardwood every 8-10 years.  This wood can be harvested from the live tree and the tree will grow a new shoot, so a single tree can be harvested continuously.  Paulownia cores are the backbone of WOVN skis.

Flax Fiber

  • WOVN skis have a majority flax composite construction. Flax fiber is derived from the stalks of flax plants. It provides strength and superior damping qualities in composite layups. This renewable resource fiber provides a lightweight and strong construction with characteristics surpassing that of fiberglass and/or carbon fiber.
  • Additionally, the nanoparticles produced when flax fiber is cut or sanded do not carry the same respiratory risk as glass or carbon particles. This allows for a much friendlier workplace environment, and does not present the same hazards to workers.
  • Find out more from our flax composites source: https://www.bcomp.ch/.

Bio-based Resins

  • All WOVN skis are constructed with Entropy Super Sap Resins. Entropy Resins produces USDA Certified Bio-Based resins made from co-products or waste products from other industrial processes.  The resins are plant-based and have a lower cumulative energy demand than fossil-fuel based resin systems.  Find out more at: https://entropyresins.com/.

Water-based Graphics

  • WOVN skis uses water based pigments as a substitute for conventional epoxy based inks. Because of its water based nature, our graphics require no industrial solvent chemicals for cleanup.

Cork

  • Will help to deliver better ski to snow contact and exceptional damping qualities - all in a lightweight package

Balsa

  • As and excellent replacement for many foam core materials end-grain balsa is widely used in the composites industry. Best known for its use in electricity generating wind turbines it provides excellent shear properties while maintaining an extremely low weight. At WOVN we use end-grain balsa in structural applications as a plasticized foam substitute.