15th Oct 2021
Zhik's new Carbon PowerPads
Zhik's PowerPads® have been completely re-engineered, to create a first-of-it's-kind, ultra-light, carbon fibre hiking pads system, providing both outstanding support as well as integral flexion with your movement in the boat.
In a collaboration with flexible carbon fibre experts Carbitex, the internal carbon pads use AFX™ technology which enables 'asymmetric flexibility', so that the pads will mould around and move with the sailors leg across the range of hiking movement.
These stiff, weight saving pads are enclosed within new seamless, 3D knitted PowerPads® compression sleeves, designed to aid blood flow, muscle performance and recovery when hiking hard. The sleeves hold each carbon hiking pad securely in place and are made with a high stretch, air-permeable knit which makes them cooler to wear under a wetsuit or waterproofs.
Considerably lighter than traditional hikers, the combined effect is a low profile, clutter-free design, reducing bulk, promoting faster, free movement onboard and enabling you to hike harder across all conditions.
Increasing your hiking power for longer means increased righting moment, maximising boat speed against your opposition. Meanwhile, the compression sleeves work to preserve vital leg muscle power whilst the carbon pads minimise the load on your legs.