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Met Guard Protection Changing the Game

Posted by Joe Blair on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

What a great few days in the sporting world.  First, we had the British Open which is the most coveted major championship in the golfing world.  Then, the conclusion of the Tour de France as the yellow jersey was placed on the Tours victor.  Adding to this, we have the lead up to the Olympics and even watching highlights from prior years has me yelling at the TV.  And lastly (besides all the great dog day of summer baseball games) is the Lumberjack World Championship in Hayward, WI this upcoming weekend.

Of course you’re wondering how the Lumberjack World Championships can even compare to the Olympics.  As an eye witness at the event the past two years, this is a fantastic event to attend.  OK, the athletes and events don’t get the fame, money and publicity some of these other sports do but similar to Olympians, the athletes compete in various events which include log rolling, speed climb, underhand block chop and many more.  These athletes spend countless hours training for the opportunity to be named World Champion.

When competing in any sport, we all know footwear is one of the most important pieces of equipment.  Whether its soccer, volleyball, wrestling or tennis to hot saw, boom run or springboard chop for the lumberjacks.  Looking outside of sports, each profession is similar in the way footwear is different for each.  For example, restaurant workers wear different shoes from say an electrician or accountant.  Many industries have standards for the types of shoes its experts wear and the team at Rogers Corporation is helping to make the required metatarsal guard piece in many boots better than ever before.

This guard is required in many professionals in fields…one example being mining.  The met-guard is placed on the top of the foot to help protect it from items if they were to strike that specific area.  In the past, a “traditional” met guard was a big piece of plastic.  Obviously this created extra weight and discomfort for the user.

This is where Rogers Corporations M-guard comes in.  Made with PORON® XRD™ Material, the M-guard is soft and flexible at rest but when struck, it absorbs more than 90% of energy when impacted at a high strain rate.  To the end user, this is music to their ears.  They can now have a met guard which is low profile while keeping the protection and meeting safety standards.  Additional major benefits to using PORON XRD Materials includes….

– Consistent, repeated impact absorption for the life of your product

– Protection that’s contouring, soft and flexible

– Designed with Microban creating antimicrobial protection inhibiting the growth of odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. This  technology won’t rub, wear or wash away

Besides the M-Guard, PORON XRD Materials are also used in numerous products such as helmets (baseball, hockey, football), gloves (lacrosse, baseball, ski) and even iPad cases.  So the next time you’re out looking for a product to help protect everything from the top of your foot to your head, make sure you look for the PORON XRD Protection tag.

To find out mare about the M-Guard of other PORON Products, visit www.poroncushioning.com

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