Velo Saddles has introduced its new Velo AtmosFoam (VAF), a nitrogen-infused foam designed to enhance performance and durability while minimizing the environmental impact of the production process.
Nitrogen infusion isn’t new. Shoe manufacturers have been using it over the last 10 years to create foam that is lighter, more supportive, but also more comfortable and durable. Velo is using similar technology to use nitrogen in the foam production process, to bring these same benefits to their saddles. Instead of using chemical additives, they use Nitrogen, the one of most abundant elements in our atmosphere. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions for a more eco-friendly production process.
“We are excited to be the first to introduce this type of foam to the cycling industry. Velo is continuously looking for innovative ways to increase cyclists’ performance and comfort while researching eco-friendly manufacturing methods,” says Ann Chen, Vice President of Velo Saddles.
From a performance perspective, VAF is also lighter and more responsive compared to other foam compounds with finer pore structures. The nitrogen-infused foam has evenly distributed microcells, providing uniform rebound and shock-absorbing throughout the entire saddle. VAF also has a lower thermal conductivity, which will help keep your bum and bits cooler in hotter conditions
Velo said it is the only bike saddle maker to use the technology.
“VAF is lighter and more responsive compared to other foam compounds with finer pore structures,” Chen adds. “In addition, the microcells in VAF are evenly distributed, providing consistent rebound and shock-absorbing capabilities. The new foam also provides lower thermal conductivity keeping the contact with the saddle cooler in hotter weather conditions.”
The company said VAF weighs about the same as the SuperLight Foam it currently uses in its performance saddles, but offers more comfort. The company could not offer specific numbers validating its claim about reduced carbon emissions. It will release a new saddle using the technology this fall.
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