Ten-day sponsored project with Adidas's Futures Team was a study of different material compositions. Looking specifically at the properties of thermoplastic polyurethane in the athletic industry, we created a youth protective hockey suit for the future of hockey. In collaboration with Ian Simon.
Ice Hockey is changing. The sport is seeing an influx of smaller and more agile players.
- fuller coverage in padding
- sport is speeding up
- value quickness over intimidation
- loyalty starts at a young age
Youth Hockey Players
- ages 5 and up
- all genders
- forward positions
Older hockey players often don't update their padding, for comfort and superstitious reasons. Adidas can change the game by introducing a new padding system to youth players.
How do we design more with less with the subsequent materials?
Polyester / TPU backing
Polyester & TPU blend
Layering Heat Pressed TPU
Discovering material properties through heat pressing, material destruction, vacuum-forming, folding and sonic welding, and 3d weaving.
TPU with Ridging
Shoe Foam Padding
TPU Base Layer
TPU Polyester Blend
Manufacturing process for hockey padding.
Fuller Padding Coverage
Different Levels of Padding
Range of Mobility