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Rollerblade and Luigino Team Up
Collaboration produces Racemachine LE boot

By Planet staff
June 10, 2008

Rollerblade is tapping into the racing know-how of Luigino to beef up its line of inline speed skates.

It is the first collaboration for the two companies: one, the world's top producer of fitness skates; the other, a top maker of racing boots and wheels.

The collaboration's first fruit will be the Rollerblade Racemachine LE speed boot, which will be released in September, company officials said.

The Racemachine LE will be a high-end racing boot made of micro- and carbon fiber, said Luigino vice president Doug Glass.

Designed jointly by the two companies, it will sport the sleek lines of a serious racing boot and will feature Luigino's buckle support system and Rollerblade's new asymmetrical lacing. (Rollerblade's new lacing system moves the laces to the outside of the foot. It introduced the system on its 2008 speed boot, the Racemachine.)

"Rollerblade and Luigino are proud to be working coherently to grow inline speed skating worldwide," Glass said. "Luigino’s expertise in manufacturing speed skates and Rollerblade’s expertise in innovative skate design makes for a unique combination that will benefit our customers, the industry, as well as our end users."

Pricing and additional products will be announced later.


Joint Rollerblade/Luigino Press release

Rollerblade and Luigino Team Up

Global Collaboration Brings the Worlds of Inline Recreation, Fitness & Speed Skating Together Like Never Before

Seattle, WA—June 1st, 2008—Today, the teams at both Rollerblade and Luigino are announcing an exciting new partnership bringing the worlds of inline recreation, fitness and speed skating together like never before with the launch of several new innovative Rollerblade + Luigino products. The first product developed is the Rollerblade LE by Luigino, a product that promotes recreation and fitness skaters to seamlessly enter the sport of inline speed skating. The Rollerblade LE will create a unique experience for all skaters looking for the ultimate speed skating experience. Rollerblade Product Manager and Olympic Champion Ippolito Sanfratello and Luigino Product Manager and World renowned boot maker, Luigino Verducci met on the Rollerblade + Luigino project at an event in Montelbelluna, Italy. “Rollerblade+Luigino is a partnership between two iconic, global brands with a shared passion for creating meaningful skate products and experiences through design and innovation. The new Rollerblade LE is the first result of the collaboration. It is our sincere hope and dream that our ongoing alliance will change the way people view inline speed skates and skating forever. Rollerblade+Luigino will create a better skating experience. We will see many more Rollerblade + Luigino innovations in the future.” - Ippolito Sanfratello. “We’re working together to take inline speed skating to a new level,” stated Doug Glass, Luigino Vice President. "The LE result is like having your skate as one with your foot, enjoying every push of your workout and/or competition."

The new Rollerblade LE will be available from September 08 through Rollerblade Authorized Dealers (www.rollerblade.com). Rollerblade is based in Giavera del Montello (TV), Italy and is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic inline skates and accessories. Rollerblade is wholly owned by Nordica, leading designer and distributor of Nordica skis and ski boots, and these two brands together with Tecnica, Blizzard, Dolomite, Nitro, Think Pink belong to Tecnica Group. Tecnica Group’s mission is producing and distributing worldwide sports footwear and equipment.

Luigino, based in Olympia, Washington, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of high-performance inline speed boots. Luigino ignited the inline speed world in 1997 with V-Tek boots and reinvented the speed boot in 2006 with Challenge. Today, Luigino continues to lead the industry in innovation through performance and fit. Luigino is also reinventing the platform which shoes are built today, and forever.


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