Posts Tagged ‘Gripstick Rubber’

“You Need to Respect the Sea, Not Fear It”

Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.  Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.

Ivan Pastor

We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:

Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.

Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.

Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.

Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia  – an incredible place to sail.

Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan.  Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!

Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared.  You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”

Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!

If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site.  And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation

Every four years the greatest sailors in the world compete for glory – and this year, Timberland is going along for the sail as the sponsor of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. Between races, we sat down with three members of the team so we could get to know them a little better:

Onan Barreiros

1.  The most incredible place Onan Barreiros has ever sailed is the Bahamas.
2.  If he wasn’t sailing, Onan would be playing football.
3.  His second favorite outdoor activity is road biking.

Federico Alonso

4. Federico Alonso isn’t superstitious, but he always sails the day before a championship starts.
5. If Federico had to give his boat a name, it would be Miura (that’s what he called his first wooden boat).
6. Even sailors get seasick. He’s been sick on a boat and knows it’s a pretty nasty feeling!

Aaron Sarmiento

7.  When Aaron Sarmiento isn’t on the water, he likes to bike, run and play tennis.
8.  If Aaron wasn’t a sailor, he’d like to be a professor.
9.  He started sailing when he was 11 years old!

And the #10 thing you might not know about the Spanish sailors is that they all consider good grip one of the most essential features in their footwear.  It’s a good thing they’re wearing Timberland Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber to keep them on deck and on course.

The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation knows the no. 1 rule to looking good on a boat (and winning the race) is staying on the boat.  Follow in their slip-free footsteps and get your own pair of Formentors by shopping our boat shoe collection.

The No. 1 Rule to Looking Good on a Boat: Stay on the Boat

Over 18 months ago, we challenged our product developers to come up with a performance boat shoe that could grip like crazy when you need it most, but also look great on shore. The result? The Formentor, which features Timberland Gripstick™ technology.

And no better time to create a performance boat shoe: last summer, we announced our technical sponsorship of the Spanish Olympic Sailing team.  As they make their bid for London in 2012, we’re proud to outfit the team in our Timberland footwear and apparel.

Just how well does our Formentor perform?  See for yourself:

Get your nautical on: Our spring 2012 collection of boat shoes has something for sailors and land-lovers alike.

There’s Nothing Pretty About Falling in the Drink

That’s why our designers take great care to make sure our boat shoes work as good as they look. For example, Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes are made with Timberland Gripstick rubber (for superior traction on wet surfaces) and use  ion-mask technology by P2i to ensure that these shoes shed water more easily.

Here’s Alyssa, the lead designer for our Outdoor Adventure products for women, to explain more about how the Formentor meets the wants and needs of women seeking a stylish shoe that’s fit to perform on land and sea:

Love the look? Buy your own. The Formentor (as well as a boatload of other sail-worthy shoes) is available on our website.

‘Missing the Boat’ Was Never This Much Fun

Timberland’s latest TV commercial is a salute to diehards everywhere – and we don’t mean “diehard” in an angry, elite or intense way, but in a fresh air, sun on your face, fun-seeking way.   Take the hero in our new Timberland TV commercial, for example: what kind of sailor oversleeps and misses the boat on the day of the regatta?  I’m guessing one that has some seriously fun stories to tell from the night before:

Fortunately for our sailor and his crew, our new Formentor boat shoe is made with Gripstick™ technology, which is engineered for traction on wet and dry surfaces, as well as water-shedding quad-cut siping and anti-microbial footbeds and linings for odor control (because there’s nothing funny about stinky feet, ever).

The Formentor kept our hero jumping all the way to his own boat without a single slip along the way, and nary a hair out of place (although I don’t think we can take credit for the hair).

Learn more about the design and technology behind the Formentor, and check out our entire spring line of boat shoes before you embark on your own version of diehard fun.