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Kevlar 149 Hybrid


The Kevlar 149 Hybrid is the material used in all the Power Fusion rackets. Its a blend between High modulus graphite and Kevlar. The advantages of kevlar are
  • Low weight with very high tensile strength
  • High impact resistance and low density
  • Low elongation

  • The characteristics of Kevlar makes it an ideal partner to blend with high modulus carbon fibers combining very high tensile strength with high impact and abrasion resistance. The hybrid material gives the Power Fusion rackets an amazing combination of high impact resistance, stability and recovery. The materials low elongation also ensures that the rackets flex and frame stability doesn’t change with repeated use.

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NanoCarbon Hybrid


The NanoCarbon Hybrid material is used in all the Nano Ace series rackets and in some of the Aero Line rackets. Its blend between High modulus graphite and carbon nanoepoxy resin, which is carbon nanotubes chemically activated to bond to epoxy. This creates a composite material that is up to 30% stronger than other nanocarbon materials. The advantages of the NanoCarbon material are
  • High elongation with fast recovery
  • Highest strength to weight ratio of any known material
  • Consistant in it's charateristics

  • The characteristics of NanoCarbon makes is a great match to blend with regular HMG carbon. By varying the amounts of NanoCarbon you can control the flex and recovery perfectly and be sure that the racket keeps those characteristics. It's super high strength and fast recovery times makes it ideal for use in the Nano Ace series more flexible shaft, giving you a higher flex without loosing the sharp feeling in each hit. Its strength and exactness makes rackets that keep their stablity and remains the unchanged even after long use. .

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HMG (High Modulus Graphite)


Graphite, or carbon fiber had been the base material for competitive rackets for years and has been upgraded and improved alot since its early version. High Modulus graphite simply means it much stiffer and more durable then regular graphite.The HMG FUKUDA uses in their rackets is Toray 40T High Modulus graphite, which we have found to be the best possible graphite for rackets. Carbons characteristics that make it ideal for rackets are
  • High stiffness
  • Low weight
  • High tensile strength

  • Carbon make for a great base material partly due to its own charateristics and is still use as the only material in lower end rackets. The other trait that makes it such a great material is its ability to blend together and coexist with a multitude of other high tech material creating a perfect base to build upon when creating the rackets..

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Titanium Mesh


Titanium first showed up in our rackets many years ago now and it is today used for certain construction details on the highend rackets and as an overall HMG enhancer on lower end rackets. The Titanium used, is in a mesh shape and blended together with the HMG layers in the racket. A layer of Ti-Mesh is around 1-2um thick. Titaniums main benefits are
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Low density
  • Titanium is an ideal material to use for minor construction details due to its strength and to stiffen up and stabilize lower end graphite rackets where the graphite content isn’t of the same quality grade as used in high end rackets.

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i-MESH UV fabric


i-MeshUV is a high tech 100% polyester material. It's a breathable mesh that lets air in to cool the body and transports moisture away from the body. i-Mesh UV has also undergone an anti UV treament to help block the harmful UV rays from the sun. This also helps in giving the fabric a very nice and cool feeling against the body
  • Superior moisture transportation abilities
  • Fast drying and no changes in fabric fibers even after multiple washes
  • Smooth, cool feeling against the skin

  • i-Mesh UV is used in all of our poloshirts, shorts and skirts. It's a material that fullfills every requirement one can have on a modern sportclothing material. The fabrics high moisture transportation capabilites ensures that the garment never feels wet and “heavy”, it keeps a nice cool feeling against the skin even in environments with high humididty and temperature. The longevity of the material makes sure that it's a good investment for anyone looking to have the same garments for several years.

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CONSTRUCTIONS



GTi frame


GTi frame is a special frameconstruction that increases the frames stability and string tension resistance. Visibly it is a small ridge on the inside of the top of the frame. The technology is used on models in the Nano Ace series mainly but can also be found in the other series.
  • Gives the frame a 20% higher durability
  • Enhances the frames ability to withstand repeated high tension stringing

  • The underlying construction of the GTi frame is a Ti-mesh HMG combination at the top of the frame where a lot of the stress on a frame is centered during stringing and playing .

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Wave Power


Wave Power is a frame construction mainly used to prolong the life of the strings. Raised “waves” between the grommet holes makes sure that the string rest on the raised ridge instead of only on the plastic grommet creating less string friction against the grommet with each hit. This minimizes string wear at the grommets and extends the lifespan of the string
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Aerodynamic frame


The aerodynamic frameshape is one of the most used frameshapes of FUKUDA rackets over the years. A basically oval frameshape that minimizes the aerodynamic drag by cutting through the air. It is used in combination with several different frameprofiles and on rackets with very different specs. The decreased air resistance help to increase the speed of each swing allowing more of the players generated speed and power to be transferred to the shuttle.
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Boxshape frame


The boxshape frame is the other available frameshape on FUKUDA rackets, in contrast with the aerodynamic frameshape this is an angular frameshape where the sides connect in straght edges instead of a rounded shape. On top level rackets this is used to create an even stronger and more rigid frame by decreasing torsional movements to an absolute minimum making sure that every shot is sharp and direct.
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Widebody frameprofile


The Widebody frameprofile is as the name implies a wider frame, mainly at the top of the racket but it is visible around the whole head of the racket. It increases the rackets power generation with each swing and also gives the head better torsional stability and high tension stringing resistance. The frameshape on both headheavy and more headlight models to give more force behind each shot.
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Slimshape frameprofile


The Slimshape frameprofile is more or less the opposite of the Widebody frameprofile. Visibly it's easy to see the much slimmer frameshape around the whole head of the racket. Slimshape is all about speed, and then more speed. Usually slimshape frameprofile is combined with an Aerodynamic frame to minimize the aerodynamic drag to the max and still allow for good power generation even with the headlight balance of the slimshape rackets. Slimshape frames are fast and offers great control but also puts more preassure on the player since more power has to be generated by the players swing and hit technique.
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I.C.S – Indoor Cushioning System


The I.C.S is a midsole cushioning system specially developed for indoor sports. It is a 3 layer oval shaped cushion placed in the midole start from the middle of the heel and extending back to the heel. It's a 3 layer construction consists of an upper and bottom layer of a denser material whose main function is to absorb as much of the force as possible and then the softer center acts as a dampening section, cushioning the foot upon contact with the ground and making sure as little as possible of the impact shock travels back up into the foot and ancle and ensures a maximum of energy return from each step..
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I.C.S Flex


I.C.S Flex is a further development of the I.C.S heel cushioning. The I.C.S Flex targets the area of indoor shoes that is very often left out, the forefoot. With rapid lateral and vertical movements it is crucial that also the forefoot has good cushioning to avoid injury and help maximise the energy return from each step I.C.S Flex is 4 circular sections under the forefoot that flexes out when the midsole is compressed, cushioning the foot properly and then returns the stored energy back upward resulting in a faster release of the step.
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K-Bridge


K-Bridge is FUKUDAs kevlar base arch support. It links the outersoles heel and forefoot sections together and is there to firstly create torsional stability to minimize the energyloss spent on stabilizing the foot each step and to lateral force injuries. Secondly it is there to make sure the shoes flex zones (where it bends when compressed) are situated in the correct places. Any good indoor shoe will be flexible, but only where it should be, under the forefoot, any shoe with a flex zone in the arch section of the foot or shoes with low flex are in the best cast suboptimal for its purpose and in the worst case, downright harmful for the user.
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ProFit Padding


ProFit padding in the heelsection of FUKUDA shoes is there to create a perfect fit and help support the heel and achilles tendon. It's a soft large padding the in the heel section of the shoe that over a short time of use will compress and mould itself to fit the users footshape. Thus creating a shoe that fits tighter around the heel and creates a good lateral support for the heel and achilles tendon to lower the risk of injuries
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