Product of the Year 2019 | TEAMSPORT
Ultimate iBall is the world's first intelligent handball with a build-in KINEXON chip that tracks and distributes data in real time. The handball premiered at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2018. It was the first major event in European sports to use the new tracking technology capturing exact ball speed, shot detection, position of the shot, etc. Fans can observe the data of teams and players in real time on broadcasting and digital channels.
"The jury agreed that the Ultimate iBall will increase the popularity of handball and offer great potential for professionalizing the sport."
Prof. Dr. Niels Nagel, DIFG e.V.
Spectators benefit from brand-new insights into the game via the built-in KINEXon Chip that records data in real time. Fans are closer to the action than ever before. The audience is able to observe ball speed, shot detection, shot position and the position of the ball in the goal. The KINEXON chip is placed at the very heart of the ball to keep it safe from shots and bumps while in play. Although it has a unique data tracking function it obviously does not differ from other handballs. The chip inside has no influence on balance, flight behavior and bounce.
The bladder is made of high performance natural latex. The Zero-Wing concept ensures optimum roundness of both the ball and the bladder. SELECT solely uses latex bladders in our balls with build-in balance point at the opposite side of the valve hole. This, together with the Zero Wing concept, gives a perfectly balanced ball with a very lively bounce.
To stabilize the ball and to ensure that it remains round, its 32 panels are lined with several layers of textile material. The lining also helps to adjust the softness as well as the weight of the ball.
The most important factor regarding the softness of the ball is a layer of neoprene foam placed between the lining and the synthetic leather. The foam maintains its softness and elasticity game after game. ULTIMATE is the only model produced using specially developed Shark Skin Foam. This makes it an even softer and thoroughly fantastic ball.
The synthetic leather used in our handballs consists of an outer layer of ”grippy” PU with a backside of non-woven polyester fibre. In addition to this, the special fibre threads are inlaid in a crisscross fashion to ensure the strength and stability of the material. This ensures a ball with a perfect grip, optimal balance and extreme durability.
The rubber material used in our valves is well known for being airtight and together with the Double Lock system, where the air must pass through two ”gates” to escape, the ball becomes very airtight.
ULTIMATE is stitched by hand. The 32 panels are sewn together using 630 double stitches and 60 corner stitches and are closed off (especially for SELECT) with a double knot. The ball lasts longer this way.
Sizes: 2 / 3
Volume: 54–56cm / 58 - 60 cm
Weight: 325–375 g / 435 - 475 g
Certificate: EHF APPROVED
Material: PU (synthetic leather), neoprene foam, textile lining