At the start of the 2012/13 curling season, Goldline introduced a new high performance pad, The Norway (featuring M-brush Technology), into its product portfolio. We knew from our own assessment and testing that the pad was extremely effective but would our customers agree? Reaction to the product has been overwhelming! So much so that by mid-December curlers from around the world had acquired every Norway pad we had in stock.
You’ll be delighted to know that Norway pads are available again at all our retail stores and online!
If you’ve not seen or used the Norway pad, here are a couple of things we’d like to point out.
- The first thing people generally notice about the pad is its ridged surface. As you can see from the photo, the ridges of the pad are where the vast majority of the debris is captured. The pad itself is also very firm.
- The Norway pad is waterproof: even in the late ends of a game, you will still see frost accumulation on the surface of the pad.
- The fabric itself is smoother than that on the traditional nylon pad and many feel it makes a slightly louder sound when one is sweeping.
- To extend the life of your pad, we recommend that you clean the pad using the palm of your glove, and not to use the brush that is customarily used to clean a nylon pad.
We are frequently asked if the Norway pad causes pebble to break down more quickly on the ice surface. We have talked to many ice makers and the collective answer we are getting is: No!
Is the pad more effective than a nylon pad? Absolutely! We have spoken with both club curlers and high performance teams, and they all feel that the pad is highly effective. Sweepers feel they can carry rocks further with less expansion of energy and that the pad holds up well into the later ends of the game.
The Norway Pad – come into Goldline and get yours today!