Quechua, Nabaiji and Kalenji are the three “passion brands” that have been honored with this year's Innovation Awards Decathlon (IAD). The eight Decathlon brands that had been selected to present their innovative products included Artengo, B'Twin, Domyos, Fouganza, Kalenji, Nabaiji, Quechua and Wed'ze. The award ceremony was followed online by Decathlon employees and customers around the world. The ceremony is broadcast live on the web in 11 languages. Decathlon received 7,190 votes, namely three times as much as last year, the company said.
Quechua has won the top prize for its Air Seconds mattress, which features a special valve that is said to multiply air flow by 10 times. This innovative valve enables the mattress to be inflated faster than usual. The mattress is sold for €39.99.
Nabaiji has obtained the second spot for its Bfast goggles, designed for intensive swimming. The goggles have been developed with Fabien Gilot, 2012 Olympic Champion and 2015 World Champion, and Nabaiji technical partner. The goggles are described as the first “made-to-measure” swimming goggles, as they can be easily adjusted to pinpoint accuracy. They are sold at €24.99.
Kalenji has been honored with the third place for its K-Only Kiprun running shoes, which have been developed by the Kalenji design team to work for any stride, whether neutral, pronator or supinator. Decathlon said the exclusive K-Only concept was brought to life after two years of biomechanical research, one year of prototyping the technical solution, and six months of longitudinal monitoring with 372 runners, carried out by the Luxembourg Institute of Health. The K-Only Kiprun shoes are sold at €69.99 and €79.99.
The first edition of the IAD took place back in 2005. With five titles, Quechua is the most awarded brand in the history of the awards, followed by Tribord and Oxelo, with three titles each.