What do planes and football have in common? Well, until the birth of Russel Athletic's latest line of football shoulder pads, nothing. Yet someone was genius enough to strike up a partnership between the sports brand and Boeing, which has resulted in carbon fiber leftovers being used to make aerospace-grade equipment for players.
Dubbed Carbontek, the football shoulder pads boasts superior strength-to-weight ratio that sets them apart from more traditional designs. Of course, the unparalleled protection comes at a hefty cost. As The Verge puts it, the carbon fiber football shoulder pads will be "around the same cost as a coach ticket on an actual 787 [dreamliner]." Yet the safety this groundbreaking technology affords is priceless. Many will also be attracted to its eco friendly initiative.