THE ORIGINAL 32 PANEL handBALL CONSTRUCTION

Every single handball from SELECT is based on the revolution from 1962, where our founder, Eigil Nielsen, invented a ball made of 32 panels. The overriding desire was to create the most reliable ball with the most predictable, straight flight and a bounce neither too high nor too low.

It was impossible to make a perfectly round ball with just 18 panels, which was the standard construction of a ball in the past. With the 32 panels - 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons - SELECT succeeded in creating the roundest ball ever seen.

Later, a group of American scientists won the Nobel Prize for discovering that the molecules of carbon with a special irradiation organize themselves as a complete round ball - something Eigil Nielsen had already discovered and realized in his football with 32 panels, why the reinvention was named “the football molecule”.

A ball with optimum roundness is essential to obtain reliable aerodynamic - a straight flight and a controlled bounce. The ball’s classic construction with 32 panels means that the ball meets resistance at a later point in its trajectory through the air, thus retaining a steady, high speed over a longer period of time. This provides a stable and more predictable flight.

All of our balls today are still based on Eigil Nielsen’s original invention of the 32 panel ball construction, as we never compromise on quality, playability or durability.



QUALITY COMES FROM INSIDE

Our finest handball, ULTIMATE, is a fantastic ball made for matches at the absolute highest level and is approved by the EHF. The handball consists of six crucial elements: Bladder, valve, lining, foam, surface and stitching.

Hand-stitched handball - Ultimate

Our finest handball, ULTIMATE, is a fantastic ball made for matches at the absolute highest level and is approved by the EHF. The handball consists of six crucial elements: Bladder, valve, lining, foam, surface and stitching.

  • Restart

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • Restart

  • 1

    Zero-Wing bladder

  • 2

    Lining

  • 3

    Foam

  • 4

    PU Surface

  • 5

    Double lock valve

  • 6

    Hand-stitching

Choose a point above to get more info.

Zero-Wing bladder

The patented 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.

Lining

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.

Foam

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.

PU Surface

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.

Double lock valve

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.

Hand-stitching

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.

Read more about handballs

^