In 2011, the X.9 model from Thune became the new 'top of the range' model from this leading manufacturer.
The starting point for the development work of the X.9 models was not to make something which looks very different but a creative approach to solve several different problems that appear for rifle shooters with different techniques and body builds. The X.9 models are designed to be technically the best solution for every shooter.
The new features include:
- A new cut for the lower leg that avoids the trousers pushing the shooters knee or lower leg forward in the standing position.
- The left knee Top Grip padding moved a little higher to the left to ensure that the padding always is in the right place for every shooter in the kneeling position - even when the shooter places the left elbow behind the knee.
- In standing shooting position the trousers may press into the right hip especially for shooters with an extreme backbend position. A panel of Clarino in right hip area reduces this pressure, making the shooting position more comfortable and potentially reducing the effect of the pulse.
- Adjustable belt loops give the shooter the ability to adjust the height of where the belt is worn
In October 2011, Kurt Thune have introduced a new 'Hybrid' fabric that is part synthetic, part canvas. This material has been used to add a new variant to these X.9 trousers, the Hybrid-Pro:
- The Hybrid-Pro variant consists of two layers of the new Hybrid material. When new the trousers are a little less stiff than the Canvas-Pro version, but will still need some breaking in before they will comply with the ISSF regulations. The material is more durable and will retain its stiffness for longer than the Canvas model.
- The Canvas-Pro variant consists of two layers of canvas - the same construction that has been in use for many years. When new the trousers are very stiff, and will not comply with ISSF stiffness regulations until they have been broken in.
- New for 2016 - Kurt Thune have added the new i-Canvas Pro model. This canvas has another structure and is more elastic or rather have a supporting effect than traditional canvas. It moderates the shooters movements in standing and kneeling positions. This without the "plastic spring between your shoulder and the wall behind effect" as Olympic Bronze Medalist Henry Hakkinen said.
iCANVAS has been tested by ruling Olympic 50m Champion Nicco Campriani, Olympic 10m Champion Alin Moldoveanu and Finland's own Juho Kurki who just shot three new Finnish records with air-rifle.
Click here for a copy of the Thune flier which illustrates the new features.
Click here for the sizing chart