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BY Jen Muse & Candice Hall



Calhoun, GA - Shaw Sports Turf has announced a new product innovation.  A high micron fiber called Thunderbolt to be featured in the newest turf system, Legion NXT. This fiber employs the same patented lightning bolt shape as is in the standard Bolt fiber. It is an evolution– building on a fiber that has been immensely successful at standing up to abusive wear while still maintaining important performance characteristics like ball roll. Thunderbolt is the result of enhancing that already established success featuring added durability for heavy traffic with a thicker, sturdier version of the Bolt fiber.

Legion NXT, or Legion Next Level is a hybrid product.  It’s make up is a combination of Thunderbolt monofilament fibers, and slit film fibers. Not only does it excel in performance characteristics, but it’s also known for beautiful aesthetics, mirroring that of natural grass.  The slit film fiber has a high performance resin that results in outstanding resiliency.  

Together, the Legion NXT system creates a strong, hard-wearing surface that can withstand the demands of high usage, while providing a surface that looks great and meets multi-sport performance requirements and is truly the next level of turf innovation.

“Our new Legion NXT system featuring Thunderbolt fiber is one of the most impressive that we’ve seen in terms of durability and wear testing,” said Chuck McClurg, Vice President for Shaw Turf.  “We took the success of our patented Bolt fiber shape and built upon that idea to create a new fiber and systems that will stand up to next level play.”

The original Legion product line which features a combination of a monofilament and a slit film has been used successfully all over the United States including Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, University of Missouri, Georgia Southern University, O’Fallon Family Sports Parks and more.  Architects, engineers and owners alike have chosen Legion because of its unique combination of durability, performance and aesthetics.  Now, with the addition of the Thunderbolt fiber, Legion is enhanced for ultimate performance that can’t be matched.

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