Definition: P-Tex, or in tech-speak Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene is a type of extremely durable thermoplastic that is used in ski and snowboard bases. The material is easily repairable, and openly accepts wax in order to improve its gliding efficiency in a variety of snow conditions. Other uses include the medical industry (in replacement joints), skateboarding, hockey, rock climbing, kite flying, and manufacturing.
Also Known As: high-modulus polyethylene, high-performance polyethylene
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I took a big chunk of P-Tex out of my snowboard's base when I rode over a rock yesterday.