About us

The company's official name is Sport Industry or Спорт Индустрия in Russian. The companions decided to shorten it to SpIn - but it didn't sound good in English, so somebody suggested turning it into Spine instead. The name stuck and is now a registered official trademark.

History

The history of Spine is that of business in Russia in the last 30 years. It all started with fins.

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1991

The break-up of the Soviet Union leads to industrial collapse. Three young chemical plant automation engineers realize that their professional skills won't be much in demand any time soon and decide to try themselves in business. The Volga river is nearby and somebody suggests they try to buy & resell fins for swimming. When the first batch is swept off the shelves the trio quickly realize that producing fins themselves is a better way forward.

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« Initially, we knew nothing about how business works, but we were young and willing & able to work for 20 hours a day. There were no such things as day-off, holiday or vacation for the first few years. But the market was wide open and there was a unique chance to establish ourselves in it that we took. »

Dmitry Vargin, co-founder & CEO

1999

The local market for fins & goggles is close to saturation – after all, the Russian swimming season is only a couple of months long in most places. To grow, an area much more relevant to millions of Russians needs to be found. Meanwhile, a local factory has fallen on hard times. It was producing boots for the Russian military for nearly a century but, with army orders evaporating, equipment is idling and hundreds of skilled workers are facing the prospect of becoming unemployed.

Spine purchases the factory and switches production from military boots to those for cross country skiing.

« There are 100 million people in Russia alone who live in snowy winter regions. Skiing lessons re compulsory in schools and even in universities. We realized that if we manage to pair modern Western technology with the skills of Yaroslavl shoemakers, we have a chance to become the leader of this large marker segment. »

Dmitry Vargin, co-founder & CEO

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2017

Largest manufacturer of ski boots

Spine – the world's largest manufacturer of ski boots with over a million pairs shipped yearly to retailers domestically and all over Europe. A new factory with cutting-edge equipment is up and running. The experience gained in working with Western partners improves the quality. Proximity to end-users helps in understanding their requirements and to adjust as needed.

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« Our partners were trusting us for many years to produce ski boots under their label – but in mass and mid-level segment, keeping the production of high-tech, top-shelf racing products to themselves. Naturally, it became a challenge for us and we told ourselves: ' We have the best equipment, a great team, we are close to some of the world's best ski trails – now it's time we make the world's best ski boots! »

Dmitry Vargin, co-founder & CEO

That's how Project Ultimate was born

2019

Ragnar Bragvin Andresen

From Norway wins FIS World Rollerski Championship using just-out Spine Ultimate from Yaroslavl. Rollerskiing is more demanding than traditional skiing on a boots' construction. The Spine team feels vindicated in their decision to get the world's leading rollerskiers involved in boots development and testing.

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2019 Autumn

Spine rolls out something that many talked about before but nobody implemented: bespoke boots. SpineCustomFit includes 3D scanning of one's feet and production of fully customized carbon fiber soled boots based on that scan. As a bonus, a customer can choose one of five (soon to be expanded) available color schemes.

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« Those are not casual or fashion items – those are true-blood racing boots made for your feet only and in your colors. They will energize you like nothing has before! »

Dmitry Vargin, co-founder & CEO

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