Yesterday Nike announced a series of cutting-edge, lightweight performance innovations designed for the track, the basketball court and beyond for this summer. Multiple products were unveiled, ranging from Nike Flyknit footwear, to the Nike Hyper Elite basketball uniform to the next evolution of Nike Lunarlon footwear. Launched by (amongst others) one of the most iconic track and field athletes in history, Carl Lewis.
Nike Flyknit, constructed from the ground up informed by athlete insights and employing a new proprietary technology. Yarns and fabric variations are precisely engineered only where they are needed for a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper with a feeling of a second skin. With all the structure and support knitted in, the Nike Flyknit Racer’s upper and tongue weigh just 34 grams (1.2 ounces). The whole shoe weighs a mere 160g (5.6 ounces).
Nike Pro TurboSpeed
The Nike Pro TurboSpeed suit is the lightest and fastest track uniform Nike has ever built. Based on wind tunnel data, it is up to .023 seconds faster over 100m than their previous track uniform. For the past 12 years, incorporating more than 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing, Nike Project Swift has evolved and refined Nike AeroSwift technology, working towards maximum velocity for elite athletes. The technology will also be used by athletes from the USA, Russia, Germany, and China. Nike Pro TurboSpeed is made with approximately 82% recycled polyester fabric, using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles.
Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform
Unveiled in USA Basketball colours, the Nike Hyper Elite shorts weigh five ounces while the Nike authentic basketball jersey, Nike’s lightest jersey ever, features a breathable and durable design with striking Nike Aerographics visual design. The men’s jersey is made of approximately 96% polyester fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles while the short is 100% recycled polyester fabric. Nike uses an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform reflective of Nike’s commitment to environmentally-sustainable design. The uniform will be worn by national basketball teams including USA, China, and Brazil in addition to teams attempting to qualify.
Nike Zoom Spikes
Walter Dix (World Championship silver medalist)
Introducing the ultra-light Nike Zoom Superfly R4 and Nike Zoom Victory Elite spikes. Combining an excellent fit, protection and Nike’s dynamic Flywire technology that loosens or tightens with the natural motion of the foot to help provide support and stability, these cutting-edge shoes help prepare athletes for their optimal performance with a focus on speed.
Part of a pack of four shoes (including running, men’s training and women’s training), this shoe is part of the Nike Lunarlon Collection. A combination of Nike Flywire technology and a basketball-specific Nike Lunarlon cushioning system, this lightweight, more supportive, durable and breathable shoe is expressly designed to meet the demands of elite basketball players worldwide.
Re-engineered Nike Lunarlon foam is 30% lighter than Phylon (the standard foam used in sports shoe midsoles), and is designed to vary in density, being thicker where required for stability, but softer for absorbing impact in key areas. The uppers of the Nike Hyperdunk feature the most advanced version of Nike Flywire, which uses high-strength cables constructed from a thin core encased in a flexible woven sheath. These responsive cables are loose when at rest and dynamic in motion, tensing to help stabilise the foot as required.
The Lunarlon Collection and Nike Basketball products will be available from 29th June and the Nike Flyknit footwear will be available from 27th July.