GEAR HYPE: Nike+ Innovation Arsenal

In conjunction with the London Olympics 2012, NIKE is firing on all cylinders. From head to toe, NIKE is suiting up their athletes (and those who aspires) with superior performance. Pushing technology to the limit. From dynamic cable strings, knitted fibres, breathable kicks, aero-dynamic compression suits-you name it, NIKE aims to beat it.

From the recent Sports Innovation Exibition @ Peranakan Place (you can read that story here), Matt Nordstrom, Senior Designer/Apparel Innovation, guided us through the series of innovations up for the this season of sporting excellence.

Matt Nordstrom, Senior Designer/Apparel Innovation

Here is the complete rundown of the gears out in stores soon. (Heads up – pictures galore!):

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EVENT: The Nike+ Innovation Space

26th July 2012 – In a celebration of sport, youth and human potential, Nike showcased its latest sports innovations, inviting visitors to experience its revolutionary products and engaging events at Peranakan Place (opposite Orchard Central & 313 Somerset).

The Nike+ Summer Innovations: Featured at this year’s greatest sporting event, the London Olympics, Nike has come up with a whole arsenal of performance innovations to better equip their athletes as they go for gold.

1) Nike Flyknit:

The Nike “Swag” Flyknit

Rethinking shoe construction from the ground up, and listening to the voice of the athlete, Nike has come up with the Flyknit, a racer that is designed to be as lightweight and formfitting as possible, all while providing adequate support and structure.

Employing a new proprietary technology with precisely engineering yarn and fabric variations, a size 9 shoe only weighs 160g:19% lighter than the Nike Zoom Streak 3 (worn by top 3 placing men’s marathon athletes at the 2011 world championships).

For non-professionals, fret not, for there is the Nike Flyknit Trainer+, which is an everyday running shoe which provides the benefits of the Nike Flyknit to runners of all levels.

2) Nike Lunarlon

Nike LunarGlide+4

Utilizing foam which is 30% lighter than the standard phylon, Nike Lunarlon technology spreads force out more evenly across the foot with its ultra-lightweight springy cushioning.

Providing protection while improving stability and comfort for enhanced running and workout experience, this technology can be found in this season’s Nike Lunarglide+ 4. Combined with firmer carrier foam and a dynamic support system from a two part midsole made out of opposing wedges of soft Lunarlon foam and firmer carrier foam, the shoe helps move the runner from soft to stable as the heel lands and the foot flexes down.

3) Nike Pro Turbospeed:

Nike Turbo Speed

The lightest, fastest track uniform that Nike has ever built, the Nike Pro Turbospeed suit is the result of incorporating over 1000 hours of wind tunnel testing for the past 12 years, and is up to 0.023 seconds faster over 100m than Nike’s previous track uniform.

It utilizes a concept similar to the “sharkskin swim suits”, by combining individually customized body part pieces, with different textures that mimics that of a golf ball to maximize velocity for users. Focusing on sustainability, the suit uses an average of 82% recycled polyester fabric and up to 13 recycled plastic bottles.

At this year’s Olympic track events, be sure to look out for the Nike Pro Turbospeed as athletes sprint their way to glory.

4) Nike Ecosystem

The Nike GPS SportWatch! LOVE IT! But its retailing at ard $270.

Expanding into a multi-sport eco system, athletes of any level can now find a variety of devices in a range of colors in the form of the Nike+ Sportwatch, FuelBand, Sportband and running apps.

This will allow for enhanced training experience as users will be able to monitor and tailor their trainings more effectively, record and log their routes and various running speed and times. Users can also enter into a more interactive training community, by recording mileage for events for their schools, countries and various interest groups in upcoming and ongoing Nike events.

Furthermore, Nike Running also has an initiative called RUN TO GIVE – where for every 20km logged on the Nike+ online community from this event, Nike will donate a brand new pair of shoes to AG Home. Would you like to come down to run for charity?

For athletes looking to obtain a competitive edge or improve their training, to sports enthusiasts looking to enhance their experience, below are the new products offered, so head down to Peranakan place (nearest MRT station: Somerset) to check them out!

WE RUN SG 10K is back! Reserve your entry to the race at Nike@Peranakan Place from 3 -12 August 2012! Open daily 11am – 9pm.

(Event coverage by our fitness junkie CJ)

HYPE: Nike+ FuelBand

(Sports Tech review by – Nash A.)

Presenting the potential new rage for workout enthusiasts – Nike+ Fuel Band, “designed for anyone who wants to be more active, measures your daily activity, every move you make and converts it into Nike Fuel”

Nike+Fuel Band

What the…Nike Fuel? My exact sentiment when i first heard it. After much research, review comparisons and going through the video over and over, let “Dr. Nash” break it down for you. *DJ hit the beat*

What is Nike Fuel?

“Ultimate measure of activity, of sport, of your entire athletic life” Nike’s sports science team have come up with a fitness metric called NikeFuel, which is based off the rate of oxygen consumption and motion , a step up from a regular accelerometer . A pretty neat algorithm measure if you ask me. It aims to pick up any motion, any activity so you could be “shuffling” your butt off and still it’d be picked up.

Attain your Goal

What to do with the Fuel then?

The bearer of the device can now set your daily goal and Nike+ FuelBand’s 20 colour LED lights tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal. Thus, you can make your life like a sport, everyday. Buttons serves to scroll between calorie count, time steps taken, and of course for you to fill er up with your fuel, your Nike Fuel.

Extras!!!

HYPE: The Score 🙂

  1. The device has an accompanying iOS app that can communicate with the wristband via Bluetooth, and users can also boast goals met on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  2. Hook it up to your laptop or computer via USB, not that its not wireless in the first place.
  3. With the largest model being as light as 32 grams, I’m guessing you’ll never even notice that you’re wearing the band…
  4. AND it will stay powered for up to four days with two lithium polymer batteries.
  5. It is WATER RESISTANCE ensures it stays A-OK in the rain or even in the showers but NOT in the pool.
  6. Makes keeping an active lifestyle, FUN!

HYPE: The Bore 😦

  1. Its NOT Android compatible, which makes it a proprietorship hassle ..at the moment atleast.
  2. At US$149(est) could be a tad costly as compared to the other brands (Eg.  Jawbone ($100), FitBit ($99), etc)
  3. No swimming in the FuelBand.
  4. ITS STILL NOT ON MY WRIST….YET! Judging from the specs and features, I could only review as much.

All in all, its a sleek, chic, sexy gadget that looks simple to use. I just hope it upgrades to serve multiple platforms like Android, Symbian and especially Windows. It will definitely challenge bearers to live life to the fullest and bringing their A-game 24/7.

Slated to be released in Singapore in June 2012, you may check out NIKE SINGAPORE for updates. Alternatively, you can FOLLOW us on Twitter for some of the latest sporting gears/training updates: @whywerunn

Nike+Fuel Band will be made available Nike stores in June.