In early December Nike Japan hosted a two-day Nike Baseball Camp designed to give young players coaching and inspiration from the pros as well as the opportunity to test the new Nike Zoom Vapor Elite SHA|DO J – Nike Baseball’s new cleat designed specifically for Japanese players.
The camp, held both in Tokyo and Osaka, brought together third-year junior high school students who will switch from rubber-ball to hardball baseball when they enter high school. Participants wore the Nike Zoom Vapor Elite SHA|DO J cleats as they practiced using hard balls in running, batting and field drills. Top athletes including Masumi Kuwata, Hisashi Iwakuma, Koji Uehara and Takashi Toritani were also on hand for coaching tips.
The Nike Zoom Vapor Elite SHA|DO J features a lightweight, ultrafine microfiber upper and aerodynamic design to help maximize speed on the field. Hyperfuse technology provides both breathability and support for the mid-foot and rear-foot. The low-profile Zoom Air midsole provides lightweight responsiveness. And the outsole studs are designed and placed to support Japanese players’ tendency to kick-start using their entire forefoot.
Camp participants were also able to try out the Nike Vapor Elite J SHA|DO baseball glove, which features Moist Clutch LPS technology to reduce sweat and increase grip. They also wore the Nike Pro Combat base layer, which wicks moisture and keeps the body warm and protected during cold weather play.
The Nike Zoom Vapor Elite SHA|DO J cleat will be available in stores in Japan beginning Dec. 22.