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It’s Nike’s latest breakthrough: proprietary material innovation designed to help keep athletes at their optimal temperature so that sweating, overheating or getting chilled won’t interfere with a workout. 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in the Nike Pro AeroAdapt Long-Sleeve Top

How it works

Generally, air flow decreases in apparel as you sweat because fabric becomes saturated, but with Nike AeroAdapt it increases. That's because the moment AeroAdapt senses sweat, the material’s moisture-reactive yarns open the fabric to release body heat and let air in. The wetter the material gets, the more it opens. As the moisture evaporates, the vents close to trap body heat, helping to prevent the athlete from feeling chilled or staying wet during a warm-up or cool down. 

The technology responds to whomever is wearing it, meaning things such as moisture, from both sweat and the environment, as well as personal body temperature, can impact when the vents open and how long it takes for the vents to close and the panels to dry.

What it looks like

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When dry, the fabric appears flat and the yarns are in straight, horizontal lines. When wet, the yarns contract to allow air flow and the fabric appears crinkled and raised. 

Where you’ll see it

Informed by NSRL’s thermoregulation research, AeroAdapt panels are placed in varying areas of high heat, sweat and cooling for the biggest benefits. This includes side and back panels (these act like an exhaust system because air that comes in has to have somewhere to go), the chest (a preferred area of cooling confirmed through perception testing) and more.

Nike AeroAdapt will debut in five garments within the new Nike Pro Collection from Nike Training and two Nike Football garments, expanding Nike’s adaptive product platform to apparel for the first time.