Adverse conditions are inherent to football. Rain, cold and wind are inevitable challenges on match day, and therefore training sessions as well. Nike Football’s new training apparel is designed to help players weather the storm at full speed.
The new Nike Shield Strike Drill Top features Nike Shield Technology and is 40% lighter than its predecessor. To combat rainy conditions, which can weigh down training tops, the garment features Nike Hypershield along the shoulders and upper arms. Typically, waterproofing a garment comes at the expense of breathability as the same ventilation that lets air flow through would also let water in. Nike’s design team navigated this dilemma by strategically placing Nike Hypershield where needed and applying a supplementary DWR coating throughout the garment to bead water and facilitate run off. An extended 25cm zipper and mesh underarms further prioritize breathability to avoid overheating. The top also has a bonded mesh underside to help keep the garment from clinging against the player’s skin.
The Nike Shield Drill Top is constructed with a four-way stretch fabrication for unrestricted athletic movements. The garment also features raglan sleeves and the same premium thumb loops found in Nike’s Gyakusou collections.
The new Nike Strike Pant with Flex Technology is 11% lighter, 50% more breathable and has 80% more stretch than its predecessor. The pant also has a DWR finish for protection against the elements. Most striking, its unique construction displays an accent color when flexed for a head-turning chameleon effect.
The pant’s one-layer structured fabric has a dyed texture on the underside that provides the pop of color. Eight different colors will be available in early 2017. This pant and its unique chameleon effect will also be seen on Nike’s top professional clubs in their training sessions.
The Nike Strike Pant with Flex Technology epitomizes the modern look of football. Nike’s body-mapping research provided critical fit insights that have been incorporated into the silhouette along with extensive athlete feedback. The pant has a generous fit throughout the upper leg area, mimicking the feeling of playing in shorts, and tapers down around the lower leg for a locked-in feel. Fused construction on the front of the shin and an internal band around the back of the calf ensure the pant stays in place and doesn’t obstruct the player’s view of the ball or one’s feet. But, the cuff can be temporarily stretched to accommodate removal of the pants over boots as needed. The pant also has deep pockets with concealed zippers (magnetized to ensure they do not flap against the body), and a breathable, low-profile waistband.
The Nike Shield Drill Top and the Nike Strike Pant with Flex Technology are available now on nike.com.