Nike Fuses Heritage with Innovation with Launch of Vapor 360 Fielding Glove
July 15, 2014
As the game of baseball gets faster, Nike accelerates athlete performance with the launch of the Nike Vapor 360 fielding glove. Designed with insight from Carlos Gonzalez, one of baseball’s most exciting defensive outfielders, the Nike Vapor 360 incorporates Hyperfuse construction, dynamic Nike Flywire and an engineered leather palm to achieve the first lightweight, ultra-responsive glove that is game-ready right out of the box. The Nike Vapor Collection continues to evolve and celebrate the athletes who are transforming baseball through speed with a new level of boldness. The Nike Vapor 360 helps athletes reach their potential through an impossibly lightweight construction and features zero break-in technology.
Zero Break-in Required
Traditional leather baseball gloves can take up to three months of breaking in. With an engineered perforated pattern on the leather palm, the Nike Vapor 360 provides a responsive, game-ready feel without sacrificing strength and structure. Popular methods for breaking in a glove, such as using shaving cream, sticking it in an oven or wrapping it with rubber bands can now be left in the past.
"We've taken a traditional leather for the palm and perforated it to remove some of the structure so it forms more quickly," said Matthew Hudson, Nike Baseball Senior Designer. "Therefore, the glove is ready to use straight out of the box."
Incredibly Lightweight with an Ultra Responsive Fit and Feel
By fusing layers of performance synthetics, Hyperfuse technology produces a nearly seamless one-piece panel. The Nike Flywire lacing system with dynamic Flywire and tunable inserts in the thumb and pinky solidify the structure of the glove, allowing for a player-specific, individualized fit. The instant, precision tuning makes the glove a true extension of the body and allows athletes to make faster split-second movements toward the ball without compromise.
"The strong and super-light Flywire lacing system and high-frequency welded technology make the glove ultra responsive," said Hudson. "We inserted a tunable part under the skin, so when the glove is worn, the thumb and pinky can be shaped as the player likes."
The palm of the glove is completed with Nike TrueAdapt heel construction, which eliminates layers and creates a more playable feel. At the inside of the wrist, perforated, soft PORON foam enhances the glove’s breathability and overall comfort. Finishing the glove is a high-frequency molded web that is lightweight, strong and responsive. The ultra responsive feel, combined with individual fit, dials up the speed to which athletes become comfortable with the glove. Premier defensive outfielder Carlos Gonzalez began wearing the glove in-game during the 2013 season. Gonzalez provided Nike designers with feedback throughout its two-year development process, ensuring the glove meets the highest professional standards.
"My first impression was ‘wow, this is different,’" said star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. "Once I put it on and played catch in camp, everything clicked. This is what I was looking for. I wear this glove and I feel like I can catch any ball."
Inspired by athletes’ needs, the Nike Vapor 360 Vapor answers outfielders’ call for a fresh-out-of-the-box, lightweight and responsive fielding glove. The Nike Vapor 360 Vapor will be available during the holiday season at nike.com