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An Inside Look at the Breaking2 Kit

To make fast even faster, Nike decided to shake things up and rethink the traditional marathon kit. Designers focused on five key areas that Zersenay Tadese, Lelisa Desisa and Eliud Kipchoge said could be better: weight, fit, comfort, fatigue and grip. Designers combined the athlete’s body scan data with their personal preferences to develop a custom kit perfectly tailored to each runner. Here’s what each athlete is bringing to the start line and what they will wear in Monza:

Zersenay Tadese

Singlet: A seamless transfer knit allowed for open holes and ventilation structures where breathability is needed most.

Lelisa Desisa

Half tight: Areas of higher and lower compression were built into specific zones across the leg muscles and hips. Tights were tailored to fit specific length, compression level and crotch support for each athlete. Nike Aeroblade textures reduce drag.

Eliud Kipchoge

Arm sleeves: An articulated fit and the right level of tightness create warmth for cooler temperatures. Special yarn provides a higher level of grip at each end of the sleeves.

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Custom crafted for each athlete, the shoes feature Nike ZoomX foam for responsive cushioning and a full-length carbon fiber plate to increase stiffness and provide a propulsion sensation. An aerodynamic heel reduces drag. A Flyknit upper hugs the foot without adding weight.

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Find out more on Breaking2 here.