For the Nike Women's Training Spring 2012 collection, we asked Nike athletes and trainers to examine the way they train and look for the commonalities in their range of motion. Our designers then used innovation and design to develop a collection of footwear and apparel that enhances each one of the 6 CORE MOVES by providing zero distraction and technological details that are hidden in the beauty of a unique design aesthetic.
Nike Epic Crew
The soft, cozy pre- and post-workout garment that will keep you comfortable during your warm up and cool down. Made from Dri-FIT single-knit, plated jersey fabric (a combination of organic cotton, recycled polyester and spandex), it wicks sweat away from your skin helping to keep you comfortable and warm. A cropped body, loose fit, open neckline, raglan sleeves, flat-seam construction (to reduce chaffing) and a gusset that runs all the way from the body to the sleeve hem allow for a full and free range of movement. But it’s also fitted where needed, with a ribbed collar, waistband and cuffs maintaining a snug, efficient fit that won’t leave it flapping about and getting in your way. A fashionable bleach-splattered design and color options that include blue, pink and soft grey alongside the traditional black, means it also looks great.
Nike Seamless long bra
A seamless skin that maximizes breathability and sweat management while minimizing chaffing, irritation or chunky straps that might impede movement.
It’s made from a lightweight fabric blend with a ribbed texture and hugs the contours of the body, flattering your shape. An open mesh panel down the back provides an interesting design feature, but also allows ventilation and, for exercises such as yoga where correct posture is key, a window for the instructor to check alignment. In spite of its softness and lightness, it still offers support for a variety of low-impact gym activities with a hidden internal shelf bra. The longer length, sitting just below the hip, helps prevent the top from riding up, preserving your modesty and making you less self-conscious when performing squats and lunges or rotating.
Nike Go To Seamless Capris
The tight, seamless fit helps support the muscles and flatters the figure. At the back, the waistband is ribbed to keep it in place and tilted up for a natural fit helping to give you reassurance that you won’t be exposed when bending and stretching. It also features a mesh panel for extra ventilation; this can also be used to help guide hip alignment, essential for exercises such as pilates. The lightweight fabric blend feels soft and luxurious but efficiently wicks sweat away from the skin during even a tough workout, helping to keep you dry and minimizing irritation. No seams also mean less chance of chaffing. A ribbed hem on the capris leg keeps it in place so you don’t have to worry about distractions as you power your legs through a demanding workout.
Nike Obsessed Capris
A loose-fit option in Dri-FIT stretch French terry fabric (a cotton, nylon and spandex mix) for softness and comfort, suitable for a variety of training activities, particularly where you need to move freely. An elastic waistband, picked out in a jazzy fluro color, keeps the capris secure without compromising the relaxed aesthetic, the famous ‘Just Do It’ slogan peeping out across the back for a bit of youthful fun.
Drawcords at the waist and hem allow you to work the fit to your own size, performance needs and personal style. There’s also a handy little pocket at the front to keep small items in place.
Indy Reversible Strappy Bra
The ingenious double layer reversible construction allows you to switch not only color but also degree of ventilation to suit your mood and the intensity of your workout.
The main front body and bra are made from Nike’s Dri-FIT stretch-jersey fabric (a cotton, polyester and spandex mix) with its sweat-wicking properties for dryness and comfort. The back, meanwhile, is a single-layer Dri-FIT mesh for ventilation where it’s needed most. Turn the bra to the reverse side and the front Dri-FIT mesh steps up the ventilation even further.
Skinny adjustable elastic straps, pulled into a racer back arrangement, free up the shoulders for the maximum range of arm movements. Smart touches minimize irritation: the neckline and armholes are hemmed with a soft elastic binding and side seams moved further round towards the back of the bra. Support is provided by a lined internal shelf bra, which works in conjunction with the adjustable straps, making the Nike Indy Strappy Bra ideal for low-impact training. The Nike Indy Reversible Strappy Bra comes in a range of bold colors with a large swoosh on the reverse side, making it a fun and comfortable workout choice.
Nike Indy Racer back Bra
The main front body is made of soft Dri-FIT stretch jersey fabric (cotton, polyester and spandex mix) and the reverse of Dri-FIT mesh (polyester and spandex) for extra ventilation. The racer-style back is generously scooped out for fluid curves (picked out by the contrasting hem), slim straps and maximum freedom for the shoulders during moves such as push and pull as well as when rotating. A mesh back ventilation panel, in a contrasting color, accentuates the muscular lines of the bra. Smart touches minimize irritation: the neckline and armholes are hemmed with a soft elastic binding and side seams moved further round towards the back of the bra. The snug-fitting lined internal shelf bra offers invisible light support for low-impact training.
A range of bold color choices makes this a stylish and versatile workout bra.
Nike Twist Phantom Short (Printed)
These eye-catching shorts consist of two layers, which work together for comfort, freedom of movement, and sweat management. The outer short is a Dri-FIT taffeta fabric (a polyester and spandex mix) that wicks sweat away to the surface of the short and dries quickly. This fabric also has a two-way stretch for an athletic fit and a side hem vent that keeps legs unrestricted when performing core moves such as the Lunge or Bend. The inner compression short and gusset is a soft Dri-FIT stretch-jersey fabric (polyester and spandex mix in a contrasting color) which wicks sweat away from the skin. Design features such as the elastic waistband and external drawcord ensure a snug, secure fit, lying flat on the body for a more flattering silhouette, while the flat seam construction reduces chaffing.
This is a fun, funky short with a distinctive paint-splattered design to appeal to a youthful crowd. Fold the waistband over to reveal Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ slogan printed inside across the back.
A funky short with a flattering shape and paint-splattered print, made from fabrics that keep you sweat-free and stretch with moves such as the Lunge or Bend.
Nike Pro range:
Nike Pro Capri II
Nike Pro 2.5inch short
Nike Pro 5-inch short
Nike Pro Bra
Nike Pro Short-Sleeve V-Neck II
The established Nike Pro apparel uses the Dri-FIT technology which wicks sweat away from the skin to the surface of the garment to help keep you dry and minimize irritation during tough workouts, and incorporates flat-seam construction to help reduce irritation caused by chaffing. For Spring 2012, the weight of the stretch jersey fabric (a polyester and spandex mix) has been increased to make it more robust allowing it to be worn as an outer layer as well as under team uniforms. The compression fit of the pants offers great support, with a secure elastic waistband and internal gusset for comfort. The range includes the 18.5 inch capris, funky 2.5-inch short print, bright and bold 5-inch short. These are complemented by the racer-style Nike Pro Bra, which offers freedom of movement while using its compression fit and nylon stabilizers in the bra straps to provide the level of support needed for a medium-impact training session that might involve running, and multidirectional movement.
Improvements to theNike Pro range clothing includes a heavier Dri-FIT jersey fabric making it suitable for wearing as an outer layer during outdoor training sessions. Its compression fit still provides generous muscle support when executing lunge, squat and bend moves.
A flattering V-neck top that creates an elegant slimline silhouette. The Dri-FIT stretch-jersey fabric (polyester and spandex mix) hugs the body but also wicks sweat away from the skin keeping you cool, dry and comfortable. The positioning of the side seams keeps the top streamline and simple and the longer body not only elongates the look, but also keeps your rear covered when you Bend or Squat. Raglan sleeves allow arms and shoulders to move freely in moves such as the Pull while an underarm gusset and flat seam keep you comfortable. Tops come in an extensive range of block colors, with a subtle Nike swoosh on the breast. Attractive on its own, this slim-fit top is also great for layering with a jacket or team uniform.
A flattering and feminine V-neck top that will keep you dry and comfortable at all times.
Nike Victory Bra range:
Victory Shape Bra
Victory Padded Definition Bra
Victory Adjust X-Bra
The Nike Victory Bra range has a style to suit all shapes and support requirements, offering firm support for high-impact training activities. Molded spacer-mesh cups provide shaping and control while a seam under the bust helps provide lift and support. The racer-style back allows freedom of movement and all are constructed from Dri-FIT fabrics that help wick sweat away from the body and are available in bold colors, as well as black and white.
The range includes: Nike Victory Shape Bra – a simple piece for a smooth silhouette; the Nike Victory Padded Definition Bra – with adjustable shoulder straps for extra support and customized fit; and the Nike Adjust X-Bra – with adjustable shoulder straps and a back hook that allows adjustment for cup size.
Nike Free TR Twist
A light, flexible shoe with a very natural feel akin to barefoot running. The Phylite midsole is cut deep in a diamond pattern of sipes, allowing the foot to twist and turn in all directions, as well as providing a lightweight cushioned surface that is strong enough not to require an extra outsole layer. Environmentally preferred rubber pods on the heel and toe offer traction and durability. The seamless single-layer upper, in a soft breathable synthetic leather, is characterized by ruching around the collar for a snug fit. The tongue uses memory foam in strategic areas to help protect the top of the foot from the pressure of laces, and stitched overlay gives extra support to the heel.
Nike Free Gym
A barely-there shoe which helps protect and support the foot without inhibiting it; like being barefoot, but better. The thin rubber outsole and split toe sole help the foot grip the floor, and the herringbone pattern provides multidirectional traction. But it’s also supremely flexible, with Nike Free sipes (the thin slits across the rubber) cored out for a barefoot training experience. The upper is mainly mesh, with areas of no-sew material on the forefoot and midfoot where a little lateral support is needed. A simple wide strap wraps across the top of the shoe and is fastened with hook-and-loop material.
Inside, the shoe is lined with natural fibres derived from volcanic rock, which absorb sweat and odor when not wearing socks. The molded sockliner provides an anatomical fit for the foot, and memory foam heel pads help lock the heel in place for comfort.
Engineered to be as light as possible, but with exceptional cushioning and multi-directional flexibility. The sole uses Nike’s Lunarlon system – a foam core sitting in a durable but similarly lightweight Phylon carrier. A single groove running the length of the shoe allows the foot to roll from side to side and Nike Free XT technology, with full-length multi-directional flex grooves, allows a natural motion. At the same time, lateral stability is added to the heel and forefoot to help ensure your foot remains stable and controlled.
Efficient design minimizes the weight of the shoe in every tiny detail. The midsole hugs the arch of the foot, reducing extraneous material. Minimal rubber pads on the heel and toe provide durability, but focus on the points where it is most needed.
This shoe features a near-seamless one-piece upper constructed from a fusion of mesh and synthetic materials that is lightweight, breathable and durable.
A ventilating sandwich mesh inner and foam cushioning in the collar provide protection for the upper foot where laces may press. A sock liner made of foam molds to the contours of the foot for a custom fit and extra support.
Nike Free TR Fit 2
This lightweight, barefoot-like shoe is one of the most flexible of Nike’s women’s training shoes. A lattice of deep sipes is cut in a criss-cross pattern across the length and width of the sole. This allows the joints in the foot to move naturally and independently – great when multidirectional movement is required when rotating – with the added benefit that foot muscles are strengthened as you train.
Despite this emphasis on flexibility, stability is not compromised: the internal structural support system is engineered to cope with multidirectional movement; the medial side of the foot benefits from raised arch foam; and a neoprene heel counter with synthetic-leather overlay keeps the back of the foot steady. Patches of environmentally preferred rubber on the heel and forefoot give a firm grip on a variety of surfaces, necessary for moves such as the Push or Lunge. Because the midsole is made out of a well-cushioned and extremely durable Phylite material, no additional outsole is needed, keeping the weight of the shoe to a minimum.
A one-piece pull-on construction, the upper has very few seams allowing the foot to move naturally and comfortably, with reduced risk of rubbing. The stylish mesh and synthetic-leather upper offers both support and breathability. This shoe comes in a subtle spectrum of neutrals, from all-black through silvers to white, some with the sole and laces picked out in a pastel color.