words // Brandon Richard
via Press Release
Nike combines their most technologically advanced textiles with iconic graphics for the all new Hyper Elite Basketball uniforms, which will help boost player performance and communicate the pride of USA Basketball at this summer's Olympic Games in London.
Innovation begins with Nike Aerographics, described as an engineered fabric that is a passive cooling solution allowing greater design and graphic flexibility while creating mesh areas in a garment without adding seams. The Nike Hyper Elite Shorts to be worn by the USA Basketball team alone weigh in at 14 ounces lighter than the average shorts currently worn by professional players.
The Nike Hyper Elite Jersey, the brand's lightest jersey to date, features a durable design with Nike Aerographic detailing. Its 3D-structured Dri-FIT fabric helps wick sweat away from the skin and reduce cling, while a functional flock screenprint on the inner collar provides additional perspiration management.
Aerographics on the back and a country-specific battle cry on the inside of the neck help inspire players and fans alike. Also adding to the seminal look is a federation mark, as well as the athlete's name and number.The fabric of the men’s jersey is made with approximately 96% recycled polyester. The Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform saves an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform, reflecting the Nike commitment to considered design.
Conversely, Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Shorts feature 100% recycled polyester material, highlighting the same wicking Dri-FIT capabilities of the jersey, as well as four-way stretch fabric for mobility and comfort. Side-panels feature laser-cut perforations, supplying ventilation for supplementary sweat management. A waistband with engineered ventilation perforation and internal drawcord allows for a more secure, comfortable fit around the waist.
Nike Lunar Hyperdunk
The new Nike Lunar Hyperdunk features an innovative combination of Flywire technology and a basketball-specific variation of the Lunarlon cushioning system. This light, more supportive, durable and breathable shoe is designed to meet the demands of elite basketball players worldwide.
The upper of the Nike Hyperdunk features the most advanced version of Flywire, which uses high-strength cables for support and stability. Also, the collar of the shoe wraps lower in the back and higher over the front, increasing flexibility and lateral stability in the heel and ankle. The open mesh tongue and full inner sleeve provide lightweight ventilation and a more secure, comfortable fit. Midsole, basketball-specific Lunarlon foam cushioning supplies a soft, yet responsive foundation. Improving upon past A 3-D shaped, glass-reinforced, composite mid-foot shank offers torsional rigidity and responsiveness.
Moving to the outsole, solid rubber provides durability and traction on a variety of surfaces while a modified traction pattern and forefoot pivot circle enhance multi-direction grip. Moreover, a high-wrapping lateral outrigger provides reinforcement for hard cuts, providing players with the support they need for high performance.
Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong 2.0 Vis-Deflex
On-court protection will be provided by Nike's Pro Combat Hyperstrong 2.0 Vis-Deflex shirt and shorts. Utilizing floating foam technology, the Hyperstrong 2.0 Vis-Deflex Shirt will serve as a lightweight armor to the ribs, side and lower back regions while flat-seam construction minimizes chafing. The shorts defend the tailbone and thigh regions of the lower body that take the most abuse.
Make sure you stick with Sole Collecto for much more on Nike Basketball's product releases for Team USA as we approach the 2012 Olympic Games in July.