Okay, so our weather is far from chilly. It doesn’t even feel like fall at the moment. But soon enough it will. And if you are a runner, you’ll want to check this out.
So I stumbled upon an article by Fortune Magazine, detailing the lengths Nike is going to make the best running apparel for running on a cold night.
The fitness company first test its products by assessing how well apparel can keep an athlete warm and how well it allows sweat to evaporate. The company also uses environmental chambers, which is a room with a treadmill where Nike controls temperature, humidity, wind speed and heat.
Finally, Nike tests its gear outside for a test run. This year, the research team went out for runs in Norway, Poland and Denmark. Very cold places.
There are two new elements in this year’s products. First, there’s AeroReact. This is yarn that’s made to adapt to changes in a runner’s temperature. Then there’s Therma-Sphere Max. This is supposed to trap warm air close to the body in the same way a wetsuit holds water.
But it doesn’t stop here.
When you run at night, you need to be seen. Well, Nike found inspiration in the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Usually, reflective gear is a silvery white. This year, you get purple, blue, and orange on Nike shoes. It’s pretty cool!
(source: Fortune Magazine)