KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is 361 Degrees Sac-Air cushioning. Although its name isn't exactly menacing, 361 Degrees Sac-Air technology is worn by one of the NBA's top players, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love has been incredibly efficient for Minnesota, and 12 games into the season, he's currently behind Kevin Durant for second on the NBA's leading scorers list with a 26.7 points per game average. The big man, who plays both power forward and center, needs stable, protective cushioning for his high impact style, and 361 Degrees Sac-Air gets the job done.

What is it? 361 Degrees Sac-Air is an air cushioning system used in the brand's sneakers, ranging from basketball to running models. Similar to technologies like Nike Air, 361 Degrees Sac-Air makes use of an encapsulated air chamber in its midsole. 361 Degrees has yet to introduce a visible version of Sac-Air cushioning.

How does it work? 361 Degrees Sac-Air cushioning delivers stability and shock absorption through its encapsulated air channels. As a player lands on the hardwood or ground, 361 Degrees Sac-Air absorbs the blow, helping to protect players and prevent injury.

Notable products: 361 Degrees Kevin Love line (available here)

Bottom line: 361 Degrees Sac-Air cushioning isn't going to change the footwear world, but it makes use of time-tested, reliable engineering and is endorsed by one of the NBA's top players.

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