KNOW YOUR TECH: Nike Flyknit

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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 Nike Flyknit. This revolutionary construction is one of the biggest sneaker breakthroughs in recent years, providing athletes with a breathable, lightweight, and formfitting upper.

What is it? An upper constructed of pliable yarns and fabrics which are engineered for a virtually seamless and formfitting design. The result is a sock-like construction that is snug and almost unnoticeable.

How it works: The yarns and fibers are strategically placed to offer support, breathability, and flexibility in one layer. Instead of bulking up the design with unnecessary materials, each component of Flyknit has a functional purpose. By incorporating cables into the lacing system and lateral upper, the sneaker contours to the foot when tied. This offers a second skin feeling which traditional sneaker materials can't provide.

Notable products: Flyknit Lunar 1 +, Lunar Flyknit Chukka, Flyknit Racer

Bottom line: There's simply nothing else on the market like Flyknit (well... almost nothing). If you're a runner and a fan of minimal sneakers, this is definitely a technology you'll want to try out.

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