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1st October 2015, Beaverton, OR

New Nike knit fabric senses moisture and adapts to increase breathability

Nike has launched a new responsive, lightweight fabric developed with insights from the Nike Explore Team (NXT) Sport Research Lab and runners the world over called Nike AeroReact. In a press release this week the company said that the fabric’s bi-component yarn senses moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximize breathability

“Every runner has experienced it: as soon as they start their run, their temperature begins to rise. They heat up. Aside from shedding clothing layers, to stay cool the body undertakes a process of thermoregulation, releasing sweat that evaporates to help the body maintain an optimal temperature.

AeroReact's bi-component yarn senses moisture vapor and opens its structure to maximize breathability.

We need thermoregulation to sustain significant speed over distance without overheating. But the harder the body strives to stay cool, the more difficult it can become to perform optimally. Enter, Nike AeroReact technology: a new responsive, lightweight fabric developed with insights from the Nike Explore Team (NXT) Sport Research Lab and runners the world over,” Nike explains.

“The apparel industry has always been based on the concept of layering,” says Brian Stewart, Vice President of NXT’s Apparel Innovation team. “But how can we create apparel that adapts, so that as you change – as you heat up during your run – or as the weather changes around you, you don't have to make those adjustments?”

Wearing the women's Nike AeroReact Pullover Top is English Gardner: World Championships Silver Medalist, 4x100m

AeroReact is said to be uniquely engineered to adapt to changes in a runner’s temperature.  Supporting the body’s existing thermoregulation capabilities, the fabric’s bi-component yarn is said to sense moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximize breathability. Nike does not say what materials the yarn is made from or whether it is chemically treated to impart the sensing properties.

As Stewart explains, “Everything we do is focused on how we can help athletes perform better, be more comfortable and stay focused. AeroReact has this ability to adapt as you change and as your environment changes — to help keep you comfortable the whole time you’re wearing it.”

To develop AeroReact, Nike says it spent several years honing the fabric via research, testing and trials. Then, prototypes were distributed to worldwide runners, who wear tested the technology.

Runner feedback helped validate the team’s work, says Peter Harrison, Nike’s Innovation Project Director for AeroReact. “Many runners were amazed, as they felt that they would either be too hot or too cold at some point during the run, but instead they got to the end and forgot that they were wearing AeroReact. That's brilliant news for us, because we want the athlete to be able to focus on what they love doing and what they do best – not to be distracted by their clothing.”

The women's Nike AeroReact Pullover Top and men's Nike AeroReact Half-Zip are available October 1 at nike.com.

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