Nike launches Summer 2014 Football Equipment Innovations

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This summer, Nike launches its first 3D printed bag and a new shin guard built specifically for speed.

And as usual, Sport-locker.net has all the details…

NIKE FOOTBALL REBENTO DUFFEL: THE WORLD’S FIRST 3D PRINTED PERFORMANCE SPORTS BAG

State-of-the-art innovation meets traditional craftsmanship in the Nike Football Rebento duffle bag. The 3D printed base combines with a premium leather upper in a bold expression of technology and style.

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Designed for the game’s best players, only three bags have been created and will be carried by Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer in Brasil. Each bag features custom gold hardware with the player’s name.

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Rebento is Portuguese for “explode,” an apt verb to describe today’s game. The Nike Rebento bag references the stud plate of two groundbreaking Nike football boots – the Magista and Mercurial – with a unique graphic on the base of the bag.

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Taking cues from the Nike Flyknit pattern of the Magista and Mercurial, the laser-sintered nylon creates an intertwined weave on the bag’s 3D printed base.  The 3D print also gives the bag body and creates a lightweight, yet durable structure that allows for flex.

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Handcrafted, premium leather is used on the bag’s upper and straps, which seamlessly fits into the 3D printed base without the use of glue or adhesive. 3D printed hardware allows for unprecedented levels of customization and opens new possibilities for integrated individuality.

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MERCURIAL FLYLITE GUARD:  REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN AND BUILT FOR SPEED

The combination of engineered materials and a new design provides premium protection with a barely-there feel.

A specially engineered shock system at the back of the guard combines with an outer shell that work together for optimal impact protection with increased flexibility and breathability.

The Mercurial FlyLite Guard replaces traditional foam backing with a new webbed shock system that, gram for gram, provides more consistent impact absorption hit after hit than foam.

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The innovative webbed backing utilizes pips, which come into contact with the outer shell to help absorb and disperse impact, protecting the shin while removing excess materials.

The FlyLite Guard provides the most anatomical fit to date.  In addition to the increased flexibility, allowing for a more customized fit, the pips cover a larger surface area along the shin bone to help distribute force over a greater area and absorb impact.

The honeycomb structure also delivers optimal airflow and breathability, while the thin profile offers the ultimate in lightweight strength.

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Nike’s equipment design team also utilized 3D printing technology to experiment with hundreds of impact patterns.

The Mercurial FlyLite Guard will be available at www.nike.com beginning July 1.

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