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Nike Unveils Self-Lacing Shoes: Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

by On Sep 26, 2016

The sneakers from the “Back to the Future” film is now a reality.

Nike Unveils Self-Lacing Shoes: Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

Nike has unveiled the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which is the first product to feature the brand’s latest platform breakthrough - adaptive lacing.

With a combination of deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit and proposes an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Designed to Reduce Distraction

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 features a breakthrough adaptive lacing system that adapts to the foot shape and weight distribution of the wearer. Activated by the internal cable system with sensors in the sole, the laces are controlled by an automated system of pulleys, and can also be tightened or loosened with two buttons on the upper.

This innovation, which provides tailored-to-the-moment custom fit, solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary - the ability to make swift micro-adjustments.

Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent and personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly.

Nike Unveils Self-Lacing Shoes: Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

Nike Designer, Tinker Hatfield, commented,

“That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition. It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

The Shoes Run On Battery

The adaptive lacing feature utilises an internal cable system that runs on electricity, which means that you will have to charge the shoes.

Each charge last around two weeks and it takes approximately three hours for a full charge.

The First Step into the Future of Adaptive Performance

Although the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is currently manual (athlete controlled), it makes feasible the concept of an automated and nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe. It is the first step into the future of adaptive performance.

Nike Designer, Tinker Hatfield, said,

“Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

The first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available for experience and purchase from 28 November 2016 in the U.S. at selected Nike retail locations. Prices will be released on a later date.

Yun Jie is a competitive athlete and coach who is actively involved in various sports at community and international levels. Through editorial writing, she hopes to positively influence and educate readers with her expertise and experience in high sports performance.

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