Take to the Air

Lighten up with Nike’s Air Va­porMax

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

It’s been 30 years since Nike in­tro­duced Air Max, and its lat­est in­car­na­tion is lighter than ever

When Nike un­veiled its orig­i­nal Air Max in 1987, Mar­garet Thatcher was prime min­is­ter and Ron­ald Rea­gan was in the White House. At first glance not much has changed in 30 years - the UK has a fe­male Con­ser­va­tive PM, a for­mer TV star is the US pres­i­dent and Nike’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary train­ers still have those in­no­va­tive air-cush­ioned soles. But look closer and the changes are ob­vi­ous (to the shoe, at least). Nike has taken a tech­no­log­i­cal leap with the new Air Va­porMax, mak­ing the en­tire air pocket a stand­alone unit – re­mov­ing the need for a bulky rub­ber mid­sole – to cre­ate a light­weight and flex­i­ble trainer that never com­pro­mises its con­sis­tent cush­ion­ing.

FIND YOUR FEETI As well as a stand­alone air unit that no longer re­quires a foam mid­sole, the Va­porAir Max uses Nike’s Flyknit up­per tech­nol­ogy to re­duce its weight – and also to pro­vide pre­cise sup­port with­out com­pli­cated and re­stric­tive shoe ar­chi­tec­ture

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