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Nike launches novel tri-layer fleece

For Fall/Holiday 2013, Nike updates classic styles with a revolutionary reinvention of fleece fabric in its Nike Tech Fleece Collection that is said to combine the fit, feel, and function of Nike’s most iconic sportswear silhouettes.

30th August 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Beaverton, OR

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

For Fall/Holiday 2013, Nike updates classic styles with a revolutionary reinvention of fleece fabric in its Nike Tech Fleece Collection that is said to combine the fit, feel, and function of Nike’s most iconic sportswear silhouettes.

Lighter and warmer

Plush foam placed between layers of cotton jersey creates a tri-layer fabric designed to provide the ultimate comfort and warmth that responds to the natural motion of the wearer of the Nike Tech Fleece fabric.

To highlight the fabric, each style was stripped down to its essential elements and rebuilt from the inside out. © Nike

The smooth jersey facing gives the garments a modern, streamlined look both inside and out, while the inner foam enhances the fleece’s functionality. According to Nike, it is lighter, warmer, more breathable than its predecessors, and looks as good as it performs.

To highlight the fabric, each style was stripped down to its essential elements and rebuilt from the inside out. Arms were articulated for enhanced mobility while restructuring helped slim the silhouettes and reduced overall topstitching and seaming. Additionally, traditional ribbed cuffs were replaced by black elastic micro binding for a snug, ergonomic fit and updated appearance that complements bold black zippers and a traditional grey palette.

Contemporary feel

The collection’s backbone, the Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner, revamps Nike’s iconic jacket. Available for both men and women, it combines a full-zip front with side zip pockets and elastic micro binding at the hem. Plus, the women’s version features thumbholes at the cuffs for enhanced hand coverage.

The Nike Tech Fleece Cape pushes the shape even further by combining the same detailing with an off-centre zip and unconventional line that includes an exaggerated dropped back hem. © Nike

The Nike Tech Fleece N98 and Nike Tech Fleece AW77 are updated with a seam-bound—instead of stitched— spacious kangaroo pocket. The left chest features a zip pocket suggestive of the Nike Destroyer Jacket, but even bolder with a bonded zipper and two internal media pockets for digital devices, phones, and more. Similarly, the Nike Tech Fleece Crew retains its timeless cut while a kangaroo pocket and variable ribbed hem add to its contemporary feel.

Perfecting the shape

The Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie and Nike Tech Fleece Cape introduce a slightly thinner fleece for enhanced drape. Boasting an oversized funnel neck that can be worn as a hoody or cowl, the Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie presents a toggle at the neck, side zip pockets, a bound hem, and thumbholes at the cuffs.

The collection’s backbone, the Nike Tech Fleece Windrunner, combines a full-zip front with side zip pockets and elastic micro binding at the hem. © Nike

The Nike Tech Fleece Cape pushes the shape even further by combining the same detailing with an off-centre zip and unconventional line that includes an exaggerated dropped back hem.

The women’s Nike Tech Fleece Pants offer a classic bottom featuring an elastic waist and cuffs, with zippers at the hem for easy on and off over shoes. The men’s Nike Tech Fleece Pants provide the same easy fit along with a draw cord waistband, open side pockets, and inset construction for enhanced knee articulation.

www.nike.com

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