Yesterday morning RWD were invited to check out a few of Nike's Olympic attire and some of the fairly incredible technical innovations they've got lined-up over the next few months [yes, we are rocking the FuelBand with pride] but what stood-out most was their newest football boot, the Nike GS.
Not only their lightest and fastest production boot ever made, the GS is also remarkable for being the most environmentally friendly boot available.
With every component of the Nike GS optimised to reduce weight and waste, it weighs at an incredible 160 grams [for a size 9] making it the lightest boot ever. Stripped down to include the essential elements that deliver lightweight performance and high speed control in game situations, the GS is also constructed using renewable and recycled materials.
Conceived and engineered in Italy, we spoke to developer David Eyre about the GS and its key components such as its recycled and renewable materials throughout the upper and plate design. A bio-based traction plate made primarily from castor beans ensures strength and flexibility on pitch alongside a sock liner made from 100% castor beans. The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70% recycled materials. The toeboard and collar, feature at least 15% recycled materials.
Check out the full technical breakdown of the Nike GS below.
Traction Plate & Stud Configuration
Nike GS traction plate combines a high performance chassis with a strong responsive and agile form. The sole plate is made of 50% renewable Pebax® Renu (a plant derived material made with 97% castor beans) and 50% TPU, made from 32% renewable materials. The plate is 15% lighter than a traditional plate composition.
The traction plate includes a minimalist diamond-silhouette spine, which provides optimal flex and agility in plate performance.
Anatomically positioned studs maximize speed in multiple directions to ensure responsive and assured movement on pitch.
Touch & Control
A solvent-free Kanga-Lite synthetic upper provides zonal reinforcement for exceptional touch and control. The synthetic upper also supports lockdown on midfoot and arch area.
The lightweight and chemical-free sock liner is made of 100% castor beans and eliminates any layers for a snug fit and enhanced touch on the ball.
Stability & Support
Anatomical and asymmetrical heel counter and heel bucket locks the foot down for stability and support. The counter is made of Pebax® Renu, derived from castor bean oil.
Nike GS will be available through Nike.com and selected online retailers from August 15.