Nike’s 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Nike's 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Nike's 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Nike's 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Nike's 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Nike's 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket, a shining collaboration with Marcus Gaab

Every time I see something new from Nike it feels like they’re helping to usher in the future, as least where clothing design is concerned. The 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket is a perfect example of that, tailor made for the American gold, silver, and bronze medalists at the London Olympics.

Nike worked with renowned artist Marcus Gaab to explore the 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket and it’s highly reflective properties. Modeled after a sportswear staple, the Windrunner is detailed with the trademark V-shaped chevron across the chest, dotted with ventilation perforations across the back and finished off with a hyper reflective shell that burns bright under the most subtle lights. Serving function and aesthetic, The “United States of America” is applied with precision laser technology, while the lower back is detailed with 50 perforations — one for each state. A badge on the inside of the jacket, placed over the heart reads “Team USA.” The jacket will be worn, along with two other key styles, by athletes from different sports on the podium as the world watches on.

It really is a beautiful jacket, and the way they’ve integrated the technology is so interesting. I love the idea of the 50 laser perforations for all the states, and the reflective material used will be pretty amazing when it’s photographed, as you can see in the video below. If you’re interested in getting a jacket like this for yourself, look up Nike’s Vapor Flash jacket, it’s pretty close to the same thing.

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2012 / By

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