When Nike released its self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers last year, people went crazy for them, even with their outrageous $US720 ($938) price tag. But does anyone actually understand how they work?
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Back to the Future II gave us an awesome glimpse of the future where sneakers automatically laced themselves. What the movie left out, however, was that those sneakers would cost you $US720 ($938) a pair. Oof. But if you've got a bit of Lego lying around at home, you can give any shoe self-lacing powers on the cheap.
There's nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That's why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colourful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why IKEA has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior.
Last we heard, the incredibly rare Nike Mags self-lacing sneakers, which first appeared in Back to the Future II, were selling for over $130,000. So we were hopeful that the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes, which feature the same self-lacing technology, would be an affordable alternative. But unfortunately that's not the case.
I was very impressed with the Apple Watch Series 2. It added GPS and waterproofing and became a far more effective fitness tracking tool. But there's another new Apple Watch, and this one has even more sporting cred. Nike's take on the Apple Watch adds a fancy lightweight band and two exclusive watch faces, but is that a good enough reason to choose one over the equally priced regular Watch?
Last year Converse redesigned its iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers for the first time in almost 100 years. The new version of the kicks went over so well that now Converse is updating its classic All Stars too with a modern take that replaces the canvas uppers with a lightweight and breathable knitted material.
Ever since Back to the Future II, people have wanted shoes with power laces. Well, it's happened. Nike has finally put power lacing in real shoes. In real life. As in, you'll actually be able to buy them. And you'll never have to tie a shoelace again. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be the first real Nike shoe to implement the adaptive lacing tech and it's supposed to work just like it did for Marty McFly. Put them on and it magically tightens up around your feet.
They help boost tourism and take some of the load off of a city's public transit system, but keeping a bike sharing program financially self-sufficient has proved challenging for many cities. So Portland is teaming up with Nike for its new bike share program with bicycles that can be locked up almost anywhere.
Like many soul-searching 1990s adolescents, I was obsessed with Nike Air technology. I'd pore over the latest innovations, from visible forefoot air to tuned air to other types of air. I'd even buy used joggers at the trash and treasure market and tear them apart to inspect the air. As my young brain developed and my understanding of biomechanics advanced, however, I came to a realisation: Nike Air is bullshit.
The weather's getting warmer across Australia as we barrel head-first into a sweltering summer, and that means it's time to get outside and get exploring. Whether you're planning an afternoon bushwalk in the scrub behind your house, or a fortnight-long trek through the middle of nowhere, there's plenty of high-tech clothing that you can pick up to make the journey more comfortable.
Some would consider it as sacrilegious as when Coke dabbled with its classic formula back in the '80s, but after 98 years Converse has updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. On the outside they look nearly identical, but on the inside the Chuck II is actually far more comfy for your feet.