The Future of Sportswear

Published August 16, 2013

The Nike Pro Elite Knit is an exercise in workout-wear wizardry. It has no seams, which seems like an impossible design feat in and of itself. It knows where on your body you are most likely to “overheat” and provides additional breathability. It utilizes a garment construction called warp knitting, which increases durability and strength while remaining impossibly light. And it looks damn good while doing it.

No, the folks at Nike did not invent time travel and bring the Pro Elite Knit back from the future. Instead they took cues from the weightless Nike Flyknit running shoe and inspiration from the female form. Designers turned to a thermodynamic map of the female body developed in the Nike Sport Research Lab to determine where a little extra “ventilation” was required. “Our approach was to create a seamless garment designed to amplify the body’s natural ability,” says Jamie Lee, Nike Women’s Training Product Craft Director. “In essence, something you never know is there.” If something was going to convince us to better utilize our gym membership, this is it. 


THE NIKE PRO ELITE KNIT LINES LAUNCHES TODAY, AUGUST 16.