This summer, Nike launches its first shin guard built specifically for speed that will be worn by players at the World Cup this summer in Brazil – the Mercurial FlyLite.
Players such as Neymar recognize the need for a guard and want that protection, but they tell us they want it without sacrifice,” said Martin Lotti. “So we sought to give them just that – our best protection without sacrificing, speed, fit or comfort.
The combination of engineered materials and a new design provides premium protection with a barely-there feel. A specially engineered shock system at the back of the guard combines with an outer shell that work together for optimal impact protection with increased flexibility and breathability.
The Mercurial FlyLite Guard replaces traditional foam backing with a new webbed shock system that, gram for gram, provides more consistent impact absorption hit after hit than foam. The innovative webbed backing utilizes pips, which come into contact with the outer shell to help absorb and disperse impact, protecting the shin while removing excess materials.
We found that the more material you took away, the better the guard protected the shin,” added Lotti. “Reducing material also allowed for unprecedented flexibility, creating a fit that was unlike anything players had experienced.
The FlyLite Guard provides the most anatomical fit to date. In addition to the increased flexibility, allowing for a more customized fit, the pips cover a larger surface area along the shin bone to help distribute force over a greater area and absorb impact. The honeycomb structure also delivers optimal airflow and breathability, while the thin profile offers the ultimate in lightweight strength.
For those that want a pair, Nike.com is the place to head with a July 1st release date.
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