Nike has debuted the Vapor HyperAgility Cleat, its second football cleat built using 3D printing technology. Built for the shuttle “5-10-5” drill, the Nike Vapor HyperAgility cleat has taken athlete agility to a new level. The cleat’s unique plate design uses an amplified, tri-star stud shape enabling maximum speed on turf while creating the optimal traction needed to decelerate and change direction quickly. The cleat’s upper is constructed using dynamic Nike Flywire cables, individually hand threaded through the plate and under the foot, providing maximum lockdown to prevent slippage inside the cleat. The mid-cut design also features a proprioceptive compression collar providing a closer fit as well as protection from the studs.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a 3D printing technology that uses high-powered lasers to fuse small particles of materials into a three-dimensional shape. Traditionally this process is used for prototyping, but through proprietary material selection, Nike was again able to create a fully functional plate and traction system in a fraction of the traditional timeframe and at a fraction of the weight. Pricing and release information have yet to be released, stay tuned for more details.