The ‘Siberian Whip’ is the name Berliners give to the wind that sweeps down from Russia and hits the German capital in the dead of winter. The water freezes, the sky turns pearly gray and the wind cuts through you like a knife. As the light faded across the city, we assembled a core team from around the world and took to the streets of Berlin with the latest cuts from Nike Sportswear’s Holiday 2015 Tech Pack Aeroloft and SneakerBoots Collection for men and women.

Our team followed Parisian vlogger Shera Kerienski as she joined Swedish photographer and stylist mariapizzeria, Stockholm-based model Oliver King Kumbi, Madrid fashion photographer Carlos De Lucas, Stuttgart’s Felipe Palma, Barcelona’s Iñaki (a.k.a. ice_ages) and Newcastle’s Erika Bowes as they met up and challenged the collection against the winter elements. View the full journey above, or hone in on the new technology below.

SneakerBoots are crafted from water-resistant leather or pre-treated with ‘Defender Repellent Systems’ spray for water resistance.

Clothes are engineered to feel light and responsive, so you can move when everything else shuts down.

SneakerBoots are laced with iridescent details that shine with minimal light.

Aeroloft’s tri-layering of plush foam between cotton jersey keeps heat in and cold out.

Excess heat escapes through laser-cut perforations, so you stay warm but never overheat.

Aeroloft has an 800-fill down rating, so your body can adjust to temperature change gradually.

Cuts are optimized so that garments protect as well as make a statement.

The Nike Sportswear HO15 collection sees the iconic label prep a series of styles from their running, basketball and lifestyle lines into a series of rugged, winter-ready shoes. The Lunar Force and Air Max 90 and 95 for men sit alongside the Acorra and Dunk Sky High silhouettes for women. Uppers are water-resistant, tread and soles are more aggressive, collars have been extended and sturdy tabs on the heel tab and tongue mean they’re easier to pull on and off.

“Nike’s Tech Pack challenges what winter fashion can and should be”

New for 2015, the Flyknit Trainer Chukka SneakerBoot for men and women incorporates wool in the porous Flyknit fabric for insulation, finishing the boot with Nike’s trademark ‘Defender Repellent Systems’ spray for water resistance. All SneakerBoots invert the dark winter skies and use the colors of the Aurora Borealis for the collection’s multiple reflective elements.

Keep Warm, Stay Dry, Be Seen

This same technicality gets transferred to the Tech Pack. Aeroloft technology uses tri-layering – the placing of plush foam between layers of fine cotton jersey to trap heat and insulate the body. In the case of the Nike Tech Pack Aeroloft Bomber, an extra layer of down is added and sealed in the garment for extra protection. To allow heat to escape, precise laser-cut incisions feature within the fabric so you never overheat. Media storage pockets allow for safe storage when training, or discretely hiding when out on the street. Like the collection itself, silhouettes are caught between statement and practicality: scuba hoods and high collars create a look that is both protective and aggressive against the elements: wind, rain or snow.

Nike Sportswear’s HO15 Tech Pack Aeroloft and SneakerBoots Collection challenges what winter fashion can and should be. It is perhaps the one time where what you wear matters most. Your clothes should perform over and above their normal function. The collection rises to this demand. Warmth, dryness and visibility are the three core pillars of the HO15 Tech Pack and this, ultimately, leads to one thing: constant protection (whether you’re in a Berlin winter or not).

The Nike Sportswear HO15 Tech Pack Aeroloft and SneakerBoots collections are available to buy now from nike.com/sportswear.

Words by Jack Drummond
Branded Content Editor