Nike announced the future of basketball today, January 15, 2019 in New York. According to Nike, the future of basketball is the Adapt BB shoe - a power lacing basketball shoe. Say goodbye to the shoe!
In a nutshell Nike Adapt is "a platform that creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app and continually updated firmware, featured in the new Nike Adapt BB basketball shoe."
How the shoe works
"When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement.
That’s where the brain, or FitAdapt tech, kicks in. By manual touch or by using the Nike Adapt app on a smartphone, players can input different fit settings depending on different moments of a game. For example, during a timeout, a player can loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter the game. In a forthcoming feature, they can even prescribe a different tightness setting for warm-ups. Plus, players can opt in to firmware updates for the FitAdapt technology as they become available, sharpening the precision of fit for players and providing new digital services over time."
Does this sound like the future of basketball? I don't play basketball on the regular, so I'm curious how those who play often feel about the Adapt BB. Does this sound like something of interest or just a gimmick?
You can read more about the Adapt BB by clicking here.
The shoe will release in February for $350 and you can preorder at Nike.com.
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Nike Adapt BB Price and Release Info
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