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Nike Free Flyknit running shoes unveiled

A new Nike running shoe is born, combining flagship Flyknit upper technology with the fleixibility and minimalist feel of the Nike Free range.

Nike today launched the new Nike Free Flyknit running shoes, putting two of it flagship running innovations into one new shoe that they hope will deliver the ultimate natural ride and a sock-like second-skin fit.

The trainers mark the next evolution in Nike’s Free Run range and combining Flyknit technology with Nike’s hugely popular Nike Free+ 5.0 midsole. The new running shoes are the product of a new design ethos Nike is calling ‘nature amplified’, the concept of using data driven advanced sports science to strip away all but the essentials for optimum performance.

The Flyknit technology – where the upper is woven in a single sheet and supported at key points by a Flywire frame – has been developed based on insights from the Nike Sport Research Lab, working with elite athletes using pressure mapping technology to identify and protect the key stress points during running.

As with previous shoes likethe Flyknit Lunar 1+, areas on the top of the foot have been engineered to stretchand flex naturally when in motion, while a tighter weave at the edges gives added stability for the forefoot and heel.

The additions of the Free+ 5.0 midsole provides a more natural, minimalist feel while maintaining mid-range cushioning, giving you a ride that falls somewhere between a barefoot experience and a standard cushioned running shoe.

The articulated sole is also extremely flexible – it can literally be bent in half – and has been designed to move naturally with the foot. Diagonal hot-knifed flex grooves through the arch also helps keep your movement natural in the mid-foot as you transition strides.

Speaking at the launch at the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Sean McDowell, Creative Director for Nike Running said:

“Nike Free Flyknit is the ultimate expression of natural performance principles, combining a supportive, sock-like upper and a flexible midsole and outsole that move with the body. The compression fit brings the foot closer to the sole for enhanced lockdown and propulsion.”

The Nike Free Flyknits will be compatible with the Nike+ running system.

Nike Free Flyknit Release Date: The Nike Free Flyknit will be available globablly from 1 August.

Nike Free Flyknit Price: The new trainers will cost $160 in the US, around £106 when converted but UK prices are yet to be confirmed.

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Suunto today unveils the second generation of Ambit outdoor GPS watches, the new line-up of Ambit2 S and  the Ambit2. This creates a collection of Suunto GPS watches for every occassion — whether a multisport training session or a serious adventure.

Comments President of Suunto, Mikko Moilanen: “The Ambit got a tremendously positive response from consumers last year. To meet the needs of perfomance sports oriented users even better we felt that a lighter, slimmer GPS with sports-specific features but less focus on outdoor functionality was needed to complement the Ambit family. In addition, the rapidly advancing technology made it meaningful to update the Ambit family with new members already now.”

Ambit2 S – The GPS watch for athletes

The new Ambit2 S is a light and sleek GPS watch for multisport athletes that packs all the features needed for cycling, running, swimming and multisport training. The GPS provides accurate pace, route navigation and tracking, while the heart rate monitor lets you train within your ideal zone.

  • Cycling: The new Suunto Ambit2 S will support power meters (ANT+) and offers various power measurement values and numerous options for in-depth analysis.
  • Swimming: The Ambit2 S also offers comprehensive swimming functionality, including pace and distance, automatic intervals, stroke rate and swimming time related to different pool lengths. The Ambit2 S will also learn to recognize your swimming style, which makes performance analysis easier.
  • Running: Runners benefit from highly accurate pace and distance thanks to FusedSpeed™, the Ambit’s accelerometer integrated GPS, as well as interval timer and autolaps for training.
  • Multisport Training: Users can switch between sports, making the Suunto Ambit2 S ideal for recording your multisport training or race.

Ambit2 – The GPS for explorers and athletes

Suunto also launches the Ambit2, which builds on the success of the award-winning Suunto Ambit. It includes Suunto’s hallmark outdoor functions such as route navigation, barometric information, altimeter with FusedAltiTM, 3D compass and other outdoor specific features. In addition the Ambit2 has all the training features of the Ambit2 S.

Packed in a glass fiber reinforced casing with a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode, the Ambit2 is the ultimate watch for serious adventurers, explorers and multisport athletes. The Sapphire edition of the Ambit2, features a brushed steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass, adding some serious style to the Ambit2’s extreme functionality.

Comments Suunto ambassador and climber Ueli Steck: “In the mountains you need a watch you can rely on. I’ve been using Suunto products for many years and the Ambit2 is the ideal product out there for anyone serious about their mountain sports.”

Both Ambit2 S and Ambit2 will be globally available from May 2013.

App Zone and are also upgraded

Suunto is also upgrading the Suunto App Zone, the community forum where users can find and create free Apps for the Ambit GPS watches. Since it launched in November 2012, the App Zone has proved popular with users, who have created over 5,000 Apps so far. The upgrade gives Ambit owners the chance to create and share more advanced Apps. Suunto’s online sports which hosts the App Zone, will also be updated to provide new tools for in-depth analysis, enhanced navigation and improved opportunities for sharing.