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Using Nanotechnology, Nike's New Running Shoe Will Keep Wearers Dry During the Wettest of Winters

Published on December 16, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Sneakerheads will get an additional performance benefit with the latest launch of Nike Lunar Wood TZ. Using technology by P2i, the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, Nike's new lightweight and comfortable running shoe will keep wearers dry during the wettest of winters.

P2i's ion-mask™ technology applies a nanoscopic protective polymer layer to the whole shoe, on which water forms beads and simply rolls off, instead of being absorbed. Because ion-mask™ gives the whole shoe (including the stitching) superior water repellency, it delivers two crucial benefits; one, it stops external water getting in and two, it encourages evaporated perspiration to flow out. As a result, shoes dry out more quickly, won't get heavier over time, and maintain the natural airflow of their construction material. By optimizing temperature and ‘breathability' for feet, ion-mask™ will ensure that the Lunar Wood TZ shoes keep wearers feet more comfortable and dry in the most challenging performance conditions.

Users can't see or feel the ion-mask™ protection because it is one thousand times thinner than a human hair. However, because the protective layer is molecularly bonded to the whole shoe surface it is extremely durable. In practice, ion-mask™ lasts as long as the shoe material itself and is not compromised by everyday flexing during wear. Plus, by resisting the absorption of water, ion-mask™ helps guard against stains and dirt residue.

Finally, but importantly, ion-mask™ is a climate-friendly choice. Its application process is solvent-free, PFOA-free, uses only tiny quantities of protective agent, does not require lots of energy and generates minimal waste.

Stephen Coulson, CTO of P2i, comments: “We are delighted that our revolutionary ion-mask™ liquid repellent nano-coating technology has been chosen to protect Lunar Wood TZ. Current approaches simply cannot match the amazing levels of performance that ion-mask™ has been shown to deliver.”

Nike will launch the Lunar Wood TZ at selected global Nike Sportswear retailers on 19 December 2009.

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