Last week, Nike invited Sports Illustrated Kids to HyperSchool, a fun and interactive experience, to teach us how weather impacts athletes. With a recreated classroom (chalkboard, desks, bulletin boards, and bespectacled teacher to boot) and a makeshift research lab, HyperSchool also highlighted the science behind the company’s pro combat baselayer apparel.
Our classmates were pretty cool, too. HyperSchool’s star athlete, err, student, Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, joined us in discussing gridiron action and braving the elements. We also met Hal, a copper-sweating mannequin who helps Nike scientists develop active wear.
There was lots to cover during our school session. We made sure to pay careful attention and take diligent notes to share some of the innovative ways Nike is helping athletes to bring their A game even in the most extreme weather conditions.
Basketball season is right around the corner, with the NBA opening its preseason schedule next week. And when Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas hits the court, he’ll be raising awareness for a good cause with his footwear.
If you’re looking to take play to the next level, you’ll want to check out Ollie, a rugged little robot designed by Sphero than can go just about anywhere and pull cool tricks. Built with a durable polycarbonate shell that protects some advanced tech under the hood, Ollie is light enough to hit speeds of 14 miles per hour and strong enough to take a beating. You control Ollie by connecting an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, then using the free Ollie app you can pull of sick tricks like flipping, bouncing, spinning, and drifting. And once you add ramps and other obstacles, Ollie becomes a robot daredevil. (Just keep it away from it’s old nemesis, water!)
But hey, you could read about what Ollie can do — or you can watch what Ollie can do:
The US Open begins today, and if watching the best tennis players in the world compete against one another makes you want to hit the court Wilson has some new gear you might want to check out. At the end of June, the equipment company unveiled its latest Pro Staff rackets, a line it developed with all-time great Roger Federer.
This racket represents the most extensive collaboration between an elite player of Roger’s caliber and Wilson,” says Mike Dowse, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. President. “The result is a groundbreaking racket that will benefit tennis players worldwide.”
If you’ve always been frustrated by the prospect of having to break in a brand new baseball glove, you can pack away your shaving cream and glove oil. Yesterday, Nike introduced its new Vapor 360 fielding glove, which is the first ever that doesn’t require any breaking in.
If you love Star Wars and skating, Vans has some gear for you. The new Vans x Star Wars collection of skate shoes and lifestyle wear brings your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away — like Yoda and Darth Vader — as well as artwork from the movies to the classic Vans sneaker.
Check out some looks from the collection (including a weird Hawaiian-print shoe with a bunch of hidden Yodas). But first: Chewbacca skateboarding!
Heads up, baseball fans. If you're looking for some gear to set you apart from other fans, check out what Topps (yes, the baseball card company) just made available: Rad throwback shirts that celebrate some of the best teams of the '70s and '80s.
There are seven t-shirts in the series — the 1974 Oakland A's, 1977 New York Yankees, 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1984 Chicago Cubs, 1986 New York Mets, and 1988 LA Dodgers — that look and feel like they were pulled right out of the Astroturf Era. That's the Oakland shirt at the top of the page. The others are below. Check 'em out: