I have a playlist on my iPod that I reserve for when I need a real audio boost – EPO for the ears! On that playlist, which is made up of banging dance tunes, there is a live version of Daft Punk’s track Steam Machine. I really get a jolt when this track comes on and I love the whispered words
Steam machine… steam machine…
Earlier this week I received an email from the good people at Nike about the release of the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ and an invitation to have a pair custom fitted to my feet. Now I am already a big fan of the Flyknit Racer and I will be posting my review of this shoe in a few weeks – at the moment I am wearing them for tempo runs, threshold runs and track sessions so that I can give as good a review as I can. But what has this got to do with Daft Punk’s Steam Machine?
The Steam Machine
Well the way that Nike tell me they are going to fit the Flyknit Lunar1+ to my feet is by steaming them… so they must have a steam machine, right? I can’t imagine they will be holding them over a boiling kettle in the way I used to mould my gumshields when I was a nipper playing rugby at school.
Why I like Nike’s Flyknit technology
The reasons I am a big fan of the whole Flyknit technology include:
- the way that producing the upper from a single strand of material is so much better from an environmental and sustainability point of view, than the traditional method of cutting-out and over-laying pieces of material, with all the waste that comes from that
- the way that the Flyknit upper is tough and yet so light – the Flyknit Racers that I am currently wearing are increadibly light! The toughness is still being tested, but so far, so good
- the possibility that the technology behind the Flyknit might mean that completely customised shoes, knitted (or dare I say it printed) for the exact footshape of the athlete, is becoming a reality
So I imagine that the steaming process is a step along the road in that direction.
To give you a flavour, this is what the Nike peeps have to say about the Flyknit Lunar1+
This is the first shoe to bring together revolutionary Nike FlyKnit technology – engineered from a single yarn for a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper – with the responsive cushioning of Lunarlon. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ provides precision fit, support, flexibility and breathability with a more cushioned mid sole, making it perfect for everyday runners. Strategically-placed durable rubber inserts in the bottomless carrier deliver maximum impact protection in key areas on the heel and forefoot. The shoe incorporates dynamic Nike Flywire; adaptive support that tightens and relaxes to accommodate the natural motion of the foot. Five bright new colourways ensure that runners look as great as they feel on the road.
I will report back tomorrow once I have had my feet in their steam machine. I must admit that I’m rather looking forward to it and to going for my first run in the Flyknit Lunar1+, especially when that track comes on! Steam… machine… steam… machine…