KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Nike Engineered Mesh. The lightweight mesh construction not only provides enhanced breathability, but is stronger and more flexible than standard mesh. Although the innovative technology is still relatively new, it provides an exciting glimpse into the possibilities of sneaker construction in the future.
What is it? A textile composition that is 90% mesh, which is tightly woven for a snug, glove-like fit. Engineered Mesh is both strong and flexible, offering a more natural bend than standard mesh materials.
How does it work? With more prominent perforations than normal mesh, Engineered Mesh provides a high level of airflow and breathability. When utilized throughout the upper of a sneaker such as the Kobe 8 System and Lunarglide+ 4 models, Engineered Mesh also helps to support the foot and offer natural flex thanks to its textile composition. Even classic models such as the Air Max 1 and Air Max 95 have been updated with Engineered Mesh, benefiting from its lightweight breathability.
Notable Products: Lunarglide+ 4, Air Max 95 Engineered Mesh, Kobe 8 System+
Bottom Line: Compared to regular mesh materials, Engineered Mesh is more flexible, breathable, lightweight, and durable. With the summer heat steadily rising, Engineered Mesh is a solution for staying dry and comfortable.