All-New Nike React Gato Futsal Shoes Released
Nike has released a brand-new innovative futsal shoe, called the Nike React Gato.
Nike React Gato Futsal Shoes - White / Cool Grey / Bright Crimson
The Nike React Gato is designed specifically for futsal players and leverages a trio of innovative technologies — Nike Touch360, Nike Flyknit and Nike React — to promote fluid movement, durability and comfort.
The boot’s design is informed by studies in the Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL) that recorded a library of futsal moves and gathered data on the directional forces at play while players control the ball. The research is all about enhancing touch and improving control in the fast-paced, tightly-spaced, small-sided game.
Combining this understanding with the NSRL data, the Nike React Gato’s three innovative technologies are highlighted by a new outsole tooling and resistant upper. Nike Touch360 features flexible “touch pods” that function like pistons, allowing wearers to feel the ball. The touch pods are placed where pressure-mapping shows primary underfoot touch points and are designed to give players a better sense of where the ball is underfoot. This promotes a heads-up play mode that allows for faster reactions on the pitch, negating the need to look down at your feet.
“The more players can feel the ball, the more they will be able to control it and concentrate on their next move," says Joel Bagby, Nike Football Footwear. “The pistons are the initial contact point between the ball and the foot, and this touch sensation informs players of the position of the ball based off of the geometry of the touch pods for underfoot awareness.”
A secondary benefit to the tooling is multidirectional traction to support quick cuts and sharp movements.
The Nike React Gato’s upper employs a Flyknit construction incorporating a new yarn proprietary to Nike. This material combines the soft feel associated with Flyknit with increased durability. It creates discrete raised areas, forming a texture with great ball feel, and protection from abrasion. An additional toe cap also helps players unleash quick toe-punt shots on goal.
“During a futsal game, players drag their feet constantly, and in many different directions," says Bagby. "With this new knit programming and yarn selection, we were able to create discrete abrasion resistance zones that can move and stretch around your foot, bringing a comfortable experience."
Underfoot, the boot’s third core technology, Nike React foam, provides long-lasting comfort on all surfaces.
Nike React Gato Futsal Shoes - Features
- Nike Touch 360: Flexible rubber pods underfoot reach just below the sole for improved touch and tactile responsiveness. Awareness of the ball is heightened as the pods extend up slightly under the cushioning into the sole of your foot.
- Responsive Cushioning: Full-length Nike React cushioning has incredible energy return to keep you moving.
- Precise, Durable Touch: Flyknit is fused with a durable compound and moulded to provide a precise touch at high-speeds. A reinforced band around the toe adds durability.
- Colorway: White / Cool Grey / Bright Crimson
- Price: 130 Euro (115 GBP)
- Release Date: February 6 2020
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