Nike Windrunner Jacket

Its 1978, we are not talking about the dark ages here, yet the world of sport still yearns for performance enhancing apparel that will protect them from our unpredictable climates.

A study project by Hollister on the people of the native coast of America, will prove to be the answer athletes were looking for.

These Native Americans had the foresight to weave fine strips of cedar bark together producing an almost weather resistant cape, protecting them from rain and to a degree would keep them warm.

Lightweight and weather resistant, ventilated native american jackets and yet still warm, Hollister had found an unlikely source of inspiration that will change the face of sport.

Hollister’s initial thoughts were to name his apparel the Cape Suit, athletes tried and tested the Cape Suit, and it was a winner.

In 1980 Nike sponsored athletes at the U.S Track and Field trials in Oregon were to bring the apparel to the forefront of the public eye, however Nike had decided that the jacket alone would now be named the Nike Windrunner.

In its 30 year history, the Nike Windrunner jacket has kept to its principles, the 26 degree chevron styling, good breath ability, wind and rain resistance on most styles of jacket.

However there are styles of Windrunner available that are designed for the more fashion orientated amongst us, for instance the Tech Pack range or the Nike Air Max editions.

Then of course there is the Nike L.A Sunset Windrunner, arguably the most extravagant jacket which unzips completely through the middle so it may be separated and matched with its twin colourway.

What will be the next stepping stone in the life of the Nike Windrunner, watch this space.


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