Nike Flight, a new game-changing football, addresses the ever prevalent issue of inconsistent aerodynamics in the game through a revolutionary ball design.
Nike Flight incorporates Nike’s new AerowSculpt technology, meaning the ball delivers a measurable benefit of 30 percent truer flight than its Nike predecessor.
Testing of the Nike Flight ball covered 68 different iterations over thousands of hours in the Lab. Additionally, more than 800 professional athletes participated in field testing validation before a final version was reached.
Testing of the Nike Flight ball covered 68 different iterations over thousands of hours in the Lab.
Kieran Ronan, Nike GM of Global Football Equipment, said: “Everything done at the Lab is rooted in science.”
“Here, we are able to detect small differences in performance that may not be perceivable to most athletes, but when those small differences are iterated upon 68 times, the result is a noticeable leap in performance.”
Nike AerowSculpt uses a patented technology of molding features into the surface of the ball, which are designed to improve aerodynamics and act in a similar fashion to the dimples on a golf ball.
“The construction started with a square-shaped Aerotrack groove,” explains Ronan.
“Over the course of the 68 iterations, we modified the shape of the groove, added sculpted chevrons and explored multiple features throughout to deliver one geometric pattern that helps promote a more stable flight.”
Nike Flight carries a fuse-welded four panel construction with 40 percent fewer stiff seams than a traditional 12-panel ball.
This construction enables a prominent sweet spot for superior touch and performance.