We take a closer look at the latest drop from Nike Sportswear, the Air Max 1. Ultra. Flyknit. The Air Max 1 has been around since 1987 and they Ultra’d it a couple of years ago”. Well Nike has just made the 1, the lightest 1 till date. In this revision of Tinker Hatfield‘s classic, we see it get a whole lot lighter, with the Hyperfused upper replaced with Flyknit.
When the Air Max 1 dropped in 1987, it was iconic in the world of running. With the introduction of visible air for the very first time and what the world back then considered the flashiest colour ways in the business. What I loved about this new pick, is the fact that the original “Sport Red” colour way makes a come back on the Air Max 1. And with the structural changes in this sneaker, it is a perfect mix of old school cool and new age tech!
The 2016 drop sticks to the original colour scheme by combining Wolf Grey and White Flyknit to replicate the side panels and they also have a hyper-fused mudguard in Red. I also own the Air Max 1 Ultra Moire which I picked up over a year ago because I loved that it was so lightweight. And the cored out, outsole, from the Ultra Moire makes it to this pair as well.
And it really was about time. Since the Air Max 1 first stirred up things, it has been launched in numerous variations. The use of modern materials like Hyperfuse, Lunarlon etc took this classic silhouette places. In it’s Flyknit rendition, the sneaker is a lot more breathable with the woven upper.
And Flyknit appears to be Nike‘s calling card this season. With the material appearing in all their classic silhouettes like the Air Force 1 and Air Max 90 too.
The Air Max 1 Flyknit is now available across Nike flagship stores.