Japanese baseball is known for putting a priority on speed and an aggressive approach to baserunning, and now there’s a cleat to facilitate that style of baseball. Introducing the Nike Zoom Vapor Elite J Metal Low, developed using data culled from research with top athletes and Japanese high school baseball players who play a fast-oriented game.
The lightweight upper sports a Hyperfuse cosntruction for maximal breathability and support without added bulk or material. Slit-vents start at the midfoot and increase in frequency as they move back to the heel, a feature that enhances breathability and flexibility, enabling a smoother transition of foot as weight shifts. In the midfoot, Flywire supports and stabilizes, offering an adaptive fit that delivers “natural motion” performance, rare in baseball footwear.
Beneath, the outsole sports the innovative Vapor Traction System, a technology designed toward maximal acceleration. The forefoot features more studs than is typical of baseball cleats, promoting a forward-leaning posture, and the shank is extra-firm, offering better push-off and, inevitably, more speed.
Many of the best players in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will lace up the Nike Zoom Vapor Elite J Metal Low during the 2014 season, including Takashi Toritani, Sho Aranami and Dai-Kang Yang.
The shoe will launch in Japan March 1 at retail stores and Nike.com.