Despite its incredibly diverse scenery and spectacular skyline, Beijing is not an ideal place for outdoor-runners, owing to its widespread air pollution issues. Thankfully, Zhijun Wang has developed a resourceful solution: the Nike Flyknit Mask.
Zhijun, a designer by trade, noticed that Nike Flyknit’s flexibility, natural movement and breathability, properties designed to benefit the foot, could all carry over to the face as a sort of ersatz gasmask. He dissected a Flyknit Racer and combined the lightweight material with filtration mesh, then ran the shoe’s lace through the front of the contraption and behind each ear.
The result is a surprisingly sleek, streamlined and, most importantly, breathable mask that’s able to keep the bad stuff out and let the good stuff (air, mostly) in.
This is a one-off design of course, designed by Zhijun because, well, he needed a running mask. Necessity is the mother of invention after all, right? But who knows, perhaps this is the beginning of something from Mr. Wang. Production on a wider scale, perhaps?