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Approfondimento: Air Max

Celebrating Air Max Day: A Journey Through the Evolution of AIR Technology

As we commemorate Air Max Day, it's essential to delve into the history of AIR units - a revolutionary concept that transitioned from a mere technological advancement to a significant cultural symbol.

Initially utilized as an insulator and cooling agent, the gas employed in AIR units was later identified as a potential environmental hazard if not correctly recycled. In response to these concerns, Nike made a pivotal shift in 2006, opting exclusively for nitrogen. Given that nitrogen constitutes 78.08% of the Earth's atmosphere, its accidental release poses minimal environmental risk. Besides its eco-friendly aspect, nitrogen offers a functional benefit by being lighter than SF6, enhancing the footwear's performance.

The accolades often go to the air itself, yet the true innovation lies in developing a material that could encapsulate the air securely while remaining both flexible and resilient. This material is thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU. Frank Rudy's invention of AIR was essentially the formulation of an optimal balance between the air chamber's atomic size and its encasing.

Groundbreaking Testing: The Skunk Experiment

Frank Rudy's initial air chambers underwent rigorous testing to verify their effectiveness. Enter E.C. Ned Frederick, a biomechanist and zoology professor with an expertise in skunk anatomy - a choice influenced by the animal's surprising anatomical similarities to humans. Frederick's tests revealed that these air chambers reduced impact by 10% compared to standard running shoes and resulted in a 2.8% decrease in energy expenditure by runners.

Despite popular belief, the core element of AIR technology is not air but nitrogen. This innovation not only redefined practicality, style, and comfort in footwear but also marked a significant leap in manufacturing, resource efficiency, and performance optimization since its inception in 1979. Initially, the AIR units utilized sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), a testament to the technological and environmental evolution that followed.

Air Max: A Cultural Phenomenon

The introduction of Air Max in 1986 transformed the concept of air from a functional element into a cornerstone of design, youth, and urban culture. Each iteration of Air Max represented not just a leap in technology but also a new design ethos, resonating with various urban tribes and generations as a unique form of expression.

Air Max Day 2024: Embracing the Future

Air Max Day celebrates the enduring legacy and continuous innovation of AIR technology. The 2024 celebration highlights the Air Max DN, featuring the innovative Dynamic Air technology. This design incorporates four dual tubes, allowing air to move dynamically to where it's needed most, epitomizing the future of footwear.

Discover the latest Air Max collection, a testament to the ongoing evolution and impact of AIR technology.

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