As the changing seasons usher in cooler temperatures across the country, Reebok is rolling out two tech-forward product lines designed to keep wearers warm from head to toe.
Thermowarm + Graphene
The discovery of graphene—a thin, strong, lightweight and ultra-heat-conducive material being used across industries—earned researchers the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. This week, Reebok announced an active outerwear line designed for use in sport.
The material, an allotrope of carbon characterized by a single layer of atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like lattice nanostructure, has been engineered to be printed in a grid pattern onto the innermost layer of the garments. The zones of the garment that are printed retain between 8 percent and 15 percent more heat, depending on the base fabric, according to the company’s product testing.
The technology has been integrated into more than a dozen familiar activewear styles, from running leggings to jackets and hoodies, occupying strategically placed zones on each garment where heat retention is needed most. The gridded print can be found within hoods, shoulder panels and upper leg panels, where the body tends to lose warmth fastest in cold temperatures. Heat from the wearer’s own body is trapped and retain across the panels, helping athletes stay toasty as they enjoy outdoor workouts during the winter months.
The technology represents a step toward “catapulting apparel into the future,” said Chandler Frost, Reebok senior product manager, noting that Thermowarm + Graphene revolutionizes the brand’s winter garments. “Consumers can stay warmer in cold weather temperatures without sacrificing performance, function, or style.”
The collection’s hero pieces include a cotton-fleece hoodie for men featuring a graphene-printed hood and kangaroo pocket, joggers with printed front leg panels, and a women’s zip-up jacket with graphene-infused hood. The bulk of the collection, which ranges in price from $70-$140 on Reebok.com, spans men’s and women’s performance lifestyle categories, with more product drops slated in the coming months.
Gore-Tex Infinium Thermium joins Reebok’s Zig Kinetica II Edge GTX
Marking a new addition to the Zig Kinetica II franchise, Reebok has developed a version suited for rugged exploration across colder climates. The Zig Kinetica II Edge GTX features a Vibram Ecostep outsole and Gore-Tex Infinium Thermium for added warmth and comfort.
The shoe follows the 2020 re-release of Reebok’s ZigTech technology, which was developed in the 2010s and has seen numerous collaborators and iterations, some meant to play up the shoe’s style and others underscoring its performance features. This fall’s release builds upon the shoe’s functionality stemming from its overbuilt, maximalist design, thick cushioning and high ankle shaft.
Built for “gripping wet sidewalks or scaling mountain trails,” the Edge GTX model features a textile upper with stitch overlays and a rubberized grid print along with a Floatride Fuel midsole and Zig Energy shell for cushioning and stability. The Gore-Tex Infinium Thermium insulation across the shoe’s upper keeps the toes and forefoot warm using an ultra-thin membrane that replaces thick, bulky insulators. Meanwhile, Vibram’s grippy Ecostep performance rubber outsole is made from at least 30 percent pre-consumer recycled content.
The shoe, which will retail for $130, drops in two color ways on Friday on Reebok.com and select retailers, with subsequent color ways on deck and a second collection slated for spring 2022.