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Asics Develops New Fabric for Running and Lifestyle Footwear

Asics has a new invention that combines original visual effects and high performance.

The athletic brand and Toray Industries, Inc. recently announced the joint creation of Chameleoid Mesh, a new textile that changes colors and protects feet during sports activities.

Chameleoid  Mesh controls the degree of elasticity along the length and breadth of the foot. Better flexibility is also offered lengthwise and the structure follows the foot’s form during workouts, providing a comfortable fit. Even after much wear and tear, Chameleoid Mesh has excellent memory and stays in sync with foot shape.

The new fabric will be used in Asics’s new running shoe, the Gel-Quantum 360 CM, which will debut in June, and in other Asics Tiger shoes.

“Using Toray’s high-performance fibers and textile design technology, we were able to develop a material with a special design and that offers a high degree of functionality,” said Toray Industries, Inc. developer Satoshi Naruko. “Because of the sophisticated production technology required, we worked together with a domestic assembly plant with excellent technical capacity. The material is completely made in Japan, from start to finish.”

The new fabric has six key features. Color change is created by using textile technology that controls the placement of microscopic threads and allows many color combinations depending on the angle of view. Breathability is established by the shoe’s mesh structure, which allows inside moisture and heat to be released.

Extremely durable textiles minimizes the amount of fibers used and provides a light weight material. A comfortable fit is produced from the new fabric, which controls the mesh elasticity in longitudinal and width directions while staying faithful to foot form changes.

Kenta Moriyasu, function development team manager for Asics footwear, explained how the new fabric will also benefit customers who are looking for timeless and comfortable athletic footwear options.

“By analyzing in detail the changes in running and walking foot form, we were able to construct an upper and develop materials that follow the form of the foot,” Moriyasu said. “The textile offers excellent breathability and a comfortable fit, and we think our customers will consider it fashionable as well.”