Nike's Aggressive New Cleats Help Football Players Turn On a Dime

The use of 3D printers has allowed Nike's designers to prototype and test new footwear designs with a remarkably quick turnaround. And the latest shoe born from that new process is the Vapor HyperAgility cleat featuring re-engineered studs that Nike claims will give football players the necessary grip to explode off… » 2/26/14 12:00pm 2/26/14 12:00pm

How 3D Printing Supercharged Nike's New Super Bowl Cleat

Almost a full year ago, Nike introduced its first shoe ever built with the help of 3D printing technology. The thing was, that cleat, the Vapor Laser Talon (seen below), was built for an absurdly specific purpose and market—just the 40 yard dash, just for NFL players. Now, though, Nike is bringing what it's learned… » 1/10/14 1:46pm 1/10/14 1:46pm

DPS Attempts to Reinvent the Deep Powder Ski with Cleats and Fat Spoons

When skis when concave, that was a big deal. Aggressive skiers were soon carving deep lines into the hardpack and beginners were getting up and at 'em faster than ever. DPS wants to do that again with their funky Spoon. » 10/02/11 10:00am 10/02/11 10:00am

World Cup Tech: Fine-Tuning the Beautiful Game

Soccer may seem the least tech-dependent game there is; all that's required are feet and a ball. But even our most analog sport has benefited from technological advances as far back as the first World Cup in 1930. » 6/11/10 2:00pm 6/11/10 2:00pm

Boots With Reversible Cleats Keep You From Starring In Disaster On Ice

This is a really fantastic idea—boots with a set of reversible cleats on the foot and heel that can prevent slips on snow and ice. When you are heading indoors, just flip it over to hide the steel studs. » 1/11/10 5:00pm 1/11/10 5:00pm