AeroReacts bi-component yarn senses moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximise breathability

AeroReact's bi-component yarn senses moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximise breathability

Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new responsive, lightweight fabric, which it claims adapts to changes in body temperature to help runners stay more comfortable and perform better. 

AeroReact, which was developed with insights from the Nike Explore Team (NXT) Sport Research Lab and runners, supports the body’s existing thermoregulation capabilities with a bi-component yarn that senses moisture vapour and opens its structure to maximise breathability. 

“The apparel industry has always been based on the concept of layering,” says Brian Stewart, vice president of NXT’s apparel innovation team. “But how can we create apparel that adapts, so that as you change – as you heat up during your run – or as the weather changes around you, you don't have to make those adjustments?” 

He explains: “AeroReact has this ability to adapt as you change and as your environment changes — to help keep you comfortable the whole time you’re wearing it.” 

Nike says it spent several years honing the fabric via research, testing and trials, after which prototypes were distributed to runners across the world to test the technology. The range includes a women's Nike AeroReact pullover top and men's Nike AeroReact half-zip.