Nike Pro Turbo Speed

Jul 18, 2012
Outside Magazine

A golf ball was the inspiration for the tracksuit that some Nike athletes, including Allyson Felix and Oscar Pistorius, could be wearing in London. Designers at the Swoosh, noticing how the dimples create low-pressure turbulence that reduces drag, applied silicone impressions to the suit. The result is the ProTurbo Speed, which, in Nike’s tests, was .043 second faster in the 100-meter dash. In Olympic competition, that could mean the difference between a medal and defeat.

Men's 400 meters: August 6, 3:30 p.m. EDT

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