We can’t control the weather. But we can control how we respond to changing weather conditions. How? By always being prepared for whatever comes our way—rain, hail or shine. Enter: NikeLab ACG—your functional (and stylish) companion to tackle temperamental weather.
Aside from looking cool and futuristic, NikeLab ACG focuses on design innovation to create sports apparel and accessories that are suitable for all climates. It's not something that is entirely new to the Nike family. NikeLab ACG has been around since 1989 but was most recently revived in 2014, with Errolson Hugh of Acronym® on board as a design partner. The result is a line—available for both men and women—that is informed by function first and then designed with an urban streetwear sensibility.
NikeLab ACG is fully packed with nifty design traits and modular constructions to ensure that you’re no slave to Mother Nature. If it gets warm, a couple of zip tugs or snap buttons increase ventilation and breathability. If it gets wet, protect yourself (and your mobile devices) in lightweight waterproof armour. In fact, the summer 2018 NikeLab ACG collection is easily manipulated to fit any condition. After all, it's in the name: all-conditions gear (ACG). Treat it like you would a trusty Swiss Army knife; transformable to suit your needs, and indispensable when heading into the great outdoors.
Below, we unpack our favourite features from the 2018 NikeLab ACG collection.
NikeLab ACG Gore-Tex Deploy jacket
You control: Almost everything.
The main hero of the NikeLab ACG summer 2018 collection is the Gore-Tex Deploy jacket. The jacket—made of three layers of Gore-Tex—consists of several characteristics apparent in the other pieces of the collection. The lightweight and breathable Gore-Tex fabric is optimally used to protect you against wind and water. The modular Deploy pocket can be hidden inside a zipped compartment for greater security, while multiple zippers on the front and underarms allow for greater airflow when needed. And when you don’t need the protection, the jacket can be worn like a backpack thanks to the convenient interior carrying straps. In short, your must-have adventure companion.
NikeLab ACG Fleece top
You control: The hood.
It’s an unexpected material for summer, but the use of lightweight fleece makes sense when you consider how unexpected the weather can be in our neck of the woods. While the fleece keeps you warm when temperatures dip, the detachable hood and three-quarter sleeves allows for airflow when it gets warm. Bonus: the hood is designed with ear slots to easily slip in your earphones while still keeping your head covered.
NikeLab ACG Variable pants
You control: The length.
What looks like a normal pair of woven pants has actually been treated with a durable and water-repellent finish. Designed with comfort in mind, the NikeLab ACG Variable pants has an extended crotch length for unrestricted movement and a nifty hem-adjusting feature. The hems can be tightened and raised—depending on your preference or situation—using the bungee cord and button attached.
NikeLab ACG Deploy cargo shorts
You control: The storage space.
Those fixed pockets on typical cargo pants are a thing of the past with NikeLab ACG. These pockets are designed with two-way zippers that allow you to customise how you would like to access your items. Whether you secure your pockets to the side or front of your shorts, you will always have easy access to the same storage compartments that are fully zipped for maximum security.
NikeLab ACG Variable T-shirt
You control: The sleeves.
In its standard form, the T-shirt looks like any regular-fit T-shirt. But, upon closer inspection, it features a hidden snap button on the shoulder seam that connects to a button on the sleeve, converting the T-shirt into a muscle tank. Or connect the two snap buttons on each sleeve together for a tapered fit around the arms. The fabric is also sweat-wicking, providing extra comfort in our humid tropical climate.
Nike ACG is available at Dover Street Market Singapore, 18 Dempsey Road, from 1 June 2018.