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Two of Nike’s Best Running Shoes Get a New Look


Jun Takahashi is best known as the founder of the Japanese streetwear brand Undercover, but for many, exposure to his work may come through Nike. That’s because Takahashi is a runner, and in addition to co-founding the Tokyo-based run club Gyakusou International Running Association, he’s been working with Nike for nearly a decade on Gyakusou, a collection of running apparel that blends Takahashi’s streetwear inclinations into performance-driven pieces.

The Spring 2019 Gyakusou Collection just surfaced, and the collaboration looks to be one of the most interesting yet. Much of it is apparel — there’s a running jacket called Transform that has a top portion that can be removed, mid-run; and tights that use targeted compression to minimize seams — but there are also new colorways of the Vaporfly 4% and Pegasus Turbo that’ll have runners and streetwear fans elbowing for sizes. One of our staff members even admitted, “I’ve never wanted a pair of 4%s until now.”

The Spring 19 Gyakusou Collection is available as of February 28.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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