Wired’s High-Tech Olympic Gear

Wired magazine has a neat spread of high-tech Olympic gear, including a track shoe with liquid-crystal polymer threads, an $8,500 road bike from Specialized, Speedo’s controversial LZR Racer swimsuit, and a pre-race ice vest made to keep marathoners cool while battling Beijing’s baking August heat.

The pre-race ice vest was made to keep competitors cool while waiting to run.

The aforementioned track shoe struck me as most intriguing. According to the Wired piece, the Nike AeroFly shoes weigh 6.6 ounces and have uppers strengthened with “criss-crossed cables woven from Vectran liquid-crystal polymer threads—the same stuff used in the Mars rovers’ airbags.” The Wired article says Asafa Powell, a 100-meter world record holder, will sprint with the Martian spikes next week.

Nike’s AeroFly shoes.

Click to “Play Like You’re an Olympian With This Gold-Standard Gear” for the full story.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.