The N98 Track Jacket from Nike was a tribute to the never surrender spirit of the 1998 Brazilian National Soccer Team. Evident when striker Ronaldo suffered an epileptic seizure the night before the Final against France, only to be reinstated into the game later. Fitted to the team’s “true form”, the N98 was also the centerpiece and debut for the first Brazilian National Kit designed by Nike, a partnership which last till this day. And so with the next FIFA World Cup fast approaching, the design team at Nike Sportswear decided to reinvigorate those same vitality once again in the launch of the N98 Track Jacket for Spring 2010.
As the signature piece within the Nike Sportswear Spring 2010 Apparel Collection, the N98, short for National 1998, will be incorporated throughout the line. In addition, Nike designers added a new premium interpretation in the form of Gore Windstopper material, laser-cut RiRi zipper enclosure and reflective piping.
The designers also focus on several new tenets in creating the new N98, which include:
The Fit – flexible and easy to wear. Built with double knit fabric, flat knit ribs, and true-fitting shoulders.
The Details – from flat knit rib collar and cuffs, bonded seams, to double-welded, zippered pockets.
The Finish – effortlessly comfortable, with inner seams and pockets built with the same refined finish as the outside.
The Stripe – from medal stands to the street, the look of the N98 has been worn by the best in sport for over a decade.
Crafted – our commitment to craftsmanship, from materials to construction. We sweated each step so you can push it as far as possible.
More importantly, the jacket exhibit those same notions today as those 12 years ago, and still with the same ease From Medal Stands To The Street.