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Nike KOBE 8 Apparel Collection

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Accompanying the release of the Nike Kobe 8 System releasing later this month, the Kobe 8 apparel collection takes inspiration from Kobe Bryant's eighth signature sneaker, as well as the Black Mamba himself. The collection, designed by Nike Basketball's Michelle Walter and Sean Butterly, features individual pieces that allow athletes to customize their looks and performance needs based on their personal preferences or playing conditions. The standout item takes the form of the Component Jacket, combining four separate pieces highlighted by a ripstop water-resistant outer shell with a dual zipper. Adaptive options include a performance fleece vest for ease of movement, a lightweight Dri-FIT full-sleeved hoody for next level warmth and performance, and a fleece full-zip jacket for maximum heat retention. On the aesthetic front, the graphic and color inspiration borrows the Black Mamba motif from the Kobe 8 System, with additional design notes giving the nod to the Year of the Snake. Look for the Nike Kobe 8 apparel collection to launch December 20th, 2012.

Release Date: December 20th, 2012 (Thursday)