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One of the most popular names in sport
Member Name: JJJJ
Advantages: They make quality sports products
Disadvantages: Some of the fashion range are a little pricey
Founded in 1964 when it was known as 'Blue Ribbon Sports', the American sports manufacturer Nike has become renowned for manufacturing quality and much sought after sports equipment over the years. I use Nike products in all of the sports that currently participate in, including squash, golf, running, and even swimming. In this review i'll take a look at my favourite Nike accessories and how I use them.
The gentleman's sport
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Let's start with golf, and for many years it was Titleist who ruled the roost when it came to golfing equipment - especially regarding ball manufacture. Their ProV1 model was the benchmark for a quality golf ball, but Nike came close to knocking it off the perch when they released their Nike One ball. This little white orb saw its sales flourish when Tiger Woods adopted it as his ball of choice, and subsequently won a number of majors when using it. Although the Nike One isn't one of Nike newest balls, it was the product which made me take Nike seriously as a golf manufacturer. In terms of its performance, the Nike One is excellent to use with a soft touch on and around the greens and a lot of or spin can be imparted onto the ball when pitching. In terms of the cost, you can currently purchase a pack of twelve Nike One golf balls for around £20.
A Nostalgic look at footwear...
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It would be foolish to talk about Nike without mentioning their trainers - i've had all manner of Nike shoes over the years, starting out in my schooldays when (along with Reebok, Puma, and Adidas) Nike was one of the 'must have' brands. back in the early 90's all trainers had a gimmick - there was the Adidas Torsion (with what was known as the 'Torsion Bar' on the underside of the shoe - although what it did was anyone's guess); then there was the Reebok 'Pump', the Puma 'Disc' and of course the 'Nike Air' - the trainer with the bubble set into the sole. My Nike Air trainers were quite frankly ridiculous - shaped like a basketball shoe and bright orange in colour - really garish, but I didn't care. Nowadays my Nike trainers are much more subtle - I use their running shoes for jogging, and find them to be especially comfortable and hardwearing. In terms of the cost, Nike shoes are a little pricier than other brands, but in my experience they are worth the cost - the current range starts out at around £26 which is by no means extortionate.
Other Sports & Final Word
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Nike are a company who seem to be able to turn their hand to producing quality products for sports that are often dominated by other manufacturer's products. Take squash for example where it's Dunlop who rule the roost - here Nike make some excellent equipment including their 'Mulitcourt 10' court shoes which retail at only £19.99 from JJB Sports. Whilst on the court I also use Nike sweatbands which cost £3 for a pack of two from Amazon - they're comfortable and very absorbent.
Overall my relationship with Nike has been a good one over the years, and although I certainly don't buy their products out of loyalty to the brand, I do feel that the products offer a lot. A good marker of a product's quality is if you don't notice using it (normally we only notice wearing trainers if they rub), and this is certainly something that is true with the Nike.
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So what does the future hold for Nike? well if recent events are anything to go by, vehicle production may be the next step in the company's evolution. Sharing the same name as the company's flagship golfball, the 'Nike One' is a hypothetical concept car which was devised for the Grand Turismo video game... watch this space.
Summary: premium sports manufacturer
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