Portland, Ore. / Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2018) – adidas today unveiled the special edition Nations Pack, featuring the adizero Afterburner cleat, Icon cleat and Icon trainer, designed specifically for the 2018 Major League Baseball® (MLB) All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
MLB All-Stars Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees), J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox), Edwin Diaz (Seattle Mariners), Joe Jimenez (Detroit Tigers) and Sean Doolittle (Washington Nationals) will debut the special edition cleats when the best of the National and American Leagues take the field to face-off in this year’s Midsummer Classic at 8:00 PM (EST) on July 17.
As the MLB roster becomes more global, adidas created the Nations Pack to convey the international nature of baseball. Inspired by the heritage and cultures of all of the adidas Baseball athletes that make up the rosters of America’s Pastime, the Nations Pack is a tribute to the game of baseball being as much of a melting pot as the country that the sport originated in.
Cut from a single massive tapestry, the Nations Pack weaves together influences from the 18 flags of each adidas Baseball athlete’s home country, including Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands.
With a jacquard-quilted texture that mimics the woven nature of country flags, each cleat and trainer is covered in a distinct section of the multinational tapestry that is uniquely its own, with the right cleat different from left, and each player’s set of cleats different from another player’s cleats. As a whole the special edition pack is fused together for a common look to signify the inclusivity of the baseball community and to honor the international footprint of baseball.
2018 All-Star Game adidas Baseball ‘Nations’ adizero Afterburner Cleats
Built for speed and designed to make a statement, each of the Nations Pack adizero Afterburner cleats feature a specific portion of multi-cultural tapestry. The iconic 3-Stripes are embedded on each cleat’s outer edge. Additional detailing includes a heel pull tab for ease if entry and red and blue branding on the sockliners and heels for a patriotic touch.
The adizero Afterburner, the lightest cleat in the game, takes the baseball cleat silhouette to the next level by incorporating a sneaker profile and redefining fit, feel and lightweight construction. With a refined shape that is sculpted to be aerodynamic and wrap around the foot in order to provide a sock-like feel, the new TECHFIT breathable, compression bootie allows for flexibility and movement through the ankle, while an articulated heel helps deliver a lockdown sensation that makes the cleat feel like an extension of the foot for multidirectional movement and control.
At the forefront of innovation, design and craftsmanship, the adizero Afterburner is engineered with a lightweight upper with a reinforced abrasion toecap to help provide structure for lateral movements and sprints between the bases. Additionally, a textured, stripped down heel panel is designed to keep the weight of the cleat towards the ball of the foot for maximum acceleration.
The comfortable yet durable upper sits atop a full-length LITESTRIKE EVA midsole for increased cushioning and comfort. Inspired by track spikes worn by the fastest athletes on the planet, the adizero Afterburner is powered by a PROTRAX cleat configuration set within a holographic plate to provide dynamic acceleration and traction.
2018 All-Star Game adidas Baseball ‘Nations’ Icon Cleats
The Nations Pack Icon cleats pay homage to the multicultural identity of America’s Pastime with the same jacquard-quilted tapestry as the adizero Afterburner and Icon Trainer. Featuring a sneaker inspired upper, the Icon design sits atop a full-length Energy BOOST midsole to provide game-changing comfort, while the plate features PROTRAX cleat configuration provides dynamic acceleration and traction.
2018 All-Star Game adidas Baseball ‘Nations’ Icon Trainer
The Nations Pack Icon Trainer is designed to showcase style and built to clock in hours at the batting cage and practice field. The trainer incorporates the same design details as its cleat counterparts, but also pays homage to this year’s All-Star Game home city of Washington D.C. with a textured, monument-like sole representative of all the marble landmarks central to the Nation’s capital. The tongue top features a white home base graphic with a red adidas logo inside of it, complimented by royal blue inner lining with 3-Stripes on the toe.