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Nike Introduces Its First Auto-Lacing Sneaker

Ever since Marty McFly threw on a pair of Nike Mags for the first time in Back to the Future II (1989), fans have been waiting for the day when sneakers could lace themselves. The company filed a patent for auto-lacing technology in 2010 and showed it in action with Michael J. Fox in 2015. Now, according to Complex, Nike has revealed that runners will soon be able to purchase the auto-lacing shoe in stores.

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 and its "adaptive lacing" system were introduced at a press event in New York City this week. With the help of sensors located in the heels, the lacing system activates as soon as the wearer puts the sneakers on. To adjust the fit, the wearer can press one of two buttons located on the side of each sneaker: the button with a plus sign to tighten, and the one with a minus sign to loosen.

While early prototypes came in the form of snowboard boots with a generator attached to the outside, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 features a small mechanism located under the foot.

Next up: Creating footwear that knows when the wearer wants a looser or tighter fit—and makes adjustments automatically. "That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive," Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said.

Nike hasn't yet shared the exact release date or price, but the company predicts that consumers will be able to purchase the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in three colors beginning this holiday season. The initial sale will only be open to Nike+ members.

[h/t Complex]

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These Super Realistic Ski Masks Let Your Inner Animal Come Out
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No matter how serious you are about your skiing performance, it doesn't hurt to have a sense of humor on the slopes. These convincing animal masks spotted by My Modern Met make it easy to have fun while tearing up the trails.

Each animal mask from the Canadian apparel company Beardo is printed with a photorealistic design of a different animal's face. Skiers can disguise themselves as a bear, dog, fox, orangutan, or even a grumpy-ish cat while keeping their skin warm. The only part of the face that stays exposed is around the eyes, but a pair of ski goggles allows wearers to disappear completely into their beastly persona.

The playful gear is practical as well. The stretchy polyester material is built to shield skin from wind and UV rays, while the soft fleece lining keeps faces feeling toasty.

Beardo's animal ski masks are available through their online store for $35. If you like to stay cozy in style, here are more products to keep you warm this winter.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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Learn to Tie a Tie in Less Than 2 Minutes
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For most men—and Avril Lavigne-imitators—learning to tie a tie is an essential sartorial skill. Digg spotted this video showing how you can tie one the simple way, with a tabletop method that works just as well if you’re going to wear the tie yourself or if you're tying it together for someone else who doesn't share your skills.

The whole technique is definitely easier to master while watching the video below, but here's a short rundown: As laid out by the lifehack YouTube channel DaveHax, the method requires you to lay the tie out on a table, folded in half as if you're about to loop it around your neck.

With the back of the tie facing up, you loop over each end, then twist the thinner of the two loops around itself so it ends up looking like a mini-tie knot itself. You'll end up nestling the two loops together and snaking the thin tail of the tie through the whole thing. Then, essentially all you have to do is pull, and you can adjust the tie as you otherwise would to put it over your head.

Unfortunately, this won't teach you how to master the art of more complicated neckwear styles like the fancier Balthus knot or even a bow tie, but it's a pretty good start for those who have yet to figure out even the simplest tie fashions.

[h/t Digg]

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