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WHY NIKE X UNDERCOVER GYAKUSOU IS THE BEST RUNNING GEAR IN THE WORLD 

 

Nike's Gyakusou line blends the technical expertise of the Oregon based sportswear giant with the fashion forward brain and design nous of Undercover founder Jun Takahashi. We reckon it's the best running gear in the world, and here's why...

 

  

 

 

 

Jun Takahashi was approached by Nike to create and develop a performance running line. He was uninspired by what he saw on the market, and it was a perfect oppurtunity to design the running clothing that he liked. He began running in order to keep healthy and maintain regular excercise, but it has gradually become a way of life for the Undercover founder. Running keeps a rhythm to his weekly routine and acts as a way to clear the mind. The 10-15k he runs every other day is roughly five laps of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, where Takahashi lives. Everyone runs clockwise around the park, but he runs anti-clockise; Gyakusuo means 'reverse running' in Japanese. 

 

 

Gyakusou is the merging of Nike's vast technical knowledge and Takahashi's design philosophy and fashion tuned brain, but it is a running collection first and foremost. It is designed from a runners point of view and the designs are based on function vs shape and look. Takahashi had to understand how Nike uses performance materials and how they function, before putting it through his own filter and adding subtle detailing including colours, that he felt were missing in running clothing. 

 

 

Since the first Gyasukou collection was released in 2010, Takahashi has focused more on the running and technical elements and taken a step back from the design aspect. That is not to say the collection doesn't look good; it's probably the nicest looking running gear on the market. However, over time the colours have become a little more muted and subtle, and the technical innovations have come first. Takahashi founded the Gyakusou International Running Assosciation in Tokyo, where he and fellow members test and develop the products as they are designed. 

 

 

Efficient running clothing must overcome several hurdles, including performing to their maximum abilities in all weather conditions. The Gyakusou collection is versatile; jackets are waterproof but lightweight, meaning they can be worn in the harshest winter and warm summer days. Shorts and tights are light and breathable yet offer heat retention when the temperature drops. 

 

 

 

 

 Gyasukou tights
Nike x Undercover Gyasukou Dry Tight, Nike Flyknit Racer. 

 

 

 

 

 

Gyakusou shorts

Gyakusou shorts

 Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Dry Utility Short

 


The Dry Utility Short is built from a polyester and elastane mix with Nike's Dri-Fit technology, which pulls sweat away from the body and dries quickly. The knitted, breathable waistband provides ventilation as well as allowing heat to escape. The shorts feature two zip pockets at the front, one with an elasticated pouch to hold a phone or music player in place whilst running. The rear of the shorts features an exterior pouch which is also perfect for holding a phone or a water bottle. Smaller flapped compartments and a larger zip pocket are perfect for stowing your essentials including keys, money, debit cards etc. 

 

 

 

 

Gyakusou Jacket

Gyakusou Jacket


 NIKE X UNDERCOVER GYAKUSOU JACKET

 


Lightweight and moveable yet waterproof and breathable, this jacket is designed for all weather conditions. It is built from Nike's Storm FIT fabric, features taped seams throughout and allows for free movement when running and stretching. The interior pocket houses a special slip to hold your phone in place, as well as a small hole to thread your headphones through so you don't have to deal with wires everywhere whilst running. The waistband is easily adjustable whilst on the move and the graphics are reflective to add a nice safety feature. 

 

 

 

 

Gyakusou tights

Gyakusou tights

 
NIKE X UNDERCOVER GYAKUSOU DRY TIGHT

 


The Gyakusou Dry Tight is designed to hug your muscles whilst they work, and the mixed Dri-FIT fabric means they are breathable in warm weather yet provide much needed warmth to the muscles when the temperature drops. They feature a single zip compartment at the rear to store your valuables and all printed graphics are reflective.  

 

 

 

 

Gyakusou running

 

 

 

 

The Nike x Undercover Gyakusou collection hits the perfect sweet spot between good looks and functionality. Pieces can be mixed and matched depending on the weather conditions, and it is designed to blend in rather than stand out. In Takahashi's own words, the collection is harmonious; colours blend in with the environment and fabrics are silent when they move. It is a collection designed by a runner, strictly for running and it's that key factor blended with its sleek design and technical detailing that make the Gyakusou collection the ultimate running gear. 

 

 


Shop the Nike x Undercover Gyakusou collection for Men and Women below.

  

  • Free RN Commuter 2017 Running Shoe -

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouFree RN Commuter 2017 Running Shoe -£95.00UK5.5 / UK6 / UK6.5 / UK7 / UK7.5 / UK8 / UK8.5 / UK9 / UK9.5 / UK10 / UK11

    Free RN Commuter 2017 Running Shoe -

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Free RN Commuter 2017 Running Shoe -

    95.0079.17 ex tax

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  • Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouVest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouVest - Ink/Ink/Black£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Lt Orew

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Black/Black/Lt Orew£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Lt Orew

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Lt Orew

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Ink/InkBlack

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Ink/InkBlack£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Ink/InkBlack

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Ink/InkBlack

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Short - Black/River Rock/Dark Team Re

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouShort - Black/River Rock/Dark Team Re£93.00S / M / L / XL

    Short - Black/River Rock/Dark Team Re

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Short - Black/River Rock/Dark Team Re

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouHoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L£110.00S / M / L / XL

    Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    110.0091.67 ex tax

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  • Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouHoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black£110.00S / M / L / XL

    Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    110.0091.67 ex tax

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  • DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouDF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red£93.00S / M / L / XL

    DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouDF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss£93.00S / M / L / XL

    DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • SS Tee - Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouSS Tee - Black£38.00S / M / L / XL

    SS Tee - Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    SS Tee - Black

    38.0031.67 ex tax

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  • Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Orewood

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Orewood£110.00S / M / L / XL / XXL

    Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Orewood

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Orewood

    110.0091.67 ex tax

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  • Utility Tight - Cool Grey/Lt Orewood/

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouUtility Tight - Cool Grey/Lt Orewood/£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Utility Tight - Cool Grey/Lt Orewood/

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Utility Tight - Cool Grey/Lt Orewood/

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Utility Tight - Dark Team Red/Black/B

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouUtility Tight - Dark Team Red/Black/B£150.00S / M / L / XL

    Utility Tight - Dark Team Red/Black/B

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Utility Tight - Dark Team Red/Black/B

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouVest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Vest - Black/Black/Lt Orewood Brn

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouVest - Ink/Ink/Black£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Vest - Ink/Ink/Black

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Light O

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Black/Black/Light O£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Light O

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Black/Black/Light O

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Cool Grey/Cool Grey

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Ink/Ink/Black£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Ink/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Ink/Ink/Black

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouPackable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark£150.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Packable Jacket - Dark Team Red/Dark

    150.00125.00 ex tax

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  • Short - Ink/Cool Grey/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouShort - Ink/Cool Grey/Desert Moss£93.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Short - Ink/Cool Grey/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Short - Ink/Cool Grey/Desert Moss

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouHoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L£110.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Hoodie FZ FLC - Black/Dark Team Red/L

    110.0091.67 ex tax

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  • Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouHoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black£110.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    Hoodie FZ FLC - Desert Moss/Ink/Black

    110.0091.67 ex tax

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  • DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouDF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red£93.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    DF Knit Top - Black/Dark Team Red

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouDF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss£93.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    DF Knit Top - Ink/Desert Moss

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • SS Tee - Black

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouSS Tee - Black£38.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    SS Tee - Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    SS Tee - Black

    38.0031.67 ex tax

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  • SS Tee - Ink

    Nike x Undercover GyakusouSS Tee - Ink£38.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    SS Tee - Ink

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    SS Tee - Ink

    38.0031.67 ex tax

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  • 3QT Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Ore

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou3QT Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Ore£93.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    3QT Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Ore

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    3QT Pant - Black/Dark Team Red/Lt Ore

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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  • 3QT Pant - Ink/Cool Grey/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou3QT Pant - Ink/Cool Grey/Black£93.00XS / S / M / L / XL

    3QT Pant - Ink/Cool Grey/Black

    Nike x Undercover Gyakusou
    3QT Pant - Ink/Cool Grey/Black

    93.0077.50 ex tax

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