April 30, 2014 BY Aaron Kr. / 39
WEAVE vs. KNIT
In one single layer, the XX9 design team was able to create structure and support in all the right places. Like Nike’s Flyknit technology, the weaving process on the XX9 allows for the intricate engineering of just about every millimeter of the shoe to make certain areas stiffer or softer, more breathable or more reinforced. But while some of the basic concepts are very similar, JB’s performance-woven upper has some drastic differences that set the two significantly apart.
Flyknit is created through thicker knitted threads while the XX9’s upper is done with a super thin weave. While that might not sound all that different, think about the difference between a knitted wool sweater or a Champion crewneck. While they’re similar in general theory, they’re miles apart in the way they feel, look, and flex. In this case, the XX9 is obviously the crewneck and provides more of a rugged battle-ready shell with a futuristic look to boot.