The Nike React Gato sneaker was expressly created for futsal, a type of soccer that's played indoors on a smaller field with a different ball size and just five players on each team. This footwear design leverages Nike's Touch360, Flyknit and React technologies to enhance movement, durability and comfort.
The design of the boot was created based on studies from the Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL) that observed directional forces and player controls. After identifying that there are four times the touches, twice as many shots, and about four times as many goals scored during a game of futsol, Nike developed a footwear design with flexible “touch pods” that give wearers more feedback from the ball underfoot.
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