Nike’s been sponsoring MX athletes Ryan Dungey and Bubba Stewart for a while, now it’s developed an all-new boot for the two riders dubbed the Nike AIRMX 6.0. Right now, Nike claims this boot is only being made for Ryan and Bubba, with no plans to market a consumer version, but we’d be very surprised if Nike, the company that invented celebrity athlete created and endorsed footwear, doesn’t eventually cash in on its investment with a production model.
As the boot is likely still being refined by the athletes, details of
its spec and construction are currently scarce. The main USP appears to
be weight – a claimed 2lbs per pair lighter than any other competition
MX boot – but improvements have also apparently been made to feel,
with a sole that’s a claimed 4mm thinner than the industry standard.
Looking at the pictures, the AIRMX appears to make extensive use of
carbon fiber, with a one-piece plate of that material running from the
ankle hinge, up through the shin guard. This being Nike and the word
“air” being incorporated into the boot’s name, we’d also expect some
use of air cells in the heel or elsewhere. The other thing that’s
immediately apparent from the pictures is how drastically slim the
Nikes are in profile, combined with the smooth insides, this should
free up room on the pegs and prevent the boots from getting hung up on