Nike is making headlines this week for a new piece of gear that they are adding to their collection: a hijab.
Called the Nike Pro Hijab, it’s made out of a lightweight, breathable polyester. As one of the world’s leaders in sports apparel, they figured it was time to add the gear for Muslim women to their catalog. It has been about a year in the making and will be available for purchase in the spring of 2018.
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Athletes can purchase the Nike hijab for about US $35 and will have their choice of black, grey or neutral colours.
The design of the piece is coming with an elongated back– a feature which is there to ensure it will not come untucked when an athlete is in motion.
The sportswear company is happy to say they have had the input of hijab-wearing athletes in the design phase. Those athletes include a runner too. Manal Rostoma is a Dubai-based runner and triathlete who worked with Nike on the development. Other athletes include Zahra Lari– the United Arab Emirates’ first figure skater and Amna Al Haddad, an Olympic weight lifter, also from the United Arab Emirates.