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Nike announced earlier this year that it would launch a Pro Hijab in the spring of 2018 in an effort to better serve Muslim female athletes. If you’ve been patiently awaiting its drop, you’ll be happy to know you can actually get your hands on one today, thanks to an early limited release.
Nike’s hijab is lightweight and made of a super stretchy mesh polyester; the brand wrote in a press release that its goal was to create something that felt “inconspicuous, almost like a second skin.” It’s available in two colors, black and obsidian, with additional options like white and gray launching in January. Right now, the hijab is offered in XS/S and M/L sizing.
Other cool and functionally sound design details to note are the elongated back to ensure that it doesn't come untucked with certain uniforms during activity and the fluff threads used at the neck and face to minimize the rubbing and irritation that usually occur when athletes sweat.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Nike athlete and Olympic fencer featured in the Pro Hijab campaign, typically competed wearing a hijab made of doubled georgette material that gets heavy and stiff when wet, making it difficult to hear during matches.
“It really sunk in how much my previous hijab was hindering my performance when I tried the Nike Pro Hijab,” Muhammad says. “Suddenly, I could hear, I wasn’t as hot, and it felt like my body was able to cool itself down better and faster. The Nike Pro Hijab will help advance the conversation around hijabs and Muslim women in sports and further make sports an inclusive space.”
With Nike being one of the first mainstream companies to step into the modest activewear space — following in the footsteps of lesser-known brands around the globe that have paved the way for the category to exist at all — we can only hope other industry giants will follow suit.
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