Athletics Far East Chino

Go from skateboarding to boardrooms in Nike Sportswear's new articulated-knee pants


Turning a working-stiff staple into a highly-technical pant, Nike’s new forward-thinking chino reminds us why Nike remains a benchmark for everyday athletic wear. Ever improving on current designs, this latest rendition of Nike Sportswear‘s previously released Selvedge Chino introduces simple but gainful updates like articulated knees, two hidden seam pockets and reflective inseam tape under their Athletics Far East label.

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By subtly pronouncing the knee area with monotone stitching, wearers gain flexibility and a slightly sportier look. But ditching the large taped seam pocket from the previous Selvedge model for two smaller pockets helps keep the appearance more muted.

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A stash pocket hidden along the upper belt line is great for storing a house key, a few dollars or anything else you need to keep on the DL. And when you want to get noticed, rolling up a cuff reveals reflective inseam tape on the interior seams of each leg to increase wearer visibility while bike riding at night.

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As part of the Spring/Summer 2011 AFE collection, the pants will be in short supply. Dropping mid-April, a very limited run will sell exclusively at NSW’s stand-alone 21 Mercer store in NYC for $170.

If you dig these, keep an eye out for our full look at the top chinos for spring later this week.