Sherin Sultana, an occupational therapist and a Muslim-American woman who wears a hijab, has "mixed views" on Nike's Pro Hijab, similar to Manzoor's.
"I think it's great that such a large corporation has finally recognized the need for more comfortable head-covering for [Muslim women] athletes, but it's a little too late," Sultana said. "There are many Muslim-owned companies that have been making breathable workout hijabs to cater towards women who cover, but smaller companies obviously don't get as much recognition."
Asiya, Capsters, and Artizara are among the list of Muslim brands that design athletic hijabs. Prices range depending on quality and style.
"I'd say the range for an athletic hijab is between $15 and $45," Manzoor told NBC News, adding that she owns four athletic hijabs from different brands. "If you're a really [dedicated] athlete, you may go for a more high-end one, but for a fellow hijabi like me who just uses the treadmill most days for an hour or two, I won't spend $45."
Is it consideration for Muslim women — or a blatant cashing in on a culture that has been meeting its own needs just fine?
Nike's Hijab Pro will cost around $35 — not exactly on the bargain end of the spectrum. Though it's a bit more than she likes to spend, Manzoor say she's curious and will likely buy one.
"I am willing to give anything a try and am looking forward to seeing what the Pro Hijab will look like," said Manzoor. "I also saw that they're working with famous [Muslim] athletes, so that pulls me and I think other Muslims in."
While no Nike product is particularly inexpensive, Sultana wonders whether the Pro Hijab is being released from a place of genuine consideration for Muslim women — or if it's more of a blatant cashing in on a culture that has been meeting its own needs just fine.
"Nike launching their own line really advertises a bigger price tag," said Sultana. "It kinda seems like it's more for the money than the need."