College Football

Breaking Down Oregon Football's New Uniforms for 2012-13 Season

Photo courtesy of Nike (via Facebook)
Photo courtesy of Nike (via Facebook)
Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 22, 2012

The Oregon Ducks football program has new jerseys. In other news, the sky is blue. 

Over the last few years, the Ducks, thanks to Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight's generous contributions, have rolled out new uniform after new uniform.

It's gotten to the point where Oregon has hundreds of different jersey combinations each season, but that's not going to stop Nike from continually rolling out improved looks.

Let's take a look at the Ducks' newest threads.

Note: A complete look at the pictures and descriptions can be found on Facebook.

 

"Fast Is Faster"

It's hard to convey "fast" in a jersey, which is apparently Oregon's main goal with the new jerseys, but somehow, I think it did it. 

Oregon often overdoes it with the colors and designs, but with this year's jersey (I'm talking about the one pictured above), it kept it under control and still made them incredibly sleek. The metallic helmet might be my favorite part, although every aspect blends together especially well. 

 

White on White on White on...Red?

Talk about sleek. 

The all white design is absolutely awesome, and if not for one small detail—the red numbers—these jerseys would have been my favorite.

Maybe it's just the lighting in the picture, but black would have made a whole lot more sense.

 

New Technology

I never really knew uniforms could go beyond cotton or polyester (thank you, George Costanza), but these futuristic unis go way beyond (via ESPN's Darren Rovell):

Nike's Oregon football uniforms this year use 16 different types of materials.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 22, 2012

According to Nike (via Facebook), the uniforms, thanks to "strategic cooling zones," are lighter in weight.

They have "high tenacity material" for added strength:

Flywire technology in the collar to help fit better:

The "aluminum D-ring belt" is "aircraft grade":

The pads are built directly into the pants:

So while the new sleek colors and intricate designs are likely what people will see first, know that Oregon's new jerseys go far beyond "ooh, pretty" this season.

 

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