NFL uniforms just got a lot more creative thanks to Nike acquiring the rights to be the league’s official outfitter. Reebok had the rights for the last 12 years.
A representative from each team was in New York for the unveiling. Defensive end Robert Mathis — who recently signed a new four-year, $36M contract — modeled the Colts uniform.
No big change, except for a Nike swoosh and different material. The new speed uniforms help repel sweat and fit players more comfortably.
One noticeable change throughout the league will be in the shoe department. A custom-color shoe will be created for each team and replace the generic black and white shoe.
The Colts shoe:
Another noticeable difference is at the collar. The new Nike uniform features a flywire neck that players will like because it keeps the jersey down and in place.
If you want more details on the uniform changes, Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba goes in-depth in this video.
Explanation of the changes from Nike:
- LIGHTER - The Nike jersey and pant, wet or dry are lighter than previous versions
- FLYWIRE TECHNOLOGY - Eliminates layers, reduces weight, and provides lockdown fit
- ZONED MESH VENTILATION – Provides cooling zones for optimal thermoregulation
- ZONED STRENGTH - High tenacity, stretch material, for lightweight lockdown strength.
- CUT FOR MOBILITY – Four-way stretch, hydrophobic materials enable range of motion wet or dry.
- STRETCH TWILL NUMBERS – Four-way stretch even on numbering system
- CUSTOMIZABLE BASELAYER PADDING – Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong baselayer with integrated lightweight, Deflex padding offering customizable flexible protection.
- DEFLEX PADDING - Lightweight, flexible impact protection integrated into top “hit zone” areas
- ALUMINUM D-RING BELT - Aircraft-grade aluminum D-ring belt reduces weight.