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Adidas TechFit unis in NCAA-F

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A couple weeks ago, Notre Dame was saddled with the tag of having a high school-level defense, speed-wise. Can 30 percent lighter uniforms make up the difference?

Notre Dame and adidas announced Monday that the Irish will wear new TECHFIT jerseys beginning this Saturday against Western Michigan, outfits that according to a press release feature "a ground-breaking compression fit" and weight "30 percent lighter than standard football jerseys."

As for the technicalities of the redesign, the release described them as such: "A streamlined fit, new fabric, reduced seams and an ultra-lightweight name and numbering system. In addition, the Notre Dame TECHFIT jersey keeps players cool with integrated ventilation zones and moisture management fabric."

Six other adidas schools will debut the new TECHFIT jerseys this month: Michigan, Louisville, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, UCLA and Tennessee.

per chicagobreakingsports.com

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sorry if this is behind the times, search returned nothing, only related to MLS.

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I'm looking forward to the day when all football players wear "Space Bag" technology and have to be vacuumed before they hit the field to make sure not one thread can be grabbed by a defender.

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Interesting, especially considering the Irish got new Adidas-style jerseys earlier this year...

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I'm looking forward to the day when all football players wear "Space Bag" technology and have to be vacuumed before they hit the field to make sure not one thread can be grabbed by a defender.

Ha Ha.

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It must be an absolute biotch to get those things on and off. I couldn't imagine it being a very easy process if they're so damn tight.

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It's kind of odd, seeing ND a program who in the past has been very traditional, and holding onto it's traditions, taking such big leaps forward in the aesthetic dept...

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And as a side note, because it's fresh in my mind after Island Style posted this Orlando Sentinel pic in the Florida orange jersey thread:

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I find the evolution of pads, sleeves and jersey fit amazing and, in a way, disturbing. (And I'm not really sure I believe Emmitt Smith's performance would be altered by a significant percentage in today's game -- or vice versa.)

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Texas A&M wore the Techfit jerseys this past saturday. So much for Notre Dame "premiering" the new uniforms. They looked very nice and clean. Are these the same uniforms that the Giants and Colts have been wearing this season? If so, that explains why Adidas went away from the 3 bar pants stripe to this zig zag pattern so that the stetched pants don't appear all distored. I noticed many of the players struggled with keeping their pads inside the uniform during play.

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Let's make this the TechFit thread.

Louisville will have them too. No word on witch game, but it won't be this Friday's against Cincinnati.

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And a comparison to normal jerseys:

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The biggest surprise to me is that ND (and Adidas as a whole) appears to be going matte with the new template. And seam-wise, these look to be much better looking than the monstrosities they started the year with.

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I wonder if all the TechFit material is going to be more of a matte look? If it is, with Nike and now adidas going to the matte look, football is about to get a lot less shiny. I'd assume that other adidas schools like Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas, etc., will be getting these next year.

adidas is really starting to step up their game on the uniform front at the college level (both basketball and football) after trailing Nike in terms of innovation. Interestingly enough it appears to stem from their NBA and NFL (adidas owns Reebok after all) affiliations.

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Good for ND. The jerseys their QBs were wearing looked like blouses...

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Good for ND. The jerseys their QBs were wearing looked like blouses...

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that's been annoying the crap out of me. that's at least one bonus hopefully.

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no more shiny fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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old on the left

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It looks like these are the same jerseys that the New York Giants are wearing.

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Guys, Adidas =/= Reebok, these aren't the jerseys NFL teams are wearing

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Guys, Adidas =/= Reebok, these aren't the jerseys NFL teams are wearing

Adidas owns Reebok, so yes I bet these jerseys are very similar to the new NFL jerseys Reebok has been experimenting with.

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old on the left

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It looks like these are the same jerseys that the New York Giants are wearing.

Man, that's a sharp basketball jersey!

Wait, what?

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Guys, Adidas =/= Reebok, these aren't the jerseys NFL teams are wearing

Adidas owns Reebok, so yes I bet these jerseys are very similar to the new NFL jerseys Reebok has been experimenting with.

Shows what I know

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Guys, Adidas =/= Reebok, these aren't the jerseys NFL teams are wearing

Adidas owns Reebok, so yes I bet these jerseys are very similar to the new NFL jerseys Reebok has been experimenting with.

Shows what I know

For example, compare this

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to this:

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Check out the shoulder seam, the shoulder stripes, and the sleeve numbers.

Similar size, placement, etc.

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from deerpark12 on volnation

The Giants and their equipment manager Joe Skiba helped adidas/Reebok develop these jerseys in practices and games over the last 4 years. They were first seen in a game three years ago as a couple of Giant players tested them out in the last 3 games of the season the year they went to the Super Bowl. The Giants and Packers had been wearing these jerseys in practice off and on all-season.

The Giants were the first team to switch their entire team over to them last season. Most of the Jaguars wear them as well. Some players of the Arizona Cardinals wear a variation of them that adidas/Reebok is experimenting with to use the new technology while still allowing the designs and side panels to maintain their look. Players on every team have the option to wear a variation of them with their team's design. Some have, some haven't. The NFL wanted every team to move to this style of jersey, but some players don't like the tighter fit and some owners don't like the way their designs look with the new material.

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