The Oregon Ducks are on their way back to the Rose Bowl where they”ll face the mighty Wisconsin Badgers. Being Nike’s flagship college football team (proximity pays, kids) has its ton of perks, including getting “the most advanced football uniform system ever assembled” for said bowl.
That’s how Nike describes the new Integrated Football Uniform System that U of O will wear in the big Rose. The latest, greatest innovation to the uni is Nike Chain Maille Mesh, a super lightweight and breathable material that allows for max real-time ventilation.
Eleven different materials comprise the jersey and pant, with 16 mats overall pulling the fit together. There’s the Maille Mesh which is coupled with Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding in the hip and knee areas, a reimagined base layer, strategically placed seams and cooling areas, low-pro padding for efficient “hit zone” protection, and a Flywire collar that vetoes two layers of material for added breathability and structure.
Over top all of the nuts-and-bolts innerworkings is Ducks aesthetics. Nike tweaked these latest unis by redesigning the number system with an iridescent surface akin to that found on mallard feathers, placing an armored wing design to beef up shoulder strength, and a new helmet with bright wings over a LiquidMetal mirrored finish.
“Nike’s relationship with the University of Oregon represents a forward-thinking approach to innovation and design. Our goal is to help build better athletes by providing them with state-of-the-art-innovation combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of their heritage” said Todd Van Horne, Nike’s Creative Director for Football. The latest Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniform delivers more on-field performance benefits than ever before while pushing the limits on creativity and design. The Oregon Ducks truly represent Nike’s approach in developing athletes from the inside-out.”
“Oregon represents the gold-standard when it comes to merging science and innovation with athletic performance and we are excited to continue our partnership with Nike by unveiling the next iteration in uniform innovation for the Rose Bowl” said Oregon Ducks Head Football Coach Chip Kelly. “Nike always starts by listening to the voice of the athlete as they continue to bring the most intuitive technology to the game.”
Watch for the Ducks to don these duds against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 2nd.