'Chain Maille Mesh?' Nike pulls wraps off new Ducks uniforms
But what sets the uniforms apart, according to Nike, is use of a new mesh material which the company touts as lightweight and breathable.
Not going to lie... I love Michigan's traditional uniforms, but I wouldn't hate playing for Oregon and getting sweet stuff every single day
Recruits actually eat this stuff up. I would too if I were a recruit going through the process.
Yeah, plus I've toured Schembechler hall and was wowed. Yet from what I understand and pictures I've seen, comparing it to Oregon's facilities is like comparing a holiday inn to the ritz carlton.
S.Hall Is probably our 'ugly duckling' facilities-wise. Luckily, A remodeling is scheduled within the next year.
And yet, Oregon has never been a powerhouse in recruiting. They've managed to put together a top 10 recruiting class only once in the past ten years.
I never said that uniforms are the reason why kids pick schools. Recruits just seem to really enjoy the uniforms when they come on their visits.
Recently we have seen pictures of recruits wearing the jerseys when they visit. It is pretty clear that they enjoy that. It may be minor but it is a tool used by many schools.
Oh yeah? How many Top 10 seasons have they had? I think they are getting the guys they want/need.
Do recruits really care that much about one-off uniforms, or is that just one of those marketing catchphrases that goes around?
I'd say they don't really care. I mean, it's cool (if that's what you like) but nobody is picking Oregon BECAUSE of their uniforms constantly changing. The coaching staff, distance from home, style of play, facilities, etc, all matter more. In fact, I see constant changing of uniforms actually hurting a school as they aren't as iconic and legendary as a traditional Penn State or Texas uniform.
I see you play NCAA Football Dynasty mode too! May I add that recruits always seem to find Pro Potential to be a very high characteristic while Academic Prestige always seems to be the least! What's that about?!
I don't know what kind of rules they have in place for unis, but I could certainly see this being an issue with players selling or trading their endless supply of jerseys. Of course, as we learned with another school that starts with "O", this sort of thing isn't a big deal in the eyes of the NCAA
Must have been getting a lot of complaints about the 6 ounce jerseys weighing the players down.
I have to laugh at how the apparel manufacturers keep going on about how lightweight their jerseys are when literally 99% of the weight a football player is wearing on his body is in the pads and helmet.
Oregon's uniforms are usually atrocious. But these actually look pretty sweet. I think their plan must have been to get everyone to hate their normal uniforms so that when they pull out a ProCombat or a Chainmail Mesh everyone gets a positive vibe.
I'm a sucker for the all-whites, especially if those numbers are green or black. If they are actually red like they look, then they are just okay IMO. I read an article on them earlier which stated that the leg pads are already built into their pants and that their belt loop 'D' ring is made of aircraft grade aluminum.
These really aren't too drastically different from last year's. The green ones were worn in this past season's Rose Bowl against Wiscy. But the numbers on the white jersey make me sick. I don't like the shine and/or color in the slightest, they would be hard to watch on TV. This isn't a fashion show with glittery tops, fergodsakes. This is football.
aren't most helmets shiny?
I think they had some matte finishes. I know for sure they did when they wore their all black unis.
I believe the base armor class of a fighter or cleric wearing chain mail under the original 1st edition rules was 5. (Just in case you were wondering).
than Sybil had personalities...
That white uniform looks more like Arizona State. Are they adding maroon to their color scheme or is that just the light?
Or you wouldn't see it reflected back.
I don't understand. They have to add maroon to make their uniforms shiny?
I'm saying that you only see colors that are reflected back (this goes for anything), so it isn't just the lighting. If the color wasn't present in the number, you wouldn't see it, regardless of the light source.
First, here's Paul Lukas' blog regarding these uniforms. (link)
Inside that is the rumor that these helmets will be part of the mix this year:
I like the metallic green actually - they would work well with any of the variations mentioned in the photos posted by the OP. Lukas was not a fan of the revisions to the feathered shoulders, but I happen to like the change.
Cutting edge? The aesthetic palate is expanding, for better or worse.It's only a matter of time before some manufacturer takes the next giant step towards the bottom. Nd and Maryland should be ashamed of themselves.
Nike has been claiming their uniforms were already as lightweight and breathable as possible for at least 20-years now. How much more lightweightier and breatheier can they have possibly gotten?
I can't stand marketing. Their first rule is that people will simply believe whatever BS you tell them.
Kenny Demens may be a transfer risk!
Most egregious marketing bullshit around new uniforms: when Nike came out and claimed the belt buckle was 50% lighter or some shit. Man, you had to be one of the biggest suckers in history to think you were gonna run faster because your belt buckle was lighter. "Kids eat this stuff up" is proof that some kids are idiots, not proof that it's a good idea to have a lighter belt buckle.
Now those will be lightweight and breathable
Oregon has a tradition of having no tradition.
and delivered it through advertising and other corporate means. The experiment is inconclusive although currently robust.
What are the odds someone sitting on a USC blog can tell you anything about Wisconson/MSU uniforms off the top of their heads? Or what could any of us say about Arkansas uniforms? TCU? Oregon is that level of school in the Pac, and every time they do this they're in the news, and everyone gets to hear about Oregon in ways they would not based on historical (or even recent, IMO) success.
This is their counter to seeing Michigan top a "best helmets" list with ND (pre 2011), Texas, Penn State, USC and Alabama every single year. I'd say it has worked so far.
I'm waiting for the Oregon Hyper Color unis that change colors.
But i love those chrome domes
What were Oregons actual school colors again? It's been so long since they've worn them I forgot...
Nevermind, I found it, lol
I think a dividing line between those who love and those who hate Oregon's uni's is those who yearn for a type of product impossible to find these days--ones meant to last--and those who have generally grown up in, and appreciate, the ability to purchase ever-new products. Pull up a chair, younguns', and let me tell you about a time, not that long ago (by my measure, anyway), when you could get an iron on your wedding day and give it to your grandchildren. 100 years ago, people passed their shoes down to their children. Now, people buy new phones every year and I won't even talk about watches because everyone just uses their cell. One side isn't right or wrong, but I feel each side loses something by not appreciating the other. Writing on the wall is that traditions like Michigan's will fall away, as is already starting to happen with PSU and ND. Now get off my lawn.
I'm old school - I wear a watch so I can glance at the time more sneakily & people don't know I'm bored. I love when I'm teaching bio 101 & I see freshmen awkwardly fishing their cell phones out of their pockets to see how long we have left. I saw what you did.
The best part about having 6373+ uniforms is that they are easily forgotten if you have an awful one every now and then... Our bumblebee uni's will haunt my memory for eternity
Some Michigan fans might have a heart attack, but I would like to see matte winged helmets for a game. I think it would look cool.
I just had one READING about the idea.
Get off my lawn.
From the Nike website:
- The completely re-designed number system was inspired by the shape of a mallard’s feathers. These larger, bolder numbers maximize legibility on-field and accent the uniform colorway.
Whaaaaa? Anyone wanna help me with that one?
Whaaaaa? Anyone wanna help me with that one?
Sure, I'll translate.
"Our marketing department was desperate to find a way to tie our newly designed crap into the tradition of Oregon in some way, since there is really no link whatsoever. Some intern we have mentioned that ducks have feathers, so we are making something up about the numbers looking like duck feathers. We are using the term "mallard" just to sound fancy, as if we actually put thought into this. As for a "uniform colorway" we have no idea what that even is, but since you don't either you won't be able to tell us that what we said isn't true.
Go buy lots of replica uniforms please. Paying all these marketing people is really expensive."
Chuck laughs at this new material called "chain mail", seems that Nike had mesh jerseys back in '96 too. #retroisthenewnew
WIKKED SIKK DOGG
yaaaaawwwnnnnnn.........lemme know when an offseason passes and Oregon wears the same thing they wore last year.....THAT would be news.
P.S. - are those uniform numbers brown, or perhaps maroon? They look like USC.
Oregon will be the first football team to have carbon fiber pads. Book it.
Actually, Oregon apparently tried to at least develop a carbon fiber helmet - old article here.
Basically, even though carbon fiber has high tensile strength and a great strength to weight ratio, it has poor impact resistance. An equally old update is at the end of this article (early 2010), stating that, of all schools, Michigan State considered (or, was considering, at the time of writing, pending talks with Nike) this route as well, including pads.
These don't really look that different from what they wore last year. I think they're starting to run out of design ideas.
Good for them for branding their team. I applaud them. It must be awesome to have an athletic dept that respects your team brand.
I heard "Frequency and Badassness of Uniform Change" is being added as a recruiting conversation topic in NCAA '14.
I wondered what ever happened to him after Thirty Something.
That hand axe might be against NCAA regulations.
I thought Oregon's older uniforms were terrible & ugly, but eventually, after enough experimentation, they started getting better. Now I generally like Oregon's futuristic style. It works for them, but I wouldn't wish it on Michigan. We have our own thing.
Would be cool to see Michigan do alternate jerseys by changing up the finish on our colors. Metallic paints on the helmets and finish on the maize jersey numbers like Oregon has would look cool for a game against the dark blue backdrop without really changing much.
being on probation
...but I really grew to like the "diamond plate" accents they wore when Dennis Dixon played there. They've gone downhill design-wise since then, but the good news is that they're so fast on the field that it's hard to notice what they've got on unless you're reading articles like this.
That's what happens when Nike founder is an Oregon alum.
Michigan's are great. Oregon's are great. Notre Dame's Soldier Field unis are awful.
I actually like it
Is it just me, or is the shock value of Oregon's uniforms worn off?
It's like catching an SEC coach in a lie: At first you were outraged, now you come to expect it.
completely worn off for me. at this point, I'd be surprised if they didn't do it.
I may be off base with this, but as many have said the kids eat this stuff up. I think it definitely gives them an advantage over all other teams.
Or it could be, y'know the fact that they've gone 34-6 (25-2 in PAC) under Kelly. Or that they've went to 2 Rose Bowls and a Title Game. I think that's what kids are eating up, not new jerseys
winning speaks volumes, but having Nike in your back pocket pays dividends as well.