Jordan Football Uniforms Unveiled Comment Count

Ace August 2nd, 2016 at 2:16 PM

via Michigan's new apparel site, which also has many detail shots

Michigan officially unveiled their new Jordan brand football uniforms in a totally understated setting this afternoon, and for the most part little has changed except the logo. This is good, especially if you're a fan of the all-white road uniforms. I count myself among that number, and so does Jim Harbaugh:

Nike did make a few minor alterations. The number font is new, which you can see in both the '4' on the home uniform and the '2' on the road. The road uniforms now feature two sleeve stripes (late 80s/mid 90s style) instead of the three they wore last year [edit: my mistake, it's still three stripes—the bottom one was hard to see] and the sleeve numbers have moved from the side to the top of the shoulder. The rest is the same, and mercifully clean, too—I was worried the Jumpman logo would be too large, and that's not at all the case.

There is one major change, and it's to the most legendary aspect of the uniform:

I'm ambivalent about the paint style of the helmet, but I might be in the minority there.

I'll hold off on diving into color analysis—at first glance, both the maize and blue look a little darker than past years—until we get some photos in normal lighting.



August 2nd, 2016 at 2:20 PM ^

Yeah, it's hard to tell the colors with the lighting they used.  The blue looks a bit purple and the maize looks lighter in some shots.  The full uniform pictures did not show the B1G logo, but the bust picture does, so I guess it's there.

All in all, I like.

Sauce Castillo

August 2nd, 2016 at 2:20 PM ^

I'm a big fan of everything Nike did.  Nothing is overwhelming.  Love that we kept the all white roads and I think the matte helmets will turn out great, but there is obvious skepticism with any change.  The biggest point we should be making is MAIZE!!!!


August 2nd, 2016 at 2:21 PM ^

I think they look pretty good. I don't see it as a big deal that the helmets are slighty different if the colors are right. And the faceguard matches the stripes. I think the look of these new concussion reduction helmets changes the look more than a difference on the gloss level of the paint, personally. 

As far as the pants go, I would like to see an all blue uniform at some point just to see what it looks like. Wouldn't maybe mind that as an alternate.


August 2nd, 2016 at 3:42 PM ^

Come to think of it, I wonder if what Nike was going for here was something different altogether.  It's hard to tell in these photos but this doesn't look like a "traditional" matte, rather something in between glossy and matte.  My guess is that Nike was going for a light reflection similar to that of leather.


Those who want people off their lawn because of the move away from glossy helmets are forgetting that before them, there were probably even older people wanting whippernsappers off their lawn when original leather helmets converted to plastic.


If an iconic leather helmet sheen is what they were going for, it would actually be a pretty clever troll by Nike. 


August 2nd, 2016 at 2:26 PM ^

But  when I said so in the other thread was admonished to leave this electronic medium as my "old guy" fashion-sense was clearly outdated.

Either way I do like them.  And I LOVE the white pants so I'm pretty happy with the whole thing to be honest.

Pepto Bismol

August 2nd, 2016 at 2:50 PM ^

You selected Jake Rudock who was the only guy on the field with baggy sleeves.  Find a guy like Peppers with the tight sleeves and you can't even see the stripes.


(Also, I accidentally upvoted you when trying to click on the 2015 link.  This isn't bad enough to turn that into a neg, but just know those two points are iffy.)

Pepto Bismol

August 2nd, 2016 at 3:22 PM ^

I get it and you're allowed an opinion.  Myself, I can't get worked up over unseen stripes in a player's armpit.  But that's neither here nor there.

I just didn't think it was fair to throw a QB out there who always has the most prominent sleeve stripes flapping around due to the baggy cut of the arms.  Comparing two tight sleeves makes it much less glaring of a change.




August 2nd, 2016 at 2:35 PM ^

I can't believe that you got down-voted just because you had a different opinion.  

I'm with you on the pants.  Michigan's colors are Maize and Blue.  It would be nice to emphasize the colors that are part of the part of the school's "brand".

I don't think that the white pants look too bad.....they just don't scream "Michigan".  I'd rather see them once per year (Homecoming?) or something along those lines.



August 2nd, 2016 at 2:25 PM ^

Not gonna lie, as a fan since the 80's that has only ever known maize pants, I'm sad. I have nothing against the whites as alternates or even as a one season thing. But the fact that this is just what we're gonna wear going forward is a bit of a kick to the chest.

At least the people that don't like the helmets can take comfort in knowing it won't be a "from now on" thing.

Lots of teams wear white pants. Only one wears maize. Or at least, one did.


August 2nd, 2016 at 2:26 PM ^

Other than personal aesthetic preference, I don't get this sentiment. White pants are a part of Michigan history (albeit a smaller one), they look sharp and are clean and classic so as not to take away anything from the helmet, and they are our head coach's very strong preference. Why not just embrace them?

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August 2nd, 2016 at 4:50 PM ^

I guess it's easier to associate them with Penn State because we see them so often and they are (unfortunately) part of our conference.

Like I said before, they look sharp so it's not a total loss.  But I much prefer your avatar over the white on white. 


August 2nd, 2016 at 6:08 PM ^

I've been lobbying hard for us and Ohio State to both wear home and home unis - blue and red jerseys - when we play The Game.

This picture gives me an idea . . . I think when we play Penn State we should both wear away and away unis - both wear white jerseys like in the picture - when we play.  

Really fuck things up, just for fun. 

Nobody will know what the hell is going on.



August 2nd, 2016 at 2:50 PM ^

is that I ALWAYS hated the piping on the road unis, and wished they'd make this EXACT jersey with maize pant. 15 year-old me is weeping, knowing that the uni I always wanted was so close. 

Only complains about Nike so far? Hockey jersy looks bleh, and the women's track unis look like the University of California to me.

Blue In NC

August 2nd, 2016 at 3:46 PM ^

I've known the white pants but I much prefer the maize pants.  Sure, the white look okay but Michigan was one of the few with Maize pants, plus I just like the contrast better.  Overall, I like the new jerseys but it would be close to perfect if the road unis had maize pants (with whites as an alternative).

Wolverine In Exile

August 2nd, 2016 at 2:25 PM ^

I'd go with semi-gloss or satin. they have a little sheen to them (see the photo of the Jourdan Lewis mockup), but they're not the clear-coat high sheen / new-car-finish seen in previous years. The bowl year matte helmets were definitely matte... they had little to no shine on them, even in bright sunlight.