The latest Nike US Mens national team jersey was revealed today at Niketown New York. US national team coach Bob Bradley was at hand to reveal what will be one of the most environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced soccer kits in football’s history. The kit has been inspired by 1950 US team and the “Miracle on Grass” and Walter Bahr (the US captain at the time) was on hand to help with the unveiling and also to answer questions.
Looks wise, it is an all white jersey, with blue detailing around the neck. The Nike swoosh on the right breast is also the same color. From the top right to the bottom left of the jersey, there is a slightly gray tinted strip, adding an extra dynamic to the kit.
The Jerseys have been created from recycled polyester, taken from plastic bottles. Basically, Nike sourced plastic bottles from landfills in Japan and Taiwan, melted them down and produced a unique yarn that was turned into the fabric used in each jersey. It takes around 8 bottles to produce one jersey, so overall nearly 13 million plastic bottles, totaling nearly 254,000 kg of polyester waste, will be taken out of landfills. That is a whole lot of trash!
On top of creating the jerseys from recycled material, Nike have designed the kit with the South African climate in mind. The full kit has been designed to keep players drier, cooler and more comfortable, ensuring that players are able to keep an optimum playing body temperature throughout the game. From experience, every little helps, especially when temperatures are really hot. Nike have improved their Dri-Fit technology by creating a 15 percent lighter fabric. This helps keep players dry by drawing sweat to the outside of the garment where it evaporates. Ventilation zones have been placed on each side of the jersey to enhance breathability, and are combined with a fabric that increases air flow by up to seven percent compared to previous kits. Along with the US, Brasil, The Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, and Slovenia will be wearing these unique jerseys.
You can order the jersey at Soccer.com, where you can also get it fully customized with your name and number.
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