Nike announced this week that they have developed a new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform for nine teams that will be worn during select games between now and March Madness. The nine schools that were selected for this honor have all won National Championships wearing Nike footwear and apparel. The teams include Arizona, Baylor (women), Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn (men and women), and last but not least, the University of North Carolina.
Aesthetics aside, the uniforms utilize the most recent innovations to spawn from the Nike labs. These uniforms were designed “at the intersection of sustainability and performance”. Even though the prominent color is platinum, these uniforms are also green. The fabric of the shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester and the jersey fabric is made from 96% polyester. These sets are also five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. I’m not sure if you have worn the previous set but there isn’t much too them and they are already incredibly light. At some point I don’t think I mind a little weight. I don’t want to be out on the court feeling like I’m wearing a plastic baggy around my loins.
As I mentioned before, the prominent color for all the schools will be platinum but each will feature the school’s colors as accent colors. This has already started to cause a stir with some of the fans from each school but to them I say relax, it is only one game. Although, UNC will be wearing their set on senior night. I imagine some seniors dreamed of wearing Carolina blue on their final home game so I can understand that but as long as they win, everything will work out just fine.
The back of each jersey will sport a full Aerographics panel with a blown up version of their logo (i.e., a large interlocking NC logo for Carolina). I thought that choice was a little weak but the best part is that the back will contain one star for each of the school’s national championships with the corresponding year. Carolina is looking nice with 5 stars across the top (only to be outdone by Kentucky’s 7). The stars are in the location where the nameplate normally is sewn so I doubt that they will have names on the back of this set but we shall see. Nike also took some liberties with the team name that normally adorns the front of the jersey. For example, UNC classically states North Carolina on their traditional set but for these, it simply states Carolina. Other changes include Zona (Arizona), Cuse (Syracuse), and Gators (Florida). Another interesting difference I saw was that UCONN’s accent colors are black and red instead of navy… and I have to say I like it. One last observation on the new set. I noticed a slightly different design on the Elite socks in the photos. I’m sure that if my son notices them he and all of the other kids will soon be trying to find out where to buy them. In fact, if any of you notice where you can buy any of these pieces, please let me know.
The dates and match-ups for when these uniforms will be seen in action are found below. If you look closely you will notice that all of these match-ups are against schools who support Addidas or Under Armor… coincidence? I think not.
If you know me well you know that I am brand-whipped by Nike. I am generally in full support of anything they put out and these are no exceptions. Would I like to see Carolina move to these full-time? No… but I am glad to see the innovation continue and pushing the edge with style and performance. I have included photos of the UNC set but you can see the rest by clicking on this link.
Dates include UConn vs. Notre Dame (1/29), Kentucky vs. Tennessee (1/31), Duke vs. Maryland (2/11), Baylor (women’s) vs. Texas A&M (2/11), Florida vs. Tennessee (2/11), Syracuse vs. USF (2/22), Arizona vs. UCLA (2/25), UConn (women’s) vs. Notre Dame (2/27) and UNC vs. Maryland (2/29).