Tennessee unveiled their updated Nike uniforms for the 2017 season today. And for those of you hoping for completely new uniform designs in terms of colors or combinations, you’re going to have to keep waiting. But what the Vols did reveal is still an upgrade over what they had last season.
The Vols had “photo day” today, and the official UT Twitter handles were tweeting out pictures of players wearing the new Nike threads and some new cleats. Tennessee’s new uniforms are part of the Nike Vapor Untouchable line, which is Nike’s newest line of uniforms for collegiate and NFL football teams.
Before we show the pictures, here’s a breakdown of what exactly is different between the Vols’ Nike uniforms last year and what they will look like this year:
Nike Mach Speed (old) on the left. Nike Capor Untouchable (new) on the right. For those wondering the difference in the Vols uniforms. pic.twitter.com/AoEAlXzEHP
— Chad Fields (@CfieldsVFL) July 26, 2017
As for what Nike has to say, here’s what Nike’s website states about the Vapor Untouchable uniform:
“The Nike Vapor Untouchable uniform features an all-new chassis with minimal seams and fewer panels (five each in the jersey and pant) than traditional builds, current industry standards and previous Nike uniforms. ‘We removed all of the seams from the front of the jersey and shoulders to help improve stretch, mobility, range of motion and durability — insights we’ve taken directly from our athletes. This creates a shrink-wrap fit, resulting in fewer grab points for the opposing team,’ explains Nate Retzlaff, Nike’s Design Director of NFL and NCAA Apparel.”
Nike’s site goes on to state that the new Vapor Untouchable uniform only weighs 20.4 ounces, a whole four ounces lighter than current Nike uniforms.
Here’s a comparison using photos from last season and ones UT took today.
The Vols’ 2016 jersey:
As you can see, last year’s uniforms had more lines and seams throughout the body of the uniform, especially near the chest and shoulders. Now here’s a look at the updated Vapor Untouchable line:
The Vols’ new uniforms have far fewer lines and seams making for a much cleaner, better quality look on the jersey. They definitely have a “cling wrap” look about them.
Additionally, here’s a look at Tennessee’s new Nike cleats with a checkerboard design on the bottom of them:
The Vols will don their new uniforms starting on September 4th when they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech to open up the regular season.