EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team will sport a new fashion look for the upcoming 2007 season. The new-look uniforms, manufactured by Nike, are made of a new more durable lightweight Cordura stretch material that is form-fitting for performance enhancement. The new material replaces the heavier knits of the past.
Nike product line manager Alec Mattison outlines the main technical details of the new uniform:
• innovative fit - The new jersey has an updated design and new performance fabrics, producing a tight shrink-wrapped fit that minimizes grab points for opponents to hang onto.
• weight reduction - Both the jersey and pant are made of lighter weight material.
• increased ventilation - A light-weight mesh has been added in areas that have traditionally been covered by non-breathable fabrics, like the upper back neck and under arms where heat can escape.
• improved moisture management - Both the jersey and pant are produced with Nike's most technical uniform fabrics that hold far less moisture, thus carrying less weight. This is a very significant feature, especially in the game pants.
While the fabrics utilized will be different, the Spartan uniform will visually maintain its traditional look. The Spartans will wear the traditional green jerseys at home games along with white pants, while the team will don all white (jerseys and pants) on the road. The new-look home and road jerseys still feature "MICHIGAN STATE" across the chest, but the font has been changed to match previous Spartan teams. Tackle twill numbers appear on the front, back and sleeves. A name plate, featuring tackle twill letters, has been added to the upper back, below a Spartan helmet logo patch. The pants are solid white with a Spartan helmet logo patch on the front left hip.
Minor changes also have been made on the headgear. The Spartan helmet logo remains affixed to each side of the headgear. A single white stripe has been added down the center of the helmet. In addition, 1 1/2-inch jersey numbers have been added to the back of the headgear. Double-digit numbers are divided by the center stripe.
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