By Phil Hecken
Arizona State University, who only a few weeks ago introduced an entirely new set of uniforms, yesterday introduced their first new alternate for 2015, which they’re calling “Desert Ice” (and apparently this is the first of at least three new alternates for 2015). For those who don’t get the reference to the hed, last year, when ASU was still being outfitted by Nike, the team introduced “Desert Fuel” uniforms. Now that they’re with adidas, the fuel has turned to ice. The team announced they will wear these new unis on Saturday, September 5th when they take on Texas A&M at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
I actually really liked those Desert Fuel uniforms, but this new set … well … let’s take a look at what they introduced (for all photos below, you can click to enlarge):
First — the adidas hype photos
OK — at first glance, the uni looks pretty clean — white helmet, jersey and pants, with a GINORMOUS pitchfork on the helmet and pants, and copper lines and accents (numbers, wordmark, pitchfork on pants) throughout. I like copper (as I did on the Desert Fuel) and think it’s a great color (and sorely underused) in sports. That it’s being used by ASU, a team from The Copper State, makes sense. OK, it’s not a school color, but what are you going to do?
So, from a distance and first glance, I’m liking these — but as always, the devil (see what I did there?) is in the details. Lets see what the helmet looks like on a
First thing we notice is the pitchfork only appears on one side of the helmet — the other side has a number. Both are oversized. I’m definitely NOT a fan of teams who do this asymmetrical decaling. According to adidas, “Inspired by the school’s iconic logo, the ”˜Desert Ice’ design is centered around an oversized polished copper version of the pitchfork, which is highlighted with a metallic black outline and prominently featured on the helmet and pants.” The giant pitchfork on the helmet is about twice the size of the one on the Desert Fuel uni. It’s too big. The Desert Fuel helmet also was symmetrical with a center stripe — not so with this one. Not a fan. The helmet will also have an Advocare Texas Kickoff sticker on the back.
Lets move down to the jersey:
According to adidas, “the jersey features a polished copper shoulder pad design that incorporates a pitchfork spike theme into the stripes.” Fortunately, those are only visible from about 3 feet away. You’ll also notice there is a “trademark treadmark” pattern (these are the “Techfit” materials — or as the three stripes describe them: “Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels.”) They have a “PT42” patch on the neckline, and the ARIZONA STATE wordmark is black with a copper outline (and quite hard to read). On the side of the uniform, in tonal colors down the ribcage, it says “SUN DEVILS” (again, this will be impossible to see at any distance, thankfully).
Despite all of the little idiosyncrasies (like the pitchfork pattern in the copper elements), this is a pretty nice jersey. Yes, it’s not in school colors — but it’s a one off (at least this season), and while completely unnecessary, it still looks pretty sharp.
Onto the pants:
The giant oversized pitchfork (yes, we get it) is about twice the size of the pitchfork on the ‘regular’ white pants, and unfortunately, like the numbers and shoulder stripes on UCLA’s new uniforms, has ‘cuts’ in it. I’m not sure if there is any actual function to this, but since we don’t see this particular element anywhere else on the uniform, it’s disjunctive. It’s also waaaaaay too big. I’m definitely NOT a fan of these pants.
Overall, I’ll need to see the uniforms in action to render a final opinion, but from what I’ve seen so far, I think adidas has gone overboard with the oversized elements. The copper is great, and the jersey looks solid — but the helmet’s asymmetry and the humongous pitchforks distract, rather than add, to the uniforms looks. Maybe from a distance those elements will pop (which is why I’ll need to see them in action), but for now, I’m not as impressed with those as I was with the Desert Fuel unis.
OK readers — now it’s your turn — what do you think? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments down below.
(Big thanks to Joey Artigue, from whom I grabbed the 2014/15 comparisons, as well as the helmet sticker grab, as well as to Arizona Republic for photos used in this story.)
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
First up today is Jerry Chavez who has some new USMNT concepts:
First off, please forgive the crude, pixel nature of the designs. Only have your basic MS Paint to work with.
I tend to favor more classic looks when it comes to sports unis, and sometimes less is more.
I think the US Soccer badge needs desperate updating. With the blue stripes, stars that come dangerously close to claiming 3 World Cup titles, and the outdated “US” with a shooting soccer ball, it’s time to clean it up a bit.
And we close today with Kennen Boone who has three new LA Clippers concepts:
I have tons of uniform designs that I would like to display. I have designs for all NBA, NFL and all the major college football teams. An opportunity to display would be highly appreciated.
Attached are three Los Angeles Clippers jerseys. The home, road and a red alternate. The alternate logo is on the waistband of the shorts.
Thank you very much for checking out my designs.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s latest offering — the road grey shirt — and it’s now available for ordering. Obviously, this one is pretty straightforward, but it’s still plenty handsome. In fact, I think this is my favorite design we’ve done so far (click to enlarge):
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: The Awesome News we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The Chicago White Sox will wear their collared “leisure suit” 1976 throwbacks next Thursday, 8/27 (thank you Paul)! Here’s what the original specs looked like (h/t Todd Radom). Sadly, the collared jerseys won’t be paired with shorts. Paul asked the ChiSox, “The 1976 jerseys were worn untucked. But the photo you sent shows the Majestic tag on the front shirttail — does that mean that the players will be wearing them tucked in? Or will they just leave the tag exposed?” who replied, “Majestic modified the uniforms and the players are wearing them untucked and the tag will not be showing.” Awesome. Those unis have to be untucked. … The Lakewood Blue Claws will be wearing “New Jersey Jerseys” next Thursday (8/27) for “Celebrate the Garden State Night!” (via Lakewood Blue Claws). … The York Revolution (Atlantic League) will have industrial-themed jerseys for tonight’s game (h/t Ryan Tilley). … The Sugar Land Skeeters will wear these special Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana inspired jerseys on August 22. … Last evening the Hillsboro Hops paid tribute to the Portland Mavericks, the legendary independent 1970s team that was immortalized in the documentary “Battered Bastards of Baseball” (h/t James Venes). Here’s how those looked on the field — MONOCHROME RED! (also from James). Here are some more good shots (h/t MiLB Promos). … Nice stirrups (are those golf socks for sanis tho?) for the Rockland Boulders last night (via Rockland Boulders).
NFL News: Last night, the Cleveland Browns wore white jerseys with brown pants and socks and it looked just awful. (Not everyone agreed with this assessment, however). If you want to see more photos, click here. … One of the contributors to FanSided has ranked the “10 ugliest” NFL uniforms of all time. … Does this screenshot from Madden give us a look at the Super Bowl 50 logo? (nice grab by Kylo Ren). … Check out this neat 49ers football field ‘vehicle’ (thanks, Brinke). … The Broncos have given the teams against whom they will wear their alternate blue tops (h/t Cody). They’ll will wear blue jerseys w/white pants vs. Green Bay on Nov. 1 & blue jerseys w/blue pants vs. OAK on Dec. 13 (h/t Denton Talbert). Here’s a bit more on that.
College/HS Football News: “It looks like smarter heads prevailed in my home town when the school district didn’t allow coaches to glorify members of the military in public schools,” says Michael Putlack. “There certainly is enough of that already.” … Check out these North Pole, Alaska High school football unis. Joshua Dryer notes, “Captain America inspired. ‘Patriots’ mascot.” … The website 247 Sports had an article on the Big XII, in which they list the top 3 uniforms (but no ranks below that). … Here’s a good before/after shot of the improvements at LA Tech’s football stadium (via Sutton Davison). … According to this piece, Color-Changing Helmets Won’t Just Minimize Trauma, They’ll Detect It. … Yesterday, Michigan State introduced new alternate jerseys with bronze shoulders. … Here’s a look at the evolution of the ‘Beaver Dam’ (from OSU Beaver Dam). … Seems like adidas and ASU aren’t quite though with new unis: from Conrad Burry: Via an Adidas catalog, a render of the Arizona State “Hammer” alternate uni. And this is the front page of the catalog (also from Conrad). … Speaking of ASU, per Christian Moffett: Comparing the Under Armour collection to the adidas collection in the 2015 ASU bookstore magazine. … ASU also got a special Desert Ice football. … “From a Wyoming release, look at the number font — a harbinger of new Wyoming uniforms, using the old UCLA font???” writes Tim Dunn. … Players at Alabama high school get to put the decals on their own helmets before first game, writes Phillip Tutor. Here’s a gallery. … Hazel Green (AL) is “channeling their inner Ohio State with these new uniforms” says Clint Richardson. … We saw Harvard’s new unis yesterday, but here is a good close up of the matte helmet (h/t Patrick Thomas).
NBA News: A reader who wishes to remain anonymous sent in these 2015-2016 NBA Referee Uniforms. “New Uniforms, including alternates (for games where teams wear grey uni’s). New Pants (flat front), Jackets stay the same from last year, Black for Reg Season, Blue for playoffs, White for Finals.” … Ooohhh: check out these Miami Heat unused logos from 1987! Says submitter Brandon Manzione, “I found these Miami Heat logo concepts from 87 while doing a search on google newspaper archive.” … Yesterday on Twitter, the Kings hinted at baby blue throwbacks for the 2015-16 season. Of course, we already knew this when the when the NBA catalog was leaked, but still — nice to see it almost confirmed.
Hockey News: Here’s a wonderful shot of an old school game between the L.A. Kings and Oakland Seals (from PressRoomGFS). But Mike Styczen points out the NHL Seals never wore that uni, while Chris Creamer notes they did wear them in the preseason. Finally Teebz chimed in with “WHL Seals in the Western Hockey League prior to the NHL ’67 expansion. Years and jerseys are accurate.” Hmmm. … [sarcasm font]Oh, good[/sarcasm font]: “Adidas already preparing for 2017 NHL Advertiser Draft.” … Check out this pocket schedule from the St. Louis Blues 1980-81 season featuring goaltender Mike Liut (h/t Keith Spisak). … We saw the possible Islanders ‘First Year in Brooklyn’ patch the other day, but here’s how it looks on a sweater (h/t Teebz).
Soccer News: According to Football__Tweet, AS Roma’s new silver third kit has been leaked & it’s quality. Nike have excelled themselves big time. … West Ham United has introduced a new third kit (via &rew). … New third kits announced for Chelsea (h/t Tyler). If that article doesn’t work, here’s why. Fortunately I made a screen shot of the kit top and pants. Looks nice!
Grab Bag: Here’s a photo of the Wayne’s World set on display in New York City. Submitter Chris Flinn notes the 5 Chicago pennants. … 50 years ago yesterday, the Beatles played Comiskey Park (great shot from Bruce Menard). … NASCAR News: “The Mello Yello paint scheme returns to the #42 for the Southern 500 (an event in which many cars will feature throw/faux-back designs)” (from Chris Hickey). … “I just came across this short post on the design of the NASA “worm” logo and the “meatball” logo,” writes Andrew Moeschberger. here’s some interesting stuff, as well as a NASA design usage guide. The story and the usage guide.” … “So these guys who run this bro-bar outside of Montreal paid Kylie Jenner 200k to come and celebrate her 18th birthday (legal drinking age in QC) at their establishment,” says Patrick Guay. “Beforehand someone gave her a Canadiens jersey and they didn’t even bother using the proper name or number font.” … More NASCAR: “New for Throwback Thursday, a throwback paint scheme tracker,” from David Firestone. … “I caught this photograph at the Saratoga Race Course,” says Chuck Miller “The jockey’s silks brought two things to mind. (1) Has anybody else ever worn a peace sign as part of their uniform? and (2) even if you’re wearing a sign of peace, you still need to be escorted back to the jockey room by security.” … This is pretty cool — the evolution of the Pepsi logo (not sure why it’s on all white cans though).
And that’s all for today — and the week for me. Thanks to everyone who submitted for the ticker by e-mail or tweet. You guys have a great Friday and a better weekend, and I’ll catch you on Monday. Johnny Ek will take you through the weekend.
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