Clemson to wear special Nike uniform on Saturday

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Clemson's Nike Pro Combat uniform

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BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 23, 2009) – On Saturday, November 28, the Clemson University football team will take the field wearing the Nike Pro Combat uniform, a new system of dress and the lightest football uniform Nike has ever created. Clemson will be one of eleven elite football programs to debut the Nike Pro Combat uniform this month before they are officially introduced to the broader market at the start of the 2010 season.

Clemson is joined by the University of Florida, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Miami, Virginia Tech, the University of Missouri, The Ohio State University, the University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas and TCU as the schools debuting the Nike Pro Combat uniform this month.

Nike designed the Nike Pro Combat uniform to address the evolution of the game: today’s players are stronger and faster and the collisions are more violent and explosive than ever before. Nike also worked with coaches and administrators at Clemson to bring inspiration to the Nike Pro Combat uniforms that the Tigers will wear on November 28th.

According to Clemson University officials, the game pants will be used on a one game basis only. The team will return to their traditional game pants after November 28.

Superior Lightweight Innovation

The Nike Pro Combat uniform is 37 percent lighter than current designs (673 grams vs. 1,061 grams). Nike utilized a four-way stretch twill that does not hold sweat or water and as a result, the new uniforms are 46 percent lighter than the current designs when wet. Overall, the Nike Pro Combat uniform, when wet, is still lighter than the current Clemson design when completely dry.

Designed from the inside out, the Nike Pro Combat uniform begins with the Nike Pro Combat padded base layer. Strategically placed padding zones in the Nike Pro Combat Deflex shorts cover the thighs, hips, and tailbone. The padding zones are comprised of dual-density foam cells that absorb, deflect and disperse the impact of on-field collisions. A foam grid intersects the cells to maximize impact absorption and increase flexibility. A hard plastic shield covers the thigh padding where impact frequently occurs.

The Nike Pro Combat Deflex shorts are made with Nike Dri-FIT technical fabric to provide superior moisture wicking, helping to keep players dry and cool.

With the padding incorporated into the base layer, players gain greater mobility over traditional padding and the outer uniform becomes a lightweight, breathable shell with a sleek, explosive look.

“Players need their uniforms to be as light as possible so they can play the game at top speed,” said Kris Aman, Global VP and General Manager for Nike Athletic Training which includes football. “The Nike Pro Combat uniform is a modern system of dress that is dramatically lighter while providing durability and protection.”

Nike scrutinized every detail of the Nike Pro Combat uniform with the goal of shedding as much weight as possible, right down to the D-ring on the belt. Nike opted for a titanium D-ring, which is extremely durable and 66 percent lighter than the standard steel belt enclosure.

Engineered high-tenacity yarn inspired by Nike Flywire is incorporated into the high impact shoulder area. The belt loops have been padded to provide added protection to the hip area without the bulk of traditional hip pads.

The new uniforms also feature improved ventilation and breathability. Side ribbed-piping on the uniform pant has been replaced with sublimated Nike Dri-FIT mesh, which not only shaves grams off of the pant weight, but also aids evaporation in key areas. Nike Dri-FIT mesh wraps behind the knees, a key cooling zone on the body. By adding innovative evaporation and cooling zones, the player’s body expends less energy regulating body temperature, leaving more energy for the game.

Completing this true system of dress for football is the new Nike Zoom Vapor Fly cleat, which Nike customized for Clemson featuring the Tigers team colors, team logo, and chrome-plated outsole. This incredibly lightweight cleat at just 10 ounces is available in 2010. It features Zoom Air cushioning in the heel and Flywire engineering in the medial and lateral quarter panels.

Inspiration to Succeed

Nike designers immersed themselves in Clemson Tigers history and lore to bring inspirational cues to the look and direction of the Nike Pro Combat uniforms. The new look is best described as “modern classic.”

Nike designers gave a nod to the Clemson look from the early 1980’s, including the undefeated National Championship team from 1981, when creating the Tigers’ Nike Pro Combat uniform.

The front of the jersey features a simple bold number font with a traditional purple outline. An iconic tiger paw is on the front chest and on the jersey sleeves. On the pant Nike added a bold, speed stripe of orange.

Head coach Dabo Swinney dubbed the team mantra for the season, “ALL IN,” which is embroidered inside the collar of every jersey.

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Clemson to wear special uniform on Saturday
Soon they will be testing uniforms like they do with
Maybe I'm old school. Don't really like the 'look' but the
Sounds like the next Coot excuse
Dr Claw
....hey, it worked for Michael Phelps!
Don't like the pants, but maybe they will look better while
Yeah, instead of Tigers on the back of the pants...
Dr Claw
LINK?, What do they look like?***
The link is at the top of the article if you read it.
any time :)***
I like 'em. They have a somewhat traditional look.
Why aren't the PAWS on TOP of the shoulder pads?***
Some fresh cleats though.***
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Re: Clemson to wear special uniform on Saturday
Not really. Nike is just flexing their muscle......
Well they by far look better than what FSU wore this past
the article says FSU was wearing some of these... is that
One of 11?
good question.***
Good Guys Wear White??????
I find it a bit disturbing
tiger co-op
Re: I find it a bit disturbing
Is that not the function
Does this mean that CJ and Jacoby are 37% faster now....
Per Einstein, that is theoretically impossible.***
built-in excuse for the Coots
Don't like pants, but if we win play naked for all I care.***
Where is Jad Dean to model for us?***
Re: Where is Jad Dean to model for us?***
OMG it's #55 too
As long as Spiller wears the pants, not just a towel :) ...
Re: As long as Spiller wears the pants, not just a towel :) ...
I love the look, even the pants. Very cool.***
Best statement of this article ....................
Re: Clemson to wear special uniform on Saturday
Tiger Rag Fishing Team
The Jerseys are old school just new material.
I agree.
kiggity we have to hear another excuse******
So you all ##### if we are not one of the "elite" teams
I like the white pants we already have...***
Re: Clemson to wear special uniform on Saturday
I love the "ALL IN" inside the collar.***
Another excuse for the Coots: Unfair uniform advantage***
So they "immersed themselves in Clemson history" for this?
The cleats and gloves are SICK....the only thing I don't
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