The NFL’s Nike Elite 51 Uniforms

April 3rd, 2012 by Larry


Nike unveiled uniforms for all 32 NFL teams today at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The system, known as The Nike Elite 51 Uniform, is truly the next generation in superior lightweight performance delivering a fully integrated system of dress for athletes at the highest level. Nike offered key technological upgrades to all 32 NFL teams, and each team’s management decided what features to include in their team’s 2012 uniform set.

The key features are:
LIGHTER –The Nike jersey and pant, wet or dry are lighter than previous versions
FLYWIRE TECHNOLOGY- Eliminates layers, reduces weight, and provides lockdown fit
ZONED MESH VENTILATION – Provides cooling zones for optimal thermoregulation
ZONED STRENGTH – High tenacity, stretch material, for light weight lockdown strength.
CUT FOR MOBILITY – Four-way stretch, hydrophobic materials enable range of motion wet or dry.
STRETCH TWILL NUMBERS – Four-way stretch even on numbering system
CUSTOMIZABLE BASELAYER PADDING – Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong baselayer with integrated lightweight, Deflex padding offering customizable flexible protection.
DEFLEX PADDING – Lightweight, flexible impact protection integrated into top “hit zone” areas
ALUMINUM D-RING BELT – Aircraft-grade aluminum D-ring belt reduces weight.

Check out this interactive tech sheet for a guided tour of the uniform upgrades.

Want to see what some of these uniforms look like up close? Check out my instagram images from the event after the jump.

Alex Smith answers questions about the Nike Elite 51 Uniforms

While staying true to their traditional look, the Dallas Cowboys actually integrated a few of these advancements into their uniform. The most obvious addition is the flywire collar.

The Atlanta Falcons chose not to integrate any new technology into their helmet, jersey, or pants. Why do you think upper management in ATL was so resistant to change? Do you think it’s because Mr. Blank doesn’t want to rock the boat with an already fickle fanbase? Perhaps he was afraid to change color-blocking to accommodate for the integrated tech? I do like the Falcons uniforms as is, so I guess I’m still happy with the way they look. I was hoping to be wowed, but I’m not disappointed.

Michael Vick answers questions about the Nike Elite 51 Uniforms. The Philadelphia Eagles were also one of 5 teams that decided not to change their existing uniforms. Perhaps there is equity in what they’re rolling with and they don’t want to change for the sake of changing? I guess I can respect that.

The Carolina Panthers haven’t integrated much of the new offerings yet, but they did get a logo update. The Panther now is sleeker, has simpler color-blocking, and now has matching whiskers.

The Seattle Seahawks did get a complete uniform update and I’ll be reviewing them in a separate article, coming up shortly.

Finally, design-wise, we don’t see many visual changes among these uniform sets, but I imagine that there will be some exciting changes coming in the next few years as this is just the beginning of Nike’s relationship with the NFL. Also, teams are only allowed to change their uniforms once every 5 years, so I imagine more teams will be hungry for new looks as those deadlines expire.

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  1. Janssen Says:

    change the panthers uniforms

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