Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the 2010 Nike Miami Hurricanes ‘Pro Combat’ Jerseys were unveiled in New York today and safe to say, “it’s an orange thing”.
Before we type another word, we already know that a portion of this fan base hates the jersey, a handful of folks are simply “okay” with it and the rest of you love it. This isn’t Nike’s first rodeo and that is always the case with new jerseys.
In 1995 when Nike took over, many spent there rest of the decade clamoring for the old Russell Athletic belly shirts. When Miami got new-look jerseys in 2000, some wanted the old mid-90s look back. When another new change came in 2004, people wanted the 2000-style back. So on and so forth.
People said the hated the ‘Revolution’ jersey in 2005, yet we sold out of them almost instantly. A portion of the fan base thought last year’s Pro Combat gear was putrid, yet we had to special order four extra batches … and still get emails on a weekly basis inquiring about a jersey that’s since been sold out since April.
This year’s Pro Combat jersey isn’t for everybody … but enough fans will dig. Those who don’t, so be it – don’t buy it. Either way, do remember that you’ll merely have to stomach this all orange look for about four hours on November 20th and hopefully at the end of the game, Miami will have waxed Virginia Tech and no one will give a damn what gear anyone is rocking.
For those who DO care, here’s the scoop on our end:
– allCanes will stock Pro Combat jerseys and they should be a few days before kickoff.
– We will also stock a few t-shirts from the line, caps and as many of the gloves as Nike will allot us.
– The more we know from Nike, the more you’ll know. Follow our Facebook page, allCanes Radio and allCanesBlog.com for updates.
Below, the official release from Nike earlier today:
“Speed has been the University of Miami’s calling card for decades. Every position on the field is manned by a player who can run like a track athlete. Miami’s success at recruiting speed has forced other programs to replicate their approach in an effort to literally keep up. This year the ‘Canes will fly around the field against Virginia Tech on Nov. 20 in a brazen edition of the Nike Pro Combat System of Dress, leaving flashes of orange and silver in their wake.
The unapologetically bold Team Orange jersey and pant, paired with a chrome Fir helmet, revive a look ‘Canes fans haven’t seen since the 1970s. Nike designers incorporated a tonal Fir palm-frond print emblematic of South Florida within the jersey numbers and at the shoulders. It is also seen in a band placed at the back of the waist and down the sides of both pant legs.
Split geometric numbers are inspired by the school’s asymmetrical “U” logo. The iconic “U” mark in reflective Silver rests on the knee on the left leg. Designed to be seen from behind after a Hurricane blows past his opponent, school nickname “The U” is embroidered on the back of the waistband in metallic Silver. The “U” logo also is used on both sides of the helmet and forms on the gloves when the palms face outward.
Footwear in Black with Team Orange and Fir accents feature the tonal speed-palm pattern to complete the commanding ensemble.
A powerful expression of ‘Canes attitude, the Miami Nike Pro Combat System of Dress also delivers significant performance benefits. The uniforms are 37 percent lighter than current designs, relieving players of extra weight in a game that demands top speed. The four-way stretch twill fabric rapidly sheds sweat and water, ensuring that even when wet, these uniforms are lighter than their standard issue counterparts when completely dry. Dual-density foam padding provides critical protection and greater mobility than traditional pads for unencumbered speed. The Nike Pro Combat base layer allows for specific pad placement to suit every position, providing a highly customized solution.
The game of football has evolved. Players are stronger and faster, collisions more forceful. For the Miami Hurricanes, the Nike Pro Combat System of Dress delivers unmatched lightweight protection in a formidable head-to-toe package.”