PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nike unveiled new football uniforms and cleats Tuesday afternoon, technology that has been in the works for more than a year.
Nike says the Vapor Untouchable Performance System is the lightest, most durable yet.
“It’s a game changer,” says Todd Van Horne, Vice President and Creative Director of Nike Football.
Nike has been innovating uniforms and cleats for many years, but Van Horne says, this time, it’s different.
“[We change our uniforms] whenever we have significant innovation.”
The cleats weigh only 9.5 ounces, the lightest yet, and have a carbon-fiber cleat plate.
The uniforms have several improvements, including fewer panels which will change the way players move, as well as fewer seams, eliminating rips.
NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk was at Nike’s announcement in Beaverton and tells KOIN 6 News when he started in the NFL 21 years ago, this technology didn’t exist.
“We used to tape our jerseys to our pads.”
Faulk admits he is jealous but excited to see how this technology could change the game of football.
The University of Oregon Ducks will be the first team to wear the uniforms in their January 2 bowl game. The NFL will debut the uniforms in the Pro Bowl.