U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Speed and innovation are words that are indicative of the United States Air Force. Those words are now synonymous with the new football uniform that will be worn by the Falcons during the 2015 season.
When the Falcons take the field on Sept 5 against Morgan State, the team will be wearing the latest Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniform, the newest in the Nike Pro Combat system.
The uniform features an all-new chassis including the latest in lightweight fabric innovation built for maximum speed, ventilation and comfort. Drawing inspiration from some of the fastest athletes in the world, Nike has applied research and design across multiple sports to create one of the fastest uniforms on the field. Taking insights from Nike’s Swift Suit technology, the new Nike Mach Speed football uniform fabric construction features an articulated fit to match the athlete’s motion of play. Ultimately this allows the athletes to move with the uniform fabrics, rather than against them.
Built for optimal thermoregulation, the new uniform features three distinct woven mesh fabrics. Each panel on the jersey and pant is matched specifically to the pads worn underneath in order to promote maximum airflow. The key jersey features include:
Durable, heavy-duty stretch-woven panels strategically placed to lock down the shoulder pads across the chest and back.
New Nike Chain Maille 2.0 mesh fabric, ventilated through laser-cut pods, used to provide strength at the neck grill for that lock down fit. This same mesh is employed at the back of the neck, under the arm, and in an air channel between the chest panels for increased airflow.
Laser perforated mesh panels incorporated into major heat zones within the mid-section of the jersey - at the stomach and lower back - allowing for heat release where athletes need it most.
The jersey armhole openings are rotated forward for a more articulated fit and better range of motion. An additional stretch gusset has been added below the armhole to enhance flexibility.
The new Nike Mach Speed pant utilizes the same three woven fabrics, strategically integrated for maximum durability, movement, and ventilation. Key pant features include:
A tailored hem at the back of the knee reducing bulk, while a cuff at the front locks in the pads.
Perforated mesh fabric behind the knee to keep the athlete cool, augmented by a Nike Chain Maille 2.0 mesh panels at the side of the leg for zoned ventilation.
At the waist, an updated gripper draw cord locks the pant in place.
While the 2015 uniform will have an improved and updated design and functionality, the tradition of Falcon football will remain the same in many areas. The Falcons will wear the customary blue jersey and white pants for home games. The jersey features the Academy crest on one shoulder with the American flag on the other. In the center of the jersey on the front, at the base of the collar, is the official AF logo. The words “Air Force” and the numbers on the jersey are in the athletic department’s new official font. The font was inspired by the letters and numbers from military aircraft. The white helmet with the blue lightning bolt and blue and gray stripe down the center give this new look uniform a traditional feel.
* Detailed information on the uniform was provided by Nike