Nike designers continue to revolutionize the way players look on the gridiron.
Over the past couple of seasons, Nike has outfitted many collegiate teams with their special Pro Combat uniform system. Now, the Euless Trinity Trojans are the latest North Texas team, and the first high school team in the country, to receive the Pro Combat makeover.
The new uniform was revealed Friday during a pep rally at the high school and highlights elements of the school's heritage and character. It's also got a lot more red than the Trojans, who normally wear all black, are accustomed to wearing. (See a full size photo below)
The Trojans will wear the uniforms during Friday night's game against the Abilene Eagles at Pennington Field.
The University of Oregon was the first school to wear the Pro Combat system, but they were soon followed by TCU, UT and dozens of other teams. This season, it will also be worn the United States Military Academy (Army), Boise State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the United States Naval Academy, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University.
The uniform system is designed to be lightweight, offer more protection and breathe better than traditional jerseys and pants. This from Nike:
The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world’s most renowned athletic outfitter. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform’s overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage.
The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress integrated uniform system provides enhanced durability and innovation from the inside out. Robust padding without the bulk offers optimal low-profile impact protection specifically throughout the crucial “hit zone” between the knees and shoulders. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding has also been integrated in the hip and knee areas of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place. The base layer now features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate that can be placed on the thigh padding where needed.
The uniform system design also emphasizes improved thermoregulation, including the Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding layer, which is constructed with fabric selected for its ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat – making the uniform, and player, lighter and dryer. The jerseys are made of four-way stretch woven twill that sheds moisture. A Flywire collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place.