Florida Gators Unveil New Nike Vapor Untouchable Uniform, Cooler and Lighter
By Scott Carter, Florida Gators.com // August 4, 2017
stretch-woven uniform weighs only 20.4 ounces
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – The Gators will have a new look in 2017 and the changes are in Nike’s renowned attention to detail.
Florida unveiled its Nike Vapor Untouchable uniform on Wednesday during the team’s media day.
The Gators have worn Nike’s Chainmaille line of uniform since 2013.
Florida’s season opener is Sept. 2 against Michigan in Arlington, Texas, and its home opener is Sept. 9 against Northern Colorado (2017 schedule and ticket information).
So what’s new with the Gators’ uniform, you ask? To the naked eye, not a lot other than the Nike logo and Gator head logo have switched sides on the chest of the uniform.
Meanwhile, the Gator head logo on the front-right thigh of the pants is larger than the one on the chest, and the SEC logo design at the base of the collar is slightly altered.
The real advancement is in the performance-enhancement and comfort of the Vapor Untouchable design. Some key elements from Nike:
The 100 percent stretch-woven uniform weighs only 20.4 ounces (nearly four ounces lighter than current Nike Football uniforms) and repels water to maintain its light weight in wet conditions.
Moreover, the garment wraps across the body to the back, where every piece of the jersey converges.
The uniform also replaces mesh with a laser-perforated, stretch-woven material in key sweat zones (the stomach, lower back and behind the knee) to help support thermo-regulation through optimal ventilation.
Additional design enhancements include: a vented neck grille for improved breathability and durability, a back stretch gusset for a better fit and strategic design elements to reduce moisture marks on the stomach and back.
The Nike video below highlights the changes in a reduction of seams and panels in the uniform that allows more freedom of movement for players.
Meanwhile, here is a glance at the front and back of the Vapor Untouchable template first worn by Oregon in the 2016 Alamo Bowl.
The front of receiver Brandon Powell’s uniform.
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