Northwestern Unveils New Look for 2012 Season

The Northwestern Wildcats have released their new Under Armour duds for the 2012 season— and for once, it appears UA has done well with a uniform:

More photos and information here.

They seem to be running behind the “Reclaim the Stripe” idea, since Northwestern is credited with being among the first to introduce stripes into a football uniform. Let me say this— I love it. The only thing I would change is the tramp-stamp wordmark on the back of the pants. This look specifically comes from the early 1900’s, when NU first introduced the stripes across their uniforms (warning, bad photoshop). A little bit more from the designers, and those interesting numbers:

They noted the Gothic architecture, pulling patterns from the stone work and incorporating them into the jersey numbers, thus tying the power of the school’s buildings to the strength of the team. They also took from the forgotten tradition of the stripe, building it back into the jersey and base layer through a fully complementary system.

The number thing is a bit of a stretch to me, especially now that Minnesota has also incorporated building materials into their numbers. Under Armour also included some information about the jersey cut, called Compfit:

Under Armour (of course) challenged the basic notion of a football uniforms function. They’ve developed the “Compfit,” a compression system of high stretch fabrics intended to lock down pads and provide greater reach only where absolutely necessary. Where required, the four way stretch fabric has been turned, which ensures maximum stretch at key stress points. Mesh panels allow players to “heat dump” and a wishbone panel at the back of the pant leg provides comfort for players of varying leg sizes. Under Armour has also removed the fly of the pant for a more streamlined garment and twisted the seams back to reduce abrasion.