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Nike Sleeveless Untouchable Speed Uniform

Press release on new Nike uniforms.

Via Nike News:

The Syracuse men’s and UNC women’s teams will unveil the Nike Untouchable Speed uniforms during play this week.

Zero distractions. That’s the mission Nike designers lived by when creating the Nike Untouchable Speed uniforms that debut on field today with the Syracuse men’s team and April 15 with the UNC women’s team. “Our goal was to eliminate anything that made a lacrosse player feel restricted, hot or heavy so the athletes would be able to perform better,” says Hal Melhart, a Nike Senior Product Line Manager for field sports apparel.

Lacrosse is a high-energy game. Shots can travel faster than 100 mph. Attempts on goal can be fierce and direct. Taking speed and angular play into consideration, and after conversations with athletes who provided feedback that jerseys were too big, and a meeting with the Thompson brothers who mentioned current game shorts had too much fabric, the designers knew the key was streamlining the overall fit to improve mobility.

The Nike Sleeveless Untouchable Speed Jersey is thus cut smaller and made with fewer seams than previous silhouettes. “It’s much cleaner and fits better, which improves range of motion and comfort when shooting and passing,” says Brian Chilton, a Nike Product Line Manager for field sports apparel.

The biggest update to the men’s shorts is a floating vent, which widens and narrows as the player moves (much like a split-leg short many runners wear). “One thing we kept hearing from athletes was that their shorts were tugging at them when they sprinted or crouched,” says Chilton. Nike designers first used the floating vent on men’s Nike Vapor Basketball uniform and adapted the idea for the Nike Untouchable Speed Short.

The Nike Untouchable Speed launch is about more than the uniforms. “This is just the beginning of a series of major updates we’re working on in lacrosse over the next year,” says Melhart.

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