England Nike Vapor kit launch
Today (Thursday 24 March) sees the arrival of the all-new England home and away kits at Kitbag HQ – and to celebrate the occasion we have taken a closer look at the explosively-innovative Nike Vapor strips to be worn by the Three Lions at Euro 2016.
England’s 2016 apparel has been heralded as the most advanced set of England kits ever, with trendsetting Nike Vapor design structure bolstered by all-new Aeroswift fabric technology.
In comparison to previous Nike international kits, the 2016 England jerseys are 10% lighter, wicking sweat from the skin some 20% quicker and drying off a full 25% faster; the latter particularly welcome should the Gallic clouds part and skies open this summer.
Further impressive, these jerseys are also a whole 50% more flexible than predecessors, providing Roy Hodgson’s squad with unprecedented freedom of movement and expression for their matches with Russia, Wales and Slovakia this summer.
The England match shirts now available at Kitbag.com bring this cutting-edge technology from concept to reality, with their newly-revised knitting process integrating single and double knit to the breathable benefit of shirts and shorts alike.
With elaborate mesh panelling and reduced grab areas to boot, never has a Nike kit forged so far forward; the perfect premium team wear to launch England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Shoulder to shoulder
The most visually-striking alteration to the latest England shirts can be found in the form of their shoulders; characterised by cross-dyed colouring, knitted smoothly from collar to cuff.
The 2016 home jersey conveys a light blue shoulder style, reminiscent of the colour worn in the 1970 World Cup against Czechoslovakia and revived for the 1988 European Championship.
However, its combination with the classic white base is wholly unprecedented; with ice blue trim accents completing an upper image as intangibly cool as it is contemporary.
The shoulders of the alternate shirt meanwhile attach a darker shade of crimson red to the change colour palette, ensuring a courageous update that features for the first time in this weekend’s friendly with Germany at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Carrying the name of ‘ENGLAND’ at the back of their respective collars, both home and away jerseys have sleeves that can be flipped up to reveal the words ‘THREE’ and ‘LIONS’; enhancing their English identity with pride, passion and patriotism to match.
On first glimpse the most conventional aspect of the latest England kit, the revamped home and away shorts bring a unique difference into play that has to be felt to be believed.
For the first time ever, Nike’s newest England home and away shorts have been made from the same material as their associated playing jersey, a factor that has already earned the praise of professionals, now less restrained than ever for the Euro 2016 tournament.
With reveal side tape enhancing the comfort against the skin and hem vents serving to facilitate a broader motion range, the Three Lions crest and Nike Swoosh motif make efficiently lightweight additions to these shorts crafted for performance; with a revamped waistband and ventilation elements adding further to the improvements.
One of the most remarkable twists to these reworked Nike England kits has been the mix and match approach to the team’s playing socks.
With blue socks providing immediate contrast to the red alternate strip, the use of red socks with the predominantly white kit has provoked particular discussion; while triggering memories of one of England’s most famous victories on foreign soil.
Some 32 years ago, before the majority of the current squad had been born, Bobby Robson’s English team headed into the cauldron of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium and emerged having produced one of the most laudable results in English footballing history.
John Barnes’ dazzling individual effort that set up England’s 2-0 win over Brazil has been praised as the national team’s greatest-ever goal and the combination of white shirt, white shorts and red socks evocatively mirrors the strip of that glorious day in June 1984.
Spirit of ‘66
With obligatory white base enduring for the home shirt, England have again opted for red as their change kit this season; a colour connected with a myriad of magic moments, including a memorable David Beckham free-kick on French soil at the 1998 World Cup.
To England supporters, red will forever be synonymous with the nation’s 1966 FIFA World Cup Final triumph; and its continued presence in the team’s locker room is particularly appropriate in this, the 50th anniversary of the Three Lions’ finest tournament hour.
With history providing the foundation for their efforts in France this summer, both the home and away editions of the 2016 England shirt feature the World Cup winners’ star motif above the Three Lions crest; an element first introduced to England kits in 2012.
The crest itself meanwhile has been upgraded from traditional woven style to a flat and seamless silicon mesh effort, with the manufacturers hiding a surprise English rose graphic inside that serves as the last thing a player will see when pulling on the jersey.
The dynamic design of the Nike Vapor England kits will not only be enjoyed by the men’s national team as they tackle the cream of the continent.
The Aeroswift technology will also be used by Toni Duggan, Steph Houghton and the rest of the England women’s side in their European Championship qualifying ties, as Mark Samson’s Lionesses roar onwards against Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Estonia.
Moreover, the strips will kit out Gareth Southgate’s development side in their bid to qualify for the UEFA Under 21 Championship; with Young Lions James Wilson, Demarai Gray and Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those set to feature in a 2016 campaign that sees qualifying matches with Switzerland, Norway, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The result is a united England, bound together by past success, present goals and the future of kit technology… only here, today! Buy your 2016 England Nike Vapor kit at Kitbag.com