Navy’s Nike Pro Combat Uniforms

While most of the Nike "pro combat" uniforms that college teams have worn over the last few years have been garish one-offs never seen again after their debut game, their revamp of the Navy unies is actually an upgrade

While most of the Nike “pro combat” uniforms that college teams have worn over the last few years have been garish one-offs never seen again after their debut game, their revamp of the Navy unies is actually an upgrade:

The current uniforms are either indistinguishable from Notre Dame’s or a bizarre red-white-and-blue costume adorned by a gold helmet. Here, Nike resisted its usual instinct toward garishness and captured the Navy tradition nicely. The helmet anchor logo is both new and instantly recognizable.

WaPo’s Dan Steinberg has more.

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Comments

  1. John Burgess says:

    Graphically, I think the logo would be better without the chain. With it, it looks like it might be ‘SL’ or ‘ST’.

  2. Burt Likko says:

    That trick with the logo on both gloves is pretty cool.

  3. Andyman says:

    Applying it to a service academy really highlights how inappropriate it is to refer to sports as “combat”. But maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy.

  4. 11B40 says:

    Greetings:

    From the “damning with faint praise” category, it looks a lot better than Oregon University’s football uniforms. Oregon’s numerals are almost unreadable from a distance due to a combination of an outline typeface, poor letterspacing, and the typeface’s very large lower counters. When I saw Oregon on the TV last week, I wondered if anyone in the design process had put o uniform on the field and tried to view it from the top of the top deck or through a TV monitor. I’m guessing not.

    As for the helmet illustration, it looks a bit cartoonish to my eye, but anchors need chains.