July 28, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Today, the Oklahoma State University Athletic department unveiled the new Nike Pro Combat football uniforms for the 2011 football season.
OSU partnered with Nike, the industry leader in apparel and footwear technology, to develop the new looks. The fully integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world's most renowned athletic outfitter. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform's overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage.
"We are proud to continue our long relationship with Nike," said Mike Holder, Athletic Director for Oklahoma State. "The name is synonymous with providing athletes the finest gear in the world. Nike is uniquely qualified to provide us with lighter, performance based equipment that will allow our players to look great and play their best."
When OSU rededicated Boone Pickens Stadium in 2009, Pickens spoke of change and innovation. That spirit of innovation, competition and success at OSU extends beyond facilities and is reflected in the uniforms on the field. The uniforms take direct insight from the student-athletes in terms of providing them with a vast array of choices in color combination. For each home game, the Cowboys will have their choice of colors for their jerseys, helmets and pants. The choices for the helmet include white, matte black and anthracite. The jersey choices include orange, black and gray and for the pants there are four options - orange, black, gray and white. In all, OSU can mix and match its uniforms into 48 different combinations.
"Nike takes pride in giving athletes an advantage by providing them with cutting edge innovation. The Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniform delivers unparalleled on-field performance benefits while inspiring the team through each uniform's unique design," said Todd Van Horne, Nike's Creative Director for Football. "It is a privilege to collaborate with the coaches and student-athletes to develop a look that's truly distinctive to each university and its teams."
The Nike Pro Combat integrated uniform system provides enhanced durability and innovation from the inside out. Robust padding without the bulk offers optimal low-profile impact protection specifically throughout the crucial "hit zone" between the knees and shoulders. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding has also been integrated in the hip and knee areas of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place. The base layer now features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate that can be placed on the thigh padding where needed. The uniform system design also emphasizes improved thermoregulation, including the Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding layer, which is constructed with fabric selected for its ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat - making the uniform, and player, lighter and dryer. The jerseys are made of four-way stretch woven twill that sheds moisture. A Flywire collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place. "We're very excited about the new uniforms," said Brandon Weeden, OSU's first-team All-Big 12 quarterback. "We have a great color scheme and adding gray into our rotation is a nice touch. There are a lot of new combinations we could wear and it gives the players even more excitement to put on the Oklahoma State uniform."
Oklahoma State All-America receiver Justin Blackmon looks forward to the uniform options. "There is a definite coolness to our new uniforms and I think the players and fans alike can appreciate them," the junior from Ardmore said. "We've been an explosive team the last several years and now we have a look that goes along with that reputation." -OSU-
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