Starting with the cap, it’s a navy brim with a red crown and their current logo with the gold trim. I think something like for a Friday home game deal is cool. The cap itself isn’t bad either. It’s basically a throwback cap except fort the gold trim.
The jersey is a different story. I just don’t like red as a jersey color for them to wear. The trims are nice but the logo on the left side feels real incomplete. I thought this was a spring training jersey. Then I found out that they are using this exact template for their spring training jerseys. Minnesota has always been predominantly blue and this is just a little too much.
I don’t think it’s too bad in terms of the idea of it. But I wish they didn’t go this route. It’s just for the sake of just having another set.
I thought the old authentic MLB jerseys were on sale just because of the new logo. Apparently there is another change.
Check out this photo. Notice anything different? This new “FlexBase” authentic jersey has a side panel. And for those teams with pinstripes, you will get nothing and like it.
I get it. New technology and fabrics and all that jazz. But this looks pretty pathetic. Some teams with pinstripes will suffer from this new design. What a shame for teams like the Rockies, Phillies, Yankees, Mets, White Sox and Cubs.
I am so glad that the Astros are keeping their tequila sunrise side panels on these new alternates. They matched their old spring training jersey but I think the wordmark across the chest works better than just the logo on one side.
I also think that because this uniform doesn’t have a headspoon like the other jerseys, it works well. It doesn’t need to be there as it would take away too much from the side panel.
The caps are also a very nice touch. It isn’t a surprise that they went this route. They already have an all orange cap, an all navy cap and a navy cap with an orange brim. Now they’ve filled out the other possible option. It’s simple. It’s nice. It will work well with any uniform combination they wear. Good choice.
So this is Adidas’ final stand? They are going to uglify the league before Nike takes over after two seasons. And they will do something completely unnecessary and useless to the identity branding to the Rockets.
The Rockets’ identity was great. Sure, their home and road identity was outdated but it was still a very unique design. Their ketchup & mustard alt was a nice look, especially since it harked back to their championship colors. It was good. It didn’t need anything extra.
The Ducks have been incorporating their Mighty Ducks logo into their identity recently. In fact, it’s been a shoulder patch. But this new development is really intriguing. It’s actually not a surprise they’d use it as a crest but to see it on a really loud orange jersey. I guess it’s not too surprising really. Orange jerseys are not new to the NHL and for sure this marriage of old school and new school is very necessary now that the team has switched up their primary sets. Not bad.
The Avalanche pays homage to the Rockies before they became the devils. I’ll be honest and say that I liked their blue thirds they had before. Bringing back a new blue third makes me happy. I like the balance of color here and it’s a unique look which I think could be very popular with the fans. I know I like it!
On Thursday, I took some time to digest the new 49ers black alternate uniform. After about 24 hours since it first surfaced, I have determined that this was the perfect time for these uniforms to exist.
Here are my personal thoughts.
Let me preface that the 49ers didn’t need an alternate uniform. In fact, if they wanted to introduce a new set for the upcoming season, they should have brought back a throwback. Those 1994 throwbacks are very popular and would have been a much better choice.
But due to the limitations of creativity for alternate uniforms in the NFL, the 49ers had little to no choice but to go with black. (Take a look at the alternate uniforms in MLB, NBA and NHL. All of them break away from the same template of the team’s standard design. In the NFL, all templates remain the same.)
But the question simply remains: Why?
Update made to post added towards end of entry.
On Wednesday, the 49ers announced that they would unveil a new alternate uniform during the draft. Ladies and gentleman, here it is via their new Snapchat. After some speculation on Wednesday, a black uniform was suspected and this is what we have.
This new jersey appears to be a simply recolored version of the team’s standard uniform. Essentially, the 49ers have taken the base of their white jersey and made that black. The red numbers, names and stripes remain. Considering that the team’s logo features black and nowhere else on the standard uniform uses black, this seems to be an odd choice. But given the trend of what alternate uniforms look like in the NFL (and the popularity of black jerseys), this was the only logical direction. A gold alt would have been too difficult to mass produce and it would not look great with the team’s current gold (more like khaki) pants. But they added a gold Nike swoosh on the sleeves. So there’s that for color diversifying.
Adding a black jersey will diversify and grow the potential merchandising opportunities. The team did not go with adding a different red jersey. They went with a new color, which will be a hot sell no doubt among fans. The 49ers have never worn an alternate in their entire team history. They have worn throwbacks, but alternates are made specifically with the intent to have a different option during the seasons (along with the merchandise sales). Per NFL rules, alternates can be worn a maximum of two times during the regular season.