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Morning Tailgate: Uniform Edition (April 3)

Posted by Taylor Price on April 3, 2012 – 11:06 AM

The wait is over.

The Nike Elite 51 Uniform for all 32 clubs was revealed to the world Tuesday morning.

With the well-known athletic supplier officially debuting team gear over the weekend, all that was left to show was the sleek uniforms to be worn for the 2012 season.

The most visible change to the 49ers uniforms under Nike’s watch is the inclusion of Flywire technology on the uniform collar. According to Nikeinc.com, the technology reduces weight and provides a better fit over shoulder pads.

Other adjustments to the design include slight changes to the sleeve stripes where Nike has created a horizontal orientation to the field of play. It goes with the Nike’s focus on increasing a player’s range of motion. The striping on the uniform pants also utilizes more breathable materials.

Still, even after all the new lightweight fabrics that are being introduced to the sideline in 2012, the team’s traditional look remains.

In fact, 2012 marks the first time in club history that Nike will make the official game uniforms. A pre-sale for the uniforms will take place on shop49ers.com at 12:01 a.m. ET on April 15.

Back to the big reveal, the NFL introduced players from all 32 teams early Tuesday morning at a Brooklyn fashion show. Alex Smith was on hand to represent the 49ers and even conducted a few interviews afterwards while wearing his home uniform.

For a closer look at San Francisco’s new threads, check out this photo posted on the team’s Instagram account and an up close photo gallery highlighting the uniform’s design details.

For more reaction on the uniform changes and other team headlines from a big day in sports fashion, proceed to read more information after the jump.

For those looking for all the insight on Nike’s uniform lingo, NikeInc.com offers a uniform fact sheet.

With Smith being included in the league’s uniform showcase, the Nike-sponsored athlete was also featured in the marketing imagery on Nike Football’s Facebook page.

Several players have weighed in on the uniforms and ESPN.com’s blog nation has an overview of their commentary.

For those seeking every last detail of uniform commentary, Paul Lukas of ESPN.com’s Uni Watch blog offers his assessments from the NFL’s big event.

Lastly, the only non-uniform headline of April 3 goes to Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle, who reports Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane is scheduled to meet with the 49ers for a pre-draft visit according to his sources.


Ricky Jean Francois let Nike know how he feels about the new uniforms. Sit-ups anyone?

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29 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Uniform Edition (April 3)”

  1. By candlestick faithful on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    TICK TOCK TICK TOCK,,,countdown clock till the draft,,,,I wonder if harbaugh will draft chris owusu from stanford,,,stadium construction starts april 19th,,,draft april 26th,,,then OTA’S,,,then mimi camps which I get to go to 2 of them,,,then training camp which I get to go to 4 times,,,then the season,,,TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

  2. By rjdniner on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply


  3. By rjdniner on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply


  4. By Jim49er on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    YOU’RE – Lousy grammar
    And while I’m at it, “Lousy” lol

  5. By candlestick faithful on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply


  6. By rjdniner on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    candlestick at lest your in the area were all this party is going to happen i would come out there for a visit . i well never live in CALIF agine . sad but true

  7. By alex_fn_smith on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    i thinke all uv yalls cant spel for nuthin cuz

  8. By alex_fn_smith on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    yea, i knew nike wouldnt make any drastic changes. this is the nfl, you have to look professional,those drawings that were leaked months back were retarded, i knew it wouldnt look like that, this isnt college folks, this is the nfl. and you cant mess with tradition.

  9. By alex_fn_smith on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    except for the seahawks,because they have no tradition….lol

  10. By alex_fn_smith on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    look at alex back there representin’,yeeeeaaa you go boyyyyyy!!!

  11. By alex_fn_smith on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    i’ll admit i was kinda hoping we’d bring back the gold pants ( the shiny gold ), but screw it,who cares what we,or anybody looks like,we’re still going to the superbowl this year…..GOOOOO 9ERS!!!

  12. By rjdniner on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    alex fn smith dat dar is funny :)

  13. By Obijwon on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter what jerseys our team is wearing. What matters is the quality of the material. The material our team seams to prefer has a blue collar. We’ve got to put on our work boots (Nike?) and dig deep in those trenches this season. I think we have just the union of players and coaches to git r done. I was wondering if these new jersey’s are waterproof. Guess we will just have to wait and see how well that champagne rolls off.

  14. By Ladybug on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    I checked out the 49er store last night and there is some cool new stuff there.
    the stuff looks updated and fresh, but still has the traditional 49er “look” to it.

  15. By dave g. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    That GOLD & RED is the best! I am tired of hearing the Packers & Steelers saying they wear Green & Gold AND Black & Gold. NO THEY DO NOT!…THAT COLOR IS YELLOW. They may not like the sound of it BUT it is YELLOW. Our color combination with the “SF” really is the richest & best looking uniform.

  16. By Ladybug on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dave g….you are right. I always thought the Steelers had THE UGLIEST uniforms of all…they look like malformed bumblebees. Packers is not too bad…but like you say, the color is a deep yellow…NOT GOLD.

    Our Niners are the only team who has the right to wear GOLD….named after those who came for the goldrush… SO THERE ! LOL. I always thought the team looked really snazzy…and the Gold Helmets….a beautiful touch.

  17. By Ladybug on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    They have posted the teams the 49ers will be playing (but not the schedule)
    Have you seen them yet? It looks tough.
    If you don’t know how to pull up the site, go to the top of the page, click on GAMEDAY. You will see 2012 Opponents…click on that….

    Funny story was having a friendly argument with a friend, and she’s a die hard Raiders fan (ohhhhh how COULD she ! ) We talked about the uniforms…and I said the 49ers were looking really sharp…and she says “REAL MEN WEAR BLACK !” Honestly…the nerve. Pitiful me, I had no comback.

  18. By dave g. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Away Opponents: We play New York Jets; New England Patriots; New Orleans Saints; Minnesota Vikings; Green Bay Packers & our 3 div teams (Rams, Seahawks, Cards)

    Home Opponents: We play Chicago Bears; Detroit Lions; New York Giants; Buffalo Bills; Miami Dolphins & our 3 div teams (Rams, Seahawks, Cards)

    I really think the only 3 teams who will be a challenge to us next year will be the Patriots; Packers & Bears in 2013. I think Saints & Lions will have a let-down season (just a gut feeling on that).
    As far as Raider Fans, they have a decent looking uniform (I give them that) BUT to knock your friend down the pedestal ALL you had to do is remind them in the last 5 head to head match ups in the regular season we 4-1 vs them AND we 5-3 in SUPERBOWLS. NIIIIIIIINEEEEEERS!

  19. By dave g. on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply


  20. By candlestick faithful on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    the raiders colors are the silver and blackout,,,thats what we call it here in northern cali’

  21. By Pat Lauer on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t we have a cool alternate home jersey in bold gold? I have created it on Madden and it looks awesome, I am just saying…

  22. By jim on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    i have to admit this will look fab at great america, right next to the bugs bunny t shirts. is it just me or is this more a glory to the nike vs the nfl. to my thinking nike is supposed to carry out the uniform and not change it . then again, the singletary era uniforms were less than desirable. this is more , almost, in keeping with the SAN FRANCISCO forty niners, not the team that seems to occupy a town that cant really afford a 1.2 BILLION DOLLAR GAFF, as if its dallas or something. as for me, i got my real SAN FRANCISCO 49ers joe montana, steve young wilson jerseys,and the reebok jeff garcia home jerseys. hey nike, stick it.

  23. By rjdniner on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    dave g Lets not forget that the Raiders have lost 2 SB .one to Green bay the other was to Tampa bay .

  24. By peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Nike makes an alternate uniform for the Niners based on the 1994 throwbacks.

  25. By candlestick faithful on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    the 1994 throwbacks were the best uniforms the 49ers have ever worn

  26. By Lnrewa49 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s stop all the arguing fans. Remember, we are on the same side. I will say this. . . never say “Never.” I am from Cali and have lived in NY, CT and PA. I will take Cali any day of the week and twice on Sunday! Go niner’s!

  27. By candlestick faithful on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    ok,whats with this report from fox sports miami that the dolphins are interested in a draft day trade with the 49ers for alex smith now that he has signed his contract,,,,WTF?

  28. By JOE Montana on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply


  29. By DMT on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Happy they didn’t change the uniform. Kinda wish they had widened the stripes on the pants like in the 80’s though.

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