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