Oregon’s Flashy Style Uniforms Coolest in College Football


 As an athlete when you look good, you feel good and that translates to playing better in the game. That is a statement echoed all across the sports world by athletes and coaches. This holds true to the University of Oregon Ducks of the Pacific-12 Conference. The Ducks have had one of the most electrifying , eye-popping colors and designed uniforms this decade  in college football.

The UO football team has been known in recent years for its unique uniform style, consisting of multiple color combinations of helmets, uniforms (both shirts and pants), socks, and shoes, resulting in a new uniform setup every week (not counting in-season changes to uniform designs). The frequent changes have led to criticism by alumni and football purists, though the changes have been often well-liked and praised by football recruits. Oregon alumnus Tinker Hatfield, an executive at Nike, has coordinated the new uniform schemes since Nike has had the outfitting rights for the Ducks since 1995.

The Oregon uniform underwent a radical change for the 1999 season, where new, Nike-designed gear featuring a redesigned “O” emblem with solid green helmets and jerseys with lightning yellow letters revealed a new look.. This began a period of unusually non-uniform standards for a typical college football team. Since 1999, Oregon has completely revised its uniform appearance roughly every three seasons. The frequent uniform changes and their typically flashy uniform have provoked some controversy. Fans of a more traditional approach to college football tend to ridicule each time new uniform is unveil, while younger fans and players—in particular, potential Oregon athletes—react more favorably to the flashy uniforms.

The football team used nine different football combinations in the 2005 season, but introduced even more combinations in the 2006 season. The new uniforms in 2006 provided 384 possible different combinations of jerseys, pants, helmets, socks, and shoes. A metallic-yellow colored helmet with silver flames, which debuted in the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl, increased the possible combinations. These uniforms were more technologically advanced than other uniforms, 28% lighter when dry, 34% lighter when wet, and greater durability with reinforcing diamond plating patterns at the joints. The Ducks wore the previously announced white helmets for the first time on October 20, 2007 in Seattle, when they played the Washington Huskies. In 2008, during the Arizona-Oregon game, they wore new, all black uniforms nicknamed “lights out”, but instead of the typical metal diamond plated shoulder pads, the new uniforms had a wing pattern of the livery.

Only once has the original “block UO” helmet emblem made a comeback, when worn   along with a throwback jersey, against Cal in 2009. However, the neo-throwback green jersey with gold letters and the modern logo instead of the “UO” on the yellow helmet,  in the 2009 Civil War.

For the Arizona game in 2008, Oregon unveiled a new uniform design based on the “lights out” design from the previous season featuring the “wings” pattern on the shoulder pads as well as a more simplified uniform design, while retaining the number font style of “Bellotti Bold” and the colors of green, black, white, yellow, grey, gold, and steel. This was the primary uniform design from 2009 through the 2011 regular season.

There was another uniform revision in 2012 at the  Rose Bowl and carried forward into the 2012 season, with the “wings” moving from the shoulder pads to the helmets as chrome decals, and a broader “feather” detail with iridescent fabric highlights. Five different helmets combinations were part of  the uniform kit.

On October 19, 2013, Oregon wore special Breast Cancer Awareness uniforms in a game against Washington State. In addition to new bold pink helmets, the Ducks wore pink Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats, pink Nike Vapor Carbon Elite socks and pink Vapor Je gloves  coordinated with their black Nike Pro Combat uniform system. The special edition uniforms  designed to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as the helmets became auctioned items.

The morning of the  Ducks 2013  Bowl game Nike introduced another new uniform for Oregon,  As visitors in the Alamo Bowl, Oregon wore the white uniforms.

It’s all about speed. For the last decade Nike has continually evolved college football uniforms for the country’s best teams. Among these, the Oregon Ducks football uniforms are on the cutting edge of innovation, with the clear goal of optimizing athletic performance and speed on the field. On December 30, 2013Oregon took  the field wearing the latest Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniform, the most innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress to date.

The uniform features an all-new chassis including the latest in lightweight fabric innovation built for maximum speed, ventilation and comfort. Drawing inspiration from some of the fastest athletes in the world, Nike has applied research and design across multiple sports to create one of the fastest uniforms on the field. Taking insights from Nike’s Swift Suit technology, the new Nike Mach Speed Football uniform fabric construction features an articulated fit to match the athlete’s motion of play. Ultimately this allows the athletes to move with the uniform fabrics, and not against them. At the waist, an updated griper draw cord locks the pant in place.

“We meet with the team to gain insights into what they need on the field,” said Todd Van Horne, Nike Football VP and Creative Director. “They’ve told us that uniform fit, range of motion, and airflow make a drastic difference on the field, and we are excited to give them a uniform that solves those problems and helps them do on the field.”

The new 2014 uniform design updates the traditional Duck wing pattern to cover the entire shoulder and arm panels. This bold, directional split-wing pattern update spreads out from the center of the chest and helps to give increased abrasion protection across the shoulders. The pant design showcases strong graphic embellishments, reading “Oregon” on the right leg and “Ducks” on the left. Oregon’s latest helmet design features a split wing pattern that mimics the shoulder design.

Steel silver wings that transition to lightning yellow at the armhole highlight the black uniform. Both the base layer top and socks match this lightening yellow color and the uniform’s black helmet features a steel silver wing mimicking the shoulder. Fighting Duck Green takes center stage atop the white uniform, coloring the shoulder wings and highlighting the base layer. A carbon fiber helmet embellished with lightning yellow wings finishes the white uniform look.

Continuing the Duck’s uniform evolution through the lens of speed, the 2014 Nike Mach Speed Oregon Uniform chassis and updated designs   integrates into the team’s existing wardrobe for the upcoming season.

 

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13 thoughts on “Oregon’s Flashy Style Uniforms Coolest in College Football”

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  2. they are awesome. im always a fan of oregon’s uniforms. these are definitely better than the previous wings unis though in my opinion. this is oregon’s brand and tradition. the people saying to go back to traditional unis are crazy! that would completely go against the oregon brand and image

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    1. Thanks I appreciate that. I will take a look at those sites. I used that YouTube video with this post because it gives the viewer a good look at some of Oregon’s different uniforms. Oregon has some different looks when it comes to their football uniform, not sure I can keep up with them all. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I really appreciate it.

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  3. Being a Cal/Stanford fan i will attempt to set aside my obvious bias against all things Oregon. I can only hope that you’ll all believe that, as I pan their new uniforms. I flat out don’t like them. However, it’s not just the Ducks. This bright color craze has been sweeping the NCAA for at least a few years now and I hate it. The problem is that the broadcasters are already dialing up the color and contrast in order to make everything pop, and have been doing so ever since the dawn of high definition TV. Now the teams seem to be doing the same thing with the uniforms themselves. This redundancy is going to cost me not only my plasma TV, but also my retinas, as it rapidly burns them both out. Either the schools need to stop choosing their new colors from a box of highlighters, or the broadcasters need to learn how to moderate the intensity of the picture that they send out. As is stands right now, the gamma levels are so high that only Bruce Banner can truly appreciate the potential effects.

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    1. Nick thank you for expressing your open and honest opinion on the Oregon’s Ducks uniform colors. It looks as if this bright color branding trend is here to stay, even if some fans don not like it. It seems as if Nike is trying brand more college football teams. This year it Florida State’s turn, the Ducks where just the first on the Nike bandwagon. Before too much longer Cal and Stanford will be there also. The school like the money that this type of thing generates for them as a whole. Appreciate your comment and time it took to give your feedback. Go Ducks, Win the Day!

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      1. Given how many teams I have seen go this direction, I suspect that you’re right in that it’s here to stay. I’m sure the new unis look phenomenal from the stands. I just wish they weren’t migraine-inducing on TV.

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      2. Nick, I think a lot of programs are going this route because of the money they can make for the athletic programs and schools. Although there are some fans out there that do not like this new look. I must say it does make you sit up and take notice of the team on the field in this eye popping uniform. When you come right down to it, I think the change is more about branding and the money it generates for all involved in such a change, then the uniform itself. In other word, it more about making money than the change in the uniforms. I do happen to like the Oregon Ducks uniforms. I hear Florida State is next to make a uniform change with the help of Nike Inc.

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  4. A new year, a new look for UO’s football uniforms…which are great. Oregon’s athletic department, Nike, and OregonLive’s advertising department thank you for your–and my–continuing interest in the subject. It appears the Ducks’ “brand” is safe for another year. GO DUCKS!

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