- The kit aids performance by using a combination of Nike Dri-FIT Technology, “burnout” mesh and laser-cut ventilation holes to localize cooling where players need it most.
- Nike Dri-FIT technology pulls moisture away from the skin to the outside of the garment where it evaporates more quickly. Laser-cut ventilation holes and engineered mesh in key areas allow for increased breathability and airflow.
- The new Nike Pro baselayer is the lightest ever from Nike and features increased venting and breathability. Players have a variety of Nike Pro baselayer styles to choose from. These are designed for the varying temperatures and conditions that athletes will encounter in Brazil, which are expected to vary from high heat during midday matches to much colder temperatures in the southern locations during evening games.
- The Nike Pro Combat Ultralight Slider Shorts, featuring increased and adjusted protection to match the athlete’s sliding pattern, are 20 percent lighter than previous versions and made with 87 percent recycled polyester. Weight was eliminated through the addition of mesh for increased breathability and cooling where athletes generate heat.
- Combining athlete insight and research with new materials and fabrications, the Nike Elite Match Fit Sock for 2014 features a sleeker fit specific to soccer. Strategically cushioned zones provide comfort and protection at the big toe and anklebones where the majority of impact occurs, while arch support locks down the foot to prevent slipping. Material was also eliminated to enhance touch and decrease bulk, and flex grooves were added to the ankle and the top of the foot to prevent bunching.
- In line with Nike’s commitment to superior performance with lower environmental impact, the shirt, shorts – and for the first time in a National Team kit, the socks – all feature fabric made from recycled plastic bottles (100 percent recycled polyester in the shorts, 96 percent recycled polyester in the shirt and 78 percent in the socks). Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles.
I have to admit I like these jerseys. The all-white home jersey’s were nice but too plain for me. England has practically the same home jersey. However these away jerseys have a lot more flair to them. Personally, I still think the Waldo” jersey’s were better but I could see myself buying this. Although, I heard on critique from a friend who said this jersey reminds him of the French flag, which I can see, but it still doesn’t ruin the jersey design for me.