Nike Tracks 25 Years Of NCAA Uniform Innovation [PICS]


Nike has outfitted college basketball’s top programs with the most fashion-forward and cutting-edge on-court apparel for over 25 years. What began with heavy mesh jerseys and revealing short shorts in 1990 has fully evolved to the Hyper Elite Disruption uniform in 2015, the game’s culmination of performance-enhanced style.

Threads of today’s leading uniform were initially weaved five years ago upon introduction of the Hyper Elite. And while 2010’s kit still easily outpaced the competition, the Hyper Elite’s progression to this season’s version is a perfect example of why Nike will continue outfitting the NCAA’s most notable programs for decades to come.

2009-10 lighter Nike Hyper Elite

The Hyper Elite uniform was the first to put supreme performance focus on weight, and directly informed by testing and insights from Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and other Team USA members who won gold wearing it at the 2008 Olympics.

Pro Combat baselayers and Aerographic jerseys combined with engineered mesh not only reduced uniform weight by 31 percent, but also allowed for for dynamic, breakthrough graphics like Duke University’s iconic chapel.

2012 Nike Hyper Elite Platinum

2012 Nike Hyper Elite Platinum NCAA Uniforms

Two years later, Nike picked up where it left off by updating the Elite series with uniforms that were five percent lighter than previous iterations and made from 98 percent recycled fabric.