Rugby jersey ‘with unique strength, chassis’
DescriptionAdidas has unveiled the new All Blacks jersey and claims it will give the team advantages with strength and performance edge.
Unique features are reported to include a “ground-breaking chassis system” and new fabric innovation.
The jersey will be seen on field for the first time when the All Blacks play Ireland in Chicago this week.
The adidas research and development team says the jersey is ‘the strongest we have ever produced’, developed over a two-year testing process, incorporating feedback from All Blacks squad members, including Owen Franks, Malakai Fekitoa and captain Kieran Read (pictured) who tested the system duringthe 2016 international season.
The strength of the jersey lies in the way the fabric is digitally woven together; with the weave reducing the likelihood of ripping, helping to retain the jersey’s shape. The fabric offers a four-way stretch.
adidas has also developed a system which sits underneath the jersey and shorts; the ‘chassis system’, which combined with the jersey, supports a player’s kinetic chain and strengthens posture.
Director of adidas Futures Deborah Yeomans, says: “In looking at the kinetic chain, which is the flow of energy through the body, we found an area we could improve to give the All Blacks a competitive advantage.
The chassis system works with the jersey to improve posture, core stability and a player’s movement efficiency.”
The collar is now ribbed for improved comfort and an adaptive fit. It sits lower on the neck making it difficult for an opponent to take hold. A new graphic design, inspired by the silver fern, is digitally woven into the fabric.