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November 02, 2012

Nike Unveils Oregon Ducks' White Vapor Colorway

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The Oregon Ducks' ever-evolving football uniform is only trumped by their on-field performance. As the gold-standard for Nike Football’s most advanced uniform innovation, the Ducks will take on USC in a special edition White Vapor version of Nike’s fully integrated system of dress. The new helmet design features a white textured finish designed to absorb the light while offsetting the carbon fiber wings.

The all-white colorway has long been a part of the Ducks’ uniform arsenal. While they traditionally showcase an array of bright color combinations, the white colorway makes a simple yet bold statement highlighting speed, quickness and zero distractions. 

The uniform technology works in tandem with its design while providing enhanced thermoregulation and more durability with the inclusion of Nike Chain Maille Mesh -- a lightweight, ultra-breathable material -- used in both the jersey and pant. 

"The White Vapor uniform has zero distractions, making the players feel and look faster," said Todd Van Horne, Nike's Creative Director for Football. "The all-white colorway creates a foundation that highlights the uniform’s innovation. With the integration of Chain Maille Mesh into the jersey as well as the functional winged pattern on the shoulders, this is truly the lightest, fastest and strongest football uniform we’ve ever made." 

To highlight the innovation and White Vapor design, Nike Football created a virtual x-ray look into the uniform technology. View it above.

About the uniform chassis

Nike Chain Maille Mesh technology is the ultimate in breathable uniform design. This new material, as debuted in last season’s Rose Bowl game, is incorporated into the back and under the arms in the jersey, as well as down the sides of the pant for exceptional ventilation without sacrificing durability. It emphasizes improved thermoregulation when coupled with the Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding layer. 

The uniform’s baselayer is constructed with fabric selected for its ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat – making the entire uniform system, and player, lighter and dryer. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding, which eliminates bulk, has been added to offer optimal low-profile lightweight impact protection specifically throughout the crucial “hit zone” between the knees and shoulders. It is also integrated in the hip and knee areas of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place.

The Nike Flywire collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place. The uniform also features a completely re-designed number system was inspired by the shape of a mallard’s feathers. These larger, bolder numbers maximize legibility on-field and accent the uniform colorway. Even the new wing design on the shoulders is specifically engineered to provide maximum strength in the shoulder area while the spacing of the feathers allows for even greater mobility.