Nike and Boca Juniors today unveiled home and away kits for the upcoming season, revealing designs that unite performance innovation and club tradition.
The home version features the classic Boca Juniors' blue and gold, with sleeve cuffs and crew-neck collar in yellow. All jerseys have a numbered authenticity label and have the phrase “La mitad más uno” ("Half plus one") printed on the inside — a reference to the belief that Boca Juniors fans across the country make up half of Argentina’s population, plus one.
For the new away model, Nike designers drew inspiration from the legend that Boca players once wore very different jersey colors. The most intriguing myth is that the club once wore a pink jersey. There are no photographs of a pink Boca jersey, just the enduring oral tradition that it existed. Some claim it was a red shirt that could not stand up to the hard hand-scrubbing needed to remove mud. Others say that the shade was the result of using inexpensive methods to dye jerseys red.
Finding a perfect balance between tradition and performance innovation, the new models introduce the best design and innovation features for the pitch.
The home and away kit are made from Nike’s revolutionary recycled polyester, which reflects Nike’s commitment to producing athletic wear with a lower environmental impact. The shirt and shorts of each kit are made from up to 13 recycled plastic water bottles.
This pioneering process in which plastic bottles are melted down in to a yarn that is then spun into recycled polyester reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing polyester.
Since 2010, Nike diverted over 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfills though the use of recycled polyester.
FABRIC AND NIKE DRI-FIT
Both kits are made of fabric weighing just 145 grams, which is 23 percent lighter than previous Nike kits. It also boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and a significantly-improved stretch.
The fabric is integrated with Nike Dri-FIT technology, which draws away sweat from the body to keep the athletes cool, dry and focused on their game.
Updated and improved ventilation zones consist of tiny laser-cut holes on the sides of the shirt. These, along with mesh across the entire back of the shirt, allow air inside the kit for additional comfort and cooling.
FIT AND CONSTRUCTION
This season, the home and away kit have a more athletic and dynamic fit. Nike employed an innovative program of 3D body scanning of some of the world’s leading footballers to produce a design more tailored to the contours of their bodies.
The kit has been crafted with bonded T-bars at the junctions of the shirts to support the seams, and inner welded seams with a clean finish give a more striking appearance while also increasing comfort and performance.
Nike also used a heat transfer technique to make the jersey lighter and prevents the friction of the traditional embroidery against the player’s chest. This technique is found at Boca Juniors’ badge, in the Swoosh and sponsor's insignia.
The new jerseys are now available in select stores in Argentina and around the world.