After months of speculation over how different the Nike NFL Jerseys would really be from the Reebok ones, the new NFL Jerseys premiered to lots of hype and mixed reviews. Overall, the main difference in the jerseys is the material and construction of them. Nike is known for cutting-edge technology in their sportswear and they didn't disappoint when it came to redesigning what the NFL would wear. Instead of focusing on major changes in the way the uniforms look they focused on changing the way the jerseys fit and feel. Using lighter fabric with a more contoured fit and four-way stretch for optimal movement the jerseys are made to help players move. The new Nike NFL Jersey is approximately 20-30% lighter than the old Reebok one while boasting added functionality like flywire technology in the collar for a better fit, stretch twill numbers, zoned mesh ventilation and customizable base layer padding. All of these improvements add up to a more comfortable uniform that fits each player's needs.
The Seattle Seahawks are one team that had Nike completely revamp their uniforms, from the helmet to the logo the Seahawks are taking the field in a whole new look. Most traditional teams stayed true to what they wore in seasons past and allowed minimal changes to the overall appearance of their jerseys. You can check out all the Nike NFL Jersey designs at our NFL Shop to see the changes for your team's uniform.
Nike now offers three versions of your team's jerseys, replacing the Reebok options of replica or authentic jerseys with Limited, Game and Elite Jerseys. The Nike Elite NFL Jersey is Nike's version of the premium game day jersey, it's the actual jersey that players wear on the field and sell for $249.95. The next level of Nike NFL Jerseys is the Limited Jersey which offers the look of the premium Elite jersey with a few less features and a significant amount less of money. The Limited Jersey is the Nike version of the old Reebok authentic jerseys and retail for $134.95. The Nike NFL Game Jersey replaced the Reebok replica jersey and comes in at the lowest price point so you can show off your team pride at every game. Nike improved this version with silicon print numbers for a lighter feel and a tailored fit for better movement which can be purchased for $99.95.
There are several degrees of quality and cost in jerseys. The highest quality jerseys are authentic jerseys that look identical to game worn jerseys and feature stitched on letters and numbers and durable fabrics. Nike improved the quality of all the NFL Jerseys now so really the choice comes down to what you prefer. If you're an absolute die-hard fan the Elite jersey can't be beat in quality since it contains all the best features the pros benefit from on the field. Limited and Game jerseys are a more affordable option and should do the trick for most football fans who plan on just getting rowdy in the stands in their jerseys, not tackling people in them. The limited jersey offers all the looks of the Elite jersey including flexible premium twill numbers and strategic ventilation in key zones, but at a cheaper price. Game jerseys are the cheapest NFL jersey available from Nike and feature printed number and letters compared to the twill ones on the other jerseys. The jersey you buy depends on your budget, but the highest quality jerseys in production are Elite 51 Uniforms.
There are knockoffs of NFL Reebok and Nike jerseys that you may be leery of buying. It's helpful to know the tell-tale signs of a fake football jersey. The first thing to notice about a fake NFL jersey is the Reebok vector embroidered graphic. There are different versions of Nike jersey knockoffs, some worse than others. Nike introduced a new rubberized NFL shield onto the collars which counterfeit jerseys haven't been able to copy yet. If you notice the NFL shield is embroidered on the collar, it's a fake NFL jersey. Pay attention to the inside of the collar too. Nike NFL Jerseys feature a no tags in the collar that can flip up or irritate you, they are either printed or completely sewn down into the jersey.
Pay special attention to the numbers on the jersey, if they appear shiny, don't lay evenly flat and contain bubbling, you're looking at a fake jersey. Most fans know what their team's font looks like and this will help them spot fakes as most counterfeit jerseys use the wrong font for the team which is very noticeable. Nike added Nike Swoosh patches to the shoulders of the NFL jerseys, pay attention to these as they should both face forward, it has been reported that some fakes have the swoosh facing the wrong way. The actual tag attached to the jersey is a good indicator of if it's a real or a fake jersey as well. The tag should be attached to the left sleeve and should be black with the NFL shield and Nike logo on the front. Real jersey tags should have a hologram on a green field background and yard markers on the back of the hologram. You can get a fake for under $50, but the cheap price tells you you're getting what you paid for, a cheap jersey. Know that NFL jersey auction sites will almost always be selling fakes. A real sporting goods store or e-commerce store will not sell you a fake NFL jersey; it's a risk to their reputation.
Knockoff jersey stores are prevalent online. The only thing you save is money when you purchase from a fake NFL jersey site. Fake NFL jerseys are often poor imposters that may take weeks to receive in the mail and are known to fall apart, have crooked lettering and worse. If you go to view a product on a jersey knockoff site, there will likely be no alternate views of the jersey to see its quality or authenticity. The description of the jersey may say it features sewn-on lettering, while the picture of the product shows screen printed letters. There are often times the web page will feature the wrong colors as well, not the authentic team colors for that NFL team. There are many ways to get a cheap jersey online, but if you're looking for quality and authenticity, it's good practice not to buy from knockoff sites.