On May 1st, Rutgers University of New Jersey announced its new uniforms for the 2012 season. Three separate sets of jerseys, pants, and helmets were shown in a press release.
The hallmark of this new uniform is the new helmet. Moving away from their previous red helmet, they showed a fully chrome helmet in three different logo and striping variations.
Though not exceptionally clearly shown in the photos, the jerseys will have a shoulder treatment that consists of an inset ribbing to create the appearance of iron plate. Nike claims this will allow for less give and fewer grab points.
More noticable, and quite distinctive, is the antiquing or “designed abrasion” to the helmets. They will not be polished chrome all around, rather they will sport a “rough” look with pre-distressed scrapes, in a pattern that will give the appearance of metal being scarred. This is intended to give this chrome color a realistic feel and a tough image.
Continuing that metal-look will be the numbers, adorned with a chain mail texture. Again, a detail not easy to recognize on the photos, we will need to await close up pictures to see this detail.
Previous Rutgers teams were a simple red and white with their traditional “Block R” with the uniform rendered in white and scarlet. Now, they embrace or even add a fourth and fifth color to the set, in silver and black.
Unclear if the jersey and pants will be mix-and-match, as they were shown color-on-color in the release.
Are the designs just what Rutgers needed to stand out and stand up in the Big East? Are the Chrome helmets your new favorite? Does anyone else wear their uniform to the first game pre- “worn out?”