KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) -- This season, adidas and the Tennessee men's and women's basketball teams are unveiling the lightest and most technologically advanced college basketball uniforms ever. Designed and developed by adidas, the uniforms are 30 percent lighter and dry twice as fast as previous uniforms to help enhance performance by keeping players cooler, drier and more comfortable on the court.
"Our 2010-11 adidas uniforms are absolutely cutting-edge with the new breathable material," Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt said. "They have a sleek look and are the lightest and most comfortable uniforms our team has ever worn. I like having the adidas advantage on the basketball court."
"Our partnership with adidas has been tremendous over the years," UT men's head coach Bruce Pearl said. "This is just the latest example of how adidas provides our players with state-of-the-art gear that allows them to perform at their highest level."
The new Tennessee uniforms, made from 60 percent recycled materials, feature adidas' Formotion technology, which reduces seams, decreases friction between the garment and the player's skin and optimizes the player's natural movement through specially constructed material. adidas reduced uniform weight and increased player comfort by switching front and back numbers from heavier, dense materials to a more breathable mesh.
"Our goal at adidas is to help make athletes stronger, lighter and faster, whether you're playing in the Final Four or a pick-up game with your friends," adidas Basketball Apparel Global Business Unit Director Travis Blasingame said. "As the official outfitter for these collegiate properties, we work closely with the teams and athletic departments to constantly innovate and improve products to help the best basketball players in the country become one step quicker and jump one inch higher."
The new Tennessee uniform absorbs moisture in less than three seconds as a result of adidas CLIMACOOL fabrics. The jersey moves heat and sweat away from the body through a combination of moisture management materials, ventilation channels and three dimensional garments, helping the uniform dry twice as quickly.
Along with Tennessee, 11 other schools will debut the new uniforms this season, including Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, NC State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin.
In addition to the NCAA teams wearing the new uniforms, all 30 NBA teams will wear Revolution 30 jerseys this season featuring similar adidas technology.
The new uniforms are part of an integrated and customizable uniform system that includes adidas TECHFIT padded and PowerWeb compression base layers and accessories. This system helps to improve endurance and protect athletes from injury while maintaining flexibility.
The new jerseys will be available in replica versions at campus bookstores and local sporting goods stores in mid-December. The jerseys will retail for MSRP $50-$60 and the shorts will be $45-$55.
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