words // Brandon Richard

Once upon a time in the 1990s, a kid’s status was defined by whether or not he had a Starter Jacket. Starter jackets were typically designed to show allegiance to a particular professional or college sports team, and prominently featured both the team’s logo and colors. What do we remember about starter jackets? They were over-sized (by choice), vibrantly colored, had incredible weather-resistance and had featured of the biggest pockets known to man. Ask just about any kid that grew up in the 90s about their Starter Jacket, and they can not only tell you which one it was, but also about the day they got it.

In today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we’ll be taking a look back at the Starter Impact Jackets from the 1996 season. Available for all sports (including college), the Impact Jacket was a hooded crinkle oxford half-zip pullover with a team graphic embroidered on the front placket and the official team logo centered on the back. The models in the pictures are wearing jackets for the Orlando Magic and Dallas Cowboys, giving you a feel for a couple of the most popular teams around that time.

Check out the Starter Impact Jacket below and let us know more about which Starter Jacket you had when you were a kid.

Eastbay Memory Lane: Starter Impact Jackets