Gridiron Style, State Pride: The UA State Pack

Gridiron Style, State Pride: The UA State Pack

Football is called “America’s Game” for a reason. You can travel to almost any state in the U.S. and find a large chunk of the population that loves to play, watch, and talk about the game. However, there are six states that are particularly football-minded: Texas, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, California, and Ohio. In fact, 53 percent of all Division I college players played their high school ball in these six states.

To honor these football hotspots, Under Armour has released its State Pack collection, with glove and cleat color for each location. Each design pays homage to what makes the state unique in a bold and flashy style.

Under Armour State Pack Texas

TEXAS

Let’s start with Texas, because you know what they say — everything is bigger in Texas — and that’s certainly true with football. Want to see what the sport means to the state’s citizens? Watch Friday Night Lights. To help Texas’ gear stand out, the state’s famous nickname, “The Lone Star State,” is featured on the cleats while its one-of-a-kind border is featured not once, but twice on the palm of the gloves.

Under Armour State Pack Maryland

MARYLAND

Under Armour is based in Maryland, so you know they’re going to bring it for their version, and they didn’t disappoint. The state’s beloved Terrapins are the basis of this theme. Their unparalleled uniform designs are featured on both the gloves and cleats.

Under Armour State Pack Georgia

GEORGIA

Georgia is well-known for its rich peach industry, so it makes sense that its color would shine a spotlight on the fruit. Gear up in this bright orange gear and you will be impossible to miss.

Under Armour State Pack Florida

FLORIDA

A Florida color needs to reflect the vacation destination’s warm, summery feel, and these certainly fit the bill. Palm trees, a setting sun, and the state’s “The Sunshine State” moniker help transport you to a beach while you are scorching your opponents.

Under Armour State Pack California

CALIFORNIA

With so many vibrant cities and unique landmarks, choosing what to feature on the California version could not have been easy. But Under Armour knocked it out of the park by focusing on the state’s flag. The red, green, and white colors and grizzly bear from the flag are the main focus of the gloves and cleats, while “The Golden State” designation makes an appearance as well.

Under Armour State Pack Ohio State

OHIO

Ohio’s edition lets you support your state and country. Its red, blue, and white colors with the state’s star and circle emblem give it an added patriotic feel. In fact, when the inside of the gloves are put together, they create an image of the full state flag.

With such detail put into each version, the UA State Pack is an outstanding way to show off where you’re from during 7-on-7 play or practice. Let us know which state design is your favorite in the comments.

Nike Rivalry Collection Now Available

Nike Rivalry Collection Now Available

words // Brandon Richard

One of the most anticipated elements of new college football seasons has become the unveiling of Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel. The Pro Combat system of dress takes an innovative approach to both the design and appearance aspects of uniforms, incorporating cultural cues of each team’s heritage. In addition to game-changing visuals, the uniforms offer the ultimate in lightweight protection.

Nike Football recently announced the nine teams that will be participating in the 2011 Pro Combat program, and leading the way this fall will be players from the University of Oregon, Boise State and Georgia. Before these teams hit the field in their new digs, Nike has released special “Rivalry Pack” products for each school to celebrate their inclusion in the program. Fans will not only have the opportunity to own the Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves that the players will be wearing during games, but also special school-inspired make-ups of the brand new Nike Air Max Trainer Max.

The Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves feature premium grip technology, making the style a must for receivers and defensive backs. An adjustable strap has been implemented to give you a secure, customized fit. Lastly, in true Pro Combat style, the gloves feature team graphics that form the school logo when both hands are interlocked.

School pride can displayed boldly with the Nike Rivalry Air Max Trainer 1.3. Each shoe is designed in school colors and features design cues that call to the heritage of each program. Team logos are centered on the tongues in shield form, while the heels are adorned with symbolic graphics. For Oregon, the letters “WTD,” which stand for the team’s “Win the Day” motto; Georgia keeps it simple with the classic G logo; and the Boise State pair “brings the hammer.”

You can see Oregon’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel on the field against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday, September 3rd. Georgia and Boise State will wear their new gear against each other at the Georgia Dome on Saturday as well.

All of these Nike Rivalry products are available now over at Eastbay.

Available now: Nike Rivalry Air Max Trainer 1.3

Available now: Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Oregon Stealth Black Cool Grey Volt 504735-007

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Oregon Ducks

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Boise State Metallic Platinum Game Royal 504735-048

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Boise State Broncos

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Georgia Bulldogs University Red Reflective Silver 504735-601

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Georgia Bulldogs

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