UCLA unveils slick 'LA Steel' uniforms designed to make tackling more difficult
JUL 16, 2014 12:45p ET
In the latest act of "Keeping Up With the Oregons," fellow Pac-12 member UCLA released its flashy new Adidas-made "LA Steel" alternate uniform on Wednesday.
According to UCLA's press release, the look marks the Bruins' first grey uniforms in school history (to be precise, they're "rich dark onyx grey wth ultra-light metallic embellishment that shimmer, paying tribute to the bright lights of Los Angeles"). Indeed, this is the golden age of uniform design jersey-selling badassery. Take a closer look.
Pretty cool, right? Players have to be stoked, particularly the skilled position players, because apparently these unis are supposed to make tackling harder for opponents. Per UCLA (emphasis mine):
UCLA’s new alternate uniform also features TECHFIT Shockweb technology, one of the most advanced compression systems in the industry. Shockweb clings tightly to the body, making players more difficult to tackle. TECHFIT’s lightweight material allows players to perform at the highest levels by making them faster and increasing their range of motion.
Gone are the days of loose-fitting material that allows opponents to cling while teammates swarm for a gangle tackle. In the college ranks, at least.
Keep an eye out for "Louisville Lava" alternates.