The new Under Armour football uniforms that Bearcats fans have been desperately waiting for are finally here and I personally think they are just what Cincinnati needs.
Let me begin by saying that I am a fan of Under Armour. I always have been and likely always will be. Now, does that mean I was a fan of some of their failed uniform attempts?
Ehh... no, not at all. You win some and you lose some, but at the end of the day, I tend to trust that Under Armour will do what they need to do, more often than not.
So, onto the uniforms...
I personally really like what they settled on. They aren't perfect for me personally, but I still consider it a win. Overall, I love the helmet (the photo detailing the helmet has since been taken down so here). I have always been a fan of the standard stripe down the middle and then a simple, traditional logo plastered on either side. This fits the bill. Plus, the stripe has some additional meaning as it ties into Cincinnati's campus buildings and architecture. Symbolism is always a nice touch and means the triangles aren't quite as random as you would assume at first glance.
I like the jersey too. The stripes, while obviously a key element to the uniform, don't feel overdone on the jersey. The shoulders feel a little bare, but, for me, that isn't a deal-breaker. Some may feel the jersey is somewhat basic, but I think it has a nice traditional feel, where there isn't too much going on, but still has a modern flair. "Cincinnati" across the chest is a nice touch and the numbers do exactly what they are intended to do without sticking out like a sore thumb.
The pants are similar in that they are nice, but I'm sort of indifferent to the crossing stripes over the knee. That's likely a preference thing more than anything. It's not the triangle stripes that bother me, but I've just never been big on crossing the legs like that. To each his own.
I would give these an 8.5 out of 10. I am more of a traditionalist with uniforms anyway and I would rather have simplified than super modern, so these appeal to me quite nicely. I personally love the helmet and, overall, the look benefits from Cincinnati having some great colors to work with. That said, I recognize that numbers on the shoulders may have been nice and the stripes over the legs are likely one of those things that will grow on me as I see them in action. I'm a fan, but everyone has an opinion. Here's some of what I've found so far.
They're red. They're black. They say Cincinnati. They have the C Paw. Did you expect anything else? #Bearcats— James Freeman (@JFreeman83) August 3, 2015
I actually REALLY enjoy the simplicity of this uniform. I reaaaaally do! #Bearcats— Brian Henle (@Bri_Hen) August 3, 2015
For the record, I liked Adidas and I like Under Armour. I like winning games more than both of them. #Bearcats— James Freeman (@JFreeman83) August 3, 2015
Ain't that right.
UPDATE: On players!