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On Cam: Gilas' new jersey

Ivan Saldajeno
By Dugout Philippines

TAGUIG--Nike unveiled the jerseys Gilas Pilipinas will wear for the FIBA OQT on July 5-10.

In the launching event at Kerry Sports on Saturday, the media got to see the new kits Gilas will use as they vie for a spot in the Rio Olympics in August.

The said jerseys, which are pioneering Nike Vapor basketball uniforms, impose a new order on the court by pairing progressive knit jerseys and shorts featuring Nike AeroSwift technology with innovative base layers to minimize game-time distractions and maximize performance.

The system is anchored by basketball-specific base layer options, including arm sleeves, padded compression gear and knee sleeves, which together wick sweat from the skin, providing a feeling of protection and compression, and keeping the players’ arms and legs warm off-court.

Designed to interact with the base layer but not cling, the lightweight, tailored jersey features stretch knit with engineered mesh as determined by extensive sweat-mapping studies.

The short also introduces a FlyVent waistband that addresses the discomfort of traditional basketball waistbands via a new manufacturing process that combines two types of knit mesh into one highly secure, breathable band.

This is matched to a hybrid of engineered knit mesh in the back and a hydrophobic four-way stretch woven fabric in the front.

Additionally, the front of the shorts features a mobility vent. Placed specifically where basketball players need it most, based on their five key movements, it reveals a flash of tights as athletes move. The result is a 35 percent more breathable kit than that worn in 2012.

Gilas' Nike Vapor basketball uniform with AeroSwift technology focuses on a sharp and eye-catching play of the country’s national colors of Scarlet red, Royal blue and white.

The home jersey has a base of clean white, with the country name, the player’s name and number in red. A gestural line runs down the side of the jersey and around the front of the shorts in the Royal Blue of the Philippine national flag.

The away jersey is in a contrast base of Royal blue, with numbers and letterings in white, and an accenting Scarlet red line runs down the sides of the jersey to the front of the shorts forming a visually seamless line to define the fluidity of the uniform as the player moves on the court.

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