Puma has released the world’s lightest football jersey to date, developed using the company’s Ultraweave technology.
The new tech made its on-pitch debut in the Italian kit, which was worn in the Azzurri’s encounter with Spain on 6 October. The special material has been incorporated in the existing Italy Renaissance Home jersey pattern.
Ultraweave, which was created following years of vigorous wear testing with Puma athletes, is an ultra-light weight fabric that is engineered for optimised performance. The jersey has a base chassis weighing only 72 grams, with extreme weight reduction achieved through a lightweight woven fabric featuring a 4-way engineered mechanical stretch.
Stefano Favaro, Creative Director Teamsport at Puma said: “Our athletes wanted something lighter and faster to help them achieve marginal gains needed at the highest level. Therefore, we identified apparel as a product that we could evolve to a new level. We felt we could give our players and teams a tangible performance benefit over 90 minutes. During a game players cover an average of 10 to 13.5km with high-intensity action every 60 seconds. Through Ultraweave, we are able to reduce apparel and kit weight and restrictions to improve performance.”
Unfortunately, this new Ultraweave Italy jersey will not be available for sale in SA, but we can gawk at it below: