The Republic of Ireland Umbro 2011/12 away (or change) kit was officially launched on April 17th via the Umbro Ireland Facebook page. The new predominantly black jersey will be worn by the team for the rest of its EURO 2012 qualification campaign and international friendlies over the next year. It is now available at World Soccer Shop.
According to Umbro:
The brief for the new design was to look at all the elements that are important to the player and fans alike including heritage, identity, performance, effortless function and a tailored fit.
The design team wanted to understand the motion of the football player and looked at ergonomic football forms rather than having a garment created on an existing muscular body form.
The result is the creation of a football specific form which takes into account the shape of the body when playing football. Also key to the thinking behind this new jersey was that we wanted a product that would look just as good off the pitch during your 1350 minutes as it does during your 90 minutes on the pitch. The stunning black kit is the first significant colour change away from White for an Ireland shirt in a number of years.
Technically, the Ireland change shirt is crafted to the highest specification from a textured fabric that provides comfort and breathability. This jersey feels absolutely fantastic on the skin. This is a result of the polyester blend used on most of the shirt. It looks and feels comfortable like cotton but is extremely effective at absorbing moisture away from the skin and drying quickly.
Anatomically tailored sleeves provide a great look and excellent feel whilst dart detailing is employed for an enhanced fit. The shirt also features a grandad collar neck with a concealed popper closure for a clean finish.