Reigning European football champions Italy will wear a special edition 2021 PUMA Ultraweave home kit for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League semi-final against Spain.
The Azzurri men’s national team will only don the jersey for this year’s Nations League. The Italian women’s side will wear it for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Switzerland.
According to the FIGC and PUMA:
Created after years of extensive testing with PUMA athletes, ULTRAWEAVE is an extremely lightweight fabric engineered to optimise performance. An extreme reduction in the jersey’s weight has been achieved thanks to the woven fabric characterised by a 4-way mechanical elasticity that makes PUMA players and teams faster and more dynamic.
In football, every detail makes a difference. When the going gets tough, every gram counts. As part of PUMA’s Faster Football movement, the brand aims to push boundaries, innovate and create new products for football. ULTRAWEAVE uniquely brings together the right fabric, pattern and finishing touches that give the garment specific properties, resulting in the most practical and lightweight product ever made by PUMA in its mission to be the fastest brand in the world.
The woven fabric features a two-dimensional ripstop structure that ensures resistance while improving player movement and radically reducing weight. A further decrease in weight is achieved thanks to a pattern made specifically to reduce the number of panels, from 4-8 in the conventional design to two main panels, thus also reducing the number of seams and stitches inside the shirt. In addition, the ULTRAWEAVE jersey features a new printing technique for team and federation badges and the PUMA logo, which is lighter and more breathable than traditional transfers.
ULTRAWEAVE maintains high standards of performance, durability and breathability through thermoregulation properties that ensure optimal performance in extreme conditions. The dryCELL recycled polyester dries quickly and reduces water retention, allowing for optimal dry and wet performance.
The new technology has been applied to the FIGC Home shirt which will be used for the Italy vs. Spain match. The special material has been incorporated into the Renaissance weave of the current Home jersey, to mark the debut of the lightest PUMA jersey ever in one of the most important games of the season.