Football kit release: Inter Milan to play in Nike’s most environmentally friendly kit ever

With the 2010/11 season on the horizon, players from all over the globe are hitting the catwalks kitted out in their club’s latest threads.

Inter Milan are no exception and SportLocker can reveal images as we as all the technical information of the new kit designed and made by Nike.

This season Inter will play in a new home kit inspired by the traditional blue and black club colours, and infused with the inherent elegance and sartorial flair of Italian  fashion.

The body of the shirt features Inter’s iconic blue and black stripes, which are the thinnest stripes for more than thirty years to create a new and more stylish aesthetic.

The shirt also reflects the classic tailoring and craftsmanship of a shirt from the renowned Milan fashion houses by consisting of a firm woven stand collar, a bonded placket with two buttons, a dropped seam on the shoulder and a deeper cuff on the sleeves.

On the back of the shirt below the neck reads ‘Inter’, while inside the front of the shirt, on the back of the club crest, is the phrase ‘Nerazzurri’, Inter’s renowned nickname which translates as ‘The black and blues ones’.

While the history and tradition of the club is present in the shirt design, the new home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester – which for the first time includes both the shirt and shorts.

Each complete kit is made up of up to thirteen reclaimed plastic water bottles.  This new manufacturing process reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing traditional polyester and saves nearly 100 million plastic water bottles from being dumped at landfill sites.

The home shorts this season are black with a woven royal blue tape along the side, and a stylish seam down the front, while the new home socks are entirely black with ‘Inter’ on the back of each calf.

The light weight kits (13% lighter than previous versions) actively regulate the players’ body temperatures on the pitch to keep them dry and cool at all times through use of Nike Dri-FIT technology.This technology draws sweat away from the player’s body through the material where it can evaporate.

Temperature regulation is helped by ventilation zones, consisting of hundreds of tiny laser cut holes from the under arms to the waistband, allowing air to circulate to keep players dry, cool and comfortable.

For the first time the club crest on the front of the shirt is heat transferred, making it even lighter and crucially allowing this area to now be ventilated as well.

The shirt has a new aerodynamic fit this season, now slimmer and more athletic, providing 17% more stretch than the Inter Milan shirt of two years ago.  While a bonded hem offers a streamlined look that reduces irritation caused by chafing.

To compliment the new match day kit Nike has launched a unique Inter line of training and lifestyle clothing for both players and fans to wear on and off the pitch.

For more information visit nikefootball.com and nikemedia.com for shirt and player images.

Nike Recycled Process: As part of the Nike Considered Design program, Nike uses discarded water bottles destined for landfill sites in Japan and Taiwan where they can take up to 500 years to decompose. The bottles are placed in a large washing machine to clean them and get rid of labels before they are chopped into tiny flakes and melted down into a yarn that is ultimately spun to make the fabric for the jerseys.

This ensures the kits remain the most eco-friendly ever by reducing energy consumption by up to 30%compared to manufacturing raditional polyester, and saving nearly 100 million plastic water bottles from being dumped at landfill sites.

 

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