The Umbro Vs. range had a great last showing with their hard-wearing 5-a-side gear; clashing the flair of Sao Paolo street players with the rough’n’ready style of English 5’s, and now it’s back with a whole new mash-up!
This new collection sees in the summer with some football gear that is designed to look as at home on the beach as the 5-a-side court, with some retro 90’s surf colours that we’ve never seen on any piece of footy gear before!
To build their inspiration, Umbro˘ design team took a mecca of surf culture, Huntington Beach, California (We’d love to know how Umbro’s design team wrangled that one…!) to develop their latest range.
They also met with the designers at leading surf-brand Hurley – interestingly, also owned by Nike Sportswear Inc. -' to understand how surf wear is constructed and to look at how the performance aspects of surf wear would also be applicable on the football pitch. ' It soon became clear to the team that on the beach you simply wear what feels most comfortable, there is no uniform and individuality is key.
The result is a new Umbro Vs range built out of durable, stretchable fabrics; with unique seam placement to help movement but still possessing the style twists visible along the Californian surf. ' Available from April 1st the key pieces are:
Icon Short: Clashing the best in football and surf style, the short is inspired by both the England Home short and the famous Hurley Phantom board short. ' Like the Phantom, the Umbro V˘ short features an innovative four-way stretch and loses the traditional inside leg seam to enhance mobility. The fabric and welded seem construction allows an unprecedented range of motion in the water or on the pitch.
Shower Jacket: The Umbro Vs shower jacket is crafted to help you concentrate on your football game. A shaped vision hood keeping the rain off but not disrupting your view of the match, the football shower jacket can be kept safe and dry when not in use thanks to the graphic embossed pocket bag and clip hidden discretely on the front of the garment.
Training Jersey: Made from a durable polyester fabric, with a straight raglan seam and darting on the shoulder for increased comfort. The jersey also features a mesh seam on the back for increased breathability.
Over The Knee Short: The Umbro Vs over knee shorts features no side seam to disrupt the graphic with a tailored fit and a special comfort waistband
The new Umbro Vs range is once again being launched through a campaign featuring different characters that have been created by legendary street artist and cartoonist Todd James (a.k.a. REAS). Representing Manchester and California, the characters have each been given their own personality based on real life characters from the two areas, including three Manchester lads who went to Huntington Beach to see beach soccer for themselves.
The range is available in most good stockists right now!