This week we received and compared Nike’s authentic football shirt versus their replica football shirt.
We have the authentic United States away shirt and the replica England away shirt by Nike. Both away shirts for the United States and England were launched at the end of March and the start of April.
The authentic edition is the more expensive shirt coming in at roughly 90 pounds or 150 US dollars while the replica shirt prices at a much cheaper 50 pounds or 90 US dollars. The major reasons why the authentic edition is more expensive is because it is the shirt which will be worn by the players at the World Cup while the replica shirt is designed for fans to wear.
The authentic edition features more advanced technology than the replica shirt. Both shirts feature Dri-Fit technology which is a high-performance, microfibre, polyester fabric that moves sweat away from the body and to the fabric surface, where it evaporates. As a result, Dri-FIT keeps athletes dry and comfortable.
The authentic edition features ventilation holes on the sides of the shirt further enhancing breathability and ventilation while the replica edition lacks any sort of ventilation holes on the sides. For extra ventilation the back of the authentic shirt is made of mesh which further enhances breathability and contributes to this shirt’s light weight. The replica shirt features the same material on the front and the back.
The authentic edition is tight fitting which means any shirt classified as authentic will run small so we suggest you choose a size larger than your true size. You can tell the authentic shirt is authentic because it features a gold tab at the base of the shirt where the replica edition features a silver tab.
To sum up the authentic edition is the more expensive shirt as it features more ventilation technology including mesh and ventilation holes making it lighter than the replica shirt and it will be worn by the players on the pitch at the World Cup while the replica shirt is much cheaper and lacks the same level of ventilation technology that the authentic shirt has. Both authentic and replica shirts feature the same design and are both 100% polyester.
Posted on May 15, 2014