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Review: Tottenham home jersey 11-12

Review: Puma Tottenham Home Jersey 11/12

By Zach Jepson

 

The new Tottenham home jersey by Puma looks very plain upon first sight.  The shirt is solid lilywhite throughout with only a few navy details.  Three embroidered Puma cats-one on each sleeve, and one over the left chest and the embroidered team crest over the heart.  There is also the new “Aurasma” sponsor dead center in middle of the kit.  The jersey also has a white collar and the back and sides are made of a mesh that allows air to pass through easily.  That’s all the basic aspects included on the shirt, now time for my opinion…

 

Tottenham home jersey 11-12

 

 

                      The new Tottenham kit is great.  It’s plain but it’s truly a thing of beauty.  Sometimes less is more, you know?  As a Spurs fan, it is a pleasure seeing Bale, Van deer Vaart, Dawson and the rest of the lilywhite’s wearing this on the pitch each week.  The only problem is that this shirt won’t be making an appearance in the Champions League this year, but alas, you’ve got to have goals and I hope our Spurs will be back next year!

                      The shirt features a slight stretch and Puma has finally nailed their sizing down to how it should be.  For years Puma was unpredictable with their sizing…the 07/08 kit was wide and short, 08/09 fit true to size, 09/10 fit really short and wide, 10/11 was long and wide.  The sizing is now finally perfect.  I would say it’s similar to Adidas sizing rather than Nike but it’s true to chest size a 42/44 is a large, etc.  Personally, sizing is very important to me, if a shirt fits really short or wide, I likely won’t wear it, so why buy it?  It’s a shame that Puma finally made a great shirt…when it’s their last year being the Tottenham manufacturer.

                      As far as things that detract from the jersey…there’s really nothing.  The only nitpicking would be with the new “Aurasma” sponsor but that’s just because I think the logo is not as visually appealing as the Autonomy logo from last season.  Also, Autonomy dropped the ball because they couldn’t decide on what they wanted to the jersey which is why the release date was pushed back until late September.  It always seems Spurs have trouble with the sponsor and their jerseys are always released late because of that.

                      So with the amount of items released by a team by their kit manufacturer, how would I spend my limited dollars?  I think that the kits are the most important thing but there are several points that either make or break a purchase from me.  The sizing is important was I said earlier, but the team crest NEEDS to be embroidered.    Lately, it seems that a Nike and Adidas are deciding to not embroider all the team crests anymore and personally, that’s just being cheap.  They justify it by saying it makes the jersey lighter but I think it’s a lot cheaper to screen a logo rather than having it stitched on.  For example the new Arsenal and Real Madrid shirts feature screened logos similar to the sponsors…it looks cheap and I think it makes it look like a knock off shirt from eBay.  Luckily Puma hasn’t done that with any of their kits yet.  I think that when companies are making kits, t-shirts, pants, training gear, jackets, fleeces and other items…for me kits come first, and training gear second.  I rarely purchase other items because there are just too many.  It’s nice having variety but when each item is $50-75; you have to pick and choose.

                      Overall, I’d say the new Tottenham kit is nearly flawless.  If you’re a fan, it’s a definite buy, especially with not knowing how Under Armour will handle their range next year.  You also can’t go wrong getting it customized with your favorite player from MMSports because they are one of only a handful of shops to offer authentic Lextra player names and numbers as well as authentic on field size badges.  Any questions ask, but I think it’s a must buy.

 

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Review: Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11

Review: Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 from Puma

By MM Sports Joker Ambassador Aaron Holtsclaw 

      I am reviewing the 10/11 season Tottenham Hotspur jersey which is a light blue. The one I received was personalized with the number 11 and Van Der Vaart on the back which is good because he should play for Spurs for some time as opposed to Modric who will probably be leaving soon. Being a large man in the Los Angeles area who follows English Football, you get odd looks when you wear a jersey like that out in public. People around here recognize some of the more famous clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, or Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona. So a Spurs jersey in LA is definitely a conversation starter.

 

Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 no sponsor logo

 

     The jersey is manufactured by Puma and is put together well. I am a large man. My shirt size is 3XL. Most manufacturers don’t realize that there is a market for large jerseys. Everytime I watch a game from England, the camera will zoom into the crowd and it appears the crossection of fans features a few large dudes who in my eyes, would probably like to buy their teams kit but often cannot find it in their size. Modern jersey s have been trending towards a tight fitting jersey which is not good for large men. In America, the NFL has realized this and rakes in the money off of jersey sales with a large portion of them being in the large end of the size spectrum. But back to the jersey, I have seen plenty of bootleg jerseys in my day that are made from the weekest materials and it is obvious from the first look at this kit that it is genuine. The material feels nice and the lines are sewn without flaws. The bird on the Spurs crest sits proud on the ball and all 3 pumas are nice and clean as they jump across the chest and each arm. The personalization on the back of the shirt is applied nice with proper spacing. You would assume that I could hand this to a Spurs player who got blood on his shirt and he could rotate right back into the game wearing this.

 

Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 Van Der Vaart 11

 

     The shirt sponsor logo is unobtrusive to the overall look of the kit and rounds out a very well put together attractive jersey. With the light blue, you don’t have to worry about where you wear it in the Orange County/Los Angeles area because it doesn’t represent any gang colors. Overall this is an attractive jersey that I am happy to wear.