Sure, this season for OL didn’t go as well as you perhaps wanted it to go. No top 2-finish in the league means a playoff for the French giants and a sobering Round of 16 exit to European rival Real Madrid can bring sadness to any Les Gones fan. Doesn’t mean the club doesn’t have a bright future to look forward to and one shining light is the new home kit, which I must say is one of the classiest jerseys out there today.
The new 2011-2012 home kit is a spin on the previous incarnation of the jersey and in my opinion is a significant improvement on an already awesome shirt. In last year’s model, the likes of Michel Bastos, Lisandro Lopez, and Yoann Gourcuff donned an all white kit with a red and blue diagonal strip. This years iteration takes that diagonal and pushes it up to become a thick horizontal strip across the chest. It’s a great move and variation on Adidas’ part and even includes some new details that show the manufacturer’s commitment to intricate detail. Contained within the red and white strip are two shaded lions, like the one seen on the crest. It’s a subtle nuance that combines the classic strip and a modern feel to create a nice balance of old and new. A new betting site, Everest Poker, has taken over sponsorship for the home threads and comparable to last year’s design from BetClic. The biggest new design positive element comes in the red and blue trim surrounding the sleeves and neck hole. The two color trim is pretty uncommon and I’m honestly not sure why. I wish more kits had this design because the colors work well against the primary white color.
The jersey also features Adidas logos sprayed throughout the shirt, as is natural and expected with an Adidas product. They blend in well with the other parts of the jersey, at any rate. As for comfort level, I couldn’t be happier I’m wearing the kit in the heat of summer. It’s highly breathable thanks to the blend of 100% polyester material implemented as well as the ClimaCool patented technology. ClimaCool really is about as accurate description as I can give for what the technology actually does: it keeps you cool in any blistering heat of a climate. Hats off to the Adidas marketing department on their naming skills. Moisture build up is reduced as a result of ClimaCool as well which is nice, considering most anyone would sweat sitting out in 90 degree weather. In all, the kit is a marked improvement over last year’s home shirt. It’s a bit more of a classic design but still has modern styling and intricate details that bring any Lyon up to speed for an inevitably promising future. A great Lyon jersey.
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