Monday, October 1, 2007

Rbk EDGE Review: Blue Jackets

Part 8 of 30. All 30 NHL clubs have unveiled new jerseys under the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System for the 2007-08 season. Here at the NHLToL, we're going to review every one of them. Read up and then rate the new sweaters. We'll do a full ranking after completing all of the reviews.

Rbk EDGE Uniform System

Columbus Blue Jackets

New Uniforms

Old Uniforms

The Unveiling
Friday, June 22. The Blue Jackets unveiled their jerseys at the 2007 NHL Draft in Columbus.

Home vs. Road
Home: Blue. Road: White. The two sweaters are essentially mirror images of each other and both feature secondary logo patches on the shoulders.

The blue home jerseys feature white and red piping that extends down the sleeves to the cuff. A white star is placed on each wrist and red piping goes around the cuff. The bottom of the jersey has red and white piping and the collar is also striped in red and white. The primary logo serves as the crest.

The white home jerseys feature a thick blue stripe extending down the sleeves, bordered by white and red piping that extends to the cuff. A white star is placed on each wrist and red piping goes around the cuff. The bottom of the jersey has blue and red piping and the collar is also striped in red and blue. The primary logo serves as the crest.

In The Details
The white stars at the wrist are a unique feature to these uniforms. The same numbering and lettering style has been retained.

New & Old
There are many changes between this year's new jersey and last year's. For one, the Blue Jackets have adopted their third jersey as a primary sweater, dumping the old logos altogether. Red is also less prominent in the new logo as well as uniforms. The horizontal stripes around the waist are gone.

Standard FAQ
Numbers on the front? No.
Laces at the collar? No.

NHLToL Editorial by Chris
When the first Blue Jackets logo was unveiled and it featured a bug, I was almost sure it was a joke. Yet it appeared on that jersey for way too many years. In adopting a new primary logo this year, the Jackets have quickly become a great-looking team. I think the new logo is a huge improvement and better than most currently seen in the NHL. And the uniform is fitting. The stars on the wrists are a nice touch. I also like the shoulder patch but could see it working better without the outer oval spelling out the team name. My one other quarrel is with the sleeves on the home sweater. I think they should be black like they were on the third jersey. But that's just my opinion. A decent effort. 3/5

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Drew Celestino said...

Honestly, out of all the Edge designs, I hate pretty much all of them.

Except Columbus.

They did a great job on their new unis. Love them.

NHL Jeff said...

I think they're pretty good considering what they could have done.

Until you mentioned that their previous alternates had black sleeves, I had never noticed that. Just went to look at a picture, and sorry to disagree, but I am definitely glad they chose not to include the black, it didn't fit in with the navy, in my opinion.

Q said...

I liked the bug : )

Lance said...

My favorite jerseys of them all.


hncreature said...

They did a great job with this jersey...thankful no bug and no more lime green!

Ohio pride!!!

Jason said...

The secondary works much better with the oval and the name. With just the forage cap it would be too plain and would just fade into the uniform.

On the old thirds, I am not sure if that sleeve stripe was black or not. I've always seen it as a midnight blue; a blue so dark as to look black under any but the best lighting. I'll have to look at my nephew's replica when I'm over at my brother's next week.

apk said...

if there's a 5/5 Edge design, it's this one. Gorgeous.

Curly said...

I love the shoulder stripe that goes all the way down to the wrist. Love it love it love it.

ranndino said...

These are very sharp jerseys and remind me very much of the USA national team.