Saturday, October 6, 2007

Rbk EDGE Review: Hurricanes

Part 13 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

Carolina Hurricanes


New Uniforms

Old Uniforms

The Unveiling
Thursday, September 6. The Hurricanes unveiled their new jerseys at a press conference where they also discussed plans for the 10th anniversary season.

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

The red home jerseys feature the signature hurricane flags wrapped horizontally around the waist with a silver-white stripe above it and a white-black stripe below it. A silver stripe wraps around the elbow above a larger white stripe. The cuff is black. White piping extends around the sholders from the collar which is white with a thin black stripe on the inside. The primary logo serves as the crest.

The white road jerseys feature the signature hurricane flags wrapped horizontally around the waist with a red-white stripe above it and a white-black stripe below it. A silver stripe wraps around the elbow above a larger red stripe. The cuff is black. Red piping extends around the sholders from the collar which is black with a thin red stripe on the inside. The primary logo serves as the crest.

In The Details
The Hurricanes jersey, when compared to the rest of the league, has the most going on in terms of horizontal striping around the waist.

New & Old
The striping remains primarly the same between the old and new uniforms. The only differences are the piping around the shoulders and addition of the NHL shield at the collar which is a league-wide change.

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

NHLToL Editorial by Chris
When we talk about "busy" jerseys, these are the first ones that come to my mind. I do like the originality, however. The hurricane flags (technically tropical storm flags) are are a nice touch. And I think both the primary and secondary logos are top-notch. But those stripes! Not to mention, I for one, could live without the piping around the shoulders. I think it only detracts from the jersey. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. 3/5



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4 comments:

hncreature said...

Lame piping...again! The bottom striping is too much and seems too wide top to bottom - In the bottom of the pile for me


DID YOU KNOW - When the Whale was picking a new destination Columbus OH(named for Christopher Columbus) was on the list but Columbus was pitching a make shift arena in an airplane hanger with promises of bigger and better things - I guess it wasn't enough so Greensboro got the team with plans to move to Raleigh - The Columbus group actually had a name proposed and the name was the X-PLORERS - Christopher Columbus...get it

I was in Columbus at the time and I wouldn't have cared what the team was called it would have be great to have a team - Instead we got the expansion team a few years later and the Blue Jackets name...maybe / maybe not a better name but it was NHL hockey

Chris - How about this for a challenge to the uniform designers on this site - Let's see some ideas for jerseys / unis for the Columbus X-plorers...a team that could have been

Drew said...

I'm a Hurricanes fan, but I think the design of our jerseys is very amateurish. It seems like there's not much rhyme or reason behind the design, and I think that's why the jerseys look busy.

The border around the bottom of the jersey is definitely too thick, but I think the storm flag band is a great idea, even if the extra black and silver/red stripes around it are not.

The piping... I don't hate it as much as a lot of people because I think it adds some much needed balance to what would otherwise be incredibly bottom-heavy jerseys.

One more aspect of the jerseys that I love but hasn't been mentioned: the font... I think it's the best in the league. I noticed that you haven't been mentioning it in your reviews, so perhaps you could have a "Tournement of Fonts" too.

Jonathan said...

Umm, i can't seem to access this poll, or the one for the ducks, but I can get all the others ...

Sabres Persuasion said...

The shoulder piping was completely unnecessary.