Puma introduces Lightest Jersey Featuring Revolutionary ULTRAWEAVE Technology
27 October 2021: PUMA has developed ULTRAWEAVE, its lightest ever performance apparel technology engineered to deliver the game’s fastest football jersey. The new technology was unvelied on October 6, worn by the Italy men’s national team at their Nations League semi-final fixture against Spain. The ULTRAWEAVE jersey will also be worn by the Italy women’s national team in their upcoming fixtures.
ULTRAWEAVE, which was created following years of vigorous wear testing with PUMA athletes, is an ultra-light weight fabric that is engineered for optimized performance. The jersey has a base chassis weighing only 72 grams, with extreme weight reduction achieved through a lightweight woven fabric featuring a 4-way engineered mechanical stretch that will make PUMA players and teams faster and more dynamic.
The lightweight woven fabric features a 2-dimensional ripstop structure that stays durable while enhancing player movement and drastically reducing weight. Further weight reduction is achieved through a specially crafted pattern that reduces the conventional design of four to eight panels into just two main panels – reducing the number of seams and stitches in the jersey. Additionally, the ULTRAWEAVE jerseys feature a new print technique for team/federation and PUMA logos, which is lighter and more breathable than traditional transfers.
Speaking at the reveal of ULTRAWEAVE, Stefano Favaro, Creative Director Teamsport at PUMA said “Our athletes wanted something lighter and faster to help them achieve marginal gains needed at the highest level. This resulted in four years of testing and development to achieve the lightest football jersey we have ever made. Sport is defined by split seconds. Therefore, we identified apparel as a product that we could evolve to a new level.”