THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “REPLICA” AND “AUTHENTIC” ADIDAS JERSEYS?

What are the real differences between a replica jersey for 90€ and an authentic jersey for 140€? Today we look at the differences between Adidas jerseys.
For some time now, football shirts have been on the rise and sales are soaring. The market for football shirts is growing, and there are many different versions of the shirts. While PSG, for example, has designed a supporter jersey based on the example of US sports, it is the “replica” and “authentic” jerseys that are the most popular. But what is the difference? We look at the changes between the two versions, focusing on Adidas jerseys.

WHAT IS A REPLICA JERSEY? WHAT IS AN AUTHENTIC JERSEY?
“Authentic” and “replica”. When looking to buy your favorite team’s new jerseys, you’re bound to see or hear these terms. Aimed at fans and widely available in sports shops and official shops, the replica jersey is the best-selling jersey and is often priced between €75 and €90.

The “authentic” version, designed for professional players but also available for sale, is sold for around €140 by Adidas. While both jerseys share the same graphic and visual characteristics, the technologies used are quite different.

REPLICA VS AUTHENTIC: AEROREADY VS HEAT.RDY
We knew ClimaCool and ClimaLite, now we have Heat RDY and Aeroready. Already in place on the national team jerseys presented at the end of 2019, these two technologies will be the ones used on all jerseys for the coming years. Wishing to bring some new blood to these familiar names, Adidas has re-imagined its entire textile technology strategy around these terms. ClimaCool, ClimaLite, and ClimaWarm have been replaced by Rain.DRY, Wind.DRY, Heat.DRY and Cold.DRY. Terms that speak volumes to the general public. While Heat.RDY and Aeroready are both temperature control technologies, but there are many differences.

Heat RDY is a temperature control technology with titanium dioxide added to the fibers to keep you cool in hot weather and dry. The grooves in the fabric allow perspiration to escape quickly. Heat.RDY, therefore, facilitates air circulation and offers a second skin effect. Aeroready, on the other hand, is a sweat-wicking technology that keeps the skin dry and maximizes comfort.

REPLICA VS AUTHENTIC: DIFFERENCES IN FIT
Designed to be used by top athletes, products with Heat.RDY technology has a more slim fit than those with AeroReady. A detail that was already present in the past but is much less obvious today than when the Adizero technology was in place. Already present with the ClimaCool and ClimaLite, a difference in the fabric is also visible on the two versions available for sale for Adidas club tops.

The fabric of the authentic version, for example, is made of a 100% polyester double knit that offers a soft feel and breathable material, while the replica model is designed with much more classic construction and a mix of polyester double knit (51%) and recycled polyester (49%). In addition to the slim fit, the lower part of the authentic jersey also features a distinctive curved shape that sometimes provides Adidas with a visible space to inscribe the club or national team nickname. In the case of the authentic Germany jersey, this includes “Die **** Mannschaft”.

Different technologies, a different cut, but also different logos. Not in substance, as the crest of a club or an equipment manufacturer is unchanging, but rather in form. While the replica jersey offers logos that are embroidered and therefore with seams that touch the skin, the authentic version offers logos that are iron-on and are therefore one with the fabric of the outfit.

As you can see, there are many technological and visual differences between the “authentic” and “replica” jerseys. If the authentic jerseys are the same versions as those worn by the players on the field, it is interesting to note that the players do not wear these jerseys completely, since the outfits received at the beginning of the season come from a pro stock dedicated to the players and within which the notion of size and customization is different from that usually found.

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