January 27, 2022 2 min read
Rugby jerseys are designed for different purposes, including levels of competition. Some are meant to withstand the toughest opponents and others are geared toward hard training, cheering or even relaxation. While jersey fits can vary from vendor to vendor, there are some general commonalities. Here's how we break it down and simplify it.
The performance fit is as close as you can get to what the professionals wear.
It’s a super slim fit that is skin tight and body forming, with a reinforced neckline and tight sleeves.
This fit allows for ultimate match performance and is suited for competition at the highest level. It makes it more difficult for opponents to tackleplayers by grabbing the jersey and doesn’t restrict movement.
(Test and Pro Jerseys have a performance fit)
The athletic fit is a bit more roomy in the body and neckline, but it’s still a slim fit that performs with the body and allows for freedom of movement.
The athletic fit is suitable for training, cheering on your team, or hanging out after the match. However, if you haven’t been to the gym lately, and your body isn’t quite as tight as it used to be, you may prefer a relaxed fit for days in the stands or drinks with friends after the match.
(Supporter and Replica Jerseys have an athletic fit)
The relaxed fit is not too tight and not too loose. It offers more room around the body and sleeves, making it more relaxed and more forgiving than the athletic fit. A proper collar also provides more room around the neck.
The relaxed fit is super versatile. It provides a sharp look, but is comfortable whether worn in the stands, on the sofa, in the office, or at the pub.
(Classic Rugby Jerseys, also known as Ruggers, have a relaxed fit)
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