Here’s a look at a few different helmet shots in different light from 2013:
As I understand it, the ask of the helmet reconditioners in recent years was to match the helmet shade to the jerseys (which makes sense of course) and you can see that above.
The helmets do appear to a be a darker shade, and darker than the high maize in the jersey. Now…as Dr. Sap epically explained back in 2011, you have to be careful when assessing shades of colors in photos. Exhibit A, same game:
I can tell you from seeing them in person that there did appear to be a difference on Saturday.
Sap’s take? He thinks that Riddell indeed used a darker hue this season when they reconditioned the helmets.
My take? I trust Sap because Sap’s eye don’t lie. /slams gavel.
P.S. While the Uniform Timeline covers a broad range of uni nuance over the years, it hasn’t delved into color tone/shade changes for a few reasons. Unless the manufacturers or reconditioners provide with specific color codes season over season, I’m going to stay out of that on the Timeline.
P.P.S. I believe the special gold flecks or flakes have returned in 2014 – I noticed them at media day.
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