The Puma ultraweave technology performance jersey was created following years of vigorous wear testing with athletes. The ultra lightweight fabric is engineered to provide the an optimised performance.

The jersey has a base chassis weighing 72 grams with extreme weight reduction achieved through a lightweight woven fabric featuring a four-way engineered mechanical stretch.

Puma believes this will make players and teams wearing the jerseys faster and more dynamic.

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.”

How does Puma’s new ultraweave technology performance jersey work?

Puma described ultraweave as a unique combination of fabric, pattern construction and applications (trims) that give the garment it’s unique properties to deliver the most ultra-lightweight and comfortable performance apparel Puma has ever made.

It is Puma’s mission to be the fastest sports brand in the world and the brand hopes this new technology will help it towards this goal.

Stefano pointed out: “Sport is defined by split seconds. Therefore, we identified apparel as a product that we could evolve to a new level. We felt we could give our players and teams a tangible performance benefit over 90 minutes.”

The lightweight woven fabric features a twodimensional ripstop structure that stays durable while enhancing player movement and 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.

The ultraweave jerseys also feature a new print technique for team/federation and Puma logos, which is said to be lighter and more breathable than traditional transfers.

Ultraweave retains performance, durability and breathability measures with thermo-regulating properties to ensure optimal performance in extreme conditions.

The dryCELL recycled polyester jersey is fast drying and reduces water retention, which allows for optimal performance when wet or dry.

Stefano explained: “Through ultraweave, we are able to reduce apparel and kit weight and restrictions to improve performance.”

The new technology has been applied to the Italy Home jersey and the special material has also been incorporated in the existing Renaissance Home jersey pattern.

Puma unveiled its new ultraweave technology jersey on the pitch at the Italy versus Spain Nations Cup Semi-Final, which took place on 6 October.