Barcelona: Sweaty Nike Shirts Weighing Us Down

By half time, the shirts are 2.5 times heavier

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 27, 2011 12:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nike is selling a ton of its new specially-designed Barcelona kits (that’s uniforms for the Americans in the audience), but there’s one big problem: The team hates them. Why? Because the eco-friendly shirts, which are supposed to improve performance somehow, actually get so dang sweaty that the players feel weighed down by them, the Guardian reports. Players came back from their preseason US tour complaining the shirts “weighed a ton” and “stuck to the body like a limpet.”

The problem hasn’t subsided since the start of the season. Some frustrated players have even taking to weighing the shirts before, during, and after games. Their findings? By halftime the shirt, which usually clocks in at a little less than half a pound, has more than doubled in weight. Team officials met with Nike on Friday to air their grievances, and Nike says its product team is currently testing solutions.

Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on September 24, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on September 24, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.   (Getty Images)
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