Nike’s Pro Combat is a base layer lycra outfit that makes you one half Ninja Turtle, one half “Dr. Feelgood” era Motley Crue. It’s designed to add protection to your hips, elbows, ribcage and thighs. If you ask me: it just makes you look like a misguided Mad Max extra. If you want to scare the pants off your opponent it’s now an option to dress up like a tank.
I could maybe see the use of this in football, but the basketball model (pictured above and available this October) just doesn’t make sense. I mean, I wouldn’t wear this in a million years but I guess it’d be cool if you’re into looking like an extra from Rollerball. Is this the “new look”? Do you really think people are going to wear this stuff? It’s like they took a badass sport like Basketball and added foam and lycra and now it’s just one step closer to my little sister’s Tumble Tots class. But then again what do I know about Basketball. I got about as far as NBA Jam on the Super Nintendo.
Can someone explain to me the use of this on a basketball court? I see the PRACTICAL use of having some extra padding, but do they really have to make you look like a crazy weird Bubble Boy that can’t handle being pushed over on the court? Maybe looking like you’re from the future is the next big thing. We will have to wait until October to find out.