One of the features of each of the “five fast factors” mini-preview series that just concluded was the fifth factor, seeking to ask of each franchise, when did they perfect their kit? Every year new kits come out and people give their thumbs up or down, but rarely do we link back to the previous edition in making that judgment, let alone winding all the way back through a team’s fashion history to place it all in context.
Below are the 10 definite winners of the 11 teams reviewed, plus a couple extras explained below. And one of the teams, FJD, we don’t really have a true winner yet, but I tossed in the two likeliest winners. And now I am asking you to vote for the best of the best! In doing so… I am not even sure what I am asking you, but I think for me it will be which version seems most inspired in the context of kit development. You can think of it that way. Or just pick the one you like best. Anyway, please scroll through the review of the winners, and vote!
Israel Premier Tech: 2023
This one garnered just under a majority, 45% and with more than twice the number of the next most popular option. Yes, 2023 is a good year for kits, but it also helps to take some time and get beyond “what if the Israeli flag were a jersey?”
Quick Step-[insert]: 2021
Sitting pretty with 41% of 73 votes cast, about three times the all-black one from a few years earlier. It’s a lot of blue, but compared to other iterations (which were almost all a lot of blue), the deep shade here seemed to stand out.
EF Education-EasyPost (a/k/a Slipstream)…
We have a dead heat! 18% each. So I will give you their two very disparate options, the nouveau pink and the old style Garmin classic.
Who doesn’t love pink and black?
Anyway, the 2010 Garmin Classic:
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