Sure style is subjective but there can also be clear standouts. In the sports world there are no shortage of wild designs every year that try to steal the show but often it’s the ones rooted in simplicity that win the day. When it comes to Super League, team kits run the gamut from traditional to “WTF were you thinking?” And while it’s a shame that the smallest logo on the jerseys these days are the team’s own, it is no excuse not to make your mark. In fact it makes the colour schemes and patterns even more important to fans and vendors, especially with new TV deals and franchises entering the fray. Keep in mind “top” doesn’t mean best or even best selling. To us it calls out fresh design, progressive thinking or sometimes just the right twist on a classic look. Here are our picks for the…
TOP 5 SUPER LEAGUE KITS IN 2020:
5. HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS – AWAY kit:
This is the biggest risk of all the kits this season – an entry that looks like a cross between mad genius and not giving a shit, which could have gone either way. There are seven different sponsors on the front not including their own with four different colour schemes among them. All of this is set on a Prince purple base colour with what could be described as an Asian paisley stencil design that starts from the bottom and fades into the chest. All of this is trimmed inexplicably in orange including the wet suit neck that feels SCUBA inspired. It shouldn’t work but it does, and spectacularly we might add.
4. CATALAN DRAGONS – HOME kit:
The Dragon’s finally broke up the V-strip design that runs across many a rugby jersey from shoulders through to chest. The white base that peeks back through breaks and lightens the mood as does the greyed out V-strip pattern that echoes down to the bottom of the jersey. Like the Wolfpack they have very fortunate and appropriate sponsorship that really connects to their brand. In the Dragon’s case – as the lone French participant in the 12-team Super League – having Sud de France as the front-and-centre partner is helpful and neat as always.
3. TORONTO WOLFPACK – AWAY kit:
The talk of the town had to come correct so we fully expected the Toronto Wolfpack to recharge their look. It’s a simpler, sleeker affair with a clean shoulder design that starts the sponsorship logos further down on the chest. Few teams control their branding as well as the Wolfpack and their Rugby Strength sponsor sitting at centre is obviously perfect on purpose. The black is chopped up by line gradient fading that divides the dark with subtle breaks and the white Wolfpack logo helps keep focus on the team. More awesome is how that lined gradient pattern frames the outline of a larger version of their wolf face logo over the chest, a creative triumph more legible on the white home kit. The very OVO-like gold trim could be taken as an ode to the new Toronto, which the Wolfpack are definitely trying to make themselves a part of. This look will only help the cause.
2. HULL FC – AWAY kit:
This pick wasn’t a lock after seeing the principle kit, which looks like a vintage American chain gang outfit from the 1920’s. The away ensemble, however, is straight fire. They’ve kept all the logos white with honest and uncluttered spacing but this causes their own brand to get a bit lost. It’s the one fault of this bold piece. The pink bars encasing the blue stripe on the shoulders are menacing and the bolt/houndstoothy darker pattern on the blue helps the pink trim to pop. Ballsy design that pays off in a mass appeal kind of way.
1. SALFORD RED DEVILS – HOME kit:
It helps that Salford’s throwback design is more muscle shirt than the rest but the impact tornado wave that crosses the front is master class shit. It breaks the jersey into three distinct parts that still feel united. Bold line work on the bottom left adds air while most of the sponsorship logos are stacked in the solid red upper right portion of the top. This leaves the team logo alone in the white middle – a brilliant strategy that keeps the focus on the team and the Red Devil crest. Extremely reminiscent of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers’ vintage look, the front and centre sponsor and the jersey play off of each other perfectly. This is what happens when you care about making sense.