This Test rugby shirt is a rejuvenation of the original shirt from the 1888 tour. The Lions heritage was one of the main influences in the design of this shirt, under the Lions crest the scroll reads ‘since 1888’ instead of the tour year. However the tour year is still represented on the shirt near the hem on the sleeve, in a stylish font and HD quality embroidery. This not only shows the importance of the Lions heritage but also increases the lifespan of the shirt by having a more subtle date.
The wing tipped collar of the shirt harks back to the traditional rugby kit of the lions. The wing tipped collar was the original standard for black tie, Canterbury have taken that iconic look and merged it with the modern rugby shirt to show respect to the heritage of the Lions. On this test shirt the wing tipped collar has been secured down to eliminate the risk of fingers becoming trapped.
With this test shirt, the neck has a remastered elastic based power loop at the neck, this gives you more stretch preventing ripping during play. The strength of this has been tested by Canterbury to withstand a great amount of pressure. To improve the durability and strength, this shirt is made with active seams which are 30% stronger than flat lock seam systems. To allow a comfortable and flexible movement this shirt has additional panelling on the underarms for 360° movement, this allows you to reach and focus on the game without being restricted.
For the first time in Canterbury's history, they have changed their iconic 3 bar tack found on their clothes, it has been altered and now the Lions range has 4 bar tacks, each one representing the colours of the four home nations.
To show that these shirts are official British and Irish Lions merchandise, a visible wax stamp hologram depicts the high level of quality of the shirt. To maintain the traditional feel of this shirt they have a high definition embroidered Passant Guardian. On the test shirt, one of the most exciting features is the hydro reveal Passant Guardian logo that is found on the arm.
To ensure that you stay comfortable and dry, the body of the shirt has Canterbury’s innovative VapoDri+ technology which is a fully adaptive system that reacts to your changing body temperature to ensure you can focus on what matters, your performance. This perfected innovation provides you with a quick drying shirt, with a dynamic cooling system.
The shoulders and sleeves of this innovative shirt have been designed with Canterbury’s unique VapoShield technology, this system allows you to embrace the elements as it is water repellent.
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