New “gold standard” used for Irish helmets

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It won’t just be the lights making the Irish helmets sparkle brighter on Saturday night.

The Irish will be unveiling a new helmet color, with a luster that better matches the Golden Dome that towers over Notre Dame’s campus. In a week where many people were expecting a uniform “surprise,” a new shade of helmet coloring certainly counts as something just about nobody saw coming.

According to Notre Dame football’s official Facebook page, here are the particulars of the new helmet.

  • Helmet has created a new “Gold Standard” for helmets with reflective gold coloring.
  • As you can see in the photo, color is much closer to the Golden Dome than any other helmet worn at Notre Dame.
  • There’s still 23.9 karat gold flake in the paint of every helmet.
  • There’s a better consistency from helmet to helmet on the roster.
  • The tradition of student managers painting the helmets will end, as the coloring process is too complex.

Obviously, losing the tradition of student managers painting helmets isn’t ideal, but I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received from readers over the past couple seasons complaining about the helmet color. This should seemingly end that debate, as the brilliance and match of the helmets and the Golden Dome is pretty impressive.

No word yet on how they’ll look with green jerseys, but if you’re wondering what the difference is between the old gold helmets and the new ones, the side-by-side shot is pretty startling.

With TechFit jerseys and new painting procedures, the Irish continue to update their uniforms while still holding onto the traditional aspects that make them one of college football’s most recognizable teams.

 

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