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Fanatics Breakaway Jersey vs. Adidas AdiZero Authentic NHL Jersey

With Adidas taking over as the official jersey supplier for the NHL things are a changin’ for fans looking to buy jerseys. There are now two options for fans to purchase. First is the “Fanatics Breakaway” jersey which is priced at $120 without a name on the back. The other is the “Adidas AdiZero Authentic” jersey, which goes for $180 blank and $249 customized.

Golden Knights season ticket holders will be receiving their Fanatics jerseys on Friday and Saturday of this week.

So, let’s examine the differences between the two. Fanatics on the left, Adidas on the right.

One of the first noticeable differences is with the NHL shield. All Adidas official “on-ice” gear has a shiny silver NHL logo. We’ve already seen it on the Draft Hat and if you head down to The Arsenal you’ll notice plenty of Adidas gear with it on there. That shiny shield comes at a price though. $110 sweatshirts, $70 polos, etc.

The difference here is in the fabric. The Fanatics jersey uses a more mesh fabric and it does not change for the underarm area. I’m not that in to textiles so I don’t know exactly what the Adidas jersey is made of, but take my word for it, the Adidas one is a nicer material.

Shoulder patches are probably the clearest difference on the jerseys. The Fanatics jersey has the logo screen printed on, and the Adidas one is fully embroidered. There’s also a slight difference in fabric. In this case (in my opinion), the Fanatics fabric looks and feels better, however, it’s way different looking than what the players wear and it screams, this jersey is not the authentic one.

On to my favorite part of the jersey, the intricate design inside of the Vegas Golden Knights primary logo. Both jerseys have the rivets around the V and the “floral” pattern inside of the shield. But, there’s a pretty clear difference in quality between the two. Also, the grey portion of the shield looks much better on the Adidas ones.

Here’s a little closer look at the difference.

The back of the jersey has two differences. First, the obvious one, the Adidas logo below the neck. The Fanatics jersey is blank. The other one is more subtle, and you’ve got to be a true hockey fan to appreciate what it is, otherwise, it looks like a poorly sewn tag. It’s not, it’s actually the velcrow strap that connects the jersey to pads. Without knowing what it is, it looks really odd. (Hockey fans are mad at me for not calling it by its proper name, “fight strap.” Thought that was too inside baseball, apparently not, so fight strap fight strap fight strap.)

The piece with the two buttons is the fight strap.

Finally, these are the tags on the front of the jersey. The tall skinny one on the Adidas one is a sticker meant to be taken off.

Are these differences worth $60?

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31 Comments

  1. Karen

    Looks like I’ll be coughing up an extra $60 for my jersey 😀

  2. Tom

    It’s called the “fight strap” Ken. Look it up.

  3. Tom

    In hockey, jersey is known as “sweater”. You will need your fight strap when you travel to road games, so the fans don’t pull your sweater over your head and pummel you, while you flail around.

  4. Tom

    In hockey, jersey is known as “sweater”. You will need your fight strap when you travel to road games, so the fans don’t pull your sweater over your head and pummel you, while you flail around.

  5. Dmac

    The Adidas adizero you are reviewing is not the On Ice jersey worn by players

    That an Indonesia jersey

    The one ice version is twice the price

    • Correct. It’s the official “authentic” jersey for fans. When I say “on ice” I mean it as a term not literally.

      • Lawrence LaBrasca

        Then they should make those in say size 62 or 64 or maybe even 66 for us fluffy folk

        • Joe Cobb

          Can you buy the actual on ice sweaters? I’m assuming made in Canada and not Indonesia.

    • Ty

      Absolutely correct information written above: I have been collecting authentic “on-ice” NHL sweaters for 27 years and the AdiZero jersey is an Indonesian made jersey that is a lesser quality than the official “on-ice” jersey which is made in Canada. I preordered what I was told would be the authentic “on-ice” jersey (I won’t mention the team) both home and away customized, and made in Canada (as were the jerseys on the mannequins in the pro shop). When I went to pick up the sweaters they were Indonesian made AdiZero with an obviously lesser degree of craftsmanship than their Canadian counterparts. The numbers were heat-pressed to the Jersey and the crest & shoulder patches varied in size to the Canadian sweater. I was assured these were the authentic jerseys but just comparing them to the Canadian Adidas sweaters gave me reasons to request a refund; which they gave me (even though my jerseys were customized). I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the actual “on-ice” sweaters; I’m sure I’ll just have to buy game-worn. This is a total bummer for me as a collector. Hope this helps folks in making an educated purchase.

      • mike

        THANK YOU these are garbage replica ON ICE JERSEYS.. real ones are MADE IN CANADA! im a collector to my friend,, this is horse trash!

        • Ryan

          Hi Mike, any Idea where in Canada to find the real ones, just cause you name something authentic on -ice doesn’t make it so 🙂

        • Randy

          Won’t buy any unless made in canada

        • Ty

          Mike, here is a direct quote from an Adidas sign posted in the Blackhawks store in Chicago: “Adidas Retail Authentic Jersey” …”NOT the on-ice jersey, slightly different than what the players wear, but the closest customers can buy to being “authentic “.

    • drew

      where can I get the on ice jersey

  6. Craigers

    I’ll take my “free” Fanatics ones, but I’ll be bucking up for one of each color of the Adidas ones for the wall.
    Thank you for pointing out the obvious that it’s well worth the upcharge to go with the branded one.

  7. Paul Bizoukas

    Fanatics jerseys are junk

  8. Jul

    Nothing for nothing but I thought season ticket holders were getting that better one.Were suppose to go pick it up tomorrow now not motivated god.Seriously with this and how complicated the whole selling season tickets thing has gotten though I did sign 3 year tickets I might want out after 1.The cheaper jersey seems petty on the team’s part.

    • Aaron

      No regular season games played and already complaints from season ticket holders. Reminds me of my days working in sports.

  9. As a hockey fan & publicist / you did a great job, even better job then quote unquote experts out there, in my opinion. We tend to laugh at new cities who get a hockey franchise because we think we ‘know it all’ but you have done a great job educating the fans in Vegas who will come to adore this great game. Great Job

  10. Julian

    Anyone with season tickets that can help me set this up in Stub hub so I can sell some games I’ll pay you.this shut is messed up what you have to go through

  11. Lawrence LaBrasca

    Was the main logo on the fanatics jersey a screen printed logo like the shoulder patches or was it actually embroidered like the authentic

    • It’s definitely not screen printed, but it’s really hard to explain the difference between the two. All I can really say is that the authentic one looks much better when you really consider the details.

  12. 20thMaine

    Beware the Indonesian Adidas shod. This is just the same old “Indo-Edge” debarcle again – look how that turned out! This is fraud calling them “authentic” save the money Adidas are ripping us off

  13. John booty

    Are the Fanatics jerseys front crest stitched on or heat pressed on like the Reebok premieres? I know the Adidas ones are stitched on

  14. Jake Raines

    Have you seen a customized Fanatics jersey? If so, are the name/numbers actually sewn on? Or are they the cheap heat pressed stuff that will peel apart after washing?

    • All numbers are heat pressed on. I’m not sure the durability as this is such a new product.

      • Jake Raines

        Ok, thanks for the response. I’d like to get a jersey but it seems like a lose/lose. The fanatics brand seem like pretty cheap quality, but if I’m paying $250 for an “authentic” jersey, but it’s not what the players are wearing, it seems like a waste of money.

  15. Anthony Misso

    I was told the same thing!! I was pissed!! The Indonesian jerseys suck and they shouldn’t be advertised as “authentic”. I’m a collector and I’m tired of this crap they pull. They should be ashamed of there selves!

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