Coaches want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to outfitting their players in the latest apparel and equipment. These products are among the best in the industry when it comes to comfort, protection and style.

1 NIKE VAPOR UNTOUCHABLE FOOTBALL CLEAT

The Nike Vapor Untouchable fuels explosive, vertical speed on the field. Its sleek Flyknit upper delivers a tight yet flexible fit that adapts to the foot’s natural motion. The cleat was designed and tested first with the University of Oregon football team, and built for athletes who need all-out speed like Richard Sherman, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Marcus Mariota. The Nike Vapor Untouchable also leverages the power of sustainable innovation, continuing Nike’s commitment to delivering high-performance products with minimal environmental impact. Flyknit technology knits shoe uppers precisely engineered for zoned strength and support, while reducing waste in the manufacturing process. The Nike Vapor Untouchable is also the first Flyknit football cleat made with recycled polyester yarn – each pair is knit with the equivalent of five recycled plastic bottles.

MSRP: $159.97

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2 NIKE CJ3 ELITE TD FOOTBALL CLEAT

Designed and tested for over two years with direct insight from Calvin Johnson, Jr., the Nike CJ Elite TD cleat was built for hybrid athletes like Johnson, Jr., Luke Kuechly and Amari Cooper. It provides maximum strength, durability and support in a minimal, lightweight package. Flyweave technology enables the creation of a one-piece woven upper that provides incredible strength-to-weight support where it is needed most based on demands of the game. The precise patterning of the new Flyweave upper reduces bulk while providing flexible and durable strength. The woven material also allows for advanced positioning of Flywire cables to help lock down the midfoot offering exceptional containment much like a seatbelt or harness system.

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MSRP: $79.97

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3 NIKE LUNARBEAST ELITE TD FOOTBALL CLEAT

Built for the biggest, strongest guys on the field, the Nike LunarBeast Elite TD cleat supports unrivaled speed through force. Developed with insight from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Nike Lunar-Beast Elite TD is engineered for a quick first step. An innovative NikeSkin upper provides lightweight durability and protection. Dynamic Nike Flywire locks the foot in place for support. A proprioceptive collar allows full freedom of movement without sacrificing lateral ankle stability and support. Alongside a cushioned midsole, the plate gives the Nike LunarBeast Elite TD an innovative, powerful traction system with a tough, comfortable base to help athletes dominate point-of-contact battle.

MSRP: $79.97

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4 NIKE VAPOR UNTOUCHABLE UNIFORM

The Nike Vapor Untouchable uniform features an all-new chassis with minimal seams and fewer panels (five each in the jersey and pant) than traditional builds, current industry standards and previous Nike uniforms. The 100-percent stretch-woven uniform weighs only 20.4 ounces (nearly four ounces lighter than current Nike Football uniforms) and repels water to maintain its light weight in wet conditions. Moreover, the garment wraps across the body to the back, where every piece of the jersey converges. The uniform also replaces mesh with a laser-perforated, stretch-woven material in key sweat zones (the stomach, lower back and behind the knee) to help support thermoregulation through optimal ventilation.

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MSRP: Varies per team

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5 NIKE VAPOR SPEED 7-ON-7 FOOTBALL UNIFORM

Specifically, the Nike Vapor Speed uniform helps enhance on-field speed through thermoregulation, protection and fit. The jersey features lightweight Nike Dri-FIT fabric that provides ventilation while wicking moisture. Ultra-durable mesh is strategically placed on the back of the jersey to maximize breathability and ventilation. Dual-layer compressive fabric in the pant targets hamstrings and quadriceps to help keep major muscle groups warm and ready. Plus, perforation below the knee delivers breathability and thermoregulation in key sweat zones. Lightweight, breathable padding on the shoulders helps increase durability, making the Nike Vapor Speed uniform perfect for body-to-body and body-to-ground contact. The same padding technology is placed on the knees and hips to provide premier practice protection and prevent burns and rashes. For additional protection, the pant is equipped with internal thigh-pad pockets.

MSRP: Varies per team

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6 RIDDELL SPEEDFLEX

The goal of Riddell’s product development team was to create a helmet with fully integrated components and innovations for peak athlete performance and state-of-the-art protection. The SpeedFlex was created with the wants and needs of players, coaches, equipment managers and athletic trainers in mind. Notably, the Flex System is engineered into the helmet’s shell, face mask and face mask attachment with hinge clips that help reduce the impact force transfer to the athlete. The Tru-Curve Liner System allows the helmet to conform to the contours of a player’s head, while the Composite Energy Management System absorbs impact energy. The All-Points Quick Release enables trainers to disengage the face mask with the simple press of a button. The Ratchet-Loc Retention System rethinks the chin strap, which helps players secure proper fit each time they strap up.

MSRP: $324.99-$399.99

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7 RIDDELL RIPKORD

Riddell’s RipKord shoulder pad removal system utilizes a release mechanism integrated into the pad that allows for quicker shoulder pad removal and easier access to a player’s chest in the event of a head or neck injury. Riddell shoulder pads featuring RipKord are available for players at all levels.

MSRP: $299.99

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8 ENERSKIN UNISEX KNEE SLEEVES

Enerskin Unisex Knee Sleeves help strengthen your knee, protect your knee, stabilize your knee, reduce knee swelling and inflammation, and recover quicker—even from knee injuries such as a torn ACL, MCL, meniscus and patellar tendon—with patented silicone taping infused onto knee compression sleeves.

MSRP: $199.99

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9 SHOCK DOCTOR MAX AIRFLOW LIP GUARD

It’s the most comfortable “no-mold” instant fit lip guard made from medical grade silicone that remains flexible and resilient in all conditions. Integral bite pads provide a low profile platform for comfort with a large air flow breathing channel that doesn’t inhibit the air intake needed for those sprints to the goal line. Translucent medical-grade silicone can easily cleaned in boiling water or dishwater with no deformation.

MSRP: $14.99

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10 746 MCDAVID HEX™ 7-PAD 3/4 LENGTH GIRDLE

Seven is the new lucky number.

• Longer length with extra padding extends below the knee

• Designed to move when you move for continuous protection at hips,tailbone, thighs and knees

• 9mm Hex Technology is lightweight, flexible and breathable

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• Hex hip pads feature newly engineered shape for more precise coverage

• Compression technology supports large muscles to help reduce pulls and fatigue

• Dry and cool via hDc™ Moisture Management Technology

• Seam-strengthening 6-thread flat-lock technology Wash it, dry it, wear it

• Includes cup pocket MSRP: $99.99

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11 BIG GAME FOOTBALL FACTORY 1906 COLLEGIATE LEATHER

Legalized in 1906, the forward pass forever changed a fledgling game called football. Now you can forever change those impromptu pick-up games or tailgate tosses. Not simply another football, the 1906 is a means to the end zone. Designed for the art of passing accuracy, hands of all sizes can sling it around without having to find the laces. Hand-crafted from genuine cowhide leather, the 1906 is not a cheap import. Used in real games across the nation, its rugged durability passes the test under the lights of Friday night. Try the 1906 and hit your buddy in stride on a 20-yard crossing route.

MSRP: $66.65

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