VBM's Annual Shoe & Gear Review: Game Time Edition

Rosie Terrell
The 2013 Shoe & Gear Review features socks, jerseys, spandex, shorts, and of course, shoes!

With the fall season already upon us, it’s time to brush off those lingering grains of sand and remind ourselves how to play in shoes. In this year’s annual shoe and gear review, the VBM staff focused on the game-time essentials: jerseys, shorts, spandex, shoes, and socks. In collecting the newest gear from all your favorite brands, we’ve determined that sublimated jerseys are here to stay, pinhole mesh detailing is on the rise, and colorful socks are the trendiest way to add a little pop to your uniform.

Photo 2: (from left) TeamLeader custom sublimated jersey, call for pricing, 1-877-365-7555, teamleader.com; Under Armour women’s “Locker” t-shirt, $22.99, underarmour.com; Mizuno “Flat Front Short G2,” $35, mizunousa.com; Under Armour women’s “Authentic” t-shirt, $29.99, underarmour.com; Nfinity 3” spandex short, $24.99, nfinity.com.

Photo 3: (from left) Rox custom sublimated jersey, see website for quote, roxvolleyball.com; High 5 Sportswear women’s long sleeve “Raptor” jersey, $30, high5sportswear.com; Russell Athletic long sleeve sublimated jersey, $72-$90; Russell Athletic long sleeve volleyball jersey, $38, russellathletic.com.

Photo 4: (clockwise from left) High 5 Sportswear women’s “Evolution” top, $18, high5sportswear.com; Under Armour women’s “Authentic” t-shirt, $29.99, underarmour.com; Russell Athletic cap sleeve sublimated jersey, $84, russellathletic.com; Nike “Volley Zoom Hyperspike,” $115, nike.com; Under Armour women’s “Locker” t-shirt, $22.99, underarmour.com; Mizuno “Performance Highlighter” sock, $15; Mizuno “Wave Lightning RX2,” $120, mizunousa.com; Kaepa women’s “Heat” shoes, $87, kaepa.com; Under Armour women’s “Camo” crew socks, $12.99, underarmour.com; Asics women’s “Gel-Volleycross Revolution” volleyball shoes, $110, asicsamerica.com.

Photo 5: (clockwise from top left) High 5 Sportswear men’s short sleeve “Evolution” top, $18.50, high5sportswear.com; Plastic Clothing “Este” tank, $29.86, plasticclothing.com; Under Armour men’s “Tech” sleeveless t-shirt, $22.99, underarmour.com; Mizuno men’s “Wave Lightning RX2,” $120, mizunousa.com; Asics “Hydrology” crew sock, $16, asicsamerica.com; Under Armour “Team UA Coach’s Short,” $34.99, underarmour.com.

Photo 6: (clockwise from top) Mizuno “National VI” sleeveless jersey, $50, mizunousa.com; Asics men’s “Gel-Sensei 4,” $130, asicsamerica.com; Adidas “Utility” short, $31.95, 1stplacevolleyball.com; Under Armour “Stars and Stripes” crew socks, $14.99, underarmour.com.

Photo 7: (from left) Under Armour men’s camo crew socks, $12.99, underarmour.com; Asics men’s “Gel-Sensei 4” volleyball shoes, $130, asicsamerica.com; Kaepa crew socks, $8, kaepa.com; Mizuno women’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com; Under Armour “Ignite” crew socks, $12.99, underarmour.com; Nike “Volley Zoom Hyperspike,” $115, nike.com; Under Armour “Recur OTC” socks, $11.99 (2-pack), underarmour.com; Kaepa women’s “Heat” volleyball shoes, $87, kaepa.com; Under Armour women’s camo crew socks, $12.99, underarmour.com; Asics women’s “Gel-Volleycross Revolution,” $110, asicsamerica.com.

Photo 8: (from front) Mizuno men’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com; Nike “Volley Zoom Hyperspike” volleyball shoes, $115, nike.com; Asics men’s “Gel-Sensei 4” volleyball shoes, $130, asicsamerica.com; Kaepa women’s “Heat” volleyball shoes, $87, kaepa.com; Asics women’s “Gel-Volleycross Revolution” volleyball shoes, $110, asicsamerica.com; Mizuno women’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com.

Photo 9: (from left) Rox standard crew socks, $14 (2-pack), roxvolleyball.com; Kaepa women’s “Heat” volleyball shoes, $87, kaepa.com; Mizuno “Performance Highlighter” sock, $15; Mizuno women’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com.

Photo 10: (clockwise from top) Under Armour “React” 4” volleyball shorts, $29.99, underarmour.com; Kaepa USA long sleeve volleyball jersey, $43; Kaepa crew socks, $8, kaepa.com; Mizuno women’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com.

Photo 11: (from left) TeamLeader custom sublimated jersey, call for pricing, 1-877-365-7555, teamleader.com; Mizuno “Techno Volley IV” long sleeve jersey, $52, mizunousa.com; Adidas women’s “Utility” long sleeve jersey, $39.95, 1stplacevolleyball.com; Asics “Roll Shot” jersey, $46, asicsamerica.com; Nfinity “Dawn” long sleeve jersey, $53.99, nfinity.com.

Photo 12: (clockwise from left) Kaepa half sleeve jersey, $42, kaepa.com; Mizuno “Balboa” cap sleeve jersey, $30, mizunousa.com; Plastic Clothing women’s V tank, $34.90, plasticclothing.com; High 5 Sportswear sleeveless “Piranha” jersey, $21, high5sportswear.com; Mizuno women’s “Wave Lightning RX2” volleyball shoes, $120, mizunousa.com; Kaepa women’s “Heat” volleyball shoes, $87, kaepa.com; Asics women’s “Gel-Volleycross Revolution” volleyball shoes, $110, asicsamerica.com;
Nike “Volley Zoom Hyperspike” volleyball shoes, $115, nike.com.

Photo 13: (clockwise from top) Kaepa men’s “Eclipse” shorts, $33, kaepa.com; Asics men’s “Gel-Sensei 4” volleyball shoes, $130; Asics men’s “Tyson” sleeveless jersey, $30, asicsamerica.com; Under Armour “Ignite” crew socks, $12.99, underarmour.com; Mizuno “National VI” sleeveless jersey, $50, mizunousa.com; Under Armour “Escape” 7” woven shorts, $29.99; Under Armour men’s “Tech” sleeveless t-shirt, $22.99, underarmour.com.

Originally published in October 2013

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