What a wild ride it’s been for the Philadelphia Flyers’ Reverse Retro jerseys. Reports of them being leaked occurred fewer than two months ago, and ever since then, the opinions around the polarizing look have continued to change.
The reaction to the first initial leak in mid-October was overly negative, and for good reason. It was a simple, Fanatics-brand jersey on a hanger. Fanatics jerseys always look worse than the real Adidas versions, and that being the first look at them certainly wasn’t a good thing.
BREAKING: The @Penguins and @NHLFlyers upcoming Reverse Retro jerseys have been leaked by an eBay seller. Lots of photos and details on the blog right now! #Pens #Flyers— icethetics (@icethetics) October 19, 2020
You can go back into that related article to see that the top comments are negative — with standouts such as “I will buy one so I can set it on fire” — which was in line with much of the fanbase’s opinion. The Flyers had a few other options to throw it back to, including black jerseys from the late 1990s and most of the 2000s. Seeing another orange – and not being sure what the orange looked like at that – wasn’t encouraging.
However, the opinions on the jerseys have done a complete 180 since that leak in October.
Their official reveal helped turn the tide. It was good to see an Adidas version of the jersey actually on a human being.
Of 1,106 votes in a “How do you feel about the Flyers’ Reverse Retro sweaters?” poll at the bottom of the unveiling article, 45% voted “I like them!” with just 14% voting “They stink!”, and 42% solidly in the middle at “They’re okay.”
Seeing the jersey photoshopped onto some of the players made them look a lot better as well.
Fit for a beauty. ⚫️⚪️— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 1, 2020
Get your #ReverseRetro jersey: https://t.co/azNgXVA84q pic.twitter.com/1jnZLH4NIX
This is a story all about how our jerseys got flipped-turned inside out. #ReverseRetro | #WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/9Dz4mYlBvT— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 2, 2020
On Monday, we finally got to see the jersey in action. Well, on the practice rink at least.
The Flyers tweeted out a video of Ivan Provorov working out in the jersey, and I must say that they look amazing.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 7, 2020
Our work horse hits the ice in his #️⃣9️⃣ #ReverseRetro jersey for the first time. pic.twitter.com/rUcclr0eDD
The white stripe on the socks add some flair to the look, as do the black gloves with the white cuffs. Those white cuffs might still throw some people off, but I’ll take it given how great that orange looks.
Be like Provy and get your #ReverseRetro sweater today: https://t.co/azNgXVA84q pic.twitter.com/CLmDywNmgW— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 7, 2020
It’s good to see the jersey on the ice, and it’s great to see Ivan Provorov working out the Skate Zone.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get to see those jerseys in game action.