The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Chicago Blackhawks RBK Premier Replica Youth Jerseys

My son is a big Chicago Blackhawks fan, so I recently bought him a couple of Reebok Premier replica jerseys for his birthday. Here are the bullet points, as provided by the manufacturer:

  • 100% polyester two-way stretch pique
  • Polyester interlock knit rib collar
  • Solid mesh inserts provide ventilation
  • NHL Shield patch sewn on the bottom of the front collar fabric insert
  • Engineered and constructed to duplicate the look of on-ice team designs
  • Front crest of the jersey is embroidered just like the authentic jersey
  • Reebok vector embroidered on the sleeve and back neck
  • Woven jock tag with alpha sizing on the lower left front
  • Decorated in the team colors
  • Officially licensed

Since these are not “authentic” jerseys, they do look and feel rather cheap. The bullet points say that the front crest is embroidered, and I guess there is some embroidery on it. But it is certainly not “just like the authentic jersey”. The crest on these jerseys feels like a thin piece of cardboard, and seems like it would fall apart after the first washing.

The first thing I noticed upon receiving these items is that they are made in China. Usually when you see that on a sports jersey, you immediately think “fake,” but I guess Reebok really is making some of their NHL stuff in China now. But even though this is an official Reebok product, the quality is pretty bad. The black and red stripes don’t line up where they meet at the seam, and the NHL shield isn’t even centered. These mistakes are noticeable, and made me come very close to returning the products for a refund. But my son was so excited about the jerseys that I just ended up keeping them.

Overall, I guess I can’t complain about a jersey that cost less than $50. You get what you pay for, right? If I wanted top quality, I could always spend $300 for the real thing — but people who do that are insane, IMO. My son likes these, and that’s what counts. They’re big enough that he’ll get to wear them for a few years while playing roller hockey in the neighborhood, and then he can just throw them out. If they last that long, I’ll be happy.

My advice to you: These are ok if you can live with obvious flaws. If you want perfection, thicker material, and nice embroidery, you’re not going to find it in the RBK Premier Replica line. You need to check out the Edge Authentic stuff instead!