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Air Jordan is brand designed for and endorsed by former NBA star Michael 'Air' Jordan. Getting its initial jump-off in 1985 with his 'Air Jordan' basketball shoes, it has since gone on to spread wider than just shoes and other products related to actual use for when playing the sport to more casual sports-inspired clothing and associated products.
Produced by Nike, they are mostly known for their shoes which have had fresh annual new designs dropped to coincide with the NBA season and are noted for the 'Jumpman' logo (featuring Jordan posing as if he was to do one of his trademark slam dunks) which often replaced a Nike swoosh as a way to make it stand out.
The 'Nike Air Jordan JumpMan 23 Fitted Cap' was a 2006 release from the brand and came at a time when New Era's change in 59Fifty design led to a sudden boom in their sales. This specific cap, which takes on a 'fitted' approach and so isn't adjustable, is inspired by the 'Elephant print' 1987 shoes that they released and even include them in the corner of one of the front panels to the cap to show where the look came from.
When they were released, they came in both a Black/Dark Grey/Red and Light Grey/Black/Red design in order get the most out of the shoe and make hats which covered it in the most expected way if you wanted to wear it matching those shoes (or more likely a re-released version of the '87s.
I purchased this hat last year in the spur of the moment as I was running low on in-house hats that I wouldn't want to wear outside (in fear of people thinking that I'd lost the freshness all my other clothes, shoes and hats posses. Looking at the price, I thought it to be a bargain as just a little something to wear when not trying to impress. When it came, I have to say that I saw it to be even a step down from that.
In knowledge that it was an old design, I didn't expect it to look all that crispy, but when it came it just didn't seem to have any of the feel that a Jordan product should. Obviously, it must have been two-to-three years old and so in spite of still being in its protective wrapping, it still wasn't to be box fresh, but I thought that it would be in a better state than how it came and so from the off-set gave me even more of a reason to not want to take it outside.
I hadn't worn any fitted caps from Nike in the past and so wasn't quite sure how it would fit. The sizes they do are equivalent to those of New Era and so you'll know what to go for if you buy online, however I found that when wearing it at the usual New Era size it was a little too big and although it wasn't falling in front of my eyes, it wasn't really sitting well on my head as the other fitteds I already posses. It's vaguely flexible too and due to all this, I'd suggest that if you get it then go for a size smaller than you are to ensure that it fits as it should.
The hat itself seems to be made from quite shabby materials and the type that really don't seem to look good after a while as I found that daily wear and tear just made it look even messier and that some peripheral stitching became undone quite early on. As I've had it for around a year, and have worn it at least once a week whilst just in the house I'd say that I know how it stands up to long-term strain and I wouldn't say it managed too well at all. Of course, all of this is compared to New Era caps, and this just doesn't do all that well really.
The nature of the material used for the hat mean that when you wear it, the thing becomes disfigured and so gives off a mushroom shape when you'd expect things to go as well as with any other cap and so really it didn't achieve any of its aims for a cap of its sort. I'm glad that I hadn't bought it any earlier when it would have been pricier, as I would have wanted to wear it for other purposes (when my hat collection wasn't as big). However, as it is, it doesn't really deserve much use.
==Where To Buy==
Although they did initially drop back in 2006, this specific hat is available in both colour variants on Amazon and can be purchased for £14. I'd say that the hat only fits the purpose that I currently use it for and so even the price that they sell it for there is a little steep when you consider the fact that it will have aged and so will never look as fresh as it would have looked at first when it came out.