From product launches and ground-breaking campaigns to key partnerships and big bets that propelled the Brand forward, these are the moments that made us who we are.
Prototype #0037 - “The Shorty”
The shirt that started it all. It was soft. It was skin-tight. It was stretchy. And, most importantly, it wicked sweat faster than anything else out there, keeping athletes cool, dry and light.
Heatgear® for when it's hot & Coldgear® for when it's cold
After delivering on the keep-you-cool promise of HeatGear® with the first T-shirt, Under Armour introduced its now-famous ColdGear® fabric, which keeps athletes warm, dry, and light in cold conditions, and then AllSeasonGear®, which keeps athletes comfortable between the extremes.
The move to Baltimore
Under Armour moved operations from a rowhouse in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, which belonged to Kevin’s grandmother, to an all-new headquarters and warehouse in Baltimore, MD, the city it has called home ever since.
Under Armour signed on to supply product for the Oliver Stone film Any Given Sunday starring Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx. In key scenes of the film, the football team wore Under Armour apparel and accessories and athletes everywhere took notice.
ESPN The Magazine
Eager to capitalize off of the heat from Any Given Sunday, the Under Armour team volunteered to forgo their paychecks so the Brand could buy its first print ad, a half-page in ESPN the Magazine. The move paid off, generating awareness for the Brand and a $750,000 increase in sales.
Under Armour became the official supplier of the National Hockey League, and inked licensing deals with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, along with key retail partners.
The Armour Underneath
Under Armour launched its first line of performance underwear. Made to stretch, recover, stay put, wick sweat, and breathe, it promised athletes they’d never want to wear regular underwear again.
Under Armour’s first national television ad, the now-legendary Protect this House® commercial, featured former University of Maryland football standout Eric "Big E" Ogbogu. The ad established Under Armour as the authentic voice for the next generation, and introduced the concept of “WILL,” a theme that remains an undeniable part of the Brand’s DNA.
Going Back to Our Roots
Eight years after its launch, Under Armour became the official outfitter of University of Maryland athletics, where the idea for the Brand was born.
On November 18, 2005, Under Armour went public, trading at NASDAQ under “UARM” and became the first U.S.-based initial public offering in five years to double on its first day of trading.
Under Armour’s first Brand House retail store opened in Annapolis, Maryland.
The New Prototype
Under Armour revealed its highly anticipated line of performance trainers through its first Super Bowl commercial, marking its foothold in the athletic footwear market.
The Brand made its first strides into the running category with the launch of its performance footwear line.
After years of waging war on cotton, Under Armour further cemented its reputation for relentless innovation by developing Charged Cotton®, a fabric that dries faster than regular cotton, but feels just as soft and comfortable.
The sports bra, reinvented. Under Armour talked with everyday athletes and tested hundreds of prototypes to develop the perfect performance fit for its revolutionary Armour Bra™. Designed by women for women, UA took the innovative approach of uniquely constructing each specific cup size to deliver unmatched, made-for-you comfort and support. Finally, a bra built to fit athletes perfectly.
As part of the Brand’s relentless pursuit of innovation, Under Armour introduced its best insulation system yet with ColdGear® Infrared. A soft, thermo-conductive lining absorbs and retains body heat, so athletes stay warmer longer…with no extra weight or bulk.
Speed Form Apollo
Under Armour is a footwear brand and the introduction of the Speedform Apollo confirmed it. It was the first running shoe ever made in an apparel factory and was designed for speed with zero distractions. As the tagline said, “This is what fast feels like.”
Through the acquisitions of fitness app companies MapMyRun, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, Under Armour built the world’s largest digital fitness and wellness community. The Brand that changed how athletes dress now changes how they live.
Under Armour introduced its first smart shoe, the UA SpeedForm® Gemini 2 Record Equipped. It’s built-in Record Sensor™ technology tracks and stores data including time and date, duration, distance, and splits while providing an untethered running experience that allows athletes to run device-free.
This new pinnacle cushioning system for Under Armour footwear is not only soft enough to absorb impact, but it also returns energy and pushes you back up so it feels like zero gravity. Under Armour, 1. Gravity, 0.
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