The U have traditionally been a school that pushes the envelope on uniform design and usually wear a design that is unique to them. Still, there are some elements in each version that we recognize as Miami elements, especially the number font. So, when Miami goes to a new design, we expect to see those two things come together; a fresh take on traditional Hurricane design language. Nike takes another shot at it for the 2014 season.
Miami now has 4 helmet options, 3 of which are white. To me, 4 different options are fine as long as they're different enough from each other to justify having that many. Only changing face mask colors is not a good reason for having this many. It is the least important part of the helmet (color wise) and only changing it's color makes for a confusing set of helmets. There is no reason Miami couldn't have chosen the matte white helmet with the gray Flying Ibis logo to have either a gray or green mask, which would make that helmet design a cool, special novelty instead of a stagnate indecision.
Still, the execution of those 2 helmets is quite nice and I really like the chrome-color logo decal. There is also a "classic" helmet design which is unchanged from last year and should remain as the primary helmet.
The other option is an orange shell with gray mask and Flying Ibis logo set to "multiply". It's hard to make out what is going on exactly with the paint and decals here. From best I can tell, it is painted with metallic orange with a satin clear coat on top. The Ibis logo also appears to be painted with a darker color orange. Whatever the technique is, the mask appears to be treated the same way with a silver paint and satin clear coat. I believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done something very similar with their new helmets.
The Flying Ibis logo makes an appearance on each jersey's sleeves and as far as sleeve art goes, this logo feels right at home there. It's not a very clear or readable logo, it's more of a pile of stripes and shapes but that's what appeals to me about it; it works more as a pattern.
The number font is the same from last year but it has been vertically stretched which makes it fit on the jerseys better and making the player appear taller. There is an addition of a stroke around the numbers though, which i like less. There is nothing in the uniform that is treated with a double stroke and the numbers feel a bit out of place because of it.
The poorest design decisions follow the standard Nike fill-in-the-blank process that is far too common now. This includes the alternate colored sleeve panels and the stripes across the front that just follow the harsh angles of the shoulder/chest seams. Like so many designs before, the small sleeves appear to be stitched on without any thought as to how or why it should interact with the rest of the jersey and it's elements. The stripes across the front on last years design had curves and flowed down the jersey really nicely. That element was repeated on the pants as well. The 2014 design looks like a cheap knock-off and it's odd sharp, upward angle doesn't have any unity with the rounded numbers, the primary logo, or the long, flowing Flying Ibis. It is the opposite of what stripe should actually be. It is constant decisions like this from Nike that bring all their designs down not only because they look very cheap but they also are looking the same as each other. Nike is doing thoughtless, lazy, generic designs and the worst part is a school who is known for unique uniforms now has a Nike "template" that was already done by their least competitive competitor.
There is a pair of pants to match each jersey and the Flying Ibis makes another appearance on the hip. There's not a lot to talk about here but it is nice to see Nike use some restraint and just go with a solid color pant. I think it's a good decision because there is a lot going on with the other pieces this allows your eye a sort of resting place and you're not overloaded with colors and stripes.
It's close enough to what you expect from both University of Miami and Nike. As far as appealing to fans and players the uniform should do that, but there are plenty of details that designers and uniform geeks will not like. And it's OK to be irritated by them because Nike of all companies should be better than that, but it just fits into the status quo for them. There's not much that will be considered classic or timeless, but it's not intended to be either. When they change again and dump this design I think it will be forgotten and never brought up again if only to say "remember when they had the Ibis logo on the sleeves?". It's not unique or good enough to be anything more.