Ranking every XFL team's 2023 uniforms
February 11, 2023 / By Brayden Nazarian
From the worst to the best. No spared feelings.
There have been a number of rebrands in professional sports over the last few decades. The XFL just went under a rebrand of their own, bringing in a few new teams and tinkering with the ones they kept. To be fair, they did a good job of keeping uniforms consistent with each team's brand. However, there are definitely a few that stick out on both ends of the style spectrum.
8 - Houston Roughnecks
Coming in at the bottom of the barrel are the hideous rags the Houston Roughnecks threw together for a uniform. While I can appreciate the idea of trying something new and different, I just can't get behind it in this case.
To start, the jersey has way too much going on. The big white bar on the shoulders (navy for the aways) just doesn't fit well with the other features of the jersey, and the numbers on the shoulders certainly aren't helping with that. Neither jersey flows well with their corresponding pants, but I think an all-white or all-navy set would look okay. The gradient colorway for the numbers is a nice touch also, but that alone doesn't do it for me. And don't even get me started on the helmet. Throw it away and try again.
They should've kept their uniforms from 2020.
7 - Orlando Guardians
Just above the Roughnecks (and I mean just above) are the Orlando Guardians. To me, these uniforms are the lovechild of the Oregon Ducks and some traffic guard in a fluorescent neon vest. The neon green accents stick out and take away from the overall style of the jerseys, but there wasn't much style there to begin with. For some reason, they made part of the sleeves gray and decided it would be a good idea to make the facemask gray as well. Such a dull color to mix in with a uniform that's supposed to pop. The main shade of green is pretty nice actually, and the away gray pants aren't bad, but just about everything else needs work in my opinion.
To their defense, it's hard to make such a vibrant uniform work. The Oregon Ducks and the Seattle Seahawks are the only two teams I've seen pull it off correctly. I definitely won't be adding the Guardians to that list.
6 - Seattle Sea Dragons
At the No. 6 spot are the Seattle Sea Dragons and their Denver Broncos wannabe uniforms. To be honest, I don't mind these that much. I like the orange, navy and white color scheme a lot, and the numbers on the jerseys are sharp. The green logo and facemask, however, completely ruin the whole look for me. They just stand out too much compared to the rest of the uniform. Even something as simple as changing the facemask to navy blue would go a long way.
There's a lot of potential with this uniform and color scheme, but the Sea Dragons fumbled.
5 - Vegas Vipers
The Vegas Vipers slot in at No. 5 on this list solely because of how average their uniforms are. A black-on-black look is supposed to be clean and intimidating, and while the Vipers' look isn't ugly, it isn't that great either. Everything feels so plain and generic besides the bold red numbers (black for the aways). I prefer their away uniforms so much more; the black accents on the white jersey are great and the snakeskin pattern on the numbers and pants pop a lot more. I also think the helmet is pretty tough, and the 'VIPERS' font on the jerseys is unique. That's not enough for me, though.
It's hard to miss on all-black uniforms and the Vipers managed to do it (sort of). Not a bad look by any means, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
4 - St. Louis Battlehawks
The fourth spot on the list belongs to the St. Louis Battlehawks. This is the first set of uniforms I actually like all the way through, but not enough to put them any higher. Nothing too flashy, but a uniform doesn't have to be flashy to be good. The blue and white on the home jersey look great alongside the gray accents on the shoulders and numbers. The all-gray away uniform is pretty clean as well, and the matte gray helmet is like the cherry on top. A much better adaptation than their previous uniforms from 2020. Good job, St. Louis!
While the look is good, it's still a little basic. I would've liked to see them experiment with more gray on the home uniforms and more white on the aways. Probably a good idea they didn't considering how some of the other uniforms turned out around the league.
3 - D.C. Defenders
At No. 3 are the D.C. Defenders. Like the Battlehawks, this is another set of uniforms I really like and see few flaws with. The all-red home uniform is very similar to what the Defenders wore back in 2020, but this time the sleeves feature the Washington, D.C. flag instead of a lightning bolt. The aways are essentially the inverse, swapping the red jersey base for white, etc. However, they also have light gray camouflage pattern on the shoulders, which goes really well with their new white and gray camouflage helmet (which is arguably the coolest helmet in the league).
Overall, the Defenders have a sleek, yet flashy look to rock for the 2023 season. Definitely one of the better uniforms in the league.
2 - Arlington Renegades
The runner-up spot goes to the Arlington Renegades, who have the best color scheme in the entire XFL. Powder blue, matte black AND a bold red? *chef's kiss*
It's really hard to find something I don't like about the Renegades' uniforms. The full powder blue home uniform is bold, but not bold enough to where it becomes a problem. Their all-whites are other-worldly (might be the nicest uniform I've ever seen). The helmet is badass. And, the red accents on the numbers and collar tie everything together.
The only thing I'd change is the logo on the helmet. Their alternate 'bandit' logo would've been a much better fit. For that, they fall just short of the top spot.
1 - San Antonio Brahmas
And finally, the team with the best uniforms in the XFL: the San Antonio Brahmas. This may be a hot take, but I absolutely love what the Brahmas have going on. Their home uniform is by far the best in the league; the matte gray, yellow and black looks incredible. The aways feature a statement yellow jersey, instead of the typical white. There's also a sick pattern around the collar of both jerseys, and the stripes and numbers both look sharp.
For me, the helmet is what stands out the most. The yellow horns on the helmet have an awesome granite-like pattern (which they used on the jersey numbers as well) that pops nicely on top of the matte gray base. One of the most unique helmets I've ever seen.
Put all that together, and you have yourself on hell of a uniform. Even though I'm a Defenders fan, I might just have to cop a Brahmas jersey or hoodie.