Seeing as you asked...
I think anything that isn't designed by a talented and qualified designer is usually extremely naff. The CR collection is no exception.
With those colours being so incredibly loud, you really need the design to be far less crude than it currently is.
If it was up to me, I'd shelf 'competitions' and just find one decent designer and get them to do something tasteful but still standout. Then I'd go with that.
Just my opinion.
As inspiration, have a look at the Run Like Crazy gear. Well designed, strongly branded, and looks like someone who knew what they were doing put some effort into it. I'd wear that. I wouldn't wear something that looks like clip-art.
Is there no-one on CR who is a graphic designer? I think this needs to be done by a professional, not a well-intentioned amateur. That's what the new design looks like - well intentioned, but amateurish.
(Hope I'm not offending anyone. It's just that design is no different to any other skill... if it's not something you're qualified to do, chances are you're going to to it badly. It isn't a reflection on whoever gave up their own unpaid time to create the original CR gear).
Edited by DontStop, 14 January 2011 - 11:42 AM.