Umbro are continuing their impressive start to the year with the release of their second new colourway; the Umbro UX-1 Concept – Blue Atoll / Pink Glo.
Giving off a distinctly 80’s vibe with the day-glo pink, blue and black colourway, there’s definitely no hiding on the pitch in the latest refresh to Umbro’s most feature-packed release.
In stark contrast to the black-out we got towards the end of 2014, Umbro have opted for some altogether more distinctive call-outs on the Umbro UX-1 Concept – Blue Atoll / Pink Glo for the double-diamond’s newest technologies.
The Armourtex upper fabric looks strikingly good in appealing Blue Atoll. Comparable in tensile strength to kevlar but just as soft and comfortable as a textile, the Armourtex upper on the Umbro UX-1 concept have a more lighthearted look this time out, but it’s every bit as serious about impact protection as previous models.
As you might well know by now, Umbro have evolved the A-Frame Cradle – which you can see highlighted in pink not only to enhance midfoot support and heel lockdown, but to ‘trap’ some of the material near the arch of the foot to form a perfect pass-pad.
The rubberised touch compound web across the forefoot is kitted out to match the upper, giving the boot the same distinct feel as the later T90 boots from Nike, as well as harking back to the likes of the Predator Powerswerve and Wave Ignitus I.
Created to give extra grip on the ball and added spin to shots and passes, the touch compound web also reenforces the lace eyelets for improved durability.
A robust, dual-density heel counter gives probably some of the best support to the achilles tendon that you’ll find on any football boot on the market, and integrates directly with the soleplate for added stability.
The chassis itself is a mixture of conical studs in the forefoot and bladed studs in the heel: the forefoot’s focus is on manoeuvrability and flex, whilst the heel creates solid traction for shots, dead-balls and crosses.