Remember the incredible adidas adizero 99g that were released last year? Well, the second edition of the world’s lightest boot was revealed today, limited to just 299 pairs. And in case your were wondering, 99g equals 3.5oz!
At around half the weight of a regular boot, the adizero 99g boot features a 1mm polyamide outsole, designed to reduce weight whilst maintaining the rigidity to perform at the highest level, and advanced lightweight one-layer PU mesh-based upper material. The boot also features a skeleton inner-construction to maintain stability and support, whilst a unique stud layout ensures fastest possible movements in all directions
One thing that makes this release a little extra special is the fact it continues to extend the life of the adiZero series, adidas signature range designed for speed. A concern that some might have with this lightweight speed release is durability, but adidas assures us that they have been “rigorously tested for tear strength and abrasions.”
Just released yesterday, we were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the very first pairs of the second Nike Magista Obra 2 colorway. Swaying right across the color spectrum, this release is vastly different from the intro version. Although it looks like a Blackout, the upper actually has a lighter shade of gray that runs through the heat zone region. And finishing out the look, Nike has added a hit ofTotal Crimson to the signature swoosh.
Many of you will be looking for information on performance and sizing here, so I’ll try fill some small gaps before I post the official review. I had a chance to wear the release colorway in a game last night, and again for a training session this morning. One thing is clear; these boots already exceed any expectations I had for them. They are incredibly comfortable, from the feel of the upper to the balanced traction underfoot. And they just feel right to play in.
To the touch, the upper is so incredibly textured, like a mini mountain range running across the surface of the boot. This follows the concept of sensory amplification through feel and how the Nike team 3D mapped sensitive to touch areas against high-touch zones. You’d expect them to have a stiff feel, which they kind of do outside the boot. But inside, Nike use a soft, slightly padded material that feels great across the top of your foot.
One huge improvement comes in the form of the mid cut collar, which has a wider fit with a different cut around the angle. This has to be the route Nike takes with future releases of the Superfly and Hypervenom as it provides a much better fit and really does create an extension between leg and foot. In other words, the purpose of the mid cut collar on this release makes much more sense with a natural fit around the ankle that feels like it plays a role in performance.
In terms of fit, the Magista will again be seen as one of the more accommodating releases in the Nike line-up. Through the forefoot you get plenty of space and there is some stretch in the upper material. They might not fit wide-wide fitting players, but they will provide the best option for players that want to wear Nike.
Realistically, I’m blown away by what these have to offer and they are definitely the top Nike boot on the market right now. What is wild about them is that I totally get a T90 Laser feel about them when on the ball. They are definitely not a power boot, but the contoured upper allows for real ping when shooting. Odd, right? I bet you didn’t see a T90 Laser comparison attached with these. More info to come once I get the review posted.
Nike Football introduces the Elite Pack. All four Nike Football silos — Magista, Mercurial, Hypervenom and Tiempo — are represented in the pack. Each boot has a gray base with accents of sea foam green, volt, and hints of teal. The new pack will be available August 16 at Nike.com.
LITE PACK MAGISTA, MERCURIAL, HYPERVENOM AND TIEMPO
With the Olympic games just around the corner, adidas today released a new “Speed of White” Pack, a range of boots designed specifically that the brand’s female football stars will wear.
This pack features unique colorways on two of adidas most technically advanced boots; X16+ PURECHAOS (designed with improved aerodynamic features and a focus on speed) and ACE 16+ PURECONTROL (one of the most innovative boots in the industry and the world’s first high-performance laceless boot). Both are designed to represent the colors associated with light speed – Red, White and Yellow.
The “Speed of White” X16+ PURECHAOS has been designed in white and solar red. The boot is a clean and simple design with the technical features to match. A DYNAMIC TECHFIT COMPRESSION upper keeps wear-in time to a minimum, with a NON STOP GRIP (NSG) finish and TECHFIT lacing system providing a glove-like fit. The boot will be worn this summer by United States national team players like Stephanie McCaffrey and Heather O’Reilly.
The “Speed of White” ACE 16+ PURECONTROL has also received a colour update ahead of the summer. The boot has been designed in white, solar yellow and black. The PURECUT upper creates an uninterrupted striking surface, whilst the lightweight SPRINTFRAME provides unparalleled levels of stability. The ACE 16+ PURECONTROL will be worn on pitch by Morgan Brian and Becky Sauerbrunn, also of the United States national team.
As well as these premium releases, adidas has the same color palette on boots such as Ace16.1 Primeknit, X15.1 and X15.2, ensuring players have several price tiers to choose from.
As we head into the new season, adidas has released their latest set of high profile colorways in the form of the Speed Of Light Pack. Inspired by the colors created by the refraction of light during light speed experiments, the boots are available inSolar Red, Solar Yellow and Shock Blue. Expect to see these boots on show as we head through preseason and as 2016/17 kicks into gear.
On offer there is the X16+ PURECHAOAS (designed with improved aerodynamic features and a focus on speed), Messi 16+ PUREAGILITY (delivers enhanced support and agility with zero wear-in time) and ACE 16+ PURECONTROL (one of the most innovative boots in the industry and the world’s first high-performance laceless boot). If there is something about this pack that seems a little familiar, you are right. adidas has taken the pre-summer Mercury Pack and added a pop of color to match the collar of each boot.
Sam Handy, Vice President of Design said:
The Speed of Light Pack is the most dynamic range of boots adidas has ever launched, designed to help players standout and lead on the pitch. Spearheaded by the fastest boot we’ve ever built, the most agile boot we’ve ever built, and the boot which takes ball control to another level, our new footwear will be integral to deciding some of the biggest games this season between the world’s best players.
What perfect timing by PUMA to launch their latest superlight weight boot, right after Antoine Griezmann claimed the Golden Boot at Euro 2016. He along with Sergio Aguero and Marco Reus will be sporting the superlight evoSPEED SL-S II going into the new seasons.
Adding to their list of Trick designs, these feature a dual color design, working withRed Blast/Black/White. Both heels are block colored in striking PUMA Red Blast with a geometric pattern fading into a black vamp on the left shoe and a contrasting white on the right. Constructed with a Japanese microfiber upper material, the SL-S II is intended to feel soft and comfortable while allowing a better touch on the ball.
The updated laser-cut SPEEDFRAME structure optimizes the boot’s shape further, providing support during forward acceleration and quick turns. For optimal fit and additional support, the boot features a minimalist external heel counter.
Additional performance features of the SL-S II can be found in the outsole. The SPEEDTRACK spine provides the perfect balance between stability in the midfoot and flexibility in the forefoot, enhancing both speed and agility. The lightweight nylon outsole’s stud configuration is composed of a mix of bladed and conical studs, providing increased levels of stability, traction and acceleration. Weight wise, they drop in at 5.2oz.
The BIG part of this release is how PUMA has addressed previous durability issues with their Speed series and if this is a 10-game boot or intended for a season. I strongly suspect it is the later, but that is something we will have to wait to find out! We reviewed the original SL-S release and it definitely had potential as a top market speed boot. Retail wise, they price in under $200, which is more evoSPEED price range than other recent SL releases.