I love soccer and I'm currently in the recruiting process for college soccer, possible Division II. I hope to find a school soon and further my career as a student-athlete.
Hmm. I have tried on my Friend's Magista's and I can honestly say I am personally not sold on the Dynamic fit collar. I would not say that the boot is more supportive at all as the shoe has a somewhat flimsy feel around the ankle. One thing I will say is that the upper in much nicer than I would have thought but the collar was almost a un-needed addition to the boot for me. I actually would have like the FlyKnit upper with a standard collar better. I understand that Nike have released the Opus but I do not think that the Opus has the same feel as FlyKnit. Its just my opinion.
2 months ago on What Is the True Masterstroke Behind the Superfly IV?
I can give you a little insight on the Numero 10. I have the same colorway and have had mines for about 2 months now. The ball is stiff but has really softened nicely. Overall just a great performer that I think feels much higher quality than the price suggests (some $100 match balls are not this good). I have both the Select Royale and the Numero 10. Personally I prefer the Royale simply because it has a heavier feel to it and I prefer a heavier ball for control when taking free kicks. The reason I always have my Numero 10 in my car is because I know I am only a couple pumps away from now having a certified match ball. Interesting fact here is that the IMS stamp on the ball is actually the equivalent of it saying FIFA Approved. From what I understand the IMS standard follows all of the same testing procedures as FIFA but because it is FIFA you will pay more for a ball that says FIFA Approved. Also as a side note, you may experience some constant inflating with any Select ball that you use. Since they only use the highest quality natural latex they do require a weekly pumping and sometimes maybe a little more frequent. It is not that the ball is defective or low in quality but rather because it is similar to a natural leather soccer shoe: they both require maintenance.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Just Arrived: Select Numero 10 & Futsal Master
Well I have to say that I cam across these a few months ago and I almost pulled the trigger on the higher end Touch. It is very appealing and even looks light weight although I am not sure how much they actually weigh. Also as a recommendation for a review, I recently purchased a pair of Pirma Velocity Flight. I wanted to try Nike Skin but was tempted to buy the Hyper-venom's at their price point. I came across the Velocity Flight took a chance and ordered them. I have many pairs of Pirma and they are all well built good shoes, but I was very skeptical about these because they were mimicking the feel of Nike Skin. When I got them in the mail I was flabbergasted to find that the upper was almost identical to Nike-skin in terms of feel and construction. I seriously recommend you try them, I think you will be surprised.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Sondico Precision First Impressions
Happy to see that adidas is actually doing great things with their SL releases. For the last couple of releases they have really failed to produce anything worth the extra money. The older SL models were more of a "Status Symbol" boot as I only ever saw players whose parents were loaded more than potato skins with bacon! Now the adiPure 11Pro SL (yes to me it is the adiPure 11Pro and not just the 11Pro) and the Predator LZ II SL are actually worth the money. While I do not own either, my friend has both and let me slip into them for a couple shots. Both feel great and offer a higher level of performance. Gotta say that I love the adiPure 11Pro SL.
4 months ago on An In-depth Review of the Adidas LZ II SL
You Know. was actually surprised that I myself chose the adiPure 11Pro as the winner. I like that there is just the slightest amount ( and I mean slight) of extra cushioning that doesn't hinder the performance. While I think the Tiempo still has better leather quality, it for be isn't that much better to justify the $200 price point. Heritage boots from the bigger companies are supposed to be the less expensive alternatives for people who can only afford so much, and for people who want to wear something current but reliable. While the Tiempo definitely has the reliability part down, I feel like the accessibility of the shoe has been hindered a bit. The adiPure retails $160 but can be found for about $130-$140. The cheapest I have seen the Tiempo has been $180! The Tiempo is such a great boot but could have definitely wiped out any chance of an adiPure rebirth with a better price point. Now adidas is showing that they are listening to the dislikes of customers and changing them for the better. Don't be surprised if the 3rd adiPure 11Pro (or new adidas heritage boot) surpasses the next Tiempo, especially if adidas keeps the competitive pricing. For right now I will stick with the adiPure. Also @Andrew: while I agree that adidas is using a slightly modified stud pattern , I (that isn't that special) personally found that the soleplate was leaps and bounds more flexible than the predecessor making it more comfortable to wear. Not to mention that there is no stud pressure anymore.
4 months ago on Nike Tiempo V vs Adidas adiPure 11Pro: Round Two
I like the looks of these boots, and from the reviews (yours included) I have seen, the verdict seems to be pretty much the same across the board. I loved the old Ronaldinho Dois simply because the leather was softer than any leather upper on the market today (yes it was and I stand by that no matter what). I like that these look like the old Dois, but combine some modern tech as well. What I cannot fathom is how these are worth $40-$50 more than the Tiempo IV. I understand that you made some improvements, but I honestly think that the consumer is due these improvements with each new model. I also understand that there is definitely a decent amount of cost in R&D when it comes to designing and releasing a new model. However the whole concept about a heritage boot is that we get a staple boot that only makes slight changes, therefore the price should remain pretty staple as well. While I want these boots, I will not pay the price for them.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Comprehensive Nike Tiempo Legend V Review
Wow. I think these are probably the best boots that adidas has released in quite some time. Personally I will be spending my textbook return money on these bad boys. So sexy.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Adidas Bring Back the 11Pro SL in Black and Green
I am a player who is a fan of the more flashy players such as Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, and Ronaldinho. I am a fullback myself and can play anywhere on the back line. While I am not a bad athlete, I am less gifted than some other players are. With that said I have developed my brains and my skill, and as a fullback I have given myself an offensive skillset to go along with my physicality and determination. This is why I can look up to players like Philip Lahm, Carles Puyol, and Dani Alves. These are all fullbacks who have proven themselves to be assets to their teams due to their ability to have unique soccer brains. Philip Lahm is a great example of this. Unfortunately I have a feeling that this world cup is not going to be Spain's or Germany's. I think an unexpected team will win, though not necessarily the weakest.
5 months, 1 week ago on On the Spot: Philipp Lahm
Thanks for pointing out the fact that Teijin is actually a product that is produced by a different company. My teammates always argue with me about how Nike is the make and inventor of Teijin synthetic. Now I can refer them to the website and this article to make sure they speak from fac and not just ignorance.
5 months, 1 week ago on Mercurial Vapor FAQ: What is a Teijin Upper, anyway?
@SoccerProDrew @Iknowmycleats Lol. My Grandma/Mom should be sueing Nike and adidas then. Bot of them make slippers out of one continuous piece of yarn. Anyway, this is not a new technology for either company. They are simply trying to give it a structure and a name. It is the same concept to how the English always claim to have invented soccer, but they simply adapted rules and structure for the game. Soccer before then was around for thousands of years. Same thing is happening between the two sportswear giants.
5 months, 1 week ago on Adidas to Challenge Nike Flyknit With Their Own Primeknit
Normally I would not wear a thin synthetic speed boot, but because the Messi version is made our of complete Hybrid Touch synthetic, I would be very curious to test these in comparison the the standard F50. I wonder if they would be more forgiving.
5 months, 1 week ago on Messi Makes Speed Colorful with His New adidas F50 adiZero
I don't know what to think. Honestly we could very well be in the midst of a new boot simply because of the fact that Pele was doing to well to simply drop off like that. Also, Pele Sports was never one to seriously pre-advertise their boots before the release date. Remember the Pele Sports Trinity 3E? They told us a year in advance that they had a new speed boot coming out, then we were forced to wait 12 agonizing months to see the final product (which to be fair was actually pretty damn good). Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that Pele Sports would work with EA to create a boot that they would not release in reality and then not release a boot ever again. Personally I think this possibly was purposely done to allow people who pay attention to the virtual boot releases on FIFA14, to see a new model before it hits real store shelves. I could be way wrong here, but I find it to hard to believe that a company, who was for a short time in the top 5 boot producers (I say this because they received a lot of attention and were extremely popular for a hot second), would give us a boot on FIFA to look at without actually releasing it at some point. To be completely honest, I would love a release from a brand other than Nike or Adidas to sorta of freshen things up. I am not lying when I a say that Nike and Adidas have been shoving new colorways and releases down our throats as of late. I actually like brands like Asics, Diadora, and even Under Armour, who release their boots then let them linger for a while before updating a color. It makes me go back to my days of 12 years old when we actually had to wait for the new color ways to come out, and I am only 18! Any way, Pele do us a favor and please release this boot and don't be your own demise by missing out on a brilliant marketing plot. Plus I need boots for my college career!
5 months, 1 week ago on Pele Sports Leak New Boot on FIFA14?
@drewplaysbass @JoseWReyes How light weight do the Super Sonic's feel? They are obviously attempting to be a speed boot of sorts. That is the only reason I am asking. Also are there any sites that sell and ship these to the US. If so I wouldn't mind taking a chance on a pair, especially if they are well priced.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Arrival: Pan Football Boots
I love brands of these statures. I often wear Pirma boots simply because they are really amazing quality for the price that you pay. Plus I have never had a pair of Pirma's break or rip on me. I actually have had some that out lasted my friend's Copas! If Pan is anything like Pirma than I think they will probably have positive results.
My friend has a couple of prototype pairs of the new Vapors. They have ditched the two stud heel design and the upper feels more rigid than before. While think that the stud pattern is improved, the upper has some work to do so I think the Vapor IX will have a short lived supremacy to the F50 adiZero. Personally I like the overall F50 better, but the Vapor has a slight bulge of width in the forefoot that actually fits my foot better. Its hard for me to choose and in my opinion I think they are even.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on F50 adiZero vs. Mercurial Vapor Comparison: Final Round
I agree that the use of FlyKnit would be interesting to see on a boot, but I do not think that it would be very practical. What I would say is that it would be interesting to see used in a similar fashion that adidas uses their protective mesh. Instead of protection however, I would use it to make a boot that is similar to the Nike GS but replace the other areas of the boot that were fused materials. This wood be good. On a completely different note, I think it is important to understand that Nike nor any other football boot manufacturer, came up with Teijin synthetic. Teijin synthetic is a material that even you or I can purchase to make soccer shoes! Teijin is actually a textile/chemical company that produces a different version of their already famous Teijin synthetic for Nike. The material itself is the same. This is why I have a few Asics boots that use Teijin synthetic, and some of the older pre-Nike owned Umbro boots used Teijin.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike Flyknit + Soccer Cleats: Could It Happen?
I am a die hard adidas fan, but I have to say that for once Nike made a boot that fits my foot like a glove. I have a very wide forefoot and my foot tapers off in the toe area and the vapor seems to fit me better in this area than does the F50. With that said I actually prefer the stud pattern on the F50's more simply because it is more comfortable. When it comes to the upper I am so torn simply because I am not a big fan of synthetics, but I will have to say that I prefer the slightly more cushioned feel that the speed control upper has to offer. I feel so weird saying this but I think I prefer the Vapor more.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on F50 adiZero vs. Mercurial Vapor: Round Two
I just played two matches Sunday. One with the Incyte and one with the Brazuca. I have to say that both are excellent match balls, and normally I would pick Nike's match ball because the past few seasons it has been very reliable and consistent. I have to say however that the Brazuca in my opinion is just as reliable and consistent, but with the ability to really fly. I don't know how adidas did this but they really created a ball that flies faster than any ball I have never used.
6 months ago on Adidas Brazuca vs. Nike Incyte Comparison
Nice boots. I have tried them on at my local soccer shop and I must say that they are truly comfortable from out of the box. My main gripe with and light weight boot is the lack of any decent protection. Personally even though I loved dribbling with my past F50s, I was always left with very deep contusions whenever I was cleated by an opposing players boot. I think for now I will stay with my K-leather Diadora options!
6 months ago on Adidas F50 adiZero Review
I think this is an interesting thought, but I also think that this boot is definitely more geared towards power. I understand that foam has been seen on control boots before, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this is a control boot in disguise. I think that Puma are simply trying to rethink how a power boot should be viewed. For example no longer is this boot super stiff but the exact opposite. No longer is it heavy, or laid out with the grippiest of rubber elements.
6 months ago on evoPOWER Shows Big Brand Return to Power?
@AndrewMcCole Thank you. I appreciate the feedback on the boots. These look like a really tasty package.
6 months ago on Adidas 11Pro II Review