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Monday, August 30, 2010

Pay more weight less: Speed boots

This season’s lightest football boots are produced by two German brands, Puma (150g) and Adidas (164g) , one American brand in Nike (210g), and the British brand, Umbro M(236g). Fashion for speed boots started with the adiZero boot (adidas) but when Puma developed lightweight footwear for sprinter, Usain Bolt (Jamaica) they transferred the same technology to soccer slippers. The Puma v1.10 Lightning SL is the lightest football boot ever made.
Currently the top seller is the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II ($427 US). These boots are heavily promoted and endorsed by many of the Nike sponsored players including: Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Robinho, Nani, Arshavin, Robin Van Persie, Zlatan Ibrahimovic , Theo Walcott , Gabriel Agbonlahor <.a>, Aaron Lennon ,and Adam Johnson .
Next on the price scale is the Puma v1.10 SL lightning (@ $288 US). These are the lightest shoes and have the classic Puma which are most suited to speed players like Samuel Eto’o who currently endorses them.
Adidas F50 adiZero (@ $194 US) are generally thought to be the perfect combination of affordability and weight. These lightweight boots feature state of the art technology (according to the manufacturers) but one well reported flaw is brittle studs which break easily. Players who are paid to wear Adidas F50 adiZero include: Lionel Messi, David Villa, Diego Forlan, Goran Pandev, Arjen Robben, Lukas Podolski, Samir Nasri , Salomon Kalou, Shunsukie Nakamura, Steven Pienaar, and Jermain Defoe.
The Umbro GT (@ $132 US) is bargain basement for speed shoes but at a fraction of the cost of the most expensive soccer slipper many more are likely to join Darren Bent, who currently plays in Umbro GTs.

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