There has been a lot of buzz over the past few month’s about Adidas’ super-light F50 Adizero cleats. Adidas was kind enough to send us a few pairs to test out, and after the testing, we can definitely confirm the positive buzz. We have absolutely loved the Adizeros as we’ve tested them out over the past few weeks. In our opinion, they have an excellent balance between weight, cost, and all their other attributes. But you’ll hear more about our opinion right now.
We tested the synthetic Adidas F50 Adizero FG, each of us wearing our normal sizes for cleats.
For years the market for lightweight, speed-focused cleats was dominated by Nike’s Vapor range. Since 2006 Adidas has been challenging Nike’s throne with their F50 series. However, these cleats were more focused on intercheangable studs than making a true lightweight cleat. With the release of the Adizero, Adidas has shifted the tables. More and more players are switching to the Adizeros, drawn in by their incredible performance and raving reviews.
The Adizeros weigh an incredible 5.8 ounces, while their competitors the Puma V1.10 and the Nike Superfly II weigh 8.2 and 7.8 ounces respectively. The Puma V1.10 SL cleats weigh less, at only 5.3 ounces, but these are both more expensive and have not caught on with the public yet. The Adizeros borrowed the Sprintskin upper from the F50i’s, which were the Adizero’s predecessor. This thin synthetic material helps give this cleat its astounding weight. The TPU outsole has just enough flexibility to allow the cleat to bend but to also stay rigid when needed. While still called Traxion, the stud formation varies from the typical Adidas layout. Eleven new triangular studs allow for instant acceleration and sharp turns. Beneath the upper lies the Sprint Frame, a series of bands which encompass the foot and allow greater control of the shoe. The new tapered lacing system is extremely comfortable and unobtrusive. The heel counter gives just enough support on the sides of your foot without putting too much pressure on the Achille’s heel.
When I was told we were going get these cleats I was overjoyed. I wanted to see what made professionals such as Nicolas Anelka and Flourent Malouda join the previous F50 wearers which include Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi. When i first picked these cleats up, I was truly astounded. I previously wore the very light Puma V1.08’s which I believed to be as light as they come. However you cannot truly understand how little these weigh without picking them up. The first time I laced them up I was a little dissapointed that they felt loose and that the top of the laces dug into my ankle a bit. However within the first 15 minutes this problem dissapeared as the cleat shifted to the correct position on my foot.
When running with these cleats you hardly notice they are there. Making sharp cuts was easy thanks to the excellent stud configuration. When shooting, the ball would rebound off your foot fantastically, flying very far. The large clean kicking surface is nice, with no gimmicks to detract from the process of striking through the ball.
These are definitely my new favorite cleats. With these Adidas are going to truly take over the market for speed boots, as already evidenced by their astounding performance during the World Cup.
In the months leading up to the World Cup in South Africa, Adidas made possibly their biggest boot release ever. Adidas released the F50 Adizero, their lightest boot ever, weighing in at a featherweight 5.8 ounces for the synthetic version and 6.0 ounces for their leather version. The Adizero has split off from the F50’s of old by taking away the changeable studs with which there have been problems with in the past, and they also reduced the weight by nearly half.
As I picked up the box that the boots came in, I thought that the box was empty – that was how light they are. When you open the box the first thing you see is the extra comfort liners that come with the Adizeros, along with the ultralight liners that are already in the boots to start. My first action with these boots was to swap in the comfort liner for the ultralight because I have had bad blistering on my heels with other boots of the speed category. I usually wear a size 9 in soccer cleats, and a size 9 in the synthetic Adizero fit well once I tightened up the laces. These cleats fit excellently overall.
Adidas has put a lot time and effort into finding a quality material to make the upper of these cleats with, and the Sprintskin upper reflects this hard work. It is a very comfortable material, which molds to your foot in the first few uses. Also, it is very thin so there is minimal hinderance between your foot and the ball which leads to improved touch and feel for the ball.
The second biggest part of the F50 that Adidas has changed in this most recent incarnation of the F50 line is the removal of the interchangable stud system, in order to reduce weight. The new triangular studs are positioned farther to the outside of the bottom of the boot which is supposed to increase stability, which I found to be extremely noticeable when making cuts during games and practice.
Breaking in the adizeros was very straightforward, however I was a bit precautious because it was a speed boot which are infamous for blistering heels. For the first week of wearing them I put the adizeros through 25 hours of training and drills. The first three days I wore two pairs of socks just as a precautionary measure against blisters (I was using the comfort insert as well). After three days of “double socking” I felt as if the Adizeros were ready to be used with just the normal soccer socks, and my prediction was correct; 4 more days of heavy training and not a single blister or discomfort. I have switched the sockliners back and forth and once broken in they are interchangable. It’s basically a 0.5 ounce difference in weight between them.
As a defender, I had doubts about the protection they would offer when making hard tackles because they are so thin. I had the unfortunate experiece of having my foot being landed on by an attacker after going up for a header. As expected, it hurt a fair amount, however it was essentially the same as when I’m stepped on when I wear any of my other cleats.
I feel that the lack of weight in these boots does help in the slightest bit to help me get to the ball quicker and make quicker, sharper cuts. Also these cleats are excellent for striking the ball and I felt like I could put some great bend on the ball when sending balls into the box, shooting, and picking out wingers.
Max and Calvin have done an excellent job covering the Adidas F50 Adizero in their reviews, so I’ll just add on a bit and try to keep this concise.
As you can tell, we love the Adizero’s. Their weight allows you to make great cuts, and is definitely apparent when running as well. Many people would think that such a low weight must result in a loss of other attributes, like power, comfort, durability, and most importantly, cost. However, the Adizeros do an excellent job with all of these. You can strike the ball very well, thanks to the large striking zone. All three of us have put the Adizero’s through some very serious training sessions, and they’ve come out in great condition. They are comfortable cleats and mold to your foot very well. And at just around $200, they are very cheap for the boost they give you in your playing ability.
The cleats look fantastic no matter which colorway you choose, and other players on the field will be very envious of your cleats.
Once again, we want to thank Adidas for the opportunity to review these great cleats!
All in all, adidas has nailed it with these cleats, creating one of the lightest cleats in the world today without sacrificing comfort, stability, durability, and price, which is a relief with all of the $300+ cleats on the market today. Further proof of their success has been that the adizero is one of, if not the most popular cleat in the world, with so many professionals using them in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and other leagues all over Europe and the world. The Adizero has been so popular that many professionals have converted from different brands to Adidas. Well done, Adidas!
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