Concave PT+ Review

I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about the new Concave cleats. There has been a ton of hype surrounding them since the announcement that Concave was introducing their cleats to the US. Previous to this announcement, they were only available in the UK and in Canada. The basic premise of the cleats is this: Putting a hard, concave surface on the upper of the cleat will allow for a better touch and much more power. That was the claim, and independent studies confirmed it. And just in case you need a little more assurance, we can confirm it too.

Concave PT+ Review
Concave PT+ Review

Concave was generous enough to send a few pairs of cleats over our way to test out. We’ve been out over the past couple weeks rigorously testing out these cleats, trying to figure out everything we possibly can about them. So here’s our review; we’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, but if you have any questions, please ask us in the comments!

Concave PT+ Review

Max’s Review

The most notable part of the cleat, and the brands namesake, the Concave Component (CC) (see below), immediately stands out.  My initial reaction was that the Concave Component would be uncomfortable and cumbersome.

Concave PT+ Review

Putting on the Concave is slightly difficult, because of the CC on top.  To eliminate this problem Concave supplies a shoehorn which makes getting into the shoe very easy. Once my foot was in I noticed that the bottom of the CC dug into the top of my foot with each step, however as I continued playing this problem went away. At first, I believed that the CC would make the cleat heavier than most others. To my surprise I found it very light. Running around in these was fun and I found it easy to make quick, sharp turns.

So what exactly is the Concave Component?  This strong polyurethane cover is concave shaped which allows the cleat to better cushion, absorb, and put more power into every shot. I found that if you strike the ball and it does come into contact with the CC it is a far more powerful and accurate shot than normal. I also found that the CC makes juggling far easier as the ball just springs right back up each time. Another added bonus of the CC is extra protection for your foot.  Normally, if you are stepped on by cleats, it can be excruciatingly painful and even dangerous, as I’m sure you know. However with these cleats it is hardly noticeable. I found that the CC’s highlight is on volleys. When you volley the ball, the CC strikes the ball directly and you get a huge amount of power behind your shot. Shot after shot found the back of the net.

The material of these cleats is a combination of polyurethane, full grain leather, synthetic leather, and kangaroo leather. This combination I found not to be the most comfortable or soft but with time my foot adjusted and I began to enjoy it more. What I did notice immediately however was the touch provided with these cleats. I was able to execute smooth turns and quick touches with these cleats.

Concave makes four different types of studs, the Rounded Mold, Firm Ground, Soft Ground, and Hard Ground (see below). I tested the rounded mold. I found that these were very good for executing turns but one problem may be their softness. When walking on pavement to my field I found these very soft and I fear that with time they may wear down. But on the field they were excellent.

Concave PT+ Review
Firm Ground on left, Rounded Mold on right

The only problems with these cleats that I had were related to comfort. The ankle lining dug into the side of my foot especially when shooting as did the CC occasionally. However I feel that with time and as you break in the cleats you will find them very comfortable. Also, putting on the shoe provided some problems, but none too drastic.

This new ingenious brand of cleats is sure to start catching on around the world, and has already been seen on professional pitches.

Calvin’s Review

The innovators at Concave have really pushed the boundaries of soccer footwear with their new PT+. The boot itself is made of soft leather, and has Concave’s unique metatarsal guard (the Concave Component) that protects your foot from injury while improving the sweetspot of the cleat by a factor of four. The idea behind the concave guard is to prevent metatarsal injuries (which seem to be afflicting many footballers today such as Wayne Rooney and David Beckham), and provide a concave surface to connect with the ball, so the ball “fits” right onto the sweetspot which results in a cleaner strike.

Concave PT+ ReviewConcave PT+ Review

I couldn’t put on these boots until I found the convienient shoe horn that accompanies the cleats (above). At first it took a fair amount of effort to get the boot on, but once it slipped in, my heel locked into place. It took a good amount of dribbling and shooting to get used to the PT+ because the metatarsal guard is unusual. Once I became acquainted with these unique boots I decided to test out what type of power could be unleashed. The Concave Component is advertised to increase accuracy by 30% and power by 15% – and the numbers don’t lie. After adjusting to this new boot, my shots seemed to zip into those upper corners faster. Also, the CC makes it much easier to take volleys from the air. With these boots, slicing a volley is a thing of the past.

I also tested out the guard itself to see if it could actually prevent injuries. I had a friend with cleats on stand on my foot and no pain was felt. This is a particularly ingenious innovation from the designers at Concave, because if you are ever on the recieving end of a dangerous tackle, this MetaGuard could save your season by protecting you from an injury.

However, I did have a few issues with these cleats. The guard seems to dig into the top of my foot a bit, but this could be that they are not entirely broken in yet, or that I ordered a size to big (I wear a size nine shoe, and got a size 9 PT+, you may want to consider that). This problem can be remedied by using the age old “double sock trick” (simply wear two pairs of socks!). Even though I thought these shoes were great for shooting with and sending long balls with, I felt that they were a bit bulky in normal play. The CC seems a bit tall. Once again, this could just be me not being fully adjusted to this new style of boot. I would highly, highly recommend these for keepers, fullbacks, and to players who are the main set piece takers for their team.

Concave PT+ Review

Concave is definitely on to something with their metatarsal guard and the increased sweetspot, but I feel that a few changes or alterations could be made which would make this boot very popular on a world stage alongside adidas, Puma, and Nike.

Andy’s Review

Max and Calvin have covered a lot of the main points about this boot, and I agree with them on most of those. The thing that stood out the most for me was when I struck volleys, like Max and Calvin said. The ball just sprung off my foot into the net, and I practically never sliced it. The CC also is excellent for preventing injuries.

I’ve been wearing my Concave cleats for indoor soccer over the past few weeks, and they’ve functioned beautifully. With them, I’ve been able to hit strong shots from far outside the box and hit volleys perfectly. Also, since indoor soccer is such a fast-paced and sometimes violent game, the extra protection for my foot has certainly helped.

The strong point of these boots is definitely the power and accuracy that comes with well-hit shots. On those moments when you strike the ball perfectly with the Concave Component, you can just feel the power coming off of that shot. In addition, these boots have a fantastic touch for quick cuts and turns.

As with any boot, however, these cleats cannot save you from slicing the ball if you hit on the side of your boot. Also, as Calvin and Max noted, they are a little hard to put on. However, I did not experience any of the discomfort that they felt.

Concave PT+ Review

Verdict

These are fantastic cleats that any serious soccer player should check out. They provide great power and accuracy, as well as a quick touch and great protection for your foot. Only weaknesses: slightly hard to get on, and can be uncomfortable until you get used to them.

Durability: 9/10
Touch: 9/10
Power: 9.5/10
Speed: 8.5/10
Comfort: 7/10
Accuracy: 9.5/10
Total: 52.5/60

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25 Responses to “Concave PT+ Review”

  1. Jack Geoff May 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    I’m just wondering, does the CC on top make shots less accurate?

  2. Andy May 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Actually, Jack, the CC makes shots even more accurate! It really helps you control where the ball is going.

  3. Peter Willis June 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Is the metatarsal guard removable? and does it make it hard to chip and curve the ball?

  4. Andy June 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Peter –

    The metatarsal guard isn’t removable. And we didn’t have any difficulty at all chipping and curving the ball – the guard seems like it is in the way, but it really isn’t.

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. Brett June 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    I have broken my 5th metatarsal twice in the last 3 months. It’s becoming an incredibly big worry for me and I am very curious as to how much protection the Metaguard truly offers, for the 5th metatarsal in particular.
    Thanks

  6. Andy July 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi Brett -

    The metaguard will protect your feet well from dangerous tackles and getting stepped on, but it doesn´t offer any protection specifically for the fifth metatarsal. If you look at the third picture in this review, you can see that the guard ends around the middle of the foot.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Diego Amaya July 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    hey um are they true to its size or are they a little bigger?

  8. Andy July 30, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Diego -

    They pretty much run true to size. If you’re right at the top end of your size, I’d probably get one size up though.

  9. serena August 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    i take a size 8 1/2 in f50’s should i do the same for these? also could these be the answer to those shots that fly over the goal.

  10. Andy August 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Serena –

    I’d keep with the size 8.5. These fit very well to size. And yes, Concave cleats do an excellent job controlling your shots.

    Thanks for the comment!

  11. Jamie October 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    had them for a month, worn them three times, and the logo is already tearing away from the body of the cleat, on the right and left boot. Clearly, this is a design floor with the boot or the kleather and after spending close to $200 im not happy!

  12. Andy October 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Hi Jamie -

    The logo coming off was a problem for me as a wore these more and more. However, Concave fixed this in the new PT+ Classics. I would send them an email or call them and see if they could do something about the problem you’re having!

    Thanks for the comment!

  13. Aaron February 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I know this might not necessarily be the best place to ask this question, but I’ve been playing soccer since I was 3 years-old. Recently, my high school asked if I could be the kicker on the football team. I accepted, but I discovered that my new soccer cleats weren’t tight enough for kicking. These Concaves seemed liked the perfect match, as they are tight, and I could use the metaguard as a boost for my kick. Do you think, in any way, that it could decrease the accuracy of my kicks? I read that the metaguard is rounded at the edges so that a miss kick won’t be AS bad, but, do you still think that this is the right shoe for me? I know this might not be your expertise, but I would really like to know. Thanks

  14. Aaron February 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I meant the CC, not the metaguard

  15. Andy February 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Aaron –

    I would not use Concave boots for kicking footballs. Since the curvature of a football is different than a soccer ball, the CC could certainly decrease the accuracy of your kicks. I would, however, still recommend that you use soccer cleats. Perhaps trying a more classically designed boot like Adizero’s or Powercats would be better. We have reviews of both on our site.

    Thanks for the comment!

  16. Christain Teras February 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Im the designated free kick taker for my hs & club team and i specialise in CR7 style kicks, dipping & knuckling kicks would I be able to do that in these?

  17. Andy February 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Christain –

    You could do those types of kicks in these cleats, but it would take some getting used to. If you want to put special types of spin on your kicks with these cleats you will need to practice with them for awhile first to get a feel for the cleats.

    Hope that helps!

  18. Maxi April 30, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    hey ,i’m a goalkeeper is it good to jump and break ? and where can i found this shoes in Singapore ?

  19. Andy May 5, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Maxi –

    These are definitely good goalkeeper cleats! I’m not sure where you’d get them in Singapore – if I were you, I would buy them through a European- or American-based company.

    Thanks for the comment!

  20. David June 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Hey I have 8.5 in Concave PT+, what size must I take in Concave PT+ Classic because I heard there is difference between PT+ and PT+ Classic ?
    Thanks.

  21. Andy June 15, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    David –

    There isn’t that much of a difference, you should be fine with an 8.5.

    Thanks for the comment!

  22. Jamie July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    I heard good things about the boots, so i went out and splashed over $200 on a pair. In less than a month, the side detail starts to pull away on both boots, and then in less than 6 months holes started to appear in the joint between plastic and leather. Until Concave can correct the quality issues with their boots i will be sticking with the tried and tested brands.

  23. Andy August 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Jamie –

    I’m very sorry to hear that the Concaves didn’t work out for you. Did you contact Concave about the issue? They’ve been very reasonable when I deal with them!

    Thanks for the comment!

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