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Adidas would say that the launch of the new Nitrocharge silo has been a huge success. Now they have unveiled the 2nd colourway for the Nitrocharge and we think this one is going to be a huge hit. Everyone loves a black-out boot and the new Black/Metallic Silver/Electricity paint job certainly gives the boot a ‘prototype’ feel.
adidas today unveiled Nitrocharge, a brand new energy-retaining football boot designed specifically for ‘The Engine’ player. Always running, tackling and powering his team; he is relentless in his pursuit of chances from box-to-box for the full 90 minutes.
The Nitrocharge boot realises a range of new technologies that when combined will define the way ‘Engines’ play the beautiful game. These technologies include innovations such as the ENERGYSLING and ENERGYPULSE. The forefoot benefits from the ENERGYSLING which supports the sidecut and turn movements to sharpen reactions on the pitch. The ENERGYPULSE is inspired by spring technology and by providing premium energy during the toe-off phase when sprinting enables players to get off the mark quicker.
The boot also features a Protection mesh layer around the foot and Protection pads around the most sensitive tackle zones such as the Achilles tendon also feature in the boot. Finally the boot follows the full range of adidas boots by being compatible with the adidas miCoach SPEED_CELL.
There is no one better at collaborations than Puma. The German brand has produced some truly stunning collaborations with some of the world’s leading brands, companies and icons such as Ferrari, Ducati and Cedella Marley. Now PUMA Football have teamed up with luxury watch maker Hublot – official timekeeper for the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil – and star striker Radamel Falcao to produce a highly limited number of stylish evoSPEED 1.2 boots.
Hublot have produced 100 Falcao inspired watches; 60 titanium and 40 King Gold priced at US$17,000 and US$40,000. Working with Hublot, Puma have then created an evoSPEED 1.2 colourway for each watch, numbered 1-60 and 1-40 which only be available with each watch sold, and come together in a unique casing.
The special edition timepieces are being promoted in Colombia with direct sponsorship from the United Nations, with a portion of the money raised by every Hublot Falcao watch sold going towards improving the “terrible living conditions” in the Ciénaga Grande region of Santa Marta, Colombia – Falcao’s Caribbean birth town.
Falcao signed an endorsement deal with Hublot in May and his new signature watch range launch celebrated and coincided with the 1 year countdown to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Hublot’s position as official timekeeper and watch supplier of the 2014 World Cup in Brasil.
The boots arrive in two colourways just like the watches. A black based upper is adorned with a classy titanium or gold Puma stripe. The lateral side of the boot bears no secondary branding, and have been left blank so each will be personally signed by Falcao.
The boots also feature small splashes of red detailing on the tongue and studs as well as Falcao’s signature on the sockliner and soleplate.
Warrior Football has announced the signing of England Under-21 international and Blackpool winger Thomas Ince in conjunction with unveiling its new control boot, Gambler.
Ben Haworth, global sports marketing manager for Warrior Football, describes Ince as having a state of mind perfectly suited to Gambler. “Thomas is a mastermind on the pitch – his ability to set it alight stems from his understanding of the game,” said Haworth. “He’s a gifted flair player who has a fearless approach, taking on and passing opponents with a rare natural ability to score goals.”
Following a stellar season at Blackpool FC which saw Ince score 18 goals and set up 15 assists in 47 appearances, the 21-year-old was recognised with five awards for his club and the prestigious Football League Player of the Year title. Ince also made it into the selected 2012/13 PFA Championship Team of the Year.
“Signing Thomas at this stage in his career is a tremendous coup for Warrior, especially as he is currently one of the hottest young properties in European football,” added Haworth. “Our player acquisition strategy focuses on identifying the next generation of world class players, who will evolve on the international stage in line with our brand growth. Thomas is destined to play at the very highest level for many years to come.”
Ince says he is looking forward to being known as a Warrior player and the season ahead wearing Gambler. “I chose Warrior because it’s a brand that does things differently and matches my ambition. I like that it’s bold and the people behind it aren’t afraid to take risks,” he said. “I’ve been testing and playing in Gambler for a couple of months now and love it; the boot is lightweight, comfortable and gives me a feeling of complete control when I’m wearing it.”
Headlining the Gambler range is the Gambler Pro. Developed for game-changers like Ince, the Gambler Pro eliminates ‘chance’ by enabling wearers to control not just the game, but also the odds. Designed for unparalleled control and distribution, the Gambler Pro is powered by a range of high performance technologies and features.
A specially crafted Ace Plate on the boot’s instep equips players with the means to outplay the opposition by dealing killer passes. The High Roller rotator zone adds to the Gambler Pro’s tactical weaponry, allowing for balls and rules to be bent with deadly accuracy, while the embossed Outsider zonelocated on the boot’s outer tip ensures quick draw precision.
A striking checkerboard Tech Mesh outer commands uncompromised on-pitch visibility. Lightweight and supple yet still hardwearing, the mesh covers a welded Safe House foot cage to provide ultimate form and protection.
A no-stitch Royal Flush inner enables a seamless fit and all-game comfort, while the Lay-Off offset lacing system amplifies the Gambler Pro’s fit and feel.
Equipped to take control on all playing surfaces, the Gambler Pro is configured in two sole plate options: a Full House hybrid stud and blade outsole for mixed ground acceleration, and a Loaded Deck 17 blade outsole for firm ground comfort.
Expect to see more of Ince, who has been heavily linked to with a switch to Warrior sponsored Liverpool, when Gambler launches at retail on 1 July. To learn more about the Gambler range, visit www.warriorfootball.com.
Adidas are one of the only companies really putting an effort into their rugby boot design. While Nike and Puma etc allow their football boots to cross over, Adidas have applied the same drive for innovation and improvement of their football boots to making rugby specific boots.
adidas’ original Predator Incurza boots took kicking to a whole new level having been developed in collaboration with renowned kicking coach Dave Alred and then tested by world-class rugby players such as Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson.
Now Adidas have unveiled the new Predator Incurza II. Featuring Hybrid Touch material – the same upper as we see on the Predator LZ II and NitroCharge – provides the benefits of a leather and synthetic in a single material for unparalleled fit and comfort.
A ‘Precision zone’ towards the instep aims to increase and aid accuracy, specifically for kicking at poles while the second ‘Sweet Spot’ zone on the top of the foot aims to aid distance kicking. Asymmetrical lacing gives a larger surface area for kicking on the medial forefoot.
Adidas’ famous Sprint frame outsole construction provides the perfect balance between light weight and stability, which also features an in built miCoach cavity. A mix of exchangeable screw-in studs and hybrid TRAXION 2.0 stud gives maximum acceleration and penetration on soft ground surfaces.
We love the Tiempo Legend IV here at TRW. The soft upper, combined with a simple yet comfortable design makes these one of the classiest boots around. Now Nike have unveiled their latest colourway – Light Bone/Volt/Blue and we think it is a winner.
The Tiempo Legend IV features an upper combined of super soft k-leather and Nike’s revolutionary Kanga-Lite material. The front of the boot is leather for a superb touch while the Kanga-Lite is used in the lateral mid-foot and heel area to offer additional support whilst improving the boots water retention. The Tiempo Legend IV’s upper also features All Conditions Control (ACC) Technology.
The quilted stitching is one of the key elements of the Nike Tiempo Legend IV and prevents the boot from over-stretching while providing superb comfort and a clean surface for a great natural feel. The Tiempo Legend IV doesn’t feature the iconic fold over tongue like the previous incarnations but instead has a new memory foam based tongue has been included that shapes to the natural contours of the foot, creating a smoother foot shape for accurate kicking contact.
The Nike Tiempo Legend IV’s outsole is made from a one piece TPU plate. Side bars in the mid-foot area are designed to provide torsion strength while the four rear studs are angled inwards to reduce the heel pressure. Very small studs in the toe and heel area provide extra traction.
With Summer (sort of) here Nike have unveiled a fresh new summery colourway for the Vapor IX. With the launch of the Hypervenom – and the loss of Neymar and a few others – the Vapor has some ground to catch up again and will do so with this Volt/Black/Citrus colourway.
The Mercurial Vapor IX is engineered with a completely new upper to deliver a level of support and touch for players to deliver a deadly combination of speed and skill when it matters most. Nike’s new Speed Control texture on the upper gives players the confidence to perform at speed with enhanced friction that combines with a snug and responsive fit — a hallmark of Mercurial boots.
The Speed Control texture wraps around the foot, giving the boot friction when necessary without compromising on the soft touch the player requires. The upper also locks down the foot and prevents unnecessary movement within the boot, while a minimal and soft heel area maximizes comfort and therefore the performance of those wearing them.
Nike’s innovative All Conditions Control (ACC) technology further aids performance; the special treatment now used on all Nike boots ensures a consistent touch whether playing in wet or dry weather.
Traction is everything for the player who relies on explosive speed and who wears the Mercurial Vapor IX. Twin studs at the back allow for a quick release from the turf, and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivers an explosive start. Highly responsive blades also allow for game-altering changes in direction at speed. The Mercurial Vapor IX features a unique, lightweight plate, incorporating two different pieces of glass fiber that increase flexibility and responsiveness, providing energy return in the heat of the game.
With the previous CTR360 Maestri III colourways being a little simpler, Nike 8th colourways sees their control boot feature a more colourful combination. The new Blue/Black/Volt colourway is a bit more fun than the previous Mint colourway and we look forward to seeing them hit pitches.
Made for the midfield maestro, the new CTR360 Maestri III is reengineered to deliver enhanced control, traction, support and lightweight comfort. Using next generation Kanga-Lite synthetic material for an assured touch and durability, the new boot also features new All Conditions Control (ACC) technology, providing the same level of control in either dry or wet conditions.
Innovations include a revamped 3D control pad that uses separate strips with fins of varying sizes to hug the arch and maximize contact with the ball, optimizing receiving and passing accuracy.
An asymmetrical lacing system enlarges the area used to control the ball and a new streamlined design enhances touch sensitivity. A dimpled texture on the midfoot increases friction, once again aiding the players control and touch.
The new and more responsive plate features a 360 degree stud placement – the boot deploys round studs on the medial side and blades on the lateral – is designed to provide premium comfort; perfect for the midfielder’s constant turns, and cuts through the pitch.
adidas and Chelsea FC have today revealed the new away kit for the forthcoming 2013/14 season. The new strip is available now for pre-order and will go on sale July 4, 2013
Fresh from the successful launch of the new home shirt through the innovative “It’s blue, what else matters” campaign, adidas have delivered a standout kit to be worn in select away fixtures across the 2013/14 season.
The new design leads with white as the primary colour, the sixth time a Chelsea away kit has featured this colour scheme. The strip is a clear homage to the club’s iconic white kits with blue and red trim during the 1960s.
The use of red makes a return with its first appearance on a kit since the 2010/11 season’s home shirt. The blue collar, adidas stripes and trim on the sleeves and shorts and blue socks ensure the kit is an instantly recognizable Chelsea kit.
The traditionally styled white kit features the latest adidas technologies to ensure that it not only evokes the meaning of being a true blue but gives CFC an edge on the pitch. adidas ClimaCool technology provides a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics to improve air flow to the skin in key heat zones.
Next season, FA Premier League Champions Manchester United will play in a new home kit inspired by elements of the club’s successful history and the city’s industrial heritage.
The United home shirt features the return of the black collar, worn upturned with such brilliance by Eric Cantona during the club’s champion run of the 1990s.
Underneath the collar is a subtle tonal grey-and black-gingham check, first used on last season’s home shirt. The check represents Manchester’s industrial past, referencing the city’s cotton mills of the 18th century, which once produced the classic check fabric.
The tailored collar, with three buttons at the front and one at the back, represents the city’s sense of style. Two side vents at the hem of the shirt feature the same tonal black-and-grey gingham check that is found under the collar.
The new home shorts are white with a thin black stripe on the hem of the back. The home socks are black with a white stripe bound by two red stripes, and the traditional United bar scarf design appears on the back of the sock.
The kit showcases Nike’s belief in style, craft and pride while aiding the performance of players with key technological features. The kit is made from recycled polyester as part of Nike’s commitment to produce performance apparel with reduced environmental impact. The shirt and shorts of each kit are made from up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles.
In the pioneering process, plastic bottles are chopped into flakes, then melted down to form yarn that is spun into fabric, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing virgin polyester. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfill through the use of recycled polyester.
The kit weighs just 150 grams, 23 percent lighter than previous Nike kits. It also boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and significantly improved stretch. The fabric uses Nike Dri-FIT technology to draw sweat away from the body through the fabric where it can evaporate, to keep players cool and dry.
Ventilation zones, consisting of tiny laser-cut holes, feature under the arms on both sides, as well as at the shorts waistband, to allow additional comfort and cooling. A mesh panel across the entire back increases air circulation.
To aid fit and construction, Nike embarked on an innovative programme of 3D body scans of some of the world’s leading players to produce a more athletic fit tailored to footballers’ physiques. The shirt has been crafted with bonded T-bars to support the seams at key points and inner welded seams with a clean finish to give a more striking appearance, while also increasing comfort and performance.