While the new colorway of the F50 Adizero doesn’t necessarily add anything new to the table besides it’s sweet new color, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth purchasing or even having it become your absolute favorite boot on the market today.
If you’ve never heard of the Adizero before, let’s start with the basics. Launched on May 11, 2010, the Adidas F50 Adizero’s main focus was on speed, with the synthetic version (the one I’m reviewing) weighing in at a minuscule 165 grams while the leather version taps in at just 175 grams. Diego Forlan debuted the shoes in the Europa League final versus Fulham in May, scoring both of the Athletico Madrid’s goals in a 2-1 win over the English club. Following Forlan’s successes in that game, many players signed on to wear the boots for the 2010 World Cup, including the magical Lionel Messi, David Villa, Arjen Robben, and England’s Jermaine Defoe, all speedy players in their own right. Now, it seems as if half of the footballing world wears these unmistakable cleats, especially wingers and quick-footed forwards. Why, you ask?
As I mentioned before, 165 grams is quite light. At the time, it was the lightest weight boot available (that is, until Adidas came out with the Adizero Prime, which weighs in at a ridiculous 145 grams) and is still one of the primary leaders in lightweight boot technology. So why go lightweight? As I mentioned before, speed is the primary concern of these boots. You will feel as if you are wearing hardly anything on your feet at all, a strange but sensational feeling with time. The result is play that can go unhindered for longer, especially as the game drags on into the dying embers. While other players will feel their feet tire, this boot is designed to keep you fresh for longer. That means being one step faster than your opponent. It can make the world of difference. Besides generally being lightweight, though, the boot does feature some quality that will help it last a long time. The upper is a one piece synthetic material that is not only lightweight but surprisingly durable. It provided an excellent, soft touch on the ball, as if I was wearing a pair of leather boots.
In addition to the impressive upper, the outsole is wear the boot particularly shines. The shoe uses patented Sprintframe technology. What’s this mean for you? Well, you’ll get a flexible yet ultra durable outsole with Traxion studs, which make turns and cuts a breeze and really an absolute joy to perform. The unique shape design of the studs help you cut in any direction with ease, much better than a conical stud in my opinion. Besides all these great features, it wouldn’t be an Adizero if it didn’t contain a bit of flash in the colorway, right? The primary color is a neon yellow, dubbed Electricity by the masterminds at Adidas. Purple and red accents are sprayed at various sections in the boot and generally work quite well with the electricity primary color. It’s a flashy boot, but when you are flying down the pitch in these utlralightweight premium boots, don’t you want a few people to notice. That’s what I thought. Has a premium price tag but worth every single dollar and more.
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