Today we break away from boot reviews, folks, as an influx of balls has reached our docks. With that in mind, we’re going to look at the adidas Euro 2012 Glider in slime with dark indigo. As the name suggests, the ball is modeled after the Euro 2012 ball but is obviously of lesser quality and is a fraction of the cost. If you’re in the market for a ball that can be used in practice or for pick-up games, then you’ve found a viable option with this soccer ball.
Everyone has had Runts candy before, right? Or at the very least, you’ve seen the candy> Good. The pervasive color on the Glider is a green akin to the lime Runts, albeit a shade or two lighter. Meanwhile, the accents are a little darker than the newly (relatively) introduced blue raspberry Runts (note: the blue raspberries are the worst). It certainly isn’t an electrifying ball with its low contrast and toned down colors, but I still think it’s appealing in that understated, in the background kind of way. It’s the kind of appealing you see and think, “Not bad. Not bad at all.” Here’s the one kicker, though: it’s green. Even though the green is lighter than grass, I can still see where it might present problems. With that said, this ball would be great for those practices that happen on a public field with patches of thin grass and plenty of brown dirt.
As I said earlier, this ball is more of a practice/pick-up kind of ball rather than a game ball. This is reflected in the stitching, which looks a tiny bit looser than its more expensive counterpart. The paneling is more or less the same on each ball, but the Glider’s panels are a bit more flexible and lack the texture found on the Tango match ball. At the same time, you have to take the $14.99 price tag into account. If you’re in need of a ball, get a couple of friends to pitch in a few bucks and voila, game on. The ball gets the job done when you’re in a quick pinch, and it’s extremely affordable. If you’re in that situation or a similar one, then be sure to look at the Glider in any of the current colorways.
Written by: Kris Dyer, soccerprose.com
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