I’m a pretty classic guy when it comes to soccer balls. It’s always been about quality materials and reliability over any of the flashy tendencies that some balls try to distract you with. To me, the classic soccer ball is black and white, extremely durable, has great air retention, and reliable, consistent performance. Adidas has created the Adidas adiPure NFHS Competition soccer ball to satisfy my exact needs and it’s definitely one my favorite balls out on the market right now.
The ball couldn’t be much more classic in looks. Plain white panels line half the panels, while a simple, but professional black triangular pattern lines the other half of the panels. A couple of Adidas logos and adiPure logos also line the ball so you know you are getting a quality product for a high quality company. Other than that, the ball is pretty “Plain Jane”, which I’m personally a fan of. What really makes this ball stand out from the crowd is it’s incredible performance for the price (under $60).
First off, this Adidas soccer ball is given FIFA’s highest approval rating possible. What’s that mean for you? The ball can be used in professional competitions and the ball passed tests in weight, water uptake, shape, and size retention. Essentially, you know the ball will feel the right weight in your hands and on your feet, it won’t become water-logged (a huge problem with many balls), has an excellent reliable circular shape, and will keep in air for a long time so you won’t waste your time with a soccer pump. In addition to all these great features, the ball has a latex bladder for excellent rebounding characteristics and terrific air retention. Plus, the ball is thermally bonded together. That’s right; no stitching on this bad boy. It’s a terrific trend that will make the ball hold up through a long intense season of training and games as well create a more reliable flight trajectory. Finally, Adidas has saved the best for last; the ball is NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) approved. Essentially, the NFHS testing involves a few criteria: the ball must be made of leather or other suitable material which is weather resistant, between 14 and 16 ounces in weight, between 68 and 70 centimeters in diameter, and inflated to manufacturer’s specification. Check check check.
Overall, it’s a terrific, classic ball with unbelievable performance. The ball held up well in rigorous testing and was extremely reliable. A no-brainer purchase if you need a quality soccer ball.
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