The Puma v 1.10 SL is the lightest boot out right now. Weighing in at a super light 5.3oz the SL is designed for speed and touch. It’s great for those that favor a thin upper, which is made of a premium microfiber. Also, the Puma AptoLast makes the upper conform to the foot’s natural shape giving the SL a glove-like fit. Even though Puma has really lightened up the v1.10, the SL is still a very durable shoe. A ball feels nice against the microfiber. It has a bit of grip which makes it easy to control the ball when dribbling or shooting.
With a Pebax one piece frame, even more weight has been reduced. This has been done by constructing a Carbon Fiber plate for the midfoot. Not only has the weight been cut but the carbon fiber plate is also designed to increase the reaction from flexion while moving. In other words, the boot improves acceleration. The SL has pointed studs and a very small stud on each heel that provides great traction and aids the natural running motion.
The Puma SL is all around a top notch shoe but there is one drawback. Protection has been sacrificed in the SL. The shoe is very durable but has an extremely low profile, leaving the ankles exposed and tops of the feet are open to injury. For that reason alone, I recommend this boot to strikers and midfielders that like to attack. So, overall the SL is one of the best boots currently on the market. It fits great and breaks in very quickly. All in all, a shoe built for speed and looks, not for tackling.
Written by: Providence Tucker for soccerprose.com
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