Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Review

Going all in without suffering the physical consequences of doing so is what Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guard is all about. Protecting your lower leg and ankle, the sleeve offers extra protection against tackles so you can focus on your game. Even better, it doubles as a pocket for your slip-in shin guards. Keep reading to find out what we think of them and if they’re worth the money.Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

Tech Specs

Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guard is a protective lower leg and ankle sleeve with a shin guard pocket. They should be worn under your socks for extra protection against tackles. They’re armored with flexible PORON XRD® foam that absorbs up to 90% of impact. Check out this video showcasing its ability to protect a cinder block from the force of a bowling ball below.

Its revolutionary design holds shin guards in place without the need for constant manual adjustments or tape while providing effective impact protection for the legs, shins, and ankles. The shin guard pocket is designed to fit most slip-in shin pads. 3mm of stretchy Poron XRD® padding feels soft and comfortable when worn but absorbs impact when hit. 

The leg guards are enhanced with anti-bacterial treatment to reduce germs and odors and they protect skin from harmful UV rays. The also employ lightweight materials that wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry. They’re available on Amazon for $34.99 in youth sizes or $39.99 in adult sizes here. Storelli BodyShield Leg Guard Protective Soccer Gear Review

The Verdict

Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guards are not overly expensive for the amount of protection they provide, but before you spend $34.99 or $39.99 on them, you should know how they perform.

During testing, I found these leg guard sleeves to be very comfortable to wear. I noticed they feel quite thin and flexible, making me wonder just how protective they really are. Curious to find out, I put them on and hopped in goal for an entire match. Several tackles and 50/50 balls later, I can safely say these allowed me to play my best without worrying about getting cleated, kicked, or stepped on. When another player comes in contact with your ankle or lower leg area, you don’t feel the impact because the flexible yet effective Poron XRD foam absorbs the majority of it (90%, that is).LegGuardsBlack_1024x1024This foam covers the ankles and side of the lower legs, the areas most prone to injuries during tackles; it’s far from bulky so you hardly even notice you’re wearing the sleeves, except when you’re making a tackle and have opposing players on top of you, of course. Then you’re glad that you’re wearing them. Even if you’re not a goalkeeper, these leg guards are still a necessary piece of protection to wear on the pitch. Forwards, midfielders, and defenders all suffer from ankle and lower leg kicks quite often so slipping these on under your socks will keep you protected and at a better chance of staying injury-free. lguard_g4An added bonus of this product is that you can put your shin guards in them and not have to worry about them sliding around. Your slip-in shin guards, that is. Slip-ins are the only type of shin guards that will work with these sleeves since that’s all the built-in pockets can fit. Considering the design of these leg guards and the protection they provide, you’re better off ditching your shin guards with built-in ankle protection (if you own those, of course) and buying a pair of inexpensive yet protective slip-in shin guards. Click here to view our current favorite slip-in shin guards on Amazon. 

After several weeks of testing Storelli’s BodyShield Leg Guards, I can safely say the “BodyShield” name holds true. As both a goalkeeper and field player, I feel more confident giving it my all on the field while I’m wearing these. Their thin and lightweight properties might deceive you, but once you get in a tackle with these on, you too will become a believer in this product. Click here to purchase them on Amazon.

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T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves review

T1TAN Alien Electro Goalkeeper Glove Review

T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewThe T1TAN Alien Electro is an innovative, unique goalkeeper glove intended for game use. It features professional level materials such as Gecko Grip latex, a neoprene body, a latex abrasion zone, and more for an affordable price of around $70 USD. We put them through their paces to find out how they hold up in goal.

Tech Specs

T1TAN’s Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves feature 4mm of Gecko Grip latex on a negative cut with latex gussets (the material in between the fingers). The thumbs are double wrapped with latex, meaning latex wraps over the top and under the bottom of both thumbs for greater ball control. On the lower palm, a latex abrasion zone made of tough latex protects the soft palm from abrasion and makes it easier to put on the gloves.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewThe glove’s body is made of neoprene and is completely exposed on the backhand. Over the knuckles, you can find a lightweight, silicone punching zone that gives you extra grip when punching the ball away. T1TAN went with silicone that was transparent so you can still see the unique design of the glove through the punching pad. Talk about attention to detail!T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewFor the closure, a shortened elastic wrist strap allows you to adjust the fit of your gloves while an extended length neoprene cuff and latex tab make it easier to slide your hands into the gloves. This elastic wrist strap is not what you’re probably used to seeing, though; it only wraps around the wrist once, but it’s still plenty stretchy and decently adjustable.

The T1TAN Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves are available in sizes 6-11 for approximately $70 USD or £54.99/59,99 € here.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves review

The Verdict

After several weeks of testing T1TAN’s Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves, I must say I am very impressed with them. For the remainder of this review, I’d like you to keep in mind that these gloves cost just $70 USD (not $100+ like the big brands charge). For a game glove with the amount of professional materials and the amazing construction that it has, this glove truly is a bang for your buck. I know $70 is not exactly “cheap,” but in comparison to the Adidas Predator Pros (which are extremely similar to these gloves and cost $50 more), they are quite affordable for the value they provide.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewT1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewIn terms of the grip and durability, the 4mm of Gecko Grip latex performs very well. I found it to be extremely similar to contact latex, a professional level latex found on many top tier gloves from adidas, Nike, and Puma. The grip is incredible; you always feel like you a have a secure hold on the ball when making a save. This latex is quite durable, too. I haven’t noticed any noticeable rips yet (I’ve only worn these in games on natural grass) and the latex abrasion zone protects the most rip-prone area of the latex palms, the lower part of it, so that’s a plus. It’s impressive to find a feature like that on a $70 glove (it’s not rare as several other independent glove brands include it, but it’s still an awesome touch, and this one is actually more intricate than the others).T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewOnce you peel the protective plastic off of the palms, it’s best to pre-wash the gloves to wash off any chemicals put in the latex for storing and shipping the gloves; this will help improve the grip and the life of the latex palms. You should also wash the gloves in lukewarm water after every game to get the dirt off and prolong the life of the latex.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewIn terms of the cut, the negative cut fits very snug on your fingers. It’s not too tight or uncomfortable, though. I noticed that the fingers are a bit longer in length on this glove than on the Blue Beast glove; I’m not sure why, but it’s not very noticeable during play (it’s only noticeable when putting them on). The latex gussets and double wrapped latex thumbs are a nice touch as they increase latex-to-ball contact. Those are two more subtle yet important features that make this glove even more of a bargain than it already is.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewAs for closure, the elastic wrist strap is shorter than what you’d normally expect, but it’s still very stretchy and allows you to adjust your fit (if you like wrapping it loose, though, that’s not really possible since the shortened strap must meet both points of velcro to be considered as “wrapped around,” and the loosest fit achievable, where the strap meets both velcro points, is quite snug, albeit comfortable). The extended length neoprene cuff, essentially an extension of the neoprene glove body, fits very comfortably on my wrist and paired with the helpful latex tab stitched onto the end of the cuff, makes getting the gloves on very easy. These gloves are easy to put on and take off, although not as easy to put on as the Blue Beast gloves since the neoprene isn’t as stretchy as the Mechano material found on the Blue Beast gloves.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewThe backhand and glove body material, neoprene, offers a very snug, comfortable feel on hand. There’s a lot to love about this glove, but the neoprene glove body takes the cake for me; it’s lightweight, flexible, and extremely comfortable on hand. The silicone punching zone is a nice touch as it allows you to punch the ball away with extra grip; this is the grippiest silicone I’ve ever come across on a goalkeeper glove—it feels squishy and sticky, almost like gel.T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves reviewIn terms of the fit, the Alien Electro offers a close to the hand, second skin fit. The fit is snug but not overwhelmingly so, so as long as you don’t have very thick hands, these should fit you well (just note that neoprene is not very stretchy). These gloves fit extremely similar to the adidas Predator Pro gloves that cost a whopping $120 USD.

After recently reviewing T1TAN’s Blue Beast glove and now the Alien Electro, it’s clear to me that T1TAN is pioneering a new generation of goalkeeper gloves. They are far from “traditional” goalkeeper gloves with simple designs and full latex backhands that have flooded the market for years. These gloves are a breath of fresh air for young and old goalkeepers alike; I highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the market for a new pair!T1TAN Alien Electro professional affordable game goalkeeper gloves review

T1TAN Blue Beast professional affordable soccer goalkeeper gloves review

T1TAN Blue Beast Goalkeeper Glove Review

T1TAN Blue Beast professional affordable soccer goalkeeper gloves reviewA new game glove from popular German goalkeeping brand T1TAN, the Blue Beast is equipped with professional level materials and offers a snug, second-skin fit. We put them to the test to see how they perform and if they’re worth the $70 price tag. 

Tech Specs

T1TAN’s Blue Beast goalkeeper gloves are intended for game use due to the professional level materials they’re made of. They feature 4mm of Gecko Grip latex on a negative cut with wrapped fingertips for unprecedented ball control. They also feature latex wrapped thumbs for increased latex-to-ball contact.IMG_4841On the backhand, their new punching zone is made of ultra-light silicone and the body of the glove is made of Mechano material for a lightweight and comfortable feel. An elastic double wrap wrist strap allows you to customize the fit of your gloves while an extended length elastic cuff and latex tab make it easier to slide your hands into the gloves.

The T1TAN Blue Beast goalkeeper gloves are available in sizes 6-12 for approximately $70 USD or £54.99/59,99 € here.IMG_4850

The Verdict

T1TAN’s Blue Beast goalkeeper gloves offer a close to the hand, second skin fit. They fit extremely similar to the popular adidas Predator Pro gloves that have been on the market for over a year now. They feel solidly built but also very flexible, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. The fit is snug but not overwhelmingly so, so as long as you don’t have very thick hands, these should fit you well.IMG_4862The negative cut with wrapped fingertips fits very snug on your fingers. It’s not too tight or uncomfortable, though; I enjoy the fit of this negative cut. The only thing I don’t like is the extra room in the pinky fingers; there is excess space at the top and on the outer side of the pinky fingers. All of my other fingers filled out the glove’s fingers well except for the pinky. Also, I wasn’t a fan of how short the glove’s fingers are; the glove’s finger crotches, or the base of the glove’s fingers, are higher up than where my actual finger crotches are. I found this to be weird since my fingers aren’t abnormally long for my glove size; I’d actually consider them to be on the shorter side, yet I still found excess space in between the base of my actual fingers and the base of the glove’s fingers. This isn’t a huge deal, but it’s a bit noticeable when you’re wearing the gloves.IMG_4860During testing, I found the 4mm of Gecko Grip latex to have a very impressive grip. It performs very similarly to contact latex, a well-known latex found on many professional level goalkeeper gloves from Nike, adidas, and Puma. For a glove costing around $70, that’s a very impressive latex to have; the big brands charge almost double that for their gloves with contact latex. Not to mention, the latex abrasion zone is a nice added feature as it makes the most commonly ripped part of the palms more durable so it’s less likely to rip. T1TAN is all about offering professional quality goalkeeper gloves for affordable prices, and that’s definitely holding true with their Blue Beast model.IMG_4866Once you peel the protective plastic off of the palms, it’s best to pre-wash the gloves to wash off any chemicals put in the latex for storing and shipping the gloves; this will help improve the grip and the life of the latex palms. I’ve tested the Blue Beasts in many games and I noticed that the Gecko Grip latex has held up very well; there are no noticeable rips or signs of deterioration anywhere. I only recommend these gloves for games considering the incredible grip they have; it wouldn’t make sense to use a professional level latex in training (unless you’re a professional player, of course).IMG_4847As for closure, the elastic double wrap wrist strap is very stretchy and allows you to choose how tight you want your fit. The extended length elastic cuff fits very comfortably on my wrist and paired with the helpful latex tab stitched onto the end of the cuff, makes getting the gloves on very easy. These gloves are really easy to put on and take off.IMG_4856The backhand material, Mechano fabric, provides a very comfortable feel on hand. The material is thin and lightweight and has a bit of padding underneath it for backhand cushioning. The silicone punching zone is a nice touch as it allows you to punch the ball away with power without feeling the effects of doing so. In crafting this glove, T1TAN included everything a goalkeeper glove could need without adding unnecessary items, resulting in a simple, effective goalkeeper glove.IMG_4870If you’re after a goalkeeper glove with a second skin fit, an impressive grip, and a relatively affordable price tag (many other independent goalkeeping brands offer extremely similar gloves for similar prices, although compared to adidas’ Predator Pro gloves, these are nearly the same and $50 cheaper), the T1TAN Blue Beast goalkeeper glove is the glove for you. If you’re interested in purchasing a pair, click here.IMG_4831

Unreleased Nike Phantom Venom Black/Gold Football Boots (Replacing the Hypervenom)

These Unreleased Nike Boots Will Replace the Hypervenom Silo

Unreleased Nike Phantom Venom Black/Gold Football Boots (Replacing the Hypervenom)Yet again, photos of unreleased Nike football boots are floating around the internet. After some research, we’ve learned that they’re the new Nike Phantom Venoms and they will replace the current Nike Hypervenom Phantoms. The names can get a bit confusing, but what we now know as the Hypervenom (worn by Rooney, Lewandowski, and Aubameyang) will be replaced by a new boot with a similar name, the Nike Phantom Venom. Let’s check out the upcoming boot.

The upcoming Phantom Venom (takedown version pictured above) features a mesh-based upper with rubber elements on the instep. It also features a synthetic suede heel liner, a partial mesh lace cover, asymmetrical lacing, and chevron-shaped studs for aggressive traction on firm ground surfaces. Unreleased Nike Phantom Venom Black/Red Football Boots (Replacing the Hypervenom)The red Phantom Venoms pictured above are a tier lower than the black ones. The materials used for the uppers visibly look different; the red ones have a NikeSkin upper while the black ones have a softer, higher quality material for the upper; take a look at the both of the toe boxes to see this difference.44927145_1993324864059937_5241628652688375808_nThis is all we currently know about the unreleased Nike Phantom Venom. From the looks of it, they greatly resemble the old T90 silo from several years back. If you couldn’t already tell, labeling every silo as “Phantom” is the direction Nike is going in with the nomenclature of their football boots. This naming system started with the Phantom Vision, the boot that replaced the Magista.

Stay tuned for updates on these unreleased boots, news of new releases, and reviews of soccer gear only on TheSoccerReviews.com. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram for photos and videos of the latest and greatest soccer cleats (including upcoming silos and colorways).Unreleased Nike Phantom Venom Black/Gold Football Boots (Replacing the Hypervenom)Images courtesy of tepy.pl

Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots

Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack

Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football BootsToday adidas has released the new Initiator Pack featuring the Nemeziz, Predator, X, and Copa reworked in white, black, and red colorways. The various boots will be worn on pitch by some of adidas’ biggest players beginning in November. Take a closer look at the new boots and learn how you can get them for yourself.Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots Nemeziz 18+

Initiator Nemeziz 18+

Designed to enhance the performance of the game’s most agile players, the latest Nemeziz colorway includes an AGILITYBANDAGE with TORSIONTAPES technology, providing ultimate lockdown of the foot. A dual-lock collar secures the ankle and allows for explosive change of direction while an AGILITYKNIT 2.0 interlocking yarn structure provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight feel. The new Initiator Nemeziz will be worn by Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino. They’re available to purchase here.Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots X 18+

Initiator X 18+

The X 18+ is designed to provide stability and support at high speeds. A laceless upper locks down the midfoot and a low-cut CLAW COLLAR construction features a stretch material that secures the foot in place. The SKELETAL WEAVE is compiled of an ultra-thin woven grid of optically charged speed yarns to allow for responsive touch and lightweight feel. The ultra-soft SPEEDMESH offers a controlled touch without restricting the movement of the foot. A SPEEDFRAME outsole features lightweight, Drillium engineered tooling and minimalistic construction while a 3D MOULDED HEEL provides a snug and stable fit designed to lock the foot in place during acceleration. The new Initiator X will be worn by Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. They’re available to purchase here.Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots Predator 19+

Initiator Predator 19+

The Predator 19+ features a PURECUT Laceless system to deliver maximum surface control. A FORGED KNIT integrated midfoot structure creates medial and lateral stability while a full length BOOST midsole provides energy return with every step. The boot also includes a Primeknit SOCKFIT collar to ensure a supportive and comfortable fit and a layer of CONTROLSKIN to provide optimal grip. An anatomical upper mimics the shape of the heel to lock the foot into place. The new Initiator Predator will be worn by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. They’re available to purchase here. Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots Copa 19+

Initiator Copa 19+

Lastly, the new Copa 19+ blends tradition with modernity with a striking new design and innovative performance technology, making it adidas’ most progressive boot to date. The Sockfit collar is engineered to naturally expand to foot shape to ensure a supportive fit while an anatomical upper mimics a barefoot experience. The new Fusion Skin is an evolution of the COPA’s classic leather treatment that features a seamless and less permeable skin, re-defining touch for a football boot. The K-leather itself is super soft, providing optimal comfort and touch. The X Ray Vamp brings the foot closer to the ball and reduces slippage while the Purecut laceless upper remove unneeded layers to maximize ball control area. The first edition of the Copa 19+ comes as part of the Initiator Pack and will be worn by Juventus’ Paulo Dybala. They’re available to purchase here.

Are you a fan of the new Initiator Pack? Let us know in the comments below! Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram for photos and videos of the latest and greatest soccer cleats.Adidas Releases New Initiator Pack Football Boots

Storelli SpeedGrip Insole Review

Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewStorelli knows that the stock insoles found in every new pair of soccer cleats are not optimized for traction, causing your feet to slide and slowing your reaction time when it makes all the difference. That’s why they created their new SpeedGrip insole. By adding grip to your cleats, they help you gain traction and focus on your game. We put them to the test to find out how they perform and if they’re worth the $40 price tag.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles Review

Tech Specs

The idea of anti-slip insoles would sound good to any athlete, but how exactly do they work? The top layer of the insole is made of a proprietary suede-like grip material that is very effective at gripping socks, therefore eliminating slippage underneath your feet during play. It offers increased traction in both dry and wet conditions. Besides grip, these insoles are designed to give you a more responsive feel, more stability, and more speed, hence the name “SpeedGrip.”

The SpeedGrip insoles measure a mere 3mm thin and weigh around one ounce, about the same thickness and weight as the stock insoles that come with every new pair of soccer cleats. They feature a patented heel cup design to lock your feet in place and give you that extra grip that stock insoles don’t give you. In addition, they’re enhanced with anti-bacterial treatment to reduce germs and odors. However, these insoles aren’t for everyone; they’re not recommended to players with very sensitive feet.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles Review

The Verdict

Upon first glance, you’re probably wondering why these insoles have a tail, or a piece of material extending upwards at the back of the heel. Made of the same suede-like grip material as seen on the insole itself, the tail or heel tab serves a purpose of smoothing out the heel cup crinkles that are created when you put on the boots. All it takes is some slight adjusting and tugging on the heel tab to get the heel cup to sit flush with the boot’s heel liner. If you were thinking of cutting the tail off, that’s not such a good idea; it’s the only way to smooth out the heel cup inside the boot for a comfortable fit.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewNot many soccer insoles feature this built-in heel cup and heel tab, but it’s very effective at eliminating slippage in the heel liner area, an area highly susceptible to blisters (and we all know friction causes blisters). Storelli’s SpeedGrip insoles cover all bases when it comes to providing grip; the forefoot, mid foot, heel, and heel liner, where most soccer insoles only cover the first three areas and skimp on the last one.Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewAt the back of the heel tab and underneath the toes, there are stickers that you need to peel off before inserting the insoles into your boots; they ensure that the insoles remain stationary inside your boots. The foam base of the insole is nothing too fancy; it’s just a single layer of foam with perforations in the forefoot area. These insoles are very thin and low profile, so they’ll definitely fit into any pair of soccer cleats. If anything, the heel area is slightly thicker than what you’ll find on stock insoles, but these will still easily fit into any pair of boots (it might be trickier to fit the heel cup/heel tab into boots with more padded heel liners, though).Storelli Soccer SpeedGrip Insoles ReviewThe suede-like grip material covering the surface of the insole is very effective at eliminating slippage and increasing grip inside your boots. By gripping well to socks, it allows you to have a more instantaneous reaction time and get a more responsive feel during play. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing these SpeedGrip insoles over stock insoles because of the noticeable grip they provide underfoot. For those who are familiar with TRUsox grip socks, these insoles would be considered in competition with them. TRUsox socks provide grip between your foot and the sock and your sock and the boot, whereas Storelli SpeedGrip insoles only provide grip between your sock and the boot. However, after testing both products separately, I wouldn’t say one is necessarily more effective than the other; both do a great job of providing grip inside your boots.

Forty dollars might seem like a hefty price to pay for a pair of insoles, but considering how effective these are in reducing slippage, we believe they’re worth it. With their unique heel cup/heel tab construction and a width and weight similar to that of stock insoles, they truly are unlike anything else on the market. Plus, you can use them for other sports, too; they’re best suited for sports where agility, sprinting, and foot control are particularly important. Want a pair for yourself? Click here.

Adidas Launch Their First-Ever Laceless Leather Boot, the COPA 19+

Adidas Copa 19+ Laceless Leather Football BootsThe first fully laceless leather football boot from adidas is finally here: introducing the Copa 19+. Featuring a premium K-leather upper and a new technology called ‘Fusionskin,’ the Copa blends tradition with modernity to offer a redefined touch for the new generation. Learn more about adidas’ latest game changer and take a closer look at it here.Unreleased Adidas Copa 19+ Laceless Leather Football Boot Blackout - Paulo DybalaOver the last few months, there’s been speculation over whether Juventus and Argentina striker, Paulo Dybala, was wearing the next generation adidas Copa on his feet at training. Now that the news is officially out, it’s true; he was testing the laceless Copa 19+ in a blackout prototype version for several months. He said, “I’ve always been a fan of the Copa because of the classic look and incredible first touch. It suits my style of play and my personal style, too. The new boot has some great new features and a progressive design. I’m looking forward to seeing how far my game can improve with these boots.” Now that we know for a fact that he was wearing them, let’s discuss the tech specs.c93b18c7028dLaunched in a champagne-esque “Off White/Solar Red/Off White” colorway with the Three Stripes in Solar Red on the instep, the reinvented Copa features a laceless premium K-leather upper paired with Fusionskin, “a revolution in the process of leather treatment, turning leather into a technology,” adidas says. The unique, wavy, X-Ray vamp is seamless and less permeable, meaning it offers a cleaner contact zone and decreased water uptake. Now its synthetic and knitted rivals have some serious competition. chaussures-football-adidas-copa-19-novembre-2018-6-1400x933Aside from touch, the Copa 19+ is drastically different in terms of fit and movement. Due to the laceless design, there’s no more traditional tongue on the Copa. Instead, the upper acts as a one-piece construction, seamlessly connecting to the stretchy Primeknit collar around the heel. The new Copa offers a “sock-like” fit…on a leather boot. This is definitely one for the books.Adidas Copa 19+ Laceless Leather Football BootsWhat would adidas be if they didn’t push the boundaries of what’s possible? For one, they wouldn’t have created this completely redesigned, laceless Copa. And if you’re into leather boots, you just have to try them for yourself; they truly are next level.

The adidas Copa 19+ release will be part of the Initiator Pack with new versions of the X, Nemeziz and Predator. It will be available for $275 from November 13 at 5 AM EST on adidas.com.Adidas Copa 19+ Laceless Leather Football Boots

Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

Aviata Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Goalkeeper Glove Review

Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewA good-looking, snug-fitting match glove, Aviata presents quite possibly their best goalkeeper glove yet. With an abundance of features such as Contact latex, a rubber punch pad, and, quite frankly, an entire glove that fits and acts like a sleeve, the Solar Burst Maestro V7 could be an excellent contender for your next pair of game gloves. Keep reading to find out if they’re the gloves for you.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

Tech Specs

The Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is equipped with 4mm of professional level German Contact latex, dubbed “Magnetik Contact Pro” latex by Aviata Sports. Along with that comes 4mm of backing foam for shock absorption. The hybrid cut sees a mixture between a negative cut for the two middle fingers and a half negative/half roll finger cut for the two outside fingers. The gussets in between are made of latex. By combining two different cuts, you can achieve the best of both worlds; a snug fit and maximum latex-to-ball contact. What goalkeeper wouldn’t want that? You can also find latex rolled over and under the thumb and on the side of the glove for greater ball control and even more latex-to-ball contact. Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewvThe body of the glove is comprised of what Aviata calls “pro-flow ultra mesh,” which is really just breathable mesh. Similar to the previous Aviata glove we reviewed (you can read that review here), this glove doesn’t feature a legitimate wristband. Instead, the entire glove is one piece, essentially acting as a sleeve, allowing you to get the gloves on and off easier. Aviata calls this area the “Pro Long Cuff” since it more so resembles a cuff, or the end of a sleeve, rather than a wristband. The backhand is completely bare expect for the latex over the fingers and the rubber punch pad over the knuckles.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThe wrist strap, titled “SideWinder Cross Wrap Stretch Strap System,” sits higher up on the hand than usual, which is only possible because the glove is just the mesh body or “sleeve.” To wrap the wrist strap, you grab it from the outside, bring it towards you, and wrap it around your wrist twice. The first wrap around starts off at a downward angle; you have to make sure that the strap is at an even angle with the black Aviata design on the backhand so you don’t end up wrapping the strap over the latex palm. At the end of the wrist strap, a small but functional rubber pull tab prevents the latex fingertips from touching the velcro on the wrist strap, something that can result in ripping of the delicate latex.

Lastly, let’s talk protection. This glove features five removable fingersaves which can be removed through the zipper entry on the lower backhand. You can take all of them out or just some of them out if you wish; each fingersave is independent of one another.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

The Verdict

Now that we got the tech specs out of the way, let’s get into the fit and performance. 

The Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is a snug fitting glove, more so when the fingersaves are in. When they’re out, the fit isn’t as snug, and I noticed there’s a little bit of wiggle room in the fingers. Either way, the fit in both the fingers and the glove in general is super comfortable. The hybrid cut between negative and roll finger is one of my favorite cuts because of the comfort and abundance of latex it provides. Featuring an improved design, the double latex wrapped thumb fits more snug and has less excess space than it did on previous Aviata gloves. Aviata achieved this by keeping the thumb normal as if it didn’t have latex wrapping underneath it, and instead stitching on a piece of the palm latex just on the outside of the thumb. This allows the thumb to fit more snug, something I noticed immediately and was very glad to see.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThe 4mm of backing foam (the foam directly behind the latex palm) does a great job of absorbing the shock and impact of hard shots. The Contact latex, which is a professional level latex that should be used for games, holds onto shots with ease after a pre-wash. A pre-wash is necessary for all goalkeeper gloves in order to get the storing and shipping chemicals washed off of the latex palms; in turn, this improves the grip. Like with all Aviata gloves that feature Contact latex, I felt very confident making saves in these gloves.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewA common theme with Aviata’s latest glove collection, this glove is essentially a sleeve that you slide on to wear. This design seems to have grown in popularity over the last few months with tons of goalkeeping brands implementing it on their own gloves, and while I haven’t tried every other brand’s implementation yet, I can say that Aviata has done it masterfully. It’s comfortable, functional, and lightweight, more so than the traditional wristband stitched onto the glove body, making you wonder why no one created this design sooner. After wearing these, I find it hard to want to go back to the traditional glove construction.

Aviata’s sleeve design, besides being extremely lightweight and comfy, also makes for more possibilities in the closure and structure department. On the inside of the glove, a soft, plush lining extends from the fingertips to the end of the cuff with no interruptions. Having that extra cushioning, especially hugging around your wrist, makes the gloves extra comfortable and enjoyable to wear. Again, this is another reason why you might think twice before putting on an “old” style glove again.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewIn terms of closure, the elastic wrist strap is placed higher up on the side of the glove to not only look unique and different, but, more importantly, to provide more support. When the strap is correctly wrapped around your wrist, it covers more of the backhand than the typical wrist strap set up does, therefore offering more support in the wrist area. When goalkeeping brands try too hard to make their gloves look “cool,” they often aren’t very practical in their design; that’s not the case with Aviata, though. They’ve mastered the ability for a glove to not only look unique and innovative, but to be functional in its design, too.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewOne last thing I’d like to touch on is the brand new fingersave pouch. I find it frustrating when goalkeeper gloves are equipped with velcro entry to remove the fingersaves because it often requires much more effort to open it up than is needed, and the entry is often too small to fit your fingers in anyway. Zippers are never a problem, so that’s why I’m glad Aviata included a zipper entry for the removable fingersaves on their new line of gloves. It’s integrated so well into the glove body that you hardly even notice it’s there. Not to mention, when you’re wearing the gloves, it’s completely covered up leaving you with just the bold, bright design that this glove boasts.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThere are tons of new and unique goalkeeper gloves currently on the market, but Aviata continues to innovate and improve with every new glove model they put out; the Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is no exception. How much does a glove like this cost? Eighty dollars. Is it worth it? Considering the incredible grip, comfort, fit, innovation, and design, most definitely; Aviata have yet again hit the nail on the head with providing professional quality goalkeeper gloves for affordable prices. Get 15% off your pair (or 15% off anything on aviatasports.com and soxprousa.com) when you use our code TSR15. You can purchase these gloves here.

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Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - Nemeziz 18, X 18, Predator 18

Adidas Release “Cold Mode” Pack Featuring PrimaLoft Insulation

Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - Nemeziz 18, X 18, Predator 18

Playing soccer during the frigid winter months can sometimes take the fun out of the beautiful game. That’s why adidas have released their latest “Cold Mode” pack, designed to keep the winter elements at bay by integrating PrimaLoft insulation into the upper of each silo. Take a closer look at the new boots and learn how the patented material works.

Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - Nemeziz 18, X 18, Predator 18

PrimaLoft® is a brand of patented synthetic microfiber thermal insulation material that was developed for the United States Army in the 1980s. For the first time ever, it has made its way to the upper of football boots to keep your feet warm and comfortable all winter long. The PrimaLoft insulation is engineered into the upper of the Predator, X, and Nemeziz silos (both laceless and laced) as part of the new Cold Mode pack; the Copa has been omitted since adidas has bigger plans for that silo in the near future. In addition to the material being integrated into the upper, each boot features red PrimaLoft branding on the side of the upper to remind the wearer that their toes won’t go numb in these boots.

Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - Predator 18

The Predator receives a “Trace Blue/Legend Ink/Clear Orange” color update for the winter months. Predominantly blue with a pink heel and a black/white soleplate, the Predator will stay under the radar this winter. It is available in both laceless and laced versions here.

The Nemeziz, on the other hand, gets a unique “Maroon/Legend Ink/Collegiate Burgundy” color update. The soleplate features a cracked effect for an even more distinctive look. It is available in both laceless and laced versions here.

Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - X 18

Last but not least, the X is given a “Raw Green/Night Cargo/Clear Mint” color update. The speckled effect on the heel, also seen on the Predator 18+, adds some flair to the unusual colorway. It is available in both laceless and laced versions here.

What do you think of the new Cold Mode pack from adidas? Will you be copping a pair? Let us know in the comments below! Follow us on Instagram for daily photos of the latest and greatest soccer cleats. Also, listen to our new podcast where we interview professional soccer players, coaches, and entrepreneurs in the soccer space by clicking here.

Adidas cold mode football boot pack with PrimaLoft insulation - Nemeziz 18, X 18, Predator 18

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Paul Pogba Adidas Football Season 4 Collection Predator 18+

Adidas Football x Paul Pogba Season 4 Collection Revealed

Paul Pogba Adidas Football Season 4 Collection Predator 18+The adidas x Paul Pogba collection is back for Season 4, and it’s bringing a Core Black/Olive colorway to on-pitch and off-pitch variations of the Predator 18. In typical Pogba fashion, he’ll stand out on the pitch with the bright fade designed three stripes, the shiny gold outsole, and the military-inspired upper. Replacing the Season 3 Collection that launched back in May, Season 4 is the first collection for Pogba to wear as a World Champion.Paul Pogba Adidas Football Season 4 Collection Predator 18+The Predator 18+ features a “Black/Olive” military-inspired upper on a gold soleplate with red to gold adidas stripes for a pop of color. Pogba’s “PP” branding can be found on the tip of the Purecut collar while Pogba’s name, in the original Predator font, can be found on the inside of the collar.

Unlike last season’s Pogba Predator trainer, the Season 4 trainer sees a fully laced design to give you a customizable fit. It also gives adidas the opportunity to add a noticeable gold band on the bottom lace, a necessary feature for a Pogba shoe to include some sort of bling. The three stripes are black for a more subtle look while bright orange “POGBA” branding on the inside of the heel reminds you whose shoes you’re wearing every time you put them on.

Paul Pogba Adidas Football Season 4 Collection Predator 18+
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Pogba’s “PP” logo is discreetly placed on the front of the collar and the heel in black. Remaining from Season 3 is the Boost midsole, but now with a translucent outsole seen previously on the Shadow Mode Predator Tango 18+ trainer. The translucent outsole allows you to see the large “POGBA” branding written underneath the midsole in the original Predator font.

The Pogba Season 4 releases are part of adidas’ Limited Collection, so they will be available in limited numbers. You can pre-order them for yourself here.