The Visaro Pro is a top end New Balance soccer cleat with a mid tier price tag. Worn by Aaron Ramsey and Marouane Fellaini, it comes equipped with a 4mm Ariaprene mesh upper, a TPU “Rotation Zone,” a Fresh Foam footbed, and more. With an array of technological features, a comfortable fit, and a very appealing price point, the Visaro Pro is a great bang for your buck.
-4mm Ariaprene® mesh upper
-Additional wide fitting
-Bio-mechanical stud placements
-Debossed 2mm “Sweetspot”
-For use on firm ground surfaces
-Lightweight nylon outsole with polished TPU “Rotation Zone”
-Low pressure zone instep for instant control
-Medial pivot zone for supremely quick turns
-Pro-form last for unsurpassed feel and unbelievable comfort
-PU bonded top layer
-Super-Flex soleplate for exceptional ground contact
-Fresh Foam footbed/midsole provides a plush, more natural ride
-Internal heel counter
The New Balance Visaro Pro soccer cleats are available in US Sizes 6.5-13 (including half sizes) for $179.99 USD on newbalance.com.
Fit & Breaking In: I have heard nothing but great things about the New Balance Visaro so I have been very excited to test them out. Immediately upon slipping your feet into the boots, the synthetic upper hugs your feet pretty snugly (especially in the toe box) and comfortably, similar to the Hypervenom Phantom. The Visaro fits true to size and offers great lockdown. My foot feels like it’s locked well into place once I tie the laces nice and tight. The area around the heel is noticeably cut lower than what you’d normally find on a soccer cleat, making for a more shallow feel on feet but you get used to it over time. The 4mm Ariaprene mesh upper noticeably becomes softer and more flexible after wearing the boots for a couple of hours. The synthetic suede heel liner is very soft to the touch and is padded for comfort. There isn’t really an actual break in period for these boots as they’re ready to go from right out of the box, but I recommend gradually increasing your wear time in them just to get used to the fit and feel of them on your feet. If you have very wide feet and are concerned if these will fit you, New Balance offers an additional wide fitting Visaro.
Feel & Touch: The Visaro Pro is more often than not compared to the original Hypervenom Phantom from Nike. The upper of the Visaro is very similar to the honeycomb pattern on the Hypervenom, and both have that waxy/grippy but smooth feel to the touch. The undistracted surface on the instep and toe box of the boot allows for clean and crisp passes and strikes. Just like with the Hypervenom Phantom, I get a powerful ’pingy’ sensation when striking the ball in the Visaro Pros. In terms of weight, the Visaro Pro weighs 10 grams heavier than the Hypervenom Phantom, but this difference is hardly noticeable on feet.
Performance: There is nowhere near as much rollover with the Visaro Pro as there is with the original Hypervenom Phantom (there are no Flywire cables to prevent rollover). The TPU plastic Super-Flex soleplate is a bit stiff right out of the box, but it becomes much more flexible after some wear time. The triangular studs dig into firm ground surfaces really well; I had no problem changing directions, making sharp turns, accelerating, or decelerating. Unlike most top end soccer cleats, the Visaro Pro’s midsole is glued in the shoe to prevent slippage; it is not able to be removed (or easily, at least). The Fresh Foam footbed offers a comfortable, cushioned ride underfoot, more so than most regular insoles.
Overall, the New Balance Visaro Pro is a comfortable, high quality, top end soccer cleat with an attractive price point. Normally, for a boot with these many high quality features, you’d be paying about $80-$100 USD more if it was adidas or Nike, so for just $180 USD, the Visaro Pro is a steal and is definitely worth picking up. For more information or if you’re interested in purchasing, visit newbalance.com and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.