The newly released “Spectral Mode” boot pack from adidas brings pastel colors to all four of its boot silos: Predator, Nemeziz, X, and Copa. They’ll be worn on the pitch by the likes of Messi, Pogba, Mo Salah, and Gabriel Jesus this upcoming season. Let’s take a closer look at each of the individual boots and discuss how you can purchase them for yourself.
Firstly, the adidas Predator 18+ sports a Trace Pink upper, a Clear Orange soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. They will be worn by leading adidas athletes including Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil, and Ivan Rakitic. You can purchase them here.
The adidas X 18+ features an Off-White upper, a Core Black soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. They will be worn by leading adidas athletes including Gabriel Jesus, Mo Salah, and Gareth Bale. You can purchase them here.
The adidas Nemeziz 18+ boasts an Ash Silver upper, a White Tint soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. The Messi Nemeziz 18.1, which comes in a Powder Blue colorway, will be worn by Lionel Messi this upcoming season. You can purchase them here.
Lastly, the adidas Copa 18.1 sports a Clear Mint upper, a Gold Metallic soleplate, and Metallic Gold sock-liner print. We will not see these on the feet of any adidas athletes this upcoming season. You can purchase them here.
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Since its release in July, the Nike Phantom Vision silo has already seen four different colorways; but today, we’re going to be giving you a first look at three more unreleased, never before seen colorways. Releasing from as early as September 2018, you can expect to get your hands on some of these boots quite soon.First, there’s the EA Sports x Nike Phantom Vision football boot that will drop in late September 2018. EA Sports and Nike have collaborated in the past on both the Mercurial Superfly V and the Hypervenom Phantom III football boots, but now it’s time for the new Phantom Vision Elite to get the special EA Sports treatment.
They feature a predominantly blue/purple reflective upper with the Playstation controller button design contrasting the upper in black. The lace cover is black with metallic silver detailing threaded throughout the Flyknit for an eye-catching look. The Nike swoosh on the lateral side of the boot is purple/pink in color while the soleplate is a mixture of blue/purple/pink; both the swoosh and the soleplate are also reflective. If there’s one word to describe these boots, it’s striking.Next, there’s the Racer Blue/Black/Metallic Silver/Volt colorway that will release in October 2018. This colorway is much more subtle and discreet compared to the EA Sports edition. These boots feature a “Racer Blue” upper, a black dynamic fit collar, black Nike swooshes outlined in Metallic Silver, and a Metallic Silver instep and soleplate.Lastly, this next colorway is almost the inverted version of the previous one, and is also set to release in October 2018. It features a black upper with a “Racer Blue” instep, a Metallic Silver Nike swoosh outlined in Racer Blue, and a Metallic Silver soleplate. Pictured is the Anti-Clog version (a hardcore version of a soft-ground soleplate), whose soleplate is always black; however, the FG and AG soleplates are Metallic Silver. If you’re not a fan of flashy boots but like a little pop of color, this colorway is perfect for you.
Which upcoming colorway is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Make sure you 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 entreprenuers in the soccer space by clicking here.
We’ve already seen football and basketball culture intertwine when Jordan and Neymar Jr. had their own collaborative football boot back in 2016. But now, the Jumpman logo is going to be seen everywhere; on two special edition match kits, two football boots, and apparel. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Jordan and Paris Saint-Germain collection.
The two football boots included in the collection are the Nike Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and the Phantom Vision Elite. They both feature predominantly black Flyknit uppers, blacked out Nike swooshes, red soleplates, and red detailing throughout, nodding to the prominent color on Paris Saint-Germain kits and one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors. The Jumpman logo can be found in black at the heel and on the sockliner of both boots, and in red on the boot bags. You can expect to see Neymar Jr. wearing the Mercurial Vapor XII Elite and Marquinhos wearing the Phantom Vision Elite on the pitch.
For the sneakerheads, this collaboration also brings a special edition Air Jordan 5 Retro featuring PSG x Jordan branding (with the Jumpman logo replacing the “A” in PARIS and placed in the middle of the PSG circle logo), a transluscent outsole, and the number 75—a postal code for Paris—near the heel. They’re available in very limited quantities, so if you’re interested in a pair, you’ve got to be quick.As for the kits, they’re built on a Nike Vaporknit Match chassis and feature black and white colorways with red accents. The Jumpman logo will replace the iconic Nike swoosh on the chest. The kits will be used as Paris Saint-Germain’s third and fourth kits. The goalkeeper kit comes in bold Infrared, a nod to one of Jordan Brand’s heritage colors.
The Jordan Brand x Paris Saint-Germain collection releases on September 14, and the club will debut its Jordan Brand kit on September 18 during European competition. What do you think of this high profile collaboration? Let us know in the comments below!
Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in creating new goalkeeper gloves, Aviata Sports have dropped their latest Stretta Maestro collection featuring a unique SideWinder cross wrap wrist strap, a pro-flow ultra mesh body, an ergo-flex punch pad, and a pro long cuff for a second skin fit. The Stretta Oro Maestro V7 sits atop the collection with a professional level Contact latex palm for an outstanding grip in all weather conditions. We put them to the test to see if they’re really worth boasting about.
On the palm, the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 features 4mm of German Contact latex. This latex has a professional level grip and is found on many of the top level adidas, Nike, Puma, Reusch, and Uhlsport goalkeeper gloves, such as the adidas ACE Trans Pro and the Uhlsport Supergrip. Gloves that have Contact latex typically cost upwards of $100, so you can definitely consider these Aviata gloves a bargain.
The cut is negative style, meaning the seams and stitches are on the inside of the fingers as opposed to being on the outside. Due to this, the negative cut fits much more snug than the flat and roll finger cuts; in fact, it’s one of the tightest cuts you can get on a goalkeeper glove. The area in between the fingers, or what we call “gussets,” is made of a breathable mesh material for proper ventilation of the gloves. For increased latex-to-ball contact, the latex thumb is double wrapped, meaning palm latex rolls over the top and bottom of the thumb. The side of the glove is also latex wrapped, but barely; it’s just a small triangle of palm latex wrapping over to the backhand.The body of the glove is solely made of a soft mesh for breathability and comfort. This gives you a close to the hand feel with no excess materials such as backhand latex, a material found on many of Aviata’s previous gloves such as the Stretta Magnetik V6 and Stretta Snow Digital Camo. Instead, you just have a mesh body, an ergo-flex rubber punch pad over the knuckles, and synthetic latex over the fingers to provide structure and protection. This is a very simple, lightweight glove with the bare bone necessities.
Without a doubt, the closure (how you get the gloves on and secure them) is what makes this glove so unique. The new SideWinder cross wrap wrist strap wraps around the mesh wrist area in a unique fashion. It sits higher up on the hand than usual, which is only possible because the glove is just the mesh body. 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 want to make sure that the strap is at an even angle with the gold Aviata design on the backhand so you don’t end up wrapping the strap on top of 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. The Aviata Stretta Oro Maestro V7 goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
In all weather conditions, the German Contact latex gets an incredible grip on the ball. Whether you’re making a high pressure breakaway save or jumping up to catch a cross, you feel confident in the grip’s ability to hold onto the ball safely. Before every match or practice, make sure you dampen the latex palms with water to “activate” the latex and achieve the best grip possible. Also, before you wear the gloves for the first time, make sure you pre-wash them to remove the chemicals that preserve the latex during storing and shipping. These glove care activities should be done with all types of latexes, but especially with professional level latexes such as Contact latex.In terms of durability, the Contact latex holds up pretty well. However, as a rule of thumb, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. Playing on artificial grass will only expedite this deterioration since turf is harsher on latex palms than natural grass is, so take your playing surface into account before you opt for a professional level latex. Also, since this is a professional latex, durability is not the greatest concern; if you’re looking for a latex with better durability, look into Giga Grip or Super Soft latex. Because of the 4mm of backing foam (the foam directly underneath the latex palm), you don’t feel the sting or pressure of hard shots; this glove does a great job of dispersing shock and impact force.The Stretta Oro Maestro V7 features a negative cut which is both good and bad for a few different reasons. It’s good if you like a tight, finger hugging fit or have slimmer hands, but it’s bad if you care about durability. With the seams on the inside of the fingers, the tightness of the negative cut means the latex rips and tears much quicker than it does on other cuts. This deterioration is most commonly found at the fingertips but also at the bottom of the fingers, too. Therefore, think about what surface you play on, how much you care about durability, and what kind of fit you’d like to achieve to decide whether the negative cut is right for you. One of the reasons I thoroughly enjoy wearing the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 is because of how comfortable and lightweight the glove body feels on hand. Constructed of a plush mesh, there are no gimmicks or extra materials to weigh down the glove; you have a soft mesh body, a rubber punch pad over the knuckles, and synthetic latex over the fingers. That’s it. All of these materials feel lightweight, flexible, and serve their own distinct purpose. Aviata ditched whatever they felt the gloves didn’t need and just kept the necessities. The mesh that makes up the glove body feels far from harsh or what you’d normally think of when you think of mesh; it’s honestly one of the softest materials I’ve seen on a goalkeeper glove. It feels extremely high quality, plush, and soft to the touch, and has just the right amount of soft padding underneath it for a truly comfortable feel. From the moment you slip your hands into the gloves, you won’t want to take them off. They fit, quite literally, like a pair of gloves. Extremely comfortable ones at that. The closure on this glove is different than the closure found on the majority of goalkeeper gloves currently on the market. Instead of an elastic or neoprene wristband (usually measuring 7, 8, or 9 cm wide), the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 has what Aviata calls a “pro long cuff,” which is basically just an extension of the soft mesh body. There is no separate wristband piece; the whole glove is essentially just one piece (the mesh body) extending from the tip of your fingers to the middle of your forearm, with materials (rubber punch pad, synthetic latex, wrist strap) stitched onto it. Because of this, the glove feels lightweight and minimal in its design. 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 (the first wrap around starts off at a downward angle), it covers more of the backhand than the typical wrist strap set up does, therefore offering more support in the wrist area. When goalkeeper glove companies try too hard to make their gloves look “cool,” they often aren’t very functional or practical in their design; that’s not the case with Aviata, though. They’ve mastered the ability for a glove to not only look innovative and unique, but to be functional in its design, too.The new Stretta Oro Maestro V7 fits true to size and is a snug fitting glove all around; there’s no extra room in any part of the glove to suit goalkeepers with larger, thicker hands. However, this glove doesn’t fit overly tight to the point where it’s squeezing your hand; it fits comfortably snug all throughout. If anything, there’s slightly more room in the thumb than I’d like to have, but this definitely isn’t a dealbreaker.
Aviata have truly hit the nail on the head with their new range-topping goalkeeper glove. Between the grippy Contact latex palm and the extremely comfortable one piece mesh body, it’s hard to find something wrong with these gloves. Goalkeeper gloves are known as the tools of our trade and, well, these are some of the best tools available on the market right now. For $74.99, these game gloves truly are a bang for your buck. Get 15% off your pair (or anything on aviatasports.com and soxprousa.com) when you use our code TSR15. You can purchase these gloves here.
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NoetZ Glove Company doesn’t shy away from creating bold, unique looking goalkeeper gloves, and their latest AZUL glove is no exception. Equipped with removable finger spines, a lightweight neoprene backhand, and grippy Contact latex, these gloves were designed with the professional goalkeeper in mind, and, therefore, are perfect for games and elite level practices in all weather conditions. We put them through their paces to see how well they hold up in goal.
On the palm of the glove, the AZUL features 4mm of German Contact latex which is known to have an incredible grip, one of the best grips you can get on a goalkeeper glove. For this reason, the palms come with a protective plastic layer to keep them from sticking together. This plastic should be peeled off before you wear the gloves for the first time. Since the lower palm is the area where the latex deteriorates the fastest, NoetZ have stitched on a latex abrasion zone made of a more durable latex to combat this deterioration.
The cut is hybrid style, meaning it’s a mix between two different cuts; flat and roll finger. The latex rolls around the fingertips and then turns into a flat cut lower down on the fingers; in between, there are mesh gussets for proper ventilation of the gloves. In addition, there’s a latex extended palm and latex wrapped thumb for increased latex-to-ball contact. Many gloves come equipped with latex wrapped thumbs but not many come equipped with latex extended palms, too, making the AZUL a serious contender for those in search of gloves with as much latex as possible.On the backhand, NoetZ have chosen a full neoprene body with fused rubber shapes on top. Placed at knuckle flex points, the rubber shapes aim to give you more grip and distance when punching the ball away. Underneath the neoprene body there’s a good amount of soft padding for comfort and protection. Moving to closure (how you get the gloves on and secure them), the AZUL features a shortened elastic wrist strap and an 8 cm wide elastic wristband. At the end of the wrist strap, there’s a rubber pull tab to help you wrap the strap around your wrist easier. This feature, while commonly found on many goalkeeper gloves, is very helpful because it prevents the latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the wrist strap, something that could result in ripping of the delicate latex.
Lastly, the AZUL features removable finger spines in all five fingers, which can be removed through the zipper above the wrist. If you like playing with finger protection, leave them in; if not, you can take some or all of the finger spines out. The NoetZ AZUL FG goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase on Amazon by clicking here.
The grip, the most important part of any goalkeeper glove, is incredible on the NoetZ AZUL. As expected, the 4mm of German Contact latex gets a secure and confident hold on the ball whether you’re jumping up to save a cross or making an intense breakaway save. This grip isn’t just great in dry weather, though; it’s great in all weather conditions, such as sunshine, rain, or snow. Before every match or practice, make sure you dampen the latex palms with water to “activate” the latex and achieve the best grip possible. Also, before you wear the gloves for the first time, make sure you pre-wash them to remove the chemicals that preserve the latex during storing and shipping. These glove care activities should be done with all types of latexes, but especially with professional level latexes such as Contact latex.In terms of durability, the Contact latex holds up decently well. However, as a rule of thumb, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. Playing on artificial grass will only expedite this deterioration since turf is harsher on latex palms than natural grass is, so take your playing surface into account before you opt for professional level latex. Also, since this is a professional latex, durability is not the greatest concern; if you’re looking for a latex with better durability, look into Giga Grip or Super Soft latex.The latex abrasion zone on the lower palm is made out of a harder compound, therefore allowing it to withstand damage better than soft Contact latex does. This abrasion can be caused by one’s technique or just the nature of some saves, so it’s nice to have more durable latex in that area to prolong the life of the gloves. Regarding the latex extended palms, I thoroughly enjoy gloves that have them since they get a more safe, secure hold on the ball.Regarding the cut, the mix between flat and roll finger feels comfortable on hand. However, I noticed that the fingers feel a bit weird both with and without the finger spines in. With them in, the fingers feel very tight; this tightness took some time to get used to. You can really feel the finger spines pressing up against the back of your fingers when they’re in the gloves. Lower down, it feels less tight and quite comfortable because that’s where the latex is cut flat style (the flat cut is known to have a loose fit and boxier appearance). When you take the finger spines out, though, the lower part of the fingers start to feel too loose. NoetZ purposely did this to make room for the finger spines when they’re in the gloves, but I feel like this could’ve been designed better. I don’t usually like using finger spines, but I found myself using them in these gloves to avoid that loose, overly roomy fit. The mesh gussets do an awesome job of regulating air flow in and out of the gloves, especially on hot summer days.The AZUL’s backhand is quite different from the majority of backhands I see on goalkeeper gloves; instead of being made of latex, NoetZ have chosen neoprene for the backhand and the glove body. This material is lightweight, comfortable, and flexible, so it’s easy to see why NoetZ chose it. Because it feels quite slick and smooth to the touch, NoetZ put fused rubber shapes on top of the knuckles to give you grip when punching the ball. Inside the glove, backing foam and soft padding provide an extremely comfortable fit on hand. However, I do have one bone to pick with the backhand. When the finger spines are out of the gloves, there is a lot of excess space in the backhand area; the glove doesn’t really fit close to your hand, contributing even more to the already loose fit. When the finger spines are in, though, this isn’t a problem because they take up that extra space. Again, this is something I think NoetZ could’ve improved on in the design process; it seems to me that these gloves fit best only when there are finger spines in them.The closure sees another problem which, according to NoetZ, has since been fixed. The shortened elastic wrist strap was too short to the point where you couldn’t get it to reach the velcro on the wristband without it feeling too tight. The strap just needed some extra length for a more comfortable fit, something NoetZ have since sorted out. Prolonging the life of the gloves, the rubber pull tab at the end of the wrist strap prevents the latex fingertips from touching the velcro on the wrist strap, something that can result in small rips and tears of the delicate latex. The 8 cm wide elastic wristband is the perfect width; it’s soft, stretchy, and fits comfortably on my wrist. Regarding finger protection, the five removable finger spines do a good job of preventing your fingers from hyperextending when hard shots come your way. While the NoetZ AZUL goalkeeper glove has a few minor flaws, it really is a glove that you feel confident wearing in intense games. The professional level grip and comfortably snug fit (when the finger spines are in, of course) make it a worthy option for goalkeepers on the hunt for a new pair of quality game gloves. Not to mention, you won’t find a design as cool as this one on any other glove currently on the market. However, you have to weigh the pros and cons since these gloves cost ninety US dollars, and that’s not very cheap. So, think about how much you’re willing to spend, what surface you play on, how long you’d like them to last, and what kind of grip you’re looking for. If you have any questions regarding goalkeeper gloves or soccer equipment in general, feel free to ask us; we’re here to help you make informed buying decisions and get exactly what you’re looking for in soccer gear.
A recent release from Portuguese goalkeeping brand Insanity Gloves Co., the Chaos II comes equipped with a plethora of top-end features such as a rubber punch zone, memory foam, windstopper mesh, a Super Soft latex backhand, and internal silicone dots. They’re intended for games or elite level practices and cost around $51 per pair, already making them a bang for your buck. We put them through their paces to see how they hold up in goal.
The Insanity Chaos II comes equipped with 4mm of Supreme Giga latex on a hybrid wrapped negative cut. This latex offers a semi pro grip, meaning it’s not as grippy as top-of-the-line professional Contact latex, but it’s still grippy enough to get a good hold on the ball in all weather conditions. The hybrid cut combines a negative cut with mesh gussets for the two middle fingers and a roll finger cut for the pointer and pinky fingers. On the lower palm, Insanity Gloves Co. have stitched on a latex abrasion zone in the area that wears away the fastest to reduce this quick latex deterioration. In addition to a double latex wrapped thumb (latex is wrapped over the top and bottom of the thumb), latex is also wrapped around to the back of the pointer and pinky fingers for increased latex-to-ball contact.The body of the glove is made of windstopper and hydrophobic mesh, a mesh that stops wind from entering the glove and repels water from the glove’s surface. A rubber punch zone lays on top of the knuckles on the backhand for power when punching the ball away. 3mm of Super Soft latex make up the backhand with 3mm of memory foam lining the inside of the glove for optimal comfort. Ergonomic Backhand Control enhances the flexibility of the glove by utilizing flex grooves on the backhand. On the inside of the fingers and palm area, silicone dots grip your hand to prevent it from sliding around inside the glove. As for the closure, the Chaos II features a 6 cm wide latex wrist strap on top of a 10 cm wide neoprene wristband with a stitched on nylon pull loop to help you get the gloves on easier. At the end of the wrist strap, there’s a rubber pull tab to help you wrap the strap around your wrist easier. This feature, while commonly found on many goalkeeper gloves, is very helpful because it prevents the latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the wrist strap, something that could result in ripping of the delicate latex. The Insanity Gloves Co. Chaos II goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
When kept slightly damp (necessary for best performance), the Supreme Giga latex performs well in all weather conditions. Although it’s not as grippy as Contact latex, some of the best latex you can get on a goalkeeper glove, it still gets a great hold on the ball after a much needed pre-wash. Without a pre-wash, the latex barely has any grip, so you definitely need to pre-wash these before you play in them. As for the durability, it’s not amazing, but it’s better than what you’re going to find on big brand $50 goalkeeper gloves. When you opt for the best grip possible, you sacrifice durability because a better grip requires softer latex. However, these gloves strike a happy medium. The latex did start to slightly tear after a few games on turf, but if you play primarily on natural grass, these should last you a full season (given that you wash them regularly).The hybrid cut offers a snug fit in all of the fingers, but more so in the two middle fingers that have a negative cut. The negative cut fits more snug because it connects the palm to the backhand with use of gussets, the material in between the fingers, for a super snug fit. On the Chaos II, the gussets are made of mesh for good ventilation of the fingers. On hand, I noticed the pointer and pinky fingers point slightly outwards; on Reusch goalkeeper gloves, this is called pre-splayed fingers, which gives you a better hand position on the ball. The fingers on the Chaos II are definitely wider than the fingers on gloves I’ve reviewed in the recent past. Whether that’s a good thing is up for you to decide; it all depends on your personal preference. As a whole, the Chaos II fits pretty snug but not overly so; if you have larger or thicker hands, you should be able to wear these gloves without a problem.The windstopper and hydrophobic mesh body feels very comfortable and lightweight on hand. The rubber punch zone over the knuckles helps get a good grip on the ball to punch it away powerfully. As for my favorite feature on the Chaos II, the inner silicone dots, they work very well. I wish all goalkeeper gloves had this feature to prevent your hands from sliding around inside the gloves. Regarding the closure, the 6 cm wide latex wrist strap and the 10 cm wide neoprene wristband make for a very supportive and secure fit once the strap is wrapped around your wrist. The rubber pull tab at the end of the wrist strap makes wrapping it around easier and safer so you don’t end up ripping the latex on the fingertips. The nylon pull loop on the wristband is an awesome feature that makes getting the gloves on much easier; you simply pull it towards you and the glove slips right on. Because the neoprene wristband is so wide, slightly wider than what’s typically found on goalkeeper gloves, it makes the glove feel like a sleeve where you don’t feel the difference between your wrist/forearm area and the beginning of the glove. It makes for a seamless transition from hand to arm, just like Nike’s Dynamic Fit Collar makes for a seamless transition from foot to leg.After extensive testing, the Insanity Gloves Co. Chaos II goalkeeper gloves have proven that they’re worth every penny. For a price of just $51 (converted from EUR), they deliver on everything goalkeepers look for in a pair of gloves: comfort, flexibility, grip, premium materials, durability, breathability, and convenience. If you’re in the market for an affordable pair of game gloves, the Chaos II is an excellent option. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.
A recent release from Canadian goalkeeping brand NGA Soccer, the Muralis Neon is designed for those who enjoy a tight-fitting, attention-grabbing goalkeeper glove. It comes equipped with top-end features such as Giga Grip latex, memory foam, and inner silicone dots for optimal grip inside the glove. Considering the high quality latex and the $63 price tag, they are intended for games or elite level practices. Keep reading to see if the Muralis Neon is the right goalkeeper glove for you.
The Muralis Neon comes equipped with 4mm of ProContact latex (very similar to Giga Grip latex), an elite level latex found on many mid-range goalkeeper gloves in the $60-$90 range. This glove retails for around $63, making it slightly more affordable than some of its competitors from Reusch, adidas, and Select. While it’s not the best latex available (that title goes to Contact and Supreme Grip latex), Giga Grip latex still grips the ball very well; however, for this reason, it lacks durability. As the rule of thumb goes, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. At the bottom of the palm, NGA have included a latex abrasion zone in the area that wears away the fastest to reduce this quick latex deterioration. Giga Grip latex is wrapped over the top of the thumb for increased latex-to-ball contact.As for the glove cut, the Muralis Neon features a negative cut with widened latex fingertips. The negative cut connects the backhand to the palm with use of gussets, in this case, mesh gussets (they can also be made of latex), for a super snug fit. Negative cuts typically hug your fingers snugly and leave little to no wiggle room in the fingers. The latex fingertips seem to be slightly wider than what’s typically found with negative cut goalkeeper gloves, allowing you to get more latex on the ball.
The Muralis Neon also features memory foam padding on the inside of the backhand for a comfortable and plush feel on hand. In the fingers and palm area on the inside of the glove, there are silicone dots that prevent your hand from sliding around inside the glove. This is an extremely helpful feature that is also found on the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves, yet not many other goalkeeper gloves on the market have this feature. In regards to closure, this glove boasts a double wrap elastic wrist strap set on an 8 cm wide elastic wristband. At the end of the wrist strap, there’s a rubber pull tab to help you wrap the strap around your wrist easier. This feature, while commonly found on many goalkeeper gloves, is also extremely helpful because it prevents the latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the wrist strap, something that could result in ripping of the delicate latex.
As for the backhand, the Muralis Neon features soft synthetic latex on top of an air mesh body; while this latex isn’t as soft as German Super Soft latex (commonly found on top-end $100+ game gloves), it’s much more durable, lasting you much longer than German Super Soft latex. What’s unique to the Muralis Neon is the latex flap on top of the wrist area, which gives you entry to put in or take out the five removable finger spines. Normally, there’s just a zipper of a strip of velcro above the wrist for entry to the finger spines. The NGA Soccer Muralis Neon goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
After a necessary pre-wash, the Giga Grip latex comes to life and becomes very grippy. Although the grip isn’t super sticky as if it was Contact or Supreme Grip latex, it still gets a great hold on the ball. I had no problem holding onto shots and crosses, and parrying the ball around the post or over the crossbar during high intensity game situations. The latex abrasion zone on the lower palm really does help lengthen the life of the latex palms; it’s made of a harder compound that doesn’t rip or tear as easily but still gives you a good grip on the ball. The reason why it’s there is because, due to one’s technique or just the nature of some saves, the lower palm rubs or slides against the ground which tears the delicate latex. On turf, this deterioration is much worse since the artificial grass and rough rubber pellets eat up the soft latex. That’s why NGA stitched on a harder latex piece to allow the latex palms to last longer and give them more durability in the area that needs it most.Negative cuts are notorious for having the latex fingertips tear, and the Muralis Neon definitely holds true to that. Within the first few games, the latex fingertips already started tearing. Playing on turf only accelerates this deterioration, so if you play primarily on turf, I’d recommend staying away from the negative cut unless you don’t mind buying new gloves more often. This negative cut fits super snug on your fingers, hugging them tightly and leaving no room for your fingers to wiggle around. The mesh gussets in between the fingers are soft and allow for good ventilation of the fingers.The soft synthetic latex backhand is very durable, unlike German Super Soft latex backhands which are commonly found on top-end $100+ game gloves such as the Nike GK Premier SGT. It’s not as soft to the touch, but it still feels very flexible and comfortable on hand, and is comparable to its similarly priced competitors. The air mesh body is comfy, lightweight, and allows for decent ventilation of the gloves considering it’s only exposed above the thumb crotch area. The memory foam lining on the inside of the backhand drastically enhances the comfort of the gloves and allows you to punch the ball away without feeling any stinging. The inner silicone dots do an awesome job of preventing your hands from sliding around inside the gloves; this is a feature that’s extremely useful and that I’d like to see on all goalkeeper gloves. The double wrap elastic wrist strap allows you to choose how tight you want your fit to be, although, from my experience, the first wrap around is quite loose in order to match up the velcro on the wrist strap with the velcro on the latex flap. However, you can make up for this looseness with the second wrap around which offers a much tighter and more secure fit. The elastic wristband is soft, stretchy, and fits comfortably on my wrist. As always, the rubber pull tab at the end of the wrist strap is extremely useful so I was glad to see it on the Muralis Neon. When the latex fingertips are already fragile enough due to the nature of the negative cut, it’s important to take precautions to keep them in tact, and the rubber pull tab allows you to do just that.Lastly, the Muralis Neon is a very snug fitting glove, especially with the finger spines in; if you have bulkier or thicker hands, I recommend staying away from these gloves as you’ll have trouble fitting your hands inside them. The negative cut definitely adds to the snug fit considering it leaves no wiggle room in the fingers, but this glove is quite snug all throughout.
For around $63 (converted from CAD), the NGA Soccer Muralis Neon goalkeeper gloves are incredible game gloves equipped with many top-end features that make them worth every penny. However, we somewhat hesitated to say that since the durability is a bit lackluster. They’ve held up well for us on natural, firm grass, but if you play mostly on turf, the latex will get eaten up pretty quickly. While that’s the case with all goalkeeper gloves, negative cuts are more prone to latex tearing, so just keep that in mind. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.
It’s common for all athletes—both pro and amateur—to suffer from foot, ankle, knee, and lower back pain, which can affect one’s health, mood, and energy level. You can reduce the risk of these injuries by replacing your current insoles with ones that absorb and disperse shock. Unequal Cushioning Sports Insoles provide 24% better shock dissipation compared to typical OEM insoles, reducing the risk of foot injuries and leaving you with more end-of-day energy. We put them to the test to see how they perform underfoot, so keep reading to see if these are the insoles for you.
For insoles promising to reduce the risk of foot injury, you’re probably wondering how they can do so. Well, they provide 24% better shock dissipation compared to typical OEM insoles, offer orthotic grade arch support, and feature military grade coated aramid fabric to help block the shock. In addition, they feature a low-friction top cloth, a deep heel cup, fast compression rebound, and heel strike gel cushioning for comfort. An anti-microbial coating helps to reduce odor, ensuring the insoles remain stink-free after every practice and game. They’re best suited for football, lacrosse, and action sports, and since each insole weighs less than 2 ounces, you won’t even notice them beneath your feet. The Unequal Cushioning Sports Insoles are available to purchase here.
From the very first step you take with the Unequal insoles underfoot, you immediately notice how much better they feel compared to the insoles that come with your cleats or sneakers. Made out of cheap foam and feeling overly thin, the stock insoles lack any sort of viable comfort, support, or cushioning, leaving you with a subpar experience when running or playing sports.
With Unequal’s Cushioning Sports Insoles, you have much more cushioning underneath your feet, especially in the heel area; Unequal have inserted TPR GEL Pods into the heels to cushion heel strike impact and reduce heel pressure. This is one of my favorite features about these insoles because they drastically enhance the comfort underfoot, making it feel like you’re walking on clouds. Paired with the orthotic grade arch support in the midfoot, they leave you with more energy to run faster and farther on your runs or during your workouts.The coated aramid fabric handles shock dissipation very well, especially during box jump exercises when you’re repeatedly sticking a landing. This exercise can easily take a toll on your feet, legs, or knees, but when you’ve got Unequal insoles inside your shoes, you can just focus on your workout instead of any pain or discomfort you might sustain.
The forefoot crash pad is made of Spenco’s SpenCore material, which cushions and reduces pressure in the forefoot area. Running throughout the entire insole is Spenco’s Polysorb PU foam, which provides cushioning and impact suppression in all areas of the foot. With multiple layers of cushioning and shock absorption materials, this insole is best for people who stand or walk for long periods of time, or for those who engage in high-impact sports, such as soccer. For athletes who work, you can wear them in your soccer cleats and in your work shoes for comfort and support underneath your feet at all times.A concoction of premium fabrics, gels, and foams is what makes the Unequal Cushioning Sports Insoles so comfortable to wear inside your shoes. Whether you choose to wear them in cleats or sneakers is up to you, but they perform very well in both, providing you with cushioning comfort, shock absorption, and impact suppression so you can focus on your performance. You can purchase a pair of the Unequal Cushioning Sports Insoles for yourself here.
2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Briana Scurry can recount the details of the head injury that ended her career. Well…sort of. Since she doesn’t actually remember the hit, she shares what she’s been told by other people. That’s why she swears by Unequal’s protective headgear, such as the Halo 3, for staying safe on the pitch. It looks just like a headband, but it offers incredibly effective head protection in a lightweight, comfortable design. Keep reading to find out why the Halo 3 is head protection you’ll never want to play without.
Rated 4/5 stars by Virginia Tech and Top 15 Innovation in Sports Technology by ESPN, the Unequal Halo 3 holds a lot of promise as the headband that can save players from devastating, lasting head injuries. It offers great protection for falls, collisions, and headers by absorbing and dispersing impact force and reducing acceleration up to 75%. It weighs in at 1.86 ounces and measures 6mm thick, making it the most minimal headband in Unequal’s headgear arsenal.
To be precise, the Halo 3 is constructed of a patented military grade composite and a coated aramid fabric. It features a strong nylon outer layer, moisture wicking material, and Airilon comfort foam for a soft, breathable feel. Together, these advanced materials handle blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams.The headband slides on for a snug, comfortable fit and provides 360 degree impact protection due to its closed loop design. It reduces concussion risk by 56% without altering ball rebound speed or direction, making it especially great during drills where the head is at repetitive risk. It’s been tested to the American Society for Testing and Materials’ headgear standard and is FIFA Law 4 compliant (The players’ equipment – dangerous equipment or jewelry is not allowed to be worn, but soft headbands are allowed). The Unequal Halo 3 headband is available to purchase here.
We recently reviewed the Unequal Halo 1 headband which, unlike the Halo 3, features velcro adjustability for a truly custom fit. If you haven’t read our review of that headband, you can do so here.
After extensive testing, the Halo 3 has proven to be one of the most comfortable, low profile, and lightweight protective headbands on the market. It excels at providing a consistently snug, stretchy fit without having the material overstretch, something I was initially skeptical about considering the lack of velcro adjustability. The headband slides onto your head smoothly and easily, but if you feel that it fits too snug, you can stretch it slightly for a better fit. It comes in two sizes, size one (20”-21”) and size two (21” +), and if you don’t know which size you are, place a soft tape measure around the upper forehead crown/hair root area of your head and check the measurement.In terms of protection, the patented military grade composite does a great job of absorbing and dispersing impact force; once you sustain your first hit, you feel relieved to be wearing protective headgear. As a goalkeeper myself, the Halo 3 has made me feel safe, resilient, and confident while wearing it, and because it’s so lightweight, you hardly realize it’s there. Just to note, advanced tech causes the headband to stiffen in cold environments when not on your head. Therefore, it’s important to take a few minutes to knead it with your hands in a warm room or car to soften it up. The headband should be warm before it’s stretched out for the best possible fit. Also, If you’ve never worn a protective headband before, it may feel a bit foreign or tight at first; but by the second week, you should be used to the feeling of wearing it.
In summary, the Unequal Halo 3 delivers on everything a protective headband should deliver on: comfort, advanced technology, light weight, durability, protection, and breathability. Just to give you an idea of players who’ve approved of it, USWNT defender Ali Krieger called it her “lucky charm” throughout the FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Briana Scurry called it “absurd” to play without it. Its lightweight, sleek design and impressive protection make this a no brainer if you’re in the market for a protective headband; you can purchase the Halo 3 for yourself here.
Proof of UFOs has been discovered—Umbro have unveiled some Unbelievably Fast Objects in the shape of their new Velocita 4 Pro football boots.
The UFO name perfectly captures the essence of the new design, which has been created for players who value speed. The idea of Unbelievably Fast Objects has also been used as inspiration for the tongue-in-cheek campaign video.
The light-hearted clip features West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio, who was so eager to try out these highly classified UFOs that he snagged a pair before their official release. Two Umbro “employees” who take their jobs very seriously (also known as comedians Rob J Madin and Rich Hall) were then sent to track him down and retrieve the boots by any means necessary…you can see the results here.Once you get a closer look at the new Velocita 4 Pro, it’s easy to see why Antonio was so anxious to get his hands on them. The boot has been created following extensive wear testing from players at all levels, with the aim of working with the natural movement of the foot.
The most significant change on the Velocita 4 Pro is the brand new Sprint+ outsole. Made from a lightweight Pebax® material, it features a combination of conical and elongated studs to provide maximum grip and traction. Analysis of peak pressure points and player feedback informed the new stud positioning to ensure maximum comfort and balance.On the upper of the boot, a unique tri-layer construction gives the wearer the perfect balance of security and flexibility. A bottom layer of neoprene gives a seamless feel against the foot; a ‘memory-flex’ middle layer offers stretch and flexibility; and then the protective top layer gives a snug fit.
A common issue with synthetic uppers on football boots is that they can restrict movement due to a lack of flexibility in the material. The Velocita 4 combats this through the diamond cut outs in the forefoot, which allow the boot to flex around the natural movement of the wearer as they twist and turn on the pitch.The sock construction on the boot has also been redeveloped, with a new shape allowing for a better fit around the ankle and increased comfort.
All together, it adds up to an exciting boot that delivers on the idea of making the most of the wearer’s natural speed and agility.Alongside the Velocita 4 Pro, there is also a range of other models designed for different price points and playing surfaces. The Velocita 4 is available for purchase online here.