Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole Review

Currex CleatPro Soccer Insole Review

Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole ReviewUnfortunately, we’re all used to the cheap, thin foam insoles that come inside every new pair of soccer cleats (even the $300 ones). They lack arch support, cushioning, and comfort, something soccer players shouldn’t have to play without. Therefore, Currex have created the CleatPro insole which features an improved forefoot pad for comfort, an anti-slip top surface, and a triple layer cage construction for breathability. Simply put, they’re not your average cheap insoles; they’re way better. We put them to the test to see how they feel and perform underfoot.       Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole Review

Tech Specs 

Currex’s new CleatPro insole is equipped with an anti-slip top surface and an improved forefoot pad for comfort, speed push, and rapid acceleration. It’s specifically designed for all field sports, such as football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and rugby, and all court sports, such as tennis, badminton, squash, volleyball, and pickle ball. A triple layer cage construction allows for optimal breathability underfoot while Poron foam in the rear and forefoot absorb shock. IMG_3486In addition, the insole features a decoupled heel which allows the heel to remain stable while the arch naturally pronates. It’s designed to reduce foot pressure and fatigue, improve performance, and prevent injuries by reducing stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons, the cause of many injuries in the foot, knee, and hips. All sizes (low, medium, and high profile) differ in density and size of the arch support to respect different forces and weight of players. World class soccer professionals like Rafinha Alcántara currently use Currex CleatPro insoles, and, in regards to the design, the lines on the left and right insoles are together the passing lines of the final goal from Mario Götze in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Talk about a design with meaning!

To fit the insole to the exact size of your cleat, the insole is designed to be trim to fit. If the CleatPro insole is too big, place your current cleat insole on top of the CleatPro, use a pen to mark the edge, and cut the excess material with a scissor. CleatPro insoles come in three different sizes (low, medium, and high profile) to cater to your exact arch, flex, and knee shape. They’re available to purchase here.IMG_3485

The Verdict

The big question is how do these insoles stack up against the other replacement insoles currently on the market? Are they better or worse? The short answer is yes, they’re much better…let us explain why.

Firstly, unlike custom orthotics that are usually too bulky and stiff for soccer cleats, the CleatPro insoles are thin and have a low enough profile to fit into any soccer cleat—any brand, any model. During my testing period, I found it very convenient to slip them in and out of different boots and have them fit perfectly in each one. They’re nearly as thin as the stock insoles that come with your cleats but are much more comfortable, durable, and supportive.

All you need is one training session with the CleatPros underfoot to see why they’re the insoles you’ll never want play without; the comfort, grip, and support is immediately noticeable. You do have to pay somewhat of a pretty penny for these insoles, though…they cost fifty US dollars per pair. If you can bear the cost, why wouldn’t you want something that’s much more comfortable and supportive than what you currently have?Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole ReviewThe white arch support element (which comes in three different heights—low, medium, and high profile) on the underside of the insole is thin yet strong and flexible, making for a very comfortable experience underfoot. Because it’s flexible, it can bend in the direction that your cleat is bending, therefore producing proper flex and foot movement; the last thing you want is to have your game messed up because your cleat is flexed, but your insole is not. Once you discover what your arch height is for these insoles (watch this video to figure it out), you’ll no longer have to live with excess or dead space inside the boot, something you might not have even noticed before but makes a sizable difference when it comes to comfort and overall fit.IMG_3473The silicone-like grip element placed on top of the liner is located in three different key areas; at the forefoot, the midfoot, and the heel. By tackling all three “zones” of the foot, it grips it very well, preventing any slippage on the top surface of the insole. This is something you likely won’t find on any other soccer cleat replacement insoles.Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole ReviewThe mesh liner is soft to the touch and has proven to not only be comfortable, but durable, too. On the bottom of the insole, Currex have incorporated a Poron foam insert into the heel for shock absorption and cushioning. They’ve also incorporated a denser, rubber-like foam at the base of the forefoot for even more cushioning. Despite inserting foam pads into the underside of the insole, Currex have managed to keep the insole lightweight (it’s just slightly heavier than the cheap, bare bones stock insole) and thin; this just goes to show that you can have both comfort and thinness, a combination we don’t usually see from custom orthotics.Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole ReviewWithout a doubt, the Currex CleatPro insoles are worth the money because of the comfort, arch support, cushioning, and grip they provide; they provide all of these things better than any other soccer replacement insole currently on the market, all while maintaining a low profile so they’ll always fit into any pair of soccer cleats. These are insoles you buy to immediately replace the stock ones with, so if you’re looking for a new pair of boots but trying to stick to a budget, keep the price of these in mind…it’s safe to say you won’t regret spending the fifty bucks on these.
Currex CleatPro Soccer Cleat Replacement Insole Review

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Unequal Cushioning Sports Insoles Review

Unequal protective cushioning action contact sports insoles soccer football lacrosse comfortable cushionedIt’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.IMG_3111

Tech Specs

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.Unequal protective cushioning action contact sports insoles soccer football lacrosse comfortable cushioned

The Verdict

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.IMG_3104The 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. Unequal protective cushioning action contact sports insoles soccer football lacrosse comfortable cushionedA 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.Unequal protective cushioning action contact sports insoles soccer football lacrosse comfortable cushioned

Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

Unequal Halo 3 Protective Headgear Review

Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports2-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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

Tech Specs

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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact SportsThe 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.Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

The Verdict

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. Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact SportsIn 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.Unequal Halo 3 protective headgear headband Ali Krieger USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup Briana Scurry Concussion Prevention Soccer Contact Sports

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Unequal Halo 1 Protective Headgear Review

soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWith millions of sports players getting concussions each year, it’s imperative that players protect themselves to reduce the risk of getting one. Slipping on a lightweight, comfortable, and protective Unequal headband can reduce concussion risk as much as 74%, according to Virginia Tech’s extensive independent research. Knowing you’re protected means saying goodbye to the possibility of having headaches, blurry vision, and difficulty thinking clearly, all side effects of a cerebral concussion. The headband is available to purchase here.

Tech Specs

The Unequal Halo 1 headband is a must have for any sports player who experiences frequent collision and contact during play. What makes it one of the best protective headbands on the market is the fact that it reduces concussion risk by 74% and is rated ‘Best Available’ by Virginia Tech. It provides great protection for falls, collisions, and headers, and is especially great for practice drills where the head is at repetitive risk. It does not alter ball rebound, speed, or direction; it simply absorbs and disperses impact to keep you protected.

Constructed from military grade, patented, and coated aramid fabric, the Halo 1 meets all aspects of 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). It features a nylon outer layer, closed-cell Accelleron foam, Kevlar, 360 degrees of impact protection, and velcro for a custom fit. The aramid fabric and other advanced materials handle blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams, making the Unequal Halo 1 a top choice for players looking for extra protection.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWeighing in at 4.12 ounces and measuring 10mm thick, the Halo 1 is one of the most lightweight, slender, and comfortable protective headbands on the market. The velcro closure makes it adjustable to your head size, so it can fit your head perfectly without fitting too tight or too loose. Because of its streamlined design and lightweight performance fabrics, you no longer need to sacrifice comfort for protection, and you don’t need to look silly wearing headgear, either. The Unequal Halo 1 headband is available to purchase here.

The Verdict

The Halo 1 sounds like it’s one of the most comfortable and protective headbands on the market, but how does it really perform? I put it through its paces to find out.

I tested the headband for several months in both training and games and I must admit—it’s pretty awesome. Originally, I wasn’t sure that a combination of comfort, protection, breathability, and durability could exist, but Unequal quickly proved me wrong. Aside from the incredible protection this headband provides (which we’ll touch on shortly), my favorite thing about it is how thin and minimal it looks compared to other headbands on the market. We’ve all seen the bulky, full-head helmet worn by Petr Cech, but who really wants to attract everyone’s attention by wearing such prominent headgear? Something as noticeable and bulky-looking as a helmet is what prevents most people from wanting to wear protective headgear in the first place. Thankfully, Unequal is showing us that we can have both protection and a slender design, something that has got more players opting for extra protection on the pitch.IMG_2493In regards to protection, the most important part of the headband, Unequal is unrivaled. The Halo 1 features a battle ready composite fortified with Accelleron and Kevlar. Kevlar is a patented lightweight fiber used in law enforcement and the military, and when woven into a sheet, it’s five times stronger than steel. On the other hand, Accelleron is an elastomer with amazingly durable cushioning qualities that multiplies shock absorption capabilities. With these two protective materials combined into a composite, the Halo 1 is capable of handling blunt force trauma and impact shock better than typical plastics and foams. Whether you collide forehead to forehead, forehead to post, or head to ground, this headband will protect you and lower the risk of getting a concussion.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo reviewWhile testing, I got into several collisions with other players. Some of those collisions were head to head which, without a headband, would be beyond painful and dangerous. In the past, I’ve witnessed my unprotected teammates go in for a 50/50 ball from a throw in, bang heads with their mark, and immediately fall down onto the ground. Tears start rolling down their face and the coaches come running over. In one particular case, my teammate had to be carried away immediately because she had trouble speaking—she was diagnosed with a severe concussion a few days later. It’s always devastating to see these things happen, especially knowing that that could be you. Thankfully, the Halo 1 protected me during those collisions and gave me the confidence to play harder.

Worn by USWNT player Ali Krieger in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Unequal headband is the perfect solution for those looking to up their safety on the pitch. It may just look like any other headband, but it offers serious protection to reduce the risk of getting a cerebral concussion. You can purchase the Unequal Halo 1 headband here.soccer sports concussion headgear headband protection unequal halo review