Adizero II SG Synthetic Review
Adidas’ latest addition to the speed boot market is the second version of the highly successful Adizero silo.
As with the previous range, the boot is available in leather and synthetic, and I will be publishing a review of the lather boot later.
more after the cut.
So first of all, the boot is incredibly light – the Firm Ground version of the boot is a bit heavier due to the metal studs – but the Adizero is currently the lightest speed boot on the market. The boot’s reduced weight comes from the ‘sprint frame’ which houses the boot, which is effectively one solid piece of moulded plastic – which supports the foot well while also creating an extremely light and flexible sole plate.
the synthetic adizero II also introduces a greater use of the ‘sprint frame’ which was used sparingly on the previous model. Adidas have completely redesigned it, and now use it like nike did with ‘fly wire’ on the SL vapors. The whole red section of the boot is made of a rubbery plastic, which is continued inside the boot – giving a very supportive and grippy surface inside the boot – while maintaining the shape of the boot – which often depletes in synthetic boots.
What a lot of people don’t tend to pick up on with the boots is the introduction of textured areas on the sprint frame, which remind me a lot of the ‘pass pad’ on the CTR360s, they give a great first touch – as the thicker rubber dampens the ball, and allows you to give more power to passes without discomfort. The rubbery spine that follows the laces also means that the discomfort some players found when shooting in the original Adizeros is gone, and these give a really clean shot.
To improve touch, adidas has also given a texture to the boot – which grips the ball and allows you to have a really good level of control on a synthetic boot – the sprint web continues through the whole boot and really does give an exceptional level of control for a synthetic boot
the only downside with the sprint web on the boot is that it can become redundant in wet, muddy conditions – after being coated with mud it can lose traction with the ball – but this is a fair criticism for nearly all synthetic boots, which are coated with a substance that gives a better grip on the ball.
the main area that lets the boot down is the lack of innovation in the soleplate, the boots still feature the same stud pattern as on the previous model, and they don’t really allow for increased acceleration – and is something I think adidas will really need to work on with their next addition of the boot. With speed boots becoming more and more like running shoes, surely it is time for companies to start looking at the traction more and try and give us better acceleration.