ON a humid Saturday afternoon at the Sparta Gym in Mandaluyong City, the Younghusband brothers led fellow pros, student athletes and football enthusiasts in putting the two newest adidas football shoes through its paces.
Adidas product manager Patrick Giron said the brand is streamlining its football offerings to just two new silos—the ACE15 and X15-- and will discontinue the older F50, Predator, 11pro and Nitrocharge.
One objective of the adidas Trial Run was to differentiate the two models. Several players from the UFL, UAAP, NCAA and high schools, top consumers from adidas stores plus several members of the media put on their issued kit and tested the Solar Yellow cleats in Sparta’s indoor soccer field in various challenges and drills ala boot camp style.
Configured for each type of player, the ACE15 is designed for more total ball control for those in the midfield who get more touches, being the connection between offense and defense — a player typified by James Younghusband.
“There’s a lot of grip whether it’s passing the ball, inside the foot, making the ball curl. When I was younger I modeled my game on David Beckham and (the ACE15) is pretty good on my game, and keeps me closer to the turf to help my quickness,” James said.
The Control Web provides enhanced ball control, thanks to an engineered 3D material- a 3-layer compound combines with EVA for grip. A new stud configuration puts more studs on the ball during foot-over moves to allow for complete ball control. The unique NSG (Non-stop grip) skin uses 3D dots for control in all conditions.
Meanwhile, the aggressive-looking X15 is a perfect fit for Phil, a striker, who values he comfort provided by the higher cuff that gives more compression around the ankle.
“I love the color and the way it feels around the side and the ankles which the Techfit gives more stability… during the (World Cup) qualifiers the field was wet but they felt fine,” Phil said.
The X15 has a Techfit Collar that offers a compression fit around the ankle for superior support and fit. The X-Claw base is built to give complete traction with a lightweight feel. The fragmented and lightweight X-Cage is an innovation meant for dynamic and agile players while the X-Skin is made up of a complex threelayered system that delivers comfort, protection and performance in any conditions.
Both shoes were worn ACE15 and X15 for the first time at the Uefa Champions League final in Berlin last June 6, with the boots available to purchase from Wednesday 1st July at adidas own-retail outlets and specialist retailers worldwide.