adidas’ newest release, the F50 adiZero III, are ideal for pacey wingers and elusive strikers. But can they hold up for defenders and defensive midfielders who like a good 50-50 challenge? The 91st Minute finds out.
I’ve always been a bit of a traditionalist with my boots, opting for kangaroo leather and simplicity in design, rather than the flashy synthetic cleats that most attackers prefer these days. Needless to say, I was skeptically intrigued when adidas graciously decided to send these our way to review.
The boots weigh in at a ridiculously light 5.8 oz, and they definitely feel that light when you’re playing. Where adidas has really improved the adiZero III from the II however, is along the upper portion of the boot. The upper is built stronger than its predecessor, and it also contains a newly textured material to help improve control and touch. No wonder Messi endorses these things.
The breaking in period was surprisingly short and painless, leaving my feet with no blisters. A cool new feature on these is the 3D textured pattern on the SprintSkin upper, which is designed to improve performance in all weather conditions. Because I’m privileged enough to live in Southern California, I haven’t tested them out in rain, but this SprintSkin sure sounds cool. Apparently it forces water to slide off the cleat, rather than absorb it.
The cleats survived brilliantly my first couple of games and tackles, but it remains to be seen exactly how many hefty challenges they can endure. Due to its newly redesigned upper, I probably wouldn’t have a problem recommending these for defenders who are looking for lighter cleats. The boots have a slated release date of December 1st, and are set to retail at $209.99. Get them and you won’t be disappointed, regardless of your position.
More pics after the jump…