This video is showing the new Football Boot from Nike, Its name, the CTR 360. I can imaging most of you will think these are very flash and look great. Well they do and some of the features included are very good, for example they are not flexy the have a wider stud pattern than all the other Nike boots, and have a semi-firm heel cusp.
These boots are the most expensive boots in the Nike range but have many features that others don’t. The Nike CTR 360′s are available in red or blue.
Location: Sporty’s Warehouse
On Saturday I went to see Brock and the crew at Sporty’s Warehouse to do my Footy Boot Review.
Now I didn’t do this review on just what looks cool. In fact most of the boots looked pretty good and from a “looks” only view I would have been happy to wear pretty much any of the wide range on display at Sporty’s.
This review was based on which boots may be better at preventing injury.
With advice from the crew at Pindara, Ben, Darren and Nathan, Podiatrists to the stars (including the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns) and Richard (my Dad and Sports Physio) and Hardy (Physio at the Suns and the Titans) here’s my review and recommendations.
Brock and me in front of the range of Footy Boots at Sporty’s.
ASICS had the biggest range in both junior and adult sizes. The pick of the bunch was the Gel Lethal series. The Ultimate7, 13, GS4, and club 4 all looked similar but we noticed the stud pattern was different on the 13 compared to the 7. We thought the circular pattern under the 13 may have allowed easier pivoting and may prevent you twisting your knee, which is what it was designed for. We liked the fact that they all had a firm heel cusp to keep your foot secure in the boot. They also come with a small wedge or heel raise which my help take a little tension off the calf and achillies and with many of the boys having heel pain at the moment we felt this was a good feature. These boots weren’t too easily twisted either giving good support.
We didn’t like the ASICS Tigreor as much. All the same features as the Lethal but the rear stud pattern was much narrower. (see photo) . The studs were also longer. Now taking into consideration we play on grounds that are pretty hard, the longer studs won’t penetrate as much and this combined with the narrower pattern we felt the could be a bit more unstable. We felt because most of us only have one pair of boots that the Lethals were a better choice. For wet soft grounds the Tigreor might be better, but we rarely get these conditions. At elite level, the big boys will have a number of different boots for different conditions. If only we could get a boot sponsor too!
Check out the difference in width of the studs on these two ASIC’s boots. The Lethals on the right (Red and White) and the Tigreor’s on the Left (Blue/Black). We like the wider base for stability. All other Brands were narrow like these on the left.
Nike have quite a large range, the best boots at Sport’s was the CTR 360, Mercurial, T90 and Tiempo range. These all looked pretty flash as we come to expect from Nike. But some of the features weren’t up to scratch. Poor heel cusp, too flexy for our liking, and a narrower stud pattern which could lead to rolling the ankle. The CTR’s are probably the top of the range and are a bit stiffer and have a better heel cusp. They do have a great lace pattern to prevent the ball from hitting the laces and going all over the place. If I were to get one of them I would choose the Tiempo because they’re cheaper and are basically the same as the others.
Adidas has the Preditor, Adipure and F10 range. These boots were stiffer than the Nike range with a much better heel cusp. Again the stud pattern was too narrow, and no heel wedge. However these seem to be the most popular boot with my team. I have no problem with these boots and they look pretty good to.
The XBlades have the Sniper, Legend and Bullet range. We quite liked these boots and I have had a pair of these myself a few years ago. The stud pattern was wide, not quite as wide as the ASICS but close. The circular layout of the studs may also assist in pivoting in that it’s less likely to get your foot caught. The heel cusp was solid. The main difference between these and the ASICS was they lacked the slight heel raise or wedge that made the ASICS more like a running shoe. Still a great boot.
The Puma boots are an all-round boot. A small range consisting of the Powercat, King and the Liga.They have a firm heel cusp, are not too flexy, and have a medium sized stud pattern. But they lack the heel raise. I had a pair of these a few years ago and found they looked pretty good too. I have no problem with these boots.
The Nomis range are good boots for people who don’t have heel problems. The have a firm heel cusp, a good stud pattern to prevent rolling the ankle, but are very flexy. An good boot for the price.
These are the new range and are very similar to the Nomis boots, nice firm heel cusp, a little bit too narrow for our liking and are prettey hard to flex. Another good boot for the price.
Here’s the Best in our opinion…the ASIC’s Gel Lethal.
The winner was as you may have guessed was the Gel Lethal 13. It’s not ASICS’s top of the range boot (Ultimate) but had great features and for an all round boot for Gold Coast conditions this was our pick.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back on my website for more advice and reviews for Junior AFL players.