Many of you have requested some sort of comparison on Adidas and Nike’s latest heritage releases: the adiPure IV and Tiempo IV. I can understand how choosing between both versions could prove challenging for players since both releases offer great performance at a very affordable price range. In fact, I deem these releases to be some of the best value for money options on the market. Here is a quick breakdown of how they compare to each other.
Difference in Leather
Starting with one of the most important parts; the leather upper. Both versions offer a very similar level of quality, with the primary difference being Nike’s addition of a mixed K-leather and Kanga-lite design, compared to the adiPure’s K-leather only. This allows them to cut some weight while adding some weatherproofing. Another big difference lies in how both versions are stitched along the front. I much prefer the performance of the adiPure as the strategically placed stitching allows the upper to bend and mold much more efficiently to our feet. But visually, the Tiempo looks a lot cleaner and the vamp stitching adds a really classic look.
Size and Shape
First off, there is a visible difference in the heel design of each boot. Nike use a typical high cut that protects the Achilles, whereas Adidas use a low cut, more rounded design. Some players actually have problems with this area on the adiPure but I found it was comfortable. The second thing is the angle at which the upper and soleplate meet. The adiPure has a more beneficial design, with a sharp angle in to the toe – making them ideal for getting under the ball. The Tiempo, on the other hand, has a more rounded toe that can feel a little clumsy at times. Other than that, both boots have a very similar shape, and the dimensions of the soleplate are pretty equal.
The adiPure uses a typical bladed design, whereas the Tiempo offers a mix of bladed and conical. As a result, the adiPure is much more adept to natural grass surfaces, while the Tiempo is a better choice for players who play on artificial surfaces.
The adiPure weighs 9.8oz and the Tiempo weighs a slightly lighter 9.6oz – but fall right inline with the average for the heritage range.
Starting out, the original retail price for the Tiempo is $165, whereas the adiPure’s retail sits at a slightly cheaper $154. Right now, deals on the adiPure IV are much better and drop as low as $113 – especially since they have been on the market for a longer period.
Even though these boots fall into the same categories, there are many differences that make them unique from each other. This also makes it extremely tough to nominate one as being “better” than the other. Ultimately, they both offer great performance and a classic look – it simply depends on your circumstances and what type of deals you can get. Personally, I found the adiPure to be a better option and the fit was much more comfortable. But, in general, feedback on the Tiempo range has been much more positive and it seems like the majority of players would choose them over the adiPure. Some of the best players in the world are currently wearing both ranges, so if you decide to pick up a pair you can do so knowing you are in good company!