Finally the Adidas F50 adiZero miCoach has been released to the market – and this is one boot that I am very eager to check out firsthand. Here is the thing, I am not a fan of the design, but I am excited by the actually technology Adidas employe on this release. Before going any further, it is important to note that the adiZero does not come with the miCoach SPEED_CELL chip – that needs to be purchased separately or as a packaged deal.
In my opinion, the introduction of miCoach is a much needed step forward that will revolutionize the game by allowing players an opportunity to track their performance and make adjustments to their game as needed. The initial roll-out comes in two colorways, both a leather and synthetic version; High Energy/Electricity/White and Black/Electricity/Warning. In terms of design, neither boot actually appeals to me and I am convinced that Adidas spent their efforts focusing on perfecting miCoach rather than the funky design.
So, what has changed with the adiZero? First off, the introduction of SprintWeb, a distinct 3-D textured design that runs across the top of your toes. It’s purpose is to add some additional grip as you dribble, improving touch and control. You get the same highly successful single-layer SprintSkin upper that has been a staple in the adiZero range. The SprintFrame soleplate has been modified with the stud configuration altered. Obviously, Adidas are looking to improve traction, but I am sure they also worked on improving the durability of the actual studs.
Weight wise, the adiZero has not changed – at 5.8oz they are exactly in-line with previous models. Once you add the miCoach technology they go up ever so slightly, to 6.0oz – which is extraordinary considering what you are adding. What it all comes down to is that miCoach technology and it is sure to steal players attention.
What is miCoach SPEED_CELL?
I am going to detail miCoach in a later post, but here are the basics that you need to know. In the soleplate, Adidas has created a cavity where your miCoach chip goes. Once inserted and you are in play, the chip tracks several categories including speed, maximum speed, number of sprints, distance, distance at high intensity levels and time. Once you are finished your game, you take the chip out and upload the data for review. It is that simple! The chip does all the analysis while you put the work rate in.
You have to love Adidas mindset and ability to offer the everyday player an opportunity to track their stats just like the pros. It is going to make a huge difference in how you evaluate your game, especially when it comes to realizing you are not actually working hard enough on the field – sometimes we just need to see it to actually change our game up! We spotted Messi wearing these a few weeks back, while playing for Argentina and the boots seemed to hold up well. My primary concern about the boot is what impact a groove in the soleplate has on its performance – will there be enough flexibility and comfort?
I am working on securing a pair with a miCoach chip as we speak to really find out what they have to offer. In terms of price, Adidas has kept them pretty reasonable at $200 for the synthetic version, although you will have to fork out an additional $70 for the miCoach chip. Check out the full line-up of miCoach boots and chips at soccer.com.
What are your thoughts on the release and the technology included?
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