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Umbro Geometra Pro Review

Umbro Geometra Pro review

One of the biggest challenges any company faces is finding a persuasive way to categorize a specific boot to a mass audience – but it seems like Umbro has got it right with this release! The Umbro Geometra Pro is a boot designed to tackle the Control/Playmaker category, with plenty of technology added to a fully functional K-leather upper. This is the first Umbro release since Nike took over the company, and you can tell that there a new thought process involved in this release. It took a while, but I finally received a pair for testing, in the Silver/Black/Yellow colorway, and have spent the past few weeks putting them through their paces!

Breaking In
One thing that Umbro has done well is create a very easy to wear boot! Out of the box, they offer a comfortable fit right through the upper, and the soleplate offers a flexible feel immediately after you put them on. I spent one training session loosening up the stitching before taking them into a game. I was a little concerned initially that they would be too loose and they do fit slightly longer than true to size. But with soccer socks on and the fact that the upper is designed to sit close to the top of your foot, they almost mold down onto your feet. The leather is super soft and the strategically positioned stitching allows it to move and mimic your foot shape very quickly – always a bonus!

Umbro Geometra Pro (c)

Umbro Geometra Pro ECZ

Improving Ball Control
The one area of this boot I love most is the ECZ, or Energy Control Zone. This is the padded region that sits along the instep and it makes for a fantastic addition, particularly when you go to take long passes out of the air. In fact, it is the best piece of technology I have seen added along that region of any boot on the market! The concept of padding the region makes complete sense, and Umbro employ a Teijin medial pad with memory foam to do so.

Right along the front of the boot there is a silicon-bonded grip zone that almost feels like a soft suede. It sits on top of the K-Leather and right along the strike zone, as seen in the image below. I don’t see its addition improving power, but it does add some extra grip and better touch, helping to improve control. It is especially effective when you are playing in wet conditions, as the region almost feels a little rougher. Another good addition that improves the appeal of the boot.

Umbro Geometra Pro control

Performance
Both the addition of an ECZ and a silicon-bonded grip zone compliment what these boots are – a control boot. But that is not all they have and there are other factors that make the package more impressive. The strategically positioned stitching featured along the K-Leather upper improves how the boot syncs up with your feet. Right through wear, they seem to mimic your movements and this immediately improves performance. Another area where they excel is in traction. I found that through wear they offer a solid level of grip no matter what the surface! The shape and design of the blades are very effective and having worn them on turf and natural grass, I give them the thumbs up. Also, sitting right under the joint of your big toe is a circular bladed region. As you swivel and turn, it gives you great stability and is very useful when you are looking to accelerate quickly in another direction.

Design
I like the design’s Umbro have created with this release, although it doesn’t match the best looks seen on the market. You get plenty of colorway options, some of which look better than others. I wasn’t overly excited by the Silver/Black/Yellow colorway I tested, but they offer a unique look and an interesting combo of colors. There is plenty of detailing through the boot and the signature “Umbro” sits very impressively along the heel. My preferred release in the range comes in a pretty simple yet sleek White/Black/High Risk Red colorway.

Umbro Geometra Pro heel

Umbro Geometra Pro (d)

How do they fit?
Starting out, I was a little concerned that they were going to be a half size too big, but thankfully that did not turn out to be the case. You get a pretty wide fit toward the front of the boot with the shape offering a more rounded look. Compared to other boots, I found there was some extra space on the outside of the boot, around your little toe. Overall, players with a slim fit will probably need to consider ordering down a half size, especially if you find that you have a little extra space in your current boot. I am normally a straight up size 9 – I would categorize these as a 9.25!

Negatives
There are a few areas where Umbro can make improvements to this boot. Size is the first area – I don’t quite think the sizing is right, especially up around the toe region. They seem to be a little “rounded” and all though this might suit some players, I can see it being a negative for most. Something else that concerns me is durability. There are plenty of seams through the upper and I did notice that the upper-to-soleplate joining was loosening up in several areas. It is something to watch! Another suggestion is in the weight of the boot. Coming in at 10.2oz, they suit the control mode and are not at all a heavy boot. In fact, 3 years ago they would have been a light boot! But, companies seem to be striving to break the 10oz mark and doing so would only increase the appeal of the boot.

Umbro Geometra Pro (b)

Summary
It is my opinion that this release could be the boot to change the direction of Umbro soccer footwear – in a very positive way! The design matched with some excellent technology has elevated what I expect from the brand. The only issue is getting players to try these boots, but players that do will not be disappointing and will probably take a liking to Umbro. The most impressive aspect for me was the addition of the control region along the instep as it really helps to cushion balls that you take out of the air. They seem to match the expectations of both playmakers and defensive midfielders who strive to take control of center midfield. You get great control and touch on the ball thanks to the ECZ and the grip zone, while the traction offered matches the best boots on the market! Overall, I would have to rate this as one of the best releases we have seen from Umbro in a while!

(boots supplied for review by Umbro USA)

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21 comments

  1. Nice review, I have a pair of the white ones and I really like them.

  2. I had a pair of specialis, and just like you addresssed with these, the durability was a problem. The soleplate tore away from the upper near the inside of my foot where the ball of my big toe is. It looks like a problem that Umbro is having with their cleats

  3. Quick question can you please answer!!! I like to wear my boots with a perfect fit (almost no space), and I have a wide fit.. I wear 11 adipure, 11 laser and 10.5 adizero leather (trained in them a lot and leather stretched nicely)… Should I get 10.5 for the geometra pro's since they have a bit more space ?

    • That sounds like you are wearing your boots too tight. You need about a thumb space in front of your big toe. When you bend your foot your toe slides forward, so if there is no room you are hitting the end of the boot.

  4. really cool boots, wish i had some extra cash lying around now

  5. I really like the design of these and would try them out if I had the money. There are so many cleats on the market now that I would love to try out but don’t want to risk it since I like the pair I’m wearing now. This new promotion you’re doing is a great idea for companies to do this. I know I would rather continue buying the same kind of cleats after I find a pair that I like.

  6. Thanks for the review.. I am looking at buying a pair of these but after your comments about the sizing, I am not sure whether to go for a half size down or not..i am a size 11 with quite wide feet.. and i am currently wearing size 11 speciali Rs in 11 .. but they are a bit too long in the toe for me. Do you know how these fit in comparison to the speciali Rs?

  7. Great review, you should do a Umbro Geometra Pro vs. CTR 360 Mastri post

  8. How many months do you think these will last if I use them 3 times a week for about 2 hours each session? They seem to be what i'm looking for, but durability for me is a huge factor when buying soccer shoes

  9. Hi Brian. Thanks for the review. I have a wide foot and have historically worn US9s however I am in fact about an 8.5 however that is with very little room left. I strive to get that compact feel to my boots that most football players understand. If i ordered these in an 8.5 do you think that would not sacrifice as much width and would be suitable?

    • They fit slightly long in general, so that might play in your favor! Length wise I would imagine they will fit well. But realistically, it is tough to say how much you are giving up in terms of width without knowing how you fit in the Geometra range.

  10. Hey I wear a 10 and a half in F50's but I want these cleats. What size should I get?

    • Sizing of this shoe is not right. I wear a 10.5 Adidas F50 and this Umbro in the same size was way too tight. Now I've got a size 11 and it was a perfect fit. So I would order a half a size up! Its K leather but not the finest, thin type so it won't stretch much.
      The review is right on the money, everything is great except one thing I don't like: its the extra room over your smaller toes area; your foot moves around a bit, slides at certain movements and that I hate. I also have narrow feet and this is kind of wide up front. Solution: wear an extra, super thin socks over your soccer socks and you'll be fine.
      Also, the review is also right about one more thing: they are a bit heavy. Especially in wet conditions, you'll really feel the weight of the shoe.
      Overall it falls short to my other K leather shoes I had owned before, by Puma, Diadora or Lotto. (the Italian made, not the one from China!)

  11. I started wearing this boot last tuesday in training, 4 sessions in the front part of my right boot started seperating and creating a hole between the lether and the plastic of the bottom part of the boot. I do love the boot, the touch , control etc but the durability will be a question. I sent mine back and getting new ones in return. Any suggesting on how to increase durability and to prevent this from happenning again?(any products liek glue etc to apply before hand?)

    Thank you

  12. How do these compare to the Nike CTR360 Maestri?

  13. To Will Phillips and others:

    Sizing of this shoe is not right. I wear a 10.5 Adidas F50 and this Umbro in the same size was way too tight. Now I’ve got a size 11 and it was a perfect fit. So I would order a half a size up! Its K leather but not the finest, thin type so it won’t stretch much.

    The review is right on the money, everything is great except one thing I don’t like: its the extra room over your smaller toes area; your foot moves around a bit, slides at certain movements and that I hate. I also have narrow feet and this is kind of wide up front. Solution: wear an extra, super thin socks over your soccer socks and you’ll be fine.

    Also, the review is also right about one more thing: they are a bit heavy. Especially in wet conditions, you’ll really feel the weight of the shoe.

    Overall it falls short to my other K leather shoes I had owned before, by Puma, Diadora or Lotto. (the Italian made, not the one from China!)

  14. Enrique Acosta-Rubio

    HI! I am not sure if you're still active, and I know this is a pretty old thread, but I will give it a chance. I saw this review for the Geometra Pro and decided that this is the boot that completes e honestly. I want this boot so bad. The thing is, that its kinda hard to find them in good shape and at a decent price (under a $100). Pro-direct soccer has a sale now and the Geometra Pro Premier are at a whopping $25 bucks. I was wondering if you would recommend getting them, even though the Premier seem to be a cheaper worse version. do you think the difference will be that noticeable? let me know! thanks!

    • Performance wise, it is a pretty big downgrade. I'd look to find the Geometra Pro if you can, and given that they are pretty much sold out everywhere, getting a pair in playing condition for anything under $150 represents good value.

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