There is a traditional look about this release, but under the hood the offer what you don’t expect! The new Puma King Finale SL weighs in at a pretty appetizing 7.9oz, which represents a 1.3oz drop from the regular King Finale. Off course, it is the regions where the boot has been trimmed down that is important for players who might be considering a pair.
This version of the boot comes in a Dark Navy/White/Team Orange colorway and the retail price will sit around the $199.99 mark to start. That is a substantial increase for a release in the King range, but as we know, creating lightweight cleats is the current trend and it automatically results in higher valuations.
Creating an SL
In order to drop the weight of the boot to 7.9oz, puma has made some significant changes. For example:
- Cut off tongue – not only has the amount of fabric used in the tongue been been cut back, but the fold over tongue has been completely removed, an aspect I am very pleased about!
- K-leather upper slimmed – Puma still use a K-leather upper, but they have modified it to be thinner. This improves feel on the ball but reduces protection.
- Heel Counter trimmed – The heel counter has been completely trimmed down, with any excess material removed.
Sticking with a K-leather upper is obviously a smart move on Puma’s part. Introducing anything else on the range would have been sacrilegious – I am sure it is something that was considered in Puma offices somewhere! But, players have expectations about the range and although lightweight is probably not one of those expectations, it is a feature that will have fans eager to test out a pair. Another interesting aspect is that we are seeing pro players wearing them – something we have not seen from SL versions released by other companies. Thierry Henry has been one of the high-profile players you might have spotted with a pair on this weekend.
I am definitely eager to test out a pair, especially because of the positive vibes I encountered through testing the King Finale. These don’t compete with the lightest boots on the market, but they are one of the lightest k-leather upper boots you will find. Finally, it seems like they will offer attacking players in particular another fantastic option to choose from! Stay tuned for a review and more details in coming weeks.