It is absolutely incredible to think that when the Nike Superfly was released in March 2009, their 6.8oz was seen to be one the lightest soccer cleats ever released. In a sense, it set the bar for all other companies to compete against in an effort to produce the lightest boots on the market. Well, in the 3.5 years since, the challenge has been met and pretty emphatically at that.
So much so, that we can currently create a top 10 list of boots that all fall under that 6.8oz mark!
[dropcap]Puma evoSPEED SL[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Pele Sports Trinity[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Adidas F50 adiZero[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Adidas F50 adiZero K [/dropcap]
[dropcap]Pele Trinity 3E K[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Puma evoSPEED 1 [/dropcap]
[dropcap]Nike Vapor VIII[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Adidas 11Pro SL[/dropcap]
[dropcap]Puma evoSPEED 1 K[/dropcap]
Note: there have been a few others in between – this list takes into consideration the boots currently available on the market.
Again, here is a recap of where things stand. As you can see, there is a pretty close battle at the top to be the current leader. It is interesting to note that Puma actually released a 5.4oz boot a few years back in the form of the V1.10 SL, but they have since added some more weight.
1. Pele Sports Trinity (5.6oz)
– Nike GS Concept (5.6oz)
– Puma evoSPEED SL (5.6oz)
4. Adidas F50 adiZero (5.8oz)
5. Adidas F50 adiZero Leather (6.0oz)
6. Pele Trinity 3E K (6.3oz)
– Puma evoSPEED 1 (6.3oz)
8. Nike Vapor VIII (6.5oz)
9. Adidas 11Pro SL (6.6oz)
10. Puma evoSPEED K (6.8oz)
This list represents and illustrates the thorough work companies are placing into research and development, in an effort to produce the lightest boot on the market. There is obviously a performance-to-protection ratio that has to be met through this process. We in no way endorse the idea that lighter is better, but we do applaud companies for their continuing desire to innovate.
And that leads us right into the all important question for you guys:
How light is too light and will releases continue to drop in weight?