A few weeks back, we received a pair of the latest Umbro boots to be released – the UX-1. Given the fact we haven’t seen much activity from the Double Diamond over the past 12 months (since their high profile split from Nike), it has been refreshing to experience first hand what they have been able to create. The result is a boot that is extremely well built and designed with the visual appearance of a super heroes silhouette!
So, what is the Umbro UX-1 all about and what does it have to offer? We covered them when word dropped they were about to hit the market a few weeks back, and below are the important finite details you need to know about them from a technical/performance perspective. Under that, you will find an up-close and personal look at the boot via our official YouTube page – make sure to check it out!
UMBRO UX-1 Technical Details
The UX-1 features a light and breathable one piece upper, which looks different to anything I’ve seen on the market before. While Umbro haven’t released the full details on the boots, they feel that this new upper is more than strong enough to keep players safe in the tackle (there are rumors that the material in question is called Armor-Tex, which is a composite material 40% stronger than Kevlar). If the rumor is indeed true, it would be the first time I’ve known of the compound featuring in a football boot and it would definitely have the potential to be a radical innovation. The upper also benefits from a rubber webbing which covers the forefoot of the boots, the webbing is designed to have an dampening effect on receiving passes, making sure your first touch is as good as it possibly can be!
The proprietary A-Frame technology also features, so you know you’re foot will be stable and secure in the UX-1, making sure you won’t have an issue lasting the full 90. There’s also solid protection to be had in the heel of the boot, which features a dual density cage and a protective spine that cushions the heel and protects the Achilles. Traction wise the UX-1′s soleplate has a 14 stud layout including 8 conical studs in the front of the boot and 4 rounded blades at the heel. This will ensure that the UX-1 will be a great choice for both firm ground pitches and play on artificial grass surfaces.
Availability – Yes You Can Get Them in the US
Right now we have the boots in testing, with a review very imminent. Obviously a lot of players are waiting to hear just how they test out. But, in what is a very unexpected move, Umbro has struck a deal with the folks at soccer.com to have the boots listed and available for US consumers. It is honestly something we hadn’t been expecting but from our initial experience with the boot, it is something we can admit to being encouraged by.
If you want to check them out, find them right now on soccer.com.