Every now and again a boot will come in and through a combination of different circumstances (time of year, releases with deadlines, and so on), you can’t get a proper review in. This unfortunately happened with Joma’s now no longer produced Granada Pulsor FG. The Spanish manufacturer released the Granada Pulsor originally sometime before 2010 (I found reviews at soccer.com dating back to 2009) as their champion in the heritage range.
Joma has long been known for being a company who put out a great product at a wallet friendly price. The Granada Pulsor’s used to retail for less that a hundred bucks, which was a fantastic deal for a boot with an entire K-Leather upper. However, it was clinically under appreciated by consumers because there’s a lack of brand prestige when compared to the big brands in soccer; Joma just don’t have the marketing clout.
What they do have however, is the ability to make a fantastic boot, and having finally gotten a chance to bust them out in a match, I’d be willing to put them up against any other boot in the heritage range. Build wise the upper is a super supple water resistant K-Leather, with some lovely stitching in the forefoot which gives the boot a bit of quilting to soften the touch. The Granada features a fold over tongue which velcro’s down, although not well it has to be said, this combined with the stitching in the forefoot would be the the only technology. With a weight of 9.8oz the boot stands in good stead for your traditional heritage release, especially when you consider the boot pre-dates the current decade.
The Granada has one final party piece, it’s a boot which was made in Spain. Like the Copa Mundial, and the Mizuno MIJ series, the Granada is special in that domestic craftsmen spent time constructing them!
If you’re interested on getting your hands on a little Made in Spain craftsmanship, check eBay where pairs are available at surprisingly reasonable prices.