If you have had the opportunity to test the Umbro UX-1, I think you will agree that they are a quality power boot with a lot of upside on the pitch. Well, Umbro has doubled their appeal by producing a concept pair in a complete Blackout colorway. These things look awesome!
Performance wise, they are engineered to provide players with a stable, yet powerful platform to base their game. They are extremely tech heavy and it is important to detail everything they have on offer – all of which you can find in our comprehensive UX-1 review.
The basics are as follows – the UX-1 features a light and breathable one piece upper called Armor-Tex, which is a composite material 40% stronger than Kevlar. The upper also benefits from a rubber webbing that covers the forefoot of the boots, with the webbing designed to have a dampening effect while receiving passes and a rebound effect when striking shots.
The proprietary A-Frame technology also features on this release, so you know you’re foot will be stable and secure in the UX-1. There is 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.
The original Umbro UX-1 is available in the US – find them on soccer.com – but this Blackout pair is not yet and we are awaiting details if Umbro will send them across the pond. In the UK, you can find them at ProDirectSoccer.
What is your take on this Blackout design and does it make you consider wanting a pair?