Known for their baseball and American football cleats, Under Armour are preparing to unleash their new Under Armour Dominate range to the US soccer market. It is a bold move by Under Armour, who will be well aware that companies like Nike, Adidas and Puma already dominate the sport. The specs of the Under Armour are pretty impressive, although the look might not. The release date for the cleats is set for May 5th 2009 and will be priced at $208.99.
The Dominate is made with a high performance K-Leather. Add to this Under Armour’s Water Intelligence leather treatment (H20i) and you get a cleat that provides exceptional touch and feel. One aspect that is sure to attract soccer players is the Modular Protection Zone (MPZ) that supports the metatarsal bone (highly prone to breaking in soccer players) and enhances power. The external heel counter provides increased stability and explosiveness. The cleats weigh in at 11.7 oz.
There is a very unusual look about the cleat. There are two styles, an all black version, and a white version that has the MPZ in black. At first glance, neither cleat has an elegant look about it. The black version looks to dark, while there is something unruly about the black zone running across the white cleat. But it is quality and comfort that determines a cleats value to the market. Since Under Armour have so much experience in the Baseball and Football markets, they are sure to have designed a cleat that can satisfy the most demanding players. Right now, Bobby Zamora of Fulham is the only high profile player to wear the cleats. Players from Coventry City, who play in the English Championship division, have also been wearing the cleats. It will be interesting to see if the cleats will be accepted by soccer players and fans!
If you are interested in buying the cleats, they are available right now at Soccer.com