Nike have again raised the bar bringing another fabled release to the soccer cleat market! This time around it is the Nike CTR360 Maestri, and this cleat is being specifically driven to one market ‘the playmaker’! You just have to look at the players who will be wearing the CTR360 range and you will see a pattern: Cesc Fabregas, Paul Scholes, Landon Donavan and Andres Iniesta have all been mentioned. All these players have reputations for being playmakers, and the ones their teams turn to for that extra spark.
The first versions of the cleats will be available in Black/White/Challenge Red and a White/Del Sol/Black. I personally prefer the White/Del Sol/Black version. To me, the Black/White/Red seems to resemble a plastic cleat. Just my personal opinion! In terms of performance the CTR360 Maestri has a lot to offer:
- Upper created using a revolutionary Kanga-Lite synthetic leather that inhibits the properties of natural Kangaroo leather without the added weight.
- The strike zone has Innovative control pods that are made of a dampening foam, designed to enhance ball control and optimal passing pace.
- Unique cleat geometry with off center lacing, alligned towards the toe unlike other cleats that veer to the outside of the cleat.
- Weigh in at a very average 9.8oz, pretty decent for a cleat of this design.
I have to say, I have a feeling these cleats will be a big hit as they fill a void in the market, focusing on one type of player thus enhancing their appeal. There has never been a soccer cleat release so focused on one type of player, usually footwear companies want to leave a cleat open to the full market, with players creating their own opinions. But not with the CTR360 Maestri, and this could turn out to be a stroke of genius on Nike’s part! More news and information on the cleats to follow as we get it!