Nike’s release of the T90 Laser III is gaining some attention thanks in part to Nike’s advertising strategies. I just finished watching the Fernando Torres interview that was aired live on Facebook earlier today. Torres is the focal point of the Nike Total 90 Laser III release, and will be debuting the strange colored cleats in this weekends game versus Arsenal, if he is fit to play. Torres is no stranger to the Total 90 range, and has been wearing them for 5 years now. He is testament to the fact that they are a pretty decent cleat! I have not got to review the Laser III yet, but I have spoke to a few friends who have worn them. The consensus has been pretty consistent; they are a strange looking cleat that perform extremely well. The initial roll-out design comes in a Electric Green/Black/Challenge Red color, a very odd combination. But as we have seen in recent times, odd is popular! My initial thought: watermelon Jolly Rancher!
Nike has completely redesigned this version from the Laser II, and there was a lot of testing that went into that. The strike zone now has 5 shape-correcting memory foam pods (red area) that are designed to work together to improve shooting. Surrounding the pods is an area of small raised TPU ridges that are spaced out in a honeycomb shape. The main reason behind having these ridges is to increase control when the ball comes in contact with the cleat. The ridges compact to make for a smooth touch. When striking the ball, they are designed to add extra power and spin on the ball. It is probably pretty minimal, but as the ball leaves the surface of the cleat, the ridges retract to give the ball a slight increase in torque. This, in theory, improves the trajectory of the ball and makes for a better shot. Nike have also redesigned and moved the lacing system, so it is now asymmetrical. This has the bonus of creating a larger strike zone while also allowing you to actually tighten the laces in an easy fashion. Thank you for that one Nike!
One thing that does surprise me about this release is the weight, 11.6oz. The Total 90 Laser II was a similar weight, but with current advancements in design and technology, I would have expected Nike to focus on reducing weight. But I guess they are deemed to be in the same category as the Adidas Predator X and the Puma King. Finally, as an added bonus, when you buy a pair of T90 Laser III’s, you get a unique user-code that allows access to Nike Soccer+ online, where you have the opportunity to be involved in accuracy training drills and expert tuition provided by the Juventus FC the coaching staff. The Nike Soccer+ digital experience also has a coaching session from Fernando Torres of Liverpool FC and you have the opportunity to enter the Torres skill competition.
I am hoping to have a full review real soon, but for now enjoy the pictures and head over to Soccer.com ($199.99) if you want to order yourself a pair, they are officially available to purchase on December 12th. Perfect timing before the Christmas rush!