As you might have noticed, the review of the Adidas F50i TUNiT is coming far later than there actual release date. In fact, I have already tested and reviewed its upgraded version, the Adidas F50 adizero. To be honest, I am actually sorry that I did not review this before now as they have a lot of top class properties on offer! I actually received the boots several months ago and had been putting it off in favor of reviewing some other releases. The F50i TUNiT is a great performing boot on the field, although the color looks a little funky. For testing I wore a size 9US in the Macaw green color, as previously worn by Lionel Messi.
What comes with the Starter Kit?
If you order the starter kit, you can expect to get a box containing the actual boots and a set each of Hard Ground(HG), Firm Ground(FG) and Soft Ground(SG) inter-changeable studs. In order to change them, Adidas include a nifty gold colored wrench that is color coded according to the studs you choose to use.
I’ll be honest, when I tried on the boots at home before training I was extremely skeptical of how they would perform. They felt tight up around the front of the boot and a little rigid to walk in. But to my surprise, breaking them in was a breeze. The first few mornings testing them out I wore the hard ground studs on a turf field. In the first few training sessions I was able to twist and turn with no problems. When I finally broke them out into a game, they worked out really well. There was a stage where I felt some minor cramping around the mid region of my foot but it was only temporary. Adidas supply a comfort insole with the kit that is extremely helpful when breaking them in as it offers great support. All in all, I wore them in 4-5 trainings and 2 games (thus far) without any problems and I enjoyed breaking them in.
Size and Fit
As I said above, they felt very tight when I tried them on at first, almost a little too tight. But in hindsight, and after testing I think they fit a little larger than the adizero! I compared them side by side and the F50i does seem to larger. Mind you, it actually weighs in at 10.7oz (9.7oz without the comfort insole) compared to the adizeros 5.8oz, so you would expect them to be a little bulkier! After wearing them, I would compare them as true to size, so order your current size.
I like the actual design of the F50i range as it offers something different, although some of the color choices leave a lot to be desired! The version I tested has a synthetic upper known as SprintSkin. SprintSkin is a revolutionary second skin of sorts that provides great touch and feel on the ball. It is the funky lines that are visible running along the front passing zone of the boot that is all important. They fell like little ridges as you run your finger along the area. Adidas also include a seamless lace cover (it has been thermobonded) that increases the strike zone. I personally think that the green version is a little iffy, but I do like some of the other colorways available in the range like the White version worn by Messi earlier this year.
Rather than being actual technology, the main positive to this boot is the ability to interchange studs, allowing the F50i to be worn on pretty much any official soccer playing surface (except indoor of course!) You have the option of wearing an FG, SG or HG stud and they all come with the starter kit. I started out with the HG studs on an artificial turf surface and they worked out perfectly. I really like the idea of being able to chop and change the studs you use as it means you only really need one pair for multiple surfaces (pending of course you take care of them!)
First off these are a little bulky although Adidas have already addressed this with the release of the F50 adizero. Personally I enjoyed wearing these because they are super comfortable and you really don’t notice the weight difference when you are playing. Second thing is the color choice of Macaw, just not my style! Lastly is the problem of these getting smelly. My feet don’t smell and I test out a lot of boots. So, when I wore these and noticed a pong it is definitely a negative! The main problem lies in the fact that they really don’t air out as you play so your foot is sweating a lot throughout the game. To resolve the issue I had to take out the inserts and let them air dry between trainings and games.
The F50i is a great option for players who want a boot they can use on different surfaces. Performance wise, they are top of the range and I have to admit that I was surprised at how comfortable they were on the field. They do feel a little bulky, but they offer protection for players who might think the adizeros are too light. If you do decide that you want a pair don’t wait to long to get them as they are already starting to sell out in stores and online.