To finish up the review series of the Adidas F50 adizero series we have the FG/SG Hybrid version. After reviewing both FG versions of the Leather and Synthetic adizero, it was nice to be able to get to test out something a little different, and specifically on a grass surface. I don’t get to play on a lot of grass surfaces here in LA, so reviewing these took a few extra weeks than normal. For testing, I wore a size 9US in the Synthetic Chameleon Purple/White/Electricity colorway.
What does Hybrid mean?
Hybrid refers to the fact that you can change out the studs and use the boots on different surfaces. When you buy a pair, it comes with the firm ground studs in a pink color and a stud wrench for tightening/loosening. If you decide, you can buy a pair of SG studs that will allow you to play on soft surfaces. The bonus lies in the fact that you are buying one pair of boots for both surfaces instead of two!
Comfort wise these were great, just like during testing of the FG versions. I wore them jogging a few times before breaking them out into a game just to be sure that they would not cause any problems – especially since I needed to transition to a grass surface. When I did get them into a game, they felt really good. At one stage I was tempted to tape up my heal as I felt like there was a possibility I could blister, but for the sake of reviewing I battled through and things worked out.
The Hybrid version of the F50 adizero is the heaviest, but for good reason as there is more technology involved to allow for screwing studs in and out. By heavier, these weigh in at 6.6oz compared to the synthetic FG that weighs 5.8oz. It is really not that great a difference, and when you are below 7oz you are still talking absolute lightweight boots! One thing I did notice was that after wearing on a wet surface, and then drying, they weighed 6.75oz. So, they soak up a very minimal amount of weight.
Why buy them?
For a lot of players, the option to buy two separate pairs of cleats are out of the question. So, getting 2 in 1 only makes sense! I had the opportunity to test them out with both FG and SG studs with positive results. For anyone looking to get something for both they are a great option. The one thing to bear in mind is the fact that you are going to need to buy new studs from time to time, I would recommend at least once per season for each set. But with that being said, the studs are far cheaper than another set of boots!
Will the studs fall out?
This is the most common question I have received about these boots and the answer is simple; make sure the studs are tight before each game and they won’t fall out. It is natural for the studs to move a little while you twist and turn during a game, but not enough to fall out! The stud wrench also fits extremely well. One other thing I noticed about the studs is that over time, they lose their color.
Only one, and that is the fact that these are not intended for artificial surfaces. You will only get the most out of these by wearing them on a natural grass surface.
The Hybrid F50 adizero is an excellent option for anyone looking for a boot to use on multiple natural grass surfaces. The fact that Adidas have managed to keep the F50 below 7oz astounds me, particularly when you are adding on the additional weight of Aluminium studs. Having the option to change between both an FG and SG stud can make the difference on any given day, especially if you are not sure what the conditions of a field is going to be like. I know that is an area that I have fell short on in recent times, so I will keep these in my bag for a rainy day (excuse the pun!) In terms of performance, you are not going to find a much better boot on the market. If you need more information on how the leather and synthetic versions compare, check out our Adidas F50 adizero: Leather versus Synthetic post.