Adidas never cease to amaze! Over the past few weeks all new releases have belonged to Nike, but out of nowhere, Adidas decide to drop new colorways and a brand new boot – the F50 adiZero Prime.
Not only that, but Adidas have also regained the title for lightest boot on the market, with the adiZero Prime coming in at an incredible 5.2oz, beating the Puma V1.10 SL by 0.2oz. There has been much talk about this release over the past few months but to drop them on the first day of 2011 is a bold, yet incredibly smart move in my opinion.
The biggest alterations that Adidas use to decrease the weight of this release include Kevlar laces, adiLite single layer upper that has no foam or lining, and your choice of lightweight insoles. The Kevlar laces will be interesting to try out. Adidas include an extra set of laces as back-up in case yours rip, which in my opinion is an extremely smart move. The adiLite upper has an extremely unique look and I am sure fans will be eager to find out how much protection it offers.
Personally, I am interested to find out how the studs hold up on the Prime. I have noticed that the studs are color coded, maybe this is simply for design, but either way I am interested to see if there is an improvement compared to the original adiZero.
The initial roll-out comes in two different colorways, a Black/White/Electricity and a Warning/Black/White. There is no doubt that both versions will be pretty easy to spot on the field. Adidas have, however, increased the price of the boot upto $329 – a pretty substantial increase from the price of the original adiZero. I felt the adiZero performed extremely well and applauded Adidas for keeping the price of that release somewhere reasonable compared to their other releases. But it seems like they might have caught the Nike bug! Only after testing will I be able to say if the increase in price is actually worth it. More to follow on the release – including a full review. Stay tuned….