Finally the Adidas F50 adiZero miCoach has been released to the market – and this is one boot that I am very eager to check out firsthand. Here is the thing, I am not a fan of the design, but I am excited by the actually technology Adidas employe on this release. Before going any further, it is important to note that the adiZero does not come with the miCoach SPEED_CELL chip – that needs to be purchased separately or as a packaged deal.
In my opinion, the introduction of miCoach is a much needed step forward that will revolutionize the game by allowing players an opportunity to track their performance and make adjustments to their game as needed. The initial roll-out comes in two colorways, both a leather and synthetic version; High Energy/Electricity/White and Black/Electricity/Warning. In terms of design, neither boot actually appeals to me and I am convinced that Adidas spent their efforts focusing on perfecting miCoach rather than the funky design.
So, what has changed with the adiZero? First off, the introduction of SprintWeb, a distinct 3-D textured design that runs across the top of your toes. It’s purpose is to add some additional grip as you dribble, improving touch and control. You get the same highly successful single-layer SprintSkin upper that has been a staple in the adiZero range. The SprintFrame soleplate has been modified with the stud configuration altered. Obviously, Adidas are looking to improve traction, but I am sure they also worked on improving the durability of the actual studs.
Weight wise, the adiZero has not changed – at 5.8oz they are exactly in-line with previous models. Once you add the miCoach technology they go up ever so slightly, to 6.0oz – which is extraordinary considering what you are adding. What it all comes down to is that miCoach technology and it is sure to steal players attention.
What is miCoach SPEED_CELL?
I am going to detail miCoach in a later post, but here are the basics that you need to know. In the soleplate, Adidas has created a cavity where your miCoach chip goes. Once inserted and you are in play, the chip tracks several categories including speed, maximum speed, number of sprints, distance, distance at high intensity levels and time. Once you are finished your game, you take the chip out and upload the data for review. It is that simple! The chip does all the analysis while you put the work rate in.
You have to love Adidas mindset and ability to offer the everyday player an opportunity to track their stats just like the pros. It is going to make a huge difference in how you evaluate your game, especially when it comes to realizing you are not actually working hard enough on the field – sometimes we just need to see it to actually change our game up! We spotted Messi wearing these a few weeks back, while playing for Argentina and the boots seemed to hold up well. My primary concern about the boot is what impact a groove in the soleplate has on its performance – will there be enough flexibility and comfort?
I am working on securing a pair with a miCoach chip as we speak to really find out what they have to offer. In terms of price, Adidas has kept them pretty reasonable at $200 for the synthetic version, although you will have to fork out an additional $70 for the miCoach chip. Check out the full line-up of miCoach boots and chips at soccer.com.
What are your thoughts on the release and the technology included?
These are awesome, I am hoping to get a pair myself after I grow out of my Geometra Pros.
I have to take the chip out to upload the data? I do not have it live? What's that?
why would you ever need to have the data live? it wouldnt be much help during the actual game
miCoach SPEED_CELL looks quite awesome but I'm not interested in shoes at all. I'm thinking of getting this device and attaching it to my soccer shoes. I think it would be just working well 😀
Thought the same thing. But there is a way of getting your performance data without buying the adiZeros. be-Meister is an insole with a performance sensor inside to capture all the data. You can put them in any boot and you can even check your stats live.
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I read something that the miCoach will be compatible with other models of Adidas boots… Is this true?
With future release, I would imagine they will use the same soleplate, so it would be a yes. But obviously, not with previously released models.
The tech's awesome but I hope they release better colourways.. I hope they release a mostly blue colourway.
Imagine if Nigel de Jong had these! Xabi Alonso would have had the chip implanted in his corazon without benefit of anesthesia
I like the idea behind these. I've been trying to do something similar with my current boots, and Nike+, but it hasn't worked out too well so far…
Each pair comes with some McDonald's coupons, but only if you buy the yellow and orange ones. lol. Great technology but pretty hideous colors.
The clours are awful! I like the technology of the chip, but i wouldnt by a pait of either of the two colors. Please let adidas know the colors are crap
It would be nice to compare your maximum speed with messi's maximum speed.
I don't like the design though but I like the new technology.
I think the next adipure will have the micoach as well.
I'd love to compare accelerations
There's a black and orange colorway that looks a lot better that was also released.
hey when u making the adipower sl's review im excited 2 c it
When do you think you'll get these in for review. With the upper redesign and the improvements on the sole plate and heel counter I'm sure they have different performance qualities.
Is it me or does it look like the upper on the leather versions of these has a significant redesign? Looks like there's a lot less leather on it and it might flex awkwardly around the strip of material crossing the foot right in front of the bottom of the laces. I would have no question about buying a pair of these if they had kept the upper closer to the regular F50's.
i was wondering i was thinking of buying one of these off the internet cuz they are vvery good cleats to me but i dont care about apearance and i was wondering what is better leather or synthetic and i know u already did a segment thing butnot for the new ones.I am 12 years old in canada size 7.5 and im a defender but i face many fast players and i need speed and touch/control.right now i am leaning toward the leathers but im not sure.Also i play in alot of wet weather but the leathers wont be a problem for that cuz i have ather shoes i i dont think that the 2 ounces isnt big difference in wieght and i found them for $88 and by the way this is for the adidas f50 adizero ii sl micoach.please subscribe back cuz my coach is trains us like europians like 16 hrs a week and is always mad so i need the best performing shoe
These shoes are so ugly/hideous that i cant think of a single human being that within the binds of saintiy would purchase such an abomination of a shoe. it is with great regret that i have come to notice that F50s are going down the drain on the bases of style and freshness 🙁
really god shoes going to get them in 5 days!
Which is better: synthetic or real leather? I'm interested in purchasing but want to confirm the better of the two.
It comes down to personal preference, but I am all for the leather upper. You get better touch on the ball. But, the synthetic version offers better durability.