Introducing what could be one of the hit boots of 2012, the Umbro Speciali 3. Over the past few months we have seen a rapid change in the design aspect of Umbro releases, and this latest edition of the Speciali is no different. The boot has undergone some slight modifications in terms of technology and performance, but it is a new modern design and updated features that makes me think they will gain solid traction with US players.
Personally, I like the clean look of the Pearlized White/Black/Nectarine colorway, with the stitching in particular adding a touch of class. The image below show how it has been strategically positioned, intended to allow the boot to move pretty uniformly with your general movements.
They are set for release in the US at a retail of $130 and are currently available on soccer.com.
In terms of performance, the upper consists of a K-leather strike zone for supreme feel and touch on the ball, with microfiber through the heel to reduce weight and improved durability. A soft micro-fiber collar lines the ankle line for improved comfort – something I will never complain about. The lacing system has been switched up for the first time on a Speciali release, with an asymmetrical lacing design offering a larger strike zone. Umbro are confident in the performance of their soleplate, sticking with the same contoured last used in the original Speciali, known for its professional, snug fit. Finally, no official word on weight yet, but I expect they will be around the 9-9.4oz mark.
It amazes me how quickly things can change when companies take on a market! About this time last year, I commented on how surprised I was with the lack of effort from Umbro to give their releases any attention in the US – now they can’t seem to get enough. This release follows the recent GT Pro II release, and both offer a great look and solid option for players who want quality.
John Terry and Darren Bent are set to sport the new release in their FA Cup games this weekend – so keep an eye out for them. The important question is how will Umbro price this release against the previous Speciali R?
Stay tuned for more details…..(Images via Umbro USA Facebook Page)