There has been a lot of hype and speculation about this release for several weeks now, but finally the new Adidas adiPure 11Pro has hit the market. In recent past, Adidas has kept things pretty consistent with the adiPure release, but this version strays well away from the norm. Not only has Adidas dropped the weight, but they also re-engineered everything that we expect from the adiPure! On release, you get to choose between a Running White/Black/High Energy and Black/White/Slime colorways.
Reviewing all the changes is pretty extraordinary, and there is no doubting that players will have mixed feelings about the new boot. There is a lot to take in with this release, so it is worth breaking down piece-by-piece.
A completely redesigned upper.
A synthetic Taurus leather is used on the front, with a synthetic saddle employed through the 3 stripes on the midfoot for added support. We are familiar with seeing K-leather used on the adiPure series, but with the recent upgrades to their Taurus calf-skin upper, Adidas has changed its direction. I have pointed out on several occasions that Taurus leather has a downfall; durability. Well, Adidas has actually addressed that area and added an ultra thin layer of protection, called Duracoat, to areas of high abrasion. Well played Adidas!
Now featuring miCoach!
As with recent Adidas releases, you now get the benefit of a SprintFrame soleplate with miCoach technology included. This really doesn’t come as a shock and I expect to see all future Adidas releases featuring the performance tracking technology.
More soleplate changes.
On this version of the SprintFrame, you get a new Flexzone (improves flexibility and enhances lateral movement) and PlusFlex (outsole is split below the toes for higher energy efficiency through movements)
Conical studs – goodbye blades.
This could be one of the shock features of the boot. Adidas has re-engineered its traction by introducing dual cushioning conical studs that feature internal anti-shock tubes. They are designed to be more abrasion resistant, while improving surface penetration – improving traction and speed.
Trimmed down to an ultra competitive 8.2oz. The adiPure IV weighed in at 9.8oz.
How much will it all cost?
The boots are scheduled to hit the US market on February 1st, with a retail price of around $150.
Soak it all in – because there is a lot of newness to take in on this release! Opinions are sure to be mixed – there will be a large audience questioning why Adidas has strayed away from the more old-school, traditional boot that offered one of the highest levels of consistency in the game. With the changing climate of the market, I am sure Adidas sought to move progressively forward, ensuring they have the most advanced “heritage” release available for players, before anyone else.
I am personally very intrigued by the release, and although there is a huge feeling of disappointment about losing the more traditional feel of the silo, I am excited to see how the new technology meshes together – and if the conical studs and soleplate stand the test of both artificial and natural grass! Stay tuned for more details on the boot as we get them, and a full review once they are released on the market.
For those of you that want to pre-order the adiPure 11Pro, they are both available on soccer.com – retail price of $149.99.