It has been a tough week of training and along with that came the opportunity to really put the pair of Pele Trinity 3E K that arrived in last week through their paces. I normally wouldn’t rush to get a review out so fast, but under the circumstances and since there are so many similarities between these and the Symbioskin Trinity 3E, I wanted the get the review to those interested in picking up a pair. Straight off the bat, I can tell you that this is another boot that raises the profile of Pele Sports, with the modifications adding positives to what the boot already had to offer. For testing, I went with a size 8.5US – one of the important areas of this review is sizing, so make sure to check out more details on that below.
In terms of retail, using a Titan Leather upper slightly increased the boots value, with an initial retail price of $229.99.
Finding the Right Size
For this review, I decided to go a half size down since I found the Trinity Symbioskin fit slightly long. It proved to be the right decision and the half size down made a huge difference! I normally wear a 9US, these fit like a 9.5US. Players who need to room will be happy to know there is plenty of give in the Titan Leather upper. You definitely get some stretch in the areas where it is needed.
There is a definite ease when breaking in the Trinity K, and the Titan upper only makes things a step easier. Right out of the box, the upper is extremely supple and make for an comfortable transition into play. I’m pretty confident that those of who wear these boots will agree that Pele Sports has done a terrific job creating a fantastic new type of leather upper. Right through the boot, from the upper to soleplate, there is no stiff feel and that means from first wear they are a step ahead of the game. Straight off the bat, I wore them in a training session, where we started with some light jogging, onto some ball drills and then finished with some fitness – no problems to report!
Titan Leather Upper
What is ultimately the most important part of this boot is the Titan Leather upper. It is the addition that makes the range a true competitor in the market. In fact, there are not many other boots on the market with a leather that is this soft and lightweight. They are fashioned completely out of a breathable and soft leather that will not retain water, yet it is designed to offer comfort and touch on the ball.
Performance in Wet Conditions
You might have noticed that I had the opportunity to test these boots out in dry and wet conditions. Actually, by wet I mean very wet! Thankfully, results on this one are positive and the boot does its job when you need them to. The grass pitch I was testing them on was top quality, and kept in excellent condition. In terms of traction, you are getting a boot with a stud configuration that lives up to Pele Sports high estimation. The tri-pod easily holds its ground and there is an ease when accelerating out of turns. The Titan leather upper also holds true in wet conditions. Since it is a one-piece upper, it keeps the majority of moisture out while producing a nice touch on the ball. Unlike synthetic uppers, where rain can produce a slightly slick touch, the Titan upper adds a much needed gripped feel on the ball.
Lightweight Speed Boot
At 6.3oz, the Trinity K is the lightest all over leather boot on the market and features a one-piece upper. The Leather F50 adiZero weighs in at 6oz, but it also has Synthetic through the upper. It is an impressive feat by Pele Sports and gives players an all new type of speed boot. Mixed with the tri-stud configuration (read more about it below) it is a boot built for acceleration.
“Every aspect of the beautiful game is harnessed in the technology of these boots, and I can promise these will change your definition for what the perfect cleat should be….” – Pele Sports Team.
Innovative Stud Configuration
It is not difficult to spot the differences between the soleplate on the Trinity compared to any other boot on the market! Five blades on the front and 3 on the back make for one of the most unusual configurations you will ever see. On first impression, it seems very daunting and I have to admit that I was nervous testing them out for the first time. The idea of playing with 3 misaligned studs at the back goes against the norm, you grow up expecting at least 2-4 parallel studs to keep you stable in play. Pele Sports claim that “The extreme position of the rear tripod studs trigger earlier ground contact and stability with high velocity release and the forefoot studs permit excellent traction and explosive acceleration.”
The big question, how do they test? Without over exaggerating, there is something about this configuration that actually makes you feel more stable on your feet! I was under the impression that the boot would easily wobble from side to side, but this is absolutely not the case. There is no rolling or movement whatsoever. I have had the opportunity to test them out on both grass and turf surfaces, with positive results on both. The boots hold firm without sticking, giving you the ability to accelerate and stride when needed, and also take quick steps when getting out of tight spaces.
Under the Tongue
Just a quick note – the tongue on these boots is extremely thin, but Pele Sports has placed a layer that feels like gel down toward the forefoot. It is very comfortable on your foot and adds a little extra protection in an area susceptible to other players studs.
I still have some reservations about the durability of the boots, with the upper to soleplate joining proving to be an area of concern. Over the week of testing, I did notice some slight separation along the instep, probably due to constant wear in wet conditions (note, I did dry them in the correct fashion after wear). I’ll update on this over the next few weeks.
The Skinny Summary
Highlight: Pele Sport’s highly popular Trinity 3E gets the leather treatment, with a “Titan” leather creating an even better boot than before! Also features the advanced tri-stud heel configuration and they are superlight, at only 6.3oz.
Category: Speed – which is made more impressive by the fact they are sporting a leather upper.
Weight: 6.3oz, and the same as above – impressive!
Would I Buy Them: I would be extremely interested in buying a pair of these, and I’d choose these over the Symbioskin version. They would be an absolute buy if the durability issue was put to bed.
Player Position: The whole team can wear these as far as I am concerned! You just need to be weary of the fact that they have a very thin upper. In theory, they are perfect for most attacking style players, especially with that enhanced soleplate.