You might have noticed that the latest range of Nike releases all feature the very recently developed ACC technology. ACC is something we were first introduced to with the CTR360 Maestri III, but no other boots have been exposed to its benefits – until now. It has caused quite a stir and has a lot of people talking, especially since Nike hasn’t released much information about its inclusion, instead taking the quite approach.
Eagle eyed spotters would have noticed ACC emblazoned across the tongue of the new Soar Tiempo Legend, the brightly colored Crimson T90 Laser and the extremely visual Retro Vapor VIII. Of course, it will also be added to the new CTR360 Maestri III that will be released later this week. Without further ado, here are more details on the new advanced technology.
What is ACC?
“All Conditions Control” is a new coating added by Nike to the upper of its boots. Its purpose is to add a more uniform level of control in all weather conditions. Think of it as Rain-X, the liquid you apply to the windows of a car. A very thin layer covers the surface and acts as a light buffer in dry conditions without being slick in wet conditions.
Performance – What affect does it have?
None – you won’t notice much difference in how the upper actually feels. It doesn’t cause any stiff feel or change the fit of the shoe – it is simply a “treatment” applied to the upper.
How useful is it?
There is a definite benefit to its inclusion and Nike must be pretty confident about it if they are bringing it into their entire range. During testing the CTR360 Maestri III, I had the following comments on how it works out in play:
The concept behind this advanced addition is optimal control in dry and wet conditions. This is a bold statement from Nike as they continue to produce an even more advanced Kanga-Lite upper. To put it to the test, I did test these out with some extra water and they worked out pretty well. It is tough to say whether or not the control is the same in both weather conditions, but there is definitely a positive feel when the boots are wet.
There are actually more boots than just those featured above that will feature ACC technology – you can see the current available line-up right now at Soccer.com.
The question is how long will the treatment last?
To me, it sounds like one of those clear coat scam car dealers used to offer back in the 70's and 80's.
How would you compare this to Under Armour's H2Oi treatment?
I remember you described it as "Rain-X" like feel as well.
Good question – worth a comparison post to really detail the difference!