Shortly after being introduced to the Nike 2013 Spring Collection, we have been treated to a new extremely clean looking version of the Nike CTR360 Maestri III. This is the type of release I would expect a snow leopard to be wearing with gusto, although I would anticipate the shot of Total Crimson detailing might take away from his deft camouflage!
Even though I absolutely love the look of this release, there is a sense of fear at the prospect of wearing these in game and getting them scuffed up extremely quickly. It is no secret that Nike’s Kanga-Lite material can mark up pretty easily, especially when the upper is white and you are playing on artificial ground. They are officially listed as a White/Total Crimson/Black.
This colorway is currently available to buy from soccer.com.
While testing the Maestri III, they proved to be a very high performing boot, with the addition of 2-line cross stitching on the forefoot proving particularly effective. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect from the Playmaker boot.
Kanga-Lite Upper with All Conditions Control
The upper definitely feels slightly more rigid than it did on the CTR360 II, primarily due to the inclusion of ACC. ACC is definitely something that I have been very eager to test out in different conditions! If anything, it might actually benefit the boot as it seems to create a slightly more cushioned or liquidy feel to the Kanga-Lite. Hard to truly pinpoint it with a description!
Stitching Across the Upper
I’m heavily impressed with the 2 lines of stitching that sit across the upper. The intent here is obvious; create areas where the boot can naturally flex with the movement of your feet. It is perfectly situated and adds something simple but purposeful.
New Stud Geometry
Nike has changed things up in this area, and thankfully they have not taken a Vapor VIII approach! The studs are slightly more rounded, with no sharp edges. Nike state it adds “optimal 360-degree movement”, testing is where we will find out if they perform that well!
Again, this colorway is currently available if you want a pair from soccer.com.
Bryan, it’s actually not the ACC giving the boots more padding, Nike made Kanga-Lite II to provide a more Kangaroo Leather-like feel. The ACC is a coating permeated into the upper so you can’t actually feel it!