About a month ago the good people over at Spanish outfit Joma sent out their current range of boots which, Bryan has featured on the SC101 YouTube channel. I’m delighted to say that with the exception of the Super Regate, which Bryan took quite a liking too (and I already happened to own), they all fell into my lap. I’ve currently been wearing the Top Flex’s in my weekly Futsal game, and have been wearing the Granada Pulsor’s on some AG pitches.
I intend to have reviews up for both in the next couple weeks, and then I can work my way into the rest of the range.
However, the boots weren’t the only thing which the Toledo based company sent out. Joma also make some great quality kits and in a surprise move had sent out the home jersey’s of La Liga side Valencia and Serie A side Fiorentina. At the risk of stoking the ire of any Getafe supporters reading, it was nice surprise to have the chance to get a look at what Joma is designing for the two biggest clubs in their kit silo. A bit of research revealed that Joma’s kit design spreads globally, as the company also manufacturer kits for Costa Rican juggernauts Deportivo Saprissa, Liga MX side Monarcas Morelia, Scottish side St. Johnstone, and also the Trinidad and Tobago National Side. (NASL kit nerds might also know that Joma produces the kits of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers) I can say that the quality of Joma’s kits are top notch, and both shirts have become my go to shirts for kick abouts.
The Valencia kit is a mix of polyester and cotton, and sports a classic collar (and yes I have been wearing it up, if you’re keeping score at home). Historically Los Che have sported white home kits and Joma have kept the tradition, teaming it with orange piping up the sides and a little bit of orange and black on the sleeves. For those who aren’t well versed in all things Spain, I should mention that it is made up of 17 autonomous communities, each sporting their own dialect.
Joma have given a nod to the fact that Valencia are the seat of the Valencian Community, featuring an embroidered Valencian flag on the back of the neck and also having a strip of fabric stitched inside the shirt featuring the club crest and the phrase “Amunt Valencia” which translates to Go Valencia in from the Valencian dialect.
Now heading across Europe to the Florence based club and we have another classy kit. Resplendently regal in the tradition violet, Joma have once again come up with a great looking kit. It’s the little things I noticed with the Fiorentina shirt, from the red, white and green stitching near the collar, to the purple lillies on the shoulders.
The party piece for me however, is something which is designed for those who pull on the shirt. Again Joma have a message for the players who pull on the Viola‘s kit telling them to “fight with force in the purple shirt, to be the pride and glory of Florence”.
Both of these jerseys, the Valencia Home and the Fiorentina Home are currently available to buy from Soccer.com.
I’ve been thus far impressed with the quality of Joma’s work, and if anything their kits have made me even more excited to plow through their catalogue of boots over the next month or so. Stay tuned for some detailed, comprehensive reviews!