It is safe to say that we are headed into a new era of boot production and technology with the release of the hyper-advanced adidas Samba Primeknit. This is a bold release that you really need to delve into in order to really understand.
Weighing in at 5.8ounces, this limited edition lightweight boot is set to be the first football boot to have an upper that is knitted from heel-to-toe, providing a completely new second-skin fit that retains the strength of a conventional boot. Primeknit employs just one yarn, knitting the entire upper – wrapping the shoe around the foot. Engineered stiffness controls stretch and support. And while traditional shoes are constructed from several pieces, overlay and underlay, the Primeknit reduces the amount of materials to a single knitted layer.
New levels of flexibility and comfort are provided by the one-piece knitted upper of the boot and the yarns used to construct the Samba primeknit provide stability and strength equal to conventional boots. Yarn I hear you say. How is Yarn durable? Well, as you would expect that is a challenge Adidas challenged head-on and the result is each yarn receiving a high precision coating that guarantees water resistance even in the most challenging conditions. Adidas took them to pitches for testing between the months of September to December. Those months are known for the toughest conditions, extreme wetness & coldness. Adidas were in constant exchange with the players to gather their performance feedback and monitor the progress under sun shine, rain, wind and snow.
In terms of visuals, the boot almost has a brown like color due to the Samba combos included. The shoe combines four vibrant Samba colors in Solar Blue, Solar Zest, Blast Purple and Pink to a single yarn with a colorful melange effect.
It sounds like Adidas are taking this new technology pretty seriously, with a lot of emphasis through release on the fact that this innovation revolutionizes the game.
And, Markus Baumann, Senior VP for Global Football at adidas commented that:
Primeknit is a further demonstration of our commitment to driving relentless innovation in football and is designed to allow for a bespoke fit for each player, making performance more intuitive and responsive than ever before. Primeknit is a technology that is right at the heart of adidas innovation and we’re excited about introducing this development into football.
When it comes to providing a barefoot type feel, this launch is set to challenge the boundaries. Every footballer dreams of a boot that combines the comfort and responsiveness of playing barefoot with the protection of a traditional design and we are very interested to see them in action, and find out if they are the real! Stay tuned for a full and comprehensive review.
In terms of retail release, they will officially be available from March 17th with a price around the $350 mark. Hefty, but pretty much expected for a limited edition first run of the technology.