Gareth Bale has been wearing them for the past few weeks, and now we officially have details on the new Adidas adiZero F50 Crazylight. Following in the footsteps of the Primeknit released only two weeks ago, the Crazylight is another boot Adidas intend to change the face of the market and it demonstrates their ability to produce game changing boots – or at least boots that challenge the market norm.
So, what is so special about this boot? At a phenomenally lightweight 4.7oz, it is 20% lighter than the previous adizero F50 and becomes the lightest soccer cleat ever released to market. Following on from the mind boggling “concept” launch of the adizero 99g (3.4oz) boot last year, adidas used some of the innovation on those boots to decrease the weight of the current range. Dropping things to 3.4oz would be extreme and it is a case of step-by-step before they get to that level.
The adidas Innovation Team has developed a totally new, innovative next-generation lightweight skin which drastically reduces the weight on the upper part of the boot, while still guaranteeing high quality and performance. The sleek black and green colored arrow design showcases the perception of forward motion, finished off with bright orange adidas three-stripes.
In addition to new lightweight upper skin the SPEEDTRAXION stud configuration on the outsole has been rearranged in order to increase traction, while also further decreasing the overall weight of the boot. The pattern on the outsole is laser etched and a premium anodized coating is also added to minimise weight and guarantee a premium finish on the overall design. The base of outsole construction is the SPRINTFRAME, a strong but lightweight lower section that offers players a perfectly balanced boot.
Obviously, Gareth Bale will be first up to debut the boot, tomorrow evening (Tuesday 18th March) when Real Madrid C.F. face FC Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League second leg tie. Speaking ahead of his debut in the adizero f50 crazylight, Gareth Bale said:
I’ve tried them out already in training and they feel great. I can’t wait to wear them on field. Lightweight boots definitely give me an advantage over the competition and I feel faster and more agile the lighter the boots become. Hopefully I can score a few goals in them over the next few weeks.
For those that will want to pick up a pair, you can currently preorder directly from adidas.com or soccer.com for $300.
"…a premium anodized coating is also added to minimise weight…"
Marketing speak gone wrong.