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December 5, 2013 - adidas Brazuca FIFA 2014 World Cup Official Match Soccer Ball - model G73617
Appearance: Let me get this out of the way from the start; this ball looks way better in person than it does in pictures. I wasn't impressed when I saw images of it, but once you see it in person, I don't know if it's the mystique of knowing you holding the World Cup ball or what, but it looks really sick. The colors pop and the textured cover make for a distinct look.
Performance: I thought the last World Cup ball was the best ball I had ever played with, but adidas really outdid themselves with the Brazuca. The seamless cover make for a 360 sweet spot and the textured outer lets you hit the ball with some serious top spin. The major issue with the last World Cup ball was that it knuckled a lot, but this one doesn't seem to have that problem. Overall, great ball and it comes in a display box so whether you collect these balls or just want to play with the best ball on the planet, this is a must have for serious ballers.
Feel: Okay, there is no other way to say this other than these cleats are SICK! They are a little narrower than I prefer, but they do flex so after a day, they fit like a glove. The upper is like a layer of skin on your foot and which is exactly what you want in a high end cleat. The lightness of these shoes is ridiculous. If you want a pair of soccer cleats where you hardly notice they're on and they function like an extension of your own feet, look no further.
Performance: This might be the best boot on the market right now. The aggressive stud pattern gives you plenty of traction on any field. As I mentioned above, the feel you get when you strike a ball with these is like nothing you've ever experienced. You'll feel like you're playing with the pros with these on.
Feel: As you already know, I am a huge fan of leather, but adidas somehow managed to make a synthetic feel like leather. It's lightweight, bold, and flexes with your foot so you get the performance of synthetic with the comfort of leather. The "cushioning studs" really do absorb the impact of playing on hard surfaces. The color is much improved over its predecessors as well. All in all, adidas did a great job with this shoe.
Performance: I still don't think I know how the Energysling works, but it definitely doesn't hurt my game. They do great on pretty much any surface and the increased sweet spot on the toe gives you a great surface to strike the ball with.
October 30, 2013 - TruSox Crew Length Black Cushion Socks - model TSCC-BLK
Feel: I won't lie, these socks will take a day or two to get used to but once you do you will not go back to wearing ordinary socks. If you have game socks, you cut the foot off of the game socks, and wear them almost like leg warmers while the TruSox are worn normally. That way you get the performance of the TruSox and still keep the look of your uniform. The non-slips tabs on the socks work like magic keeping your foot from moving around in your socks and shoes. I always used to get blisters on the inside of my big toe and having worn these socks now for the last two months, my blisters are gone!
Performance: These things do exactly what they say they do. They're not cheap so I had high expectations for them and they passed with flying colors.
Feel: This shoe is so light and flexible you forget it's actually leather. Generally most of us will pick up a synthetic boot because we either want something really lightweight or we want some crazy color. Somehow adidas achieved both in this one. The upper is comfortable as you would imagine for a leather shoe, but the stud pattern on the bottom is quite foot friendly as well. You will love the way this shoe feels!!
Performance: If you want aggressive footing and traction, you will not be disappointed. The TRAXION stud configuration and bladed cleats will work on any natural surface.
October 16, 2013 - Diadora Gamma Carbonio Soccer Shinguards - model 145964
Feel: Let me start off by telling you that I normally wear the smallest, thinnest shinguards I can find, so when I saw the Gamma Carbonios in person, I laughed. Reading the specs on it, I was kind of curious so I decided to put them to the test. The first thing I did was hit them as hard as I could against a cement pillar. Don't ask why, it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. The good news is that nothing happened to the guard. The next step was to actually try them on. Honestly, there isn't much of a difference in length between the two sizes, so really the only issue is now thick your calf is. If you're legs are on the thicker side, go with the Larges. Despite their hefty protection, these things are extremely light and hardly noticeable once you get them on. Since they don't have any straps or sleeves to hold them in place, a good tight sock does the trick. I can't imagine myself wearing these all the time because I really don't need that much protection, but for those of you coming off a serious leg injury or notice your legs take a beating during games, this will be the best investment you will ever make in soccer.
Performance: I don't want to call these things indestructible because I'm sure if you ran over them with a tank, you might scratch them, but this is about as good as you will get in protection, performance and comfort.
October 9, 2013 - Diadora DD-NA GLX 14 Firm Ground Soccer Cleats - model 158455-C490
Feel: Even though it's a synthetic shoe which I'm not usually a fan of, this shoe has the feel and comfort of leather. It's extremely flexible and soft which is the last thing you think it will be when you look at it. I wore them during a day game in 80 degree heat and they breathed well and didn't cause any excess sweating or blisters.
Performance: Extremely aggressive stud pattern which will take some getting used to, but if you need traction, you won't be disappointed.
Feel: Perfect feel to it and fits around your foot nicely. Genuine leather boot that feels broken in right when you put them on. Very comfortable for the player looking for a combination of comfort and touch.
Performance: Great on the ball, first touch, and rounded studs makes it smooth to accelerate. Overall great boot.
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