Football boots these days are an ever changing technology. Back when I was a nipper it was Dunlop or Puma and they were black and white with screw in studs. Nothing more, nothing less. Then, over time, fashion slowly started to creep in. More colours, different materials, different styles.
Today there are 1’000s of different pairs by 100s of different makers all trying to capture the imagination of people, from the young kid on the street right up to the modern day, £100k+ per week professional who doesn’t even pay for a pair of boots, but gets paid to wear them!
This time round we have the Warrior Superheat. Think quick, move fast, wear light – PLAY WITH FIRE.
That’s what Warrior say anyway, and I’m lucky enough to have a pair to put them through the mill and have the chance break down the sales speak for the everyday Joe.
Having got a pair of Skreamer I was expecting much the same with the new boot as they didn’t do anything wrong with those (well, apart from calling the holes at the back murderholes) but, as with any type of technology, there’s always an improvement to be made, and improvement these are.
This time round the boot is constructed of three layers that claim to offer support & comfort, water resistance and make them lightweight and Warrior call it the revolutionary tri-fusion bonded skin whilst also offering the heel shield, slipstream lacing system and the FG war plate.
Comfortable is quite the understatement as I popped them on in the house to get a feel for the boot and ended up wearing them for a couple of hours without realising that I had them on (only when I went to make a brew and I heard the thud thud of the blades on the floor did it occur to me that I still had them on). Despite tri-fusion technology, the boots were breathable and flexible too, fitting snugly to my chubby little feet and light as a feather. In comparison, one boot seemed to be lighter than my coffee cup and my daughters headphones though not as light as 1x cotton bud (though am sure they were pretty close!)
The blue and yellow colour (my favourite colour combination – in part due to it being my daughters main swimming club colours) is broken up on the boot with a simple pattern and the laces come right up the middle of the boot allowing a much tighter and much more comfortable pull when putting them on. The Warrior logo nestles snugly in the middle of the tongue which also has a hole towards to top (gladly not called something ridiculous) to allow you to pull the tongue up on the boot without faffing around.
A solid and sturdy bottom (oo-er missus) gives a solid protection to the bottom of your foot without compromising any of the comfort offered and the heel shield makes a return, meaning a dirty player can boot you in the back of the foot and you might not feel it as much due to the rock solid protection at the back.
With Warrior only in their second year in English football, they are slowly building up a brand that’s not only bright and dazzling (look – I’m talking football boots here, not LFC kits), but also genuinely worthy to sit alongside the longer established boot makers.
If you’ve got any questions – just pop them in the comments box below and I shall do my best to answer them.
Available from the 5th December 2013 – just in time for Christmas.
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