Under Armour have really upped their game in the football market recently. After securing a contract with Tottenham Hotspur and releasing the Blur Pro football boots, Under Armour have released arguably their most impressive football boots to date, the Under Armour Hydrastrike Pro...
The Hydrastrike Pro could be a pioneering soccer cleat for Under Armour, because it's not just a great looking and comfortable boot, but by incorporating new features and technology, Under Armour could be set to rival the big boys in the market.
Recently debuted in the Premier League by Bobby Zamora, the Under Armour Hydrastrike Pro football boots made a goalscoring start to their professional career, and sparked plenty of debate on the football forums, so here's the most comprehensive look at the new Under Armour football boots on the web.
With just one glance you can tell that Under Armour have really put a lot of effort into designing the Hydrastrike, and they certainly captured our attention when they arrived at SoccerBible HQ. The distinctive two-tone upper not only instantly catches the eye, but the quality of materials and craftsmanship is on show for all to see.
The two-part upper is comprised of K-Leather towards the toe for great fit and feel, and a perforated microfibre midsole. The forefoot features a unique quilted style of stitching that allows the
boot to flex and bend exactly where the toes need it. This area in particular is impressive, as up until now Under Armour have utilised synthetic materials in the toe area of their boots, but the Hydrastrike Pro is genuinely soft and comfortable.
To reduce weight, and improve comfort and performance the whole upper of the Under Armour Hydrastrike Pro soccer cleats has been given an unprecedented level of waterproofing, thanks to Under Armour's H20i treatment process. And the research and development doesn't stop there, as the midsole has been designed slightly wider to give a better anatomical fit, reducing the pressure on the metatarsals.
Further enhancing comfort is the Under Armour MicroG cushioning and 4D Foam insole, developed borrowing technology from their American football cleats and basketball shoes, for an anti-bacterial
foot-bed that forms to the foot to provide optimal comfort.
Along with the upper, a lot of research has gone into designing the outsole for the Under Armour Hydrastrike Pro soccer shoes. Various brands have engineered different sole-plates with a variety of bladed and round studs in unique configurations. However, the science bods at Under Armour have found that to reduce the risk of injury and optimise traction, the most effective sole-plate needs round studs at the fore and blades at the heel, which is exactly what the Hydrastrikes feature.
Under Armour have really upped their game in the football market, and these new White/Toxic/Black Under Armour Hydrastrike Pro football boots are an impressive release. They will go on pre-order from early June ahead of a July release, and are expected to retail worldwide for around £120 GBP / $185 USD / €145 EURO.
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