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Football News > adidas F50 adizero Prime Play Test

It's the Play Test everyone has been waiting for! This weekend the latest editions of the adidas F50 adizero Prime football boots were released, leading to increased calls for a SoccerBible adizero Prime review. So with the recent standard adizero Play Test fresh in their mind, the SoccerBible Play Testers took to the field to put the Prime through it's paces to find out what all the fuss is about...

As everyone is probably aware, the adidas F50 adizero Prime is the lightest ever production football boot weighing in at a mere 145grams. That's 20 grams lighter than the standard versions, which as they cost around an additional £70 GBP works out at £3.50 per extra gram shaved off, so what performance benefits can we expect?

There's no question about it, when you first hold the adizero Prime football boots in hand it is truly stunning how little they weigh. And when you compare the Prime with the standard adizero, there are differences to be seen and felt. The upper of the Prime is more textured, and the material is also slightly more flexible and less rigid than the standard versions.

When you first put the boots on, it feels like you could have just applied another pair of socks because it genuinely feels like wearing nothing at all! It has to be said the Prime feels snug and secure when the laces are tied, as the wide lacing system allows for a personalised fit depending on the shape of your foot, although first reaction feels like it will be the sole-plate that dictates the inititial fit until the upper can be broken in.

The upper of the adizero Prime is incredibly thin, about 1mm around the toe area, which means two things. Firstly, there is no boot on the market that can offer the ball touch and feel of the adizero Prime, imagine doing skills in bare feet, well this is the closest you're going to get wearing a football boot. The second point though is that this means you are going to feel the force of every touch, control and strike of the ball, but on the whole this is a good thing as it's better to wear a boot that puts you more at one with the ball.

The fit and extreme lightweight nature of the adidas F50 adizero Prime without doubt has an impact on your confidence, you genuinely feel faster and more agile. And what's good is that adidas have been able to back this up with a sole-plate that responds to your performance.

The adizero Prime, and adizero range as a whole, has a unique stud shape and configuration, and as a testament to this outsole you can scour pitches around the globe and won't find many adizero wearers in a custom sole-plate. The triangular shape seems like a simple idea, but is so effective when sprinting through slalom poles or changing direction. It feels like there is always a flat surface to push off against and to anchor as you slow down, giving you confidence throughout movement.

When attention turned to the goalmouth and shooting, there was a slight apprehension over how hard the balls had been pumped up! But joking aside, this is because the thin upper means your feet feel more of the force from every shot, and due to the light weight nature of the boot it could be argued you lose a slight amount of shot power. But let's be honest, the adizero Prime hasn't been designed for shot power, these boots are designed to get speedsters away from defenders and around the keeper, plus the thin upper does enable a more accurate touch, finish and ball placement.

As the session continued comfort was an area we were able to address, and after initially feeling comfortable and snug the Prime was starting to feel quite uncomfortable. These boots do need to be worn in, but rather than look upon that as a negative, the feeling amongst our play testers was that once worn in you would have an upper that really moulds to the shape of your feet.

For such a lightweight and thin boot, it may come as a relief to hear that durability was not an area to be questioned. There were no signs throughout the session of wear-and-tear, the quality thermo-bonding and glueing means there are no obvious areas of weakness, and the upper material doesn't seem prone to any tearing or ripping.

To summarise, the adidas F50 adizero Prime football boots have definitely been made to stand-out, we tested the warning orange colourway and as you can see from our photos the boots have a real presence on pitch. Initially we raised a question mark over the £70 GBP price difference between the standard versions and the Prime, and this really has to be a personal decision. Yes, a lot of the tech and performance benefits are present in both versions, but the Prime is a lighter boot with a better quality upper, so you are paying for a more top-end boot. But to evaluate the Prime as a stand alone boot, you have to pay credit to adidas because they've created a pioneering boot, for lightweight speed performance it's a market leader which is going to require a drastic response from the rival brands!

Only published comments... Mar 01 2011, 08:58 AM by Editor



adri the king said:

I tried a pair of Adizeros yesterday but they're not my cup of tea. Light as hell though, it's amazing how light they are but I'll stick to preds :)

March 1, 2011 12:04 PM

Shw31nst31ger said:

Podolski doesn't play for bayern Munich anymore

March 1, 2011 12:05 PM

kenvin said:


March 1, 2011 12:12 PM

ah7 said:


March 1, 2011 12:12 PM

Editor said:


Oops, slight mistake on our part thanks for noticing.

March 1, 2011 12:15 PM

Getsuga04 said:

would like to have a go in em... steep price though.

March 1, 2011 12:15 PM

th_11 said:


March 1, 2011 12:15 PM

moriorixs said:

hmmm very tempting not sure i would risk a clash of studs in these though.. and especially as a goalkeeper i dont really need them THAT much lol

March 1, 2011 12:33 PM

gak8 said:

the bad part about synthetic boots like this is that the upper always crinkles and then the  area you strike with gets trashed

March 1, 2011 12:41 PM

Waldrinho said:


I wondered the same thing and will that crinkle eventually turn white, get weak and then rip?  Or will it just be an uncomfortable bubble in your shoe?   Also, don't forget to get the new Beady Eye album, kiddies!  

March 1, 2011 12:54 PM


i have these i ordered them when the first day they came out and got it in 2 days its an awesome boot to have i love the waeight its light it gives me loads of pace love these

March 1, 2011 12:55 PM

Waldrinho said:

Oh, but well done SoccerBible!  A very honest review and I am curious on how long you tested these.  A day, days, weeks?  Who else has these boots, and have you noticed any issues?  I am a total skeptic.  I also live in a dry environment as well as the ground being very hard in comparison to England.  I wonder how long the studs might last because the pitches here are hard and total ***. . .

March 1, 2011 1:00 PM

Harlandos said:

I'd love to try then but soccerbible haven't sent out the pair my gf won in the twitter adizero prime comp. Soccerbible-please pm me on this one.

March 1, 2011 1:01 PM

thrassos messi said:

the besttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt ever

March 1, 2011 1:04 PM

YBJ_92112 said:

y are they soo ugly?... the concept is great but it looks like SB tried to pass the stupidly thin upper as a good thing ( :  

i dont think you'll be able to feel the ball when your toes get taken off

March 1, 2011 2:21 PM


they last 5 months i asked this chap on facebook who has most likes his adizero page and he told me it last 5 months if you have 2 trainings and 1 match in a week if you take care of them 5 plus months and soccerbible thanks for the preview of this i apreciated

March 1, 2011 2:57 PM


they last 5 months i asked this chap on facebook who has most likes his adizero page and he told me it last 5 months if you have 2 trainings and 1 match in a week if you take care of them 5 plus months and soccerbible thanks for the preview of this i apreciated

March 1, 2011 2:57 PM

jazzovani said:


why don't you guys tested the leather version??

March 1, 2011 3:22 PM

Cooper4 said:

The testers feet arent really fitting in the boot

March 1, 2011 3:26 PM

Steven4vapor said:

my birthday is coming up, and im going to niketown london to customize superflys. BUUUTTTT i reallly want adizeros. im stuck in a descision

March 1, 2011 3:33 PM

easykill2517 said:

i WANT a pair sooooo bad

March 1, 2011 3:52 PM

bayyo158 said:

steven4vapour get the superflys

March 1, 2011 3:53 PM

bayyo158 said:

personalised superflys sound way better than adizeros anay day

March 1, 2011 3:55 PM

AKFooty said:

Hey steven4vapor I just customized a pair there. Go with the superfly's they're quality.

March 1, 2011 3:55 PM

Destined4Peace said:

@Steven4vapor, I agree with AKFooty, go with the superflies, it's a boot you can be assured will give you good performances on the pitch, what if the adizero's suck and are rubbish like they were for me? Then that would ruine your birthday gift... No protection and they creased up sooo easily, you can see the crease lines on the test!

March 1, 2011 4:59 PM

TheGenius said:

adizero beats tacky vapor hands down.

Revert back to older shape/style of vapor and I'll re-consider my opinion

March 1, 2011 5:11 PM

D keeper.. said:

@ steven4vapor

I have adizeros. I was playing a gaelic football match... and a lad acidently jumped quite lightly on my foot and my ankle broke. The identical thing happend 2 weeks before that when i was wearing my superflies and i didnt feel a thing. Protection wise go for superflies..JUST MY OPINION!!

March 1, 2011 6:06 PM


1 chap stepped on my foot with his stood in the match it didnt hurt for long time 1 minute hurt and your fingers are grand believe this are better than vapours

March 1, 2011 6:18 PM

barc4b0y said:

For me the problem about adizeros standards or primes is that they are very light but for me the problem is that they Dont coaunt with a good Inner Sole that be Thick, resistant  to rest the foot because after some running time it sore feet and become uncomfortable.

Also for me instead of reducing the thickness of the material and make it lighter should have worked to improve foot comfort, but I think what they wanted was to regain the title of the lightest shoes on the market that Puma grabed from adizeros with their SL versions.

Its just my opinion i know some poeple dont care about these and think they are fine. i like the first adizeros i own the cyan's on leather but would have prefer better feet comfort.

March 1, 2011 7:52 PM

DaveJH said:

Wonder how many broken metatarsals we'll see with these...

Also some rather sensationalist marketing on behalf of SB.

March 1, 2011 7:54 PM

jeff10 said:

one thing I disagree:

"due to the light weight nature of the boot it could be argued you lose a slight amount of shot power"

I have used the first f50 adizero leather version and I actually felt that my shot power increase greatly. Why? the simple fact that with lighter boot, I was able to swing my leg harder. I guess if you have strong feet, you will actually have a more powerful shot as oppose to relying on the weight of the boot.

March 1, 2011 8:36 PM

scoop said:

im gonna have to cop a pair.

March 1, 2011 8:36 PM

Santiaguito21 said:


March 1, 2011 10:33 PM

Madridmanfan792 said:

@DEIVIDASFC boots dont give you loads of pace they just make you feel that way man. I just cant wear these at all they have so many problems, my best friend got some primes and he let me use them for just one training session and it was bad. It hurt when i got stomped on and the plate is so thin that i can literally feel on my foot where the studs are and it gets really sore after about 30 minutes. There were other problems like previously stated they crinkled cause there so thin and the different colored studs do nothing different then the first adizeros. The only thing that hasnt happened is they havent ripped or broke yet but thats cause it hasnt been to long yet. .For me these boots are to much money when they have so many problems, but thats my opinion

March 1, 2011 10:52 PM


ok for me these are very comfortable i used these in 3 trainings and 1 match and nothing bad happened to the boot thanks god

March 1, 2011 11:17 PM

mr_adzanio23 said:

awesome Boots

March 1, 2011 11:54 PM

Gooner07 said:

Not a fan, Don't know what it is about the synthetic adizeros. Just can't make myself like them.

March 2, 2011 2:09 AM

pcm19 said:

seem like great boots!

March 2, 2011 2:25 AM

koreyoshi001 said:

March 2, 2011 2:33 AM

j0NNyCAkE said:


Can you guys please play test the

:Adidas Predator X

Thanks :)

March 2, 2011 2:34 AM

koreyoshi001 said:

nice and great boots,love it!

March 2, 2011 2:35 AM

Red Devils 4 Life said:

i would prefer the standard leather versions

March 2, 2011 3:53 AM

Steven4vapor said:

Thanks for the suggestions guys

March 2, 2011 6:07 AM

metropolis said:

nice boots

March 2, 2011 10:09 AM

mutantjohn said:

1mm? A bit too thin. Btw, i have that ball and that ball is a really really hard one.

March 2, 2011 10:14 AM

10unknown96 said:

apart from the performance the Primes are tasty visually

March 2, 2011 1:27 PM

Syed Mohammed Akram said:

WOW a 9/10 ... i must give them s try :DDD

March 2, 2011 1:42 PM

Sebbe said:

from me it's 10/10 ;)

March 2, 2011 6:43 PM

Destined4Peace said:

Can't soccerbible play test the leather versions?

March 3, 2011 7:17 PM

minimessi said:





March 3, 2011 11:58 PM

saul11 said:

Im buying these cleats

March 4, 2011 6:04 AM

singh1997football said:

personally, i wore the adizero's for the past season, and just made the switch to superflies, and belive me, they are hell of a lot better, they are thicker, and wear i live, we have under 10 degrees Celsius for 4 moths of our season, so it is important

March 4, 2011 8:19 AM

mali95 said:

i still prefer mercs or v1s over these...look gimmick-ish....:)

March 4, 2011 9:17 AM

pali2704 said:

Awesome boots! Awesome! The color stand out on the pitch. Nice from Adidas.

March 4, 2011 12:39 PM

villa and messi f50 said:

dunno if i shold get these or t90 someone plez help

March 5, 2011 9:09 AM

Hasoon Neymar said:

I just bought it from ; It's Amaazzziinng <3

March 5, 2011 10:00 AM

minimessi said:


  i love em

March 8, 2011 12:20 AM

Calum1811 said:

they look like they'd just rip if anyone stood on your foot :/

March 12, 2011 2:53 PM

Gooner96 said:

I got the leather version and they are 10/10. Absolutely :)

March 24, 2011 9:05 AM

Nike adiMAN said:


April 7, 2011 6:12 PM

Nickbonista said:

Superflys ftw

April 9, 2011 5:37 PM

jered7 said:

Dont mind stepping on kids that ear these boots, fall down like little babies, no protection at all.

April 28, 2011 5:04 PM

Ratchet said:

This review doesn't address how much you'll regret wearing these if someone steps on your foot and a stud stabs you.

And to be honest, the regular Adizero F50's can be had for about $100 if you get the older colourways. The cheapest Prime's still cost $250-300. Not worth it in my opinion, just to save a couple of extra grams.

May 19, 2011 4:56 AM

ronaldo42 said:

superflys are way better.

June 4, 2011 4:16 AM

MattMooney said:

hot colorway

June 4, 2011 10:31 PM

Cooper4 said:

That guys feet are to big for the boot, its obviously for slim footed people

June 6, 2011 7:10 PM

AdIZerO_dEsTroyS_aLL said:

abit better than the standard synthetics but leather is more comfortable and u get a better performance and u have no fear of having that much pain when steppped on

June 15, 2011 6:46 PM

Kratos said:

the best boot ever

July 19, 2011 11:26 PM

Woifei said:

just ordered them for 156,4€, i think its a great deal for primes

August 9, 2011 9:43 PM

oskii 5 DFC said:

I want one of them!!

October 18, 2011 8:46 PM
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