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Football News > F50 adizero: Evolving Synthetic Uppers

Just a number of years ago the F50 range was in big trouble. The lead athlete (who happened to be the best player on the planet!) wouldn't wear the top-end versions, and in the speed race with the Mercurial, F50 was losing badly. 

But all this changed in 2010, when adidas launched a modern and refined version of the F50, branded the 'adizero'. The 'adizero' changed the face of boot design, and evolved a players expectancy in their footwear. But since that launch there has been mutterings adidas are resting on their laurels, that in over 24 months the boot hasn't really changed (barring the addition of miCoach technology).

In answer to such rumblings, we took our macro lens to the upper of the four synthetic editions of the standard adizero. To see just how radically different they are, the attention to detail their craft entails, and just how adidas have developed the range.

In essence, the current boot construction is a winning formula, and the boots are hugely popular and successful with some of the games best players. Any suggestion adidas have settled on their production, can be rebuffed with a close-up examination of the current upper. The texture is truly quite astonishing and the detail is certainly unique.

The Sprintskin is an adidas exclusive single-layer synthetic, which serves great ball feel and reduced weight, at a thickness of just 1.5mm. The performance is in the detail though, and that's what we are interested in here, as the 3D texture and finish has been developed to offer better ball control than previous incarnations, and looking back through the generations we can see how how the upper has evolved.

The idea of a textured upper has been there from day one, as physics dictates the increased surface area generates increased friction for ball control. But the construction of the upper is a two-fold process, as adidas have used additional plastics to create raised ridges to enhance the uppers performance.

On the first generation adizero, this texture was more subtle but the ridges were quite prominent and placed in a position to assist shooting and passing. For the second release, adidas developed the principles set-out in the first boot. The raised ridges took more prominence, and the texture was a more uniform weave.

Seemingly aesthetics was to come into play for the third launch of the adizero, the version which incorporated miCoach. The texture was designed in such a way to create a pattern which became part of the look, but due to an erratic configuration could also offer enhanced friction.

Now arriving at the most recent launch, adidas have dedicated more thinking and craft into the surface of the upper. The construction is impressive, and it's multi-directional shaping delivers ball control and assists shooting and passing from an impressively light and thin upper.

By drawing attention to the surface of the adizero synthetic upper, we are acknowledging the work done by the product designers in Herzogenaurach. At a glance you'd be forgiven for thinking apart from a few changes the adizero has only really received aesthetic changes over the last 24 months. But get up-close and you see the evolution of an upper, the attention to detail and craft that goes into developing the latest F50. This is the reason the dark days are behind the F50 range, and why since 2010 it has been one of the speed market and boot industry's pioneers.

Only published comments... Dec 23 2012, 05:29 PM by Editor



abdimad said:

adizero f50 3rd edition better

December 23, 2012 7:14 PM

Xandai said:

new one is the best

December 23, 2012 7:23 PM

jkeefe35 said:

loved the 1st gen

December 23, 2012 7:58 PM

MAshby1001 said:

"The lead athlete (who happened to be the best player on the planet!) wouldn't wear the top-end versions"

who's this referring to?

December 23, 2012 10:56 PM

messinaldo_107 said:

@MAshby1001 are you kidding me? It's obviously Leo Messi!

December 24, 2012 12:03 AM

Gusy723 said:

They have been getting uglier and uglier...

December 24, 2012 12:16 AM

unitedRed87 said:

the first gen blue is the best

December 24, 2012 12:42 AM

GabrieL15ScullY said:

1st gen white/white/blue was the best

December 24, 2012 5:33 AM

kpahlevi said:

@MAshby1001 the best player on the planet? he's definitely referring to Emile Heskey

December 24, 2012 6:02 AM

Neymar skills said:

Leather is by far better than synthetic

December 24, 2012 11:11 AM

TitanballZ said:

Other than the detailing on the uppers, they really haven't changed that much. Nothing radical, other than horrible colorways and the inclusion of miCoach.

December 24, 2012 8:04 PM

Vaporista said:

The first year was the best!

December 24, 2012 8:57 PM

barc4b0y said:

4th edition best til now

December 25, 2012 3:45 AM

Superman31 said:

oh oh, the best one was definitely the COPA MUNDIALS

December 25, 2012 5:56 AM

Woifei said:

1st generation was the best by far

December 25, 2012 7:28 PM

Hammer73 said:

One of the worst adidas boots ever! What the hell is wrong with black boots!!! Uglier than my backside

December 26, 2012 12:40 PM

kingcassell10 said:

2nd to most recent = the best

December 28, 2012 4:44 PM

dalong1 said:

got nothing on leather

December 28, 2012 6:35 PM

markuss said:

all is fantastic

December 29, 2012 3:02 PM

NididasF90 said:

the first is the best

January 17, 2013 8:32 PM
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