Soft ground cleats as you can tell from the name are for playing soccer on natural soft turf. If you are whoever you are buying from plays soccer often on fields that get wet and muddy then you need a pair of the best soft ground soccer cleats that are designed specifically for those conditions. True they are the most expensive type you can get but having the right foot gear really does affect your game play, and getting the right cleats might be a huge game changer.
Soft ground cleats for soccer have studs that have been altered to afford you the best possible grip on soft ground, the studs are longer and they are more pointed. They can be made of injection molded plastic or metal and often these cleats will have 6 or more studs that are removable so you can switch between shorter or longer studs depending on where you are playing. If the idea of being able to customize your soccer cleats sounds appealing soft ground cleats are a good option.
Top Soft Ground Soccer Cleats 2016
Nike Tiempo Legend V SG Pro
The Nike Tiempo Legend V SG Pro is available here.
These soft ground cleats for soccer are made for comfort and for maintaining the best possible ball touch in wet weather. The upper part is made from kangaroo leather, soft, breathable and durable. There is also Nike’s all conditions control and Kanga-lite which help keep the upper section water resistant. To stop the leather from absorbing the water Nike also have a hypershield technology.
The sole plate has thermoplastic polyurethane and metal combined to make the studs that screw in. The cleats come with spare studs and an insert sock liner that is perforated to improve their comfort and keep the damp out. These cleats weigh in at 9.6oz meaning though there are some heavier ones out there these are definitely not the lightest.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG
Check out this soft ground cleat from Nike here.
Perhaps one of the trendiest cleats out there right now is the Hypervenom Phantom SG from Nike. What makes this a unique cleat is the waffle textured skin which is created using two layers of mesh that are woven together and have layer of polyurethane on top. This creates a material that is breathable and flexible and it also comes with that all conditions control to help keep them dry and maintain ball contact. The Phantoms are one of the lighter soft ground cleats for soccer on the market at 7.6oz. This is worth noting as in general soft ground cleats are heavier by 1 to 2 oz than firm ground cleats because of the metal studs and how they are made.
On the bottom is a hard sole plate made from glass nylon with a separate stud plate. It has 4 molded bladed studs to the fore as well as a toe pick one, and then 2 in the heel. Then there are 6 metal studs that are removable, 11mm stud sin the forefoot and 13mm studs in the heel. With the cleats you get a stud wrench. Many will say these are the best soft ground cleats currently on the market because of the flexible skin, the ACC and their lightness.
Adidas World Cup SG
These are a classic among the Adidas line of soft ground cleats and have been around for over twenty years. These are marketed as high end in the Copa line of cleats and are great options for soft ground or wet conditions. It has six removable studs that screw in so you can change the length of them when you want to.
The Adidas World Cup SG cleats are available here.
It is made from kangaroo leather in the upper part to ensure you can be more responsive with the ball while still getting protection. They do weigh 10.1oz so they are one of the heavier options for soft ground cleats. They have an EVA insert, a synthetic lining and to give more comfort and stability an extended heel counter.
PUMA Evospeed 1.2 Mixed Soft Ground
These are specifically made for speed in wet and soft conditions when playing soccer. Just as its predecessor and successor the Evospeed 1 and 1.3, the upper is made from a man-made monolayer of microfiber which apparently is a lot softer and better quality than the first in this line. They also have GripTex technology from PUMA which is a 3D coating that is transparent and gives more grips on the ball in wet conditions, much like the ACC system from Nike. It weighs 8.5oz compared to Evospeed 1.2 firm ground cleats that weigh 6.8oz. It also does come in a leather version.
Under the soleplate are 12 studs which are more than usual in soft ground cleats, and Duoflex technology. 4 studs are at the heel and under the fore are 8 studs. 6 are made of metal, 2 at the heel and 4 at the fore and these can be removed. The other 6 cannot, being plastic molded studs. It is a more versatile cleat as it can be sued on both soft and firm ground. With the 1.3 version now being out, you can probably find the 1.2s for a good price too!