Puma evoSPEED SL Review
Puma are known to innovative and bold when it comes to creating distinctive designs for their boots. One of the recent examples to hit the market are the Puma evoSPEED Sl-S which have a 3D upper grass pattern design. This is something that may be familiar to some people as it is a modern interpretation of the Puma V1.06 Green Grass boots. The colors’ official names are Jasmine Green/White/Black. The problem with the original Puma evoSPEED SL was that they lasted just 10 games and were therefore certainly not suitable to practice in, being designed as special match day shoes. But Puma have looked at that and this is certainly a shoe worth considering. Lets look at why.
How Heavy Are The Cleats?
Rather than weighing just 103 grams they now weigh 148 grams. Despite this addition of weight it still remains in the category of lightweight cleats.
Design and Features
When looking at the cleats there are blue decals and a yellow upper that make a very striking design. At the fore of the cleats is the Puma lettering and on the side is the traditional design for Puma. When put in comparison with Puma evoSPEED SL and the Puma evoSPEED 1.4 the look and designs are very similar.
When making improvements the main priority for Puma was to improve the durability of the cleats. They therefore put in the upper a monolayer microfiber that was not used before. As well as increasing durability this addition makes it easier for players to push with more force. This in part is what has led to the increased weight. This monolayer also improves stability and touch.
In the area of the midfoot a reinforced chassis called a SPEEDFRAME has been used to make the cleats fit better and make the lockdown superior to other shoes. Quick movements and foot work are easier now in the Pume evoSPEED SL-S. Things that make the shoe more comfortable are an EVA foam tongue and a sock liner that is removable. For better stability Puma put on a heel counter for the exterior that then keeps your foot in place. The nylon soleplate is very thin allowing excellent strength to weight ratio levels.
The SPEEDTRACK spines that have been added to the outsole have improved the torsional stability. The studs are in a new pattern too to keep the weight lower, they have taken the old thicker speedtrack bar and made it two different bars that still do a great job. The new stud pattern are well suited to lightweight cleats so that you are still stable but the cleats are not too heavy. When playing and making sharp turns or cuts there is little if any discomfort or slipping.
What players wear them?
You can find top players like Michael Bradley, Marco Reus and Sergio Aguero wearing them in the field during match time. These are high end cleats.
Average price is $240 which is high which Puma say is because of the technology involved in making them. If you are a top player likes those mentioned above or you a professional player then they are likely worth paying for and playing in. When people do play in them the boot itself is not the issue. It is the durability and whether you can afford to buy cleats that will not even get you through half a season.
For an edge in big matches or for professional players these may be viable. If though you want a shoe that will last at least a season then that needs to be a different shoe. Some players have found that they do not even always make it to the 10 game mark, and that at 8 matches there is separation happening.
Learn more about the Puma evoSPEED SL.