A Behind The Scenes Look Into The New Balance CompV1 Baseball Cleats

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Over the years baseball cleats have truly evolved. Whether it has been the move from rubber spikes to plastic spikes, or metal cleats being built stronger while getting lighter, these changes have been applauded by athletes.

As companies continue to create new cleats and innovative tech features for them, New Balance has taken a step ahead of the rest.

With the launch of the CompV1, New Balance is the first to offer a cleat with a mix of glass fiber reinforced TPU and standard TPU spikes. To go along with this, a number of pros will sport the CompV1 during the 2018 season. But a pair of stars got early access to the shoe during the 2017 playoffs. Athletes Fransisco Lindor and Jose Altuve were the in-game wear-testers of the new cleat, helping the product team get to the final version to bring to market.

This cleat is way more than just your average molded spike, so in order to take a deeper dive into the shoe, we chatted with the New Balance baseball product team.


How The Cleat Came To Life

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A lot of information was brought to the attention of the New Balance baseball team over the past few years. In their research three big things stood out:

  1. The fact that high school athletes are playing more and more baseball games today —some even 100 plus games a year. This led parents to be a lot more thoughtful about the health of their teenagers’ feet. In response, they built a shoe that has metal spike performance with the comfort of a TPU spike.
  2. Turf baseball fields are popping up all over the country, and many of these fields don’t allow you to wear metal cleats on them. This makes an alternative option so important. In response New Balance designed a cleat that works on dirt and turf fields.
  3. Most professionals today are wearing plastic cleats, and these are the guys that kids are watching play every night. In response the CompV1 was created to give the comfort and performance the pros get.

These three things gave New Balance a nudge to create something new. They were looking to create something different in a stale market that was producing only metal and TPU cleats. In response to this the product team decided to build something they could tell a story around, and this turned out to be the fiberglass TPU cleat known as the CompV1.


The Tech That Makes It Stand Out

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    1. Unique glass fiber reinforced TPU spikes: This cleat comes with two kinds of spikes that support each other. The original clear TPU spikes and new red glass-fiber reinforced TPU spikes. These red spikes are built to break the dirt and add strength to the surrounding clear traditional TPU cleats. Not only are these newly designed spikes stronger than traditional TPU, but they are also lightweight and easier on the foot.
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    2. FantomFit upper: The cleat offers an upper that fuses together both TPU and mesh. You receive breathability from mesh patches on the cleat that are strategically placed in areas that won’t receive abrasion or rips, while more vulnerable spaces on the cleat are covered with a durable TPU material to keep you locked in all game long.
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    3. Bootie Construction: This design combines the tongue, ankle, and heel into one piece for a snugger fit than a traditional cleat. Along with this, the bootie also allows you to slip your foot into the shoe with ease, and gives you plenty of flexibility once you are laced up.
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    4. REVlite Midsole: One of the other main stories in this shoe is the midsole unit, which has a full-length REVlite midsole. Players know this cushioned midsole for its comfort and stability among New Balance's line of cleats.


The Next Big Thing

The New Balance team sees the CompV1 as “a new take on a baseball cleat,” and something that can really help upgrade the athlete’s game. They believe the cleat is truly a “pinnacle offering at a pinnacle price,” and will be worn by a wide variety of baseball players from little league up through the pros.

So as you get ready for the upcoming baseball season, put yourself first when looking for your new pair of cleats. The New Balance CompV1 is the cleat you need to minimize wear and tear on your feet, while maximizing your on-field traction. Get your pair now in men’s or kids’ sizing.


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  • Christopher:

    When can are the COMPV1 going to come out

  • Christopher:

    How much are the COMPV1

  • Peter Johnson:

    I play senior softball. Has anyone checked to see if Softball players can use them, if not is anything coming out for us.

  • Jake Zipperer:

    Hello! The COMPV1 is available now. You can pick them up here: https://www.eastbay.com/_-_/keyword-new+balance+compv1?SID=4927&cm_mmc=Social-_-Blog-_-NewBalance-_-CompV1

  • Jake Zipperer:

    The Men’s COMPV1 cleats are $139.99.

  • Vito:

    Hi. Would we be able to order about 32 pairs? And can you ship to Canada?
    Color: TN – COMPTN1/2 Navy

  • Jake Zipperer:


    We’ll get you in touch with one of our team sales reps to help you out!

  • Jake Zipperer:

    Hey Peter,
    While these are considered a molded cleat and should be able to be used for rec softball league, the ultimate decision as to whether they can be used comes down to your local league rules. Thanks!

  • George:

    What is the weight of these molded cleats?

  • Jake Zipperer:

    Hello George,
    These cleats weigh 11.8 oz.


  • Steve Farley:

    Are they OK for Little League ??

  • Jake Zipperer:

    Hey Steve,

    It depends on the individual rules of the league you are a part of. But the COMPV1s are normally okay for Little League.

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