This Year’s Best Football Gear: A Position-By-Position Breakdown

To elevate your game on the football field, you need to suit up in gear specifically designed for your position. We’re here to help. Scroll down to your position and check out the cleats and gloves that are best for you.

Eastbay Football Guide - Quarterbacks


Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro

As a signal-caller, the cleat you need depends on your style of play. Are you as dangerous with your feet as you are with your arm? If so, the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro is your best bet. It’s lightweight, breathable, and explosive — and we’ve got it in over 40 colors.

Under Armour C1N MC

If you want support and durability, look no further than the Under Armour C1N MC. Built for the regaining MVP, its comfort, style, and stability are in a class of their own.

Cutters Rev Pro 2.0 Solid Receiver Gloves

While most QBs don’t wear gloves all the time, they can be helpful when the weather gets bad. A glove like the Cutters Rev Pro 2.0 is designed to give you premium grip during even the worst storms, to ensure that you maintain complete control of the football during every snap.

Eastbay Footbal Guide - Running Back

Running Back

Under Armour Spotlight MC
adidas adiZero 5-Star 5.0 Mid

Choosing the right cleat is a huge deal for running backs. You need them to be light, supportive, and comfortable. But they also need to be able to handle quicks cuts and sudden changes of direction. We recommend the Under Armour Spotlight MC or adidas adiZero 5-Star 5.0 Mid. The Spotlight is a favorite among pro backs like T.J. Yeldon because of their low-cut design and big-time speed, while the 5-Star provides the ankle support of a mid-cut while staying incredibly lightweight at 8.8 oz.

Nike Superbad 4.0 Football Gloves

The Nike Superbad football glove is a running back favorite because of its versatility. With extended padding for blocking plays and full palm grip to catch screen passes and carry the ball securely, it’s as dynamic as you are.

Eastbay Football Guide - Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver

Nike Vapor Untouchable 2

Wideouts need to run faster, jump higher, and at times, outmuscle their opponents. Your cleat needs to match your big-play ability, but it also needs to feel great all game long. That’s why the Nike Vapor Untouchable 2 is such a great choice. Flywire cables and a knit construction give you an incredibly comfortable fit.

adidas adiZero 5-Star 5.0

But we haven’t forgotten the downfield threats. For pure, unstoppable, unbelievable speed, there’s the adidas 5-Star 5.0 Low. It’s the lightest and fastest cleat you will find at 8.2 oz.

Nike Vapor Knit Football Gloves

And obviously, you’ve got to snag every pass thrown your way. Nike Vapor Knit gloves are the perfect combo of elite grip, barely there feel, and full ventilation with complete knit backhand. It’s so good, it’s almost unfair.

Eastbay Football Guide - Tight End

Tight End

Nike Alpha Field General Elite TD
Under Armour Highlight MC

Star tight ends are dual threats, helping their teams as receivers and as blockers. Their cleats need to be up for both challenges. The Nike Alpha Field General Elite and Under Armour Highlight MC both offer the ideal balance of fortified strength and lightweight responsiveness you need to pancake defenders and make plays across the middle in equal measure. The Field General provides unmatched cushioning while the Highlight has legendary high-top fit.

Under Armour Swarm II Football Gloves

Your glove needs to be similarly versatile. Under Armour Swarm II gloves feature a ClutchFit overlay for a lockdown fit and added support during contact, while Armour GrabTack provides maximum catchability.

Eastbay Football Guide - Offensive Lineman

Offensive Lineman

Nike Force Lunarbeast Elite TD

Doing battle in the trenches requires the toughest, most durable cleats around. The Nike Force Lunarbeast Elite has the NikeSkin and ankle support you need to dig into the ground and knock your defender over.

adidas Freak High

Want the toughest, most durable shoes around? None compare to the adidas Freak High, with its reinforcement of Ironskin and KEVLAR®.

Nike D-Tack 5 Lineman Gloves

O-lineman gloves need plenty of padding and protection, and that’s exactly what the Nike D-Tack 5 offers. All of the pads are strategically placed so that you get the safety minus the bulk, while mesh zones on the gloves keep your hands from getting too hot.

Eastbay Football Guide - Defensive Lineman

Defensive Lineman

adidas Freak x Kevlar
Nike Alpha Field General Pro TD

Whether taking on double teams or rushing the passer, D-lineman know that both the adidas Freak x KEVLAR® and Nike Alpha Field General Pro cleats provide the versatility they need. The Freak is ultra durable and super strong, while the Field General brings extra mobility and responsiveness to every step.

Cutters Gamer Padded Gloves

The Cutters Gamer Padded Gloves provide the lightweight, flexible protection that every athletic, powerful lineman is looking for.

Eastbay Football Guide - Linebacker


Under Armour Highlight MC LE

Need to blitz up the middle? Drop back in coverage? Bring down the ball carrier? Linebackers are asked to do a lot. So, you need a cleat like the Under Armour Highlight MC, which offers high ankle support while keeping you agile.

Nike Force Lunarbeast Pro TD

The Nike Lunarbeast Pro has a lockdown strap for even more structure for when you meet a lineman at the point of attack or chase down a tailback in the open field.

Under Armour Fierce VI Padded Football Gloves

Glove-wise, a popular choice for linebackers is the Under Armour Fierce VI. It’s got just the right amount of padding around the fingers and knuckles to keep you safe while staying light.

Eastbay Football Guide - Defensive Back

Defensive Back

adidas adiZero 5-Star 5.0 Uncaged
Under Armour Spotlight LE

As a member of the secondary, you usually need to have more speed and athleticism than any other player on the field. A lot of times, you also have the most swag. So cleats like the adidas 5-Star 5.0 Uncaged and the Under Armour Spotlight LE are just what the doctor ordered. Uncaged cleats give you that famous adidas explosiveness while featuring bold, cool designs of popular high school mascots. The Spotlight comes in 10 limited-edition styles for flashy speed and looks.

adidas adiZero 5.0 Football Gloves

Complete that stand-out style with adidas adiZero 5.0 gloves. We offer 26 colors, 10 different patterns, and 12 different mascots to make sure that you find the perfect match. Plus, they give you the long-lasting grip you need to make that game-changing interception.

Eastbay Football Guide - Punter/Kicker


Nike Vapor Strike 5 Low
Nike Tiempo Legend VI FG

Punter and kicker cleats can get pretty complicated. But in general, a lightweight, comfortable cleat like the Nike Vapor Strike 5 is ideal for your plant foot. Many specialists choose a soccer cleat for their kicking foot, and if you go that route, something like the Nike Tiempo Legend VI is a proven performer because of its reliable leather construction.

Nike Vapor Jet 4.0 Football Gloves

If you’re a punter looking for a glove to put on your guide hand, you can’t go wrong with the Nike Vapor Jet 4.0. Its cool style, first-class grip, and great fit have helped make it our most popular football glove.

Did you find what you need? We hope so. If not, don’t worry — that’s just a small collection of the 450+ football cleats and 300+ gloves that we offer. So, go ahead, grab the exact gear you need to take your game to the next level this fall season. After all, this is finally the year that you prove all of your doubters wrong.

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