This Year’s Best Football Gear: Cleats And Gloves Built For How You Play
Each football player is unique — so is each cleat and glove. Lucky for you, we’re here to help guide you through our 3,000+ items of football gear. Let’s find that perfect piece made for your unique skill set with our Best Football Gear by Position Guide.
For The Commanding Signal-Callers
You can’t start talking about QB gear without mentioning the Under Armour C1Ns. Designed specifically around Cam Newton’s amazing skill set, these cleats feature a carbon outsole and plenty of ankle support — perfect for patrolling the pocket and moving the offense with ease.
Dual-threat quarterbacks will love the added freedom of movement of Nike Vapor Untouchable 2 cleats. While they have less ankle protection than the C1N, their flexible collar creates an ideal fit while Flywire cables lock your foot down. Plus, the cleats are light enough to help you dodge the rushers and scramble for a first down.
Gloves aren’t too common for signal callers, but when the weather gets bad, they can be the difference between a clean snap and a fumble. The Under Armour F5s are super-light and ultra-flexible, so that you can focus on every read and make the clutch plays.
For The Jaw-Dropping Speedsters
First off, with over 40 colors to choose from, you can definitely find the Nike Vapor Untouchable in your team colors. But more importantly, they are fast — really fast. Mesh and synthetic skins create a breathable, light upper while the innovative cleat design is built for ideal traction during quick bursts of acceleration.
Ringing in at only 7.9 ounces, the adidas adiZero 5-Star 6.0 cleats are the lightest around. A SPRINTSKIN upper gives you a secure and stable fit while the SPRINTFRAME cleat plate features stability beams in key areas, ensuring that every step, cut, and move you make is explosive, dynamic, and unstoppable.
Nike Vapor gloves are a must for game-breaking wideouts and defensive backs. For more technical guys who want an ultra-breathable and lightweight option, it doesn’t get any better than the Vapor Knit. But if you still want that extra bit of support, the Vapor Jet is more up your alley. Either way, you’ll get Nike’s famous Magnigrip palm, which can turn those ridiculous one-handers into routine catches.
For The Agile Playmakers
From Flyknit to Flywire to Phylon, the Nike Alpha Menace Elite cleats are chock-full of Nike’s latest and greatest footwear technology. Why? So that you can make every spin, hurdle, and juke that much more dangerous. The cleat’s three-prong studs help you stop on a dime, change direction in a heartbeat, and break tackles on the regular.
Speed backs and backers have a perfect match in the adidas adiZero 5-Star 6.0 Mid. Just like the lows featured in the ‘Speedster’ section, these cleats are light and responsive, but they also offer a padded ankle collar and higher lacing system for added support and fit.
Whether taking on blockers or delivering big hits, your gloves need that extra bit of padding without sacrificing catchability. That’s why the Nike Superbad 4.0 gloves are the best choice. They have extended padding for hand cushioning and support while still featuring that extra-sticky Magnigrip palm.
For The Versatile Chess Pieces
Tight ends and linebackers who dominate from sideline to sideline will love lacing up in the Under Armour Highlight Lux cleats. Comfort is key with these cleats, as they feature a Molded 4D Foam footbed for optimal cushioning, while the UA ClutchFit upper gives you unflinching support. And at Eastbay, we truly are the Home of the Highlight, with over 30 colors, including 18 exclusives.
Comfortable. Responsive. Stylish. The Nike Alpha Menace Pro Mid checks off every requirement on your list. Flywire tech and a 5/8 collar on the upper lock your foot into place comfortably, allowing you to focus on the game. The cleats are also available in 39 different colorways, including one for every pro team, so you can rep your favorite squad while ruling the gridiron.
It’s easy to see why we chose the Cutters Gamer here. Do-everything players deserve a glove that can do it all too. Cutters’ C-TACK palm is still featured here for that unbelievable grip under any weather condition, but there’s also some added padding along the fingers and back of hand. Sticky AND Supportive. Comfortable AND Light.
For The Mighty Trench Warriors
No matter which side of the line you’re on, it’s always a battle in the trenches — your cleat better be a beast. Nike has stepped up their lineman cleat game with the Nike Force Savage Elite, made specifically for the big men. An extra-wide TPU plate strengthens your base and helps you explode out of your stance and into the opponent while cables along the laces wrap your foot for extra power and nastiness.
When linemen choose cleats, they often have to sacrifice their swagger. There’s no worrying about that with the adidas FREAK cleats. They’re loaded with that Three-Stripes style. But they’re not just a looker, they’ve got some serious game. Available in Mid and High options, these cleats stay light while also giving you ideal stability. For players who want to turn their toughness up to 11, we also offer Freak cleats that feature KEVLAR® reinforcement.
The IRONSKIN zones on the adidas Freak 3.0 gloves give your hands an unparalleled level of protection and padding. An elongated neoprene band offers added wrist support. A four-way stretch back of hand gives you the perfect fit and flexibility… We could go on and on, but you get the idea. These are the lineman gloves you’ve been looking for. So grab them, get out there, and dominate the line of scrimmage.
For The Clutch Kickers
This is your moment — it’s a tie game, three seconds left on the clock, the coach calls on you to attempt the longest kick of your career. Will you deliver? Well, you’ll get off to a good start with the Nike Tiempo soccer cleat. Its kangaroo leather construction is durable, reliable, and provides the ideal kicking surface.
The adidas Copa cleat has that classic look, fit, and performance you need as a kicker. The unique tongue design brings your foot closer to the football so you can launch it farther, faster, and with more control.
A great option for your plant foot is the Under Armour Spotlight football cleat. It’s style and traction is very similar to the soccer cleat you’ll rock on your kicking foot, so you can stay focused and locked in on every big moment and clutch situation.