words // Taylor Scharfenberg
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Eastbay’s Field Tested program is in full swing, helping athletes across the globe Prepare to Win. Our new product-testing program brings position-specific reviews from the game’s top athletes, straight to you. One of our newest pros in the Field Tested lineup is Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who is already a firm believer.

Eastbay Field Tester: Russell Wilson“For high school athletes, getting advice from pro athletes is the biggest thing you can get. Everybody wants to be a pro athlete and I think the biggest thing is gaining knowledge at a young age. In terms of Eastbay Field Tested, they’re doing a great job of building a program for high school athletes to learn more about what we wear and why we like to wear it.”

For the upcoming football season, Russell chose the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD as his perfect cleat. He offered up some advice to players like him who might be considering the Superbad as well.

“The Superbad, for me, is the right weight. It’s a cleat that I feel like I’m on the balls of my feet, but at the same time I don’t feel like the cleat’s too light. The most important thing is the comfort and, at the same time, feeling like I’m a cheetah out on the football field, like I can move really well, and I can get past people when I need to.”

And while the Superbad isn’t commonly thought of as a quarterback cleat, Russell believes it provides him some pretty key attributes including no-slip traction in the pocket, ankle stability that prevents injury, and the perfect combination of support and speed:

“I try to be the guy who’s clutch at the end of the game. The Superbad helps me maneuver and get away from these big defensive linemen that are trying to smash me in the backfield. I’m a guy that can move pretty well and can run the ball, so I want to feel that comfort, but I also want to feel that speed. It gives me confidence when the game is on the line.”

For more feedback on the right cleats for your game, take a look at our reviews from other elite football players. Eastbay selected these players to provide information on a variety of product attributes like flexibility, acceleration, comfort, traction, and more. Once you’ve found the gear that’ll help you dominate the season, fill out your own review to let other players know what you think.

For more on Russell, go to eastbay.com/RussellWilson, or get started finding your gear at eastbay.com/FieldTested. Keep checking back for more pros, more products, and more reviews for more sports at Eastbay.