Nike knows what you’re after
Players seeking speed, take a knee. The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 cleats have been restructured to limit energy loss so you can gain electric speed on the field. To build them, Nike took a step back and studied what it is speed players are after with their cleats. Here’s what they learned:
Many speed-position players wear a low-cut cleat and then spat before games. Here’s the issue, the low cleat gives you a lightweight feel, but then you bulk it up with tapes, wraps, or braces to add support and you’re left with a heavier system than if you had just gone with a mid or high. With the Vapor Untouchable 3, Nike reenergized what a speed cleat was all about. They tossed the term lacing up out the window and replaced it with locking down. During the design process, they purposely blurred the lines between athlete and equipment, creating a cleat that fits like a second skin. They wanted to give the fastest athletes on the field the feeling of instant propulsion and stick-and-go traction. They succeeded.
Yes, it’s high, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t light. The Elite weighs in at one ounce lighter than its predecessor and its height is for good reason — the king of Nike’s speed line boasts a full-knit collar that fits tightly around your ankle giving you a taped feel and look. The collar securely hugs the cleat onto your foot and supports your ankle as you come down off a big leap or make lateral cuts at high speeds. Both sides of the collar feature two mesh windows to add breathability and maintain just the right amount of flexibility. The collar provides consistent lockdown as you play, whereas tape can loosen and need to be redone throughout games and practices. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Elite eliminates this problem.
The lockdown is enhanced with supportive Flywire cables that have been integrated into a Flyknit upper. With lighter-weight yarns woven together in a tight knit, this high-tenacity upper blends with the movements of your foot for a connected feel every time you step into the cleats.
We know it’s got a different look but trust us, this cleat performs. Check it out here and stay tuned in the coming months, there are exclusive colorways to come as the season draws nearer.
Just as with the Elite, Nike hit the drawing board to revamp the Pro. It features a circular knit cuff with high flexibility to allow ease of entry and a free, unrestricted fit. This cuff transitions into a lightweight and durable upper with an integrated tongue that limits distractions on the field. The Pro’s plate is built of a lightweight carbon fiber weave. Carbon fiber retains its shape while allowing flexibility — this allows the plate to propel the foot forward every push-off, snapping back into place after flexing.
Overall, the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro is still a fast, low-cut cleat but now with a sock-like cuff. It fits slightly wider than the previous model and, just like the Elite, it’s one ounce lighter. The Pro will be coming to Eastbay in a variety of colors to match your team look so keep your eyes open.
There you have it, everybody. Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 cleats are ready to dominate the 2018 season. Stay strong, speed players. Be powerful, run hard, and enjoy the speed.
With spring this close, it’s time to start thinking about your setup for the new season. Read on to learn about our featured products and start gearing up.
Mizuno Swift 5: The heavy-hitting Mizuno Swift is back for round 5. This cleat has been a go-to in the fastpitch world and continues getting better and more innovative with each iteration. Made for the serious high-profile competitor, the Swift 5 delivers exceptional traction and comfort. It’s built on a 9-spike platform that flexes where you need enhanced movement but remains sturdy for optimal support. The bottom is even engineered with a texture that repels dirt build-up. While the outsole delivers the performance, the midsole and upper give you comfort for long games and durability to last for many seasons to come.
New Balance Fuse1: Get ready — the sleek and powerful New Balance Fuse1 is about to dominate the field this season. This beautifully designed cleat is specifically built for fastpitch performance. It’s flexible and supportive with precise traction for bursts of speed and quick turns. Reinforced rubber around the toe allows the cleat to withstand abuse from the dirt game after game so you can stay aggressive.
Nike Hyperdiamond 2 Pro: The low-profile Nike Hyperdiamond 2 Pro is the perfect cleat for players who prefer the freedom of unrestricted ankle movement for a quick, agile style of play. The Lunarlon midsole spreads out the shock of impact so you feel less cleat pressure and can make better cuts and stops. This powerful and lightweight cleat will push you to the plate with speed you have yet to feel on the diamond.
Mizuno Sweep 3 Advanced: The Mizuno Sweep 3 Advanced is your ideal platform for executing masterful technique on your pitches. Its reinforced toe protector is enhanced at precise points around the toe box where you drag your back foot. This protects the upper from the grind across the dirt as you drive off the mound.
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All of the following gloves are specifically crafted to meet the demands of fastpitch. They’re designed around the female hand for ultimate performance.
The offseason is rounding third and we’re all feeling ready to hit the diamond. While you’re finishing up a winter of indoor training, start learning about all the latest products and building your gear rack for the new season.
Built For Speed
adidas adiZero Afterburner 4: All hail the speed king of the diamond. This cleat is designed for one purpose: to get you to the next base as fast as possible. Weighing in at just 9.4 oz, it won’t matter if you’re charging for a stand-up double or chasing down a ball in the gap, the Afterburner will get you there. Fast. Available in stunning colorways like the Gold Pack and Dipped Pack, you’ll definitely stand out in the adiZero Afterburner 4 — that is, if they even see you coming.
New Balance 4040v4: If you play baseball, you’ve heard of these popular cleats from New Balance. From the spikes to the tongue, the 4040v4 is one of the most thoughtfully designed shoes in the game. For performance at speeds, these cleats feature a supportive yet lightweight outsole plate. This plate flexes at key bend points so you get maximum dig from metal spikes. A convenient lace cage adds the finishing touch to a streamlined upper by keeping the laces secured and out of the way.
Built For Comfort
Nike Alpha Huarache Elite: We’ll start this list with a legend. From top to bottom, this cleat is built for the much-needed comfort of a long season. The internal bootie and ankle locking system hug the foot with a supportive fit, and a full-length Air Max unit in the midsole creates the perfect buffer between your foot and the spikes. Choose the Alpha Huarache Elite in one of its sleek new colorways and link up your look with the Huarache Elite Gloves.
New Balance CompV1: Ready to embrace change? The New Balance CompV1 is the most innovative baseball cleat system this season and it’s here to take the field by force. The key, new feature is the spike – each one is a glass-fiber tack surrounded by TPU. The hardness of the glass-fiber allows this cleat to punch through dirt with the effectiveness of metal while the TPU delivers the comfort of a molded system. This makes the CompV1 the perfect choice for players who live in their cleats day in and day out, on any surface and in all conditions. Read all about this impressive new cleat in our featured blog here.
adidas Boost Icon 3: It’s right in the name – these innovative cleats house the power of boost from heel to toe. This responsive cushioning system is the perfect solution to cleat pressure felt from metal spikes. But the tech goes beyond the boost. The Icon 3’s sock-like upper hugs your foot for a natural fit while the spike layout gives you perfect traction. Plus, the classy look makes your diamond presence gold-status.