This Year’s Best Football Gear: Cleats And Gloves Built For How You Play

This Year’s Best Football Gear: Cleats And Gloves Built For How You Play

As you head back to the gridiron this fall football season, you don’t need just any cleat or glove — you need the best gear possible to help you leave a legacy on the field. That’s why the Eastbay team huddled up and created your 2021 Football Gear Guide — an in-depth breakdown of the best football gear for this fall season. We even divided it by style of player. So, whether you’re an explosive speedster, an agile playmaker, or a trench warrior, we’ve got gear built for you. And whether you’re rocking adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Jordan, or just looking for the flashiest products — we’ve got all of the best brands.

This cleat is built for those flashy players who stack moves on top of moves to gain separation. There are strategically placed bladed and conical studs that allow easier braking and quick multi-directional cuts. The insole is built with high-rebound SuperFoam that absorbs shock and provides a high degree of comfort. To top it all off, the upper is made of plush suede microfiber to give players a fantastic fit with structured performance.

Behind nearly every amazing catch is a pair of great receiving gloves. The UA F7 Receiver Glove is that pair. Built to give players the stickiness and comfort they crave, each pair has UA GlueGrip that provides long-lasting grip to make sensational catches. The 3D printed overlay and textured TurfGear on the back of the hand add support and breathability.

The Nike Vapor Edge Pro 360 provides the three big qualities players need on the football field: agility, speed, and traction. The internal chassis and wide stud placement are what provide the agility by helping players make quick cuts with ease while keeping the cleat flexible. The lightweight upper ensures that nothing holds players back as they fly across the field. The cleat also features external pods, which boost the traction.

A quarterback’s best friend is a receiver who catches anything thrown his way. The Nike Vapor Jet 6.0 is a glove that will help anybody secure even the toughest catches. The palms have sticky Magnigrip to maximize the catching surface, and there is a stabilizing, flexible coating on the fingers that gives players more control. The back of the gloves is made up of breathable, stretch-woven fabric to keep everyone’s hands cool and dry.

The adidas adiZero 11 is made for players whose games are built around speed. It is the lightest cleat in football, full stop. The upper is constructed of TPU overlays that are lightweight, durable, and comfortable. The Sprintfame plate with a reinforced heel works together with the Sprintstuds to provide 360-degree traction.

The adidas adiZero 11 Receiver Gloves will upgrade any receiver’s hands. They are crafted with ultra-grip fabric that allows players to snag balls that are too high, low, or behind them. The gloves have free range of motion in the wrist so there is more flexibility for the hands.

The Under Armour Highlight MC is a cleat like no other. This cleat is geared towards providing the stability, flexibility, and support every player craves on the field.  It features a lightweight, molded 4D Foam footbed that conforms to the shape of each player’s foot for a snug fit. It also utilizes the UA Scatter Traction cleat plate to give players the grip and bite to cut in any direction quickly. Lastly, it has engineered synthetics in the upper to provide support and stability.

It’s the subtle details and key technologies that make the UA Blur Receiver Glove one of the favorites among players. One of those crucial technologies is the Power Catch panels that give players support but are flexible in the right moments to help reduce injury. The gloves are made with HeatGear fabric that offers ventilation and provides lightweight performance. Plus, there is no topping UA GlueGrip tech that is super sticky, so players can make even the most outrageous catches.

Speed is the ultimate X-factor in the modern game, and the adidas adiZero Primeknit cleat embodies that. The extended lacing system keeps player’s feet centered over the plate, so they are maximizing their explosiveness. These cleats are extremely comfortable thanks to a Primeknit upper and long-lasting TPU overlays. They are also incredibly lightweight, allowing players to unlock their full speed.

The adidas Freak 5.0 Padded Receiver Gloves make every wideout’s life easier with their GRIPTACK Palm technology. It offers supreme stickiness that gives players even more grip and control of the ball. They are ergonomically designed to mirror the movement of the hand giving players more control.

The Nike Alpha Menace Elite 2 is built for the more versatile players who want more support and structure but won’t sacrifice speed. There is a Pebax propulsion plate that provides support and stability as well as a responsive feel. The Flyknit upper and Phylon midsole are responsible for giving players the lightweight cushioning and breathable flexibility they have come to expect.

One of the more durable gloves available, the Nike Superbad 6 Football Glove has all the features any player could ever want. It has sticky MagniGrip palms that maximize catching surface. It has flexible padding on the back of the hands and fingers for undeniable comfort. It even has a ventilation channel to give players more breathability.

 

 

 

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Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

If there is one thing HOKA knows, it’s how to make a running shoe. While they offer multiple silhouettes and styles, the ONE Rocket X is consistently a favorite among all types of runners. Built using an EVA midsole, the shoe helps you make the most of every step by being extra responsive and propelling you forward. The upper is made up of breathable mesh to deliver optimal airflow so that your feet don’t overheat on longer runs. Within the shoe, there is a 1mm carbon fiber plate that adds more stability.

Tackle every run in comfort and style with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 23. It is engineered to fit your foot like a glove. TRUSSTIC technology is what gives the shoe that structured stability. The shoe features a combination of ultra-soft GEL technology and a FlyteFoam midsole. Together they give you the cushioning and energy return that will keep you running longer than you thought possible. The outsole is made up of AHARLITE, which gives the shoe optimal grip and traction while also increasing its durability.

The Saucony Guide 14 has everything you look for in a running shoe. The synthetic mesh upper will keep your foot dry, so you don’t feel like you’re running in a puddle of your own sweat after a couple miles. The upper also has a 3D-engineered fascia which is crucial for providing stability. The PWRRUN foam midsole provides all the cushioning you could ever want and more so that you feel like you’re running on air.

There is a reason many professional runners place their trust in Brooks: they make an amazing running shoe. The Levitate 4 is 20% lighter than the previous iteration, making sure there is as little weighing you down as possible. The Fit Knit upper has a close-to-foot fit that is light, soft, and allows maximum breathability. Brooks DNA AMP midsole technology puts a spring in each step you take so you get speedy, efficient energy return.

There may be no better feeling during a run than when that runner’s high kicks in. You begin to feel invincible, like you could go forever. The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is built to help you power through those miles with ZoomX foam in the midsole that gives back as much energy as you put in. The Flyknit upper allows your foot to breathe freely while staying comfortable. There is also padding around the collar that provides extra ankle support.

Up Your Style: Best Casual Shoes at Eastbay

Up Your Style: Best Casual Shoes at Eastbay

One of the most iconic silhouettes New Balance has ever released has gotten an update. The 574 Rugged has a suede and mesh upper that sits atop a jagged outsole, providing a streetwear style that allows you to go off the beaten path.

Step into the future in the Air Max 2090. The upper features a combination of translucent rubber and mesh for a modern look. There’s Cushlon foam in the midsole to cushion each step, and the Max Air unit in the heel stays undefeated.

The NMD is known for bringing sporty style to casual, everyday shoes. The full-length Boost midsole gives the shoe that chill look while still providing you with high-performance cushioning in case you decide to go for a run or hit the gym.

A pair of Vans should be a staple in your kicks rotation. The aesthetic may be low-key, but they fit perfectly with almost any outfit. This pair, with its mixture of gold and navy blue colors, adds a little spice to your outfit.

This shoe was designed for International Women’s Day by the women who work at Converse. It features a bold, all-over print featuring “My Story” graphics and a platform outsole for an authentic feel. Stacked heel logos and the signature star ankle patch bring a little twist to classic elements of Converse shoes.

Diamond In The Rough: Chris Godwin is Turning Into One of the Most Devastating Receivers in Football

Diamond In The Rough: Chris Godwin is Turning Into One of the Most Devastating Receivers in Football

By the time the third round of the NFL draft rolls around many teams are simply looking for players who can come in and be a solid starter or depth piece. It’s rare to find a superstar at any position past the first two rounds, but just because it’s rare doesn’t mean it’s impossible. When Tampa Bay took Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in 2017, it’s doubtful anyone in the front office realized the gem they had just unearthed. As he enters his fourth season, Godwin has developed into a bona fide star in this league.

The one trait that separates Godwin from the rest of the upper echelon receivers in the league isn’t his size, speed, or quickness. It’s his toughness.  Godwin said, “Whatever I have to do to get the job done. I’ll get real dirty in there. I’ll block linebackers, safeties, and defensive ends sometimes. After I catch the ball I’m not trying to go out of bounds, I’m trying to get as many yards as possible.” Obviously, there is more to Godwin’s game than just his toughness. The precision with which Godwin runs his routes, combined with how efficiently he gets in and out of his breaks, makes him one of the most unguardable receivers in the game.

Despite putting up monster numbers in his first couple of years, Godwin was still underrated as a receiver. Part of that can be attributed to playing in Tampa Bay, which isn’t a huge media market, and the fact that the team just missed out on the playoffs his first two seasons. The narrative surrounding the team changed last season when Tom Brady signed to be the new starting quarterback. Suddenly there was a ton of hype, Super Bowl expectations, and more eyes on Godwin than ever before. Meanwhile, he was focused on developing chemistry with his new quarterback, made all the tougher by the pandemic.

Godwin said, “I think over the course of the season we really got closer and closer and really spent that extra time. By the time we got to the playoffs we were clicking on all cylinders.”

Godwin also learned some big lessons from Brady, who has been in the league since Godwin was in daycare. “I think the biggest lesson I learned from him was just how simple you have to make the game. A lot of people try to make the game too complicated. Some coaches are so used to sticking to their formulas and philosophies, but really it just comes down to percentages. You’re trying to put yourself in the best position to be successful by adjusting plays at the line, being on the same page as your quarterback.”

Chris Godwin Tampa Bay

Despite the challenges the pandemic brought to every team throughout the season, Tampa Bay was able to finish with an 11-5 record and head to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The team would then march through the playoffs defeating Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay in a thriller before facing off against Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes. Though the game wasn’t very close or exciting, you won’t catch any Tampa Bay players or fans complaining about winning in a blowout.

As the next season approaches, Godwin is looking forward to having fans back in the stands. “We played New Orleans Week 1 last year, and it felt like a glorified scrimmage. It was so weird. We really noticed then just how much energy we get from the fans.” He’s continuing to develop his skills this offseason, particularly getting more separation at the top of his routes and getting in and out of his breaks even more efficiently.

If Godwin continues to grow his game and skillset there is no reason he can’t become a consistent All-Pro, and be one of the most devastating receivers in the league for years to come.

Top Volleyball Shoes & Gear

Top Volleyball Shoes & Gear

It can be challenging to find everything you need for the volleyball season with dozens of different shoes, knee pads, ankle braces, and other gear to choose from. That’s why Eastbay is here to help you gear up with our guide for the top volleyball shoes, apparel, and equipment.

Nike React Hyperset

When you’re out on the floor, you want a shoe that you can trust to support you no matter what. The Nike React Hyperset is built to let you make big plays in big moments. It starts with Flywire technology that gives you a supportive fit and allows you to fly around the court with ease. Underneath your foot sits React foam that provides responsive cushioning to keep you energized from the first to the last set. Combine the cushioning with the NIKESKIN overlay that increases durability around the toe and suddenly you have a shoe that’s built to last while keeping you in the game longer. Other important features include a lateral strap that offers more stability for those side-to-side movements and a rubber sole for excellent traction in all directions.

adidas Crazyflight

When looking for the best pair of volleyball shoes, it’s nice to have options for both style and color. The adidas Crazyflight is one of the few volleyball shoes that’s available in both a mid and low style. Both styles feature the latest in adidas shoe technology with Boost cushioning in the midsole to bolster support. The mesh upper was molded with TPU zones to keep you light on your feet while reducing heat build-up within the shoe. Along the back of the shoe, you can find a molded, S-shaped heel counter that enhances the stability of the shoe. If you are looking for a little more ankle support make sure you check out the adidas Crazyflight Mid as well.

Nike Zoom HyperAce 2

Nike Hyperace Volleyball Shoe

When you’re on the volleyball court, you want to be cool and comfortable while also ready to explode into action at a moment’s notice. The Nike Zoom HyperAce 2 is designed to do both. These shoes are built with small, breathable holes to keep your feet cool and dry throughout the match. To keep you stable and comfortable, a TPU heel counter, in conjunction with a heel cage, stabilizes your foot in the shoe. A foam midsole combined with Nike Zoom Air delivers the signature responsiveness and explosion that keeps you ready to dive for any balls and rise up for any kills. Combine that with the rubber tread and you will be able to push off with maximum power every time.

Under Armour Highlight Ace 2.0

The Under Armour Highlight Ace 2.0 is one of the more technologically advanced shoes available. A 4D foam sockliner conforms to the contours of your feet, providing ideal comfort while also hugging your foot to prevent any internal slipping and sliding. A 3D rubber toe cap offers durability from wear and tear as well as protection for your toes. There are internal webbing loops with the purpose of enhanced fit and support to push off from unconventional angles in all directions. That way, no matter where you are on the court or how off balance you may be, you are never out of a play. In the midsole there’s a full-length Charged Cushioning system made to absorb all the stress and pressure put on your knees and feet and convert it into responsive comfort.

Under Armour Block City 2.0

Being able to stand up to the demand and rigors of a tough club season is a hallmark of any good shoe. The Under Armour Block City 2.0 is one of the most durable shoes available thanks to the rubber toe cap and the coated mesh panels that line the midfoot and help keep you stable. To complement the forefoot, the midfoot is comprised of lightweight mesh and a toebox to make sure your foot is still able to breathe. The outsole has a herringbone traction pattern similar to the best basketball shoes, but there are also strategically placed diamond-shaped insets which improve the grip even more.

adidas NOVAFLIGHT


Add some bounce to your game in the adidas NOVAFLIGHT. This shoe is made up of several key components. The first is the lightweight upper that provides you with superior breathability while also locking you in every time you jump. The second is the Bounce midsole which helps lessen the strain on your legs and feet from repeated jumping and landing. The third and final feature is the Court Performance System outsole that allows you to cut and explode to the ball without fear of falling.

Eastbay also has you covered with a huge selection of the best equipment and apparel to help you feel your best on the court.

Ankle Braces

Ankle sprains are a problem for every athlete, and volleyball players can be at an especially high risk. All it takes is coming down off-balance after a spike or a block and you can spend the next several weeks watching games in a walking boot from the bench. Thankfully, ankle braces provide support to help protect against sprains. The ASO Ankle Stabilizer offers a secure fit thanks to stabilizing straps that form a figure eight around your ankle, and it’s bilateral, meaning it can be worn on either ankle. Another option is the McDavid ankle brace which has a built-in anatomical arch that adds a layer of support in addition to the elastic top strap that helps you customize the fit. If you prefer something different there is also the Mizuno DXS2 brace where support and stability come from three main parts: anchored wrap, under heel, and V-shaped belts.

Knee Pads

Knee pads are an essential part of every volleyball player’s kit. Getting floor burn is a bottom 10 experience, but thankfully we have several great options to save your knees. The Nike Essential Kneepads are built with shock-absorbing foam and abrasion resistance to keep your knees protected, and the short style design allows for greater freedom of movement on the court. There is also the Under Armour Strive 2.0 which features a heat liner for increased breathability and dual-density padding which helps keep bulk down while maintaining excellent protection. Mizuno offers the LR6 kneepad which provides complete patella, lateral, and medial protection. In addition, the VS-1 padding is strategically placed to give you the confidence to go after every ball.

Compression Shorts

Of course, compression shorts play a huge role in a volleyball player’s comfort. A poorly made pair of compression shorts can rub you the wrong way and irritate your skin to the point of madness. Eastbay carries some of the top brands’ compression shorts including the Nike Pro 3” which features a lined gusset and ergonomic seams that allow for a greater range of motion while preventing annoying irritation. Under Armour also has a 3” compression short made from lightweight HeatGear fabric, allowing you to float like a butterfly and spike like a gorilla. It also has built-in, anti-odor technology which prevents the growth of microbes and keeps the shorts fresh. There is also the Mizuno Vortex Hybrid Shorts which have a lower rise and a wide waistband for impressive comfort and a lined, flatlock gusset to provide stability.

Backpacks & Volleyballs

With all this gear and equipment, you’re going to need something to carry it in. Enter the Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack. It has been completely redesigned this year to give players easier access to their things. Instead of a traditional opening this year’s model features something more akin to opening a duffel bag. While you still carry it like a traditional backpack when you lay it flat you are able to fully open it to grab whatever you need. Ever had to grab something quick from the bottom of a full backpack? It is one of the more frustrating feelings as you have to unpack your bag just to grab a charger, and then you have to turn around and repack it. This backpack eliminates that annoyance. It does still have plenty of other traditional backpack features including a laptop sleeve, ventilated pocket for wet items, and space for an oversized water bottle. The bottom panel was crafted to resist abrasion so this backpack will last you for a while.

No matter what type of shoes, apparel, or equipment you need to power through the season, Eastbay has you covered. Check out eastbay.com for anything you need.