So Many Skills, So Much Swag: The Special Under Armour C1N Cleats Are Here

So Many Skills, So Much Swag: The Special Under Armour C1N Cleats Are Here

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is truly one of a kind. From his game-day greatness to his post-game fashion, the MVP’s athleticism, leadership, and swagger are unmatched. All of this comes through in his signature cleat: the Under Armour C1N. Engineered for a seamless fit and total support, the cleats are explosive, durable, and flashy: just like Cam.

But Under Armour didn’t just stop there; they wanted to add as much of his unique personality and skills into this cleat collection as possible. That was the inspiration behind the four limited-edition versions that just dropped: ‘Paisley,’ ‘High Society,’ ‘Created Player,’ and ‘Midas Touch.’ Let’s break them all down.

‘Paisley’

The main inspiration behind the ‘Paisley’ cleat came from one of Cam’s bold outfits during award show season, but when he unveiled them before an away game in Minnesota, they also became an ideal tribute to the Gopher State’s own legendary musician, Prince.

‘High Society’

His fashion is as unique and head-turning as his play, so it makes sense that the ‘High Society’ cleats are all about Cam’s style. The designer pants he’s sported before games inspire the cleat’s upper while the classic fox tail he has rocked postgame make an appearance on the back. And don’t worry; the removable tail is synthetic, not real fur!

‘Created Player’

Sometimes, Cam is so good, you’d swear he’d entered cheat codes. The controller codes and video disc designs on this cleat are perfect for the player who makes it look like he’s set the difficulty level to ‘Easy.’

‘Midas Touch’

With Cam’s ability to turn any play to gold, the ‘Midas Touch’ cleats are fitting. The Metallic Gold and Rose Gold colors on the cleat are the perfect way to symbolize the QB’s first-class skills, speed, and style.

So now that you know about all four special cleats, the question is, which cleat will you choose? Let us know in the comments and make sure to grab your favorite pair soon since these are limited edition and sure to be gone fast!

Cam Shepherd: Racing Towards Gridiron Greatness

Cam Shepherd: Racing Towards Gridiron Greatness

Cam Shepherd

Watching UA Next athlete Cam Shepherd play football is a thing of beauty. Fast, strong, and smart, the youngster truly stands out from his peers. The playmaker started playing football at the age of four and has piled up 17 rushing touchdowns, 7 passing touchdowns, and a 75% completion rate during his youth career.

As Cam continues to grow on and off the gridiron, he draws inspiration from some of his favorite pro players: Carolina’s Cam Newton and Jacksonville’s T.J. Yeldon. “I like the way they play,” Cam said. “Plus, with Cam, he spent time at a smaller college and worked his way up to a bigger school and then to the pros. So I’d like to follow in their footsteps.”

However, that’s much easier said than done, and he knows the road won’t be easy. “It will take a lot of hard work,” he said. “It will also take getting good grades and staying in school.”

But Cam is already putting in those long hours and late nights. “I do a lot of drills with my trainer,” he explained. “The toughest one is probably the ‘Killjoy,’ where we have to run up the hill with somebody on our back.”

Cam Shepherd

Whether he’s pushing himself during these intense training sessions, leading his team on game day, or even hanging out with friends during his free time, one thing remains the same: his love for Under Armour clothing and gear. Cam loves the premium fit, proven performance, and cutting-edge style that are synonymous with the brand.

One of his favorite products is the Under Armour Highlight RM football cleat, which he wears during games. “I love the way it fits,” Cam said. “It feels great and is very comfortable.”

If you’re looking to burst ahead of your peers in the style and skills department just like Cam, you’re in luck. Our new catalog is designed specifically for the elite youth athlete, with page after page of this season’s hottest products in every sport, size, and style. So grab one today and start to build your own legacy.

2015 In Review: The Best Of Eastbay Athletes

2015 In Review: The Best Of Eastbay Athletes

2015 has become the past. While there are many incredible sports moments yet to come in 2016, this is a time to look back at all the major feats our Eastbay athletes accomplished this past year — they did pretty well.

Eastbay Soccer Covers

2015 World Cup Champions

Leading up to the tournament, we featured not one, but seven, USWNT players on either the catalog or eastbay.com. That included the likes of Sydney Leroux, Kelley O’Hara, Heather O’Reilly, Becky Sauerbrunn, Morgan Brian, Lauren Holiday, and Alex Morgan. Those players dedicated their lives to that one goal, and they brought home the trophy for the first time since 1999.

Eastbay Basketball Covers

NBA Finals + NBA MVP + 24-0 Start

He’s the best, and those accomplishments above prove it. In 2015, Stephen Curry didn’t just win the league’s MVP award and bring Golden State its first championship in 40 years, but he went on to lead the Warriors to an NBA-record 24-0 start to the 2015-16 season. 2015 was Curry’s year.

No. 7 Overall NBA Draft Pick

Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t take the traditional path to the NBA. He skipped the whole college thing so he could play basketball professionally in China to prepare himself for the NBA.  Well, it worked, because the explosive and versatile Mudiay was drafted No. 7 overall by the Denver Nuggets.

WNBA MVP

Elena Delle Donne’s 2015 season was one of the best in WNBA history. She averaged 23.4 points per game, which is fifth best in league history, and she set a league record by converting on 95 percent of her free throws. Delle Donne was the definition of efficiency, game in and game out — that’s the Eastbay way.

Eastbay Football Cover

Best Start In Team History (14-0)

The Carolina Panthers were doubted. Critics and fans thought of the Panthers as, at best, an above-average football team, but no one gave them the credit of an elite team. Fortunately, Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly feed off that doubt. It drives them to be their best. Those two led Carolina to its first-ever 14-0 start, and with the playoffs starting, it could become ever better. Plus, Newton is a frontrunner for the league’s MVP award.

Top 15 On NFL’s Top 100 Players Of 2015 List

Two of our Eastbay athletes made that list: DeMarco Murray (No. 4) and Luke Kuechly (No. 14). You just read about Kuechly’s outstanding 2015, but Murray’s season didn’t quite live up to the high expectations. After one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen in 2014-15, Murray stumbled a bit this year, but there’s no denying his talent.

Eastbay Baseball Covers

Cubs Rookie Home Run Record + Wild Card Berth

Few players in the MLB have the power of Kris Bryant. After finally being called up by the Chicago Cubs, Bryant took off running at the plate, becoming one of the league’s most feared power hitters. His 26 homers put him atop the list of Cubs rookies, ahead of Hall of Famer Billy Williams. That power helped Chicago reach the postseason for the first time since 2008. The future looks bright for Bryant, that’s for sure.

Superstar In The Making

The shortstop position in Boston hasn’t been this solidified since Nomar Garciaparra was traded in 2004. With Xander Bogaerts on the diamond, Boston’s infield no longer has any problems. Once ranked the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, Bogaerts has sky-high expectations, and he lived up to the hype in 2015. Not only was he a defensive juggernaut, but he excelled at the plate, hitting .320 with seven homers and 81 RBIs. The potential here is endless — just wait until next season.

Like we said, 2015 is gone now, but these accomplishments will live on forever. Congrats to all our dedicated Eastbay athletes who know winning takes discipline, training, and desire. Keep up the hard work — 2016 is going to be one to remember.

MLB National League MVP

In just his fourth season in the big leagues, at 22 years and 353 days old, Bryce Harper bagged his first MVP award, making him the third youngest player to ever do so. And it was certainly deserved. Harper finished the season with a .330 average, hitting 42 home runs and 99 RBIs. The stats speak for themselves.

Cam Newton: Underneath the Cape

Cam Newton: Underneath the Cape

Cam Newton x Under Armour Cover Eastbay Catalog

words // Ben Schumacher

As a college national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, former number one overall pick, and rising superstar, Cam Newton has never shied away from the spotlight or the enormous expectations placed on him. In fact, he has embraced them, and his sensational play on the field has increased the target on his back. I mean, anyone who does a “Superman” celebration after scoring a touchdown is going to invite some scrutiny, especially if it’s a guy who is still trying to win his first playoff game, but Cam insists the celebration is nothing more than celebrating his uniqueness.

“Your talents make you unique and make you a superhero,” says Cam. “When I score touchdowns and rip my shirt open and ‘ahh’ in excitement, that’s not me saying I’m Superman. That’s me saying I have superhero talent and superhero ability. I want to encourage other people to say ‘I am a superhero, too.’”

Having a unique touchdown celebration and being a player that doesn’t shy away from the spotlight has often invited celebration mocking in the past, and the situation with Cam is no different. However, he doesn’t see the mocking as anything negative.

“It’s not anything bad. It’s not anything derogatory. That’s just players trying to get up under my skin and a lot of people, after I talk to them, do it out of respect. When I see other people do it, it’s pretty cool to see.”

Despite his on-field machismo, you may be a little surprised by the way this 6’5”, 245-pound quarterback gets ready to dominate on the field.

“I have my Christian playlist leading up to the game. Then, when I go to the stadium, it’s pretty much hardcore. I call it the calm before the storm. That’s my meditation. That’s me envisioning making the miraculous plays before the games even started. The closer the game gets, the more intense the music gets. By game time, I’m geeked up and ready to go.”

Cam’s beliefs and self-confidence combined with his abilities and skill on the football field are sure to make him a good player for years to come. Just how good can this guy be? Only time will tell, but Cam seems to have a pretty good idea.

“I’m not satisfied where I’m at right now. I will never be satisfied. I’m always [striving] to take my game to the next level of elite status. In 10 to 15 years, when people mention Cam Newton, they will say he’s the best player that ever played football.”

Cam Newton: Underneath the Cape (2)

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

words // Brandon Richard

The Carolina Panthers entered their Monday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots having won five-straight games. Despite their recent success, many felt that quarterback Cam Newton needed another signature victory to cement himself among the NFL’s elite — and he had the perfect opportunity to pick one up with Tom Brady on the other side of the field.

Newton was every bit as good as the phenom we remember from his rookie season. He completed 19 of his 28 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, he racked up 62 yards on 7 attempts.

Doing what he does, Brady led the Patriots to a field goal drive and a 20-17 lead with about 6:36 left in the fourth. Responding to those who said he needed that signature win, Newton answered with a 13-play touchdown drive from Carolina’s own 17 to retake the lead 24-20. The Patriots marched down the field with less than a minute left, but ultimately fell short in their rally bid due to an extremely controversial no-call on the game’s final play.

Carolina is now 7-3  and travel to Miami to play against the Dolphins Sunday.

There have been a lot of questions about Cam Newton’s footwear this season. Here’s what we know: Newton is wear-testing the new Under Armour Highlight cleat set to release next year. We’re calling it Highlight ’14, but that is not the official name. In some instances, he’s been wearing superhero-inspired make-ups from the ‘Alter Ego’ collection. Much more on Newton’s new cleats as the story develops.

Also in Week 11, the Denver Broncos ended the Kansas City Chiefs’ undefeated start; Josh McCown helped the Chicago Bears even things up in the NFC North; the Cincinnati Bengals won a pivotal division game against the Cleveland Browns; Nick Foles continued to play well as the Philadelphia Eagles topped Washington; the New Orleans Saints edged the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 in a possible playoff preview; with Aaron Rodgers still sidelined, the New  York Giants won their fourth-straight; and Percy Harvin returned to the Seattle Seahawks in a win over his former team.

For a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more, check out today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Camo

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Camo’

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Low

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 Low

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary

Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary

Donald Brown wearing Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Donald Brown – Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Marquise Goodwin wearing Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marquise Goodwin – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Josh McCown wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Josh McCown – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Charles Woodson wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Charles Woodson – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Carson Palmer wearing Nike Zoom Flightposite

Carson Palmer – Nike Zoom Flightposite

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Jerricho Cotchery wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Jerricho Cotchery – Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Bobby Rainey wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Bobby Rainey-  Nike Alpha Pro TD

Charles Clay wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Charles Clay – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marques Colston wearing Nike Vapor Jet TD

Marques Colston – Nike Vapor Jet TD

Rueben Randle wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low; Hakeem Nicks wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Rueben Randle – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Hakeem Nicks – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Percy Harvin wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low

Percy Harvin – Nike Vapor Pro Low

Montee Ball wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Montee Ball – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

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