New And Improved – The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3

New And Improved – The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3

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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.

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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.

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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.

Introducing Crossover Culture: A New Name For Today’s Game

Introducing Crossover Culture: A New Name For Today’s Game

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The game has changed. The sneakers should too. That’s the idea behind Crossover Culture, the newest brand in basketball.

Positions don’t matter anymore. Big guys run the court and shoot threes. Small guys rock the rim. And most importantly, everybody can handle the rock. Versatility is the biggest factor in today’s game, so Crossover Culture created a shoe line that reflects that changing idea. These shoes aren’t made specifically for point guards and power forwards. They’re made with a different philosophy, one that focuses on fit and feel to deliver comfort and confidence during every aspect of the game.

“This is a game where there are no positions,” said Ryan Duke, Founder of Crossover Culture. “Everybody’s got to shoot, everybody’s got to handle the ball, everybody is a playmaker. We saw that most of the other product out there is built around certain functionalities, so we built shoes that meet the needs of the guy who is really doing everything on the court.”

Crossover Culture is a team of hoopers that started making basketball shoes because they wanted something different. Basketball has changed a lot since the mid-90s, but that change hasn’t always been reflected in basketball footwear.

“You used to have big guys and power guys and speed guys,” Duke said. “That’s disappeared. Now, everybody is a playmaker. We feel like our product reflects this game. This is a new form of basketball from a creative and artistic perspective.”

What’s that look like?

“Our design centers around fit, materials, and cushioning,” Duke said. “Our sneakers are built for a more supportive fit and a lightweight second-skin feel. That’s what makes you comfortable on the court, no matter what your style of play is.”

Let’s break down the tech.

The Top 5 Football Cleats of the Year

The Top 5 Football Cleats of the Year

Words // Tim Dunn

With summer here, and the fall season fast approaching, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to scour the market for the best cleats available for the 2014 season.  Taking all positions into account, this roundup includes five cleats we consider to be the absolute top of the class for the upcoming season.

Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Built for speed and weighing in at just 9.8 ounces, the Nike Vapor Carbon Elite is perfect for players who need to fly to the ball. Defensive backs, wide receivers, and running backs will benefit from Dynamic Flywire technology. It flexes with your foot to provide lockdown support that doesn’t restrict your movements, allowing you to cut on a dime and accelerate explosively.  The Carbon V-plate flexes with your foot’s natural range of motion to enhance propulsion, while “shovel” cleats eliminate micro-slippage that costs you valuable seconds.

Want to take it up a notch? Newly released is the Nike Vapor Ultimate. An amped up version of the Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite, this cleat utilizes Flyknit construction, Nike’s most advanced upper technology, to create something that’s more than just a cleat, it’s an extension of your foot.

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Nike CJ Elite 2 TD

Designed for the game’s most dynamic receiver, the CJ Elite 2 TD is an excellent all-around cleat for any position. The mid-cut offers ankle support, while a wide adjustable strap, reinforced with Dynamic Flywire technology provides lockdown support that reacts and adjusts to your movements, giving you more explosion in and out of cuts. The composite TPU mesh in the upper protects the feet from collisions, while still providing the ventilation and breathability needed to keep you comfortable. Rounding it all off, Nike’s implemented a cleat plate that’s been designed to maximize multi-directional propulsion.

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adidas adiZero 5-Star 3.0

Weighing in at just 6.7 ounces, the adiZero currently owns the title of lightest football cleat on the market, and make no mistake about it; speed is in its very DNA. Built with a SprintSkin upper that features Shockweb technology for lightweight durability and support, and finished off with a SprintFrame outsole to maximize acceleration and multi-directional traction, every single element of the adiZero 5-Star 3.0 has been scrutinized to reduce as much weight as possible while still maintaining the support and comfort that every-down players require. If you’re a player that’s looking to do whatever it takes to be as fast as possible, this is the cleat for you.

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Under Armour Spine Brawler

In a lineman’s world, consistent performance is the name of the game. It’s a thankless job that requires grueling, physical effort down after down. Under Armour built the Spine Brawler specifically with those warriors of the trenches in mind. ClutchFit technology combines with a Power Clamp to keep your feet locked in and secure while you’re straining against the 300lb monsters opposite of you.  A Spine plate outsole completes the package, removing unnecessary weight to keep you nimble and agile, while retaining the stiffness needed to support massive applications of force.

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Under Armour Highlight MC

Light is the name of the game in football today, but more often than not, players who choose ultra-light low-top cleats still end up taping their ankles for added support. Under Armour created the Highlight MC and killed two birds with one stone. Last year’s model was outfitted with UA’s CompFit technology. This year’s update scraps that in favor of UA’s new ClutchFit technology. ClutchFit is a unique lightweight material, constructed in such a way that it flexes with your every movement, but responds to pressure and stiffens up when you need additional support. The lightweight nature of ClutchFit material allowed UA to build a super high cleat with extraordinary support, without sacrificing the all-important lightweight factor.

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