In March, Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams went back to his alma mater, Palo Alto High School, to surprise the football team with some advice, inspiration, and – with Eastbay’s help – fresh gear.
Adams knows that giving back is about more than just the physical items you’re giving. It’s about supporting the next generation of athletes who are looking to build a name and a future for themselves both on and off the field. And it’s about the lasting impact sport can have on young people and their communities.
“My time here at Pally shaped who I am. All my experiences, from state championships to the occasional losses that we had, we got to learn from that. How to win, how to come together as a team. A lot of what took place here, I feel like it shaped me for who I am in the league. The things I’m able to achieve, I can attribute to this.
Sports is a huge thing. It holds communities together. It was the #1 outlet for people in my neighborhood growing up in East Palo Alto to kind of have an escape and a way to stay out of trouble.
To be in a position now where I’m blessed to be able to do what I love and receive opportunities like this to team up with Eastbay and make this happen for the kids – it’s life changing for them, and I know that. It brings me instant gratification to be able to do that for them.”
As more girls and women get into playing football, they need cleats that fit them properly. The problem is that none of the major brands specifically size their cleats for women, so to find your size you need to do some math.
Typically, the way the sizing works is that you should take whatever women’s size you are and subtract 1.5 to get your size in men’s. For example, if you are a women’s size 7, then you want a cleat that is size 5.5 in men. If your foot is smaller than the lowest size in men’s then you need to find the kids’ version of the cleat. The math is the exact same and kids’ cleats have a smaller size run compared to the men’s.
Gloves are also essential for every football player. While they don’t come in women’s sizes, generally many girls and women are most comfortable in a men’s S or a kid’s XL.
You can find all the best cleats and gloves when you visit eastbay.com today.
One-handed catches, highlight-reel jukes, and in-your-face
celebrations – the non-stop action of 7-on-7 football is back. Eastbay knows
that 7-on-7 football comes down to two things, speed and style, so we’re here
to highlight some top-tier gear that’ll look and feel as good as you do after
burning that cornerback or making the game-winning interception.
Built for the dynamic playmaker, the Nike Vapor Untouchable combines
mesh and synthetic skins that let your foot breathe while still maintaining the
durability you need. Its sleek design comes in a variety of colorways,
showcasing the cleat’s electric speed on the field. Finally, the one-piece
bootie has a tongueless construction, creating a sock-like fit that wraps
around your ankle for comfort and control. If you’re the playmaker on offense
or the chasedown artist on defense, then the Vapor Untouchable is the cleat for
The adidas adiZero 8.0 was made for players meant to stand
out. From the stimulating Snowcone Pack colorways to the zebra-like 3-stripe
life design, the adiZero 8.0 prioritizes uniqueness over all. Along with the
personality this cleat brings to the gridiron, it was also specifically built
with one thing in mind – speed. The knitted bootie upper reduces weight and the
Sprintframe plate propels you forward with every step. For the player looking
to make plays with speed and style, the adiZero 8.0 is right up your alley.
True to its name, this cleat was constructed for athletes
who crave the spotlight and live for the big moment. The Under Armour Spotlight
MC is one of the most comfortable and lightweight cleats on the market. It
features a SuperFoam insole that absorbs shock and utilizes the combination of
bladed and conical studs to enhance your sprints, cuts, and stop with sharp
acceleration. For game-long comfort and the ability to stop on a dime, you have
to grab a pair of Spotlights.
These gloves are the epitome of cool and comfortable. The Nike
Vapor Knit 3.0 features a high-quality knit back that ensures airflow and snug
support. They also have a modern, layered overlay design that’s stylish and
practical, increasing durability and fit. This receiver glove will fit and feel
like a second skin on the field.
The most famous glove in football just got a little better.
The Nike Vapor Jet 5.0 features lightweight padding around the thumb for
protection from defenders while utilizing Nike’s classic magnigrip palm
material that top players trust. These gloves were built to make the impossible
Looking for the stickiest gloves in the game? Look no
further than the adiZero 5-Star 8.0. These gloves emphasize adidas’ famous GRIPTACK palm
technology, providing the ultimate grip while catching the football. The
stylish design on the gloves complements the unique colorways adidias showcases
on their cleats. So, if you’re rocking the adiZero 8.0s on the feet, then you must
get the gloves to match.
Last but not least, Under Armour has created a pair of
gloves chock-full of technology to help you make the tough catch in traffic.
The Under Armour Spotlight gloves are made with high-compression HeatGear
fabric that provides ventilation, while the mircoknit fabric allows for stretch
and recovery. UA GlueGrip technology keeps the ball in your palms, and Power
Catch panels limit distractions so you can make the precise play. These
receiver gloves are lab tested and battle ready.
A perfectly comprised football team is like a squadron of
superheroes; each individual has their own personality, skill set, and traits
that define them. They work tirelessly to perfect these skills and become the
best at what they do, but when these individuals come together as one, they
leave their enemies in a wake of destruction.
Eastbay sat down with Todd Gurley, Jarvis Landry, and Cam Jordan to see what makes each of them a supernatural talent at their position.
As a three-time captain for Los Angeles, Todd Gurley leads
by example on the football field. In 2017, he recorded a league-best 2,093 yards
from scrimmage and scored 19 touchdowns in just 15 games. In 2018, Gurley
followed up his impressive season with another league-leading performance, reaching
the endzone 21 times in only 14 games.
Gurley’s natural talent is undeniable. His lethal combination
of speed, agility, and power make him the ultimate modern-day running back. But
for Gurley, it’s not just his raw skill, his success also hinges on his ability
to trick the defenders with his cunning instincts.
“We running backs love getting the ball in hand and being able to run full speed at the defender, but they don’t know which way we’re going,” Gurley said. “Right, left, straight through them. For me, I just kind of take that mindset of I can’t be stopped.”
Gurley also just loves the game of football. He’s watched
the generation before him and wants to be just as good, if not better, than
anyone who has played the position.
“When I step on the field, the feeling that football gives
me is super exciting,” Gurley said. “You know everyone in the world is watching
and you just want to go out there and put on a show.”
Although it seems that Gurley does it all by himself, he
credits being surrounded by a great coach, talented team, and, of course, the
best gear in the game.
Gurley rocks the Nike Alpha Menace cleat and he believes
it’s true to its name.
“If you’re a true running back, then you’re an alpha and a
menace,” Gurley said. “Let that marinate.”
After five professional seasons, Jarvis Landry has solidified himself as one of the league’s most charismatic playmakers to date. He’s caught at least 80 balls and gained over 750 receiving yards in each of those five seasons and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Landry’s lightning-fast first step
and exceptional hands make him a threat from basically anywhere on the field.
But for Landry, he attests that his production on Sundays is a result of a long
history of behind-the-scenes work that made him who he is today.
“I think a lot of my success is from the things I do when the lights aren’t on.” Landry said. “Running the stadium stairs in high school or breaking into the facility to work out in the mornings in college. I just make sure I’m always working.”
With all that preparation comes
confidence, and when Landry is feeling unstoppable, defenders be warned — there
isn’t a play he can’t make.
“I’m always preparing myself.
Preparing my body and preparing my mind.” Landry said. “That’s why I believe
there isn’t a catch that’s impossible. I can make every catch on the field.”
That feeling of invincibility is
embodied perfectly by the cleat Landry wears while torching defensive backs.
His Nike Vapor Untouchables personify exactly how he feels on the field.
“When I step on the football
field, I feel untouchable,” Landry said. “Once the ball is in the air, you know
that’s my ball and nobody else’s.”
Standing at 6 foot 4 inches and 287 pounds, Cam Jordan was born to be a ferocious defender. His straight-line speed coupled with an arsenal of overpowering swim moves strikes fear into the heart of any opposing player lined up against him in the trenches.
But Jordan isn’t just a physical specimen, he’s one of the
most determined athletes on the planet and he believes that mindset is what drove
him to where he is today.
“Everything that propels me to be me is really the competitive drive that I have,” Jordan said. “I want to be faster than the fastest. I want to be stronger than the strongest. I want to be smarter than the smartest.”
Jordan also says that his versality puts him in complete
control when he’s on the field. When everybody else is playing checkers, he’s
playing chess. He can alter the game with one quick decision or disrupt a
certain play with sheer brute force.
“It’s really what I can do that’s going to put me in the
best position to get after the quarterback,” Jordan said. “If I’m lined up
against a strong guy, I’m using speed. If he’s a quick guy, I’m using power.
And at some point in time, it really just turns into whatever I feel like.
Because at the end of the day, I’m dictating what he’s going to do, not the
other way around.”
Jordan is a savage on the gridiron, so it’s only fitting
that he lines up on every down with Nike’s Force Savage cleats on his feet.
“The Force Savage is clean and it’s the definitive line of
comfort,” Jordan said. “You can actually sprint and plant and aren’t afraid to
fall out of the shoe.”
In 1984, a 21-year-old rookie by the name of Michael Jordan
first stepped foot on a professional basketball court. Little did the public
know, he would change the game of basketball and modern sneaker culture
After failing to secure a couple of key endorsement deals,
His Airness finally got the call from Nike offering him a $2.5 million-dollar
check and his own signature shoe. It was then that the iconic Air Jordan 1 was
The original Air Jordan was an updated version of designer
Peter Moore’s Nike Air Ship model but included the addition of the now-retro
Wings logo. Wearing the first shoe with multiple colors in league history, the
newly-minted and unproven MJ already stood out on the court with less than a
full season under his belt.
The stylish and colorful shoe immediately caught the
attention of the league, and they issued a ban of the Air Jordan 1 for not
meeting the stringent policy on uniforms and colors. Realizing they were in a
unique position to market this historic sneaker, Nike cleverly rolled out a
“banned” advertising campaign and floated the cash to pay the $5000 per game
fine so that Jordan could continue to rock the shoe.
From there, the rest is history. The “banned” marketing
campaign jumpstarted a new era of performance sneakers worn as must-have
fashion statements. The Air Jordan 1 became a staple in streetwear culture,
worn by popular musicians, movie stars, and skaters.