This Year’s Best Soccer Gear: A position-by-position breakdown

This Year’s Best Soccer Gear: A position-by-position breakdown

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The grass has been cut. The lines have been painted. It’s time to head back to the soccer field. Eastbay is here to help make this your best season yet. We’ve got a massive collection of the best soccer gear from the biggest brands, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. And, to make it easy on you, we even divided our soccer cleats by player type, so you can make sure you lace up the right way. Check it out below:

TOP CLEATS

Players looking for speed

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7

After bursting onto the scene in 2009, Nike’s Superfly line became a staple of speed at the professional level. Worn by some of the best players in the game, the newest Mercurial Superfly has improved traction with a slightly stiffer chassis and the Nike Aerow Trac zone in the forefoot. These boots also feature a 360-degree Flyknit Dynamic Fit collar that wraps your foot for a comfortable, second-skin fit.

adidas X 19.1

adidas X 19.1

Show off your speed with the perfect lightweight boot from the brand with the three stripes. The adidas X 19.1 cleats offer a thin SpeedMesh upper for a lightning-quick look and feel. These cleats also utilize a SpeedFrame outsole for traction and stability that doesn’t weigh your foot down.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12

Looking to burn past the back four with devastating explosiveness? Look no further than the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 cleats. The elite version of these boots provides Flyknit technology that is lightweight and flexible for agile comfort. They also feature a two-part podular plate system that flexes with your foot for responsive speed with every step.

Players looking for striking and ball-handling

adidas Nemeziz 19.1

If your game revolves around displaying flashy footwork and finding the back of the net, you have to check out the adidas Nemeziz 19.1 cleats. The durable, textile upper and torsion system provide a comfortable, locked-down fit while the TPU-injected outsole keeps you stable when striking the ball. These boots will adapt to your foot for customizable style that stands out on the pitch.

adidas Predator 19.1

adidas Predator 19.1

Is precision the name of your game? Then you need to take a look at the adidas Predator 19.1 cleats. These boots offer a textured control skin coating for a confident touch when dancing around an opponent or hitting top corner on a strike. They also have a stretchy collar that wraps around your foot to provide a snug fit without sacrificing ankle movement.

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Take control of your strikes with the Nike Phantom Venom Elite cleats. These innovative boots include blades on the instep to help create spin and direct the flight of the ball. They also feature flywire cables that offer better lockdown to keep your foot securely in place when making that game-winning kick.

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Block out all distractions and make the precise play with Phantom Vision cleats. With an innovative Ghost Lacing system, these cleats feature a flat surface placed over the laces for clean strikes every time. They also utilize premier Quadfit mesh construction that fits to your foot like a sock, offering a comfortable, stable feel.

Players looking for touch and comfort

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike’s legendary Tiempo cleats continue to be one of the most reliable choices on the market. The Tiempo Legend 8 Elite cleats feature soft, premium kangaroo leather that delivers unrivaled touch and control. They also utilize a flyknit tongue and quad-fit mesh lining for a supportive, comfortable feel all game long.

adidas Copa 19.1

adidas Copa 19.1

Lace up a pair of adidas Copa 19.1 cleats and instantly improve your first touch. These boots also feature super soft kangaroo leather that helps you orchestrate in comfort while a molded vamp brings you closer to the ball for confident control.

But to dominate on the soccer field, you’ll need more than just the best cleats – you’ll need the latest apparel and equipment too. Here’s a quick rundown of the added pieces you can grab to complete your game.

TOP APPAREL

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Maximize your potential by training in Nike Strike Apparel. Made with lightweight, breathable Dri-FIT material, Strike apparel is engineered to keep you cool and comfortable throughout a day on the pitch. The Nike Strike Shorts are a top choice for the serious soccer player. Featuring zippered pockets for secure storage space and an elastic waistband with a flat drawcord for a snug fit, these shorts are a must-have. To shop the rest of our Strike collection, visit eastbay.com.

We also carry a variety of Nike Academy apparel, available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes. Two of our hottest items from the Academy line are the Women’s Knit Tank and the Men’s Knit Hoodie. The tank features a racerback design that allows a natural range of motion while the hoodie is constructed of Dri-FIT fabric and a multipanel hood for warmth and comfort in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Finally, if you’re team adidas, we recommend shopping our selection of Tango apparel. Designed to be the perfect combination of style and performance, adidas Tango apparel is built for the soccer obsessed. One of our favorite items is the Tango Logo Jersey T-shirt because it combines the iconic adidas look with comfortable, lightweight fabric so you can look good and play even better.

TOP EQUIPMENT

Get the protection you need with the Nike Flylite Shin Guards. These guards are lightweight and flexible, so they won’t get in the way when making plays. Geometric columns and webbing replace traditional foam, holding the guard up off your leg to keep you dry and comfortable. For added protection when heading a volley or just playing physical, we recommend checking out the Storelli Sports ExoShield Head Guard. Weighing only eight ounces, this head guard is built with combat-grade viscoelastic foam that conforms to your head for maximum security and fit.

We didn’t forget about goalies! When it comes to gloves, we suggest one of the two following options. The Nike Vapor Grip 3 Gloves feature Grip3 technology that helps you make tough saves from anywhere in the box. On the other hand, the Storelli Sports Exoshield Gladiator Legend 2.0 Gloves are chock-full of padding and support for game-long, stable protection.

Of course, there is no soccer game without a soccer ball. The Nike Magia Soccer Ball is the perfect choice for any surface in any conditions. The Nike Aerowtac grooves provide a perfect flight pattern while a textured casing gives this ball incredible touch and feel. Another solid choice is the adidas Context 19 ball. The thermally bonded, seamless surface gives the player complete control and reliable performance with every kick.

7-on-7 Football Gear Guide

7-on-7 Football Gear Guide

 

7-on-7 football is growing at a rapid rate year after year. Thanks to its fast-paced play and high-scoring nature, it’s a great way for skill position players to keep improving as they prep for their fall sports season. A major perk that comes with playing 7-on-7 is the gear — most leagues allow athletes to wear flashier cleats, gloves, and clothing than they’re allowed during the fall football season. So what gear will help you stand out this year? We turned to arena football corner and YT star I Know Football for his expert picks on this season’s top 7 on 7 football gear.

 

Cleats

 

Adidas Adimoji Cleats:

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“With the tons of flashy designs, you can make a statement with swag during 7-on-7.”

 

Jordan Retro XI Cleats:

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“These cleats are super soft, super comfortable. You’re going to be able to look good. They have so many different colors of these.”

 

Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 Cleats:

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“These are my more serious, performance cleats. If I want to play the best of the best, no holds barred, I’m definitely going to be rocking these. They have my favorite traction.”

 

Gloves

 

Nike Vapor Jet 5 Gloves:

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“I love the MagniGrip in the glove and its seamless fit. It has kind of a surgical look to it.”

 

Cutters Rev Pro 3.0 Gloves:

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“If you like Cutters and love that Cutters’ grip, these are perfect. They are machine washable and that grip is actually built into the glove material, so you’ll have some great durability.”

 

Adidas Adizero 7.0 Gloves:

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“When you’re out there, you want to be looking and feeling good. You want to make a statement. If you wear the adiMoji cleats, you need these.”

 

Apparel

 

Evapor Compression Apparel:

“They have so many different colors, so you can match with any team color. They are seamless, very lightweight, and eliminate distractions.”

 

Nike Vapor 3.0 Football Socks:

“You’ve got padding in the Achilles area here too, but you have some gripped ribbing at the bottom. If you wear cleats with NikeGrip tech, this gripped ribbing works in perfect sync with those cleats.”

 

Stance GameDay Socks:

“These have minimal branding so you can wear them with any other brand of cleat. Double-cushioned in the forefoot and left-to-right specific to give you that support in the midfoot.”

 

Accessories

 

Bicep Bands (Nike and adidas):

“Your swag will not be complete unless you have some bicep bands. You can rock these on your legs or your arms.”

 

Wilson GST 1003 Official Game Ball:

“The 1003 is real leather with a pebbled grip for quarterbacks. It’s the only football that has stitched-on laces. That makes it easier to throw and catch the ball.”

 

Wilson GST 1780 Composite Ball:

“The 1780 is at a lower price point than the 1003, but has a lot of the same technology and features. It still has those pebbled laces and is still very tacky.”

 

Battle Sports Oxygen Mouthguard:

“This is a fan favorite for a lot of people. There are plenty of different designs. It’s also pretty inexpensive, and it’s not a boil-and-bite. So you can use it right away.”

 

Nike Brasilia Large Duffle:

“It’s big enough to hold all that gear I just showed you – multiple cleats, footballs, you name it.”

 


Those are I Know Football’s picks — make sure to follow him on YouTube and Instagram for even more updates on the latest football gear.

Introducing Julian Edelman’s JE11 by Cutters Signature Series Gloves

Introducing Julian Edelman’s JE11 by Cutters Signature Series Gloves

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There’s no secret to becoming one of the best wide receivers in the game. Julian Edelman knows there’s a thin line between being good and being great, between making history and coming up short.

Down 28-20 with less than three minutes remaining on football’s biggest stage, Edelman made one of the best catches in championship-game history. After a tipped pass, Edelman readjusted his route, raced to the ball, beating three defenders, and scooped the ball up just before it hit the ground. It was a turning point in the game, and the rest is history.

Edelman has trusted Cutters Gloves to make those types of miraculous plays since high school. Cutters look good, feel great, and deliver the grip that’s helped him become a superstar. He’s made seemingly impossible catches become an everyday occurrence with the help of Cutters, and now, he’s getting his very own signature gloves.

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The JE11 by Cutters Signature Series Gloves utilize Air C-TACK® Extreme Grip to help make ridiculous catches with ease. Cutters worked with Edelman himself to create gloves that provide secure, flexible comfort, and better breathability for the ultimate performance on the field.

“Nothing gives me more confidence or a bigger advantage than Cutters,” Edelman said. “Well, that and a ton of hard work. I’m excited to share my passion for Cutters with fans and fellow athletes – the gloves look great, feel amazing, and the C-TACK technology delivers crazy grip in all conditions.”

So don’t drop the ball. Be one of the first to own the special-edition JE11 by Cutters Signature Series Gloves, available now at eastbay.com. And stay tuned for even more from Julian Edelman’s signature collection as the JE11 by Cutters line continues to expand.

 

Baseball: adidas EQT Silver Pack

Baseball: adidas EQT Silver Pack

 

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With the exception of cleats, when you think baseball, you don’t typically think adidas. But this year, the sporting goods giant is on a mission to change the perception of its brand within the realm of America’s pastime.

Producing premium offerings in the way of bats, batting gloves, fielding gloves, and cleats, adidas is covering all the bases when it comes to setting you up with the top-level gear you need to Prepare To Win.

Leading off are the bats: the EQT X1 and the EQT X2.

Built for the all-around hitter, the X1 comes in at $199.99. It’s a single-piece bat, constructed from a high-quality Damascus aluminum alloy, engineered for its durability, strength, and flexibility. The flexibility and strength of the alloy allowed adidas to squeeze an insane amount of pop out of the thin-walled barrel, and by packaging it in a one-piece design, they created the perfect balance of barrel pop paired with handle stiffness. Built with a balanced swing weight, the X1 flies through the zone at high speeds, making it easier to get around on fast pitches.

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The X2 on the other hand, was designed with the power hitter in mind. It utilizes the same high-performance Damascus alloy found in the X1, but pairs it with adidas’ Permalock Connection Technology, to create a bat that launches balls off the bat like nothing you’ve ever swung before.  The Permalock Connection Technology also serves another purpose: reducing vibration from off-center hits, while mimicking the handle stiffness of a one-piece bat to enhance energy transfer. Built with an end-heavy swing weight, the barrel of the X2 drives through the zone with more inertia than a balanced bat, producing harder, longer hits.  The X2 comes in at $299.99.

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Up second: the EQT batting gloves.

The goal was to create a batting glove that could serve as the perfect link between the hands and the bat. And with highly detailed craftsmanship and premium quality materials, the EQT batting gloves do not disappoint. Sheepskin leather provides a luxury feel with unparalleled bat feel, while perforated back-of-hand areas provide strategic ventilation, fighting sweat that can negatively affect grip and concentration. The EQT batting gloves retail for $44.99

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3rd in the lineup: the adidas EQT fielding glove.

For baseball players, a glove is something special – something you become so close with that you end up knowing it better than the back of your hand. Every glove needs to have three essential qualities to make it worthy of the player it serves: fit, feel, and control. The EQT fielder’s glove series embodies all three, giving you a glove that you can rely on inning after inning, season after season. Full-grain Pro K3 cowhide leather is extremely durable, yet incredibly lightweight, making for a tough, maneuverable defensive weapon. USA Deerskin lines the finger pockets, while deer-tanned cowhide lines the palm, cushioning the hand and providing excellent comfort.  The EQT fielder’s glove series comes in a number of different styles and sizes, suitable for every position on the diamond, and is priced at $219.99.

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Batting cleanup: the adidas Energy Boost Icon.

Featuring adidas’ revolutionary Boost cushioning, the Engery Boost Icon is a true player’s cleat. Traditional metal cleats, while great for traction, can cause foot fatigue and discomfort in the later stages of games. The use of Boost cushioning eliminates this discomfort, while delivering energy return unmatched by any other cushioning technology on the market. On top of that, the Damascus upper has been outfitted with shockvent windows to ventilate your feet and keep you cool and comfortable.  An ICONTRAX 7-cleat configuration rounds out the cleat, providing exceptional traction on the base paths and in the field.  The Energy Boost Icon retails for $149.99.

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