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.”
As a 6 foot, 230-pound athlete with equally ridiculous speed and power, Saquon Barkley is primed to be one of the league’s most exciting tailbacks from the first handoff he takes on September 9 against Jacksonville. We got a chance to sit down with the rookie sensation to cover his journey to stardom and how he is ready to seize the spotlight in the Big Apple.
From Starting In High School
Q: Let’s flash back to your time at Whitehall (PA) High School. You dominated there and seemed to make a major jump between your sophomore and junior year. How were you able to take your game to the next level?
A: The biggest reason I jumped from my sophomore to my junior year was my change in mindset. I made it up in my mind that I wanted to play college football, and once I did that, that’s when the work ethic improved. I started to push myself in the weight room and in conditioning. Even off the field, I started doing better in school. I just started challenging myself every day, and once I did that, everything on the field took care of itself.
Q: Despite dominating, ESPN had you ranked as 24 th best running back. Did you use that as motivation? How did that impact your season and what you were looking to do?
A: Actually, at one point I was ranked 60 th . Coming into Nike The Opening (in 2014), I was ranked the 60th best running back in the country. But that just made me want to prove a point. When I got to the Opening and competed against some of the top guys, I did really well. That helped me get to the top level and boost me to that 24 th spot. And I carried that motivation into college. I wanted to prove to those teams that didn’t offer me that they made a mistake.
To Growing In College
Q: So you make it to Penn State, but you weren’t the lead back right away. How were you able to stay ready for your chance and continue to grow as a player?
A: That was all about continuing to challenge myself. When I got to Penn State, I didn’t say ‘I want to be the starter right away.’ We had an established guy and I just wanted to learn from him. I just wanted to play as a freshman and I was going to do whatever I could to play. If that meant playing special teams or being on the scout team — I was going to do that. I carried that approach into the weight room. As my numbers in the weight room continued to grow, I got faster and better on the football field.
Q: Looking back on your time at Penn State, what made it the perfect spot for you?
A: I was actually originally committed to a different college. They offered me off of my JV highlight tape and based on my potential. I committed on spot, but the decision to flip to Penn State actually wasn’t just about football. Obviously, Penn State football is amazing and a great opportunity, but I also felt like Penn State gave me a better chance after football. I envisioned myself being here (in the pros), but you have to think ‘what if?’ A Penn State education takes you a long way.
To Being Ready For The Pros
Q: Now it’s time for the pro game – how have you stepped up your training to get ready for your rookie season?
A: Something I started changing about my work habits this offseason is that it’s not so much about how much you can lift, but now, it’s about longevity. You’ve got to keep your body healthy. I’ve been working on my speed and explosion, and making sure that what I’m doing in the weight room transitions onto the football field.
Q: Take us back to draft day, when you got that phone call from New York. What was that moment like?
A: A lot of people think you know where you’re going before you get that call, and you actually have no idea. When I got that call, it was special because of the people that were at the table with me – my mom and my dad on my left, my brothers and sisters, my agents, my high school coaches. These were all the people that really cared and mattered in my life. My mom and dad worked so hard to help me get to that point. Having them there made it 10 times more special.
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.
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.
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.
Jalen Ramsey. Zeke Elliott. Laremy Tunsil. What do all these football stars have in common? In addition to their insane skills and bright futures, they’re all Nike The Opening Alumni.
Nike has hosted the elite 7-on-7 competition for years at their incredible Beaverton, OR headquarters and if you want to know what the future of football looks like — you’d better pay attention. Only the best of the best high school recruits are even invited. They are the players who will dominate Saturdays and Sundays for years to come.
This year, Eastbay got a golden ticket and will be on-site for all the weekend’s action. From behind-the-scenes practices to the tournament itself, we’ll be there for it all — giving you unprecedented access.
Check back to this blog post all weekend for updates from our football writer, Jake Zipperer, who will be on the sidelines chronicling the whole experience. Also make sure to follow us on Snapchat and Instagram where we’ll peel back the curtain and post tons of live, exclusive content.
Friday, June 30
7:30 PM PST
To start one of the biggest football events of the year, you’ve got to go big — really big. Nike brought down the house at the Nike The Opening kickoff ceremony and got 166 of the top high school athletes more motivated and hyped than they’ve ever been before.
The event was so exclusive that media wasn’t allowed, but Nike gave Eastbay a VIP pass to break down all of the action and there was plenty of it. You want pro football guest stars? There were four of them. The freshest style and swag? Nike made special football gear just for this event. How about a speaker to pump the athletes up? They brought in Dr. Eric. Thomas. Yeah… That’ll work.
This is the 7th year of Nike The Opening and the brand wanted to pay homage to their famous alumni by unveiling their first-ever Opening Hall Of Fame class. They enshrined an offensive and defensive player and this year’s honorees were San Francisco’s DeForest Buckner and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry. Pretty good company, huh? Both pros were brought out to speak to this year’s class and detail how The Opening made a huge impact on their football careers.
Later on, the six teams got to finally see what their uniforms looked like at a jersey unveiling. Each of the six teams (Vapor Speed, Untouchable, Savage Pro, Mach Speed, Lunar Beast, and Alpha Menace) had one of their players come out to rep their new colors and style. The big surprise came at the end of the unveil, when Los Angeles’ Cooper Kupp and Tennessee’s Adoree’ Jackson showed up to model the jersey’s that the two championship teams will rock.
But let’s get to the real show stopper of the event: Dr. Eric Thomas’ amazing speech. The pastor and author gave an incredible speech about what it takes to make it to the top. He spoke directly to the players, recounting his own personal experiences and letting them know the secret to success: unflinching dedication. I could try to describe how inspiring and motivational his speech was, but let’s be honest — I could never reach his level. Here’s what I can say: he got these guys pumped and ready to take their game to the next level.
This weekend is going to be amazing. Let’s do this.