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.”
It was November 13, 2016. Dallas had the ball and was trailing by one point. Only 14 seconds remained on the clock and the ball was on Pittsburgh’s 32-yard line. Despite only having one timeout left, the offense decided to keep it on the ground and hand the ball to their star back, Ezekiel Elliott. As soon as he got the ball, Zeke saw daylight. He turned on the jets and burst through the middle of the line, catching his opponents off guard and giving them no chance to catch him as he raced into the end zone. He scored the game-winning touchdown and delivered a highlight that would be replayed for decades to come. Elliott lives for big moments like this, and he has the speed and work ethic to deliver time and time again. He also has the perfect cleat for these situations: the Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro.
Lightweight, but reliably supportive. Fast, but incredibly comfortable. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro is the football cleat that the most explosive players on the field have been waiting for. Let’s break down how it helps speedsters like Ezekiel Elliott make the biggest plays look effortless.
Distraction-Less Fit And Feel
When the game is on the line, there can’t be any distractions. No threads out of place or areas of discomfort. That’s why the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro has a seamless one-piece bootie construction and an integrated tongue. It ensures that each player will get the perfect fit every time they lace up and allows them to focus on making that game-changing play.
Lightweight Breathability And Durability
Thanks to mesh and synthetic skins along the upper, the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro cleats are never too heavy, hot, or flimsy. They are built to last and to keep elite athletes comfortable from the opening kickoff to the final play.
Total Support And Stability
The faster players accelerate and cut, the more at risk they are for injuries. Flywire cables around the midfoot of these cleats lock feet into place and provide total support. That way, players can stay confident while racing past the opposition.
Game-Changing Traction And Control
Playmakers like Zeke rarely run straight during a play. They need to cut, juke, and spin their way to greatness. If they can change direction even a split second faster, they can make their opponent look foolish. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro features revolutionary cleat studs that dig deep into the ground as they plant their feet, allowing them to deliver video-game-level moves.
Unbelievable Acceleration And Explosiveness
From fast to untouchable, from good to unstoppable — the carbon fiber plate on these cleats is the pinnacle of electric speed. During every push-off, the plate propels the foot forward with speed, ensuring that skill players get that added burst they need to leave their opponent in the dust.