This Year’s Best Football Gear: Cleats And Gloves Built For How You Play

This Year’s Best Football Gear: Cleats And Gloves Built For How You Play

As you head back to the gridiron this fall football season, you don’t need just any cleat or glove — you need the best gear possible to help you leave a legacy on the field. That’s why the Eastbay team huddled up and created your 2021 Football Gear Guide — an in-depth breakdown of the best football gear for this fall season. We even divided it by style of player. So, whether you’re an explosive speedster, an agile playmaker, or a trench warrior, we’ve got gear built for you. And whether you’re rocking adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Jordan, or just looking for the flashiest products — we’ve got all of the best brands.

This cleat is built for those flashy players who stack moves on top of moves to gain separation. There are strategically placed bladed and conical studs that allow easier braking and quick multi-directional cuts. The insole is built with high-rebound SuperFoam that absorbs shock and provides a high degree of comfort. To top it all off, the upper is made of plush suede microfiber to give players a fantastic fit with structured performance.

Behind nearly every amazing catch is a pair of great receiving gloves. The UA F7 Receiver Glove is that pair. Built to give players the stickiness and comfort they crave, each pair has UA GlueGrip that provides long-lasting grip to make sensational catches. The 3D printed overlay and textured TurfGear on the back of the hand add support and breathability.

The Nike Vapor Edge Pro 360 provides the three big qualities players need on the football field: agility, speed, and traction. The internal chassis and wide stud placement are what provide the agility by helping players make quick cuts with ease while keeping the cleat flexible. The lightweight upper ensures that nothing holds players back as they fly across the field. The cleat also features external pods, which boost the traction.

A quarterback’s best friend is a receiver who catches anything thrown his way. The Nike Vapor Jet 6.0 is a glove that will help anybody secure even the toughest catches. The palms have sticky Magnigrip to maximize the catching surface, and there is a stabilizing, flexible coating on the fingers that gives players more control. The back of the gloves is made up of breathable, stretch-woven fabric to keep everyone’s hands cool and dry.

The adidas adiZero 11 is made for players whose games are built around speed. It is the lightest cleat in football, full stop. The upper is constructed of TPU overlays that are lightweight, durable, and comfortable. The Sprintfame plate with a reinforced heel works together with the Sprintstuds to provide 360-degree traction.

The adidas adiZero 11 Receiver Gloves will upgrade any receiver’s hands. They are crafted with ultra-grip fabric that allows players to snag balls that are too high, low, or behind them. The gloves have free range of motion in the wrist so there is more flexibility for the hands.

The Under Armour Highlight MC is a cleat like no other. This cleat is geared towards providing the stability, flexibility, and support every player craves on the field.  It features a lightweight, molded 4D Foam footbed that conforms to the shape of each player’s foot for a snug fit. It also utilizes the UA Scatter Traction cleat plate to give players the grip and bite to cut in any direction quickly. Lastly, it has engineered synthetics in the upper to provide support and stability.

It’s the subtle details and key technologies that make the UA Blur Receiver Glove one of the favorites among players. One of those crucial technologies is the Power Catch panels that give players support but are flexible in the right moments to help reduce injury. The gloves are made with HeatGear fabric that offers ventilation and provides lightweight performance. Plus, there is no topping UA GlueGrip tech that is super sticky, so players can make even the most outrageous catches.

Speed is the ultimate X-factor in the modern game, and the adidas adiZero Primeknit cleat embodies that. The extended lacing system keeps player’s feet centered over the plate, so they are maximizing their explosiveness. These cleats are extremely comfortable thanks to a Primeknit upper and long-lasting TPU overlays. They are also incredibly lightweight, allowing players to unlock their full speed.

The adidas Freak 5.0 Padded Receiver Gloves make every wideout’s life easier with their GRIPTACK Palm technology. It offers supreme stickiness that gives players even more grip and control of the ball. They are ergonomically designed to mirror the movement of the hand giving players more control.

The Nike Alpha Menace Elite 2 is built for the more versatile players who want more support and structure but won’t sacrifice speed. There is a Pebax propulsion plate that provides support and stability as well as a responsive feel. The Flyknit upper and Phylon midsole are responsible for giving players the lightweight cushioning and breathable flexibility they have come to expect.

One of the more durable gloves available, the Nike Superbad 6 Football Glove has all the features any player could ever want. It has sticky MagniGrip palms that maximize catching surface. It has flexible padding on the back of the hands and fingers for undeniable comfort. It even has a ventilation channel to give players more breathability.

 

 

 

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Nike Football Cleats: Vapor, Alpha, And Force

Nike Football Cleats: Vapor, Alpha, And Force

Are you Team Vapor, Team Alpha, or Team Force? Nike football has three different cleat lines for three different types of players. We got a chance to talk to Tyler Luckey, a Nike Football Product Line Manger, to break down how the Vapor is perfect for speed players, Alpha is perfect for elusive players, and Force is perfect for powerful players. Check it out below:

Nike Vapor Untouchable (Join Team Vapor)

 

Nike Alpha Menace (Join Team Alpha)

 

Nike Force Savage (Join Team Force)

 

The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro: Making The Game’s Fastest Even Faster

The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro: Making The Game’s Fastest Even Faster

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 


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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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